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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
    (533)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (249)

    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
  • Ben Franklin: Unplugged: .... And Other Comic Monologues

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Josh Kornbluth
    • Narrated By Josh Kornbluth
    Overall
    (9)
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    Story
    (9)

    Gazing into the bathroom mirror one morning while shaving, Josh Kornbluth realizes that he looks remarkably like the guy on the $100 bill. Like any good Jewish son, he immediately calls his mother. From there he becomes obsessed with what it means to be a founding father, especially when your own father/son relationship (Ben had an illegitimate son named William who was a British loyalist during the Revolutionary War) is more than a bit strained.

    Susie says: "Satirical Disembowelment"
    "Very entertaining!"
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    This audio performance consists of 4 different monologues. Only the first is about Ben Franklin but the other 3 were also very enjoyable. I was surprised to learn something about Ben Franklin as I had expected it to be solely comedic. While it was comedic, I also found it informative (though it was mostly comedic). There is something about Josh Kornbluth (in his content, his delivery and in his voice itself) that I find absolutely delightful. He is both funny and insightful. Before listening to this, I had been unfamiliar with Josh Kornbluth. I am so glad I took the chance on this audio performance as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Josh added a short commentary to the end of the audio (which I found hilarious) and in it he asked the listeners to let him know if he converted his monologues (which he normally does in front of an audience) well enough to fit the audiobook format. So Josh, if you are reading this, you did an excellent job translating your monologues to an audio only format. While I am sure your facial expressions, body movements and gestures enhance your live performances, you did a great job getting the mood across using sound effects and your voice. I would love to listen to another audio performance from youl

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trail Through Time: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (279)

    "St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

    Janie says: "Purely delightful"
    "Just love this series!"
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    Zara Ramm does a brilliant job narrating Jodi Taylor's fantastic series. I cannot thank my Goodreads friend Linzi enough for recommending the first book. Each one is a delight to listen to (and read).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7749)
    Performance
    (4732)
    Story
    (4766)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Beware- 2 part story"
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    This one was tough for me to rate. I really wanted to give it 4 stars because it was interesting, exciting and fabulously narrated. However, I downgraded it a star for a few reasons. The biggest reason was the fact that it didn't really end. I wouldn't say it was a cliffhanger exactly, but the story did not wrap up; nothing came to a conclusion and I felt cheated. I knew there was another book in the series, but for some reason I didn't think it was one of those series where you HAD to read the 2nd book in order to get the complete story. I thought the next book was going to be a "related story" with some of the same characters in a different situation. When I started this book I really thought it was going to be a complete book. I am not used to thriller series being a continuing saga, so I was surprised when that's what it turned out to be. Grrr... If I had know ahead of time that I was signing up for a 2 book deal, I probably would have skipped it (or at least prepared myself for having to read about 900 pages to get the full story). Another negative, in my opinion, were the detailed descriptions of violence. I'm OK with violence, I just don't feel a need to read all the gory details...and there was more than I cared for in this book. There is also quite a bit of technical "mumbo jumbo" for us lay-people. Sometimes it was too much and I zoned out a bit. There were also a few other plot things that irritated me but I don't want to mention those as they would be spoilers. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book and was very impressed by the narrator, but I'm not sure it's worth having to commit to 2 books to get the whole story. Not sure if I'm going to read the next one or not. If I do, I won't do it right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
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    To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Great 2nd Half"
    "Sadly disappointing"
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    I really liked the first book in the series and was looking forward to this one. I was sadly very disappointed. I found it incredibly boring and had to force myself to keep listening. Even Amanda Ronconi couldn't save it. Normally I enjoy Amanda's narration but I did not like her English accent at all so all the parts with Desmond were terrible. Add to that the fact that the story did nothing for me and it was a huge disappointment all around.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons: Rose Gardner Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Denise Grover Swank
    • Narrated By Frances Fuller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (56)

    When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she's lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she's picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men's restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there's not a cotton picking thing she can do about it. Or is there? As if things weren't bad enough, Rose's older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis.

    Brandi Wirth says: "Love the series"
    "Read in print instead"
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    This book (and the previous one in the series) was delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed it but the reader drove me nuts. I listened to the first one on audio and she didn't seem to bother me quite so much then but with this one I just couldn't bear it. I had the speed turned up to 1.5 and it helped somewhat but the whole cadence of her speech was still off. Read it on your e-reader instead. It was very enjoyable that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (346)

    St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

    janet says: "Totally in love"
    "A series well worth reading"
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    Let me start off by saying that I loved the first two books in the series. So, I was a little disappointed that this book didn't thrill me as much as the others. It started off very slow for me and I actually got a bit bored with all the details about Troy (but then, I'm not a history buff). This book just had a different feel to it and I missed the feel of the first two. The second half of the book picked up considerably for me (hence 4 stars instead of 3). I don't like some of the choices Ms. Taylor made and given the end am not sure why she made them in the first place. It was all a bit too heart-wrenching for me and then totally shocking come the final chapters. Regardless, I am still looking forward to reading the next book to see where the storyline goes. I adore these characters and the audio narration by Zara Ramm. I hope book 4 comes out in audio sooner rather than later.

    Just a note- be sure to read the series in order and don't start from the middle. It really won't do the books justice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Slimy Underbelly: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    There's something fishy going on in the Unnatural Quarter. Bodies are floating face-down, the plumbing is backing up, and something smells rotten - even to a zombie detective like Dan Shamble. Diving into the slimy underbelly of a diabolical plot, Dan comes face-to-tentacles with an amphibious villain named Ah'Chulhu (to which the usual response is "Gesundheit!"). With his snap-happy gang of gator-guys - former pets flushed down the toilet - Ah'Chulhu wreaks havoc beneath the streets.

    twinsmom says: "Phil Gigante is genius in this series"
    "Phil Gigante is genius in this series"
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    Not that Kevin Anderson doesn't deserve credit for the excellent material, but Phil Gigante takes it to the next level. It's like he was made to be Dan Shamble and company. This series is one case where I can honestly say I don't think I would enjoy it nearly as much in print.

    This installment in the series was particularly funny which is good because the humor is one of the things I love most about these books. It follows pretty much the same pattern as the previous books- Dan (with the help of Sheyenne, Robin and McGoo) works on several cases at once with some of them ultimately being interconnected. Lots of fun new clients. An absolutely delightful listen. Well worth the audible credit!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 9th Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (864)

    On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity?

    Sires says: "Not Fond of Narrator, Characters Sterotypical"
    "An engrossing police procedural"
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    I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. I particularly enjoyed the rapport between Kovac and Liska and their sense of humor (as well as that of several of their fellow cops). It added much needed moments of levity into a rather dark investigation. While this is book 4 in a series, I have not read the other books in the series but did not feel as if I was missing anything. I would say this is a strong standalone book.

    It took me a while to get used to the narrator but once I did, I enjoyed him very much. He does a great job with the male voices. This one is definitely worth your time and money or credit.

    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
    (977)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (884)

    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.

    Ione says: "What a great character --"
    "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
    (387)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (358)

    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

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