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  • Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray

    Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

    Leanna says: "So long but not goodbye?"
    "Great romp in the fifth book in this series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I suggest readers begin with the first book, which introduces the characters in Timeless, the fifth book of the Parasol Protectorate series, but, having said that, this book can be enjoyed as is. I would recommend the books in this series for readers looking for a light hearted, enjoyable romp through Victorian England, complete with campy Vampires, endearing Werewolves and the irrepressible, if bossy, heroine of the series, Alexia, whose main hobby in life is to take charge in a crisis.

    Would you recommend Timeless to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would indeed recommend this series, particularly if you are looking for some light hearted holiday reading with a comedic twist. Funny, sexy and irreverent.

    What three words best describe Emily Gray’s performance?

    The narrator does a good job of voicing most of the characters, and maintains the pace and flow of the story well. Easy to listen to.

    Do you think Timeless needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow up book needed, as this is the fifth in the series.

    Any additional comments?

    Great fun. Well narrated. Most enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Says something about dogs in fact, and time travel"
    What disappointed you about To Say Nothing of the Dog?

    This is the second title that I've read by this author, and although she has again provided an interesting tale with amusing literary references in this extended time travel tale, she again needs a good strong editor to prune down the unnecessarily extended and repetitive elements in the storyline.

    Yes, I get that this is a novel about time travel, which means going back again [and again] in time to fix mistakes, but on the fourth or fifth time around with the same tone, characters and situations I found it wearisome indeed.

    The characters are two dimensional, the humour at times obvious and heavy handed. It's sort of a groundhog day of a book, which is a shame, because with a paring down and a concomitant increase in pace this story would have some charm.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis again?

    No, I think I've got it now.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My reaction to this story was along the lines of 'for god's sake, get on with it'.

    Any additional comments?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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