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Rebekah

Reading, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • With This Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (262)

    With 22 million of her books in print, and 12 consecutive New York Times best-sellers to her credit, Amanda Quick is a phenomenally popular author of historical romances. With This Ring, set in Regency England, sends a beautiful, headstrong woman on a perilous quest for the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite. To recover her family’s meager fortunes, Beatrice Poole must locate the antiquities stolen from her favorite uncle shortly before his highly suspicious death.

    CAROLYN says: "Good ..... but not great!"
    "Fun and Entertaining"
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    What other book might you compare With This Ring to and why?

    I couldn't stop thinking of the Amelia Peabody series that Barbara Rosenblat also narrates most often. This didn't take away from the excellent narration and delightful story. Beatrice is my favorite kind of woman. Strong minded and strong willed but appreciative of a strong man who can balance her and keep her safe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the scene where Beatrice forces her way into the Earl of Montecrest's home. Her man handling of the butler was simply delightful.


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

    I enjoyed the book so much that the next one is queued up in my listening list.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Arcane society story and I kept thinking so where is the underlying story of this society. Apparently it was down played in this story.

    Also, the narrator's voice sounds a little older than I really think Beatrice and Leo at 24 and 40 should have sounded. It's a picky comment and certainly didn't ruin the book but it might bother some listeners. The narrator does a great job of keeping the character's dialog distinct so you know who is speaking and with great delivery. It makes up for this inconsistency.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (317)

    The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture! A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!

    CAROLYN says: "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"
    "Who wrote this...what did they do with Ms Garwood?"
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    What could Julie Garwood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was a really weak story. There were too many subplots and side characters that I'm sure were supposed to lend to the story but they really just weakened it. The author could have removed 3 or 4 of the subplots and ended up with a much better book.I was really disappointed. I recommended this book to my reading buddy because I knew the narrator and a Julie Garwood is generally a pretty pleasant read. The story line seemed original. We both really tried to like this book but just finished it feeling very let down.I just kept waiting for something to happen and it never really did. Right up to the end everything and I mean everything got resolved in the last few minutes of the book. It was too much to resolve in such a short time and she gave the reader way too little reward after we had hung on for sooooo long!!


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The narrator does voices well so you can keep up with who is speaking in the book. That's really important as the listener. Sometimes her 'guy' voice for Nathan just made him sound sort of leering. I will definitely look for more books to listen to with her as the narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think Nathan and Sara were quite loveable. Sara is a bit air headed and naïve but Ms. Garwood does her in a believable and likeable way. Too bad she cluttered up their sweet love story with a bunch of plot distractions. I definitely caught myself smiling over some of Sara's silly antics.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let this turn you off of Julie Garwood. I've liked a lot of her books and always thought her character development was her strength. I own several that I have really enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1822)
    Story
    (1813)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Perfect holiday entertainment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a fun listen. I'm ashamed to admit how long it took me to catch on to the mystery which only delighted me more once I had at least some of the motive figured out. It was farsical and therefore not meant to be overly serious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the characters are likeable and its set after the great wall street crash. It's interesting to see all the upper classess trying to redefine themselves in order to survive financially in a tough economy.


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

    The narrator, Katherine Kellgren does accents and men's voices very well. You have no difficulty keeping up with the dialog. Her reading is not overly dramatized as I wouldn't like that but it's also not under performed. Her phrasing and timing add to the quality of the listen.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crescent Dawn: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (778)

    In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out.

    Michael says: "Something new from Cussler"
    "Exciting but too many side tracked sub-plots"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I kind of hated the trite,perdictable way the author resolved all the subplots he created. It's like we hit the prescribed number of pages and a 'they lived happily ever after' was thrown on the end.What is a shame is that there truly were many good scenes that were scary and exciting and fun to listen to. I loved the scenes around the hijacked water tanker (nothing of the story spoiled here). It's very James Bond-esque and good. Too bad the author did such a bad job of keeping his eye on where he needed the story to go in order to resolve the subplots into some sort of believeable ending.The ending was boarderline silly.


    Would you recommend Crescent Dawn to your friends? Why or why not?

    no. For all the reasons above.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    The narrator 'read' the book and once you got over that he's not one that was going to put much into the emotion of what he was reading to you, it was ok.


