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Christine Helfrich

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  • Forty Acres

  • By: Dwayne Alexander Smith
  • Narrated by: Andre Blake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Martin Grey, a talented young lawyer, is taken under the wing of a secretive group made up of America's most powerful and esteemed black men. He's dazzled by what they have accomplished, and they think he has the potential to be one of them. They invite him for a weekend away from it all. But what he discovers, far from home, is a disturbing alternative reality which challenges his deepest convictions....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Read

  • By Christine Helfrich on 03-07-18

Riveting Read

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

**SPOILER ALERT**
I usually listen to audiobooks in the gym or while engaged in a hobby, eg spinning wool or sewing a quilt. This story was so intense that I had to restrict my listening to the gym as I wanted to listen carefully. But each time I stopped I was so worried for Martin & Anna I had to convince myself to go back to listening as I was scared for them. The thriller intrigue crept up on me stealthily and was gripping.

At 68 and previously a fan of thrillers and futuristic dystopian fiction, I now find myself preferring “up-lit” and happy endings. So I was pleased that the friends were sitting down to dinner together at the end but also wary of the cable man at the door.

The theme of racial anger and hatred is contemporary and real. The fact that Martin resolved not to live the rest of his life in fear is enheartening. I wish more of us resolved to do the same.

Thank you Dwayne Alexander Smith for a riveting read and a lot to think about.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Bird in the Hand

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Young Tom French was found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom had put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they? George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher who decided quietly to look into the brutal crime, discovered mixed feelings aplenty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping until the ending

  • By Catherine on 04-04-15

Better at high playback speed

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

Reviewed: 17-06-17

I enjoy Ann Cleeves' other series and I might enjoy this series more if I was the interested in birds. I found the plodding pace of the narrator difficult until I turned playback up to 1.25x.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • High Island Blues

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

West Country Wildlife's birdwatching package to America has presented tour guide Rob Earl with the perfect opportunity for a reunion with his old college friends Mick Brownscombe, now working in Texas, and Oliver Adamson. Rob's tour party is hoping for spectacular sights at High Island on the Upper Texas coast. But as the birds descend, the party is greeted with a far more shocking sight - the dead body of Mick Brownscombe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little long winded but worth reading

  • By mollyeyre on 29-04-17

Worth sticking with

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

I found the beginning confusing as there are several threads set in different locations but they do come together into one story after s couple chapters. The voices for the characters were very good and the story worked out well I hope George & Molly are at the beginning of a new series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Wings

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

From the celebrated author of the international bes tseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen

  • By s w on 06-05-15

A wonderful combination of history. & imagination

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

This book takes inspiration and timeline from the life of Sarah Grimke, a convinced Quaker, who becomes the first American woman to campaign for women's while campaigning for abolition of slavery. The portrayal of Arch St Quaker Meeting struggling to quiet her strong campaign and its provision of separate benches for black members illustrates the Quakers' struggles with their profession of equality.

But the best part is the creation of the story of Handful, a young black slave who was given to Sarah on her 11th birthday and Sarah attempts to emancipate. Although the historical slave named Hetty dies shortly after, Sue Monk Kidd creates a character as sting and well drawn as Sarah herself and as the narration oscillates between these two women ti drives the story and makes compelling reading.