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Mrs. K. Skarbek

Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • 6 reviews
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  • Shadow of Night: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great book, fantastic characters"
    "Exciting & Absorbing Book"
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    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    Absolutely. Partly because the story is a little complex (though in a very good way!) and partly because I enjoyed Jennifer Ikeda's reading so much. It's part two of A Discovery of Witches and I highly recommend both of these titles if you are looking for a good listen that will keep you engaged and excited.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Diana the heroine, she's intelligent, fiesty and she's got many, many unusual talents. Who wouldn't want to be her? Second would have to be Isabeau - the vampire matriarch, brought to glorious life by Jennifer Ikeda's amazing characterisation.


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

    No but honestly, I would listen to any other performances of hers. She is absolutely amazing. To carry so many different characters, male and female, young and old, to change accents too - really brilliant reading and characterisation. Highly recommend her, she really made the story come to life for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant books, excellently read. Very well worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Foot in the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3846)
    Performance
    (2738)
    Story
    (2748)

    You can run from the grave, but you can't hide. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her. But when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

    melrailey says: "Makes for a Short Commute"
    "Pretty Good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's interesting and certainly entertaining but the story was a little weaker than her others.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining enough for a book in a well developed series but not the greatest/strongest story. Enough to keep someone hooked on the characters going. Well read though I have always hated her characterisation of the 'Bones' character. It's just such an over the top East End accent (Cockney) and it's not authentic at all and I find that a bit annoying. Other than that it's fine though not likely to win any awards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2770)
    Performance
    (2526)
    Story
    (2532)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Fantastic!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead Ever After the most enjoyable?

    The absolutely fantastic narration. I hate it when a good book is ruined by terrible or flat narration. This narrator reads all of the Sookie Stackhouse stories and she does it beautifully. Truly enjoyable to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finally Sookie Stackhouse finds love with a man that is truly worthy of her and who has honestly loved her since the beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic end to a wonderful, imaginative and sexy series. Can't wait to read what Charlaine Harris comes up with next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Ice Cold Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When Harper and Tolliver are hired to find a missing grandson, they learn that several teenage boys have disappeared from Doraville. Harper soon finds the eight bodies buried in the half-frozen ground, but as she becomes part of the investigation, she learns more than she cares to about the dark mysteries and long-hidden secrets of Doraville: knowledge that could make her the next victim to end up in an ice-cold grave.

    Mrs. K. Skarbek says: "Gripping Story, Entertaining Read."
    "Gripping Story, Entertaining Read."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of An Ice Cold Grave to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I would after listening to the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Ice Cold Grave?

    The moment when she realises who the real murderer is. Chilling! Also the moment when she realises how many boys are dead and how they died.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read with many surprises. Well read and very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (745)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her "spunky" (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels, starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume. The stories include "Fairy Dust", "One Word Answer", "Dracula Night", "Lucky" and "Giftwrap".

    A User says: "Good read after Sookie's series"
    "Totally absorbing story & beautifully read."
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    If you could sum up A Touch of Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Absorbing, Exciting, Engaging.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    If you've been following the series, it's hard not to be addicted. This is a series of wonderful stories with a feisty and funny heroine with a special gift. Johanna Parker is an amazing reader and totally brings Sookie Stackhouse to glorious technicolour life. I really, really enjoyed listening to this and all the other books in this series and I highly recommend them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

    GinnysHex says: "Wonderful"
    "Fun Journey Through The Supernatural World"
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    Where does A Discovery of Witches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio books I've listened to. Second only to the True Blood series for content and performance by the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the premise of the story - a story about a historian and witch who doesn't want to use her (immense) powers meets enigmatic vampire and sets about changing supernatural laws whilst trying to discover the whereabouts of an important manuscript that could change all of their lives forever.

    Characters are interesting - storyline is intruiging and even though it can be a little predicable in places, it's unusual enough the rest of the time to keep your interest.

    Best part about this story so far though is the awesome narration. The narrator is an amazing actor and does flawless accents (including English and French!) which really adds depth and flavour to the book.

    Really, really enjoyable to listen to! I recommend this book and am looking forward to listening to the sequel.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    My favourite character so far is, strangely, Isabeau. Small part (as yet) but I just loved the accented characterisation.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Discovery of Witches and why?

    The most memorable character for me is definitely the protagonist, Diana. As the story develops and she discovers more and more about her powers, she becomes more interesting. She's feisty, independent, very intelligent and a very powerful witch. In a supernatural story, it doesn't get much better.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the book and looking forward to the next installment. Read it. It's lots of fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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