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carina

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OREGON CITY, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (451)

    Followers of the New Temple of God - all well-bred, well-heeled young women - are becoming targets for murder. With Sherlock Holmes at her side, Mary Russell plunges headlong into a dangerous investigation of life behind the sinister temple walls.

    Karen says: "A Monstrous Regiment of Women"
    "A Great Story for Women"
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    Would you try another book from Laurie R. King and/or Jenny Sterlin?

    Definitely, Yes


    What could Laurie R. King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I enjoyed it the way it is.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Couldn't be better.


    What character would you cut from A Monstrous Regiment of Women?

    I don't think characters could be cut.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story because of the historical context - women's rights coming forward in England. It's a book for women or maybe a few men interested in the women's movement.I like nearly all of the Mary Russell stories. She and Holmes make a great team, although Holmes has a minor role in this story. The ordeal Mary must endure is so terrible. She's a STRONG character.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (380)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Debra says: "Very disappointing"
    "Not for Everyone"
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    What did you like best about Pirate King? What did you like least?

    I liked that Mary Russell was featured and was the heroine. I didn't like so many details about a sailing ship and that one character, Senhor Pessoa, disappeared from the second half of the story.


    Has Pirate King turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love Laurie R. King stories, just not this one.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Jenny Sterlin is always the BEST for all of the Sherlock/Mary Russell stories.


    Was Pirate King worth the listening time?

    Yes, I listened while doing menial tasks at home. I didn't have to pay a lot of attention to either the many details of the story or to the task at hand. It was fine as a distraction.


    Any additional comments?

    Some might really enjoy the vocabulary and details describing a sailing vessel and the details of the British silent film industry in the 1930s. Ms King must have done A LOT of research to write this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (610)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "War Within a War"
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    Would you listen to Mr. Churchill's Secretary again? Why?

    This is my second listen to this story. Enjoyed it the second time even more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Churchill's Secretary?

    A conversation between Maggy and Claire/Page when they are tied up together.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Maggy, of course. However, I really liked David too.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction to the overall book, but an emotional understanding of the bombing of London.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good story about the trials of WWII and Londoners lives durning these years.
    I also learned more about the IRA issues.

    0 of 0 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
    (604)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (364)

    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!"
    "Believable Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I feel all of the Jaqueline Winspear stories are well written and a good listen. Maisie Dobbs character grows on you through the books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mapping of Love and Death?

    The moments with Maise and Morrise are so tender.


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

    I equate Orlagh Cassidy with Maise Dobb's voice. I would miss Maise's voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book for a second time. The ending made me smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how this series of books brings in characters from the very first Maise Dobbs book and carries them through time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darker Place

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Professor Anne Waverly teaches religious studies at a respected university. Middle-aged and slightly lame, she spends her days in lecture halls and offices. But occasionally, she works for the FBI. As Ana Wakefield, an eager seeker of higher truths, she infiltrates cults. Now, leaving the security of academia, she is on her way to Arizona in a battered VW bus.

    ELAINE says: "One of my Favorites"
    "A Double Life"
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    Would you listen to A Darker Place again? Why?

    I just finished listening to this book for the second time. I'll listen again after a time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Darker Place?

    When Ann meets a child with dark curly hair so like her own daughter, and Ann is lost to the task of saving the child from potential disaster.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The seen when Ann literally spills the beans after hearing the scream of pig being slaughtered. It shows how much on edge Ann is in her situation and the horror of how pigs are killed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I found it scary to delve deep into the minds and actions of the leaders of potential cults.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a most unusual story that takes the reader into a little known world of fanatical cults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s ex-boyfriend and a popular musician in the Bay Area scene, is found dead in his apartment, his cherished guitars missing, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery. But Claire knows that nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul’s fate in her other cases - especially a long-ago missing girl in New York’s gritty East Village and a modern-day miniature-horse theft in Marin.

    Tavish McT says: "Suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride"
    "Not for the Weak at Heart"
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    What did you love best about Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway?

    I don't know why I like the Claire DeWitt stories. This is a "Mystery" to me.There's unending over-the-top raunchy language, a drug culture foreign to me that nearly kills Claire, yet I'd immediately buy the next book (hopefully there will be a next one). Maybe it's just that I love Claire and her crazy profession and tough life. There must be a part of me drawn to the darkness of this story meaning "there but for fortune go you or I".