    Did Crescent Dawn inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Please Pass the Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    A Mets fan with a phony name and a millionaire client arrives just in time to provide a case that will allow Nero Wolfe to pay the rent. The bizarre visitors are in a frenzy about a death-trap explosion in the discreet whiskey drawer of a top TV executive. To crack this case of bombs and bourbon, the indolent genius and his energetic assistant must pick their way though corporate chicanery, vile ambition - and a healthy swig of murder.

    Rebekah says: "Classic Nero Wolfe"
    "Classic Nero Wolfe"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Please Pass the Guilt to be better than the print version?

    I always listen to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels instead of reading them with my eyes. I just enjoy the experience of listening and Michael Prichard does all the voices perfectly. I can see each character clearly in my mind. My plan is to eventually listen to the whole series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I adore Archie. He's smart and handsome and is perfect for keeping neurotic Nero Wolfe honest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's a great scene where Archie is interviewing the victim's wife but she's engrossed in the middle of a baseball game on tv. The questions and answers come in between plays and you feel like you are sitting there watching the game with them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder By the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    Leonard Dyke's writing style didn't offend. But all of his work featured unhappy endings: murders. When four people die, including the author, police finally call on Nero Wolfe. Wolfe baits a trap, and when it springs shut, he finds that truth is stranger (and bloodier) than fiction.

    M. W. Baker says: "Good stuff"
    "If you love a mystery, here's 4"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the character Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. I love the way Rex Stoudt puts dialog in Archie's mouth and Archie's little 'get even' tactics with Wolfe. Wolfe is a wonderful crazy genius and he and I both love orchids. This book, written in 1958 also is a lot of fun from the perspective of knowing they didn't have at their disposal the things we now have at our disposal. It's a lovely little time capsule so well done it's fun. Of course I also am a big fan of old black and white movies. The Narrator does a very good job and my intent is to savor each and everyone of the Nero Wolfe's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Actually, I'm not crazy about short stories but as they go, these were fun. Wolfe ends up solving all four mysteries for free. You'll have to listen to find out why


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

    My mother, an avid reader, introduced me to Nero Wolfe in the written form and when the series was on TV with Timothy Hutton, I was entranced by it. It brought me closer to her and a time when she influenced me. As to which is better eyes or ears... I happen to think that the same part of my brain is engaged whether I read with my eyes or my ears. Michael indeed does an excellent job of portraying Nero and Archie as well as the other recurring players. It's a delightful light listen that keeps you trying to beat Nero to the solution.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss an Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (315)

    Arranged marriages seldom happen in modern America, so Daisy Devreaux hates her father's ultimatum: marry the humorless man he has picked for her, or go to jail. It's not much of a deal for Alex Markov, the prospective groom, either. He's got no time to indulge an uptown girl. So Alex puts Daisy to work in his traveling circus, expecting the harsh realities will break her. Instead, he finds she's got heart enough for both of them.

    Loy says: "classic Susan Phillips"
    "Two of the best"
    Overall

    No one reads better than Anna Fields and SEP always delivers an entertaining story and loveable characters. I've read this book before and was totally entertained listening to it this time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spherical Harmonic: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Liza Kaplan, Catherine Asaro
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of Skolia, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war. Too many have died, others are presumed lost, yet Dyhianna, the Ruby Pharaoh, must move quickly if they are reassume their rightful place as rulers of the Skolian Empire.

    Mary Coder says: "I give up"
    "Missing Anna"
    Overall

    I have to agree that the narrator detracts from the story. Despite that it's a good story and important parts of the Ruby dynasty's story resolve so I enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18746)
    Performance
    (12856)
    Story
    (12748)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Obsession"
    Overall

    I'm obsessed with Claire and Jamie and Scottland and I love the vinettes that Gabaldon writes. Lots of action and suspense and romance and a bit of history. Wonderful! I'm actually reading Firey Cross right now so I'm pretty far along in the series. It's only a bazillion pages long and you love these characters so much, you are really glad it goes on and on. Real value for your dollar too! Great narrator. I often forget that its one person reading. She does the accents so well and all the foreign names of people and places. A winner. I'll read / listen to this one again one day.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Final Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Beautiful Troy Alleyn, artist wife of Inspector Alleyn, had been warned about the famed old Shakespearean actor, and his eccentric household. But she was not prepared for their acts of malice and mischief.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Visit Troy & Roderick Alleyn near the end of WWII"
    "Another good one"
    Overall

    I love the Inspector Alleyn mysteries. The narrator does the voices pretty well too. I usually can figure out who the murderer is but this one had me stumped. Nice grow to Rory and Troy's relationship too. Very enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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