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Mystery and Fantasy Lover

Jackson, MS | Member Since 2010

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  • 20 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 466 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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  • Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (340)

    Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales of adventure, battle, and triumph over evil - have spread for centuries throughout the known world. Most notable is a clan shrouded in mystery, phantom warriors known as the Rangers. Two names pass the lips of every storyteller: Halt, and his apprentice, Will. They and their comrades in arms are said to have traveled throughout the kingdom and beyond its borders, protecting those who needed it most.

    Richard says: "Wonderful Stories"
    "Fabulous!"
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    John Flanagan has brought this story line to a close by chapters explaining the loose ends from the series - Ranger's Apprentice. It isn't enough since they are still sorely missed in my life but now I know what happened to them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    Overall
    (2830)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2207)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Shadow hunters and mechanical demons!"
    Overall
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    The story is every bit as good as City of Bones! The characters are intriguing. Pronunciation is occasionally a disruption.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mariana

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Carolyn Bonnyman
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (125)

    Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there. The locals are warm and welcoming; especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall, yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia...

    Ray says: "I was hooked when I heard the Narrator's voice!"
    "Endless love!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Love is fulfilled across the chasm of time. The story keeps the listener's interest in every chapter. The voice perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6925)
    Performance
    (6210)
    Story
    (6213)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Witches, Vampires and Deamons, Oh My!"
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    Fabulous story continues the tales of forbidden love among the famous names of Elizabethan England. Super work by all! Wow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorcerer Heir: The Heir Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cinda Williams Chima
    • Narrated By Robert Ramirez
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals.

    Alex Campbell says: "Another book with an Ironwood Spine!"
    "Fabulous Book /Fabulous Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book wraps up "The Enchanter Heir" story line with drama and mystery. The reader handles it perfectly! Wonderful world!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1181)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Another Good Lucas Davenport Story"
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    What did you love best about Silken Prey?

    I always like the characters that Lucas Davenport has for friends. This story is entangled as usual but the second story with Kidd has drawing power of its own. The drama is written in such a way that you really want to find out how Lucas untangles the situation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucas is always a favorite because he is highly intelligent and driven to succeed. His family and friends make him a caring and loving person even in his pursuit of the evil of others.


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

    Richard Ferrone needs to learn to pronounce the names of cities and towns in Minnesota. He takes away from the story by mispronouncing these names for those of us who know how to say them.


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

    No, it didn't although I did worry about the outcome for some of the characters as they made bad decisions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Arthur's Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Medieval Murderers
    • Narrated By Paul Matthews
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    It is 1191. During excavation work at Glastonbury Abbey, an ancient cross is discovered buried several feet below the ground. Inscribed on it are the words: Here lies buried the renowned King Arthur. Beneath the cross are skeletal remains. Could this really be the legendary King Arthur? As the secret of the bones' hiding place is passed from generation to generation, those entrusted to safeguard the king's remains must withstand treachery, blackmail and murder in order to keep the legend intact

    Wadie says: "Enjoyable"
    "It goes on too long!!"
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    Would you try another book from The Medieval Murderers and/or Paul Matthews?

    I don't know. I might try another and if it is as dull, I would not buy another. I like the Medieval Murder concept but not this particular book.


    Would you recommend King Arthur's Bones to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't even finish it because I got bored. The first part was fine but it went on much too long!!


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

    I don't think that I have ever heard Paul Matthews before. He read it well enough to take another book by him.


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

    It would depend on whether the director made it more exciting in the trailer. As I wrote, I like the concept of murder in Medieval Times so I might. Sometimes, directors make a better movie than the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5295)
    Performance
    (4833)
    Story
    (4832)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "An interesting who-done-it!"
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    Where does The Silkworm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is well-done. The characters are well-developed and the reader differentiates between the characters well enough to keep the listeners mind on the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silkworm?

    There is a strong desire to find out who committed the murder that is so horrendous. The reader also cares about the main characters' relationship and where it is going. The author has left the listener wanting the next book.


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

    Nothing in particular.


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

    Who could commit such as ghastly murder?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil-May-Care

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Ellie is young, rich, engaged, and in love. In the carefree days before marriage and new responsibility, she decides to house-sit at Aunt Kate's palatial estate in Burton, Virginia. With its nearly invisible housekeepers and plethora of pets, Ellie feels right at home. But when she opens an antique book about the town's aristocracy, she finds disturbing secrets that extend to her own family.

    Book reader says: "One of Elizabeth Peters' best!"
    "A Good Story to Pass the Time"
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    Where does Devil-May-Care rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is somewhat predictable but it is still a good listen. The reader doesn't use much voice distinction so at times it causes confusion about the speaker. It is supposed to be more thrilling than I have felt listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise is good if predictable. The characters are well developed.


    What about Grace Conlin’s performance did you like?

    She pronounces words well and reads a sentence with proper emphasis. There is no question about what the author wrote.


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

    I would not make it into a film.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Murderous Yarn: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year's antique car race. But as sponsor of one of the entrants, she can't help but keep a close eye on the outcome - and it's not pretty. One of the drivers never makes it to the finish line. His car is found exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her crafty friends must determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won't be easy....

    betty says: "Another mystery!!"
    "Old Cars and Murder Travel Together!"
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    Would you listen to A Murderous Yarn again? Why?

    I will probably listen to this book again and I will also recommend it to friends. I have already bought her next book.


    What other book might you compare A Murderous Yarn to and why?

    I don't really know what would be a good comparison except maybe a murder show on TV that is completed within the 45 minutes. It is simple and straight-forward rather than intricate like Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The car run through Litchfield, MN. The descriptions of the cars, costumes and action were well-written.


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

    The characters are well-written. You can thing of them as friends very quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a couple things about this audiobook that bothered me. Foremost, that Susan Boyce did not know how to pronounce the names of Minnesota towns. Every time she erred, it took my mind from the story. The second thing, that I could figure out the murderer too soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (941)

    Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

    Emil says: "Good Clancy Book and Enjoyable Audio"
    "High Espionage is Exciting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to friends and family. Jack Ryan continues his task of making the world safe against those who seek world domination. It is very well- written with entangling plots and counter-actions. The characters remain true to their traits from other Clancy books.


    What other book might you compare The Bear and the Dragon to and why?

    Other Jack Ryan books by Tom Clancy. It continues the story of Jack Ryan who remains an intelligence analyst in his job as the most powerful man in the world. This does not include the new books written by someone other than Clancy himself.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He reads very well and his voice is perfect for long listens.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the swearing. It was used too much and truly unnecessary. When you read the printed page, you can skip those words but it is not possible in an audiobook. It makes Jack Ryan appear more crude than in any other Jack Ryan novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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