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Sandra Parshall

Sandra Parshall

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  • Anne Perry: The Murder of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter Graham
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme - better known as best-selling mystery writer Anne Perry - and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline’s mother had had an accident. But when Honora Parker was found in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed to the killing.

    Helen Poe says: "Horrible reader"
    "Ruined by the narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Graham and/or Eric Brooks?

    No.


    Would you recommend Anne Perry to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend that they read the print book and skip this audio version.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His reading is flat, labored and sometimes halting, without any emotion. And he hisses the final "s" on plurals and possessives. Very unpleasant to listen to.


    Do you think Anne Perry needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would like to learn more about her life after her release from prison and before she began publishing, but those years are private and should be kept that way if Ms. Perry doesn't want to talk about her life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book contains only the information that came out at the time of the trial and during the imprisonment of the two girls. Neither of them contributed in any way to the book. As far as I could tell, no one involved was interviewed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Page

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David J. Walker, Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated By Mary Conway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    Barbara Adams, head of the Windbrook Library in suburban Chicago, has died, apparently from a fall down the stairs to the library's basement. But when Julia Fairbanks, her closest friend's daughter starts to poke around, she finds troubling emails that indicate Barbara was not the victim of a heart attack, but a vicious killer instead. Can Julia find the murderer? Or will she end up on The Last Page?

    MissSusie66 says: "First & Second story are good last one not so much"
    "From cozy to noir"
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    Any additional comments?

    The novella The Last Page is a charming, light mystery set in a library and revolving around the death of an unlikeable head librarian. The young heroine, Julia, will appeal to cozy readers as a smart, likable sleuth who is dogged and crafty in ferreting out the truth, and both librarians and readers who consider the library a second home will get a kick out of the story and characters. The two short stories included by the authors to round out the recording are much darker in tone and more representative of the writers' usual styles. I would recommend letting a day or two pass after finishing The Last Page before moving on to the short stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Set the Night on Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated By Diane Piron Gelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Someone is trying to kill Lila Hilliard. During the Christmas holidays she returns from running errands to find her family home in flames, her father and brother trapped inside. Later, she is attacked by a mysterious man on a motorcycle... and the threats don't end there. As Lila desperately tries to piece together who is after her and why, she uncovers information about her father's past in Chicago during the volatile days of the late 1960s... information he never shared with her, but now threatens to destroy her.

    Snoodely says: "Excellent Mystery / Thriller"
    "Superb blend of past and present"
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    Would you listen to Set the Night on Fire again? Why?

    I loved this book when I read it in print and I loved it when I listened to Diane Perone Gelman's pitch-perfect narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Libby Fischer Hellman does a superb job of bringing the past to life and making it relevant to the present. As the Vietnam War era fades from memory, the young people who protested the war may seem almost quaint in their naivete and wrongheaded in their methods, but their longing for a better world still resonates in our ever more violent time. Hellman uses the structure of a compelling thriller to dramatize the collision of past and present as old crimes and sins threaten the innocent adult daughter of two antiwar militants. Her characters are vivid and believable and the constantly building tension is engrossing, as long-hidden secrets are revealed and those who want to keep the past buried resort to murder to save themselves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What She Saw: Forensic Handwriting Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sheila Lowe
    • Narrated By Aria McKenna
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    What She Saw is a audiobook of psychological suspense that follows a young woman through the terrifying labyrinth of amnesia, where no one is who or what they appear to be.

    Claudia Rose, Zebediah Gold, and Joel Jovanic of the Forensic Handwriting Mystery series play an important role in unraveling the web of mystery.

    GiGi says: "Awesome story! Awesome listening experience!"
    "Intense story, well-narrated"
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    What did you love best about What She Saw?

    The opening scenes immediately drew into the frightening experience of waking in a strange place with no memory and no identity. Sheila Lowe does an excellent job of portraying Jen's emotions in intimate detail.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author sustains emotional intensity and suspense from beginning to end. I could identify with Jen's confusion and fear, even though I've never shared her experience.


    What about Aria McKenna’s performance did you like?

    McKenna gives the reading the emotional intensity and resonance the story deserves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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