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Absolutely Truly
4.01
it was amazing
My standards for what constitute an enjoyable read are so high that my expectations are seldom surpassed. That happened while reading this book. I ...more
Aug 09, 2015
Aug 06, 2015
 
Mrs. Miniver
3.97
it was amazing
It has very little plot, but ahh--what beautiful, incisive ponderings!
Apr 13, 2019
Apr 13, 2019
 
Murder on Opening Night (Myrtle Clover Mysteries, #9)
4.13
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Let me begin by saying the the author had a great idea: introducing a strong-willed, feisty octogenarian sleuth, whose identity is ...more
Apr 11, 2018
not set
Apr 14, 2018
 
A Body at Bunco (Myrtle Clover Mysteries, #8)
4.05
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Let me begin by saying the the author had a great idea: introducing a strong-willed, feisty octogenarian sleuth, whose identity is ...more
Apr 13, 2018
Apr 11, 2018
 
A Body at Book Club (Myrtle Clover Mysteries, #6)
3.99
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Let me begin by saying the the author had a great idea: introducing a strong-willed, feisty octogenarian sleuth, whose identity is ...more
not set
Apr 11, 2018
 
By Book or By Crook (Lighthouse Library Mystery #1)
3.70
liked it
I am commenting on the audiobook version. I was surprised to hear the sloppy reading for this, the lack of attention to detail obvious in the ...more
Apr 07, 2017
Apr 10, 2017
 
The Graves of the Guilty
3.92
liked it
The following review concerns the narration of the audiobook version.

When were the audiobook narration standards lowered? I remember listening to
...more
May 30, 2017
May 29, 2017
 
A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die (Local Foods Mystery, #1)
3.58
it was ok
Things I Liked:
The author's style was good, better than most!

I also liked the Locavore topic. Her description of this way of life was informative and
...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
The Path of the Crooked (A Hope Street Church Mystery #1)
3.64
liked it
The narrator insists on giving everyone a Georgian accent. Apparently she was too lazy to look up (or attempt) actual Virginia accents. ...more
May 10, 2017
May 08, 2017
 
The Rose in Darkness
3.19
did not like it
It's ironic that the one time I do want to see a spoiler review, I can't find one. The story was only a 2-star until the ending, when it suddenly ...more
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 06, 2018
 
The Ivory Dagger (Miss Silver, #19)
3.79
it was ok
It lost a star simply for the numerous (and increasingly annoying) references to Miss Silver coughing . . . an editor was sorely needed.
Nov 28, 2017
Nov 29, 2017
 
The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups
4.26
it was amazing
Everyone considering becoming a parent (in the U. S.) should read this book first: sound, practical advice.
Mar 18, 2017
Mar 17, 2017
 
Nooks & Crannies
4.03
it was ok
Minus a star for being (as others have also said) an unoriginal pastiche of Roald Dahlesque plots, as well as having too many miserably unpleasant ...more
Jun 10, 2017
Jun 08, 2017
 
Socrates In The City: Conversations On ''Life, God, And Other Small Topics''
4.09
liked it
My favorite talk was by Charles Colson; other memborable talks were by Os Guinness and Dr. Francis Collins. Beforehand, I had read one reviewer who ...more
Jul 2019
Jun 26, 2019
 
Brambleheart: A Story About Finding Treasure and the Unexpected Magic of Friendship (Brambleheart, #1)
3.63
liked it
I quickly realized that this was an illustrator attempting to be an author. The illustrations are gorgeous, and brought my ratings up a star. The ...more
Nov 09, 2019
Nov 10, 2019
 
The White Sail
4.00
really liked it
A fairly simple but well-told tale, ensconced in its 1949 era. It is a travel back in time to a place that may not have existed, but if not, we wish ...more
Jun 18, 2019
Jun 18, 2019
 
The Window
3.00
liked it
The strength of this short novel is that it is anodyne. It's got some romance and some mystery, but not too much of each. It has an air of the ...more
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 12, 2019
 
A Fatal Appraisal (A Collectible Mystery #2)
3.89
it was ok
There were too many characters, and most described in a cliched, cardboard way. The audiobook narrator wasn't great (nor authentic) with some of the ...more
Jun 05, 2017
Jun 04, 2017
 
The Ring of Rocamadour (The Red Blazer Girls, #1)
3.77
it was ok
The girls acted their ages emotionally, but definitely not intellectually. The author made them familiar with literature, religion, culture, etc. that ...more
not set
May 10, 2017
 
The Unexpected Guest: A Play In Two Acts
3.83
liked it
I am a fan of Agatha Christie's works, but probably wouldn't have tried many more if this had been the first one that I'd read/listened to. Hugh ...more
Nov 23, 2018
Nov 23, 2018
 
100 Words to Sound Smarter (And Be More Respected)
2.60
it was ok
Recommended if you are learning English, or are in middle school. Almost all of them were words that everyone (imo) should already be familiar with. ...more
not set
Jun 11, 2017
 
Peter's Quotations: Ideas For Our Time
3.92
it was ok
As another reviewer has more articulately stated, the compiler/author kept inserting his ego into the quotations, which was vexing. Also, there were ...more
Nov 24, 2019
Nov 23, 2019
 
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
4.15
did not like it
*Dnf* -- a (seemingly) pro-social gospel author, with accusatory, inconsistent, obfuscatory generalizations. He seemed much more eager to lay guilt on ...more
Jun 07, 2019
Jun 06, 2019
 
1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off
3.84
did not like it
Stopped reading when I came upon a "fact" that was objectively wrong, although easily verifiable. Your book doesn't deserve more than one star if ...more
Dec 09, 2016
Dec 09, 2016
 
Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold
4.11
did not like it
What a disappointment: this was an info-dump disguised as a cozy story. It was also predictable, preachy, and plodding. Also, the narrator didn't even ...more
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 12, 2019
 
Murder at the Castle (Dorothy Martin, #13)
3.59
did not like it
Subtracted one star for meandering, tedious, dialog-laden plot. Subtracted one star for using f-word in a cozy mystery. Subtracted one star for being ...more
Apr 18, 2017
Apr 15, 2017
 
If You Knew Her
3.84
did not like it
Clumsy writing style, overly dramatic, myriad cliches, f-words, boring and slow. I skimmed the middle section and easily understood the ending without ...more
Jan 10, 2020
Jan 08, 2020
 
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
4.06
really liked it
Christopher Cazenove's extraordinarily good narration gave this an extra star. Sadly, he recorded too few books (in my opinion) during his lifetime. I ...more
Mar 02, 2019
Feb 12, 2019
 
Unwritten
4.18
did not like it
DNF; I read the first three chapters and liked the plot well enough, but disliked the writing style too much to continue.
Jan 07, 2020
Jan 08, 2020
 
Hitler's Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's Most Notorious Dictator
3.90
liked it
I gave this 3 stars, because I felt it was overly graphic for middle grade readers, the target audience. The worst was descriptions of the ...more
Jun 16, 2018
Jun 09, 2018
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