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Amazing in Battle Ground

Battle Ground WA
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  • On Agate Hill

  • A Novel
  • By: Lee Smith
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes, Danielle Ferland, Katie Firth
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Orphaned when her father dies in the Civil War, Molly Petree is taken in by Uncle Junius on his Agate Hill plantation. But the terminally ill Junius is manipulated into marriage by his housekeeper, Selena, who inherits Agate Hill upon his death. Neglected and abused under Selena's watch, Molly escapes to a better life with help from her father's closest battlefield companion. But as she grows into a refined, educated woman, Molly remains haunted by tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • engrossing

  • By Mary on 03-20-07

Authentic Southern Tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-07

If you want to know some of the unique nuances of Southern Culture, you can trust Lee Smith to deliver. So many details are captured and woven perfectly into a truly beliveable story. Mollys ability to survive and perservere makes me more appreciative of my own life. I love reading a good southern novel that can take me back to the South I know. The soft musical ending helps to ease you out of that time and back into the present. I would love to meet Lee Smith and spend an afternoon on the porch with a pitcher of "Sweet Tea" and sharing stories.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistling Season

  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wordplay

  • By Rick Just on 12-21-06

I so enjoyed this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

It was easy to get lost in this story. So well done by Mr. Doig. As a native Idahoan, my knowledge of Montana, Idaho and Washington, gave me even more of an experience of going home. Listen carefully and you will experience it as it is, for yourself.
A very talented author who captures the simplicity of the time, and intricacy of the characters.
One of the few Authors I would love to meet.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistling Season Part 2

  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Experience the simplicity

  • By Amazing in Battle Ground on 01-24-07

Experience the simplicity

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-07

Ivan Doig captures the essence of rural life when things were less complicated. I so enjoyed the development of each of the characters. By the end of the book, I could have drawn the school house and could have recognized each person had I met them on the street.
This is my third Ivan Doig title, and I enjoy falling into another time with each new story. A more grownup version of Little House on the Prairie with more complex storylines. I can't wait to start my next Ivan Doig Novel.

  • Daughters of Eden

  • By: Charlotte Bingham
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Daughters of Eden focuses on the lives and fortunes of four very different young women at the outbreak of the Second World War. Marjorie, left at a boarding school by her emigrating mother; plain Poppy, pushed into marriage with a mean-spirited aristocrat; Kate, despised by her father, but determined to prove herself; and man-mad Lily, who turns out to be the bravest of them all. That all of them are chosen to work undercover for the espionage unit at Eden Park is a surprise, not least to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing book everyone should read.

  • By XX on 09-11-05

Lovely Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-06

This book had promise, but in all the story lines fizzled out. I could imagine a different author taking the outline and really adding the impact it lacked. The narrator was very talented with multiple voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beachcomber

  • By: Josephine Cox
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the summer of 1952, two strangers arrive in the pretty seaside hamlet of West Bay. Tom Arnold lost his wife and children when the car he was driving was run off a seaside road above the cliffs. He was the only survivor. Now he needs to be alone to deal with the pain. Kathy Wilson is trying to escape family problems and find peace of mind. In this delightful place, they both hope to rebuild their lives, yet someone is trying to wreck their search for happiness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not as promised.

  • By Amazing in Battle Ground on 04-08-06

Not as promised.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-06

The description of the book was the best thing about a story that had great potential. Weak characters, with a predictable plot line, like the previous reviewer, this story is aimed more to the beginning Harlequin reader. The narrator provided a excellent interpetation of the elegance of English with a beautiful British Accent. I finished this because I feel every book I purchase deserves to be read, but it was a struggle to finish.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful