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Los Angeles, CA USA | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 323 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014

  • Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray

    Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

    Leanna says: "When you're right, you're right!"
    "What's With the Pauses?"

    I really enjoy this series, but the pauses in the narration of this installment were really, really irritating. They pull the listener out of the story, which is why I only gave it four stars instead of five.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    connie says: "for this series fan, a disappointment"
    "Hugely disapointed. Couldn't Listen To It"
    What disappointed you about Garment of Shadows?

    After really enjoying Jenny Sterlin's narration of the previous entries in this series, I was surprised to discover that a male narrator had been introduced to do the Holmes bits. Jenny Sterlin did her usual great job, at least in as much of the story as I heard; however, I found the male narrator so annoying I didn't make it through a quarter of the book. Not only did he sound not the least like our so-superior Sherlock, I found it difficult to distinguish between his various male character voices and rapidly reached the point where I simply didn't care to try and figure out who was saying what. If future Holmes/Russell books are narrated in this manner, I'll be sticking with the print version.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Russell, of course.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian McKenzie ?

    Jenny Sterlin only, please.

    What character would you cut from Garment of Shadows?

    Didn't get through enough of it to have an opinion.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't try and fix what isn't broke!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Death at Wentwater Court

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne

    This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

    Gareth Morgan says: "Wentwater Death"
    "Slow Down!"

    I might have enjoyed this book very much if the narrator hadn't spoken so quickly that I was still grasping the content of one sentence while she had reached the end of the next. Speed-reading is not an asset for audio books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"

    I don't think audio books get any better than this series. Love it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whose Body?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey sets out to unravel a puzzling case involving the disappearance of a wealthy financier and the discovery of a corpse in a bathtub. He does succeed in solving things to everyone's ultimate satisfaction, but only after a series of bloodcurdling and hair-raising episodes that will hold the listener spellbound with anticipation.

    Anne says: "Not completely unabridged"
    "Lord Peter Deserves Better"

    First of all, why a woman narrator? Considering the story, a man would have made more sense. This particular woman was shrill, over-exuberant, and talked way too fast. I tried slowing the narration down, but still couldn't listen to it. I was looking forward to becoming reacquainted with Lord Peter, but ended up hugely disappointed instead.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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