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Emily

Anchorage, AK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Mine Till Midnight: The Hathaways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (497)

    When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

    paige says: "Missing part of the story. NOT unabridged"
    "The First and the Best of the Hathaways"
    Overall

    I adore Lisa Kleypas, my favorite romance author by far and this is one of the best of the best. The only one to top it in my opinion is: Dreaming of You...
    The stories may be a little dark at times, but always there is a ray of laughter/love/hope that runs through it all that keeps you coming back for more and more.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4347)
    Performance
    (3709)
    Story
    (3689)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Funny as all get out!"
    Overall

    I am generally not a 1st person plot view fan, but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mystery was not the focus of the story, and I liked that. The whole "aristocrat struggling to get by" plot was what had me coming back to it, and I laughed out loud many a time.

    The narrator was perfection as well, I believe she just might be Georgie and just never knew till now :)

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Scandalous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (147)

    When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters are suddenly penniless - unless she thinks fast. Arranging Claire’s London season, Gabby pretends that Marcus is still alive, just until Claire can marry a fabulously wealthy nobleman. But when a handsome gentleman arrives claiming to be Marcus, Gabby’s plan backfires. If she exposes this mysterious stranger’s deceit, she exposes her own.

    Karen says: "Unexpected plot twists"
    "Keep the Surprises Coming"
    Overall

    This was the 1st Karen Robards Book I ever read and I go back to it again and again. The twists and turns in the plot keep the pages turning way past "lights out time" and I'm always biting my nails by the end I am just so nervous.
    This is a great addition to any Historical Romance fans collection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Motive vs. Opportunity

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Mr. Clode is a very rich man and intends to leave his estate to his nephew, George, and two nieces. But before he dies, he changes his will to include a Mrs. Spragg, a medium who has convinced him that George is an imposter! When Clode dies they discover his new will is missing. Who among the many suspects could have stolen it? The only people who had a motive had no opportunity - it is left to Miss Marple to solve the case!

    Emily says: "Perfection as Usual!"
    "Perfection as Usual!"
    Overall

    Sigh... I just love Miss. Marple. She is so plain, retiring, knittering grandma-ish character that it is lovely to "watch" her unravel mysteries. The Great thing about Agatha Christie is that I am 9 times out of 10 surprised by the ending. This is what good mystery writing is. One shouldn't be able to tell who the murderer is by the 2 chapter.

    I just wish they would make a TV series with all of the short stories of Miss. Marple-that would be the icing on the cake.

    And Joan Hickson, is Miss Marple to me! Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Arabella Dempsey's dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls' school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies....

    A. L. Bray says: "A smashing good time!"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall

    so, I've never thought that an actually stupid man could have a love affair with an intelligent woman, but Ms. Willig made a believer out of me. I also never really thought about Turnips story before but now that it is written I think it worth while and a great addition to the series. I must say my favorite parts generally involved the Christmas Puddings :)

    I am also glad that there wasn't the switching back and forth between time periods thing in this addition. I was getting a little bored with "Whats-her-names" story line.

    Only one thing marred this book for me and it was the seemingly forced entrance of Jane Austen into the mix. I am still very confused as to why she was there and what her character added to the story other then getting those of us die hard Jane Austen freaks to look twice at the book.

    Oh! And 2 thumbs up for the narrator as well! She was great!!! in some ways she made the story for me!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreaming of You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (457)

    A prim, well-bred gentlewoman, Sara Fielding is a writer who puts pen to paper to create dreams. But now curiosity is luring her from the shelter of her country cottage into the dangerous world of Derek Craven – handsome, tough, and tenacious – and the most exciting man Sara has ever met.

    A User says: "Love it!"
    "My favorite"
    Overall

    "Dreaming of You" is far and away not only my favorite Lisa Kleypas book but my favorite Historical Romance as well. I am not overly in love with the narrator, I have never felt that Sara had a posh voice, and Dareck most certainly didn't. I felt as if the narrator just used her stalk "voice" and didn't think it through.
    However it still gets a full 5 star rating as the story line and intense characters more then make up for any lack on the narrators part.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (481)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    Jeanette says: "Love and Adventure"
    "I can't take it all in!"
    Overall

    The story and characters are wonderful, well rounded and developed. I enjoyed listening to about the first half or a little more. I just feel as if it is really drawn out especially as there are, heaven knows, how many sequels/books in the series that follow it. I know the others are about the offspring but still...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mirror Crack'd: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Rosemary Leach
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    This whodunit of movies, mayhem, and murder features fading film actress Marina Gregg. When Gregg hosts a charity event in her new home, high spirits take a tumble when one of the guests is poisoned. While the authorities search for material evidence, Miss Marple looks into human nature.

    Lynda says: "Agatha Christi Never disappoints."
    "Can is get better then this?"
    Overall

    Very well done. One of my favorite Christie full length mystery. I love these stories as I don't ever feel as if the writer has dumbed down the mystery for me and I often feel as if I am really solving the mystery right along with Miss Marple as I turn the page. There is a reason she is the reigning queen of mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A woman takes her own life after killing her companion, but what was her motive? Miss Marple recognises that this is remarkably similar to a situation that once occurred in St. Mary Mead. Could the solution be found in everyday village life?

    Emily says: "Chilling in simplicity"
    "Chilling in simplicity"
    Overall

    I Never saw it coming and that is saying alot. The motive is everything here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood-Stained Pavement

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Joyce has come to Cornwall for a painting holiday, and while painting the local village she suddenly realises she has included drops of blood on the pavement, but none exist. A local man tells her of the local superstition that seeing blood on the pavement means a death within 24 hours! Two days later Joyce learns a woman drowned off the coast - was it an accident? Miss Marple thinks not!

    Emily says: "It's Agatha Christie need we say more?"
    "It's Agatha Christie need we say more?"
    Overall

    Really what else is there to say? I love the eye to detail, how she brings her characters to life, not just by telling us what they wore and did but by showing us. Really it's the little details that make the difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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