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Holly Laddusaw

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  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,807

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Engaging Storyline

  • By RavidReader on 03-05-17

Good story but predictable

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

This was an easy book to read/listen to compared to the many other WWII stories I've read in the past. Though predictable, it was still an entertaining enough story.

The narrator was ok. It was hard to get past her monotone, made for a newscast story telling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,184

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

My favorite book so far on Audible

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

I have found a new author and I'm in love with her writing! This story was phenomenal from the first words to the last. There was no dull moment and I couldn't wait to get back to hearing it. I will truly miss these characters. If you love historical fiction, do not miss this one! The narrators were also perfect in their interpretation of the characters. I was never annoyed with their voices and they really brought the characters to life. Read this book, you will not regret it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Valley

  • The Valley Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

Left suddenly penniless, the Honorable Sophia Grafton, a viscount's orphaned daughter, sails to the New World to claim the only property left to her name: a tobacco plantation in the remote wilds of colonial Virginia. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a handsome young French spy - at gunpoint - she gathers an unlikely group of escaped slaves and indentured servants, each seeking their own safe haven in the untamed New World.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Author

  • By Holly Laddusaw on 08-29-16

My Favorite Author

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

Helen Bryan did it again! I love her ability to tell a story with so much realism and clarity that I feel like I'm there with the settlers. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as I have enjoyed her others. I love how she adds so much fine detail that I really get an understanding of how life was in that period. My only complaint was that I yearned for a more elaborate story between Henri and Sophia. What was their everyday relationship like? Were they always just cordial or did the passion grow? The story also really speeds up in the last 1/4 of the novel so that begin to feel a drastic disconnect between all of the book's characters. I know she's transitioning us to part 2 but I almost felt like I was reading a completely different novel in the end. Still, a very good story and told by an excellent narrator who for once didn't annoy me.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • True Colors

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their father provided for them physically on Water's Edge, the ranch that had been in their family for three generations, each of them however, longed for their father's love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, POORLY narrated... :(

  • By Brenda on 07-14-10

Great story, boring narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

I loved the story, as always with Hannah's books however, I think they should've picked a younger sounding narrator. I grew up with 2 sisters in the same time period and we had a very playful and sarcastic way of communicating, which the characters in this book are as well. This narrator was often monotone and rarely expressed any of those characteristics in her voice. She made them sound so boring and old, which these women are not. When she did try to make them sound younger they came off as very air headed. I enjoyed reading it on my own and just dealt with the narration as best I could.

  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,597

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I made a mistake

  • By A. Musser on 11-29-17

Beautiful, haunting and raw

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

This was a beautiful story representing all of the pain so many European families had to endure during WWII. Overall, the story was excellent, I gave it 4 stars only because it was pretty slow going and a little repetitive until a little over halfway through the book. I knew where the author was headed and was so impatient for her to finally get there. Once there, it's a breathtaking read, well worth the wait!

  • The Silver Suitcase

  • By: Terrie Todd
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

It's 1939, and Canada is on the cusp of entering World War II. Seventeen-year-old farm girl Cornelia is heartbroken when she learns that her beloved soldier, Henry, has been killed in a train wreck. Alone and carrying a heavy secret, she makes the desperate choice that will haunt her for years to come. Never telling a soul, Cornelia pours out the painful events of the war in her diary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spiritual journey

  • By Tanya M. Spiegel on 05-26-16

Wonderful and heartfelt

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

What a wonderful read and with so much thought gone into the writing. I have already recommended it to others.