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Solange

Mixed media artist, drummer, and Audible listener - 863 titles and counting!

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  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2599)
    Performance
    (2261)
    Story
    (2232)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "Light but still entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Royal Flush in three words, what would they be?

    Fluffy, fun, frivolous


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

    I have enjoyed the whole series except the Queenie character (maid). Really, the woman is as stupid as a ton of bricks and so Georgiana must be too, to keep her.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Georgiana herself, star of her own life, and also Belinda - love that breathy little voice.


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

    No extremes...good listening for when you don't want to be challenged or intrigued too deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to this kind of book in between longer, darker or deeper historical and crime novels. It's a great balance! I have to admit that I have fallen asleep to most of these books, but because I intended to, not because they were boring!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (1420)
    Story
    (1434)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Loved this book!"
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    Story

    It took a while to get used to the "return to yesterday" story construction, but it was worth it! I suggest you not listen to it before you fall asleep as you do have to pay attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (387)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "Great story, but a bit long..."
    Overall
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    Story

    And sometimes it was difficult to figure out who everyone was - probably because I had difficulty with the German names....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men Part 2: Simon Serrailler 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.

    Solange says: "A good series start!"
    "A good series start!"
    Overall

    It was suspenseful, intriguing, looking forward to the next few! Hope that Simon takes a bigger role in the future. Series is new to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saint Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1874)

    Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

    withpatience says: "the narration was good as always, the story was no"
    "Not very interesting"
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    I loved the beginning of the ODD series, but they have declined in interest in recent books. This one seemed like a tidy-up, not a fully developed story, kind of meandered along, and then...The End.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Human Remains Part 2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Police analyst Annabel wouldn't describe herself as lonely. Her work and the needs of her aging mother keep her busy. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbor's decomposing body in the house next door, and she is appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed the woman's absence. Annabel sets out to investigate, despite her colleagues' lack of interest, and discovers that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.

    Solange says: "A few nice twists"
    "A few nice twists"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Even though the villain is known from the start, the twists and turns make the sleuthing interesting. The main female character comes across as a bit thick and unemotional, which makes her descent into ... (no spoilers here)...somewhat unbelievable. The side bar stories from other victims add very little, and made it confusing at first to differentiate one from another. They did add necessary background info, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Tyneford Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.

    Solange says: "Nicely done period piece"
    "Nicely done period piece"
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    A different take on the usual wartime stories and refugees, and, bonus, a nice love story too! I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ripley Underground Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Buckmaster Gallery is staging another Derwatt exhibition, but now an American collector claims that the expensive masterpiece he bought three years ago is a fake. It is, of course, and he wants to talk to Derwatt, but Derwatt, inconveniently, is dead. Ripley needs the perfect solution to keep his role in the fraud a secret and his reputation clean, but not everyone's nerves are as steady as his. Especially when it comes to murder.

    Solange says: "What? Meandering story, ended abruptly"
    "What? Meandering story, ended abruptly"
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    I did not really enjoy this book, it was an interesting premise, but it just wandered about, the main character, you couldn't love him or hate him and few others had much to offer either. In other words, meh...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Malice, Quite Close Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandi Lynn Ryder
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    French ex-pat Tristan Mourault is the wealthy, urbane heir to a world-renowned collection of art - and an insatiable voyeur enamored with Karen Miller, a 15-year-old from a working-class family in San Francisco. Deciding he must 'rescue' Karen from her unhappy circumstances, Tristan kidnaps her and stages her death to mask his true crime.

    Solange says: "Good story bit complicated."
    "Good story bit complicated."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very well narrated! Switching from makmale to female, child to adult, and between accents was seamless, which made it easier to listen to this very complicated story. It was a little long and developed slowly, however it really was a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Solange says: "An uncomfortable listen, but a good story overall"
    "An uncomfortable listen, but a good story overall"
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    This book is set in an era where discrimination of various kinds was common, if not rampant, in the workplace. I lived through that era and suffered from it so it was not easy to listen to.

    The story was good, though, I didnI didn't know who the killer was until the Verriand, always a bonus.

    However the narrator was relentless and it sounded more like she was doing the play-by-play for a exciting basketball game sometimes. There wasn't a lot of differentiation between the characters from time to time which made it kind of hard to figure out who was talking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Sleep Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity. Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "The Sleeping Women", a mysterious series of paintings that has caused a sensation in the world of modern art.

    Solange says: "Wow! What a great read!"
    "Wow! What a great read!"
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    Story

    I love Greg Isles because he has a different story every time - different characters, different locales, but this one was outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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