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  • The Victory Garden

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong 21-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage. When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely WW1 Story

  • By alyssa on 02-17-19

I wish it was a series

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

I am a huge Rhys Bowen fan that was let down with “The Tuscan Child” so I was not sure what to expect from “The Victory Garden”.

I felt like the plot changed directions a hundred times, as if the author had too many ideas and was trying to cram a whole series worth of plots into just one book. It proves my point that to enjoy a book, especially when you are not able to suspend your disbelief and just go along with the story, you have to like the characters and in this case, I really did.

I totally would have gone along with this story as a series!

  • Victorian London

  • The Life of a City, 1840-1870
  • By: Liza Picard
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Like her previous books, this book will be the result of the author's passionate interest in the realities of everyday life, and the conditions in which most people lived, so often left out of history books. This period of mid-Victorian London encompasses a huge range of subjects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable journey into the past

  • By Zaubermond on 05-27-18

Very interesting!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This book had been on my “to read” shelf for almost 7 years! It was worth the wait.

Very interesting and informative.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but feels rushed in the ending

  • By maxine on 09-21-18

I wish it was told in chronological order

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Now that I am done and I can look back on the story, I can say I like it - but as I was reading it it got on my nerves.

I think I would have preferred it if the story had been told in chronological order, I feel l missed out on to much details trying to remember who was who and how they were linked back to so-and-so.

  • To the Grave

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 2
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

A curiously dated child’s suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun. In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile listen!

  • By RavidReader on 07-22-14

Great story - ALMOST to the end

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

The plot in this book could have existed perfectly well on its own, but the addition of a genealogical search was a great element and an original way to present the story.

I am not a fan of “Tragic Misunderstandings” so the conclusion irritated me, but I enjoyed the book and I am up for trying more in the series.

  • You Will Know Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Megan Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 941

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter, Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits - until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community, and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOTHING "like gone girl" like it claims

  • By lmb5 on 07-29-16

FAIL!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

It wasn’t even good enough to bother reviewing! Ouch! But that’s the truth.

I’m doing it because I feel like I need to protect my fellow Book Lovers from all the false advertising.

This book is NOT NOT NOT a:

• “breathless rollercoaster”
• “the next Gone Girl” … (which by the way is my top, number one, all time most HATED marketing ploy)
• “full of clever twists and turns”… ("clever"? - not even one)
• “the book to beat” …. (OMG on what planet??)

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

In addition, I don’t get the title.

So why did I keep going? I liked the whole Wannabe-Olympian-Gymnast angle.

  • A Serial Killer's Daughter

  • By: Kerri Rawson
  • Narrated by: Devon O'Day
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 273

In 2005, Dennis Rader confessed without remorse to the murders of 10 people, including two children - acts that destroyed seven families and wrecked countless lives in the process. As the town of Wichita, Kansas, celebrated the end of a 31-year nightmare, another was just beginning for his daughter, Kerri Rawson. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Get Through it

  • By M. Waite on 01-30-19

Too Much Religion

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

While I am happy for Kerri that she found God, that aspect of her story took up all lot of room and bored me out of my mind. In addition, I feel like the entire Camping Trip Ordeal could have been edited out.

I was more interested in her personal story of what it was like to be blind-sighted by the discovery that her dad was B.T.K. Talk about your world being thrown on it’s head!!! I was curious to get an insider’s point of view. The book did deliver on that topic - so all in all it was an interesting read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hell's Princess

  • The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm.” Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can a book about a serial killer be entertaining?

  • By Lori Hanson on 05-08-18

It did not hold my interest

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

It wasn’t bad, but it did not hold my interest all the way to the end. By the time we reached the trial portion of the book, I was in a hurry to finish.

What stood out for me the most in this story was the “circus” of sightseers!

I understand the human interest in ghoulish events and true-crime (I call it murdertainment), books and films and endless Dateline episodes can attest to the fact that people are fascinated by depravity on some level… but postcards of the corpses, hunting for souvenirs and treasures such as grave dirt and bone fragments shocked me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Husband's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,086
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,538

For fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door comes an addictive psychological thriller that's already an international sensation. When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • weak

  • By Jen Irish on 09-16-17

False advertising!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

“must-read thriller” “addictive psychological thriller” “every thriller’s trifecta: love, marriage, and murder”…

Oh PUH-LEEEEZE! This barely rates as a thriller at all; it was not even mildly suspenseful in my opinion. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t good or interesting, but let’s not go overboard.

The Washington Post says: “The novel’s plot is as provocative as its title.” I thought the title was stupid. For the first three quarters of the book there is no such character so it’s just a confusing heading.

I think the author just liked the way it sounded because by the time there was a “my husband’s wife” you could play a drinking game given the amount of times it’s mentioned.

Overall, not horrible, but not worth the hype at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Walking Shadows

  • A Decker/Lazarus Novel
  • By: Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

On a quiet street in upstate New York, the body of a young man is discovered in the woods. Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil a resident of the neighboring town of Hamilton, had no criminal record, few friends, worked full-time, and attended community college. But as detective Peter Decker learns, the kid is linked to the criminal world. When Brady was a baby, his father, Brandon Gratz, was convicted of robbing and killing the owners of a local jewelry store. While Gratz and his partner, Kyle Masterson, admitted to the robbery, they swore they left the owners, Glen and Lydia Levine, alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tough one

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-09-18

I miss the good old days…

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

I like this series and enjoyed the book, but I would have enjoyed it much more if I was better able to keep track of who is who!

What I used to like most about this series was the day-to-day life of Rina and Peter, but this thread has vanished and that’s too bad. The kids are gone and Rina is little more than a saccharine, sandwich making machine. UGH such a shame.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Victim

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 529

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen. It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge.... Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Would have rated four stars if narrator was better

  • By Loves2Read on 03-24-18

I had to extra suspend my disbelief

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Too many leaps

To really enjoy this story, you have to make a few large leaps of faith and accept some facts without explanation… something that I was not completely able to do.

The two largest being:

1- Just accept Luke is a maniac with no clarification, explanation or any details about what makes him tick and why. He’s just nuts.

2- Don’t question why Alex just doubts his wife from the get-go. It never felt right to me – no confrontations, no discussions, just suspicion and mistrust from the start.

Still, I like this formula of psychological thrillers featuring unreliable narrators and a small cast of characters and so overall I enjoyed the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful