The Forgotten Room

Jeremy Logan #4 by Lincoln Child
Published on: May 12, 2015

Forgottenroom

I’ve often suspected that I tend to enjoy books even more when I hear them on audio.  Something about them being acted out and hearing distinct voices makes them become more interesting to me.  Mediocre books become Good.  Good books become Great. Great books become Exceptional.  Take Harry Potter – Most everyone loves Harry Potter, but when you add Jim Dale (U.S. version) to the mix with his 5 gazillion voices and well…his work on Harry Potter was nothing short of fantastic.  There’s a reason he earned a Grammy for it.   So, as I was listening to The Forgotten Room and realizing I wasn’t “loving it” like I usually do, I had to think on why that may be.

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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

Black Hollow Lane #1 by Julia Nobel
Published on:  March 5, 2019
5-stars

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Sometimes you see a cover and just know that this is a book you must read.  But I’ve been fooled before by covers, thankfully this wasn’t one of those times.  The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a terrific middle-grade mystery adventure debut novel.

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North of Nowhere

Alex McKnight #4 by Steve Hamilton
Published in:  2003
4-stars-1

North of Nowhere

In North of Nowhere, Alex McKnight has turned into a bit of a recluse. He’s been spending a lot of time by himself and it has been noticed by his friend Jackie, who runs the local Glasglow Inn. Instead of letting Alex continue down this path he gives him an ultimatum: Get on a plane to go live in the Yukon territory where Alex would then get the chance to go whole years without seeing anyone – or attend a local poker game and be social. Alex eventually gets the point of what Jackie is trying to say and agrees to go to the poker game.

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Raven Black

Shetland Island #1 by Ann Cleeves
First published in 2006
4-stars-1

Raven Black

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves is the first in the Shetland Island series and is what the Shetland TV series is based on, although I haven’t watch it yet.  It also won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger award for best crime novel of the year in 2006.  I listened to this book on audio and my review is based on my listening experience.

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Among the Mad

Maisie Dobbs #6 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on:  April 1, 2010
5-stars

Among the Mad

In Among the Mad, Maisie Dobbs is out on a busy street with her employee on Christmas Eve when she witnesses a WWI veteran commit suicide. The next day a letter is received addressed to the Prime Minister indicating there will be more loss of life unless something is done to help these veterans; however, the letter goes on to mention Maisie by name. Scotland Yard’s Special Branch calls Maisie and the detective work begins.

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The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch #1 by Rin Chupeco
Published on:  March 7, 2017
4-stars-1

The Bone Witch

Time away from this book helped me put it in its proper perspective.

Summary: When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware
Published on:  May 29, 2018
4-stars-1

Death of Mrs. Westaway

Audio Review: Upon turning on the audio version of The Death of Mrs. Westaway, the reader is immediately met with beautifully eerie music that sets the tone for the story perfectly. After which, a slowly unravelled story surrounding a girl, Hal, who receives a letter from a lawyer stating she has been left an inheritance begins. Even though Hal knows this cannot be correct, she goes to the funeral and to the home afterwards in hopes that the Will may leave her with just a little to pay off her debts. The longer she spends time with the family, the more she sees their estrangement from each other and the more questions raise up within her regarding the history of Trepassen estate.

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An Incomplete Revenge

Maisie Dobbs #5 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on: April 1, 2010
4-stars-1

Maisie Dobbs 5An Incomplete Revenge is my first Jacqueline Winspear and Maisie Dobbs novel. I checked Maisie #5 out from my local library and listened to the audio book version and did not technically “read” the book, which possibly alters my response to the book, but I really hope not.

In the story, Maisie investigates specific matters for a potential land purchase. As she investigates she interviews various villagers of Heronsdene in regards to two main themes: Random fires that occur on an annual basis and a Zepplin encounter that occurred during the war. But Maisie also has a private life outside of investigating and that story is told as well.

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The Cinder Spires #1 by Jim Butcher
5-stars

The Aeronauts WindlassAudio Book Review: I loved listening to this on audio. Euan Morton did a fantastic job, especially in regards in regards to how he read the cat parts. When he read their dialogue, I could “feel” the cat’s overall indifference and disdain and sounded exactly what my mind thought a cat should sound like.

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