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  • Guardian of the Horizon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (201)

    A lost journal of Amelia Peabody has been miraculously recovered: a chronicle from one of the "missing years", 1907-1908, shedding light on an already exceptional career...and an unexpected terror.

    Joel says: "The Emersons Are Back to Their Old Tricks!"
    "I am addicted to Peabody"
    Overall

    Another wonderful experience with the Emersons. I have to admit I have a bit of a crush on Ramses. Back when he was just a lad, he was always a delight: smart, funny, handy to have on an adventure...But now as a young person, he is pretty much everything you might want in a man. But all in the clan are lovable. Barbara Rosenblat is the only Peabody as far as I am concerned. I only wish that audible had the complete series unabridged narrated by her. They have most but not all. I am not sure why some people have criticized her, she simply IS Peabody. I have not enjoyed her reading the Vicky Bliss series. She seems to do better with an English accent. All in all, listening to these novels lifts my spirits.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchid Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    In The Orchid Affair, Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police....

    Elizabeth A Ruuska says: "Back in Paris!"
    "Couldn't wait for the historical section!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Orchid Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Typical with Twist


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot of the historical sections of the book were very engrossing and I found myself impatiently waiting to go from the "present" day scenes to the those. The setting of post revolution France was very engrossing and the addition of the arts was really interesting. I found the present day story line a bit boring, especially at first. They seemed very shallow until the plot thickened. I don't like the reader's inflection's when she is doing an American accent.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the others in this series this one won't disappoint I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2135)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1869)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Chaperone?

    Even though I thought the topic would intrigue me, the performance and the style of the novel were very subdued and a tiny bit depressing. I really didn't get into it and stopped listening. I really didn't care about the characters. McGovern just isn't as talented at performing a book as many others who do it more regularly.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laura Moriarty again?

    I would not listen to anything y Moriarty again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can't get a handle on McGovern's accent. Is she English doing American? Because it doesn't even sound sound like a real America accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Letter of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (380)

    When an old archeologist friend gives Mary Russell a curled scrap of papyrus, Mary is startled to see that it is covered with Greek symbols. The writing may be a letter from an unknown - and female - apostle. Soon the old friend has been murdered, the Holmes' cottage has been ransacked, and Mary is faced with a particularly dangerous and painful investigation.

    Rod says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Definately start here"
    Overall

    I had listened to "Lock Rooms" a later novel in the series and really liked it, so I thought I would see what else was to be had. Sometimes first novels in a series are not that great, but this was a wonderful surprise. Intelligent and very enjoyable. It tells how Holmes and Mary met. The narrator is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Borrower of the Night: The First Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    After Vicky Bliss stumbles over a clue to the existence of a hidden masterpiece by a late Gothic sculptor, she and her then-boyfriend, Tony, embark on a contest of will and wits to find the treasure.

    Edmund says: "THE edition of the book to hear"
    "Big disappointment"
    Overall

    I am a Peabody fan as read by Barbara Rosenblat so I had great expectations for this one. Huge disappointment! The novel itself was a bit flimsy and filled with lame 80's battle of the sexes drivel. The narration was even worse. How can that be? She is perfection itself as Peabody? Perhaps it could have been better with a different narrator.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7310)
    Performance
    (3854)
    Story
    (3890)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Couldn't get into it"
    Overall

    From the sample I thought I would enjoy this very different take on a vampire novel. But I found myself really not enjoying it. It seemed kind of depressing, and, really, does it have to be so erotic in a victimizer kind of way? I know, I know, it is a vampire novel, I just thought this would be a different take on it. It is just not my cup of tea. I know people really like her, but I had to stop listening part way through. Snooky is no Odd Thomas.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (493)

    When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart.

    DKay says: "More please"
    "Entertainment"
    Overall

    I have listened to all three in this series. It is entertaining. Not high art. I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Letters from an Age of Reason: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nora Hague
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney, Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Cultural and familial fireworks flare when the headstrong teenage daughter of a wealthy New Yorker falls passionately in love with a young man from New Orleans, and from a very different background indeed. What makes this story sizzle and soar are its time and place - the United States during the Civil War and Victorian England - and a couple of key facts about the protagonists.

    Helen says: "Superb Novel!"
    "Enjoyable picture into the past"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. At first I thought it a little sad, but things started to go better for our star crossed lovers. I preferred the narration of the male to the female, but the way they were melded together was very nice and somewhat unique. I cared for both characters. Very satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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