Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Hi guys! It's been a while ~~ no matter your intentions, it seems like things always get away from you. Blogging & reviewing is one of those things for me ~ but I'm trying to get back to some of things that I enjoy, that are just for me.
2020 has been a heck of year, for everyone ~~ there's been so much loss, so much pain and anger, it's been a scary and fretful time. My world was upturned this year. My Mom, who has been one of the main focus's of my life for the last few years, passed away this year, at age 84. The initial shut down due to COVID 19 turned out to be a blessing for me, because I spent every single day her. I wasn't working, so wasn't around any people, so I was going over and helping her every day, doing whatever needed done, or taking her for rides, grocery shopping, or getting lunch and finding a great spot to stop, eat and absorb the world around us. We had no idea she was ill ~ she was slowing down, but she was 84! We took a last trip in March, to visit my daughter and grand babies, some of her great grand babies. So it was truly a shock when she started to become so weak she couldn't hardly get from the car to her house, and it went down hill very quickly. I miss her every second of every day, but I really do thank God she didn't suffer terribly for long, and I know she's up there with my Dad and her family and friends holding spots for the rest of us.
My Mom was the person who introduced me to reading, who encouraged me, and took me to the library any time I wanted to go, which was a LOT when I was younger! I remember when the first Wal Mart came to out town ~ my Mom took me to check out the books, and we were both so excited to see all the Harlequin's and Silhouettes, and she bought generously for me! We shared the love of books until the day she died.
That Wal Mart iswhere I got my very first Nora Roberts, Irish Thoroughbred. I have so many authors who I truly love and read all they write, but I have to admit when I'm all in my feelings, Nora is one of the few I turn to for comfort reads, or this year, comfort listens. Her stories envelop me and help me escape.
I've been doing an entire relisten to the In Death series by JD Robb, aka Nora Roberts. If you've never listened to any of the books in this series you are truly missing out! They are narrated by a Susan Ericksen, who does a tremendous job taking fantastic characters and making them come to life. She does these voices that have BECOME Eve, Roarke, Peabody, McNab, etc for me ~ when I DO read anything in the series I now hear them in my head exactly like she reads them. The stories engage my mind, pull it away from my worries and sadness, and it's like I'm WATCHING them, not listening.
2020 is year I NEED comfort in!!
What are your favorite comfort reads or listens? Are you an In Death fan? If you are, have you ever listened to them?
Saturday, January 18, 2014
This was a total WIN for me for on both the story front and the narration. Tanya Eby is a fabulous narrator ~ I wish she'd done this whole series! There have been 4 stories in this series so far ~ Chilled, Hidden, Buried and Alone ~ and all 4 have had different narrators. That pretty much drives me crazy, lol, as we see cross over characters.
Dr. Victoria Peres is a forensic bone Doc ~ she's with the medical examiner when he's called out late to a chilling scene where 5 girls are dead, and 1 barely clings to life. She's appalled ~ and surprised when the first love her life shows up on scene, Seth Rutledge. She's surprised to find that he's trying for her retiring boss's job...and that he's going through a divorce fromt he woman he'd left her for so many years ago.
The detail of the crimes in Ms. Elliot's books are eerily real to read about ~ and her characterization is so life like you KNOW the people you're reading about. I loved the interaction between Seth and Victoria ~ it was believable and had you rooting for Seth, who'd done what he thought was the only right thing there was to do, and Victoria who's guard has never quite went down since their relationship was over.
Ms. Elliot threw a few red herrings in there to fool me and make me think I knew whodunnit ~ and even when you DID know who it was to doubt it, lol.
Just an all around fabulous listen I'd recommend to any suspense fans!!