Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story.
but I detest plot lines revolving around drugs at any stage, being bought, being sold, being used, being smuggled, being blamed. The plot of this book by Mr. Koryta, who in my opinion is a gifted writer, is about exactly that. I snapped it up because it was by him, narrated by Robert Petkoff (also one of the best) without really reading the synopsis. My mistake.
In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.
This classic book enjoys an honored spot in my bookcase, and I have read and re-read it over the years ever since it was published. The TV series, however, was disappointing, because the rich humor just fizzled under the handling of the actors - whose work I normally enjoy. I couldn't figure out exactly what was wrong, but after a couple of episodes I just stopped watching. Then I recently found it offered by Audible, and snapped it up. I will keep it, but again I am disappointed by Mr. Timothy's handling of the text. There are countless episodes that are laugh-out-loud funny, but his curiously lifeless delivery drains them of most of the humor, and a slight smile is all they earn. His voice is very pleasant, and his delivery of rural accents is marvelous, but his timing is way off and the overall effect is - flat.
Back to the written word.
Plagued with guilt, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the murder of the landlord of Langcliffe's tavern, believes that her testimony may have convicted the wrong man, but when she passes, the case seems closed. It just so happens, though, that Freda's nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who has decided to holiday in Langcliffe with her teenage niece, Harriet.
I wouldn't have rated the overall quality or the story of this book so low if I hadn't been forced to, because I have no idea how many stars they deserve. In the sample of the narration, Ms Claxton's voice sounds pleasant, and it is. It is also lifeless and FLAT LINE. It couldn't hold my attention through the first chapter, and that's all the chance I'm going to give it. I love these oldie but goodies, and if Audible would put decent narrators onto the books, I would probably buy them all.
Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Here is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.
I have to add that Lorna Raver's narration was top-notch, excellent, epic. She should get a special award for this performance, and maybe she did. I hope so.
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.
Not my cup of tea, although the narrator kept me listening long after I had predicted the Scam (did that come as a surprise to anyone?). But even she couldn't hold my interest after the big mudslide. Although I am totally on board with Bernadette's disgust at today's scary helicopter parenting style, that is not confined to the upper money echelons of Seattle. Neither are the expectations for children to compete, compete, compete, excel, excel excel, which apparently begin in the delivery room. We are just beginning to see how the young adults who are the products of that culture are turning out, and they aren't doing well.
But back to the book, one last comment; in my opinion, glass and concrete and metal are not GREEN house-building materials.
When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.
This one wasn't as good as A Cold Dish, but that was a hard act to follow. I was also very mildly put off by Walt & Bear's SUPERHUMAN toughness, especially in light of the fact that this story takes place only a month or so after the first one. But the tale telling is still way, way above average, so I am going to sail on to Book #3.
Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.
My favorite character is Henry Standing Bear, of course, but all of the fascinating characters are brought vividly to life by George Guidall's inspired narration. Makes me want to move to Absaroka County, Wyoming.
When a customer of William Doughty's Bayswater chemist shop dies of strychnine poisoning after drinking medicine he dispensed, William is blamed, and the family faces ruin. William's daughter, Frances, determines to redeem her ailing father's reputation and save the business. She soon becomes convinced that the death was murder, and, unable to persuade the police, she turns detective. Armed with only her wits, courage and determination, Frances uncovers a startling deception and solves a 10-year-old murder.
If anybody but Emma Powell had been narrating, I would have returned this book. There are parts of it that could be very interesting, but it is WAY too long, with so many twists and turns that it became interest-deflating. And the author's notes at the end went on and on, to what purpose I couldn't quite figure out (although I didn't finish listening). Was she trying to point out that although her book was fictional, there had been similar real-life events, in which case, DUH is the only possible response? She apparently did a ton of research, which is admirable, and the novel was constructed so as to lead to future books, which again I believe could be very interesting - with a lot of judicious editing.
Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life - newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared? The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads - was Max's incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?
This book was going to get 5 stars until near the end when the author had the protagonist start mentally accepting responsibility for and feeling guilty about events beyond his control. That particular plot twist loses my interest immediately, both on the page and in life. But it is a minor and mercifully brief twist in what is otherwise a really good read.
John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.
Radio dramatizations were a thing of the past before I started reading or watching anything, so this was my first experience with one. Quite fun. Different both from watching a show or reading a book. I will be looking for more of these.