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Jennifer

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  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4128)
    Performance
    (3509)
    Story
    (3493)

    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.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Much Lighter Than Maisie Dobbs"
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    This series was recommended to me because I liked the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. Aside from the fact that the time and setting of the two series are the same (post WWI, England), they are very different in terms of characters and story lines; I enjoyed this series in a much different way. The stories are formulaic and predictable, but fun and enjoyable in that "cozy mystery" sort of way. I loved the quirky cast of characters that showed up in all the books (I even have a crush on Darcy O'Mara). Katherine Kellgren is a joy to listen to--her delivery, different character voices, and different accents were superb.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deja Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (403)

    It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab.

    Kay says: "Mixed"
    "Wow, What a Coincidence! (sarcasm)"
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    First, if you listened to the first book in this series and couldn't stand the narrator, rest assured that this one is better, although she seems to think that every person south of the Mason-Dixon Line speaks with a grating, backwoodsy twang.

    Second, if you're looking for Emily Deschanel's Tempe Brennan, you are not going to find her here. However, if you can let go of what you know from the TV show and just accept that this Tempe is different, you might end up liking her in a different way.

    Now, what I think of the story:
    It had an interesting and compelling premise (religious movement/cult stuff), and it had mostly interesting forensics, anthropology, and sociology background stuff and information, although sometimes this information was dry, and it was often inserted in awkward, unnatural sounding conversations between characters. The biggest problem I had with the story was the over-the-top, unlikely, wholly improbable coincidences and chance timings of certain events and connections that took place throughout the entire story. I certainly don't want to give anything away, but really, the way events and people from Texas to Montreal to SC to NC crossed paths and linked up was SO far-fetched, the entire work lost credibility. I often have to suspend my disbelief in crime/mystery/suspense books, but this pushed the limit. Also, I read (listened to) Book 1 and Book 2 in quick succession--both had a flighty woman whom Tempe cared about who went missing, and in both books, the climactic scenes took place during a weather event--seems trite and cliche in one book, let alone two ("It was a dark and stormy night...").

    I do like Tempe's character, and I feel like her occupation lends some real potential to future story lines, but I'm not going to continue with this series for awhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1619)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Be Prepared to REALLY Suspend Your Disbelief"
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    This book has outstanding narration and is well-written in terms of vocabulary, descriptions, sentence structure, etc. However, the far-fetched premise of the story and the unlikely characters made it difficult to take the book seriously. I liked the character of Cassie enough from the first book to see this one through to the end, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Except the Dying: A Murdoch Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maureen Jennings
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the naked body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. The young victim was pregnant when she died. Detective William Murdoch soon discovers that many of those connected with the girl's life have secrets to hide. Was her death on attempt to cover up a scandal in one of the city's influential families?

    connie says: "Gritty not grisly; above average Victorian mystery"
    "Eh. Forgettable."
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    Slow moving and not a very interesting story for a murder mystery. Some characters had potential to be likable and interesting, but their development never really got going. The narration was odd--slow and meticulous--reminded me of someone reading a story on an educational children's show on PBS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (264)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Terrible Narration"
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    I had to stop listening and will need to get this book in print in order to finish it. The narrator's "upspeak", as another reviewer aptly described the way she ends EVERY sentence with a melodramatic upward lilt, is beyond irritating, as is her voice for Maggie (main character) and her voices for German speaking characters. I really enjoyed the first book in this series (different narrator) and feel as though I'd enjoy the story of the second one, but I can not listen to another minute of it. I'm very disappointed.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (754)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Not My Favorite in the Series"
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    Don't want to spoil anything, but I found the "through the woods" part long and tedious. Still recommend the book, as it fits with the previous books and lays groundwork for the fourth, I just didn't enjoy it as much as the first two in the series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Crewel World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects....

    Sara says: "British style mystery set in America"
    "Not a Clever Cozy Mystery"
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    Very predictable--knew the culprit and her/his unlikely and uncompelling motive VERY early on. Weird, underdeveloped characters--"weird" as in "awkward and unlikable", not as in "quirky and interesting". Flat narration. I don't recommend this book at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33887)
    Performance
    (25076)
    Story
    (25420)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Don't Let The "Young Adult" Label Stop You!"
    Overall

    This book is labeled as "Young Adult Fiction", but other than the fact that the main characters are "young adults", I can't understand why someone would put such a limiting label on such a wonderfully written, amazing story. I highly recommend it to both young adults and not-so-young adults. Beware, though, that this is an INTENSE listen (and read, I assume)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14574)
    Performance
    (8978)
    Story
    (8848)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I Should Have Heeded the Warnings"
    Overall

    Ugh. "Bodice-Ripper" is an apt description. There are parts of the story I'm interested in, like does she ever make it back to her time, and, is there an explanation of the time travel, but I won't ever find out unless someone else fills me in. After 12 hours of Harlequin-style "romance", I am DONE.

    Good narrator, though.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Name Is Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all.

    Lajuan says: "I LIke this book"
    "Garbage"
    Overall

    One of the most poorly written books I've ever read/listened to. Full of holes, short on important details, completely unbelievable characters and situations, a cop-out ending -- an utter waste of time and a credit. An interesting premise, but very poorly executed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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