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I'm a retired retail exec and have taken up my love of quilting as a retirement vocation. I devour audiobooks as I sew. Love it. Picture is of me and my BFF, Bill. 2013

Johnstown, PA, United States


  • The Wizard of Dark Street: An Oona Crate Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
    • Narrated By Shawn Thomas Odyssey

    Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard's apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind. Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case, she wants to show her uncle - the Wizard of Dark Street - that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic. Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, great entertainment."
    "Mr. Odyssey should NOT read his own work!"
    Would you try another book from Shawn Thomas Odyssey and/or Shawn Thomas Odyssey?

    Boy, I really wanted to get into this, but the narrator, the author himself, was so distracting with accents going and coming and little differentiation between characters that I'm not going to finish; indeed I'll be returning it. I'm glad it was a $4.95 book!

    What was most disappointing about Shawn Thomas Odyssey’s story?

    Poor narration

    Would you be willing to try another one of Shawn Thomas Odyssey’s performances?

    Not unless someone else reads it. Could you try someone else?

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dandelion Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By N. D. Wilson
    • Narrated By Russell Horton

    Henry York never dreamed his time in Kansas would open a door to adventure, much less 100 doors. But a visit to his aunt and uncle's farm took an amazing turn when cupboard doors, hidden behind Henry's bedroom wall, revealed themselves to be portals to other worlds.

    Derek B. says: "A great continuation to a great story"
    "The first book was very engrossing, but..."
    Would you try another book from N. D. Wilson and/or Russell Horton?

    I'll watch what else Wilson may write, but this series is a dead end for me.

    What was most disappointing about N. D. Wilson’s story?

    I've tried to get into this book twice and went more than a third of the way through each time and still found myself completely lost. Pretty much too weird on the heels of the first book; too much, too soon. I still can't say what happened after the end of book one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

    Debra says: "Good Story, Painful Narration"
    "In Audio, the Reader makes or breaks"

    I have all of the "Amelia Peabody" series of mysteries in hard and/or soft copy and many in audio. I'm going to have to read "The Last Camel Died at Noon" rather than listen while I quilt or travel, because the absence of Barbara Rosenblat as reader has made it "un-listenable". I found myself starting and going back because I just couldn't keep interested in the flat reading. Bummer!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven, which may not even exist.

    Enid says: "EXCELLENT!!!"
    "The reader made it live!"

    Wonderful story...suspense...mystery...fantasy...humor...and oh WOW! Brendan Fraser has an incredible ability and MUST do more! Please! I was sort of reticent to buy this because he was the reader. I love Cornelia Funke, though, and to Jim Dale...BF is able to remove himself as a reader and make you hear a dozen different, unique characters! I am so impressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heretic's Apprentice: The Sixteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi

    It is June in the Year of Our Lord 1143 when Elave, young clerk to William of Lythwood, returns from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his elderly master's body. His mission is twofold, to bury William in his home abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, and to deliver a dowry to William's adopted daughter Fortunata. But Elave, suspected of harboring views inimical to church doctrine, is held for ecclesiastical trial. And when Aldwin, the Lythwood family clerk hired in Elave's absence, is stabbed to death, Elave is incarcerated not only for heresy, but for murder. Fortunata's dowry, an intricately carved box with mysterious contents, holds the key to the mysteries that spring up around Elave and the Lythwood family. Shrewd and patient, Brother Cadfael is at his best here. Performed by Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, this sixteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael is sure to delight old friends and new fans.

    Joanna says: "Simon Prebble Preferred"
    "Good book; Bad recording"

    The poor quality of the recording of this book made it very difficult to hear or discern the words within the strong British accent. The accent wouldn't have been a problem if the audio was not so tiny and garbled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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