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Karen

Rochester, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 204 titles in library
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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (2289)
    Story
    (2275)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Loved it!"
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    It took me awhile to get used to the narrator, he grated on my nerves at first. But after a few chapters, I grew to like, then to really enjoy his narration. The story was gripping and overall a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charlie Lovett
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman's Tale is a former bookseller's sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature's most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.

    George says: "One of the best books I have read."
    "Just Ok for me"
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    Performance
    Story

    Having just read The Shadow of the Wind (a novel this book was compared to), I was so excited to read this, but I found it to be just OK. The narration is excellent and the story is fine, just not excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chains of Folly: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone - except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop. And the reason for this attack on Winchester is his calling of a convocation to chastise the king for acting high-handedly against the bishop of Salisbury.

    Joy says: "Deserves more credit than it's getting"
    "Still worth the listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I do love Roberta Gellis, so I bought this despite the negative review about the narration. It's not Susan Duerden's best, but I found that it improved as it went along and I did enjoy it.

    3 of 4 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
    (2617)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2194)

    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"
    "The narrator ruined this book for me."
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    I couldn't even get past the first few chapters. The narrator's voice and acting was really off-putting to me. I've decided to read a copy instead of enduring the recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tarnished Chalice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine - one guest has already been murdered. It soon emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies and suspicion in a city where neither knows who can be trusted.

    Wadie says: "Loved It"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was looking forward to this book as I love the genre and the description sounded intriguing. However, the book was long, boring and repetitive. The subplot about Matilde was very unsatisfying to me. The narrator was very good, though, and kept me listening to the bitter end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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