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Ann

Lubbock, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 13 reviews
  • 161 ratings
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  • The Tale of Hill Top Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    It's 1905, and to recover from the loss of her fiance, Potter moves into a small farmhouse in Sawrey. Populated by colorful characters, both humans and critters, her new life is full of promise. That is, until a villager dies and murder is suspected. Now it's up to this amateur sleuth to find a killer roaming the English countryside.

    Richard says: "Fun to read"
    "Splendid"
    Overall

    This is such a delightful tale. All the characters are believable and the story is very well written. Suitable for adults and children with intellect and imagination. The naration is very well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

    Robert says: "WHY THE CHANGE IN NARRATOR!!!!!?"
    "Seriously BAD form changing narrators!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Buck Schirner?

    Chandler. This buck guy isn't awful as Cork and reading the story, but he's wretched with the other voices. Joe sounds like she should have a mustache and Stevie has hormone issues.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (559)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Labyrinth the most enjoyable?

    I'm pretty sure that if I were involved with the NYM OF NATURAL ART, I'd have to respectfully ask Agent Pendergast to relocate! Well done once again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Own Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (267)

    Seventeen-year-old Lady Claire Trevelyan, left alone after the Arabian bubble financial disaster claims home and family, now leads the cleverest gang in the London underworld. Between outwitting a rival gang, inventing a device that will net her and her scientist employer worldwide fame, and keeping her mother from marrying her off, she can almost forget that a powerful lord wants to get closer…and if he succeeds, can destroy it all with a single word…

    Mike says: "Great Story, Halting Narration"
    "Great Family Listen and great fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Her Own Devices rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the upper tier


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They're all great


    What about Fiona Hardingham’s performance did you like?

    Perfect distinction between characters


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

    Yes but no spoilers here


    Any additional comments?

    It's extremely difficult to find great books that are both exciting and clean for older children or teens when books are not rated as movies are. These stories offer an engaging story line as well as triumphs of good over evil. Well done Adina!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (636)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "CLEAN AND FUN"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It's difficult to find good family entertainment that is clean, creative and well written. I have found all three in The Lady. I sincerely hope the series continues in that vein.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1073)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Awesome!!!!!"
    Overall

    Take the time to get into it. The story is amazing, both dark and lovely at the same time. Beautiful language and wonderful imagination.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Spymaster's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanna Bourne
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (223)

    She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit... British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful - and dangerous - Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England.

    Emily says: "Highly enjoyable; Audiobook is fantastic"
    "Fun, Whitty and Well Read!"
    Overall

    The title says it all. Just a blast and a great escape. I'd get trapped in jail with him any time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cater Street Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.

    Jean says: "Victorian England Mystery"
    "Perfect in every respect!"
    Overall

    Plenty of intrigue and suspense, romantic without being cheesy or tawdry. Well developed characters and a very well written story line. Delightful all round!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (649)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    Qutie a bit of language, but to be expected in battle. A wonderful listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tale of Despereaux

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (114)

    This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

    Ann says: "Flawless!"
    "Flawless!"
    Overall

    Finally an authoress who writes for the literate child, unafraid of vocabulary and more than capable of weaving an engaging tale. The naration is flawless!!!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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