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joan

Mahanoy Plane, PA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1146)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "Could have been better"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I hope the next book in this series will have more promise. This first book covered ground about witches and witch hunts that has been better done by other authors. With that said, it did establish the characters in this series and they have great potential. I iked the characters, the setting and the premise within the timeline; so I am looking forward to reading the next book with the thought it will hold more promise, e.g., a story/plot that is better thought and plotted.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (289)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "A huge disappointment"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book was not up to par with the other books in this series. I struggled to finish it and I usually look forward to George's books.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth George’s story?

    The whole storyline was tedious. The characters were uninteresting and the regular characters were doing things "out of character" and made the story a bit far fetched to this reader. The move to Italy and the kidnapping was an uninteresting plot for a Lindley book. Also, the book opened with Inspector Lindley at a roller derby ring; and, he was there because he's a a crush or love interest in one the roller derby skaters. Did I forget to mention that he's an Earl. Oh my, all the things that made him interesting when he was wooing his deceased wife Deborah made this a very disappointing read. I'm not very interested in the direction the characters are taking.


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

    The reading was fine; the book was uninteresting.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I will not buy the next book. Very sad, because I really did enjoy this series.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5582)
    Performance
    (5004)
    Story
    (4997)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Liked this better than the first book."
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    What did you like best about Shadow of Night? What did you like least?

    I like the witch part of the story best. However, unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the vampire genre.


    Would you recommend Shadow of Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only if they are interested in stories that include vampires.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting Queen Elizabeth.


    Was Shadow of Night worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was worth the listening time. The timeline and history timeline was well researched by the author.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Map of Time: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Felix J. Palma
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting

    CRISTY says: "Langton couldn't have done a better job narrating"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found the characters not very interesting,the story tedious and the plot very slow moving, so much so that I gave up on it after part I. Perhaps fans of H.G. Wells would find it more interesting.


    Has The Map of Time turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I would not be interested in other books by this author. I found every little nuance in the book seemed to drag on and I felt it was overwritten.


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

    The reader did a nice job, but because I did not enjoy the story or the overly dramatic plot, I couldn't appreciate the reader's efforts to the fullest.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was facinated with the books cover and concept; however, it was overlong and a tedious read for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I had seen many favorable reviews so I'm sure there are fans for this genre. I had expected a mystery fantasy and was disappointed because I felt the story and plot was very slow moving. I didn't finish part I, and abandoned it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Sunless Sea: William Monk, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets made poor Zenia worth killing?

    A User says: "Riveting"
    "A Nice Addition to this Series"
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    Where does A Sunless Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I always look forward to a William Monk or Thomas Pitt book release.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Monk and his wife Hester are realistic characters.


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

    Ralph Lister does an excellent job reading the Perry novels.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Introducing Scuff into the Monk household was a nice addition.


    Any additional comments?

    Since this is a series that is character driven, for new readers of this series, I would suggest starting at the beginning of the with "Face of a Stranger".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (976)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "A Dissapointment"
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Although I'm a fan of Penny's previous books in the series, this book did not live up to my expectations.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Before I purchase her next book in the series, I will read the readers' reviews.


    What about Ralph Cosham???s performance did you like?

    The performance of the reader was excellent, it was the plot and subplot in this book that disappointed this reader.


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

    Dissapointment


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't mind that this book wasn't set in Three Pines, instead, I was looking forward to the change. However, the plot in this book and the narratives about the music seemed to drone on and on. By the time I reached the end of the book, I didn't really care who the perpetrator of the murder was. Of further significance was the unplausable drama in the subplot regarding the conflict between Gamache and his chief, and particularly, Jean Guy's misguided loyalty just did not ring true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Stanley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour - no body, no case. But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

    Robert says: "Hot and Arid"
    "A Carrion Death"
    Overall

    A thoroughly good read. It's hard to believe that this is a first novel; the writing and plot were stylish. I'm hoping that it isn't too long until a second book is in print.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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