Nora R. Barth

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  • And Only to Deceive

  • Lady Emily, Book 1
  • By: Tasha Alexander
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tiresome

  • By nkevinsc on 03-05-15

Narration through syrup

3 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-15

What did you like best about And Only to Deceive? What did you like least?

Interesting period in British history relating to the role of women in society. Again, it helps to be very wealthy for physical comfort, but hell for individual right to achieve. But the naiveté of the main character was annoying. Things easily explained if folks just talked to each other.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tasha Alexander? Why or why not?

No, not really. Not interesting enough in terms of the development of the characters.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

Absolutely not. Sounded like she was reading to three year olds who needed time to absorb each word - narrating through syrup. This is the second book from Audible I've had this problem with. I wonder if they are actually asking their narrators to slow down instead or reading at a more natural speaking speed.

Do you think And Only to Deceive needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not that intersted in the characters. Too shallow.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Windigo Island

  • Cork O'Connor, Book 14
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

The award-winning author of the best-selling Cork O’Connor series, William Kent Krueger pens novels with pulse-racing suspense. In Windigo Island, the corpse of an Ojibwe girl washes ashore, and locals at the Bad Bluff reservation believe it to be the work of the mythical Windigo. But the dead girl’s friend is also missing, and sheriff-turned-PI Cork O’Connor will brave any danger to bring her home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All Saints

  • By Carole T. on 09-05-14

Don"t Even Bother

2 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Would you be willing to try another one of David Chandler’s performances?

Not according to this reading. It's as if the recording was done in slow motion, and each word was pronounced as if he was reading it for the first time and did not want to make a mistake. I've listened to him before, and enjoyed the experience, but not this time. Fire the producer.

I disliked this book, but I wonder if it was because I REALY disliked the reading. But I also found the plot thin, characters two dimensional, and the story switched from a focus on the protagonist, our friend, Cork O'Conner, to that of his daughter, Jenny, - and then you really disliked her father as seen through her eyes. What a mess of a book.

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

Not really. Mostly the characters did not continue to develop and grow as they have in the previous books in this series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Heaven

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic - a multi-layered mystery thriller!

  • By Alex on 07-03-09

Thoroughly Modern Western

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-08

C.J. Box has managed to write a Western novel, with all the standard elements, silent but tough cowboy, horse riding escapes, quintesential bad guys, and mysteries from the past. But all occurring in the present, where the culture of the last truely Western states are under assault from land hungry West Coast dropouts. No copouts either, both good and bad guys get hurt and die. But the best is that the characters and their actions make sense in context. A completely compelling read (well, listen).

14 of 14 people found this review helpful