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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
    (2614)
    Performance
    (2334)
    Story
    (2318)

    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!"
    "VERY long, but now I want to listen to the sequel!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a well researched exceptional piece of historical fiction. I was not sure I would stick with it, but it held my interest and I became caught up in this lengthy novel. It was, however, a dark story that made me very grateful I live in the 21st century.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were many interesting and unusual characters. Very few of them were likable.


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

    I listened to this book because of the narrator. I enjoyed his reading of Beautiful Ruins and was anxious to hear another book with this fabulous narrator. He once again did an excellent job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (539)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Delightful"
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    Where does Cocaine Blues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a very pleasant escape!


    What other book might you compare Cocaine Blues to and why?

    This story reminded me a bit of the Vicky Bliss books by Elizabeth Peters.


    What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

    The reader was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I took a chance on this book and chose it by the excellent reviews. I was so pleased. It is a pleasurable read with a strong and interesting female character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2856)
    Performance
    (2451)
    Story
    (2463)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Glad I kept listening!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that I read the reviews explaining that the beginning is slow but to stick with it! Truly, this is a beautiful book that takes a long time to get interesting. The narrator is excellent, and the story is an interesting one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9244)
    Performance
    (6764)
    Story
    (6805)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "It grew on me!"
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    Any additional comments?

    At first I thought that this book would be another Twilight type story. However, even though it took a long time to get there, the story does have many more dimensions to it. It ended at the best part of the story, so I will definitely read the sequel! The narrator is excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5762)
    Performance
    (4987)
    Story
    (4981)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Truly beautiful!"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Ruins?

    This was a story that made me laugh and cry while constantly admiring the talent of the writer and the amazing performance of Edoardo Ballerini. I have never seen an author so skillfully switch between past and present finding clever ways to fill in the missing pieces and having it all make sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I knew nothing about this book when I chose it by the positive reviews. It was one of the best books I have heard in a long time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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