©1985 Barbara Michaels; (P)1992 Recorded Books,LLC
W. Denis says 'Unfortunately she is not Elizabeth Peters or Nevada Barr -- speaking of the author of this audio book. Barbara Mertz writes both the Elizabeth Peters AND the Barbara Michaels books.
This is one of my favorites -- along with 'Someone in the House' and 'The Crying Child'. Barabara Michaels's best, in my opinion is 'Ammie, Come Home' which Audible does not have -- yet. On the Elizabeth Peters side -- 'Legend in Green Velvet'.
Very atmospheric and well written book. One of my all time favorites. I wish Audible would obtain all of her books. Barbara Rosenblat does a great job with the narration as usual.
Down the rabbit hole into a ring a fire- the magic of words lifts me higher and higher.
I have all of the Mertz/Michaels/Peters books. I read them and listen to them frequently like visiting old friends. This one, and in no small part thanks to Barbara Rosenblatt, is the best of all of the stories.
Julie Newcomb is called to the family seat to care for her ailing grandmother, Martha Carr. Bedridden by a stroke, Martha has returned home to die or recover as the Fates decree. Julie is not looking forward to returning to Maidenwood. The 4 years she lived in Martha's care there as a child is a shadowed and frightening memory. Spending time in the house and talks with her cousin awaken memories long buried.
The thing I liked the best was in the end we find out that Martha was really evil. It wasn't just a childhood misinterpretation of events that an adult perspective made ok. No excuses for Martha and no mourners either. The author could have turned everything around to make Martha a victim of upbringing and circumstance. I prefer the straightforward punch of honesty this ending provides.
An enjoyable old-family-ties-that-bind-just-might-end-up-killing-you storyline that was fun to both read and listen to, but then as a kid, I also had a scary old grandmother afflicted by a stroke who lived in a cool scary old house so it was a bit nostalgic. The characters were brought to life by the talents of both author and narrator though at times the narrator seemed to be recalling a story very slowly.
I can't really peg this story as there was a touch of mystery, a touch of romance, a touch of humor, but I guess it mostly dealt with overcoming the past. The ending was a bit jumbled, but still overall a good listen. (The Audible photo suggests the story might be a bit gruesome, but it wasn't at all.)
Never listened to Barbara Michaels stories before usually use books at night to keep from hearing my husband snore. This was too good for that didn't want to sleep. I saved it for day time listening.
Loved hearing about the old house and wondered what was going to happen next.
There were so many minute details that you could get caught up in the minutia and lose the overall story. Barbara Michael's made up for it at the end with a good twist but I can only give the story three stars.
The characters here aren't that likable (apart from the nurse and the dog) and the ending's a bit too predictable. Very little of the humor I appreciate from Barbara Michaels. Overall, just meh.
I am only 12:15 mins into the story... I ABSOLUTELY HATE the narrator...she breaths after EVERY sentence. I bought the book it so I will listen I hate to waste a credit...
This story never got me hooked. I skipped to the last couple of hours and learned everything I needed to know. The rest of the book was dreary and non-interesting.
Narration was average.
My rating would have been lower had Barbara Rosenblat not been the reader. She is the best - Unfortunately, Barbara Michaels is not Nevada Barr or Elizabeth Peters.
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