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Wish I had this info when my kids were teens.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Sure do wish I had had this information when my kids were teens. It would have saved a lot of trauma and heartache at that time and later in their lives and mine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

lI just couldn't get into this book

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

couldn't say

Would you ever listen to anything by Rosamunde Pilcher again?

no

What didn’t you like about Hayley Atwell’s performance?

her performance sounded as though I would like it but …

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

couldn't get beyond the 2nd chapter. Just wasn't compelling. A bit nauseating.

Any additional comments?

I'd like credit back on this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Revisiting the Akha!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

What did you love best about The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane?

I was glued to the book throughout, not only because it is a well written story, but because I visited an Akha village in northern Thailand, spending a day in the area. I was so taken by their dress and what beautiful people they are. So, as I listener, I had the people and their village in my mind's eye.

A rehash of the Cameron & Knizhnik book.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Any additional comments?

I had read Cameron & Knizhnik's The Notorious RBG just before this and felt it was a much more thorough and interesting telling of Ginsburg's major contributions to this important aspect of our collective, recent history. Sisters In Law, however, does fill in how Sandra Day O'Connor fits into the Court's history as the first woman on the court.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Interesting return to Europe/France in the 1950s

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the reminders of my own time in Europe and Paris in 1952. I was a teenager and Carhart's recollections brought my own experience back, adding details and depth I was totally unaware of at that time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Just wasn't in the mood for this one

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

What disappointed you about Capital Dames?

I really like Cokie Roberts and her work. She's an excellent journalist. But some how I just wasn't in the mood for this one at this time

Would you ever listen to anything by Cokie Roberts again?

I certainly wouldn't rule it out. As I said, I respect her work.

Any additional comments?

Just wasn't what I needed at this time. I'd like to return this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

A disappointment after Paris, Paris

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

Any additional comments?

This book was such a disappointment after reading and loving the same author's "Paris, Paris", which I gave three 5-stars. In Passion for Paris, I found I wasn't interested in his telling of the historic characters' lives and relationships. Additionally, the narrator made me a bit crazy. David Bowie is from San Francisco and the narrator in "Paris, Paris", an American with a passable French accent seemed very believable as Bowie telling of his experiences of various parts of Paris.

The "Passion" narrator Jean Brassard, of course had an excellent French accent, but I had a very hard time dealing with the fact that he was telling an American's story. Maybe I missed the point and with this narrator, was supposed to disregard the fact that this was written by an American ex-pat, but it bothered me.

Additionally, because I had so enjoyed Bowie's "Paris, Paris", I tried hard to get through this one, but just couldn't get into his subject matter and abandoned the book about half way through.

This Good Gabaldon story needed Davina Porter

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

Reviewed: 01-13-12

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

Yes, I would especially recommend it if the friend friend had read Outlander series

What other book might you compare The Scottish Prisoner to and why?

All of the Outlander series are comparable but better for their Davina Porter narration

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

At times it was confusing having two different narrators. In the beginning one was especially disappointing as he kept coming up with an Irish, rather than Scottish accent for Jamie.

Any additional comments?

I finished the seventh of the Outlander series over a year ago, knowing that I would have to wait some years for Gabaldon's eighth in the series. In the interim, I've read many books by other authors. Enjoyed some, not others. Lately I ran out of books I even wanted to try, so turned to The Scottish Prisoner, knowing that Gabaldon was such a good writer, though I had heard that the narration was disappointing.True, the narration didn't hold a candle to that of Davina Porter, but the story and especially Gabaldon's writing was so compelling that it was well worth the read. It did satisfy my Outlander cravings, thought very short by comparison to any Outlander book. -- But now, having finished The Scottish Prisoner too quickly, alas I find myself again awaiting Gabaldon's Outlander Book Eight with much anticipation!