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Paulette

ellicott city, MD, United States
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  • Guilt Edged

  • By: Judith Cutler
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

When a middle-aged woman enters Lina Townend's antiques shop wanting to sell a white Beswick china horse which she claims is a cherished heirloom, Lina's instincts tell her to avoid the sale. Suddenly, wherever she goes, Lina sees the supposedly rare white horses. Something strange is afoot. As she looks further into the matter, it turns out the horses are merely the tip of the iceberg. But Lina's investigations are attracting unwelcome attention.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not even Diana Bishop could save this one.

  • By Paulette on 04-17-15

Not even Diana Bishop could save this one.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

What would have made Guilt Edged better?

There was always a promise that something might happen; it never did. You expect a mystery to tantalize you with snippets of suspense or likely characters who might be culpable. Not so here. The actual crime is only alluded to during the course of this clunker and with so many characters who add not a bit of spice to the "plot"this book becomes tedious and after a time I ceased to care what the crime was or who dunnit. I think one would prefer to read the yellow pages instead.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something not by this author.

Which scene was your favorite?

None, actually.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Diana Bishop is a superb reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Family

  • Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century
  • By: David Laskin
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In the latter half of the 19th century Laskin's great-great-grandfather, a Torah scribe named Shimon Dov HaKohen, raised six children with his wife, Beyle, at the western fringe of the Russian empire. The HaKohen family split off into three branches. One branch emigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; one branch went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; and the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the Holocaust.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great potential, but doesn't quite make it

  • By Elizabeth on 06-18-14

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 11-11-13

What made the experience of listening to The Family the most enjoyable?

David Lasken has written a saga of a family's hard work, enduring love, heartbreak and fate. This true story encompasses life's experiences that are relevant to every individual. The reader feels as though he has made the journey along with this family and one embraces each member and feels immersed in his or her story.

What did you like best about this story?

The tone and the even-handedness of the author in telling the story.

What about Geoffrey Cantor’s performance did you like?

Was able to sweep you up and engage the listener as if this was really his story.

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

The epilogue was immensely moving.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder at the Nineteenth

  • By: J. M. Gregson
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

When there is a violent murder at a historic Home Counties golf club, Superintendent John Lambert himself discovers the crime. For the first time in a long career, he finds himself conducting a murder inquiry among people he knows well. The victim is the chairman of the golf club and a prominent local businessman, and it is soon clear that the members of the Club Committee are the chief suspects. They are all prominent members of the local community, and Lambert is saddled with a Chief Constable who is uncomfortably aware of the fact.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Deadly dull

  • By Paulette on 02-25-13

Deadly dull

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

What disappointed you about Murder at the Nineteenth?

Bland characters, plodding action, repetitiveness and reader's frequently audible swallowing.












































































































































What could J. M. Gregson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More character development. Attempts to make the reader connect with individuals.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nicholas Bell’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Very few.

  • Painting the Darkness

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeletons in every closet

  • By Janice on 04-29-13

A Knockout Puzzle.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-13

What made the experience of listening to Painting the Darkness the most enjoyable?

Though longer than it needs to be, this thriller keeps the reader on tender hooks. The author weaves a psychological tale with so many ins and outs that the reader will be constantly mesmerized. One vacillates every few minutes between certainty and uncertainty over what the truth really is in this engaging mystery. Michael Kitchen's mellifluous voice is the icing on the cake.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the psychology of the choices of several characters .

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

Not a thing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Trouble in Topsham

  • By: Harriet Hicks
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Wind, rain and hail lashed the cottage. And Bun had just run out of knitting wool. What to do? Far too wet for walking up to the shops, she decided to have a poke at their drawing-room walls. Surely there must be alcoves hidden either side of that huge fireplace? Digging revealed a woman’s body…getting rid of it should have been easy, but for a young detective and a scoop-happy newspaper reporter. But when Bun’s younger sister has afternoon tea with their murder suspect, Bun is worried for her safety.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Touble in Topsham

  • By Paulette on 05-24-11

Touble in Topsham

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-11

This might have been a wonderful read with all the traditional English murder trimmings. Instead, it was deadly dull with protagonists who were supposed to be charming, witty eccentric spinsters. But their characters were contrived and they were much too pleased with themselves. I found it very hard to generate any interest in them. The "action' goes at a snail's pace and the plot is weak. I wouldn't recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful