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Third Time Reading/Listening

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

Évalué le: 2019-10-04

Seeing as this is my third time reading/listening to the Canterbury Sisters, my review won't exactly be my first impressions. Nevertheless, I still found that I loved this book every bit as much as I did on my first go-around. Here are my thoughts.

First off, I adored the modern take of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; it made the perfect theme for this novel about healing, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking the journey along with Che.

As for the setting, the descriptions of the tiny villages along the trail sounded perfect; they made me wish I was on the trail despite being a non-hiker.

In terms of the characters, the one thing that I didn't like is that I felt that we didn't know enough about Che; as a reader, I sensed that we only scratched the surface on what she is like and what makes her tick, which is unusual considering that she is the main character. However, aside from that, I loved the cast of characters that Kim Wright has created, they all had their quirks which made them perfect.

Finally, in terms of narration, Bernadette Dunne did an alright job; it wasn't the worst I have heard, but it did feel a bit monotone at some points in the story.

Overall, despite having read/listened to The Canterbury Sisters three times, it remains one of my favourite books. I am sure that in a few years I will pull out this book and listen to it yet again.

An excellent book for Summer

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

Évalué le: 2019-03-27

I am not a regular chick lit reader - however, I quite enjoyed this novel. I loved that it incorporated a sampling of New Zealand's rich and beautiful culture into the plot; from the Island nation's obsession with rugby all the way to the Maori culture, and its legends. In addition, it was nice to simply read a book where I didn't have to think too hard, yet ended up learning a little.

On one hand, I will admit that this plot followed somewhat of a predictable pattern. However, there is something charming in this story; the idea of falling in love and escaping to New Zealand is an idea that would appeal to many readers.

In terms of the setting, New Zealand was the major factor that directed me to this book. I believe the beautiful setting added something special to this story. In addition, I loved that this novel drew in some of New Zealand's extraordinary culture - Including their love of rugby [especially the unwavering loyalty to the All Blacks] and the Maori traditions. As someone who has never been to New Zealand, I felt I got a little bit of an insight into Kiwi culture and language.

The major flaw I found in this book, was that Hannah's character got to be a bit grating - her emotional flaws were acceptable for awhile. However, there came a point when the "I can't rely on anyone" routine got old. Also, I felt that this novel could have had fewer sex scenes; but, that is just a minor preference.

As for the audiobooks edition, Claire Bocking did a fantastic job creating an almost authentic Kiwi accent; I was truly impressed as this is no easy task.

Ultimately, "Just this Once" was a fun and airy summer read. I will be sure to check out the other books in the "Escape to New Zealand Series" by Rosalind James in the near future.

An incredible book from a Canadian legend

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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

Évalué le: 2019-03-27

Ugh, I am truly struggling to write a review for this because I simply loved it too much. I have written and rewritten my thoughts at least half a dozen times. So, please bear with me while I try to articulate my exact feelings.

First off, as I've already stated, I love this book! I'm always amazed at how the wisdom Chris has learned is applicable to my life. In fact, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth has become one of my ‘go-to’ reads when my anxiety has got me in a funk; it always seems to pick me up and help me focus my perspective once again.

What I really loved about this memoir (other than the parts about life in space) was that Hadfield focused a lot on the steps he took in order to be able to go to space; continuing on a theme of ‘always being prepared just in case.’

Furthermore, what added to the audio experience was that it was narrated entirely by Hadfield, himself, which was incredible. I find his voice calming to listen to, and it was marvellous to be able to hear his story in his own voice.

Overall, I truly hope that I was able to do An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth justice; I fear that it may not be my best review. However, I am and will always continue to be inspired by Chris Hadfield, and I highly recommend this book to other space junkies like myself.

Great story, terrible narrator

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

Évalué le: 2019-02-07

Okay, so I first read ‘Cocaine Blues’ a couple of years ago, so I decided to pick up the audiobook and relive the first installment of the Phryne Fisher series.

In terms of the actual book, the mystery was solid as were the characters; it is difficult not to love the charming cheekiness of Miss Phryne Fisher.

However, despite my enjoyment of the story, I have to admit I almost ditched the audiobook due to a terrible narrator; all I could hear throughout the novel were mouth noises and swallowing every few minutes - it was incredibly offputting. Additionally, I noticed there were multiple moments where the narration just stopped dead which ruined the flow of the story.

Overall, It was a shame that the narration ruined what could have been excellent listen as I did genuinely enjoy the novel. I doubt that I will be purchasing any more of the audiobooks in this series; I will just read the rest on Kindle.

Excellent!!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-02-04

I love Kate Morton; her writing is absolute magic. I love how she takes seemingly unrelated stories and weaves them into an intricately woven plot, and, while I admit the Clockmaker’s Daughter wasn’t my favourite novel, this tale was no exception.

First off, I need to state that this particular book was a slow burn. It was a good 30 - 40% into the story before I truly started to get into the groove of the narrative. However, as with other Kate Morton novels, it was an absolute joy to see how the pieces of the mystery fell into place like a jigsaw puzzle; it is why I love this author so much. I can’t imagine how long it takes her to write one of these novels as she has clearly done a ton of research.

As for the characters (and there are a ton in this book), Kate Morton has once again done a superb job appealing each of them to the reader, whether it be in a positive or negative way. One can't help but feel something for each and every one of the characters in the book. My only complaint in this regard is that there were almost too many characters in The Clockmaker's Daughter - it was quite a task to keep track of each on and their connections to the main story.

Finally, in terms of the narration, Joanne Froggatt did an excellent job bringing the story and its large cast of characters to life. She was excellent to listen to, which was important as the story was over 17 hours long.

Overall, while this wasn't my favourite Kate Morton novel (The Secret Keeper will always have my heart), The Clockmaker's Daughter was an excellent read/listen and another fine example of why I love Kate Morton's stories so much. I would absolutely recommend this novel to my fellow readers and audio addicts.

Definitely worth an Audible credit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-01-25

Well, heck!! How am I supposed to go out writing a review for a masterpiece like ‘Becoming.’ I truly feel that I cannot do the book justice.

To put it simply, I loved this book!!

As a storyteller, Michelle was perfect; her warmth, intelligence, and straightforward manner of speaking all carried through as she described her childhood experiences all the way to her two terms as Flotus. I couldn’t help but feel an immense sense of admiration as she detailed some of her struggles.

Furthermore, as a listener, it was fascinating hearing the stories that helped Michelle become who she is today. I will admit that being the nosy person that I am, I particularly enjoyed her behind-the-scenes account of living in the White House. However, it was all amazing.

Overall, I find it difficult to write a more detailed review simply because I loved everything about this book. I laughed in parts, got teary-eyed in others, but mostly, I got a feeling of hopeful energy from this book. I doubt that there is one person that wouldn't benefit from reading 'Becoming' regardless of political affiliations as, despite being involved, this biography isn't explicitly about politics.

I give this book full marks and would not hesitate to recommend this book, especially for those of us who could use a little hope in these grim times.

Delightful

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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

Évalué le: 2019-01-25

Set in the sleepy, seaside town of White Cliff Bay, Summer at Rose Island introduces readers to Darcy Davenport; who has moved from London to escape her suffocating parents. No sooner has she arrived, she has a seemingly abrupt meeting with the mysterious American, Riley Eddison, who lives in the local lighthouse; which, is revealed to be marked for demolition.With her position in community development, can Darcy assist in uniting the citizens of Rose Island to help save the lighthouse? Or will she go back to London, once again a failure in her parents' eyes?

Despite being the third book in the White Cliff Bay series, Summer at Rose Island is my first introduction to Holly Martin’s writing, and I was pleasantly satisfied with the experience. I mean, this book was corny, but a good corny. I loved getting cosy in bed and visiting Darcy and Riley through the audio narration.

