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Melani

Self-admitted lazy reader who delights in listening to audiobooks!

Texas | Member Since 2005

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  • A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (202)

    When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence. The woman has nowhere to turn, and propelled by a firm sense of duty, Bess takes her in.

    Jen says: "Beloved Bess"
    "Not the greatest tale in this series"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Bitter Truth the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does a reasonably good job of bringing the characters in this tale to life


    Would you be willing to try another book from Charles Todd? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the first two installments in this series, but I found this one to be a little contrived. Despite that I am certain that I'll either read or listen to the next tales in this series


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Poter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (152)

    Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Lady Fortescue reminds the others that, to be fair, Mrs. Budley has no relatives on whom she can call. Gentle Mrs. Budley thinks she has escaped her fate until Sir Philip comes up with a plan: He has heard that the elderly Marquess of Peterhouse is senile, a widower, extremely rich, and unlikely to remember whether Mrs. Budley is a relative or not. So off Mrs. Budley goes. But the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and, in fact, quite handsome.

    Clare says: "Consistant Light Romantic Regency Fare"
    "Clever Regency Mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this series. Beaton has created a wonderful cast of characters that the reader wants to spend time with and see how they resolve their predicaments. Davina Porter does an awesome job of reading this tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's be grand fun following Ms. Budley and seeing her slowly growing stronger.


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

    I love Davina Porter as a narrator. I have actually ended up listening to books that I would ordinarily skip over simply because she is the performer.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silence in Hanover Close

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (77)

    Inspector Thomas Pitt is asked to reopen a three-year-old murder case which occurred in London's luxurious Hanover Close. With his wellborn wife, Charlotte, to aid him in penetrating the well-known reserve of high society, the inquisitive Pitts discover a shocking and deadly secret. Millions of ardent fans relish Anne Perry's highly atmospheric mysteries, set in Victorian London.

    Nina says: "A MUST for Anne Perry lovers!!"
    "Completely enjoyable listen!"
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    If you could sum up Silence in Hanover Close in three words, what would they be?

    Well crafted tale


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I love Ms. Porter's ability to make us feel as though we were listening to a whole cast of performers. But my favorite is undoubtedly her portrayal of Charlotte Pitt


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

    Clare says: "More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!"
    "Delightful series!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Tonks Turns to Crime to be better than the print version?

    Davina Porter is such a gifted narrator. She brings the author's characters to life in a way that I could never envision just reading the printed book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I know the story revolved primarily around Miss Tonks, but Cassandra, Miss Tonks' niece was a treasure


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    On occasion I will read the print book of one I've recently listened to and I will actually "hear" Davina Porter's voice in my head narrating the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I swear that I giggled out loud when Miss Tonks attempted to hold up her sister's carriage while disguised as a highwayman.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is IMO a hidden treasure. M. C. Beaton does a fabulous job of capturing the essence of Regency England.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bluegate Fields: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    When the body of a boy is found in the filthy sewers of Bluegate Fields, Inspector Pitt is called to investigate. The boy was clearly upper class, so what was he doing in one of London's most dangerous slums? The boy's parents refuse to answer police queries. What are these proper, prosperous people hiding? With the help of his wife and helpmate, Charlotte, Inspector Pitt intends to find out.

    Brenda says: "Bluegate Fields"
    "A little dark, but enjoyable"
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    This was my least favorite of this series so far. There were parts of the story where I felt Perry spent too much time and detail in the telling and then there were other key elements of the story that felt like they were just slipped into the tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (377)

    In the latest mystery in the New York Times best-selling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse..... August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe,,,,

    Helen says: "Didn't want it to end...best in series!"
    "Delightful!"
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    Where does The Mapping of Love and Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series. I love the thoughtful approach she has to problem solving and dealing with others. I look forward to listening to each installment in the series. It is definitely worth the credit spent.


    Which character – as performed by Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Orlagh Cassidy is one of my favorite narrators. She shifts voices between characters beautifully and with amazing consistency. She truly brings the story to life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Callander Square

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (166)

    Callander Square is the second of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries. Full of well-drawn and convincing characters, Callander Square offers a finely crafted recreation of Victorian England. The bodies of two newborn babies have been found in a park in the fashionable London neighborhood of Callander Square.

    Chuck says: "The Pitt Family at their best!"
    "Delightful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Callander Square the most enjoyable?

    Davina Porter is truly an amazing narrator. She does such an amazing job of bringing the characters in the story to life.


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

    Part of the experience of reading an Anne Perry novel is her beautiful way of bringing to life Victorian England - the city, the people and their lives. She draws the reader along in the carriage of her story with her words.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love Overboard

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Stephanie Lowe decides Maine schooner captain and pirate descendent Ivan Rasmussen deserves to be called Ivan the Terrible. The house she just bought from him is falling apart and possibly haunted. He complains about her fish-eye stew and burnt chocolate chip cookies. He makes fun of her hair after she's had to comb it while using a toaster as a mirror. And on top of all that, he has the nerve to be charming, handsome, and overboard in love with her.

    A says: "Boo hoo"
    "Fun romp!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend this book to someone looking for a fun fluff read. If this book were a television show it'd be a good sitcom.


    What does C.J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    C.J. Critt is one of my favorite readers. She does such a great job of communicating all of the different nuances of the characters she is reading. I actually selected this book because I had just recently completed listening to another book she read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Mourning: A William Monk Novel #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (205)

    When the beautiful daughter of Sir Basil Moidore is stabbed to death in her bed, Inspector Monk and Nurse Latterly uncover a tale of shame and scandal that threatens to destroy a powerful London dynasty.

    gwennieg says: "A Dangerous Mourning"
    "Wonderfully written mystery!"
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    Would you listen to A Dangerous Mourning again? Why?

    I probably wouldn't listen to the book again, but not because I didn't enjoy the narrator or the story, but because there are so many more stories out there to read or listen to. I'll never live long enough to hear them all!


    Any additional comments?

    This was my second Anne Perry tale and I am completely hooked. I can't wait to read more of her books. Anytime I see Davina Porter as the narrator of a book, I am almost guaranteed to find it a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1073)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "Did not like the narrator at all"
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    What did you love best about Stolen Prey?

    I have been a fan of this series by Sanford from the beginning. The story he has woven here is one of his best. Unlike many authors who have created a long lasting series, Sanford hasn't lost his passion for these characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Ferrone’s performances?

    I seriously doubt it. I felt like he was reading this book for a film noir performance of some 1940's hard boiled detective tale. It just didn't fit. It was a struggle for me to overcome my annoyance with the narrator to actually focus on the story


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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