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Darla McCollim

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  • Blood Is Blood

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 10
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

In 19th-century London, Cyrus Barker and his associate Thomas Llewelyn are renowned private enquiry agents, successfully employed by the highest levels of Her Majesty's government as well as private citizens. Their success, however, has led to their acquiring a powerful group of enemies, many of whom are determined to have their revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great read!

  • By dmeriweather on 12-18-18

Conclusions

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Answers abound in this 10th book. This might be my favorite in the series and my worry is that it could be a wonderful conclusion to the series or a wonderful jumping point to an expansion of characters and new stories. Whichever it is, this is a fine 9 hours of entertainment.

  • Old Scores

  • Barker & Llewelyn, Book 9
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries. Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Adrienne Lirio on 10-05-17

Keeps getting better with every book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-19

We learn more of Barkers past with a shocking revelation. Llewellyn comes into his own, and the Japanese arrive to start an embassy in london.

  • A Delicate Touch

  • Stone Barrington Series
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

When an old acquaintance reaches out to Stone Barrington requesting assistance, the job seems easy enough. She needs an expert in an esoteric field, someone with both the knowledge and careful dexterity to solve a puzzle. But the solution to one small problem blows the lid open on a bigger scandal going back decades, and involving numerous prominent New Yorkers who would prefer the past stay buried. With this explosive information in-hand, Stone Barrington is caught between a rock and a hard place.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did Stuart Woods write this?Stone needs a vacation,as does Stuart Woods

  • By beverly on 01-10-19

Enjoyable story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This is my first Stone Barrington book. It probably won't be my last. There were times in the book it felt more like it was set 15 years or so ago but with a current reference thrown in. Each of the female voices had such gravelly texture that I could see each of them smoking 4 packs a day and everyone sounded older. Loved the character of Saul. He deserves a repeat visit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Constitution

  • By: Nick Webb
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433

The year is 2650. Seventy-five years ago, an alien fleet attacked Earth. Without warning. Without mercy. We were not prepared. Hundreds of millions perished. Dozens of cities burned. We nearly lost everything. Then the aliens abruptly left. We rebuilt. We armed ourselves. We swore: never again. But the aliens never came back. Until now. With overwhelming force the aliens have returned, striking deep into our territory, sending Earth into a panic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Derivative, familiar

  • By paul on 11-06-15

Good start

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-18

It's what we all want to do is take our favorite Sci Fi tv shows and mash it all together with a little of imaginative story telling and write a series of books, saving the earth to fight another day. If you liked Star trek and Battle Star Galatica you will find this familiar and relatable.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,666

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Charming

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Yes it is predictable but so charming that you don't care. Admits he goes a great job narrating this delightful story.

  • Commune: Book Three

  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best series in sci-fi for great characters.

  • By TK2.0 on 11-19-18

Fantastic series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy book 3 as much as 1 and 2 because the story and characters broaden out, but I loved it. Obsessive Otter, villainous Robby and crazy Clay but they are much more complex than that and people in our little valley keep on trying to make home and family.
Joshua Gayou has written a wonderful multi level story here worthy of multiple readings. RC Bray has bought the story and characters to life.
There is a lot of gun talk if that interests you but it's balanced out wonderfully with tender intimate moments.
On to book 4 asap please.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Commune: Book Two

  • Commune Series 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,637
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,422

The survivors have come to settle in the mountains of Wyoming, fighting day in and day out to establish a home for themselves in a near-empty world. Things are good at first; scavenging is a workable, short-term solution that seems to be providing all they need. But they know that it’s only a matter of time before the food runs out. They need to scramble to find a sustainable solution before the clock stops, and for a little handful of people up in the mountains, the odds don’t seem very favorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Will Have You Belly Laughing, Crying, and...

  • By Brian on 04-13-18

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Book 2 is better than the first. The book is so well written and each character is compelling. Each has a richness and complexity to them that slowly is learned as the community grows and prepares for a long hard winter with insufficient stores. Lots of action and gun talk. Of course you have to love Gibbs and RC Brays delivery of his colorful comments on life is about as a perfect narration as you can get.
I still think these people are as dumb as rocks at trying to survive. I'm going to choose to think that this is a literary choice the author has made to create tension and a driving force in the book. Hopefully they discover in future books the geothermal fish hatchery and geothermal greenhouses in Jackson and the Elk wildlife foundation for sources of good protein but I suspect they will remain ignorant of these facts so more dramatic tension can be used to our enjoyment.
There is a chapter on the story of Jeff just pulled out of nowhere as Amanda tells his story but it's important in how the group will handle someone who does harm in to the community. With the community refusing to give him a death sentence they gave him a long lingering death or the possibility of survival and revenge. I suspect we will learn of Jeff's fate later.
Onward to book 3 as winter snows arrives in Jackson and undoubtedly more threats to our tiny community, while I get nothing done for yet another day.

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,049

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RC Bray as Hispanic Woman - Just Wow!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 05-03-18

Loved it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Ok I will admit the violence in the beginning was a little too much for me but I knew a good book was in there, so on the third attempt I found myself deep enough into these characters that I could love them and overlook the violence. This book is really about family and sometimes circumstances force you into making a family bond of strangers stronger than a blood bond.
So why did I only give this story only 4 stars? Because I started arguing in my mind with Billy the prepper. Who doesn't put perennial vegetable seeds in their prepper vault? First thing I would have picked up was a couple a guard dogs for the house. Then rabbits and chickens, goats for milk, cheese and meat and a couple of horses to start off with. Cows, pigs and sheep can be added later. You can't let everything go feral. You have all that pasture land and a stream. Moved the refrigerator into the barn where it has power and find a good chest freezer and run wire from the barn to the house.
Here's hoping all this gets fixed for book 2 because work needs to be done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,635

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

entertaining, educational, fascinating, historical, relevant, thoughtful and I listened to it a one sitting. Highly recommend.
#unusual meals #history thru food #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Delightful Adventure

  • By Nancy J on 03-17-13

I wish we were hats again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The cold war, a time lost. Covert drops, money sewed into linings and geese used to use in a prison break. I love these books. The reoccurring characters and the new fiends, spurs and innocent bystanders. Mrs. Pollifax is essentially my age, dithering and elderly to others. Such fun!
#old not dead #tagsgiving #sweepstakes