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Louise Ricci

Not your typical Grandma

Midwest | Member Since 2013

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  • Empire of Gold: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Andy McDermott
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase possess extraordinary pieces of an ancient puzzle that leads them from Singapore to the jungles of South America. Inside a storm of political and drug warfare, Nina is getting close to one of history’s greatest secrets: the mythical golden city of El Dorado. As one discovery unveils another, Nina realizes that a legendary Incan leader made a deal with his Spanish captors - and hid forever the real El Dorado. Now, Nina and Eddie face a maze of death traps and betrayals, including one that reaches into Eddie’s past in Afghanistan, even into his own family in England.

    Destin E Gautier says: "Different narrator!"
    "Disappointed"
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    Where does Empire of Gold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really like this series of books and it ranks up at the tip with the rest of them, but I rarely run across a book I don't like


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I've only just started listening to the book, but so far the plit seems pretty good. I like how there have been returning supporting characters such as Macy.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is why I'm writing this review. He's very slow and nasally to listen to. I've had to up the speed on the audio to 1.5 times just so I don't start wandering off. You truly should have waited until Gildart Jacvkson was available to read this book. It would have wrapped up this series nicely. Not to mention I'm also now contemplating not buying the last book, Return to Atlantis, because I find this narrator so annoying to listen to.

    I find it hard as well because now I have to learn which voice is which all over again.

    This narrator is good with voices though!


    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
    (2794)
    Performance
    (2424)
    Story
    (2402)

    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!"
    "Can't Stop Listening"
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    Story
    What did you love best about A Royal Pain?

    The story is light, fun, but contain a sense of mystery, which it should since all the books in this series are murder mysteries.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that Georgiana thinks of herself as an average person despite her royal blood. The characters are fun and enjoyable. I also like that the relationship between Georgie and Darcy is progressing.


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

    She brings the characters to life! Also, pronouncing some of the names and British slang, especially the cockney slang, is helpful.


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

    There is always something in the Royal Spyness books that makes me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    These stories encompass a part of British history where my knowledge is lacking. It's inspired in me a need to research the royal family and learn more about this time period.

    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
    (5313)
    Performance
    (4571)
    Story
    (4551)

    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"
    "Entranced"
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    Where does Her Royal Spyness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is ties as my favorite series to read/listen to. The Phyrne Fisher series, read by Stephanie Daniel, is tied with it.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    All the characters are my favorite because she does such a good job one doesn't realize it's the same person.


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

    There is always something in the Royal Spyness books that makes me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    These stories encompass a part of British history where my knowledge is lacking. It's inspired in me a need to research the royal family and learn more about this time period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1134)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Calliope says: "Good but not her best"
    "Love Love Love This Series"
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    Would you listen to Queen of Hearts again? Why?

    The story is light, fun, but contain a sense of mystery, which it should since all the books in this series are murder mysteries.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that Georgiana thinks of herself as an average person despite her royal blood. The characters are fun and enjoyable.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is one of the best I've heard along with Stephanie Daniel, who narrates the Phryne Fisher series. Listening to Katherine one finds it difficult to hear her voice in the various characters.


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

    There is always something in the Royal Spyness books that makes me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    These stories encompass a part of British history where my knowledge is lacking. It's inspired in me a need to research the royal family and learn more about this time period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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