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  • Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can’t show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: It turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease.

    Julia says: "Worth the credit"
    "Commissario Brunetti Is Still On The Job"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I'd recommend it because I just love all the stories about Commissario Brunetti. The descriptions of Venice just make the storyline even better. Probably wouldn't be as interesting if it took place somewhere else in Italy. It wasn't my favorite book in this series but it is still very readable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Commissario Brunetti, of course. He is always engaging, complicated, and cerebral. His affection for his wife and kids just make him a better detective although in this book he doesn't get to demonstrate his love for his family as much as he has in earlier books.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    His performance was very good. He depicts the characters well.


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

    No extreme reaction. I thought the book was a little slow but still engaging.


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  • A Symphony of Echoes: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (464)

    Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

    Sires says: "Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book"
    "Great Fun Story of Crazy Time Travelers"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Symphony of Echoes the most enjoyable?

    The narrator depicts Max with perfect humor. When things get back for St. Mary's, they just put on the tea pot and discuss it all. No task is too daunting, not even blood on the stones.


    What other book might you compare A Symphony of Echoes to and why?

    Dr. Who and other time travel stories are all similar but this series is special because of the history aspect, and Max and her historians. She brings you into her world with gusto.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one specific. They are all good in their way and each transport is unique and different.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    And the world went white---and then they land somewhere else.


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  • A Trail Through Time: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    "St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

    Janie says: "Purely delightful"
    "Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, and yes. I love this series. Get book 1 and start the mad adventure of Max, Peterson, Leon and the other crazy historians at St. Mary's. You have to read it to know. Every story is a different adventure. The pod is their mode of transport like Dr. Who uses a phone booth.


    What other book might you compare A Trail Through Time to and why?

    Dr. Who comes to mind with the spinning phone booth winding up somewhere else. At least the pods are programmed for their destination.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not a particular one but I do like the History Muse who shows up to tell Max to get on with her next special tour.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    And the world goes white....just before you land somewhere else.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are exceptionally good. They are light with minimal sex scenes for those who prefer fantasy, and you don't really miss them. Max and Leon do 'get together' but you don't have to suffer through it with them. These are just good fun books for those who can suspend reality and enjoy fantasy.

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  • A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (261)

    St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

    janet says: "Totally in love"
    "Max is Wonderful and Time Travel is Fun"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Second Chance the most enjoyable?

    It was the third book in this fabulous series of Max and the historians going back in time to see things confirmed or to see things that didn't happen as history states. The characters are crazy and fun. You must suspend your belief in fixed reality and just go with the flow. Max and Leon are terrific. The entire St. Mary's staff is wonderful. I will listen to this series again and again.


    What other book might you compare A Second Chance to and why?

    These are as good as Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series or any of Laura Vosika's time traveling Scot. It is just a fun read and Jodi Taylor is a hoot to have come up with this.


    Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to the other books in this series and enjoy her portrayal of the characters. I like an English accent and Ms. Ramm does an excellent job.


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

    I chuckled in a few places but her descriptions of the pod when they enter and the return to St. Mary's are always funny. It is just a feel good book.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Rain: Leopard Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    What has she done? With a new identity, a staged death, and a chance to flee the treachery that stalks her, Rachael has escaped from a faceless assassin. Now, thousands of miles from home, under the lush canopy of the rain forest, she's found sanctuary.

    A User says: "Liked the book, Hated the narration!"
    "Leopard People is A Wonderful Escape to Danger"
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    Where does Wild Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rank it in the top 20. I love this series by Christine Feehan. I bought them in paperback first and then got them in audio. This story is about Rachael who is escaping from her family into the rain forest. She doesn't know she is a leopard. The story unfolds when she meets Rio and then....the lust begins. The characters cross over from early books and continue into the later books of which there are now six. I have them all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Rain?

    When Rachael first realizes that Rio is leopard and then she realizes that she is one as well. It is a good story and like the other paranormal love stories. Feehan makes you want more.


    Have you listened to any of Renée Raudman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like all of her narrations. She is a very talented narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I've listened to it at least twice and will listen more. I like the stories and the characters and the sexy men who become leopard. Makes my heart go pitter patter.


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  • Forever with You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Laurelin Paige
    • Narrated By Carly Robins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (358)

    Alayna Withers' relationship with Hudson Pierce has tested both her and his ability to trust. They decide that the only way they can move forward together is with open doors and transparency. It won't be easy for the scarred lovers, but they're committed to each other more now than ever. Alayna, in particular, has grown through their trials, and has emerged more confident and faithful to the man she loves. But while the pair is focused on the future, their past shows up again to threaten their fragile bond.

    Juan Hernandez says: "Wow Stockholm Syndrome"
    "Alayne and Hudson Are Together For Now"
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    If you could sum up Forever with You in three words, what would they be?

    Trust your feelings. They love each other and must get through some bad times to know that they do love each other enough to address their secrets together.


    What other book might you compare Forever with You to and why?

