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  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (746)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "A new fantasy creature? Brilliantly entertaining."
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    What made the experience of listening to Moon Over Soho the most enjoyable?

    Multiple storylines and lots of action. Another master villain (big sigh), as well as bits and pieces that are the same old. BUT I bet that the creature causing all the trouble in the main mystery is a first in all fantasy genre (I challenge you to prove me wrong)! And the whole is exceedingly well-written and well-read. I love the voice and accent, but then I read a lot of British stories.

    I advise reading the first book in the series first (never thought I'd say that) - just because there are several key, interesting characters and, having read the first book, I didn't particularly notice if the exposition was helpful. However, a good book is a good book and I bet it stands on its own.

    So, is it the first such creature in a fantasy???


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4424)
    Performance
    (2665)
    Story
    (2681)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Good set-up for the series"
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    What other book might you compare Naked in Death to and why?

    I won't spoil the story line by naming the book (Poirot is the detective), but if you're an Agatha Christie fan the puzzle is an easy one and the motive is clear when the family is interviewed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valor's Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation - at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war.

    Shelby says: "Surprisingly Good!"
    "A futuristic, female, Horatio Hornblower (Army)"
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    What other book might you compare Valor's Choice to and why?

    It has the action and sense of realism that is satisfied by the Horatio Hornblower series, and while Horatio is in the past this book is in the future.


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Our heroine is the clear favorite, but I tried not to get attached to any of her company, which was easier due to the similarity of many names. I like the different alien species too and the contrast/conflict between older, more civilized aliens and the younger species, like humans.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (749)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "The British Harry Dresden - understated, cerebral"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fated the most enjoyable?

    I love Harry D., so enjoyed the British version - quieter, less self-righteous, with a more subtle power. In addition, this book created a few well-described creatures/features that were significantly different from other fantasy fiction. The plot was well-done, too. I sure hope the next ones in this series are as good, because if so, this is a great find!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1611)

    Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

    Ducky says: "GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!"
    "She dresses sexy and gets her neck bitten - ho hum"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Very little action. She solves a mystery, but with biblical overtones more unbelievable than any of those archeologist/action movies. The most interesting part was her relationship with her other- and her other, a non-human, was the most interesting and sympathetic character. And if she's such a great vampire hunter, why does she get bitten and almost die three times in a couple days? She needs to get her act together! Oh, and stop admiring herself in the mirror.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1337)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "A must for Anglophiles"
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    What did you love best about Midnight Riot?

    I loved the accent, the reader, the look into both modern-day and historical England. Add in strongly defined characters and a new twist on the fantasy world. Follow our likeable protagonist into an adventure of discovery!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a fantasy fan, but I couldn't put this one down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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