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  • The Moor: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (274)

    Sherlock Holmes has received a call for help from an old friend. The Reverend Barring-Gould, noted parson and folklorist, wants Holmes to investigate some strange sightings. When Mary Russell realizes where their search will take them, however, her blood runs cold. A ghostly coach and giant dog have been glimpsed on Dartmoor - the chilling landscape of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

    connie says: "must love traditional Brit country atmosphere"
    "brilliant and fun..."
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    What did you love best about The Moor?

    I think the Moor itself was a wonderful character. Ms. King made me want to visit this place and experience it for myself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moor?

    I love when Mary goes to see the local witch and she learns the significance of Tiggy the hedgehog. The descriptions are delightful and make you want to enter her hut and talk all day long.


    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Sterlin captured my attention and held it all story long. She gave great voice to the characters and the witty, and fun writings of Ms. King.


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

    Oh yes, The Mary Russell books are wonderful and I want to know how it it will all playout from the introduction, to the end. Ms. King has such a great voice in her writings that just draws you into the very heart of life with Mary Russell and her husband.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book and any of the others to anyone who enjoys a fun and witty tale of mystery and the British legends of baskerville and many more. This book has great flavor and makes you want to read more of Marry Russell and Sherlock Holmes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nancy Moser
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Charlotte Gleason embarks from England in 1886 with mixed feelings. Although she’s never met her fiancé, she's headed for New York to marry one of America’s wealthiest heirs. Filled with doubts and hoping for a chance at “real life”, she swaps identities with her maid Dora. For Dora, it’s the chance of a lifetime. But for Charlotte, what begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl becomes a test of survival beyond her darkest dreams.

    Billie says: "Masquerade Review"
    "entertaining...but lost some luster..."
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    Overall I had a good time listening to this novel. At moments it reminds me some of Jane Austen and yet it lacked a bit of the depth. I was intrigued by the idea of the story but was sad that the ending middle was so fast. I felt like the characters never really met their full potential even though its a "happy ending" it felt a bit dull at the end like all the potential was drawn short. I guess I just wanted more.

    But was it entertaining...yes. Did it capture me at times...yes. I just wanted more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Set in the era of the Nixon and Reagan presidencies, this novel examines the American conscience while inviting us into the glittering world of the East Coast legal community. Stephen L. Carter's book follows black Ivy League law professor Talcott Garland as he investigates the death of his father, Judge Oliver Garland, the eponymous "Emperor."

    Maria says: "Not a bad book but where was the editor?"
    "If John Grisham wrote longer books..."
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    I am amazed at the range of love vs. hate of this book. I liked it. Having read all of John Grisham's novels I was looking for a similar type story and ran across this book. I read it when it was first released in paperback and was so excited when it came to audible. I will not kid you, it is very lengthy the paperback is just over 650 pages (unlike Mr. Grisham's style). But I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! There is an academic feel that i greatly enjoyed with the main character being a professor of law. It felt like I wasn't just reading fluff but rather like I might actually be learning about law and the tension still felt between the darker and paler nations. The tale Mr. Carter waves is so in-depth and rich. I was amazed by the little details he gave to the places and people. I could smell Uncle Jack's illness, I could hear Bently's "dare you," and feel Tal's tortured wonderings about his wife's fidelity. I also thought the strategic game of chess was a great way to lead the reader through the plot and unto the end. So if you are looking for a good long book of intrigue and complexity give this one a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3270)
    Performance
    (2750)
    Story
    (2766)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "warning about the recording..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Creatures to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed the reader's voice and accent. He did well with the old southern charm... but the recording dramatized dreams and songs and it was really hard to hear. There are dream sequences that all you can really hear is noise...not the dialogue. Maybe my sound system couldn't pick it up, but I ended up buying the printed book to see what I missed. The songs weren't bad, you could still get the lyrics, but not during Ethan's dreams. As for the reading, again i loved Kevin T. Collins' performance, it was just the other bits.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Creatures to and why?

    I see bits and pieces of other fantasies and cultural ties. It has a bit of Suzanne Collin's Overlander series to it...worlds inside worlds. And I am sure plenty of people would say the twilight series as well. But I like that this novel gave me more southern flavor...like twilight feels like the pacific northwest. I just noticed the south because it is new to me. The feeling of humid days and deep southern charm.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    I loved Macon. You could feel the old south dripping from his dialogue.


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

    Not an extreme reation but during some of the bits like...SPOILER ALERT...(Ethan's discovery of what his dad is actually writing and when he is on the balcony)...the whole play of mental illness was pretty strong, partly because it is something I know of in my own life.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend. I found it interesting and different enough from other novels I have read. I loved the reading and southern drawl. But I still emphasize the possibility of not being able to hear the dreams with is recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Disclosure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (360)

    Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his.

    Linda says: "Snore"
    "loved the story...but the reader needed help"
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    If you could sum up Full Disclosure in three words, what would they be?

    O'Malleys...melancholy...twisting...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ann was my favorite character because i felt so akin to her. She is introverted and you love her for it...I have never read a character I understood more. I know she won't be for everyone, but I adored and understood her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think just one of the video link scenes...they were so ordinary, yet special.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two woman. One a killer and the other with powerful friends. Both in touch with one man.


    Any additional comments?

