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kathleen

Round Hill, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Homemade Sin: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (121)

    Callahan Garrity is the owner of House Mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta's elite. She's also a former cop and a part-time sleuth. She and her coterie of devoted helpers can ransack a house for clues faster than it takes a fingerprint to set. Some people might call Callahan Garrity nosy, but she prefers to think of her tendency toward snooping as a healthy interest in the truth. So when news reaches her of her cousin Patti's death during a carjacking, Callahan shakes off her House Mouse cleaning uniform to don her detective's cap.

    Ima Shoppher says: "Callahan is at it again!"
    "Nothing Special"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Mary Kay Andrews and/or Hillary Huber?

    Of Course. I like her stories. They are easy to listen to and kind of zone out with. They are generally entertaining. This one just missed the mark.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Kay Andrews? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

    Neva Jean.


    Was Homemade Sin worth the listening time?

    Well...I finished it so I suppose so, but I think it felt like more of an obligation to finish the book because I bought it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10176)
    Performance
    (9155)
    Story
    (9164)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Classic Grisham!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Cant speak to the print version but I would assume that the story is engaging enough that it would not disappoint.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Truth be told, I don't feel as though one character stood out more than the others. I am a fan of Jake Brigance, possibly because I associate him with Matthew McConaughey's portrayal in the A Time to Kill. Letty was well written and you find yourself pulling for her from the onset. Lucien returns as the lovable drunk who manages to lend something to the equation. Seth Hubbard's children are extremely well developed without a lot of cumbersome back-stories. All in all, Grisham did a fabulous job of character development and you know how you are supposed to feel about each character based on the tenor in which they are colored.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when the team of lawyers arrived with the first will in hand to submit for probate and they learn of the alternate "hand written will"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I had a very difficult time listening to Ancil Hubbard recount the lynching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1988)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1354)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Baffled"
    Overall
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    What would have made Still Life better?

    I had such a difficult time getting into this book that I listened to the first three or four chapters multiple times. Each time I found myself thinking about a multitude of things....none of which was going on in the book. Maybe the narrator's voice was too lulling or it just took FOREVER to get interesting, either way...I was three attempts and out. If someone can convince me to get back to this I would be happy to...hate to waste credits on a snooze.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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