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  • Glass Houses

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 13
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-11-17

Best of the series

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I savored this book over several days. i would listen two hours at a time and I must say that this one had me hooked.

Not once did I figure out the murderer until it was revealed. I thought back then and realized the clues were there but they were so subtle. I will take pleasure in listening to Glass Houses again.

Ms Penny is at the height of her craft. My only criticism is that when listening vs reading, it was slightly confusing about the time frame. I didn't always know if it was flashback or present. If I were reading I would have been paying a little bit more attention.

The reader is superb.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,787

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

I gave it five stars with reservations

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

I immediately gave the book five stars after listening to it because it was very entertaining and I didn't want to stop listening, however there are a few major flaws in the plot where I had to suspend disbelief.

The mother was supposed to have been a concert violinist so one would assume she would have been educated but in remembered dialogue she speaks with terrible grammar.

How would the girl have learned to play the violin so proficiently without having heard recorded or live music, but only was exposed to her mother's playing before she descended into madness?

How would the girls have been immediately surrendered to their father's care without first going to a foster home, especially with only one day notice?

How would they not have been the recipients of major psychological therapy after their ordeal, especially physical and gynecological exams.

Why would they assume that no one knew who the girls were since the father had appeared on TV for years trying to find his daughter?

These questions did not impinge on my enjoyment of the book, until later and I felt I had been a little conned.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying to get past the narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-16

What a dumb bunny!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

I lost my patience with the stupidity of the main character. It started off so well with a plot about a woman who was a doormat and included some funny scenes with the gossipy neighbors. It went downhill from there. It was never explained what the crime was all about or why she became involved. Lots of gaps in reasoning here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redefining Realness

  • My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
  • By: Janet Mock
  • Narrated by: Janet Mock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 884

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering listeners accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Janet is elegant in her vivid honest pictures

  • By lisa on 03-23-16

To better understand gender identity, read this bo

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

If you could sum up Redefining Realness in three words, what would they be?

This is a very honest memoir. I came away with a greater sympathy for trans gender teens and their struggles just to be who they are.

What did you like best about this story?

The author has such a giving spirit. I am in awe of her energy and her capacity to love and forgive her family.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I am woman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Look Again

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops - the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good!

  • By Susan on 04-18-09

Should have been abridged.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

Any additional comments?

Endless detail made the book drag on at times. The ending was predictable, except for one detail. The main character was sympathies, although some of the legal aspects require the reader suspend disbelief. I still enjoyed the book despite its flaws.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,120

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

Ludicrous Story Line

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

Any additional comments?

I am halfway through the book but I don't know if I can bear to finish. The story holds promise, especially the tale of a Chinese woman in the Northwest who barely escapes the mass deportation of ethnic Chinese during the late 19thCentury. It gets bogged down in the ridiculous modern storyline.

The modern day main character is a descendant of a founding member of the Seattle maritime industry. Her father runs the lucrative shipping company that has passed down through the family. Her father also lives in a tony suburb and owns a yacht. Why then is his daughter graduating from college with crippling student loan debt? Wouldn't a parent such as this fund her higher education?

She then goes on to inherit a property and decides to build a spa hotel. Work commences within days and she gets permits within four days. The author insults our intelligence by assuming we are not going to question this. The author could have spent a little more time making the story more plausible.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Angel Tree

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

Thirty years have passed since Greta Marchmont left the Marchmont Hall. Now she finally returns, with amnesia and no memory of her past. But a walk through the wintry landscape leads to a disturbing discovery: she comes across a grave in the forest, and the weathered inscription on the cross tells her that her own son is buried here. Greta begins to search for the woman she once was, and to do so she must summon all of her courage....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good!

  • By M. Ryder on 01-19-16

Characters elicited no sympathy

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

What disappointed you about The Angel Tree?

The main character was so unsympathetic. She was a weak woman who couldn't see beyond her own warped view. I could not understand why the male character found her so attractive. She was insipid both as a young and old woman. I haven't slogged through the last five hours so perhaps she will redeem herself. The supporting characters were engaging.

What could Lucinda Riley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She should have done some research. At the time period, the studio system in Hollywood, as well as morality clauses we're thing of the past. I also don't believe a schizophrenic can go fifteen years without a psychotic episode.

What three words best describe Julia Barrie’s performance?

Not too bad. Overall was OK but American male characters were not very good.

What character would you cut from The Angel Tree?

I hate to say it but the main one, Greta.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed several books by this author so I was surprised that this one was so slapdash.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of a Charmed Life

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,301

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year

  • By Joyce BZ on 06-19-15

Plot made no sense

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Meissner again?

No

What three words best describe Alana Kerr’s performance?

Mediocre

Could you see Secrets of a Charmed Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Aside from numerous mistakes in writing details about Britain, I could not understand why the main characters behaved in such an erratic manner. If you are trying to search for your long lost family member, why would you change your name? Why would you remove a child for her safety without leaving a note as to her whereabouts? I have two hours left on this one but probably won't bother finishing. No worth a credit.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Crossing

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,109

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book; every last bit of it

  • By Michele B on 11-10-15

Knocked it out of the park

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Any additional comments?

Great pairing Mickey Haller and Bosch together. It was easy to follow and totally entertaining. I always look forward to a new one by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Will

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,111

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KRISTEN ASHLEY AT HER BEST!

  • By Yvette on 03-30-15

Still three hours to go but I just can't finish it

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

What disappointed you about The Will?

Boring, poorly written, nothing ever happens.

Has The Will turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Hollis McCarthy’s performance?

She was ok

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Will?

The scene where the main character describes a woman of their acquaintance publicly performing oral sex on her husband and then suggests his girlfriend cultivate a friendship with her because she needs women friends. Yuck.

Any additional comments?

I love books where there is a will involved; ancient family secrets to be discovered by the descendants. This is not about that. It is strictly a romance novel, with ridiculous characters true to stereotype. The writing is so baddddd. The woman is described as a globe trotter, then in the next sentence she is "trotting the globe." There may have been a big surprise at the end where her long lost mother reappears but I couldn't get through it. You would have to be very easily entertained to find anything worthy in this trash.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful