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Sharon

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  • The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Stephen Rashbrook
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of his family estate, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding these rooms holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle époque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over 60 years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man’s determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

    EJJ says: "Well Worth A Listen"
    "Very interesting"
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    Where does The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great story, occasionally choppy but overall very interesting story that I knew nothing about prior to reading this book.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Pamela says: "Well...I really liked 50% of it"
    "Not my favorite Tana French book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. None of the characters were likable. I was wild about Frank Mackay in Faithful Place None of his redeeming characteristics came out in this book


    What three words best describe Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson ’s voice?

    Stephen Hogan's voice was too high pitched. Lara Hutchinson's voice was sweet and charming


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1015)

    They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

    FanB14 says: "Prep for Starz Drama"
    "Very Interesting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very well told story and a good introduction to the War of Roses and the key people involved. Great theory on the boys in the tower and that one could have been a changeling


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (710)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret Campbell says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "Disappointing"
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    What did you like best about The Sins of the Father? What did you like least?

    The characters are well developed


    What three words best describe Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox ’s performance?

    Acceptable


    Any additional comments?

    This was definitely not as good as the prequel The story was predictable and boring. Only Time Will Tell was almost written like a classic. Characters were developed and interesting. This was just a story not very interesting and does not make me wast to get the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1004)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    "Captivating"
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    What did you love best about Only Time Will Tell?

    It reminded me of the old classics like Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. Suspenseful interesting characters Characters you care about. Enough surprises to keep you turning the pages


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. Downloaded the next in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (3912)
    Performance
    (3485)
    Story
    (3485)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "I never wanted the book to end"
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    Any additional comments?

    I got this book because a friend recommended it. I did not expect to love it like I did. A very interesting story preformed wonderfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6630)
    Performance
    (6029)
    Story
    (6035)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Wonderful !"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    The story was gripping from the beginning. Never a dull moment and not at all predictable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Susan Bordo
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: Neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

    Roswatheist says: "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"
    "Same old information"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who knows very little about Anne Boleyn or the times in which she lived


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackhouse: Lewis Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    The Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people’s fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge. When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past.

    Heather Kunnanz says: "Buyer Beware - This is Abridged"
    "I loved this book!!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Blackhouse?

    The story was riviting The performance


    What other book might you compare The Blackhouse to and why?

    Totally unique story


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

    The perfect voice


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

    Do not want to give any of it away


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What She Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ellen Marie Wiseman
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

    Marsha says: "Good story, not great. Very different reader."
    "Engrossing"
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    What did you love best about What She Left Behind?

    All the twists. Just when I think I knew what direction the story was going I was proven wrong


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite


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

    No. It was wonderful


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes. Very hard to put down


    Any additional comments?

    I did not think I would like this book as much as I did. I was not disappointed at all. In fact I was pleasantly surprised

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sisters of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Fremantle
    • Narrated By Teresa Gallagher, Georgina Sutton, Rachel Bavidge
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (13)

    Early in Mary Tudor's turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Freemantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.

    Sharon says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sisters of Treason to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sisters of Treason?

    How much I liked all the Grey sisters


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

    I listen as I fall asleep at night. Love the audio versions


    If you could take any character from Sisters of Treason out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mary. She was an observer to all that was happening and very intelligent.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend to anyone who enjoys historical novels

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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