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M J Sweet

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  • The Golden One: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (188)

    New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

    Suzanne says: "The Golden One"
    "Hatchet job on the abridged addition HARD to follo"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes and no. The story was choppy because of the abridgment but what i was able to catch was entertaining.


    Would you recommend The Golden One to your friends? Why or why not?

    once the unabridged version with Barbara Rosenblat comes out then yes. Until then read the book.


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

    I have listened to all the books in this series. Ms Rosenblat brings a unique voice to each character. They are easily recognizable and suit the personalities well. I read many of the books before listening to them and can say she caught their voices perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    please bring Ms Rosenblat back to the series for these unabridged versions. I have nothing against Ms O'Malley but her characterization is flat after listening to so many of these in Ms Rosenblat's voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, David Fisher
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1269)

    The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's historical docudrama Legends and Lies: The Patriots, an exciting and eye-opening look at the Revolutionary War through the lives of its leaders. The American Revolution was neither inevitable nor a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against each other as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures. These were the times that tried men's souls: No one was on stable ground, and few could be trusted.

    Erin says: "Couldn't stop listening!"
    "Love These Historical Books"
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    Would you listen to Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots again? Why?

    Yes I would definitely listen to this book again. It is so chock full of interesting facts I'm not sure i absorbed them all in the first reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Davy Jones Below: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Lucy Rayner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    In late 1926, the newly married Daisy Dalrymple and Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard take an ocean voyage to America for their honeymoon. Daisy and Alec are accompanied by Daisy's childhood friend, Phillip Petrie; his wife, Gloria; and Gloria's father, American millionaire industrialist Caleb P. Arbuckle, and all are looking forward to a pleasant, uneventful trip. But at the last minute they are joined by Arbuckle's new friend, Yorkshire millionaire Jethro Gotobed, and his new wife, Wanda.

    Marcelyn says: "Story Satisfying; Narrator Not"
    "Please change the narratir"
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    What made the experience of listening to To Davy Jones Below the most enjoyable?

    the story and characters were fun


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lucy Rayner?

    i have butn i don't want to the shrillness of the female characters at the beginning of this book had me almost stopping...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Egypt Game

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Zilpha Keatley Snyder
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (140)

    When Melanie Ross first meets April Hall, she's not sure what to think. What other sixth grade girl wears her blonde hair piled in a twist and flaunts false eyelashes? But when the two girls discover the storage shed outside the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, they discover they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. Soon the friends create the Egypt Game.

    Brianna Brown says: "Better than I remembered"
    "Delightful Story"
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    What a nice story!! The characters are well drawn so you have a feel for each of the children as the story unfolds. I really enjoyed Alyssa Bresnahan’s narration style.

    Don’t know how I missed this book growing up in the 60’s. I think this would be a great introduction to audiobooks for children but the story isn’t just for kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of Wishtide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kate Saunders
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2654)
    Performance
    (2437)
    Story
    (2427)

    Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

    Shirley says: "Historical intrigue-"
    "Slow and Steady"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Basically yes, but i skipped ahead about to about 2 hours left, because i knew who the culprit was. When i skipped ahead they were just catching on.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kate Saunders before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first


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

    hard to say since i skipped a good part of the story


    Any additional comments?

    Way to plodding along for me. I liked the narrator, but don't know if it was her delivery or the writing that was so slow to come to the point

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (2743)
    Performance
    (2464)
    Story
    (2446)

    The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-best-selling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.

    Barbara J. Daly says: "Everyone in the U. S. Should read this book. "
    "Riveting"
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    Would you listen to Killing England again? Why?

    Yes I would. I think each time i listen i will learn more and more. The story is riveting, captures your imagination fully. I find I need a map and go back over sections to really immerse myself into the history


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Stone: Books by the Bay Mystery Series #4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ellery Adams
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (199)

    When Munin Cooper, known as the Witch of Oyster Bay, warns Olivia Limoges that death is coming, neither of them realize that it is the older woman herself who will soon be found dead. And Olivia's instincts tell her that something - or someone - more sinister than a mystical force is at play...Olivia has a lot on her plate preparing for the Coastal Carolina Food Festival. When she hears the news of Munin's untimely death, however, finding the murderer takes priority.

    Christina says: "WARNING: Has An Explicit Graphic Scene!"
    "Wanted to like it but..."
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    For some reading the story and narration combined to annoy me greatly. I have read other books in this series and enjoyed them. Sorry I just cannot put my finger on the “why” I had to return it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grooming Mr. Right : Bluegrass Romance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tonya Kappes
    • Narrated By Trish Mckinnley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Fired, broke, and nowhere to go, Luvie Beiderman moves back to her hometown and opens up Primp My Pet Mobile Pet Spa. Jase Nelson is hot, smart, and has a big heart. Especially when it comes to his Irish Setter Duke. After Primp My Pet pulls into the dog park and Luvie gets out, Jase knows there is definitely enough space in his big heart for another redhead. Jase isn't as perfect as everyone thinks. Can Luvie groom him to be Mr. Right?

    M J Sweet says: "Enjoyable escape"
    "Enjoyable escape"
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    I usually read and enjoy all kinds of mysteries. This cute romance novel was a very fun listen. The story flowed well and was interesting enough to make me want to know what was going to happen. I really liked the narration by Trish Mckinnley too. Her voice fit the character. I Recommend this audiobook

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Went into the Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lilian Jackson Braun
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (263)

    While sifting through closets of junk in the mansion they have rented, Qwill and Koko uncover a mystery involving the suicide of the former owner and the murder of a potato farmer. By the author of The Cat Who Wasn't There.

    Crystal says: "Another great cat book!!!"
    "My Personal Favorite of the Series"
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    What did you love best about The Cat Who Went into the Closet?

    I loved the historical aspect to the story line. Without trying to give any plot lines away I'll say Qwill re-enacting the broadcast was amazing. The cats have some fun in their home and Qwill is settling in as a Pickaxe citizen


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

    When I hear George Guidall I hear Jim Qwilleran. I have listened to him read some of the Gabriel Alon series, but i hear Jim Qwilleran... Ha ha. I like the cadence of his speech


    Any additional comments?

    Wish all the earlier ones were available on Audible. I listened to them all from my public library years ago on cassettes and CDs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of Mary Russell: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1047)

    Mary Russell is used to dark secrets - her own and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson?

    C. Telfair says: "A New Twist for Holmes & Co."
    "WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    From the opening sequence to the end of the book, I was riveted to this story. Now I am re-reading the series with my better understanding of what exactly the players all bring to the table.
    Though this is titled about Mary Russell, the story is almost all Mrs. Hudson. I don't want to spoil any plot lines but this is a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage of Mary Russell: A Short Story Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (404)

    Though she cannot entirely discount the effects of the head injuries they were both suffering at the time, Mary Russell is delighted by Sherlock Holmes' proposal of marriage. After all, they have become partners in crime, and she has recently come into her inheritance: What remains but to confirm the union with her mentor-turned-partner with the piece of paper?

    Lisa says: "a quick adventure"
    "Very enjoyable with a surprise ending"
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    I'm so Glad Laurie R. King has decided to write these short stories to fill in some blanks of the stories that we love. This one is almost sweet!! Not sugary, still in the same style as the longer novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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