While the story has a relatively predictable plot, there was something incredibly sweet about each one of Holly Martin's characters; I fell in love with Rose Island immediately. However, there were a few points where I became frustrated with one, or both, of the main characters as I felt that they were digging their heels into a feud a little too much.

Overall, though, I truly enjoyed listening to this book; I felt that the author did an outstanding job of drawing the reader into Rose Island through her words. Now, it is time to go onto Amazon and download the rest of the series; I need more fluffy reading as the weather gets progressively colder.

Completely absurd, but wildly amusing

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

Évalué le: 2019-01-22

Let me preface this review by stating that this particular book is not great literature; it is corny as hell and reads like terrible fanfiction. However, I believe that that is part of what makes 'Hope Never Dies' a genius. I mean, what could be more entertaining than reading about Joe Biden and Barack Obama solving crimes in a sweet car?

Considering who the characters in this novel are, I don’t believe that I need to go into characters too much. However, in terms of the mystery, I wasn't expecting too much; however, I was delighted to discover that the plot contained a fully developed mystery with engaging characters and plot twists instead of fully depending on the Biden/Obama novelty.

As for the narration of 'Hope Never Dies,' I didn't care too much for Joe Barrett's performance. I mean, I have heard worse, but to me, it sounded like he had smoked an entire carton of cigarettes before recording. Also, there was barely any voice diversity between characters.

Overall, 'Hope Never Dies' is completely batshit with some of the most unreal Obama/Biden scenarios that one could imagine. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone that has had enough of the current administration and would like to escape for some lighthearted entertainment.

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Monotone narration

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

Évalué le: 2019-01-11

Hmm ... I have mixed feelings about this book, and I am not going to lie, I almost gave up at a few points as it took me some time to get into this story.

My biggest complaint with this audiobook was the narration. While it was manageable, I felt that Diana Orgain's voice was quite monotone and there was little to no differentiation between characters; I had to rewind several times as I lost focus due to boredom.

As for the main character, I found Kate to be slightly irritating; her constant whining about going back to the office got to be grating. However, as the story progressed, I got to like her more. My favourite character, though, was the PI Galigani; I hope that he and Kate pair off into Private Investigation together in future books.

Finally, in terms of the plot, I felt that the actual mystery was reasonably good once I got into it. To be honest, I had no idea who the killer was and his/her reasons until the big reveal.

Overall, despite its shortcomings, Bundle of Trouble was a decent enough book; it kept me interested enough to discover the ending. I will likely give book two a read.

A promising new series

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

Évalué le: 2018-12-30

Seeing as this was my first time reading a paranormal-themed cozy mystery, I was slightly unsure of what to expect in terms of my enjoyment levels. As luck would have it, I need not have worried as I was thoroughly satisfied by my experience.

First off, let me state that for the first couple of chapters, I wasn’t totally captivated by the plot; there was something about the storyline that didn’t entirely capture my interest. However, after I pushed through the first little bit (and adjusted to the main character being a vampire), I found that I soon became caught up in what was happening and was unable to put the book down.

As for the characters, it took time to adjust to the vampire aspect of the story. However, I quite enjoyed having a 300+-year-old Vampire who had spanned centuries adjusting to modern life as the main protagonist. I felt that it added an interesting dynamic to the story; one that I hadn’t encountered before in a cozy mystery.

With that in mind, my one complaint in the character department is that I did find Priscilla's friend Olivia to be slightly irrational at certain moments, but it was not enough of a bother to dissuade me from continuing onward.

Finally, in regards to the audiobook, I felt the narration was decent; there was some differentiation between characters. However, I felt that there wasn't enough of a range to make it a higher rated performance. However, for a new narrator, I believe that Cindy Kay shows potential.

Overall, Fangs in Fondant is a promising first installment in the Priscilla Pratt Series. I thoroughly enjoyed the slight diversion from my usual cozy mystery and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to others. I will absolutely check out more of Priscilla's Vampire adventures in the future.