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Guthrie, OK, United States
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  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,349
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,560

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

The plot is boringly predictable.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

What did you like best about Yellow Crocus? What did you like least?

Learning a little more about the South and its traditions, it's expectations for young women.

The ending was, drawn out and no one needs the details of child birth twice in one book. We get it! Plus, I doubt, with all the trauma with the main character's delivery her baby would have made it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Laila Ibrahim? Why or why not?

No-too many great books out there.

Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

I can't really think of one that was better.

Could you see Yellow Crocus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Reese Witherspoon as the heroine,

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  • Captain Blood

  • By: Rafael Sabatini
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Wrongfully arrested following the Monmouth rebellion of 1685, Peter Blood, country physician and former soldier, escapes the hangman's noose only to be exiled to the tropical colonies. Sold into slavery to a cruel plantation owner, his moral fortitude and medical ability soon earn him the favour of the island's governor and the attentions of Arabella, his master's niece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Swashbuckling at its Finest

  • By Mark S. Traub on 04-18-14

Great Adventure Story set in Age of Fighting Sail

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Captain Blood to be better than the print version?

The audio version is better because Michael Maloney can cover all the accents, English aristo, Irish, Dutch, etc. I found this book by going to the books MM reads.

What other book might you compare Captain Blood to and why?

You would be very surprised to find out when this book was written and it's translated from another language! This book contains no time travel, but I would still compare it to the Outlander series pertaining to adventure, historical references, ladies in distress and charming rogues who save the day. Also, this book could be read by the YA crowd, in that way it's different from the Outlander books.

What about Michael Maloney’s performance did you like?

discovered MM when I listened to one of my all-time favorite books, The Hare With the Amber Eyes. I will say he reads quickly compared to some other readers, but one gets used to it. He's just great.

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

No, because I didn't want it to end so I just allowed myself just so much every evening.

  • Prolonged Exposure

  • An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #6
  • By: Steven F. Havill
  • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

The disappearance of a young camper atop Cat Mesa convinces Undersheriff Bill Gastner and Estelle Reyes-Guzman that the boy has been spirited away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • slow build fast finish

  • By John on 03-09-16

So attached to the character in this series

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

The narrator of the Posadas County Mysteries Rusty Nelson is excellent, he conveys the humor very well, too. Good read !

  • The Hare with Amber Eyes

  • A Family's Century of Art and Loss
  • By: Edmund de Waal
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi

  • By SB Price on 01-19-12

The reader is fantastic and so is the story.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-13

What did you love best about The Hare with Amber Eyes?

...loved the trip through European history ~ Odessa, Vienna, Paris and London. I'd already read the book as did my book group, there's so much detail, 'hearing' it brought out futher insight into the Efrussi family.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Uncle Iggy, who lives in Tokyo, is memorable. the characters are all memorable in their own way.

Have you listened to any of Michael Maloney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm familiar with Michael Maloney's acting, I recognized his voice pretty quickly. I thought his French sounded excellent. He's just a great talent.

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

When the book returns to Uncle Iggy at the end and we find out more about him.

Any additional comments?

One of the best books I've ever read, I've always been a fan of European history, it was my college major.

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  • Foreign Affairs

  • By: Alison Lurie
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 144

Virginia Miner, a 50-something, unmarried tenured professor, is in London to work on her new book about children's folk rhymes. Despite carrying a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels essentially English and rather looks down on her fellow Americans. But in spite of that, she is drawn into a mortifying and oddly satisfying affair with an Oklahoman tourist who dresses more Bronco Billy than Beau Brummel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Margaret on 03-16-12

Clever Title

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

Reviewed: 09-08-13

If you could sum up Foreign Affairs in three words, what would they be?

Characters diverse and interesting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Foreign Affairs?

When one character had been posing as two.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Who was the most memorable character of Foreign Affairs and why?

The actress

Any additional comments?

Yes- I am submitting this review only because it,s important that your narrators pronounce locations, people,s names etc. properly. In the age of the Internet , it is inexcusable, it would take two minutes to find out how the composer Purcell is said and Muskogee as in the turnpike. Very unprofessional and downright lazy!

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