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Robert

I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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  • The Rebels of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    Edward Rutherfurd's stirring account of Irish history, the Dublin Saga, concludes in this magisterial work of historical fiction. Beginning where the first volume, The Princes of Ireland, left off, The Rebels of Ireland takes us into a world transformed by the English practice of "plantation", which represented the final step in the centuries-long British conquest of Ireland.

    David says: "A Wonderful Story"
    "all history should be so interesting"
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    This book and the companion Princes of Ireland are fantastic windows into the interesting past of Ireland. The narrator was great. Distinguishable voices and not annoying on the females. I've listened to this (Dublin Saga) as 1916 and The Greener Shore and found they complemented each other well. Good characters and good historical research in both events and details kept all four interesting. I really wanted to follow these characters on into their futures, so they must have been engaging!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (1939)
    Story
    (1911)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "Still going strong!"
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    The author took a few different directions in this one and spun a dandy yarn. Enjoyed the listen. The right mix of romance, mystery, and comedy for light entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2170)
    Performance
    (1888)
    Story
    (1867)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "Every series needs one of these"
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    Every series needs its token Transylvanian connection and this one does not disappoint. Love Queenie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2539)
    Performance
    (2208)
    Story
    (2179)

    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!"
    "venturing into the more unbelievable but still fun"
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    This one does strain credulity a bit more than the first two but still entertaining. Not my favorite but not a disappointment. Moving on to the next one soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2756)
    Performance
    (2391)
    Story
    (2370)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Loved it!"
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    The narrator and the series continues without disappointing. I will definitely continue this series. Just the right mix of comedy, mystery, and romance. Nothing heavy--just a light listen for when I want to be entertained without having to think too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5240)
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    (4506)
    Story
    (4486)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "laughed my head off"
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    Thoroughly enjoyed this. I got it because I loved Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series, which I still like better overall but this was really fantastic too. The narrator is great for the part, though I actually like her even better as elderly Mrs. Pollifax. I'm listening to her in Red Pyramid now, and she's great there too as a 12 year old, so she obviously has a wide range of believable voices. (By the way, I'm a woman--the listener to almost all the audiobooks on my family's account, if that makes any difference.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1123)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "a dream come true!"
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    This was great! I'm a woman in my 50s and I could really resonate with this character and her dreams. A fantastic mix of spy thriller, humor, and something ineffably touching. My daughter and her husband love it as much as I do, and they are less than half my age. I'll listen to them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4522)
    Performance
    (3816)
    Story
    (3806)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Like an alternate reality prequel to Walking Dead"
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    I normally don't go in for zombie stuff, but my daughter "coerced" me into watching the Walking Dead with her and now I'm hooked on it. Clearly without Joe Ledger that is what would have come to pass!! (Normally I hate spoilers, but if you're reading the review of a book obviously about zombies and the first in a detective/spook series, you pretty much have it already.) Remarkably this book even makes The Walking Dead quite believable.

    I'll definitely go for the next book in the series, as I learned to like these characters pretty easily. The narration if perfect for the characters and the genre. As cool as the old Dragnet no nonsense dialogue except with emotion. It's definitely a can't-put-downer and has helped fill the gap until the onset of the next season of The Walking Dead. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    There are at least 68 million dogs in America, and their owners lavish billions of dollars on them every year. So why do so many pampered pets have problems? In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel's hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, reveals what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life.

    L. Worthington says: "This Really Works!"
    "helpful if a little repetitive"
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    This has given me the resolve to get a handle on my dogs' various issues and hope that I might succeed. Now we'll see if I can pull it off. This book is more about the dog/human power struggle and how to win it than anything like training tips. It's about getting the dog and people to have the right attitude which hopefully will be reflected in behavior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3057)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2583)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Most enjoyable historical fiction/romance"
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    I've read it. I've listened to it. And I'm ready to do it again. What a tremendous book! The historical fiction is set to the Jacobite rebellion, not a topic I've ever been interested in, actually. But no matter. This book--both stories (you'll see what I mean)--created the interest and maintained it. Kearsley creates characters you can care about in every century. This book is full of suspense down to the last sentence. Don't miss it. (I still can't decide whether I like this or Kearsley's The Rose Garden best. I've re-read both, something I rarely do. This one grabbed my attention more quickly but other than that I think it's a toss up. They are both over the top fantastic. (This review is by the female half of this account, btw)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3474)
    Performance
    (3039)
    Story
    (3079)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "my first postapocalyptic novel & a great listen"
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    The novel is great and the narrator made it for me. Kept me on the edge of my seat long as it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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