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Heather Burwell

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Charming

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I am a big fan of the original recording of Ms. Pilcher's, Winter Solstice recorded by Lynn Redgrave. I have yet to find its equal in story quality and narrator. This story comes extremely close. The narration exceeds my expectations and Lucy does an amazing job of conveying both character and exposition with clear difference. The characters are ones you enjoy getting to know and hearing more about. The story is slightly predictable but that is one of the charms of the whole thing.

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Still my favorite Series 21 Stories Later

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This series just keeps getting better. I stalk audible waiting for the next release in the series.

Getting to know the characters has been great. If you have been a long time listener to the Cherringham series I want to assure you the same great stories continue. There has been no drop in quality as the series continues.

As we know Neil Dudgeon makes the books as the narrator. Because of his talent I have such a clear picture of Cherringham and all of the people in the village. I cannot wait for the next release in August!

Slow and Disjointed

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

This one had great potential but never really took off. A lot of filler that just made the story messy. There were so many miscellaneous characters that did not add anything to the story. No clear profession in the story or build up. It was suddenly solved and then over. I still have no idea how we got there. No real crime solving occurred.

The narrator is what kept me listening.

Must!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

If you could sum up Dog on It in three words, what would they be?

Border Collie Fun

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It actually did! I worried about Chet and his misadventures.

Which scene was your favorite?

"I barked. He barked. I barked. He barked. I barked. He barked...."

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed constantly. This entire book is a mystery told through the view of a dog. I got really anxious when Chet was hurt.

Any additional comments?

Jim Frangione made this book. He brought it to life. Spencer Quinn is a genius at how he writes but without Jim to execute it could have misfired. Jim hits this perfectly.

Love the Series

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Would you listen to Fire Study again? Why?

Yes! I bought in 2012 and have listened to several times. I love the characters of this series. Their motivations are not transparent and the story unfolds to reveal new plot twists.

What other book might you compare Fire Study to and why?

This is the original Hunger Games.

What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

Loved it. The fact she can do many voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The reveal. I do not want to spoil it but the moment when the whole story opens up and we see the 'entire playing field'.

A Fine Distraction

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Where does Jackaby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best, but by no means horrible. A solid mystery.

What did you like best about this story?

The 'whodunnit' and getting to figure out the mystery. The characters were thin and did not have a ton of depth. They were typical archetypes. It was the story that carried the day.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicola Barber?

Nicola struggled with some character voices. Her choice for Jackaby's voice was extremely distracting. She made him hollow.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme. Just a simple procedural/mystery with a paranormal twist.

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My Favorite New Series

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

If you could sum up Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 1 - 3) in three words, what would they be?

Cozy Community of Characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This is not edge of you seat thriller stuff. This is like a good puzzle. The characters are just as important as the mystery. That is what makes it so good. The character development drives this series. I want to keep revisiting this community---no matter how much crime there is!

What does Neil Dudgeon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Neil is a new narrator for me but I have quickly added him to my perferred list. He is a perfect match to the story and writing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Listened to all 3 sets of three in one week. I need more.

A Fun, Cozy Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

If you could sum up Christmas at the Cottage in three words, what would they be?

Cozy, Light, Characters

Which character – as performed by Jan Cramer – was your favorite?

Rowan

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was so perfect and cozy for a Sunday afternoon listen with a cup of tea and a puzzle. It was not one that made you think too much. It was character driven with funny scenes that will have you giggling.

Just say NO to zombies

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

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

No zombies. It is my own fault. I don't do zombies. Not because they are scary but because it is not believable. It should have known better. I loved Jamie's other books so I just jumped in.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something happy with dogs.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Worked with material.

What character would you cut from Red Hill?

Zombies

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Favorite Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

What did you love best about Izzy and Lenore?

The intertwining story. The authors ability to step outside of himself and he critical of self. The dogs make the story. Love the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Izzy and Lenore?

I don't want to spoil the books with specifics. The narrator, Tom is the key to the success of this book for me. He vividly brings the "characters" and the author to life. He is the voice of Jon Katz for me.

Which scene was your favorite?

No spoilers!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried. Izzy's hospice work is especially touching and the stories about the lives she impacted will warm you.

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