LISTENER

Darlene M. Formanek

monroe, ME, United States
  • 20
  • reviews
  • 6
  • helpful votes
  • 69
  • ratings
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill

  • By: Mary Sharratt
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Bess Southerns, an impoverished widow, lives with her children in a crumbling old tower in Pendle Forest. Drawing on Catholic ritual, medicinal herbs, and guidance from her spirit-friend Tibb, Bess heals the sick and foretells the future in exchange for food and drink. As she ages, she instructs her best friend, Anne, and her granddaughter, Alizon, in her craft. Anne ultimately turns to dark magic, while Alizon struggles to accept the power she has inherited and dreams of a simpler life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By nursebettyknitting on 11-08-13

What an interesting book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-13

If you could sum up Daughters of the Witching Hill in three words, what would they be?

Unlucky!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alizon , I think because she wants so bad to be a good person.

Any additional comments?

I would love to see this be a movie but the movie writer are to dull to understand the concept.

  • Kushiel's Dart

  • By: Jacqueline Carey
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 31 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,881

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kushiel series in order

  • By Glen Gaines on 10-27-09

I have read the series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes i would I found it very interesting

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes and no. the story does go off in different direction\. I think reading it yourself is best.

Any additional comments?

The series is good and the fight for one self and survival is well done but also she cares about the people she interacts with

  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue

  • By: Susan Vreeland
  • Narrated by: Loren Lester, Sheryl Bernstein
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

A professor shows a colleague a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer - but why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of stories that trace ownership of the painting back to World War II and Amsterdam, and still further back to the moment of the work's inspiration.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful

  • By Sybil on 04-07-03

dull

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-13

What did you like about this audiobook?

I read the book but found it dull.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

no not at all wish i had skipped it

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

not at all confusing and left hanging in many places

Do you have any additional comments?

i would not recommed

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,464

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Absolutely loved it. A must read for all..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-13

Where does Orphan Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 5

What did you like best about this story?

the realness without details of gore.

Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no i have not but it was still very nicely done.

If you could take any character from Orphan Train out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Vivian she is such an amazing person to have gone through so much and can still show love in the end to a stranger that needs her. I so wanted to be able to make all those people be punished for the things that they did to these children from the train.. And for the narrow minded officials that let them happen!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

I was lured into reading the book but other comments and I needed a different kind of read after reading back to back 2 of Edward Rutherfurd books. This was perfect change before I dive into Paris..

  • Agincourt

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Andrew on 01-25-09

Fuuny and serious all in one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-13

If you could sum up Agincourt in three words, what would they be?

different view point

What did you like best about this story?

how John Cornwell makes me laugh

Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favorite?

John Cornwell

If you could take any character from Agincourt out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Father Christopher need a good meal

Any additional comments?

I was expecting a more serious story and it is but Charles Keating and the author makes it hilarious

  • Sovereign

  • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

Barrister Matthew Shardlake is faced with the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: his own imprisonment in the Tower of London. Harsh autumn winds stir the English countryside as King Henry VIII, along with a thousand soldiers and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, make their way from London to York after a violent uprising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good mystery

  • By Mike From Mesa on 04-11-13

Another Great Book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Sovereign to be better than the print version?

yes

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes it does that indeed. They have great adventures together

What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A reconizable voice of the charactors

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

Trust between Matthew and his Side kick

  • Revelation

  • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great entertainment!

  • By Fara on 09-25-09

Excellant Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Revelation to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Never expect the endings very well written

Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes like him very much.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Could not wait to read them all.

Any additional comments?

This is a most excellant series I would recommend to all.

  • Lord John and the Hand of the Devils

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545

In these tales, Lord John vows to avenge a murder, investigates a terrifying "night-hag" on the battlefields of Europe, and discovers treason in His Majesty's ranks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord John Grey comes to life

  • By Teahouse Fox on 10-12-10

A good resting peace

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-12

Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Jeff Woodman?

I like her mysteries better than her novels

Any additional comments?

After 1,000+ pages of novels I like a small mystery to break up the pace. DG are good for this.

  • Highland Storms

  • By: Christina Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Angela Darcy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Betrayed by his brother and his childhood love, Brice Kinross needs a fresh start. So he welcomes the opportunity to leave Sweden for the Scottish Highlands to take over the family estate. But there's trouble afoot. The estate is in ruin and money is disappearing. He discovers an ally in Marsaili Buchanan, the beautiful redheaded housekeeper, but can he trust her?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting

  • By Darlene M. Formanek on 08-22-12

interesting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-12

What did you like best about Highland Storms? What did you like least?

story was nice, not into romance novels

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

typical

Have you listened to any of Angela Darcy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was Highland Storms worth the listening time?

no

Any additional comments?

I rather read about real history with a flavor of fiction. Do not like romance novels to me they all end the same.

  • The Devil's Queen

  • By: Jeanne Kalogridis
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history: blamed for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in which hundreds of innocents died. What motivated this Renaissance woman who was born of Florence's most powerful family, and one day came to rule France?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting twist on this infamous queen

  • By Allison B on 01-26-10

Excellant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I did not sleep for days. could not stop listening.

What did you like best about this story?

A better understanding of Catherines place in history

Which scene was your favorite?

When she was being lifted up on the wall.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful