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Wild Horses Flying

Bremerton, WA
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  • To Scotland with Love

  • Kilts and Quilts, Book 1
  • By: Patience Griffin
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Caitriona Macleod gave up her career as an investigative reporter for the role of perfect wife. But after her husband is found dead in his mistress's bed, a devastated Cait leaves Chicago for the birthplace she hasn't seen since she was a child. She's hoping to heal and reconnect with her gran. The last thing she expects to find in Gandiegow is the Sexiest Man Alive. Graham Buchanan is a movie star with many secrets. A Gandiegow native, he frequently hides out in his hometown between films.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough of sexy Scottish men...

  • By SIMARA on 09-30-14

good but

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

My problem with To Scotland with Love was the bald intention of betrayal that carried through almost to the end - despite the love, trust and friendship she was being given. This is SO WRONG I almost couldn't keep listening. But I did keep listening because the other parts were so well written and well-depicted people in a small Scottish town and because the issues that came up around the main plot were so real and important in our human lives and dealt with so sensitively.
So, it turned out I'm glad, teeth gritted & occasionally fast-forwarding, that I endured through to the end. In resolving it all Griffin showed (without being too corny) how any of us can and sometimes do slip, unconsciously, into such egregious betrayals.
I will probably try the next book and hope Griffin doesn't use such a tortuous plotting ploy again.
Also, sex scenes were often awkwardly forced - but I blipped over these because some of them had some original and funny elements and because other parts of the book were very good.

  • Legends Can Be Murder

  • Charlie Parker Series, Book 15
  • By: Connie Shelton
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Cook
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Charlie Parker and her husband Drake Langston accept a job with Gold Trail Adventures in Skagway, Alaska, flying visitors by helicopter to remote cabin sites to experience the outdoor lifestyle and seek their fortunes. It isn't long before one of the guests finds a set of bones in an old mine, remains that date back decades.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Implausible and overdone stereotypes

  • By Wild Horses Flying on 10-05-18

Implausible and overdone stereotypes

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I like several of Shelton's books for interesting plots, the natural flow of human interests and because she creates good stories without a lot of horror. But in Legends Can Be Murder the old gold panner dirty tricks is an a very tired theme and the over-stereotyping of all wealthy people as spoiled children was offensive -- and I'm not even rich ;)

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, excellent performance

  • By 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿 on 06-16-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I have really liked Ellis's Fens series with Nikki Galena and crew - good plots, characters with depth. This one, "Their Lost Daughters" doesn't have much plot but is more just a fleshed out animation of the awfulness of kidnap, abuse and killing but WORST is that Ellis has gone off the deep end with overblown emotionalism - like a soap opera. If you like soap opera you'll probably like this. If she'd had an editor other than Audible - the editor would probably have pointed this out to Ellis or just not published it. None of the Fens books bulged out this way - they contained and expressed strong emotion but kept it contained within the body of the whole - so it was very effective and an important contributing element. Neither Jackman nor Evans are interesting.
Audible has made much ado about Armitage's sexy deep resonant voice - which it IS and I'm sure he IS a good actor but in this reading he uses his voice to only further the over-done emotionalism. He also puts pauses in his pacing which, on stage, are exactly right but which in reading a book are distracting and irritating.
I don't know what Ellis was thinking . . . but, for her sake, I don't think this book should have been published.

  • Fires of London

  • The Francis Bacon Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Janice Law
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Francis Bacon walks the streets of World War II London, employed as a warden for the ARP to keep watch for activities that might tip off the Axis powers. Before the war, Bacon had travelled to Berlin and Paris, picking up snatches of culture from a succession of middle-aged men charmed by his young face. Known for his flamboyant personal life and expensive taste, Bacon has returned home to live with his former nanny in a cramped bohemian apartment. But one night, death intrudes on his after-hours paradise.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A study in depravity

  • By Wild Horses Flying on 09-24-18

A study in depravity

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I didn't realize this book is a "historical" novel that brings to life for the reader to virtually experience -- a very troubled, depraved life. I'm not at all sure that this kind of book isn't more a 'spreading of disease' than a way of increasing knowledge, understanding, insight and compassion.

