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Stacey

Whimsical Reader

FRESNO, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Scandal, treachery and crime are rife in Old London Town. A king blackmailed by his mistress, dark dealings in opium dens, stolen jewels, a missing bride - these are cases so fiendishly complex that only Sherlock Holmes would dare to investigate.

    C. Telfair says: "For the Fun of It"
    "Excellent!"
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    Very good reader of an amazing author. The characters are solid and I've listened to this 3 times now. Sherlock Holmes is the original sleuth. I highly recommend this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5994)
    Performance
    (5441)
    Story
    (5439)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Intriguing. One of the best I've read this year!"
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    Initially listening to this book, I did not realize that it was a selection by JK Rowling. I did remember that her first book in this series did not receive rave reviews but I believe that people were expecting an "adult" version of Harry Potter and this is NOT Harry Potter.

    What this is is an amazing novel, like a fine painting that you stare at, you find something different to see every time you look at it. I listened the first time and listened again just after to pick up the nuances of the characters. The descriptions were perfect and the narrator did such a fine job, I did not mix up the characters the second time through. It was much more enjoyable and understandable.

    As some reviews said, there were a lot of characters but the murderer could have been anyone. Even up until the end, I was surprised at the reveal. One reviewer said that they could have done without the relationship between Matthew and Robin, but No. Their relation is important for the sexual tension between Strike and Robin. Robin needs to see that Strike is a good man, a troubled man, but a good man, because Matthew is not right for her and the reader needs to root for Strike.

    Another reviewer said they did not like the length, but I think it was perfect. You need the length, you need the descriptions of the characters, what they are thinking about, what their backstories are because it is important to feel like you are there. As a reader, you have to get involved and get into the story. You need to care about the characters until the end.

    I did not read this novel. I listened. And by listening to it being read by a phenomenal narrator, I was able to feel like I was part of the story. If you are a fan of the British detective story, like Martha Grimes writes, this is very close to the same. I would highly recommend it. I only have one suggestion that the chapter quotes be read by a female, perhaps JK herself so as not to distract from the story. I believe Rowling did the best thing with a pseudonym because this should not be read to children. It is a very adult novel. I enjoyed it very much and will go back and get her first book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spell of the Highlander: The Highlander Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (803)

    Jessi St. James has got to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the hardworking archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six-and-a-half feet of smoldering, insatiable alpha male.

    B. Leveto says: "Perfect Mating of Story and Storyteller"
    "Hard to listen to."
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    I could not get into this book at all. The dialog was clumsy, the sex was juvenile (at least the verbiage was), and the narrator was annoying. He was monotone and loud. Some male narrators do a poor job of womens' voices, and this one did. The males sounded like Sean Connery on steroids and the womens' voices sounded like they hadn't a brain among them. The lead female was in college, an educator even, and had nothing to even remotely offer. Well, except big breasts. I was disappointed. I want my $6.95 back.

    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
    (1831)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1641)

    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"
    "First time listener to these novels"
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    I enjoyed this book mostly due to the narrator. He does an excellent job with the characters, there were many but easy to keep apart due to the narrator. This was my first Pendergast novel but I don't feel I need to go back and get the others. I had read a short synopsis on Wikipedia that gave me background on everyone. I mostly liked the ending in the museum due to the strong female characters coming to the rescue. They were nearly superheroes with what they went through. A little over dramatic but good. Constance is a little flat. A previous review said she wouldn't have lunch with her because she's so dull. There would be a lot of silence and cryptic information exchange. But this was a good start for me and I'm looking forward to another installment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin: A Harley Quin Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    It had been a typical New Year's Eve party. But as midnight approaches, Mr. Satterthwaite - a keen observer of human nature - senses that the real drama of the evening is yet to unfold. And so it proves when a mysterious stranger knocks on the door. Who is this Mr. Quin? Mr. Satterthwaite's new friend is an enigma. He seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light. In fact, the only consistent thing about him is that his presence is always an omen - sometimes good, but sometimes deadly....

