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  • Down Home Murder: Laura Fleming, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni L. P. Kelner
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

    Natalie says: "My favorite cousin is a nice young boy in the KKK!"
    "Rednecks on Parade!"
    What disappointed you about Down Home Murder?

    The poor overly-stereotypical characterization of small town southern culture.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Toni L. P. Kelner again?


    What didn’t you like about Gayle Hendrix’s performance?

    Her southern accent.

    Any additional comments?

    Seriously?? People actually LIKED this book? I can't even make it halfway through. I know...let's take every stereotype there ever was regarding small town southern culture, and write them into a story that reads more like a soap opera, with poorly developed, overly-stereotypical redneck characters! The whole storyline reads like something done for a high school English project back in the 1970's...not the 1990's. My husband is from a very small town in North Carolina and while his family definitely has a different culture than those from (eh-hem) The Big City, I found this book extraordinarily offensive and simple. Has Toni Kelner ever *been* to a small town in North Carolina? I see from her website she lives in Charlotte...CHARLOTTE! You know...a big city. Like I said, there's no way I can ever make it through the rest of this book. Glad I bought this on sale and didn't waste a whole credit on it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Tide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and achieved her dream: to leave London behind and begin a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. Not many people know that she financed her fresh start by working weekends as a dancer at a less-than-reputable gentlemen's club called the Barclay, and she's determined to keep it that way. But on the night of her housewarming party the past intrudes when a body washes up beside the boat, and Genevieve recognizes the victim, a fellow dancer from the Barclay.

    Tulipdragon says: "Good read, bad narration"
    "Good read, bad narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A definite recommendation. Elizabeth Haynes is a fabulous author. She builds a story in a way that keeps you listening/reading!

    Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

    I would NEVER listen to this narrator again...EVER. I got used to her voice but it was difficult listening to the story through her nasally, droning, almost-fake British accent (seriously, is she really British??). I looked at the other books she has narrated and they're all basically lusty romance novels. "Dark Tide" is not. So maybe her voice works well for those books, but certainly not this one! Please, Ms. Haynes, stick to Karen Cass for your narration.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - Elizabeth Haynes has a way of writing to keep you in suspense, to keep you listening. You know in the end she'll eventually reveal everything, but in the meantime you have to keep listening to find out what's going on. Little by little she reveals the secret to the story. She also has a way of writing so that it draws you into the scene itself...she describes everything and you feel like you're right there with that character, experiencing everything she does.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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