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the names Claire chooses for her case files and how this book has not forgotten the characters from New Orleans, the case of the Green Parrot. I also like the quotes from the book that brought Claire and her two friends into detective work. The case from Claire's past and her present case are woven together skillfully.


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

    I've only heard her read Sara's first book. I don't think anyone else could read Sara Gran's characters. Carol's rather rough and gravelly voice fits my idea of who Claire is, and the profanity sounds so natural. Not everyone could do that. I am amazed at how well Carol changes character voices. I have no problem following and believing in them.


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

    Yes. I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Please another book. We're left hanging as to Claire's fate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked Rooms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (323)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

    Melanie says: "Don't miss this jewel!"
    "A Favorite"
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    If you could sum up Locked Rooms in three words, what would they be?

    Mary's Mystery Solved


    What did you like best about this story?

    It tells the background of Mary Russell's life. I always wondered about the full story of how she was orphaned. I liked how Mary becomes more "human" in this story, has the same wounds and lost memories as all of us would have from serious traumas.


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

    I love Jenny Sterlin's voices. She can even do a Chinese- American accent that is believable. Holm's and Mary's voices remain the same throughout the series. This is remarkable. If I had only read these books, I would miss HEARING these familiar voices. Thank you Jenny.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    San Francisco Earthquake Mystery 1906


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell stories focused on one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. I was fascinated to hear details of the 1906 Earthquake and fires, the chaos afterwards, and the strength of the survivors. A most interesting time period and a story I will listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2804)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2416)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Splendid Story"
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    Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, one of my favorite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    One of the most memorable moments was the bombing of Dolly's apartment and the result of that event. I got a sense of the horror of the Blitz of London in 1941. This was a moment of a choice that would change lives and carry the story into the present.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorites was when Laurel makes the connection with the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth Stamp and remembers a visit from a man in 1953 when she was only 8 years old turning cartwheels around her house. This scene was key to letting the reader know what happened to one of the main characters in the 1921 story.


    If you could rename The Secret Keeper, what would you call it?

    Some Secrets Best Kept


    Any additional comments?

    I adored this story. I'm amazed at the author's ability to weave back and forth between generations, to keep me interested in the characters past and present, and to keep the final secret to the very end that fully explains the event at the very beginning of the story. Outstanding writing, engaging story. One of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (298)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.

    ShySusan says: "I'm not sure..."
    "Goes Almost Nowhere"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story seems to drag on and on until the last scenes of part two.I don't see this story earning even a 3-star for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurie R. King again?

    Yes, I love Laurie R. King, especially the Sherlock Holmes Mary Russell series.I can't say some of her other books excite me.


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

    Jefferson Mays is an excellent narrator who changes his voices like a pro.I wouldn't have finished this book if it hadn't been for his narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me. I'm glad I purchased it through a 2 books for 1 credit. The other book I chose was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story of the weird and macabre in Paris in the late 1920s. It just didn't seem to have much of a plot. Maybe someone who is interested in art society and strange artists of this time period could relate more to the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (157)

    The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

    Anne says: "Terrific period mystery"
    "Difficulties of World War I"
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    What did you love best about A Duty to the Dead?

    I liked the examples in the characters of the devastation war has on men and women after they have returned from battle.


    What other book might you compare A Duty to the Dead to and why?

    Maise Dobbs book series about World War I. Very good stories.


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

    The main character moved me as she had the strength to go against the status quo of England in that time period..


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by Charles Todd, and I was unsure. Now I will listen to more of his stories in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaid Chair

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (99)

    Sue Monk Kidd's stunning debut, The Secret Life of Bees, has transformed her into a genuine literary star. Now, in her much-anticipated new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans and cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable writers at work today.

    Reid says: "Such a disappointment"
    "Personal Connections"
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    If you could sum up The Mermaid Chair in three words, what would they be?

    Very Difficult Decisions


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interactions of the characters, their inner struggles to make decisions and the support they received from minor characters. Wonderful full character development.


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

    I enjoyed her character voices. I will probably listen to this book a second time or maybe more.


    If you could rename The Mermaid Chair, what would you call it?

    Forbidden Attraction


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a Sue Monk Kidd fan. Incredible Writer! I may purchase the text form of the story as I enjoy reading and marking some of her best lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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