    Kathy says: "After I caught on! Or did I?"
    "Hard to follow."
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    I love Agatha Christie but this series of stories were not my favorites. Usually Hugh Frasier is very expressive. For example, my very favorite Christie novel is "The Secret of Chimneys". You can tell he is reading with humor and joy. This book, however, was very flat and muddy. I had a hard time keeping the characters and stories apart as some of the voices were used over for different characters with the next story. It also seemed as though several stories had the same theme. Mostly love triangles. I stopped and restarted the book over 3 times and still my mind wandered. I'm going to listen again to give it a fair shot as Christie couldn't ever write a bad story for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Conspiracy of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Maggie Hall
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead. To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle.

    Stacey says: "Great book but ended on a sequel note."
    "Great book but ended on a sequel note."
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    I enjoyed this book. It had a fast pace and action. I did wish the heroine had a few more fighting skills: with a blade or kick ass karate. She seemed to "throw up" a lot. But overall I liked her as she was intelligent and well-read. She figured out all the clues to the mandate. She is also 16 so this may be more of a YA selection. The narrator was very good and kept the pace and interest going. I am looking forward to a sequel ASAP.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Duchesses

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (369)

    Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication, of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title, of games played for high stakes, including - on occasion - a lady's virtue. A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles, falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage, until he lays eyes on Roberta.

    Michelle says: "Excellent start to a series!"
    "Hard to follow."
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    I love historical romances and Roslyn Landor but found this very hard to follow. There were too many main characters and the male voices sounded so similar, I couldn't distinguish between Gemma's brother and her husband. If the main character was Roberta, I could not admire her. I liked Gemma much better. She was more intelligent and more interesting. I tried to listen to it again but lost interest and was lost in the many characters. The second book in this series is much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4624)
    Performance
    (3611)
    Story
    (3615)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Fun Listen!"
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    Enjoyed this very much. Easy listen while doing housework. I read the Run Naked With The Naked Werewolf first but it didn't seem to matter. Both are great on their own. Narrator made it easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Night (Le Débauché Club)

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Aubrey Beck
    • Narrated By Tristan Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Good things come to those who wait, and James Armstrong, the depraved Earl of Haswell, has been waiting a very long time to spend Just One Night with the widowed Lady Alnwick - a night that neither of them will ever forget.

    Kd says: "too short but sexy & romantic b/c of narrator"
    "I don't think so."
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    The narrator was great. I could listen to his sexy voice all night. And the story was good also. I always hope to learn something new to stimulate my mind. That being said, do not ever use Ben Wa balls in the anus unless they have a string. Otherwise, you will be visiting the nice Dr. in the ER, trying to explain WTF happened. If the author had ever said "tied by a string", I could have gotten past this but being an ER nurse and seeing the crazy things people stick up their asses, I lost it. Sorry, I'm out. But if you ever rewrite the story, it's pretty hot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7302)
    Performance
    (3526)
    Story
    (3545)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Excellent!"
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    Very good audible selection! I was riveted from beginning to end. The narrator kept the story moving and I felt all the emotion he was feeling. Even at the end, I found myself hyperventilating when the wife and daughter were in danger! Very exciting and surprising conclusion! I am going to get the next one right away!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reasonable Doubt: Complete Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Whitney G.
    • Narrated By Sebastian York, Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (438)

    My cock has an appetite. A huge and very particular appetite: blond, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar... (Although that's a story for another day.) As a high-profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. My rules are simple: one dinner. One night. No repeats. This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less. At least it was until Alyssa...

    Tweetyct2 says: "Steamy, sexy and dirty"
    "Beware...not for the sensitive."
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    This was a really good listen if you aren't sensitive to the coarseness of the "F", "P", and "C" words. I must be because I can't even write them! It was hard to believe that professional people would talk to each other like that on a regular basis. I'll admit the first few times I heard them used, my blood was racing, I think the word usage got old after awhile and didn't have the same hotness factor. That being said, these were 2 of the steamiest narrators I've heard. I'll give it 5 stars for performance all the way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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