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Karen

San Diego, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Camelot Caper

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Jessica Tregarth goes to England to visit her grandfather; an invitation that surprises and pleases her. The only link she has with her dead father's family is an antique ring he brought with him to America. This will be a chance to learn more about who she is; it will be fun.

    Karen says: "Not Amelia. . . ."
    "Not Amelia. . . ."
    Overall

    Having listened to all the Amelia Peabody mysteries (or at least the ones with a tolerable narrator), I turned to this book to get my Elizabeth Peters fix. The narration was pleasant, but the plot and characters left me unsatisfied. The heroine was such an idiot and her male savior came up with all the good ideas. I cared for her so little that I almost hoped that she wouldn't survive her delimas! I did suffer through the whole book, so I suppose it must have been decent, but I warn you not to expect very much if you buy this book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (612)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "Great Naration, Great Book"
    Overall

    This book got me started on my Ancient Rome kick! It made me so interested in ancient Rome, and the political environment during the era of Caesar, that I have since read (or listened) to several other books on the topic. I think that this author does a better job than others of keeping charactor names from getting confusing and explaining the nuances of the Roman political machinery. Suprisingly, I found myself drawing paralells between that government and our own. This book really made me think about the attributes that define the master politician and how they have changed in modern times.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Maurice Leblanc
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Maurice Leblanc, a writer of detective fiction during the same period as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, created Arsene Lupin, a sort of French Robin Hood. An inventive genius, a master of disguise, and an accomplished actor, Lupin operates in the choice chateaux and salons. He scorns sham and with great disdain leaves his card in a baron's residence. The card reads, "Arsene Lupin, gentleman-burglar, will return when the furniture is genuine."

    Karen says: "Delightful"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    How I do love the clever Arsine Lupine! The book is not one long mystery, but several smaller stories about the con-man. The narration is good and the content is appropriate for all readers.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Burglar in the Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Jerry Gee
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Karen says: "Great Audiorecording"
    "Great Audiorecording"
    Overall

    This is a great listen! A unique sleuth, whitty writing, and a compelling plot kept me engaged.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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