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  • Silent in the Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends: but dark deeds are afoot at the deconsecrated abbey, and a murderer roams the ancient cloisters.

    Judy says: "Wrong narrator listed"
    "Enjoyable historical mystery; great narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Silent in the Sanctuary the most enjoyable?

    The best part of listening to this audiobook was the narrator Ellen Archer. Beware of the version with narration by Jennifer Van Dyck. This version was accidentally downloaded when I selected the "Enchanced" format but when I selected format 4, I got the Ellen Archer version. Ellen Archer speaks with a definite British accent which I found much better than the American accent in the other version.


    What other book might you compare Silent in the Sanctuary to and why?

    This book is similar to "If Only to Deceive", the first book in the Lady Emily series by Tasha Alexander. Both are light, historical mysteries set in England. They have a similar feel to their main characters and somewhat quirky secondary characters.


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

    Ms. Archer does a great job bringing the characters to life, particularly Lady Julia. The only voice I really did not like was for Julia's sister, Portia. The voice she used reminded me too much of Carol Kane's role in the movie "Scrooged" with the high-pitched, sing-songy cadence. Otherwise, she does a great job, even with the male characters.


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

    This was not a book I would call a "page turner" and I had no problem putting it down between listens. However, I still looked forward to listening to it whenever I had the opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    This book started off very slow and felt more like a Jane Austen book in the beginning than a mystery. There was a lot of talk between all the characters without much actually happening. A little less than halfway through the mystery actually kicked in and the story moved along at a quicker pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aloha from Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (737)

    In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.

    Bonnie says: "Book 3 in the Sandman series The best yet"
    "Not my favorite in the series thus far but good"
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    This one moved a little slowly for me and it didn't feel like much happened until the very end. I'm actually quite intrigued by where the series is headed. The reader of the audiobook is great (as usual). He does a wonderful job portraying Stark's sarcasm and twisted sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (292)

    My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic, and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.

    Hassan says: "I'm Shocked!! It Was Really Good"
    "Magic, mythology and teenagers"
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    3-1/2 stars: Think Harry Potter, with magic mixed in, aimed at teenage girls with a female lead character. Not that it wasn't enjoyable because it was. It's just that I could not stop drawing parallels between it and the HP series. The similarities are just too many to bother to mention. Suffice it to say, if you are familiar with HP, you cannot miss them. That said, I liked Gwen. I liked her attitude. I liked her budding friendship with Daphne. I liked the fact that she is not a kick-butt warrior (at least not yet) and has some insecurities but still knows who she is and likes herself (basically). I'm intrigued by the "secrets" Logan can't/won't share. And I like the mythology tossed in. The book is well-suited to the audiobook format as Gwen has a great narrative "voice"-- a bit snarky but not over the top. Tara Sands does a very nice job narrating this audiobook and I would definitely listen to her read YA material again. (In my opinion, her voice sounds way too much like a teenager for me to listen to her read adult material.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UnEnchanted: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series #

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chanda Hahn
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush's life on a field trip, changing her high school status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its' next fairy-tale victim.

    twinsmom says: "Don't bother"
    "Don't bother"
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    2-1/2 stars: Meh. For as short as it was, it felt like it dragged a bit. Also, Mina and Brody acted way older than their 15/16 years, in terms of romance, possessiveness, etc. They just didn't feel right to me. I didn't like Nan. She was completely obnoxious and no way I'd keep her for a best friend if I was Mina. The whole story felt like it was "off". I can't fault the the reader of the audio, though, who did a nice job (and who I've really enjoyed before reading other books). It's a shame because I had high hopes for this book (and series).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (500)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    English Teach says: "Okay"
    "Read it in print"
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    This book was very exciting and enjoyable but I personally did not care much for the narration. It was bland. I almost gave the narrator 2 stars but compared to some of the really bad narrators I've listened to, she wasn't that bad. It's just that compared to some of the really good narrators I've listened to, she paled in comparison. So I settled on 3 stars (though that might be a bit generous).

    I ended up listening to about half of it and read the other half in print. I enjoyed it much more in print and definitely recommend it in that format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncommon Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Karen Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    A body in a pool of skim milk. An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds. AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects. Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T just dumped you for his dental assistant....

    beatrice says: "I'll have another cup please"
    "Read it in print instead"
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    This was a very enjoyable cozy with good characters and a good mystery however avoid the audiobook. The reader sounds way too young, in my opinion, and she doesn't do a good job with different voices, especially the men. Also, the quality of the audio is poor. There is a noise in the background, a little like static but not quite. Definitely not the quality I am used to from Audible. I enjoyed this book much more reading it in print. However, a word of warning for the kindle edition-- the formatting isn't very good. There are strange breaks in paragraphs (like extra returns) and occasionally words run together into one giant word. It's readable, but could definitely be cleaner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends - and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction.