  • The Blood Strand

  • Foroyar Triology, Book 1
  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 189

Jan Reyna is a murder squad detective, British by adoption and choice, Faroese by birth and history. Called back to the remote Danish Faroe Islands when his father suffers a paralysing stroke, Reyna is forced to reexamine his decades-long rejection of the past and of his father in particular. But in this now-foreign country, whose language and customs he no longer understands, Reyna is also drawn into a rare Faroese murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent first book

  • By Dr. William J. Kass on 03-22-16

Beginner showing promise

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Rich description that sets person and place is very good. Plot is basically good. But Addis doesn't have control of the whole so the story keeps bulging out with ancillary plots, unnecessary info and tedious repetition - bad enough - and then he doesn't tie half of these meanderings back in to the main plots.
I kept reading because he's so ALMOST very good. I'd think, "Ok, he's got control now . . ." But he didn't. I hope he gets a good editor/reader to help him see where his story is slopping off at the edges. I think he would be a very good writer if/when he gets control of this.

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  • Broken Ice

  • The Nils Shapiro Series, Book 2
  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small northern hockey town of Warroad, Minnestota. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night's game. Linnea's friend Haley Housch is also missing - and soon found dead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic despite mispronunciations

  • By fingerpickerguy on 06-16-18

Loopdy-loops

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Loopdy-loops that take a long time to go nowhere. I do not recommend this book.

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  • The Bookshop of Yesterdays

  • By: Amy Meyerson
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s 12th birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear about him again until 16 years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy, and one final scavenger hunt.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't connect with the main character

  • By Sallie on 09-08-18

Inane

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Don't know where those glowing reviews came from. Insipid. Trite theme uninterestingly told. No ill wlshes to the author but other than complete sentences there is no reason to recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Classified as Murder

  • By: Miranda James
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Aging eccentric James Delacorte asks Charlie the librarian to do an inventory of his rare book collection - but the job goes from tedious to terrifying when James turns up dead. Relying on his cat Diesel to paw around for clues, Charlie has to catch the killer before another victim checks out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun murer mystery. Realistic cat involvement.

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-19-14

Catchy plot & still pleasingly cozy

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Sometimes I really enjoy a good plot with dynamics -- that doesn't wear me out with horror or nerve-wracking terror and suspense. This combination of good plot but still keeping it cozy is difficult to achieve. James does it in this one. Real life issues come up so it's not just inane and they're dealt with in realistic ways too -- the relationship between father and son develops and improves - which keeps the cozy. But the reader does feel the reality of the problem and tension - which makes the cozy aspect satisfying instead of sappy or corny. This happens with other characters in the book too. I wish there were more like this.

  • The Bride’s House

  • By: Sandra Dallas
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

The New York Times best-selling author of Whiter Than Snow, Sandra Dallas delivers a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who live in a Victorian Colorado house. While the house is under construction in 1880, a 17-year-old servant imagines living in the “Bride’s House” with one of her several suitors. Decades later, the legacy and secrets of earlier Bride’s House women cause the current occupant to question what she really wants and who she truly loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another story of courage

  • By Vi on 06-07-12

Like it's written for kindergartners

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

The telling of this story is so simplistic it's unreal - even as it involves grownup matters. My eyes are crossed in bogglement that any adult would find this entertaining. Maybe some of Dallas's books are better.

  • The Echo Killing

  • A Mystery
  • By: Christi Daugherty
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was 12 has made her love Savannah any less. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Great Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-30-18

Another obnoxious heroine

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Not only does this heroine do stupid things, she's self-centered, self-indulgent and hyper-drama queen emotional all the time. Finding her mother dead in the kitchen, severe as that was, does not justify this character.