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barbara

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  • A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (225)
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    (221)

    It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

    Sires says: "Elly Griffith Is Back in Better Form"
    "Weak central character limits this story"
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    Ruth, supposedly a forensic anthropologist, should be an interesting character study if Griffiths portrayal of her reflected any of the intelligence and independence a reader might expect. Other characters in the story speak of her with admiration but I find her a most uninformed scholar. She asks others to answer questions about British political or church history that I could have answered in high school. The story wanders endlessly around the thoughts of a group of personalities and taxes a reader's patience in trying to link them together into a coherent story line. The author constantly refers to earlier books in order to support the story line in this one. I have no motivation to go back and read the earlier novels. The author would be better served to do a little more research and develop a central character with some depth.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1413)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Esoteric and entertaining"
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    I had forgotten how entertaining these two authors could be. Their tales combine the adventure and sophistication of a Clive Cussler novel with a little dark mysticism. Dollar a year FBI agent Pendergast and his beautiful long-lived ward live an extravagantly wealthy but low profile existence in a large suite of rooms at the Dakota and a mansion on Riverside drive. That sounds like an oxymoron but it is the best I can do to describe. The adventure takes place at Prendergast's elaborate dwellings as well as the New York Museum of Natural History the Brooklyn Botanical gardens and a deserted resort along the shores of the Salton Sea. Inventive and gruesome ways to kill people take center stage

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Distraction

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    The distinguished veterans of the Bastion Club represent England's finest eligible bachelors. Among them is Deverell, a strapping man about to meet his match in the alluring Phoebe Malleson.

    Celia says: "GREAT!!!"
    "Plot not bad but too much formulaic sex"
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    I have read the other books in this series and this one doesn't measure up. A number of the characters promise to be of interest but they are one dimensional I found it frustrating to be tantalized by characters that I am never given the opportunity to know. The author spends way too much time describing the sex act. There should be a limit to how many pages should be devoted to tweaking, plunging and licking. Time to end this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Gospel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son.

    Pamela Rees says: "Wow. Just wow."
    "Ideal for an audio presentation"
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    The narrator for this book is a perfect choice. The story is a meditation on faith and family. Give it the time it deserves

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Apple Orchard

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (274)

    Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother’s beloved necklace - despite Tess’s advice. To Annelise, the jewel’s value is in its memories. But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a 100-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel. The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half-sister she’s never heard of.

    miah says: "Excellent Book!"
    "Good food, Good wine, Good story"
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    Three generations of families intertwined in a most complex way are sorted out by this gifted story teller. Wiggs evokes the atmosphere of each place the story visits including Denmark during the Nazi occupation and present day San Francisco and Sonoma County California. I was roped in from the very beginning . The plot is complex but clearly unfolds and the mysteries keep unfolding until the very last chapter. I am so excited to have discovered this prolific author and am hopeful her other novels have the same tension, drama and interesting characters as The Apple Orchard. The Delicious sounding apple recipes that open each chapter remind me of the Nero Wolfe mysteries and his gourmet chef.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Floating City: A Lady Emily Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tasha Alexander
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    In Death in the Floating City, Emily is surprised to receive a plea for help from her childhood nemesis, Emma, whose father-in-law has been murdered and whose husband has vanished. Digging into the mystery, Emily unearths a centuries-old puzzle - and raises the ire of those who will do anything to keep their secrets hidden.

    barbara says: "Another beautifully literate entry in the series"
    "Another beautifully literate entry in the series"
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    Lady Emily as the narrator of this tale is an educated and articulate woman whose observations evoke the beauty and romance of Venice . She and her husband Colin have been called to Italy by her childhood nemesis to solve the murder of Emma's father in law. A central theme of the mystery revolves around a feud between two ancient noble Venetian families . The feud dates from the time of the sacking of Constantinople. Besides being ancient and noble these families are also incredibly stubborn.
    As the tale unfolds it is interspersed by the story of two star crossed lovers that dates from the time of the doges. If you enjoy art history as much as I do all the references to the palazzos , churches and painters Of Venice will delight you. This is a good book. I plan to listen again in five or six months.
    The narrator is perfectly matched to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sorrow Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Priscilla Royal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    As the autumn storms of 1271 ravage the East Anglian coast, Crowner Ralf finds the corpse of a brutally murdered soldier in the woods near Tyndal Priory. The dagger in the man’s chest is engraved with a strange cursive design, and the body is wrapped in a crusader’s cloak. Was this the act of a member of the Assassin sect, or was the weapon meant to mislead? Ralf’s decision to take the corpse to the priory for advice may be reasonable, but he is soon caught up in a maelstrom of conflict, both personal and political.

    barbara says: "Excellent as alwaysi"
    "Excellent as alwaysi"
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    Priscilla Royal focuses as much on the everyday life of the inhabitants of the priory as the story she carefully unfolds. The characters stay true to their values although I wish their relationships were a little less stagnant. Worth reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Lord: Book 1 in 'The Titans' Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    The year is 1180 A.D. and times are very dark. England is lawless for the most part and the people live in fear. Rising to power during this time is the vicious and brutal knight Ajax de Velt. His mission is to conquer a large stretch of the Scots and Welsh border, commandeering wealth and property along the way. He wants to be the most feared and powerful warlord in all of England, Wales, and Scotland, and he is well on his way.

    Angela says: "Great series"
    "Written like a 5th grader"
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    I don"t know how this got published. Absolutely adolescent. Please don't bother even if it is being given away

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Raven: A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tessa Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    In the notorious mental hospital known as Bedlam, Dr. Thomas Silkstone seeks out a patient with whom he is on intimate terms. But he is unprepared for the state in which he finds Lady Lydia Farrell. Shocked into action, Thomas vows to help free Lydia by appealing to the custodian of her affairs, Mr. Nicholas Lupton.

    barbara says: "10 hours of frustration coming to a ludicrous end"
    "10 hours of frustration coming to a ludicrous end"
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    I have read all of the other Dr Silkstone novels , I got hooked on the first one and so kept reading. While the quality declined I kept on reading. The cliff hanger at the end of the fourth book was frustrating but little did I know what frustration was until this fifth book.
    I kept wondering why this doctor who is credited with being a brilliant practitioner kept doing stupid things. He blunders through three months of trying to get his lover released. From a mental hos

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (420)

    Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

    betty says: "Just a hint."
    "A well told story"
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    Bostwick's characters are revealed through believable dialogue and storytelling. Several difficult storylines, -cancer- divorce- infidelity- , are told with both unflinching candor and compassion . I look forward to more entries in this series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4163)
    Performance
    (2492)
    Story
    (2501)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "I got tired of Rosie"
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    A colorful tale with good characterization and well written dialogue. Francis, an undercover Dublin cop, has escaped Faithful Place, an old Dublin tenement 22 years ago and has not revisited his family until the story begins. Originally he was planning to escape with his teenage sweetheart Rosie, but she does not show up and he goes on alone. He returns because Rosie's suitcase has been found in a deserted tenement building in Faithful Place. Conflicts and politics of the Dublin police force, destructive forces of domestic violence and alcoholism and explorations of what love looks like keep the story moving. I was disappointed in the denouement that failed to adequately address Francis relationship s in the present or at least failed to end when they had been addressed. The author couldn't help herself from returning to those teenage years.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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