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Robin

Douglaston, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dreamfever: Fever, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (890)

    He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister's murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac's every thought - and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

    Karen says: "a little odd"
    "LOVE THIS SERIES"
    Overall

    I love this series so much I am sorry the next book will be the last. While Natalie Ross is a good narrator I hate the fact that they changed the narrator in the middle of the series, Joyce Bean was excellent she was MAC. I truly enjoyed her energy and her wonderful southern accent. Why didn't they have her and Phil G. together that would have been great. Ms. Ross had no southern accent and mispronounced the name Rowena repeatedly (about 200 times). When inconsistencies like this occur I wonder whether the audiobook producer listened to the previous books. I dislike Narrator changes in the middle of series but regardless I absolutely love these stories. I would just like to see it redone with Joyce Bean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World's Greatest Sleuth!: A Holmes on the Range Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    In 1893, the Amlingmeyer boys venture forth from the west in response to a summons from Otto's ("Big Red") publisher - they are to come to Chicago immediately, to the World's Columbian Exposition, and compete with some of the most famous detectives in the world. Set to coincide with the closing days of the first World's Fair and the publication of the story revealing the death of Sherlock Holmes, Gustav ("Old Red") will be competing for the title of World's Greatest Sleuth!

    ch says: "Enjoyable romp through the white city"
    "Fun characters and excellent narrator"
    Overall

    I enjoy the Holmes on the Range series. If you have never read the series start with the first book. Big Red and Old Red are wonderful characters and the narrator William Dufris does a fantastic job of bringing them to life. I laugh out loud when I listen to this series. If you prefer serious mysteries with wholly realistic characters then these books may not be for you but if you enjoy fun and outlandish characters you will like this series set in the old west.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on Nob Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Tallman
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Sarah Woolson has always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. The trouble is that, in 1880, everyone believes a woman belongs in the home, married and taking care of babies. Using her brains and a little bit of subterfuge, Sarah somehow manages to finagle her way into one of the city's most prestigious law firms, becoming an associate attorney and acquiring her very first client, a lovely young society matron accused of brutally stabbing to death her wealthy but abusive husband.

    Dawn says: "Delightful"
    "Great Series, Sarah Woolson is wonderful"
    Overall

    I listened to the first 3 books and have just finished reading the fourth (which I hope will be available on Audible soon). If you like historical fiction/ mysteries you will enjoy these books.
    Unlike a previous reviewer I find the main character Sarah W. interesting and full of pluck. These stories are set in the 1880's 40 years before women won the right to vote and therefore, I find Shirley Tallman's male characters and their sexism and racism to be perfectly believable and Sarah's frustration with her society and the men who control it to be reasonable. The author has several important male characters who are neither sexist nor racist so she does not generalize about all men. It is clear that the author has done her research on the role of women in the 1880's and in the legal profession. It is hard to believe but some law schools such as Harvard did not admit women until the 1950's.
    The mysteries are good but I enjoy the books because of the characters. I think if you enjoy Elizabeth Peters you would also enjoy this series. I hope there will be many more books in this series and that the love story will become even more central and lead to further growth for the character of Sarah.
    Anna Fields was a great narrator and will be missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (516)

    Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

    Linda says: "Really liked it!"
    "Good & Depressing"
    Overall

    This series is difficult to like because the main character's childhood was tragic and it is the center of this fourth book. The first three books provide background but this story solves one tragic mystery of her childhood. I still have to say that I enjoy this series because the main character is so interesting and different. I look forward to the next story and seeing what will happen to her now that her tragic past is set to rest.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (605)

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "too much talk too little action"
    Overall

    This book was a disappointment especially after reading Jim Butcher's series "The Furies of Calderon." I said it all in the title for a fantasy adventure this had very little adventure. At half the length it still could not compare to Furies - Read Butchers series if you want great fantasy, action and adventure

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentleman's Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (110)

    Viscount Torrington is the hottest commodity in town as London's matchmaking season begins. But the viscount only has eyes for the penniless Widow Carrington, who has recently been accused of murder.

    Robin says: "Weak characters and plot - Fabulous Sex"
    "Weak characters and plot - Fabulous Sex"
    Overall

    Compared to Amanda Quick and Susan Elizabeth Peters whose characters and plots are fantastic this authors are very weak and made even weaker by the fact that the stories are twice as long. On the other hand Ms. Laurens knows how to write great sex scenes which begin slowly and grow in intensity with each encounter. For this reason alone I plan to try another of her books and hope that the next plot and the dialogue has greater depth and complexity.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Scaramouche

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rafael Sabatini
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    With swordfights and romance, adventure and treachery set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, this is the book that made Sabatini famous. Andre-Louis Moreau has good prospects as a young lawyer, but an unfair duel with the ruthlessly cruel Count de La Tour d'Azyr leaves Andre-Louis' best friend dead and Andre-Louis himself a fugitive from the King's justice. While incognito, he becomes both a wildly popular actor and a firebrand of the Revolution.

    Tariq Anis says: "Mesmerizing"
    "A Classic Adventure, Romance & Surprises"
    Overall

    Written in 1921 and set in the years before the French Revolution this tale may be too political for some but it delves into moral questions about human nature and government that are still relevant today.
    While the setting is informative and intriguing the most wonderful part of the this book is a facsinating main character, fantastic adventure, nice romance and some great surprises.
    I even wondered if George Lucas had ever read this before he created Star Wars.
    I had some difficulty at the beginning but once the action begins it never stops. I can't believe Masterpiece Theatre has not made a serial of this book.
    I loved it

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Giveaway

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    The Reverend Lee Barker went missing 19 years ago. And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi, believe they know why. They're convinced he was murdered by his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clay, his mother, and sisters can say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they're not talking.

    Patti says: "Great!"
    "Great Romance & Narrator"
    Overall

    I made the mistake of listening to this trilogy out of order. This is the second story which I listened to first - it is also the best of the three. Listen in order to these although anyone of these stories could stand alone.
    The first book, dead silence, is a good story with a good narrator. The second, dead giveaway is an excellent story with a wonderful romance and an amazing amount of suspense. I loved it. This narrator was fabulous and although I understand why they had three different narrators (each representing the sibling whose story was being told) I wish Chris Rimmel had been the narrator for the entire series. His portrayal of the sibling Clay is incredibly sexy and even the female voices were terrific.
    The third story has the weakest romance, a terrible narrator and the storyline becomes too sordid (too much distubing detail on pediphiles - not for the faint of heart).
    Read them in order - You won't be dissapointed by the first two.
    I look forward to seeing what this author creates next!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (1522)
    Story
    (1516)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Amelia & Barbara are Wonderful"
    Overall

    I listened to this entire series a year ago and just listened to all 18 books again. The charecters are eccentric and endearing. The setting in Egypt is interesting and the mysteries are fun. If you enjoy mysteries, romance and continuing charecters, some of whom develop as the story unfolds you will enjoy these stories.
    Read them in order beginning with this book.
    Barbara Rosenblat is an absolutely amazing narrator. She does a magnificant job capturing a variety of voices; male and female from child to senior as well as Egyptian, British and American accents. Hope you enjoy Amelia and her family as much as I did.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (312)

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    "Exciting & Wonderful"
    Overall

    I loved this book, It was filled with suspense and excitment. Although I was able to puzzle out much of the mystery this did not matter because the characters were so captivating that I still enjoyed the story tremendously. The narrator was absolutely fabulous. If you enjoy mysteries and romance you will be captivated.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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