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K. Helms

Alabama
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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 4,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,761

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

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I was very excited about the premise of this book. It has all a reader could want - British storytelling and a mystery set in WW2. But for me, it dragged on and on and on and never seemed to get to a point where I even cared about the characters or what they were going through. They said the same things over and over - and the character depth was about as deep as: "I can't even get a debut because of this war!" "I remember when we had lots of kippers for breakfast, but not anymore!" The character of Jeremy is supposed to be this highly desirable male, but there is no backstory other than "wow, he's a highly desirable male" that lets the reader into why any woman would put up with his antics. I usually love these types of stories but this one...just ugh.

  • Nemesis

  • A Miss Marple Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

In utter disbelief, Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr. Rafiel...an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. He had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing. Soon she is faced with a new crime...the ultimate crime...murder. It seems someone is adamant that past evils remained buried....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Prime Time Miss Marple

  • By RueRue on 05-03-14

Most Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

I prefer Poirot mysteries but occasionally toss in a Miss Marple for a change.

For the most part, it typically feels like Miss Marple sits and observes and then pronounces but in this particular story she is up front and center and actively involved - and she has no idea even what she is supposed to be investigating, let alone who! This sort of gives the reader a sense of "we are in this together" as the story unfolds. Highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-09-17

Something Off

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Something was off in this second title. I enjoyed the first story so much I immediately downloaded the second title, but I found the main characters to be written so that they were almost caricatures of themselves. It was like going to a play where you loved the book, but the acting was so over the top that spoiled the story. Their previously well-placed and enjoyable banter was just 'over the top' in this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Blog on the Prairie

  • By: Cathleen Davitt Bell
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Gen's family is more comfortable spending time apart than together. Then Gen's mom signs them up for Camp Frontiera vacation that promises the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Forced to give up all of her modern possessions, Gen nevertheless manages to email her friends back home about life at "Little Hell on the Prairie", as she's renamed the camp. But it turns out frontier life isn't without its good points, like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing and fun story for range of ages

  • By Champlain Mom on 07-04-10

All around great story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-10

The story of a family going on "vacation" to an 1890's Frontier Camp is both funny and engaging and I was absolutely hooked on this story from the start all the way through to the end!

Basically, as with a lot of family vacations, the teenagers are none too happy about being forced into the experience and the parents aren't quite so sure if they understood what they were getting themselves into. The experience provides lessons to be learned of course; but the author writes in such a way that you can both understand what they are going through, while also laughing a bit at the situations they find themselves in. The narrator also did an excellent job of making the characters in the story come to life just with the tone of her voice. This is really a good story for the entire family - children, teens, and adults!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Xenocide

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,919

Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • full of passion

  • By David on 06-13-04

on and on and on and on

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-10

I loved the first two books in the series, and the actual storyline of this book was to an extent good. I also didn't have any real problems with the various accents used in narration either; there are many characters and storylines so distinct accents are helpful in keeping the story in context.

However, the author took side trips to nowhere that were really self indulgent for the author and pointless to the reader, and seemed more to want to convince the reader of his own view of the creation of the universe than to tell the continuing story of Ender and the circumstances in his life. In the end, I felt like I was listening to a recorded internal debate, not a fictional story. The author's personal ramblings went on and on until I literally found myself groaning out loud and begging for the diatribe to end.

If the author had simply stuck to the story telling and less to the lecturing on his own personal view of what "life is" this would have been an enjoyable listen, as it stands...it can only be described as good in places, painfully boring at times, and grating on the nerves at other times.

If it helps, Children of the Mind (the next in the series) has the same ramblings but not quite as bad.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Pirates!

  • By: Celia Rees
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

It is the dawn of the 18th century, when girls stay home and sew while men sail the high seas finding adventure, danger, and gold. But two unusually adventurous girls (a rich merchant's daughter, Nancy Kington, and her former plantation slave, Minerva Sharpe) take to the high seas from Jamaica on a ship the crew renames Deliverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By Cynthia on 12-22-07

Captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-04

I was hooked from the first chapter! The reader adds a fabulous reality to the characters, and the story itself kept me listening to the exclusion of all the other things I was supposed to be doing. The story is listed as a childrens book but it is not intended for young children. Amazon states the recommended age as "young adult" but I would think anyone about 14 or up would love it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Skipping Christmas

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

Best selling author John Grisham ( A Time to Kill, The Brethren) returns with a new tale for modern times, offering a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become a part of our holiday tradition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple Pleasures!

  • By Lisa on 03-02-08

Wonderful Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-03

This is a wonderful, funny, and uplifting story - but what makes it all the better is the narrator! The humorous way he tells the story allowed me to feel the frustration of this husband and wife as they simply try to take a year off from the hustle of Christmas and are met with disbelief from their friends and neighbors.