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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
    (2426)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2085)

    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
  • 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"
    Overall
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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
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    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
    (223)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    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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    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
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1909)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1767)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Grabs you by the nightmare and drags you away"
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    If you could sum up Revival in three words, what would they be?

    Slow creeping chills


    What did you like best about this story?

    The gradual change from mundane to mysterious


    What about David Morse’s performance did you like?

    Added weight and dimension to the main character


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Left a certain disquiet in my mind about whether the conclusion could actually be true...shiver...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Mass: VI Warshawski, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (173)

    V. I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb.

    Paty says: "Shrillness...not for the faint of heat"
    "A very hostile listen"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The characters all seemed to be annoyed, hostile or defensive. Except Jake, who got two bedroom scenes and not much dialogue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sara Paretsky again?

    Probably not, although I have enjoyed "reading" her, "listening" to this book was painful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Actually the narrator depicted the characters very well, but, they were aggressive and annoying, so it got a bit much, having that going on RIGHT IN YOUR EAR!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the narration overwhelmed the story, although it was very well done and faithful to the (again..) constantly annoyed, defensive and belligerent characters.

    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
    (825)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (723)

    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"
    "A nice light read"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they like stories about a spunky femme proviing herself in adverse circumstances


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Elia MacNeal? Why or why not?

    Yes...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A conversation between the Churchills.


    Could you see Mr. Churchill's Secretary being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a TV series. That sexy redhead cop from The Mentalist would be perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2083)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1828)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "I agree with P. Giorgio's review!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Two Graves the most enjoyable?

    Another installment in a much-appreciated series is always welcome.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ? Why or why not?

    I think I have read them all! So, I am invested in the next one. Would like to see one with the Cory character featured, in fact. She could be interesting with the Pendergast connection to add flavor.


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

    Characters are always more fully fleshed-out when you can hear them speak rather than having to create the voice in your head. I do like Rene, and this was a challenging book with so many characters. He did a great job.


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

    Yes, and I listened to it while I was doing some serious decluttering so I was able to listen to long stretches at a time. I skipped forward through the Brasil piece pretty fast...I think it would have played better in a movie, but was too long for listening. The pace seemed glacial for such an action part of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan, then you will read this whether or not it's the best in the series. In fact, I am now going to go back and re-listen to the rest of the series. I did find this rather like a sandwich made with tasty leftovers, though. A little D'Agosta, a spice of Caroline, a dollop of Cory, a layer of Helen (past her best-by date), and some lashings of Pendergast. His Japanese maid and his chauffeur/bodyguard were kind of like pickles, though. Interesting up to a point, but ultimately did not add much flavor.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (877)

    They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything-even strike a bargain with the devil himself. Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy.

    SIMARA says: "Exceeded my expectations..."
    "An unremarkable book"
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    Would you try another book from Lorraine Heath and/or Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson ?

    No, well, maybe, if it was on sale...


    Would you recommend In Bed with the Devil to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I don't have any friends that like this kind of story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator had a good voice, but I didn't like the story overall...so that detracted from my rating. It's just not my genre...was trying out something new, and I am sure that if you like this genre you will love the book.


    Could you see In Bed with the Devil being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, perhaps it could be a historical reality show with really, really stupid or vapid ex stars. I hesitate to mention who they should be, but the initials LL come to mind. Also Danny B.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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