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Marie

I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence.

Woodville, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Maskerade: Discworld #18

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (323)

    It's Phantom of the Opera, Discworld style, when an aspiring singer and part-time witch wins a part in the big city opera, and quickly learns of a shadowy figure haunting the house. Now her sorceress companions Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg must come to her aid, before the fat lady sings her last rites!

    Glen Phipps says: "A Couple of Nights at the Opera"
    "Great Fun"
    Overall

    Terry Pratchett had a great time poking fun at opera and I had a great time listening. Almost as good as Night Watch. One of my favorite authors and readers.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siversen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (185)

    Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley. But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying "The wages of sin is death" and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corinna and her bread. Then it is Goths, dead drug addicts, witchcraft, a homeless boy and a missing girl and it seems she will never get those muffins cooked in time.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Don't know why I waited so long."
    "Take a good look at the book cover."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was definitely not for me. It started out very good but descended into something a bit too dark and twisted for my liking.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Anderson
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Welcome to Alderley, a magnificent mansion in the heart of the West Country where a grand house party is taking place. The preparations have been made, the guests have been invited, and the staff are on hand. What could possibly go wrong? Let the entertainment begin. The theft of the diamond necklace and the antique pistols might all be explained, but the body in the lake - that really was a puzzle. 'Don't expect me to solve anything,' Inspector Wilkens announced modestly when he arrived to sort out the unpleasantness.

    connie says: "the title says it all"
    "It had me right up to the end"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I was thoroughly enjoying this story until the final wrap up, and then things got so unnecessarily convoluted that I needed a cheat sheet showing where each character was at every moment in connection with every other character. I enjoyed the writing style and the characters and the fact that there was no unnecessary violence. He came so close, I will probably give the author another try. The narrator was good, except that the female voices were a little funky.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4125)
    Performance
    (3507)
    Story
    (3491)

    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!"
    "Bought all 6 of these and am hoping for more."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I read these books, one right after the other and never got tired of them. If you like cozy mysteries with a little romance, and dislike graphic violence and listening to dry descriptions of sex, you will like these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (290)

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    "I have now read all 5 of these books ..."
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    Would you listen to Silent in the Grave again? Why?

    Yes, at some point, I may go back over the entire series again. They are all wonderful, light, easy cozy mysteries with a little romance. No graphic violence or boring sex scenes. They go down so smoothly -- like a whole box of chocolates.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3114)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1292)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "What an absolutely perfect title"
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    Would you listen to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society again? Why?

    I have listened to it twice and I am sure I will listen to it again. I was somewhat reluctant to purchase the book since most of it takes place during WWII and that is not a subject I want to read about. But the book is not really about the war. There were a few passages that were hard to hear, but for every one of those, there were many more about the small and large acts of kindness that do occur even in war. Just as the title was part serious (The Guernsey Literary Society) and part humorous (The Potato Peel Pie Society), so also was the book. Overall it lifted my spirits and made me glad to be part of the human race.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Men of Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lev AC Rosen
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    Set in a steampunk version of Victorian England, Lev AC Rosen’s acclaimed debut novel, All Men of Genius, follows the fantastical adventures of Violet Adams. Determined to attend the prestigious Illyria College, Violet gains entrance by masquerading as her twin brother Ashton. But continuing the scheme turns out to be difficult - especially when “Ashton” is faced with blackmail, killer automata, and possible romance with a young duke.

    Clara says: "Fun steampunk story filled with twists and turns"
    "A Lovely Book"
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    I loved the writing, loved the characters (yes, they were all stereotypes, but it worked in the same way as a melodrama works), loved the setting, and the action. I even loved Oscar. I just kept smiling throughout the book - all 17 hours. It's a comedy, a romance, and a farce in the style of Twelfth Night and the Importance of Being Earnest (as other reviewers have mentioned). The author cautions against "emulating the behavior of any of the characters" as "They're all quite mad." And freely admits that he has no idea "what I am talking about." when he describes the science in the book. Don't expect science fiction. In among all the comedy and romance runs a strong thread of women's rights, independence, and strength of character. I would never have guessed it was written by a man. But don't let that put you off; it's too much fun. Sadly, it is the only book Audible has by this author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Cozy Writer: A St. Just Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (136)

    From deep in the heart of his 18th century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow - a secret elopement. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk - an ornate knife thrust into his heart.

    Ronna says: "A modern day classic mystery!"
    "Would give the story a 3 1/2 if I could."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    It is not a bad book. I rate it just a bit better than the average cozy mystery. It was a quick, light, easy book with nothing offensive, but I didn't hate to put it down or become very involved with any of the characters. Porter, however, is one of the best narrators, and the reader can make all the difference.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Moving Toyshop

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Arriving late at night for a holiday in Oxford, the poet Richard Cadogan stumbles across the body of a dead woman in a toyshop. When he returns with the police, the toyshop is a grocery store - and there is no sign of the corpse.

    David H says: "Mystery as comedy"
    "Generally love cozy mysteries..."
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    Would you try another book from Edmund Crispin and/or Stephen Thorne?

    This is my second book by Edmund Crispin. My first was Holy Disorders which I rated with only 2 stars. So, no, Crispin, probably not. Stephen Thorne, yes.


    Would you recommend The Moving Toyshop to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I generally love cozy mysteries. Some of my favorite authors are P. D. James, Rex Stout, Agatha Christie, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict), but not, it seems, Edmund Crispin. It simply didn't hold my interest. I rewound continually through the book as my mind wondered off. I didn't care about the characters or the murders.


    What three words best describe Stephen Thorne’s voice?

    Why three words? But, okay, love the accent. Here's another three, strange sounding characters. Maybe another three, would listen again.


    Could you see The Moving Toyshop being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, one reviewer likened it the Keystone Kops and that seemed appropriate. Better in video form, I should think, minus the literary references.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it 3 stars because I did listen to the whole book, generally liked the reader, and there was no unnecessarily graphic violence, no torture, no serial killer or lurid sex scenes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cassandra Project

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt, Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations—even for politicians—was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future—a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.

    Matthew says: "A lunar winner!"
    "Jack McDevitt is one of my favorites."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cassandra Project to be better than the print version?

    Don't think one is superior to the other unless you want to drive and read.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict Series is one of my favorites. Reading an Alex Benedict book is like boarding a speeding train with no way and no wish to get off until it’s over. The characters are good friends and the world is exciting. You live in it rather than just hearing about it. So, of course, I had to give this book a try. I liked it and recognized McDevitt's hand in it -- all the way to the end (I felt a bit let down by the ending -- wish I could tell you why without spoiling it for you). Not as good as the Benedict Series, but worth a credit. If I could give the story two ratings, I would rate the book 4 and ending 3.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    As soon as Kerstin Kvist arrives at remote, ivy-covered Lydstep Old Hall in Essex, she feels like a character in a gothic novel. A young nurse fresh out of school, Kerstin has been hired for a position with the Cosway family, residents of the Hall for generations. She is soon introduced to her "charge", John Cosway, a 39-year-old man whose strange behavior is vaguely explained by his mother and sisters as part of the madness that runs in the family.

    Susan B. says: "Top notch Barbara Vine"
    "Vine with Landor is the best"
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    Where does The Minotaur rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very high


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Trying to describe the effect of this book is like trying to describe great sex. It is just best to experience it. I immediately checked to see if Audible had any other books written by Vine and read by Landor. Such an experience should be repeated. No luck, but there was a Barbara Vine with Robert Powell. Variety is the spice . . . . P.S. You won’t find any dry, boring sex-by-numbers in this book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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