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alexis

author & web developer

Richmond, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 12 reviews
  • 137 ratings
  • 576 titles in library
  • 44 purchased in 2014
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  • The Song of Achilles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Madeline Miller
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (396)

    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

    Cariola says: "Didn't Expect to Like It, but I Was Swept Away"
    "Absolutely Fabulous Retelling"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this retelling of Achilles' story, culminating with his role in the mythic Trojan War. The characters are so fully realized they jump off the pages. The prose is stunningly beautiful. Even better is the narrator, whose performance is truly magnificent. Mr. Douglas portrays Patrocles with unparalleled skill. He elevates the audiobook to an art form worthy of the highest honor. This debut novel will break your heart with its loveliness. Brava, Ms. Miller!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lisette's List

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Susan Vreeland
    • Narrated By Kim Bubbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Her search takes her through the stunning French countryside, where she befriends Marc and Bella Chagall, who are in hiding before their flight to America, and acquaints her with the land, her neighbors, and even herself in ways she never dreamed possible. Through joy and tragedy, occupation and liberation, small acts of kindness and great acts of courage, Lisette learns to forgive the past, to live robustly, and to love again.

    alexis says: "Wonderful story with an enchanting reader!"
    "Wonderful story with an enchanting reader!"
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    I have enjoyed every novel by Susan Vreeland. She is a fabulous storyteller. This tale, set in Paris and Provence from the years just before WWII through to its end, is no exception. It is filled with sumptuous word-paintings of the setting, the art and the artists of France that enhance the drama without bogging it down. Truly, this is a book to curl up with and relish. The performance of newcomer (new for me at least) Kim Bubbs greatly added to my pleasure. Bubbs is a generous reader whose mostly superbly rendered accents and mastery of cadence and lilt lent an almost musical dimension to the story. It will be hard to listen to other readers after this stellar performance. All in all, Lisette's List is one of the very best listens in my large Audible library. If my own publisher would ever permit my novel to be offered in audio, Kim Bubbs is the reader I'd insist on. Brava et brava!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2871)
    Performance
    (2687)
    Story
    (2678)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Perhaps my favorite of the trilogy!"
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    A fun read by this wonderful, clever author. Harkness shines in this conclusion to her tale of the witch and the vampire. The language is lush without being purple. The story is interesting without the overindulgence in historical detail that made Book Two feel a little pedantic. The characters are fantastical without becoming unbelievable. Overall, one of the most enjoyable novels I've read of late and well worth the long wait.

    Brava, Ms. Harkness. You delivered!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1779)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1594)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Hauntingly beautiful story simply powerfully read"
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    Because the novel jumps abruptly and somewhat awkwardly perhaps to soon from the main storyline in 1944 to the earlier years of the WWII, the novel takes awhile to get moving. A few hours in, however, it moves with gripping tension all the way to the end. The characters, as others have noted, are beautifully and tenderly developed and the settings are vividly rendered. Someone above used the word "masterful," and I heartily agree. Well worth the time and the dollars. ALL THE LIGHT is a treasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2828)
    Performance
    (2379)
    Story
    (2385)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "The Best Of Kearsley's Recent Work"
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    I enjoyed this novel so much that I rushed to listen to her others, only to be slightly disappointed in the long run, though each is interesting in its own way. I will watch for further titles by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • By Its Cover: Commissario Guido Brunetti, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: The culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem-- the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist.

    alexis says: "Colacci is BACK!!!"
    "Colacci is BACK!!!"
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    How delighted I was to hear David Colacci narrating this series again. His performance is perfect, as always. But the story is too brief by far, and it ends so abruptly I was caught completely off-guard. Ms. Leon left me sorely missing the familial warmth of earlier mysteries and the wonderful and wry humor of Senorina Electra, along with the many other riches of most Guido Brunetti stories. It is still a 5-star listen, but be prepared for an almost breathless pace compared to the slow and steady soulfulness and the intelligent and cultured ruminations we've come to expect from Comissario Brunetti!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mark Pryor
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Max - an elderly Paris bookstall owner - is abducted at gunpoint. His friend Hugo Marston, head of security at the U.S. embassy, launches a search. His investigation reveals that Max was a Holocaust survivor and later became a Nazi hunter. Is his disappearance somehow tied to his grim history, or even to the mysterious old books he sold? Before long, other booksellers start to disappear, their bodies found floating in the Seine. Then Marston himself becomes a target of the unknown assassins.

    alexis says: "Waiting For Books 2 & 3"
    "Waiting For Books 2 & 3"
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    This is a compelling story set in Paris. Just wish the whole series was on Audible, and that the narrator was more like David Collaci, a personal favorite.

    1 of 1 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
    (6378)
    Performance
    (5737)
    Story
    (5739)

    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"
    "Great Read. Fantastic Reader."
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    Not as enjoyable as Discovery of Witches, but still, wonderful characterization. Next time, a little less London history and travelogue would be nice. Could have been edited down quite a bit and still would have been a five-star read.

    Congratulations to Ms. Harkness. She deserves the acclaim she's won :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1186)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Fabulous!"
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    One of Silva's best, for sure. Loved the archaeology. Loved the characters. Loved the plot. Loved the reader. Don't hesitate on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (262)

    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    alexis says: "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
    "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
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    Thank you, Mr. Hill for this fabulous memoir. I was only 14 years old when President Kennedy was killed, but I had been a die-hard believer in him and lover of Mrs. Kennedy since before his election. My heart was broken by the events in Dallas, by the pain and suffering of Mrs. Kennedy and the President's friends and family. It has taken years to be able to deal with the loss I felt. For 45 years, I could barely watch images of the Kennedy family without tears and that long-dreaded ache in my heart. The Kennedy Detail was the first book I could read that included any description of the assassination. You memoir completed the healing.

    I'm no different from millions of other Americans who suffered so terribly over the death of our youthful President and in the years that followed, suffering made worse by all the conspiracy theories and the smutty, salacious books that have been appeared in more recent times.

    Your friendship with Mrs. Kennedy was so lovely. Your recollections support the image and reality of the graceful, gracious First Lady of my youth. There is nothing but love and healing in your memoir, and I consider it a gift to humanity. I believe it is going to be wildly successful, a best-seller for sure, and you deserve it!

    To readers: buy this book. You will love it. No matter how much you may have read or seen about the Kennedy family and the years that have come to be known as Camelot, you have never read or heard anything like this. Mr. Hill has given us the real deal: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy as she truly was.

    Jeremy Bobb gave a flawless performance. One of the best I've ever heard on any audiobook. Every inflection, every pause, every syllable brought the era vividly back and made your story even more enthralling.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at the Lanterne Rouge: An Aimee Leduc Investigation, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cara Black
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Aimée Leduc is happy her long-time business partner René has found a girlfriend. Really, she is. It’s not her fault if she can’t suppress her doubts about the relationship; René is moving way too fast, and Aimée’s instincts tell her Meizi, this supposed love of René’s life, isn’t trustworthy. And her misgivings may not be far off the mark: Meizi disappears during a Chinatown dinner to take a phone call and never comes back to the restaurant. Minutes later, the body of a young man, a science prodigy and volunteer at the nearby Musée, is found shrink-wrapped in an alleyway....

    kathy says: "Best Installment So Far!"
    "Finally a Narrator Worthy of the Series!"
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    I really love this excellent series and have read every book since I met the author at a writers conference years ago. I've tried a couple of audiobook editions, but have not enjoyed the experience until Ms. Gibel came on board. This narrator adds to the story in most positive ways. She seems an excellent fit, and I hope she continues in future audiobook editions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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