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Lorie J. ODonnell

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  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1129)

    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"
    "A well-read, mostly historical novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

    The narration of this book was wonderful. Ms. Lyons was able to demonstrate which character was speaking with small and very subtle voice changes. Her accents were perfect and it felt like I was listening to a contemporary observer tell the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is wonderful to read (or, in this case, listen to), but like most of Gregory's novels, you have to read with a bit of suspended disbelief. There are a few things in this story that I am quite sure were figments of her grand imagination and one in particular that will stand out (and distract slightly) anyone who is at all knowledgeable of the story of the princes in the tower. It's not so much that these things couldn't happen; we're just pretty sure by now that they didn't. It's a minor distraction, but it's there.I am very much looking forward to continuing the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Void: Witching Savannah, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Mercy and her husband, Peter, are happily preparing to welcome baby Colin into their lives. But their excitement quickly becomes overshadowed by a gruesome discovery: someone has scattered severed limbs throughout the city. After a troubling visit from an old foe, Mercy learns dark magic is at play, and someone - or something - wants her and her unborn child out of the picture.

    Zendegy says: "Ridiculous ending"
    "A fairly blah 3rd entry to the series"
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    If I had known how tedious and boring this one was going to be, I would never have started the series. This was way too involved with too many storylines and plot points. It was also completely unbelievable that someone with no training or inherent knowledge of magic would be enough of a master by the end of six months to accomplish most of what happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marie Brennan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    You, dear listener, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart - no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments - even at the risk of one's life - is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten….All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.

    Bonnie says: "Kate Reading makes this audio book devine"
    "Wonderful, both in story and in narration"
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    This is a book that defies neat and orderly description. It is, in turn, an adventure, a fantasy, a steampunk mystery, a romance, and a most excellent scientific treatise. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and look forward to the continuation of the series.

    The narration was spot on!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangers On Montagu Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (202)

    The Strangers On Montagu Street, the third in Karen White's enchanting series, follows up on the The House On Tradd Street and The Girl On Legare Street. Psychic realtor Melanie Middleton is still restoring her Charleston house and doesn't expect to have a new houseguest, a teen girl named Nola. But the girl didn't come alone, and the spirits that accompanied Nola don't seem willing to leave.... Karen White, author of ten award-winning novels, is a graduate of Tulane University....

    T. Arcangel says: "Best so far!"
    "Fun, if complicated, mystery"
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    his one had just a little too much going on. The mystery of Nola's mother and the music, the mystery of the dollhouse and the ghosts on Montagu Street, and the drama with Melanie and Jack/Jack's Book/Melanie's birthday all kind of overwhelmed this book. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first two. I was also disappointed in the resolution of the Montagu Street mystery. It seemed almost as an afterthought, especially considering the title of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (374)

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "A good start"
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    This was a very enjoyable book with an intriguing mystery. I love historical mysteries, and this fit the bill perfectly. I figured out bits and pieces of it, and might have figured out more if I had been reading rather than listening. The use of ciphers was fun, and I would have been scribbling along with them towards the end of the book, trying to figure out the key words. I am looking forward to the continuation of Melanie's story. I enjoyed the ghost story parts for the most part, too; although they did get a bit out of hand in a few spots.

    The narration was awkward, especially during the dialogue, and there is a LOT of dialogue in this book. There were many awkward pauses throughout the book; and the conversations sounded unnaturally stilted, especially for the easy-going deep south. The voices of several of the side characters were plastic and doll-like, and seemed very contrived. I hope the narration improves in the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (474)

    The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle.

    FanB14 says: "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
    "Compelling, but so very sad"
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    Where does The White Princess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my second favourite among the Cousins War series, after The White Queen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like Princess, then Queen Elizabeth, but her story as told by Philippa Gregory is so full of tragedy. There seems to have been only a few years that she was truly happy. I highly recommend this for listeners of the previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    Philippa Gregory's books are very well-written, and she always makes me want to read more about the subjects. Read these, but start at the beginning with The White Queen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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