    This is probably like a lot of books about love and obsession and sex but none come to mind. I found the issues that Alayne and Hudson address refreshing in that they know they have problems, he knows he screwed up, and she knows he screwed up, but they love each other and will find a way to be together.


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

    She makes the characters live in the listener's mind. Her ability to convey the pain and lust they feel is not possible when read in print.


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

    A couple of places I wanted to throw it across the room but since I was listening on my iPad I resisted. It was a good book.


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  • Found in You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Laurelin Paige
    • Narrated By Carly Robins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (395)

    Alayna Withers has only had one kind of relationship: the kind that makes her obsessive and stalker-crazy. Now that Hudson Pierce has let her into his heart, she's determined to break down the remaining walls between them so they can build a foundation that's based on more than just amazing sex. Except Hudson's not the only one with secrets. With their pasts pulling them into a web of unfounded mistrust, Alayna turns to the one person who knows Hudson the best - Celia, the woman he almost married.

    karen says: "Prepare 2 be Torn, Wrung out & Emotionally Fucked"
    "Love and Obsession Can Exist and Survive"
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    What did you love best about Found in You?

    I liked the way Alayne and Hudson understood each other's weaknesses and still were able to love each other. The way they met and then the way they overcame the flaws in their characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Found in You?

    I liked the way that Hudson let Alayne knew his love was for her. He had never had a woman in his penthouse but he asked her to move in. I liked the way the book started out and the way their love for each other deepened. You could see them both grow more secure.


    Which character – as performed by Carly Robins – was your favorite?

    Alayne was my favorite. Even though she was damaged, she was aware of her limits and sought out her therapist when she felt herself spinning out of control. She was much stronger than she believed and this became more revealed as the story continues. This is the second book in the series of three but may be my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I always want to listed to a book in one sitting. I like the way the characters get into your psyche and make you want to learn more about them.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Alayne and Hudson and know anyone who likes romance and flawed characters who still manage to stay together with like these books. There are explicit sex scenes so some who prefer plain themes may not enjoy.

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  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6558)
    Performance
    (5052)
    Story
    (5047)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Another Great Story of Harry Dresden"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Summer Knight to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but I have to believe that any audio edition of a book is better than print if read by the right narrator and James Marsters is one of the best narrators.


    What other book might you compare Summer Knight to and why?

    I've read the earlier Dresden books and liked them all. I could compare them to Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson Series since they have the same suspense and friendly characters. Never fear though, Harry Dresden is darker than Mercy Thompson.


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

    He is Harry Dresden. Without Marsters these stories would not be the same. Keep him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing special. I liked it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1557)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Absolutely Marvelous Story--Time Travel At Its Bes"
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    Where does The Rose Garden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right up there with the top ten. The author is superb and the story is so well done that you think you are in Cornwall in The Rose Garden. The narrator makes the story come alive. It is just simple wonderful.


    What other book might you compare The Rose Garden to and why?

    I think it is as good as The Hands of Time Series by Irina Shapiro. Both are romance stories with a twist and both take place in 18th Century England. The stories are gripping and make you want to be right there.


    Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

    I liked Claire a lot but my favorite was the major character, Eva. She copes so well with her appearing and disappearing. It is an amazing story and Eva finds her true love in Daniel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I especially liked it when Oliver appears with the wine just as Eva disappears. The story evolves so that you don't know what is going to happen but everything happens perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a wonderful romance novel with time travel and a happy ending. What more can you ask for?

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  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Emily Brontë
    • Narrated By Patricia Routledge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of nineteenth-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

    Dan Harlow says: "I loved how much I hated everyone"
    "A Dark, Dark Story--Heathcliff is Evil And Sad"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wuthering Heights to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. the narrator is superb and she brings the story and characters to life. She is able to perform the book as a play and you totally understand the depth of hate and love in the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wuthering Heights?

    There were too many to mention. When Heathcliff finds out his love is married to someone else and when he returns to find her dead. This book is a classic gothic novel and you can almost feel the winds blowing across the moors. Poor Catherine and Edgar. There was never any hope for them.


    What about Patricia Routledge’s performance did you like?

    I can't say enough good things about her performance. We already knew she was an exceptional actress with a wide range but this book performance was so totally gripping that it stayed with me for days. It was due to her performance.


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

    Yes. I listened to this book because it was such a classic novel and now I understand. The depth of these characters and the way you can see Heathcliff's emotions and pain is raw. Hard to believe that this was the only novel written by Emily Bronte. Easy to see why the first reviewers in 1848 found it difficult. Yet, it has never been out of print and it still read as a classic gothic novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Heathcliff gives new meaning to a damaged person. His obsessive love made him insane and in the end, it was his love that killed him.

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  • Hudson

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurelin Paige
    • Narrated By James Patrick Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he's wanted for almost nothing. He's never experienced love, however, and he's seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He's studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it. Until he meets Alayna Withers. Now, the games he's played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end.

    Juan Hernandez says: "Yes it's a recap"
    "Hudson is a Good Way To End"
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    I was glad when Hudson was finished. I liked the first three books but this one told me more than I needed to know and there was too much repetition. But, still it was a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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