Sunday 4 January 2015

Mini Reviews, Audiobook Edition, Part Four!

Check out Part One HERE, Part Two HERE and Part Three HERE

    Scraps of Paper, Revised Author's Edition | [Kathryn Meyer Griffith]
  • Written by: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:11-04-13
  • Publisher: Kathryn Meyer Griffith

  • Abigail Sutton's beloved husband walks out one night, doesn't return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It's made her sympathetic to the missing and their families.
  • Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna's younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back.
  • But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play.
  • Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why...but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer.

  • ©2013 Kathryn Meyer Griffith (P)2013 Kathryn Meyer Griffith

  • "A Great Mystery."

    What did you love best about Scraps of Paper, Revised Author's Edition?
    I really enjoyed everything about it. The story was fast paced and I enjoyed trying to figure out who was the killer.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scraps of Paper, Revised Author's Edition?
    The most memorable was the kids. It hurt my heart reading about them!!

    What about Wendy Tremont King’s performance did you like?
    This isn't my first book narrated by her and as always she does a great job. She is so easy to listen to and has the right tone for each situation.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
    Yes. I think it only took me 2 days to finish because I had to know what would happen next.

    Any additional comments?
    Scraps of Paper is such an emotional book at times because as the story unravels, your heart will break for those kids and what they were put through. It's a great murder/mystery and I love the setting too. Spooky is such an awesome name for a town!!! Can't wait to read the next installment in the Spooky Town Mystery.

  • All Things Slip Away: Spookie Town Mysteries | [Kathryn Meyer Griffith]
  • Written by: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
  • Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:07-07-14
  • Publisher: Kathryn Meyer Griffith

  • Ten years ago Frank Lester, a Chicago homicide detective, thought he had rid himself forever of the Mud People Killer who'd kidnapped and murdered six people. Frank had shot him as he'd fled through a snowy night; had killed him, he believed, though a body was never found.
  • But the killer wasn't dead. He'd only been waiting to take his revenge on Frank and those he cares about now...10 years later. Frank retired early and is living back in his hometown of Spookie when the killer resurfaces to take up where he left off. Kidnapping more innocents and tormenting Frank and the people he cares about.
  • Unless Frank and his artist girlfriend, Abigail Sutton, can find and stop him before he kills more people and perhaps both of them.

  • ©2014 Kathryn Meyer Griffith (P)2014 Kathryn Meyer Griffith

  • "Another Spooky Mystery."

    If you could sum up All Things Slip Away in three words, what would they be?
    Great Murder Mystery.

    Who was your favorite character and why?
    I don't have a favourite one because I enjoyed them all. Abigail is a competent heroine, she is a normal woman and has her insecurities but will do what she can when needed. Frank was even better. He is so kind and nice and a great match for Abigail. Both are equally good and both bring something special to the book.

    What about Abby Elvidge’s performance did you like?
    Abby was a good narrator. It was easy to listen to her and she made a great Abigail, though I do think she could of added a little more to the other characters.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
    Yes. Like book 1, I wanted to keep reading to see what happens.

    Any additional comments?
    All Things Slip Away was a great second book. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading book 1 so you can get a feel for the characters. Kathryn Meyers Griffith is such a good story teller and invests so much into her characters. She does the same here and creates a really good murder/ mystery that will keep you reading.

  • Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire Novel | [Sherry D. Ficklin]
  • Written by: Sherry D. Ficklin
  • Narrated by: Elan O'Connor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:10-31-14
  • Publisher: Sherry Ficklin

  • Before she can become the greatest empress in history, 15-year-old Sophia will have to survive her social-climbing mother's quest to put her on the throne of Russia at any cost. Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophia has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family and herself, Sophia vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans. Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophia will need to decide how much she's willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be. In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?
    ©2013 Sherry Ficklin (P)2014 Sherry Ficklin

  • "Hit and Miss."

    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
    I think I would because I know a lot of people like this kind of book even though I only thought it was OK.

    Any additional comments?
    This was a real hit and miss for me. There was 2 main things that I didn't like and these really brought down the overall story. Ill start with what I didnt like -
    I HATE insta love and love triangles and this has both. It seemed that every guy Sophia saw, she fell in love with and it really really annoyed me. She "loved" 3 guys!! I mean, come on, she is 15, she shouldnt even love one guy never mind say 3.
    The second biggest thing was Sophia herself. She started strong but over the course of the book became weaker and let everyone walk over her.
    Now onto what I liked -
    I liked Sergei. He is Sophias rock and is there when she needs him.
    I also liked Alexander. He is kind and nice and I liked seeing his relationship with Sophia grow.
    I like the Queen, even though she is mean at times, I think she really cares for Sophia.
    Anyway, overall The Queen Of Someday was an OK read. I liked seeing Sophias story but I didnt like parts. The one redeeming quality and what really made me enjoy the experience of the book was Elan O' Connor. She was the perfect choice for Sophia because her voice was so regal. I will definitely check out more that she read. 

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