The Royal Spyness series is, in my opinion, Rhys Bowen's best effort so far and Royal Flush is definitely a worthy addition to the series. Katherine Kellgren is marvelous and becomes the characters. I enjoyed this series to the max . If you haven't heard them, definitely start with the first one in the series and continue on through them all - you won't regret it!
Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series is absolutely one of my favorite reads and I especially love them on Audible when narrated by Kate Reading (who has read all but one). While they are all enjoyable, this one took me back to the original book that started it all, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. It was just delightful from beginning to end. If you are one of those lucky folks that haven't yet sampled the Pink series, I envy you. Do yourself a favor and dive in. Only one caution - they should be read in order since the characters are all intertwined and their progression needs to be followed logically.
I love WWII stories and this is a good one. it reminds me a lot of Ken Follett's Eye of the Needle but with many twists and turns. The characters are well-developed and the action plenty fast enough to keep you listening. If you are a fan of this genre, I don't think you can go wrong with this one.
I was actually amazed that I like this book so much. It was a purchase in the find a new series sale a while back. This is the first author I have read that I think is a match for Connie Willis. Actually, the story lines are similar, i.e., both academic time travel into the past, but Jodi Taylor puts a major twist on hers. Also, this is a series, whereas Willis' books are all stand alone and differ widely in their plots. I liked the narrator a lot and found her portrayal of the characters spot-on. I doubt that any of these books will surpass Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog: or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last, which was pure genius, but these are definitely good value and I will be reading the entire series.
This started off exciting and never stopped. I have read all of the Russell books and find that the series just keeps getting better. If you have read the rest of the series, you won't be disappointed in this one. If you have not read them, be sure to start with the first book and take them in order. It will greatly enhance your enjoyment as the characters tend to reappear in subsequent stories and the complex relationship between Holmes and Mary unfolds slowly as the series progresses.
I wasn't expecting much from this but it was the Deal of the Day so I took a chance. I ended up loving it. A very unusual story line and a very unusual protagonist. Try it - you'll like it!
I am a major fan of Laurie King and have raced through every book in this series as they just got better and better, until I got to this one! To say that there was no "suspense" is an understatement. Mind numbingly boring is the only way to describe it. The entire premise of why Mary was investigating to begin with was unbelievably weak and Holmes' role was almost totally peripheral. The dozens of characters were confusing, uninteresting, and for the most part, poorly developed. There were numerous times when I thought, ah, now something will happen but no! I kept waiting for something, anything, to happen - waiting, waiting, waiting! Jenny Stirlin did her usual perfect narration but the story could not be salvaged. I'm surprised she could stay awake long enough to narrate it. It is fortunate that this is not the first of the series or I would have gone no further. I have forced myself to listen till the end, thinking every minute that it just HAD to get better but sadly, it never did. If you have read the rest of the series, you may think you have to read this one too for completeness but trust me, you won't be missing a thing. Such a disappointment.
Can't say that I was expecting much. This was one of the Audible Daily Deals but I love Simon Vance as a narrator and the sample sounded interesting so I took the plunge. Turned out it was really good, full of action, with a surprise ending. I will be looking for more of Chris Ewan's books.
Barbara Rosenblat is my favorite narrator. Her ability to portray each character so flawlessly and believably is uncanny. I have listened to each of the books so many times that I have lost count. They are my old friends and companions, to be cherished over and over again. I had read all of these books in hard copy long before Audible came along but found that the narrated versions brought a dimension to the stories that I love.
I have listened to all of the stories so many times that I am no longer on the edge of my seat with suspense but I can promise that there is literally never a dull moment for Amelia and Emerson.
Amelia Peabody Emerson, without question, is the shining light though all of the characters are engaging. I adore both Emerson and Ramsey, especially when Ramsey was a small boy.
If you have not read this series, I envy you. Do yourself a favor and begin the joyous ride. LIsten to each in sequence and always, always, only the ones narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.
I had put off listening to this series because I thought I had read a bad review somewhere . I love dogs, however, and enjoyed this author's series, The #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, so when it came up on the 2 for 1 sale, I made the plunge and I sure wasn't disappointed. The author is such a wise man. While I normally dislike books that keep several story lines going at once, Smith is an expert juggler, managing to keep you on track and interested in each character, and in this case, I found that I enjoyed the departures. This is not like some other "dog" books, in that it is not all about Freddie de la Hay (the dog) and is not narrated by him but he definitely influences the entire story. The author's understated humor is just right, keeping you smiling and occasionally laughing out loud while still exploring the pathos and frailties of the human condition. I think to a large degree it succeeds because we can see ourselves in the characters. Simon Prebble is the perfect narrator for the story and when it ended, I just wanted to listen to it again. As soon as I finish the other books in the season, I probably will. I just loved it.
I adore Gervase Fen - my favorite in hardcopy or audiobook, being The Moving Toy Shop. In Buried for Pleasure , Gervase does not have the same madcap, eccentric behavior that sets him apart from other mortals so I can't say it elicited the same delight as Crispin's other books but I'd rather have Gervase Fen at less than 100% than most other protagonists at their best. I only wish Crispin (actually Robert Montgomery), had written more of these books. As to whether I enjoyed the audio or hardcopy more, I always prefer the audiobooks if the narrator is good as they bring the characters to life for me.
Gervase Fen - always!
This is my first experience with Bird reading one of this series but I think he does a credible job.
No - I like to savor my Crispins - there are so few of them after all.
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