    Blake Clobes says: "More Please"
    "Hurry up and read this series!"
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    Another excellent and exciting adventure with Angel and her zombie "tribe". Allison McLemore once again does a spectacular job narrating this fun, quirky, unique series. I highly recommend these books in audio format. While I am sure they are still enjoyable in print, Ms. McLemore's narration takes them to the next level. Whether on audio or in print, be sure to start at the beginning of the series or you will lose a lot of what makes this book (and the series) so special. As a slight downside, I wasn't thrilled with how this book ended (no cliffhanger, so don't worry there) but it did not ruin my overall enjoyment of the book. Hopefully what happens at the end is not a forecast of things to come.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No One Lives Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julie Moffett
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    "I'm Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I've never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella. Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared."

    Sally says: "Delightful!"
    "Read it in print instead"
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    I loved this book when I read it but hated it when I was listening to it. I couldn't listen for more than an hour. The reader is just totally wrong for the book. She does it no justice. I'm so glad I decided to read it on my kindle instead of just giving up on it because it was so much fun! A total page-turner with a little humor tossed in. It's more complex than your average cozy mystery but not as dark as your average spy thriller. It's a nice combination of the two. I loved Lexi and all the other characters. I can't wait to see them all again in the next book and am curious to see which of her many potential suitors she ends up with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes & Alchemy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cindy Spencer Pape
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Police inspector Sebastian Brown served Queen and country in India before returning to England to investigate supernatural crimes alongside the Order of the Round Table. If his wifeless, childless life feels a little empty sometimes, that's not too great a price to pay in the name of duty. Minerva Shaw is desperately seeking a doctor when she mistakenly lands on Sebastian's doorstep. Her daughter Ivy has fallen gravely ill with a mysterious illness-the same illness, it seems, that's responsible for taking the lives of many of Ivy's classmates.

    twinsmom says: "Decent novella but better in print"
    "Decent novella but better in print"
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    3-1/2 stars: Not bad for a novella. I liked the characters but the whole falling in love in one day was a bit hard to believe. However, given that it was a novella, I'm cutting it a little slack. The narrator of the audiobook was terrible. Her voices were fine but her cadence, speed and pacing were horrible. It was only a little over 3 hours of listening so I managed to suffer through it but don't think I could have listened to a full length book with her narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

    Valerie says: "Great listen, good story, adaptive narrator"
    "Preferred print version"
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    I've been waffling between three and four stars but because the characters are strong and I think the series has a lot of potential, I ended up giving 4 stars. I listened to most of it on audio but did end up reading some of it in print and that may have played a part in my mixed feelings. While there was nothing specifically bad about the reader of the audio, for some reason it left me feeling lukewarm about the book. I found myself enjoying it much more when I was reading it in print.

    Maeve is a strong, intelligent, likeable character. She works with an interesting mix of men, some good to work with, others not so much. Interestingly enough, despite the book's title, the "Burning Man" case is not the focus of the book. Early on, an apparent fifth victim is discovered but Maeve believes she may be the victim of a copycat. The bulk of the book is spent investigating that victim and solving her murder. I figured it out (which I think many readers will do, whether intentionally or not, I am not sure), but it was enjoyable to watch Maeve figure it out. The reader is privvy to much more insight and information than Maeve is because we get the benefit of chapters narrated by the victim's best friend. Those chapters add an interesting dimension to the book that would have been missing without them.

    The Burning Man case itself was wrapped up a little too easily but it provided action and a bit of excitement to the book which is otherwise slower paced (but still utterly readable).

    I look forward to giving Maeve another try but I will read it in print instead of listening to it on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of Mike

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (275)

    Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook. Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home.

    Simone says: "The Best Yet!"
    "Good story, middle of the road performance"
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    Another enjoyable installment in the series. Nicola Barber does a fine job as Molly, but I'm not all that keen on her male voices or any of her American voices- they all tend to sound the same. While it's not bad narration, it's not particularly special, I'm not sure it's worth a full credit. The whisper synch price might make it more worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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