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Caroline D. Hayes

Columbia, SC USA
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  • Fatal Promise

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 9
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell - a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young schoolgirl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead? As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner!

  • By Maine Knitter on 10-23-18

Absolutely not the best book of the series!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I think that Kim's narrative was just to dramatic and odious. She's always been a tough cookie, but her selfish attitude was just too much, this time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Curse of the Pharaohs

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935

The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Leanna on 04-20-11

Exquisite!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

How had I not learned of this authoress before? This series, so far is amazing. Love it! On to the next.

  • La oscura luz del sol de medianoche [The Dark Midnight Sun]

  • By: Cecilia Ekbäck
  • Narrated by: Marina Vinals Colubi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Suecia, 1855. El ministro de Justicia recibe un mensaje aterrador: ha habido una masacre en una montaña de Laponia. Uno de los nómadas sami, los nativos de la región, aparentemente ha asesinado a sangre fría a un sacerdote, a un oficial, y a un colono en la rectoría. El ministro envía a la zona a Magnus, un geólogo, con la tarea de investigar lo acontecido. Pero hay otros motivos por los cuales visitar Blackåsen, un lugar que esconde demasiados secretos. Magnus no viajará solo.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narradora horrible/ Horrible Narrator

  • By Caroline D. Hayes on 03-03-18

Narradora horrible/ Horrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Este libro me ha recordado a la razón por la cual me rehuso a comprar libros narrados en español. Los narradores tienen una entonación, un timbre, y una articulación de puto culo. La narradora de esta obra en particular es robótica. Estoy sufriendo con cada oración que produce. No puedo creer que no puedan encontrar a alguien mejor que esta tía. ¡Válgame Dios! Y yo que estaba tan entusiasmada con este libro. Vinals Colubi lo ha arruinado para mi. ¡Qué va! No sé si lo termine. Es una mierda./ This book has reminded me of the reason why I refuse to buy narrated books in Spanish. The narrators have an intonation, a pitch, and an fucked up articulation. The narrator of this particular work is robotic. I am suffering with every sentence that she produces. I can not believe they cannot find someone better than this broad. Oh my GOD! And I was so excited about this book. Vinals Colubi has ruined it for me. No way! I do not know if I can finish it. It's bullshit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pearl of China

  • By: Anchee Min
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

An internationally best-selling author, Anchee Min draws upon her Chinese heritage to pen lush historical epics. Here she transports listeners to the Far East for a fictionalized account of acclaimed author Pearl Buck’s youth. Arriving in late 19th-century China with her missionary parents, Buck is soon fascinated by her new home and strikes up a friendship with a young Chinese girl named Willow. The two become inseparable, even as civil war, failed relationships, and world conflicts threaten all they hold dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Fascinating

  • By Lesley on 08-15-10

Beautiful and nostalgic

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

A beautifully written story with a mix of non-fiction and fiction. Some parts of the narrative do sound a bit fantastic and exaggerated, but it could easily be a faithful reflection of Buck's passion, experiences, and yearning for China. Well-worth the read. Lovely.

  • Three Souls

  • A Novel
  • By: Janie Chang
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

We have three souls, or so I'd been told. But only in death could I confirm this.... So begins the haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls - stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun - who will guide her toward understanding. She must, they tell her, make amends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely story telling.

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-18

So rich in culture!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Absolutely beautiful! Absolutely loved it! So rich in Chinese culture! Great read! I highly recommend it!

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,533

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

One of the greatest books I've ever read...

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I absolutely love this book. It made me laugh so hard I cried. It makes me think of all those Ford people, and Chevy people, and die hard patriots who believe in shopping locally, and that Asian products are part of a conspiracy. Kinda reminds me of my grandaddy. I can soooo hear him blurting out some of those Ove phrases. Everyone has an Ove in their life, and if they don't or haven't, they have missed out on the greatest lessons in life. Such a great book! You've gotta read it. I hesitated at first, but I'm so glad I forced myself to read it! Good read, indeed!

  • Undone

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794

In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery - as three people, with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stand between a madman and his next crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slaughter's got it goin on!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-23-13

Not my favorite, but...

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

Reviewed: 12-19-15

As usual, one of those books hard to stop reading. However, this one was not as good as the previous ones, in my book. I will continue with the series, though. I have simply found a new favorite author!

  • Vanishing Point

  • By: Mary Sharratt
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In the tradition of Philippa Gregorys smart, transporting fiction comes this tale of dark suspense, love, and betrayal, featuring two star-crossed sisters, one lost and the other searching.Bright and inquisitive, Hannah Powers was raised by a father who treated her as if she were his son. While her beautiful and reckless sister, May, pushes the limits of propriety in their small English town, Hannah harbors her own secret: their father has given her an education forbidden to women.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a twist...

  • By Caroline D. Hayes on 07-23-15

What a twist...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

What a twist. This book made me sad, angry, sad again, and then totally pissed off! What a story! It kept me going until the end. Kept me on pins and needles. It's hard to stop reading after you've begun because of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of May. What a story, I tell you. I loved it! I crave another.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Pledge of Silence

  • By: Flora J. Solomon
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

When Margie Bauer joins the Army Nurse Corps in 1941, she is delighted to be assigned to Manila - the Pearl of the Orient. Though rumors of war circulate, she feels safe - the island is fortified, the airbases are ample, and the Filipino troops are well-trained.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story about a WW2 nurse!

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-25-15

Strong Female Characters...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

You could definitely tell that this was a piece of historical 'fiction' based on the narratives of WWII survivors, and given a romantic twist to it. It was a great story, overall, but again, it is a work of fiction. I guess I am used to memoirs, at this point, so my expectations are a bit different. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a novel with very vivid descriptions of army nurse life in the Philippines during the war. Strong female characters are described, and therefore, if feminism and female strength of character are your cup of tea, you will love it, I enjoyed it, immensely.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Song of Survival

  • By: Helen Colijn
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Helen Colijn's account of her wartime experiences is a window into a largely overlooked dimension of World War II, the imprisonment of women and children in Southeast Asia by the Japanese and how these prisoners of war responded to their dire circumstances. The conditions were harsh, terrible. Food was scarce, medicine unavailable. Held in captivity for three and a half years, more than a third of the women in Helen's camp died of disease or starvation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I listened to all of it

  • By D. Jacobsen on 04-28-08

Great book! Great insight!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Beautifully done! Very few WWII narratives can be told with so much hope, and pride for surviving. This book pulled it off incredibly well. Coljin is an eternal optimist, and paints an incredible picture of one complex situation after another. A very pleasurable read. Great narrative.