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julianne

Eagle, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Husband List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (332)

    Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend Jack Culhane on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline's stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all...Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title.

    julianne says: "So disappointed"
    "So disappointed"
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    I am speechless. I have always enjoyed Janet's books, even the somewhat bizarre "Wicked" series. But this one seems to be so contrived. The plot is unoriginal, the narration is poor, Lorelei King even makes a mistake, says "what--oh" and then reads it right. I have never heard that in an audio book before. I just didn't like anything about this book. But in order to be fair, I listened to the whole thing. It took me two tries to get it done.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor: A Royal Spyness Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

    My Available Citrine Rhyme says: "Fun, light prequel"
    "Can't get enough"
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    I only wish that this was a novel rather than a novella since the only disappointing part of any of the Royal Spyness books is that they have to end. I would suggest that Ms Bowen write nothing but Royal Spyness books so that we could have several new ones every year.

    As usual, the narration is perfect. I never tire of Kathrine Kellgren's voice.

    This is definitely a girls book but I recommend it to any female listener who enjoys a good puzzle, an appealing, clever but accidental heroine and a luscious side kick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petticoat Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Margaret Brownley
    • Narrated By Jaimee Draper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Pinkerton detective Jennifer Layne is no stranger to undercover work. But posing as a lady companion named Amy at Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Boots is a first for her. She’s finally landed a high-profile case and is on the trail of the notorious Gunnysack Bandit, when one of Miss Lillian’s girls essential to her investigation meets an untimely demise.

    julianne says: "A disappointment."
    "A disappointment."
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    This could have been so much more. Even with what I am sure the author thought were unique twists, it was so predictable. The narration was very uninspiring. I felt rather than giving each character his or her own special voice, the narrator was just reading aloud.

    I won't try the other books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home Front Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rosie Goodwin
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Glaister
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Dotty, Lucy and Annabelle all turn up for work at Coventry's department store Owen Owen at the same time as war is declared. Dotty is an orphan, Lucy is the sole carer for her little sister, and although Annabelle has led a life of privilege until now, everyone's having to pinch the pennies at the moment. The three form an unlikely bond, and with disaster at every turn, they're going to need each other...

    Deborah Jacob says: "Idle Chitter Chatter in the Guise of a Story"
    "Elementary"
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    This had the potential to be a good story but it was so predictable that I guessed two of the three "secrets" long before they were revealed by the author. The characters were very stilted and unbelievable and the dialogue was so elementary that I felt I might be listening to the adventures of Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. Part of that blame goes to the narrator who had a very annoying voice and sounded as though she was telling a story to a group of pre-schoolers. I just didn't enjoy this book at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They Do It with Mirrors: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Jane Marple goes to stay with her old, and rather frail, friend Carrie-Louise at her sprawling Victorian Gothic mansion. It is not only a family home but also a rehabilitation center for delinquent boys, and she soon begins to realize that all is not well there. Then an attempt is made on the life of Carrie-Louise's husband, her step-son is shot to death, and someone tries to poison Carrie-Louise herself. Can Marple protect her friend and help the police unmask a brutal, and possibly deranged, killer?

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A Miss Marple Mystery"
    "Difficult to understand"
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    The great Joan Hickson, marvelous as Miss Marple, was a very poor narrator. I could barely understand much of the book. Perhaps it was a case of age, but Miss Hickson sounded as though she had a mouthful of marbles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scandalous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (166)

    When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters are suddenly penniless - unless she thinks fast. Arranging Claire’s London season, Gabby pretends that Marcus is still alive, just until Claire can marry a fabulously wealthy nobleman. But when a handsome gentleman arrives claiming to be Marcus, Gabby’s plan backfires. If she exposes this mysterious stranger’s deceit, she exposes her own.

    Karen says: "Unexpected plot twists"
    "Enjoyed"
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    Call me a hopeless romantic, it is true. I enjoyed this book very much and am lookiing for more by Ms Robards. I thought the narration was excellent. All in all, it did not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5339)
    Performance
    (4591)
    Story
    (4572)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "I want more"
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    I have all of the Royal Spyness books on audio. I have listened to them each about three times in the last year. They are fun, romantic, interesting and so darned enjoyable that I want to know when Ms. Bowen will be writing more. Does anyone know?

    The narrator is fantastic--I love Belinda's voice and really, all of them. Her "Wallis Simpson" is hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potter’s Field: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Witty and entertaining, the Montalbano novels by Andrea Camilleri—a master of the Italian detective story—have become favorites of mystery fans everywhere. In this latest installment, an unidentified corpse is found near Vigàta, a town known for its soil rich with potter’s clay. Meanwhile, a woman reports the disappearance of her husband, a Colombian man with Sicilian origins who turns out to be related to a local mobster.

    Sherri says: "Andrea Camilleri and Grover a winning combination"
    "Not so good"
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    This book was a disappointment. I really didn't lilke the narration which, at the very least, should have been done in a faux Italian accent. I certainly didn't like the gruesome aspects of the story. A really good writer can get the image across without using such graphic description. I would not buy any other books by this author or narrator. It was just not a good experience. I do feel that the publisher's description of the book was misleading.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love in a Nutshell

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (461)

    Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she's been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents' summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene's Harbor, Michigan. Kate's plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash and the only job she can land is less than savory. Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees.

    Heather says: "Great!"
    "A fun listen"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. It followed the predictable formula for Janet's books, but I never tire of it. The mystery is interesting and the characters are fun. I can't wait for the next Evanovich book or the next collaboration. Lorelei King is just the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Fowles
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (227)

    At Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast, a young Victorian amateur palaentologist, Charles Smithson, is struck by a solitary figure standing at the far end of the Cobb, staring out to sea. It is Sarah Woodruff, known to the locals as 'poor Tragedy' since her apparent liaison with a French sailor who has since deserted her. Although Charles is already engaged to a young heiress, he is immediately beguiled and eventually infatuated with Sarah.

    Darwin8u says: "Writes with a sharp elegance that is breathtaking"
    "Painful"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could help this book


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Fowles again?

    No


    What three words best describe Paul Shelley’s performance?

    very good voice


    What character would you cut from The French Lieutenant's Woman?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    The writing was tedious, unfocused and pompous. The characters were ok, the naration was exceptional but nothing could save this book. I truly despised it. The story could have been told in about three sentences if one eliminated the garbage meandering of the author.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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