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Pamela

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  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3107)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2327)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Jane Austen meets Steam Punk with Vampires"
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    The Parasol Protectorate series is a great find; well-crafted and clever. I immediately went on through all four books and enjoyed them all. (Five is not on Audible yet.) The narrator is excellent and definitely adds to the experience of the story and the character depth. The preternatural heroine Alexia Tarabotti has the perfect amount of self-possession and propriety for a soul-sucker and the setting is turn of the century in socially progressive London where supernaturals are not only accepted as part of daily life but are often leaders of fashion and social trends. I particularly enjoyed the over-the-top Lord Akeldama. Readers beware that Book 2 Changeless ends on an unnecessarily high cliff and requires immediately going on to Book 3, Blameless.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (488)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Too many grounds"
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    I was looking forward to getting to know a new cast of characters to follow through a series of light mysteries. The story premise had potential but the audiobook was disappointing for a number of reasons. As other reviewers have commented, there is quite a bit of detail about coffee, where it comes from, how to make it, what it tastes like, etc. The depth of the plot and development of the characters did not support this much unnecessary, although sometimes interesting, information. It felt like it took forever to get into any meat of the story (about halfway) through the recording. The characters themselves were without nuance. The husband was relentlessly angry and obnoxious---so much so that I had no interest in any part of the relationship resolution with Claire. Few characters had exchanges that weren't emotion-laden without the contextual ramping up and far beyond what was necessary and this made it impossible to develop any empathy for them. The best character was Madame. I don't mind somewhat unrealistic twists and turns, but the lack of empathetic characters was off-putting and meant the story didn't create enough of a world to sustain a real visit.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Heavenly Pleasures: A Corinna Chapman Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siverson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    Corinna Chapman likes the quiet life: good food, good company, and her daily work as a baker. She doesn't really want mystery and intrigue in her life. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't have much choice. Corinna's apartment building seems to be a magnet for mystery and mayhem and, with her new lover, Daniel, a private investigator, Corinna seems destined to be involved in solving these mysteries.

    Sires says: "Second Outing for Corinna Chapman"
    "Not Phryne Fisher but very entertaining"
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    It took me a couple of tries to get into Corinna after listening to the whole Phryne Fisher series. Perhaps because living in Phryne's world is just so much fun. I find the pacing of the books sometimes odd--sidetracks into unnecessary information that would be interesting if the forays were not so indulged. The reader is good, although I preferred the treatment of Moroe the witch in book 1. In book 2 Meroe had taken on a pronounced Hungarian accent, which with the deepness of the voice, overcomes the emotional range the reader had in book 1. Still Kerry Greenwood is a good storyteller and the stories an enjoyable listen. The characters feel rather stereotypical but I expect, as in Phryne, their humanness develops over the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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