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Barbara H. Handler

Knoxville, TN
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  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,217

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

Cut the middle section

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

It was like reading Unbroken over again. First and third sections were fine. The middle could have been much shorter without losing anything.

  • The Rejected Writers' Book Club

  • By: Suzanne Kelman
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited - and practically dragged - to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers' Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another's rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable

  • By Tanya M. Spiegel on 07-12-16

Too silly

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

Although there were some funny times, most was just plain silly. I wouldn't recommend this book.

  • My Mother's Kitchen

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life
  • By: Peter Gethers
  • Narrated by: Peter Gethers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 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 12

Peter Gethers wants to give his aging mother a very personal and perhaps final gift: a spectacular feast featuring all her favorite dishes. The problem is, although he was raised to love food and wine he doesn't really know how to cook. So he embarks upon an often hilarious and always touching culinary journey that will ultimately allow him to bring his mother's friends and loved ones to the table one last time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book you want to keep reading!

  • By dianne on 09-24-17

Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

A bit too much repetition of events but a very interesting story of an iconic family and their businesses.
Couldn't figure out hue to get the PDF files for the recipes!!

  • Every Last Lie

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins, Graham Hamilton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 721

Clara Solberg's world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident - until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon. Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick's death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By katie lloyd on 07-09-17

Not the best

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Too contrived and too much detail and repetition made it a slow go. Soap oper-y in my opinion.

  • Beer Money

  • A Memoir of Privilege and Loss
  • By: Frances Stroh
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Frances Stroh's earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Memoire but no real look at the wealth

  • By barbara on 08-07-16

Stroll along Stroh avenue

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I really miss the ice cream more than the beer. What a sad story of a rich distinction all family!

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  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,867

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By lesley on 10-08-16

Not up to usual standards

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

A bit draggy - repetitive. Still a good read (listen) and you didn't have to pay too much attention to it.

  • Cometh the Hour

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington, and Lady Virginia. Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy? Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy and can see no way out of her financial problems until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Less eventful than the others.

  • By Daniel McAfee on 02-23-16

They did it again!

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

The combination of writer and reader are perfect, as usual. The saga continues and there is enough flashback to remind you of the story threads without appearing redundant.
I'm sad that my friends had to leave me until the next book. Make it soon, Mr Archer!!

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,865

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

  • By AudioAddict on 09-04-15

Oh, what a web he weaves

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

Loved the story and all the mathy stuff. Don't think you'll be disappointed. I certainly wasn't. Hope there is a next chapter in this saga.

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  • The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

  • A Corduroy Mansions Novel
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

Literary agent Barbara Ragg has agreed to represent a man writing a book about his experiences hanging out with the Abominable Snowman. Terence Moongrove’s residence has become the target of New Age cosmologists. And pint-sized terrier Freddie de la Hay is being recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort food

  • By Robert on 07-28-11

Arf

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

Great narration and a story for all dog lovers! This author never fails to entertain. Spies mixed with England and a dog can't miss.

  • Mightier than the Sword

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025

Harry Clifton is more successful than ever as a novelist, and has just been elected president of PEN Britain. He learns of a writer in Russia whose memoir of life inside Stalin's palace has landed the writer in prison for life, his book taken off shelves and destroyed. Harry becomes obsessed with freeing the writer and telling his story. His wife Emma, meanwhile is the chair of Barringtons Shipping, having escaped a plot to destroy their company by bombing one of their luxury liners, and now the company is thriving.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better Then the Last Two

  • By Joel on 04-26-15

Archer hits a bull's eye, again!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Well, I just finished another Clift-on hanger. So how long will it be before we know what happens next? The only reason I don't like finishing a book in this series is that I know I will have to wait too long to find out the resolution of another ingenious plot.
Well done.

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