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Joan Farrell

Mahanoy Plane, PA, United States
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  • Twenty-One Days

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

It's 1910, and Daniel Pitt is a reluctant lawyer who would prefer to follow in the footsteps of his detective father. When the biographer Russell Graves, who Daniel is helping defend, is sentenced to execution for the murder of his wife, Daniel's Pitt-family investigative instincts kick in, and he sets out to find the real killer. With only 21 days before Graves is to be executed, Daniel learns that Graves is writing a biography of Victor Narraway, the former head of Special Branch and a close friend of the Pitts. And the stories don't shed a positive light. Is it possible someone is framing Graves to keep him from writing the biography-maybe even someone Daniel knows in Special Branch? The only answer, it seems, lies in the dead woman's corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Pitt Novels

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-19-18

Great start

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Great start to a new series. Looking forward to the next book with Daniel Pitt.. It was interesting that his parents had cameo roles in this book; I would have missed them if they were left out. This proves to be an interesting new series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions

  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. The strong-willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn't belong behind bars. And 16-year-old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn't be publicly shamed and packed off to a state-run reformatory. But such were the laws - and morals - of 1916.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entirely Different Kind of Woman

  • By Sara on 09-23-17

Loved

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

I do enjoy the exploits of the Kopp sisters in this series. If you haven’t tried them I highly recommend. A very nice narration by the reader in the audiobook.

  • Not the Killing Type

  • A Booktown Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Lorna Barrett
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

It's November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover-Tricia's own sister, Angelica. Also throwing his hat in the ring is small business owner Stan Berry. Unfortunately, Stan isn't in the race for long. When Stan is found murdered, his political rivals become suspects. Angelica is going to need more than a vote of confidence from her sister-she needs Tricia to clear her name so she can win the election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE BEST YET

  • By Beatrice on 04-19-14

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I started out liking this series, but as the books progress they seem to have lost what I envisioned for this series. The characters seem stuck doing the same things over and over. I’m not giving up on the series yet, but the plots have become predictable & stale. I’ll give the next book a try before giving up.

  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 992

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Waters Run Deep

  • By Sara on 04-13-16

Excellent story

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

I was delightfully surprised that this story was still able to stand up as a very interesting read despite the time it was written. It really offers great insight into the lives of single women in the early 1950s that were considered "spinsters" if they did not marry by age 30. Parts of the story were amusing, parts were touching and the social history of the time was fascinating.

  • Signature Kill

  • By: David Levien
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,357

A young woman's body is found on a side street in Indianapolis, horrifyingly arranged. Meanwhile Frank Behr, who is down on his luck and virtually broke, takes on a no-win case to locate a single mother's wayward daughter who's been missing for months. Suddenly Behr feels the two cases may be connected, but he is years removed from his life as a legitimate police officer and has few friends left on the force. His relentless focus has always been his greatest strength...and his deepest flaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By Tracy P. on 11-29-15

So like so many other books about serial killers

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

Reviewed: 11-18-15

What would have made Signature Kill better?

It the same plot story as so may other books about serial killers stalking and murdering prostitutes and dismembering their bodies.

What could David Levien have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A fresh plot story. I didn't finish this book as I had read several other books in the genre about psycho serial killers and I had hoped for more of a solid mystery story vs. this same old plot.

What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

The narrator did a fine job,

Any additional comments?

I got about half way through it and then gave it up.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aftermath

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ron Keith
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

When Inspector Banks of Yorkshire investigates whether an abusive husband might be guilty of an unsolved string of murders, his suspicions are aroused by the details of the man's marriage. Is the suspect's wife a victim or could she be his accomplice?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Police Procedural

  • By Kev on 11-22-04

Good book but terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

What disappointed you about Aftermath?

The narrator was very annoying.

What other book might you compare Aftermath to and why?

I enjoy all the Alan Banks books in Peter Robinson's series.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The way he threw his voice when it was a woman speaking made the female voices sound like "old women," Also the emotions he portrayed were often exaggerated.

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

The story was good; I just didn't like the reader for this one.

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,133

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Trilogy!

  • By Cheri on 12-13-15

A Dissapointment

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

Reviewed: 09-15-14

What could Deborah Harkness have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The plot was all over the place, and all of the focus on "blood rage" was tedious. The witch elements from the first two books and story were mostly dropped in the final book for a plot that centered on blood rage and the vampire family power struggle. This plot path and the blood rage elements, in my opinion, became tiresome. So many scenes were urgent one minute, then dropped the next, and there were unresolved loose ends. If Harkness has plans for a fourth book, I will not be standing in line to read it. Obviously from my review, this was not an enjoyable read, I really had to plod through it. The Audible narrator did a fine job, but the material in the book itself left me disappointed.

What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

She did a great job reading, just a largely disappointing plot and story.

What character would you cut from The Book of Life?

Returning Jack and Father Hubbard was an unnecessary plot twist away from the first two books in my opinion. Also, the whole blood rage thing got tiresome.

Any additional comments?

Based on the first two books this should have been a much more satisfying read.

  • Just One Evil Act

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A huge disappointment

  • By Joan Farrell on 11-02-13

A huge disappointment

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

Reviewed: 11-02-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book was not up to par with the other books in this series. I struggled to finish it and I usually look forward to George's books.

What was most disappointing about Elizabeth George’s story?

The whole storyline was tedious. The characters were uninteresting and the regular characters were doing things "out of character" and made the story a bit far fetched to this reader. The move to Italy and the kidnapping was an uninteresting plot for a Lindley book. Also, the book opened with Inspector Lindley at a roller derby ring; and, he was there because he's a a crush or love interest in one the roller derby skaters. Did I forget to mention that he's an Earl. Oh my, all the things that made him interesting when he was wooing his deceased wife Deborah made this a very disappointing read. I'm not very interested in the direction the characters are taking.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reading was fine; the book was uninteresting.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I will not buy the next book. Very sad, because I really did enjoy this series.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,815

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

Liked this better than the first book.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-12

What did you like best about Shadow of Night? What did you like least?

I like the witch part of the story best. However, unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the vampire genre.

Would you recommend Shadow of Night to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but only if they are interested in stories that include vampires.

Which scene was your favorite?

Meeting Queen Elizabeth.

Was Shadow of Night worth the listening time?

Yes, it was worth the listening time. The timeline and history timeline was well researched by the author.

Any additional comments?

The narrator did a great job.

  • The Map of Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Felix J. Palma
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 222

Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Langton couldn't have done a better job narrating

  • By Cristy G on 05-19-12

Not What I Expected

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

Reviewed: 11-21-12

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

I found the characters not very interesting,the story tedious and the plot very slow moving, so much so that I gave up on it after part I. Perhaps fans of H.G. Wells would find it more interesting.

Has The Map of Time turned you off from other books in this genre?

I would not be interested in other books by this author. I found every little nuance in the book seemed to drag on and I felt it was overwritten.

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

The reader did a nice job, but because I did not enjoy the story or the overly dramatic plot, I couldn't appreciate the reader's efforts to the fullest.

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

I was facinated with the books cover and concept; however, it was overlong and a tedious read for me.

Any additional comments?

I had seen many favorable reviews so I'm sure there are fans for this genre. I had expected a mystery fantasy and was disappointed because I felt the story and plot was very slow moving. I didn't finish part I, and abandoned it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful