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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3307)
    Performance
    (2900)
    Story
    (2926)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Not good, I wasted my money on this one."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I tried, I really tried. I even restarted it a couple of times, but this book was not funny, it was not entertaining, and it was not intriguing. Sorry Ms. Rowling, I know you can do much better, but this one is a stinker.


    What could J. K. Rowling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters here were just not interesting enough to care about


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There wasn't a favorite scene, they were all boring


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    sorry, but no


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Valiant Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Brogan is a very large man with power and skill, but uneducated due to his family's immigrant social standing. He meets our heroine by chance, a member of the mighty de Nevilles, the most powerful ruling family in England. The Lady Avalyn du Brant's uncle is the all-powerful Richard Neville, "The Kingmaker". Although Brogan knows she is out of his league, he is nonetheless taken by her. Avalyn, too, is intrigued by the big soldier with the heavy accent and menacing presence.

    Marcheta says: "I'm so relieved she rewrote the ending"
    "Wonderful"
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    What did you love best about Valiant Chaos?

    I like the way Kathryn Le Veque writes. Period! She develops the characters and has the talent to put you right there in the story with them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the original ending, it was great!


    What about Tim Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Good voice and inflections


    Any additional comments?

    I liked that the two alternative endings were included. My favorite by far was the original ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls of Erith

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brian J. Gill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    1305 A.D. Being descended from great, though disgraced family, can be a greater curse than most. As a direct descendent of Simon de Montfort, Lady Gray de Montfort Serroux has lived her life with the axe of shame hanging over her head. Because of this, her marriage matches were limited and she wed a dishonorable man who widowed her when he was murdered in a gambling game. Left with a young daughter to support, Gray and her daughter and her mother have been living in poverty.

    Ellen says: "Overall moving story from beginning to end"
    "I'm a new Big Fan of Kathryn Le Veque Novels!"
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    If you could sum up The Falls of Erith in three words, what would they be?

    Love, Betrayal, Intrigue


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was written


    Have you listened to any of Brian J. Gill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the second book I purchased that was narrated by Brian J. Gill. I plan on purchasing more of her audio books and I will look for the ones narrated by Brian and get those first. He is very very good. In fact, I would say he is in my top three favorites of all time.


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

    I'm not good at tag lines


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Defender

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brian J. Gill
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    AD 1192 - Sir Christopher de Lohr is Richard the Lion Heart's champion, a man the Muslims nicknamed "The Lion's Claw". Blond, battle scarred, and powerful, he is what all men fear. After the fall of Acre, Christopher makes a promise at the deathbed of a dying comrade to marry the man's incorrigible but wealthy daughter. Christopher returns home to marry the woman, but the only thing he is interested in is her substantial dowry. He has no use for a wife and resents being forced into the marriage.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "31 HOURS OF EXCITEMENT!!!"
    "Now, that's a story!"
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    Where does Rise of the Defender rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one is right up there among my favorites. I love the way the author weaves the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise of the Defender?

    Spoiler! When she finds out that he is still alive


    What does Brian J. Gill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was really good. It was a long book, so there were a couple of editing bobbles where Brian is caught laughing and I laughed right along with him, then we got right back to the story. Brian has the range to make the characters believable whether male or female.


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

    I laughed several times. The story also took me right along with the sad, tense and frightening moments, too.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first time I listened to Kathryn Le Veque. I am glad I found her because her style of writing and subject matter is just what I like. I've already purchased the second and now the third book. I also have to say I like that, so far, the books I've found each stand on their own, and I don't have to wait three years for a sequel to come out and find out where the author is taking the story. (No offense, Diana. I still love you, too)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Much Ado About Magic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (503)

    Katie Chandler is back in New York and just in time to help Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. with the latest crisis. A magical crime wave is sweeping the city and wizarding whiz Owen Palmer thinks the chaos-causing spells look awfully familiar - like something his arch-rival Phelan Idris would create. When Idris' rogue firm Spellworks starts selling amulets to protect against these spells, Owen's suspicions are confirmed. While Owen and the other wizards scramble to unravel the wicked spells, it's Katie's job as the new director of marketing for MSI to fight the battle of public perception.

    Bonnie says: "Addictive series"
    "Another Good One!"
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    Where does Much Ado About Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top half for sure, and I've listened to a whole lot of them


    What other book might you compare Much Ado About Magic to and why?

    Garden Spells


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

    Katy just wouldn't be the same without Eva Wilhelm


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

    Big Smiles


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Hex with Texas: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (556)

    Everything's bigger in Texas - including romance, magic, and danger! Katie Chandler has fled fast-paced Manhattan and returned home to a simpler life, working at her family's feed-and-seed store in Cobb, Texas. In a painfully selfless gesture, Katie had left the sexy wizard Owen Palmer to battle his demons in the magical realm–after all, Katie just seemed to attract evil, which only made Owen's job a lot harder.

    Bonnie says: "Let's meet Granny & the rest of the family"
    "Another Fun Read"
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    If you could sum up Don't Hex with Texas in three words, what would they be?

    The Family, too?


    What other book might you compare Don't Hex with Texas to and why?

    It reminds me of the Juliet Blackwell series about the good witch who owns a vintage dress shop. Because that series also deals with a modern day woman confronting magic and they are lighthearted fun reads, too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The reappearance of the Red Shoe


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

    ?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damsel Under Stress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (585)

    To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve. At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda's timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI's rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company's secrets - and the very existence of magic itself.

    Catherine says: "Fun easy listen."
    "I'm Hooked"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended this series to several of my friends


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Damsel Under Stress?

    When everyone figures out that Grandma knew what she was talking about


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

    I've grown to associate her voice as Katy


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

    Hex in Texas


    Any additional comments?

    I am thoroughly enjoying this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (723)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "A Delightful Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's fun and an easy read. I raced to the next book!


    What other book might you compare Once Upon Stilettos to and why?

    Can't really think of another like it, unless you go to another book in this series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Owen and Katy confront the traitor


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

    Lots of smiles


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the whole series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interpreter of Maladies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (305)

    With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

    Jennifer says: "Novel-amazing; Audio-mediocre"
    "Not for me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I just could not relate


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jhumpa Lahiri again?

    maybe, but I would definitely listen to the sample first


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I thought the narration was okay, just wasn't interested in what was being said


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was well written, I just didn't care for the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1177)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    Theresa says: "Enjoyable Story Ruined by Awful Narrator!"
    "Fun Read"
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    What did you love best about Enchanted, Inc.?

    It was a lighthearted and fun story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate, she is a very likeable character that I could identify with


    What about Eva Wilhelm’s performance did you like?

    Sassy in all the right places, I felt like she really was Kate


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

    Sex in the City meets Merlin


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead: Toad Witch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christiana Miller
    • Narrated By Marie Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right. Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This is not the cozy paranormal mystery"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Easy Read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead?

    When Aunt Tillie gets trapped in the brass vase


    Which character – as performed by Marie Rose – was your favorite?

    Gus


    If you could rename Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead, what would you call it?

    I think the title is good, why change it






    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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