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Moira L. Mefein

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  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,568

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

Brilliant read and superb narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I discovered this book listed as a "southern Gothic" novel. Please don't let that keep you from reading it. There are enough twists and turns to keep even the most serious mystery reader happy. The characters are truly intriguing, the story is well plotted, and the ending unfolds a little at a time, whetting the appetite for more. The narrator is e.xcellent, with each character finely drawn.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
  • Length: 25 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33

Through a series of calculated moves that involve death and a large inheritance, a small community is rocked and shrouded in mystery at the hands of the conniving Sir Percival Glyde, who is interested only in making himself wealthy at the hands of others.... Celebrated as one of the first popular mystery novels, The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins, skillfully incorporates the twisting and turning of more than a few plot lines that all manage to converge beautifully at the end of the work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • horrible technically - echoes at most of the words

  • By James D. Coburn on 12-30-15

As wonderful now as when i read it years ago

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Just read it. Special praise for Andrea Giordani , who gives each character a distinct voice and captures their personalities flawlessly.

  • The Last Time I Lied

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 808

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she - or anyone - saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips. Now a rising star in the NYC art scene, Emma's paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of the very same Camp Nightingale.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it...

  • By Carol on 07-15-18

Superior Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-18

This a super good read, taking place at a summer camp for girls with more money than ethics. It is not "Mean Girls" nor is it "Parent Trap". It is a unique story that features interesting, 3-dimensional characters and plausible situations. I saw part of the plot coming, but found enough unexpected moments to keep me reading. The major twist at the end was totally unexpected, and well presented. The narration is excellent, with each character clearly distinguished. Give it a read or a listen.

  • Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,002

Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother's tragic, premature death - and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea's ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She'll find you, I think, but if she doesn't, you find her. Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • over-dramatic & awful

  • By "lfind" on 09-07-16

Slow to start, but well worth reading

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

When I first began this book, I had the idea that I was not going to like, or have any sympathy for, the protagonist - a rough-edged,woman recently released from drug rehab. I think that was what made the start seem slow. However, as this story of a family unfolded, I was thoroughly caught up in the characters (beautifully drawn) and their stories. The revelations about the women's deaths - or apparent deaths - at age 30 were extremely well written. This book also acts as a cautionary tale, regarding the power of fundamentalism - of any kind, from racism to pseudo-messages from religion to male dominance in the household. The book is brilliantly developed, and the performance is superb, with each character distinctly presented.

  • Once a Crooked Man

  • By: David McCallum
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

Crime pays. And pays well. Sal, Max, and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old, and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly a good romp

  • By Laurie Gore on 03-05-16

Interesting, with several (unlikely?) Twists

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

First and foremost, I hope David McCallum continues to write, because his characters are well drawn, though a bit stereotyped. I can imagine later, tighter plots and hope to read more about Mr. Murphy. Yes, the book drags significantly in places, but I could happily listen to his marvelous voice reading a phone book! If you are a fan of McAllum the actor, give the book a read....and hope there are more yarns in his future.

  • The Chalk Man

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,678

In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Losing One’s Head

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-18

Disturbing, but we'll worth the read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Presumably, this could be considered a coming-of-age novel, but there is much more to it than that. Anything I can say might become a spoiler, so I leave it to readers who are eager for serious literature to explore the book.

  • Cave of Bones

  • A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel
  • By: Anne Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

When tribal police officer Bernadette Manuelito arrives to speak at a program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Everyone is concerned about a beloved instructor who went out into the wilds of the rugged lava wilderness bordering Ramah Navajo Reservation to find a missing girl. The instructor vanished somewhere in the volcanic landscape known as El Malpais. The instructor's disappearance mirrors a long-ago search that may be connected to a case in which the legendary Joe Leaphorn played a crucial role.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Trip to the Southwest

  • By Jean on 06-17-18

Not sure why others so critical.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Okay, so this book is about Bernie, with Him Chee and Joe Leaphorn playing secondary roles. I am not certain why people are so displeased with it. The story was interesting and had several well-written twists. I did not find it draggy or slow. I recommend reading it for itself, rather comparing it to earlier works. As far as I am concerned, it stands just fine on its own. Bottom line: I liked the story, the reader, and the characters just fine.

  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society

  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,457

Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. And, if none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent: prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Bookwyrme on 11-10-17

Hope this author writes more about these characters

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

This was a fun and intriguing book. I identified strongly with the "damaged" protagonists and their quest. Yes, it is a "cozy mystery" but that does not do the story justice. It has been a long time since i read a well-written mystery that allowed you to identify the criminals from near the start of the book.....and still hold your interest while the protagonists chase down the proof. Give it a read.

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  • The Silent Sea

  • A Novel of the Oregon Files
  • By: Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

On December 7, 1941, five brothers exploring a shaft on a small island off the coast of Washington State make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, stumbles upon a shocking revelation of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Riveting Tale!

  • By William on 03-18-10

Another breathtaking adventure with the crew of the Oregon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-17

The Silent Sea is number 7 in the books about Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon crew, but somehow I had missed it. As it turns out, it was well worth the wait. This one is a mash-up of Chinese history, Argentinian politics, and the fate of scientists who are continuing their work during the Antarctic winter. While things get sorted out in the end, there are even more twists and turns than usual.

  • 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 4,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,803

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

Unfolds slowly, but we'll worth reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-17

From Bletchly Hall and code breaking to traitors and patriotic folks in ountry mansions, this book offers a different...and much-neglected portion of British history during WWII.....the Brits who were pro-Hitler, for whatever reason. It is a very good tale, and a reminder that Britain was not as universally allied as we are often told.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful