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Sequim, WA, United States
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The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper audiobook cover art

Love me my Travis McGee

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

I read this last in print back when I was in college and it had just come out. Trav receives a letter from a woman he'd known years earlier asking him to find a way to save her older daughter from an apparent self-destructive bent. But little is as it appears once he arrives and meets again the woman he last saw as a bereaved adolescent.

Well written and paced, and the appreciation for what was being done to the woman was way ahead of its time.

Definitely recommended. And Petkoff has definitely made the McGee series his own!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

An Irish Country Doctor audiobook cover art

A delightful read concerning a delightful region

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-15

Dr. Laverty was thrilled to find an advertisement for an assistant to work in a basically rural area of Ireland not that far from the area where he'd been raised and trained as a physician. He'd leave the glory of becoming a brilliant surgeon to his classmates who stayed with the hospital--he wanted to see the people of a distinct region throughout the seasons of their lives. But was he quite ready for the practice he found himself in, where the current physician's attitude is "Never give the customers the upper hand"?

Wonderfully warm and humorous, and well worth the read!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances audiobook cover art

Oh, for those who love dogs!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-14

All her life Evie has been searching for a place where she can belong, a place where she can help build lives, and she finds it at the Mountaintop Sanctuary for Dogs. Along with other lost souls, both canine and human, she finds the transforming power of love and learns to use that power as well as benefit from what comes her way. A delightful read, well performed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A fascinating alternate history for our land

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-14

Eff struggles to find her place while seeking to limit the damage she might cause, what with being the thirteenth child born to her family and the older twin to her brother Lan, a seventh son of a seventh son. Everyone knows, after all, that Double Sevens are both lucky and powerful natural magicians, while thirteenth children are bad luck to have around and certain to go bad. But in trying to control the curse she fears lies on her, is Eff likely to destroy her own considerable magic power?

Far from the prejudice shown by her father's family back east, Eff finds Mill City on the Mammoth River to offer far more acceptance than she'd known as a small child. And as she grows she becomes increasingly fascinated by the lands west of the Great Divide where a powerful magic boundary runs along the river, keeping creatures such as mammoths and wooly rhinos, sphinxes and ice dragons west of the mixed spells set up to protect the settled lands. In this alternate United States, after all, magic is a real source of power; and it is both respected and necessary for those who wish to settle in the plains west of the river. Or, is it as necessary as is commonly believed?

Patricia Wrede has written a fascinating first volume in what promises to be an entertaining and thought-provoking series of a girl growing up on the leading edge of a growing nation in which magic is a common feature of life. Perhaps inspired equally by Laura Ingals Wilder, J.K. Rowling, and Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series. Narration is good, but could be better, I think.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Both striking and inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-14

Of all the books I've read lately, this grabbed me fastest and has influenced me most. Told from the point of view of Peekay, a child of British breeding in South Africa, we see the roiling struggle for dominance and rule between the Boers and the British and the accompanying struggle for survival and dignity of the many native tribes and clans that made up the black majority in the region. How did a small but brilliant boy from a poor white family come to inspire the clans to unite and reach for the hope they know is there as much for them as for anyone else?

The story is gripping, the characters sympathetic, the time period fascinating, and the narration superb. Definitely not a book to ignore!

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Most satisfying

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-14

Sex kitten Lisa Dean is most men's dream as a possible sexual partner, but not for Travis McGee, who is more attracted to Ms. Dean's private secretary. Too bad that this secretary is considered the Ice Queen, for he's instructed to work with the woman to find some damning photos taken at an impromptu swinging house party and see them destroyed.

Who killed the photographer, though, and appears willing to do anything possible to keep McGee and his female companion from completing their commission?

I last read this book shortly after it was first published, back in the sixties, as my older brother and I "borrowed" it from our dad's collection to read it for ourselves. John D. MacDonald founded the genre of the thriller as far as I'm concerned, and his books are as readable now as they were when they were first released.

Enjoy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Story decent; visual disability a laugh

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

Reviewed: 02-11-14

The daughter of a professor and a scholar of medieval literature and languages in her own right, Rosalind Hawkins is uncertain as to what her future holds when her father dies unexpectedly and she learns his creditors intend to take everything he'd ever owned. The offer to become a governess to two children living in an isolated home north of San Francisco sounds almost too good to be true. When she learns that the children do not exist, but instead her new employer wishes her to read to him through a speaking tube she's not certain what to think.

Whom should she believe--her new employer's private secretary, who characterizes the master of the place as depraved, or the horse gifted to their employer who obviously finds the secretary less than trustworthy? And just what does she think about all the esoteric volumes she's expected to read?

Not a bad story, but the depiction of the lady's near-sightedness had me shaking my head with disgust. As one who's endured myopia most of my life, I'm here to tell you that we just ain't all that helpless without our glasses! Not the best in the series, but not the worst, either, and the narration is fine. Also, Lackey has used the Beauty and the Beast scenario before in her Five Hundred Kingdoms series with the same man-beast combination, and I think that she did better there than here.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A lovely return to my childhood favorites

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-14

When I was a child and ill, I'd lie on the couch wrapped in sheet blankets and warm blankies where Mom could keep an eye on me with a stack of books at hand, and the Doctor Dolittle books were among my favorites. Ah, to read that first adventure once again as John Dolittle makes the transition from people to animal doctor and finds himself called off to Africa to nurse monkeys back to health was a joy.

Do be advised that this book was written over half a century ago, and not all of its language is now seen as politically correct. In spite of it, I enjoyed reading the interaction of Dr. Dolittle and his animal family as they interact with the people of Jollinki. And, as is noted in the afterword, the animals, in spite of being able to converse easily with Dr. Doolittle, are still the animals they are and not anthropomorphised.

Still as fun to read as it was in the fifties!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A wonderful performance!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-14

I love this story of the relationship between Joey and Albert, and the narration is indeed superb. Now I hope I can find a DVD of the movie adaptation. Definitely an audiobook I recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A fun read

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

Reviewed: 02-11-14

Am not given to vampire stories, although I have found a few exceptions, including this one. Henry FitzRoy is not exactly your everyday vampire, after all, having been in his short lifetime the illegitimate son of an all too (in)famous king. He's managed to survive for four hundred fifty or so years as a vampire, and he doesn't intend to know destruction now that a variety of victims are being found strewn about Toronto in a pattern apparently intended to free a major demon lord into the world of the living. But without the help of a former homicide detective who is now turned private detective, there's a strong chance that he or a fellow vampire will be blamed for the gruesome deaths.

A fun, light read, and the description of the detective's retinitis pigmentosa is, for a refreshing change, spot on. So many writers trying to describe what visually disabled individuals experience haven't a clue as to what they'd really perceive!

The narrator's reading is a bit throaty for my taste, but works okay.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful