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Charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 220 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "A worthwhile cozy mystery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fun, light historical fiction. Engaging plot that perks along thanks to BOTH the author and the performer. Although you don't HAVE to read the series, you'd have more fun if you took them in order.

    If you’ve listened to books by Rhys Bowen before, how does this one compare?

    Par for the course, which is a good thing. The Royal Spyness series is in the cozy mystery genre while the historical figures and events make them slightly educational, too.

    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narration is terrific -- I appreciate someone who can carry off distinct voices for a large cast of international characters. I've listened to her read this series and will look for other books she's read.

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

    No, this is light reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    'Nathan says: "Phenomenal!"
    "Improbable, delightful and worthwhile"
    Any additional comments?

    Flavia is a bit of a sociopath--trying out potentially lethal chemistry experiments in her sisters--and precocious beyond imagination, but the story is terrific. I will read the entire series with anticipation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
    "I don't know how she does it"
    What did you love best about The Language of Bees?

    King weaves into this fast-paced and spellbinding plot the history and historical figures of the day, along with descriptions of everyday items like Bakelite, medical procedures, and esoteric religious beliefs true to the age. What a mind! I haven't enjoyed all books in this series equally; this one is among my favorites for the plot, the characters and the narration. I especially enjoyed the new character, Robert Goodman, and his poignant back story.

    What other book might you compare The Language of Bees to and why?

    King's other novel, "A Monstrous Regiment of Women" also deals with the power of a charismatic religious figure.

    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Excellent characterizations, yet she gets out of the way and lets the plot move. Nothing show-offish, which I appreciate.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes. Most definitely.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stella Duffy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Roman historian Procopius publicly praised Theodora of Constantinople for her piety-while secretly detailing her salacious stage act and maligning her as ruthless and power hungry. So who was this woman who rose from humble beginnings as a dancer to become the empress of Rome and a saint in the Orthodox Church? Award-winning novelist Stella Duffy vividly recreates the life and times of a woman who left her mark on one of the ancient world's most powerful empires.

    Tamela says: "Fascinating historical fiction"
    "Fascinating historical fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Important period of history breathed into life through the lens of Theodora's life.

    The author illustrated the mindsets of the day, the religious and social questions that vexed most everyone and how people in intolerable social situations made their lives.

    Funny how many of the religious and social issues explored in the book remain unresolved some 2000 years later.

    I was initially concerned that perhaps the sexual aspects of Theodora's life would be exploited, and was relieved by the lack of graphic detail. Nothing salacious.Super book. Read it!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore?

    The entire book poignantly showed how few options women have for autonomy in a patriarchy. Theodora's requisite service as a sex worker was treated even-handedly; I'll always remember the scene where she matter of factly paid her way from the hinterlands to Egypt by servicing two young shepherds who let her ride in their cart.I related to the description of how she disassociated her spirit and body throughout, and how she brought the two together through her time in the desert as penitent.

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

    Davina was one of my attractions to this book; she is a masterful narrator.

    If you could take any character from Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sophia the actress/whore/pimp. She was a dwarf and a woman who found a way to make her life in spite of her social and physical constraints. I'd want to understand what went through her mind and how she coped.

    Any additional comments?

    A must-read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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