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A reader in Southborough

Southborough, MA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • In a Witch's Wardrobe: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (302)

    Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman's corsage. Before Lily can solve the woman's magical ailment, she's asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community.

    Beatrice says: "Loving this series"
    "Good cozy mystery with believable magic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In Juliet Blackwell's "A Witchcraft Mystery" series, she creates a world in which natural witches and witches who had no skills before training exist side by side, each learning and practicing differently, but each having an effect.


    What does Xe Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Xe Sands really brings Blackwell's characters to life. I can visualize them better. Excellent narration.


    If you could take any character from In a Witch's Wardrobe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lily. She sounds like she'd be a good conversationalist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2980)
    Performance
    (2712)
    Story
    (2725)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Fine end to a fine series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead Ever After the most enjoyable?

    The wrapping up of loose ends and the beautiful narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed the Audible series from the beginning, and though I'm sad to see it go, I'm satisfied with the way Ms. Harris ended the series, and I look forward to her next adventures.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Skeleton in the Family: A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Perry
    • Narrated By Katina Kalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    Moving back into her parents' house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery's Plan A. But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family's skeleton. He's lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.

    A reader in Southborough says: "Stimulating mystery with a wise-cracking skeleton"
    "Stimulating mystery with a wise-cracking skeleton"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgia Thackery. She's independent, witty, and strong. She loves her daughter and her best friend, Sid, and would do anything to help them.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good depiction of academia and all its politics. Very good banter between Sid and Georgia.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elisha Barber: The Dark Apostle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By E. C. Ambrose
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    As a child, Elisha witnessed the burning of a witch outside of London, and saw her transformed into an angel at the moment of her death, though all around him denied this vision. He swore that the next time he might have the chance to bind an angel’s wounds, he would be ready. And so he became a barber-surgeon, at the lowest ranks of the medical profession, following the only healer’s path available to a peasant’s son. Elisha is good at his work, but skill alone cannot protect him. In a single catastrophic day, Elisha’s attempt to deliver his brother’s child leaves his family ruined, and Elisha himself accused of murder.

    A reader in Southborough says: "Dark, very dark, but mesmerizing"
    "Dark, very dark, but mesmerizing"
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    What did you love best about Elisha Barber?

    The characters and settings were so well-drawn that even weeks after finishing the book I can see the scenes in my mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fascinating descriptions of medieval medicine and how the barbers fit into the medical picture, and the inventive depiction of magic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In the beginning, I dreaded it, but couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was excellent and the magic compelling. I'd recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences.

    Christine says: "Read this book, but don't listen to it!"
    "Another thought-provoking volume"
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    What did you love best about Spook?

    The different areas she investigated. Her balanced investigation and open mind.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the narrator was terribly mismatched. Roach's wit is dry, yet the performance was too peppy, too stage-projected for the book. I feel bad for both the author and the performer.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Roach's writing, and I think the delivery should convey her personality more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3609)
    Performance
    (3197)
    Story
    (3204)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Lower key, yet still satisfying"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator, Johanna Parker, is fantastic. She really captures Sookie. Her portrayal of the other characters is fantastic as well.

    Many of the reviews I've read of the text version are down on the book because it's not as sexy or as funny as previous ones, but I think Harris is just trying to prepare us for the next book, which will be the last in the series.

    Parker's narration keeps the story moving.


    What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent! :-) And Sookie's emotions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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