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Roberta Rothwell

Member Since 2007

  • 5 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 394 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Chesapeake Blue: Chesapeake Bay, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seth Quinn is finally home. It's been a long journey. But a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone - and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks.

    S. Koestler says: "Such a beautiful conclusion to this series!"
    "Good story"

    A good story but the voices, especially the women's characters, have a tendency to blend. This would have been better with two readers. Because the main character is a man, they went with a male reader. Even some of the main male parts seem to blend. Sometimes, unless you actually have read the book, you are unsure which of them is speaking.

    Regardless, I did enjoy the humor and the characters, however, you may want to read Sea Swept, Rising Tides and Inner Harbor first to get in depth knowledge of the entire story.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy: Buchanan-Renard, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives.

    Maria says: "A Good One!"
    "Another great one from Julie Garwood"
    What did you love best about Mercy?

    The narrator was excellent. I don't think the Louisiana accent was authentic, but her Boston accent was spot on. My husband and father were both born and brought up in the Dorchester and South Boston neighborhoods respectively and that is definitely the way they speak. Loved the setting, the humor, and especially when Theo goes outside the Swan and the cheerleaders are misspelling his name. It was great.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Big Daddy. He was so humorous and manipulated Theo so well, but in a good cause.

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

    I thought she overdid the Louisiana accent on this one, but did like her narration of The Ideal Man.

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

    When Theo bought the fence for the little boy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James D. Hornfischer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

    Thomas says: "Hornfischer does it again."
    "Great book and great narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great story and the narrator relates it in a compelling manner.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The heroism and determination of the American naval personnel who, at every turn, risked everything to ensure that the U.S. Marines on Guadalcanal would have the backing to defeat the Japanese.

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

    Listening to the audiobook makes it come to life. You feel that you are with the troops as they confront the Japanese both on land and sea. It makes you appreciate even more the men who sacrificed everything to ensure that evil would not triumph in the Pacific.

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

    We listened to this on a road trip on our return from Colorado and were impressed. There are places where your heart goes out to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel and what they endured.

    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the history of the first significant invasion the U.S. made against Japanese held territory in World War II

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Hot: Arcane Society, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she's got zero field experience. She's from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She's a librarian, for heaven's sake.

    As for Grace, she's not expecting much either from Malone, who walks with a cane and isn't so good with a gun. Nice resumé for a bodyguard.

    Roberta Rothwell says: "Another Great Arcane Society story."
    "Another Great Arcane Society story."

    This was a great story. I liked the characters, their interaction and the way the author incorporated Eclipse Bay into the story. The reader was terrific. You could really tell which character was speaking. This was one of my favorites. I wish all of Krentz's stories were unabridged.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Circle: Arcane Society, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Leona Hewitt, disguised in men's formal evening clothes, has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge's private museum to recover a relic stolen from her family years ago. But someone else is there in the dimly lit gallery, on the same errand: a tall, black-cloaked man whose very voice is enough to put her in a trance.

    Alison S Johnson says: "Disappointing"
    "Excellent story and narrator"

    I generally like Amanda Quick stories, but these Arcane Society novels are excellent with a well-developed storyline and strong leading characters. The romance does not overshadow the main mystery. The narrator does an excellent job of portraying the varied characters and their accents.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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