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D. York

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  • Viva Jacquelina!: Bloody Jack, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (192)

    The vivacious Jacky Faber return in the 10th tale in L. A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series! Once again under the thumb of British Intelligence, Jacky is sent to Spain to spy for the crown during the early days of the 19th-century Peninsular War. She finds herself in the company of guerilla freedom fighters, poses for the famous artist Goya, runs with the bulls, is kidnapped by the Spanish Inquisition, and travels with a caravan of gypsies...all while hoping to one day reunite with her beloved Jamie Fletcher.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Back on Course"
    "Jackie Faber rules!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Viva Jacquelina! the most enjoyable?

    This series is my all-time favorite audiobooks! Viva Jacquelina continues to wonderful story of Jackie Faber and her many adventures. She is once again a spy for the British sent to Spain to find out how they receiving the French king. Set in the 1800's this book provides a fun way to learn more about art and politics of the time. All through the eyes and experiences of Jackie, a teenage women who can dress like a boy or flirt like a pretty girl. This is a good addition to the series.


    What other book might you compare Viva Jacquelina! to and why?

    This book is very similar in style and story to the other books in this series. Starting with Bloody Jack (Book 1) and beyond. Start with 1 and you will be hooked on them all.


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

    Katherine Kellgren is my favorite reader! I have read many of her audible books but this series is my very favorite for her characterizations. She is amazing! She goes from using a cockney accent to high-brow english in a blink of an eye. I tried reading one of these books and I could hear Katherine's voice for Jackie in my mind. I missed it so much I decided to listen to these rather than read them because I wanted the whole experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the whole series. Start with Book 1 (Bloody Jack) and Book 2 (Curse of the Blue Tatoo) which give the background for most of the main characters. I also very much like "The Bonney Light Horseman" which is later in the series but very good.Fall in love with Jackie just as I have. Don't be concerned that this is juvenile literature. It delivers for all readers who love strong women characters and adventures.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5601)
    Performance
    (5022)
    Story
    (5014)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Read it, you won't regret it!"
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    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    I was hesitant to read/listen to Shadow of Night because I was so mad at the end of Discovery of Witches. I had no idea it was a Part 1 and boy did it leave you hanging. On the recommendation of a friend I decided to listen to this one and it is fantastic! Jennifer Ikeda does an outstanding job of creating diverse characters in her narration. I love to listen to her pacing and characterizations. The story is a great blend of fantasy, historical fiction, and romance. The only downside is that we have to wait for the last book in the trilogy. I hope Harkness writes quickly!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are great, the use of historical figures woven into the story is so much fun. It makes me want to learn more about the one I know and research the ones I have not heard of (if they are real people too.)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many! When Diana learns her about her abilities and creates her familiar is pretty fantastic. For humor I also like the interplay between Matthew and Queen Elizabeth I.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Witches, Vampires, Demons and more!


    Any additional comments?

    I do suggest you read Discovery of Witches first because you will miss the back story of the characters without it. It sets the foundation for enjoyment of Shadow of Night. Besides, now you don't have to wait to learn more about the story.

    If you like fantasy at all I think you will really enjoy this series!

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