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HODGEPODGESPV

COPPELL, TX, United States

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  • The Shadow of the Pomegranate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jean Plaidy
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The marriage of Katharine of Aragon and King Henry VIII was a right royal match. England loved the young lovers, but hardly were they wed when powerful people in Henry's court were spinning webs of intrigue around the innocent royal pair. Spanish spies, the Pope's men, the Queen's seductive ladies-in-waiting, and especially the King's brilliant advisor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, all were obsessed with one question: Would Queen Katharine be able to give Henry the healthy son he so desperately wanted?

    Moragne says: "It looms over her"
    "from queen catherine's point of view"
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    while henry viii's second wife, ann, and mother of elizabeth i seems to get written about more, this is a story about queen catherine, first wife and mother of henry's first surviving child, queen mary.

    this catherine loves her husband very much. she wants to give her a husband the son he so desperately wants. she seems to get pregnant easily but all but 2 are stillborn. she finally delivers a son, but he dies shortly after. mary is the only child who lives.

    the book is through her eyes. while she was raised by queen isabell of spain to be a good queen, henry was not raised to be a king. she is not only older in age but in maturity. she is a most adept negotiator, while the king is not. she is calmer and more sedate than the king who is in constant motion. he really appears to be a spoiled, uncontrolable brat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5541)
    Performance
    (4256)
    Story
    (4266)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Who says a vampire book can't be a giggle"
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    Jane's day starts with her getting fired from a job she loves by an incompetent who wants her more incompetent relation to have Jane's job. She goes to "drowned her sorrows" where she meets an irresistibly handsome man who won't go home with her in her drunken condition...she who has not had sex in years! She starts driving herself home only to have her car die. Only to have someone she knows shot her...because he thinks she's a DEER! Really! A DEER?!

    But wait...this book has just started. You guessed it. She wakes up to find that Mr. Irresistible is a vampire and has made her one!

    What a great way to start a book! If I hadn't been drawn to the need for a light weight book that potentially had lots of laughs by the title, this beginning clenched it! From here I learned more about her "maker", his old but not now vampire friend, a strange "Welcome" lady (she welcomes newly made vampires to the group), her grabby sister, her ghosty aunt, her best friend (male who joins a support group for friends of the "newly turned"), etc.

    How does a girl tell her parents of her new status? How does she find a job? How does she learn to deal with her undead status? And who the hell is trying to frame her for murder(s?)?

    I know but I'm not going to tell. You have to listen to book to find out for yourself! It's a perfect book for an in-between from those more intense books; for those who just love reading fun books; for those who love a good mystery. It's so much fun you'll have to read the next installment!

    I do hope Amanda Ronconi narrates the rest; she did such a good job with this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destroying Angel: A Rose McQuinn Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alanna Knight
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Autumn 1897. Rose McQuinn's refusal to give up her job as "Lady Detective, Discretion Guaranteed", has cost her the love of her fiancé, Jack Macmerry. And now it seems that she is to lose her deerhound, Thane, as well. His rightful owner is Hubert, a Royal photographer, who lost him while walking on Arthur's Seat three years earlier. But when she arrives at the family home in Northumberland, it soon becomes clear that Hubert has a hidden agenda concerning her role as a crime investigator.

    HODGEPODGESPV says: "What a woman beyond her time!"
    "What a woman beyond her time!"
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    "Autumn 1897. Rose McQuinn's stubborn refusal to give up her job as "Lady Detective, Discretion Guaranteed", has cost her the love of her ambitious fiancé, Jack Macmerry. And now it seems that she is to lose her elusive deerhound, Thane, as well. His rightful owner is Hubert, a Royal photographer, who lost him while walking on Arthur's Seat three years earlier."

    For a woman to have an "occupation" outside the home was not the norm. I worked for and with two women doctors (one a PhD, one a MD) who were born early in the 1900s. They had to give up much for their very notable careers. Imagine what strength it took Rose to commit to her career. How can a "man" of her time tolerate such behavior? To get a glimpse into the time is wonderful. And if there is a mystery involved, more's the better!

    As a dog lover, I can well understand Rose feeling worse about the lose of Thane than the loss of Jack. Dogs love unconditionally. Men don't. And Thane is such a grand dog and companion.

    "Hubert has a hidden agenda concerning her role as a crime investigator. As the family's tragic history unfolds, dark secrets are revealed...and a series of suspicious deaths."

    This is where the book gets really interesting...the mystery. It's as twisty as you want a good mystery to be with characters you want to follow.

    Of course I did not read this in order! Did I feel I lost anything by jumping in with Book 5 in the series? No. Ms. Knight has a good book that stand well alone. That's my favorite kind of author. One who doesn't need to tack a teaser at the end of a book to get you to buy the next edition.