    Being a fan of Dee Henderson and the O'Malley series as well as the other books, it was fun to touch on each one. The only problem was the reader paid no attention to a few of the voices. All of a sudden Dave was a brash American, rather than a suave Brit...very annoying but the story made up for the grudge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oceans Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Airline Captain Connor Evans has nearly forgotten that stormy weekend in Hawaii nearly ten years ago when he broke the greatest promise of all. Now Connor has the perfect life with his wife, Michele, and their two daughters, and the secret of that long-ago time is his own. But an ocean away, a flight attendant is raising her young son by herself when the plane she's working on crashes into the Pacific. Her will is very clear about one thing.

    Rachelle says: "You think you hit the bottom in life? Now what?"
    "emotionally layered and touching..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It was much more layered than I thought it would be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max the little boy was hands down my favorite character, it was impossible not to fall in love with him and want all his joy and happiness to come true. From the simple faith to his ability to win your heart...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene is one of the best although I greatly appreciated Michelle's visit with Loren, Connor's dad. The depth that was given to the characters made you love each one.


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

    Yes, and nearly did...it took me a weekend to have it finished.


    Any additional comments?

    Karen Kingsbury created a masterpiece in this book. Although predictable at moments, the depth she gave her characters and their dilemmas had me crying on and off the entire way through. It is not a light read and yet when I finished it I have a lightness and hope that burns bright. I read/listen to stories to find beauty in life or rather things as they can be with God as the center. Ms. Kingsbury gave a little more light to the darkness with this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (338)

    Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

    Jeny says: "Thoroughly entertaining"
    "fun and engaging..."
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    Where does The Secret History of the Pink Carnation rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This book is in my top 25 of audiobooks. The writing style and performance are fun and the subject is great.


    What other book might you compare The Secret History of the Pink Carnation to and why?

    I am a huge fan of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Tale of Two Cities and other books of the era. Also the imaginings of Laurie R. King and her series on Mary Russel and Sherlock Holmes. This book fits in nicely to my library of great likes.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have yet to read or listen to more of Kate's books. I look forward to continuing my adventure into her imagination.


    If you could rename The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, what would you call it?

    maybe something more like The Secret Adventures of he Pink Carnation...it was way more fun than the real title gives credit.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun quirky lady spies and all the joys of dropping off the proper things for the adventure and possibility to do something for a cause.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (460)

    Followers of the New Temple of God - all well-bred, well-heeled young women - are becoming targets for murder. With Sherlock Holmes at her side, Mary Russell plunges headlong into a dangerous investigation of life behind the sinister temple walls.

    Karen says: "A Monstrous Regiment of Women"
    "brilliant and persuasive..."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Monstrous Regiment of Women the most enjoyable?

    The Story is great. I really liked the process in which Mary tries to identify what is


    What other book might you compare A Monstrous Regiment of Women to and why?

    Can can think of no other book that has taken me on this journey


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were too many amazing moments in this book...the old gypsy woman was great and just the whole process of deduction and reason was brilliant.


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

    I didn't want to stop listening! I use it while I am doing house keeping and just didn't want to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great Mary Russell novel, even after hearing it once I can do it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holly

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    At the tender age of 13, Holly fell in love with Lorrie Beaumont, who inherited the Revolutionary-period estate when his heiress mother died during childbirth. Though more than a decade has passed since Holly last locked eyes with her childhood love, the passion she felt in her young heart has never come close to extinguishing - that is, until charming, ruggedly handsome Nick Taggert unexpectedly waltzes into her life and treats her to an unforgettable weekend of laughter and intense passion.

    Michael says: "One of my all time favorites!"
    "fun but not one fo Jude Deveraux's best..."
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    What did you love best about Holly?

    I love the mystery and discovery of legend and that Ms. Deveraux's leading woman are a bit average, but have great gumption. Holly had some fun banter and the idea of the hidden treasure was alluring enough for me to read this book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part was waiting to see how it would all play out. It was predictable in the fact girl gets guy, but the journey was fun, although not extraordinary.


    What does Jennifer Wiltsie bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not sure she brought anything to the story, but she was pleasant enough to listen to.


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

    No extreme reaction. i chuckled a bit, but it wasn't one of my favorite Jude Deveraux stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a book high on my list of Jude Deveraux recommendations. There was a lot more sex than substance in this book. There were fun moments, but more story would have been nice. The characters were a bit shallow and unsubstantial which is a change from my normal reaction to Ms. Deveraux's writings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jinx

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Meg Cabot
    • Narrated By Amber Sealey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The only thing Jean Honeychurch hates more than her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just...Jean) is her all-too-appropriate nickname: Jinx. Misfortune seems to follow her everywhere she goes, which is why she's thrilled to be moving in with her aunt and uncle in New York City. Maybe when she's halfway across the country, Jinx can finally outrun her bad luck. Or at least escape the havoc she's caused back in her small hometown.

    Kara says: "predictably fun..."
    "predictably fun..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jinx to be better than the print version?

    I have not experienced the printed version.


    What other book might you compare Jinx to and why?

    I compare Jinx to Meg Cabot's other stories. It was more predictable but just as fun as her other books. Jinx compares to a more wholesome version of the film,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first gazebo scene was a fun introduction to the characters. But I am not sure I have one scene that stands out more than all the others.


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

    No extreme reaction, just fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun and light-hearted book about an average girl that has a few quirks, the biggest being she might be a witch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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