    The narration by Hilary Neville is as good as you want!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (167)

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "I love the Tudors!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like audible books and are prepared to a LONG listen (41 hrs and 20 mins). And they love history and want a view into the huge cast of characters from that era. Many books/movies have been done about them but some with less vividness. Some bits of history that have been skipped over or briefly mentioned are fleshed out here (thus the reason for the length of the novel!).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That's a hard question to answer. Henry VIII is so very complex. I got the book because I wanted to learn more about him. Henry was a very complex man; sometimes very wise and talented, sometimes very ruthless and selfish. He was THE KING! He was THE POWER! He was a man of his time and the view of the time was very interesting.


    What about David Case’s performance did you like?

    It's worth the time as David Case (narrator) does such a good job! And it is one of the better historical novels I've read or listened to...there is a lot good historical data here that only an excellent narrator can keep listener invested in listening to the end. He did that for me!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Autobiography of Henry VIII and why?

    Henry VIII!! Who else has had so much written about him, even when he was not the main character. How could any media production be done of his time without alluding to him in one way or another?


    Any additional comments?

    I've read Ms. George's tombs about Elizabeth I and Cleopatra. They too are very lengthy. I prefer the audio version as holding the paperback gets difficult when reading in bed! Probably, Ms. George could have cut some of the rhetoric in all 3 books and still had good novels but I did not skip over any part of any of the novels (audible or written). There are no abridged versions of any of her audible books. I assume it is because cutting them would just be such a Herculean task.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1378)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1229)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Fun with royals and mystery!"
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    My latest in this series is just as much fun as the first and all in-between. Royals, sassiness, murder, and just plain fun! If you've not read or listened to any of them, you REALLY don't know what you are missing! It's light and fun and you're gonna love the characters as much as the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (595)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "Great! A new series by Rhys Bowen"
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    Murphy's Law is a perfect title as anything that can go amiss for Molly Murphy, does to this listener's enjoyment as I awaited her escapes and new predicaments as she bewitches a young police captain (second generation Irish lad...of course) and solves the crime. As I like a feisty, bright, inquiring heroine involved in murder mysteries, this was a good fit.

    Nicola Barber's narration also worked for me as she brought all the characters to life.

    What's also grand is the fact that there are several books in the series being brought to Audible.com at the same time so I don't have to wait what always seems to be an "eternity" for the next in the series to come out! Now all I need to do is make sure I stuff some other good novels in-between so I don't quickly get to the end of the series only to be faced with the "eternity" problem!

    If you've not enjoyed her Royal Spyness Mystery series, you could (and should) get stuck into this other series of hers! If you, like I, have, you will find find equal pleasure in the Molly Murphy series if this is any example!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1095)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "She got me again!"
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    Now I am waiting anxiously for the next book in this series and the one after that! This may be for written for teenagers but this little old lady and her hubby are real fans of Gail Carringer! There is lots of wit and fun in her writing with a narrator who only adds zest to her words! My only problem is I don't want to shut it off to sleep!

    In this new series, a proper English mother is at her wits end dealing with her 14 year old daughter who is just not following the rules society deems correct women of the time. At a friend's suggestion, she sends said daughter off to a 'finishing' school...immediately! But things get scary and strange on the trip to the school. When she gets to school, it is nothing like any 'finishing' school she has ever heard about!

    I recommend you fix a cup of something warm, find a comfy chair, and settle in for a fun listen. You might want to close the door from others so you don't have to explain to them why you have a silly smile on your face or emitting an occasional giggle!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (749)

    The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

    Michelle says: "So much fun!"
    "A son in born to my favorite couple!"
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    After going back in time to find out how Emerson and Peabody met, I felt the need to find out if the next book in the series would introduce their son.

    It did and what a delightful introduction it was! But while I loved the introduction, I was quite ready to return to Egypt and another mystery. A good one it is as the couple returns to open a tomb started by another who's death was mysterious...was it of natural causes or were the gods involved. The widow wants Emerson to carry on what her husband started. To do so requires him to leave his young family which he does not want to do...but he is so BORED in England. Peabody, who reads her husband well, and loves Egypt as much as he, makes sure they return to Egypt, a tomb, a great bunch of colorful characters, and a delightful mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2736)
    Performance
    (1522)
    Story
    (1516)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Going back in time"
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    I finally have gone back in time to find out how my favorite couple met; not only their's but that of Peabody's brother-in-law! And all this is wrapped around in a lovely mystery.

    For those of us who jumped into the series much later in time, it was much fun to find out about Peabody's beginnings and her subsequent meeting and love story with Emerson and Egypt. The mystery is very enjoyable (as usual).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (293)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Take this along!"
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    Great story to just sit back and enjoy with a cup of tea or to help you get through the mundane chores as you get wrapped up in a good mystery set in the time of WWII. The most well known characters of the time seem to spring into life as our girl sets about protecting the Princesses and solving mysteries.

    The ONLY reason this does not get a 5 star rating is because of the performance. Susan Duerden's pattern of going up on so many lines caused me great audio annoyance all the way to the end. If you can adjust to that, you are end for a 5 star ride! (Even if you can't, you will have to listen, it's that good.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2484)
    Performance
    (1569)
    Story
    (1572)

    Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    A User says: "I found a new series"
    "Don't let the genre scare you off!"
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    It just adds great spice a good mystery that is already a saucy, fun read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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