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julia

Bedford, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5505)
    Performance
    (4933)
    Story
    (4926)

    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"
    "long winded and distracting"
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    my biggest issue was the fact that there were so many unnecessary and S...L...O...W side adventures that I kept having to go back as my mind wandered off and then i feared i had missed something.
    one of the main issues was for Diana to go and learn about her magic and how to unleash it, and that did not happen for a LONG while, and when it did, it was a few meetings, a couple of swishes and that was it! same thing as to the book. not until after 15 hours did we get near it, and even then, we had to sit through hours of court nonsense and it was just drawn out!
    i would have liked to see more story stuff and less history stuff. there was too much of a change in emphasis.
    I loved the first one so much more for staying on course with building the story and the real development in characters. this one slowed the story way too much. the relevant events which were very meaningful were scattered about and so far between that again, i had to go back and piece their relevance back to the first book.
    it appears that the 3rd one will put us back on track, so looking for more of a fast paced, exciting end.
    performance was amazing as always.
    conclusion: very Long winded and off path. could have been 10 hours shorter with the content, or could have had more detail in the pertinent issues to justify the length. a must read either way as it is the lead-in to the next one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Guy's Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Connie Brockway
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Genisse Braxton vows to solve one of the world's greatest mysteries - to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Unfortunately, no man dares take the risk of escorting the resolute young scholar across the open desert. But on her way to Egypt, Genisse engages in a daring deception - she will switch places with Mildred Whimpelhall, who is traveling to meet her fiancé....

    Lia says: "City Lost Romance Found"
    "fun read"
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    the only thing that bothered me was the repetitive nonsense between the 2 lovers - it was as if for 2 very smart people they were incapable of rational thought and it got very irritating.
    was amusing and had some great dialog - enjoyed it a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (265)

    Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason - when her hero abducts her! The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him - and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely love Stephanie Laurens & Cynster books"
    "anti-climactic"
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    so much anticipation with this and it just popped into place very nicely from the first page. what was the point? the build up of the 2 was very flat. no development or tension. what a waste of a hero!! and looking for a goblet - are we still Grimms fairytales? really lame. also it was not a believable story with 3 kidnappings etc. there should have been a little more meat on the bone.
    shame as it could have been sooo muh better.
    Ms. laurens - a little more planning for the next one please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scandalous Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Juliet Landon
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Two women, two generations apart, both on the brink of scandal.... Phoebe shared more than her unruly dark curls with the ancestor whose portrait graced the walls of Ham House. Both had retreated from London life to Richmond's leafy beauty. Their retreat posed a challenge to Society's most notorious rakes - Viscount Ransome seemed set on making Phoebe his own. But secrets and passion were part of the fabric of Ham House and Phoebe had learnt from her rebellious ancestor.

    julia says: "disjointed but enjoyable"
    "disjointed but enjoyable"
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    the first story was a cliff hanger, and had almost no relevance on the second so not sure why these were part of the same book. the connection was very remote and other than a slight weird flash back in the second book at the end, there was really no connection other than ancestor relation, period.
    the second story was better developed and could have stood alone - I thought that these could have been great sequels or better related - so overall - a decent quick read but not a lot of substance. pity, there was a lot of material that was wasted. Jenny Sterlin made it worth the listen. anyone else and I am sure I would have had a more negative reaction. its incredible how important a narrator is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wife Trap: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (327)

    New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the world’s most popular Regency romance novelists. She sweeps listeners to the Irish countryside for this saucy tale of deception. When Lady Jeannette Brantford is banished from her family’s estate in England, she encounters the dashing Darragh O’Brien. Too bad the common architect is well below her station.

    Sharon says: "Underwhelmed"
    "coulda been betta"
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    this is the 2nd twin story - loved the irish earl - but she was such a little bratty girl that her development into a more mature women was slow in coming. over all a good listen but some of the antics were far fetched and not completely credible. the narrator - fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (402)

    In this glittering Regency romance from acclaimed author Tracy Anne Warren, wallflower Eliza Hammond has suddenly become a wealthy heiress. Now, every eligible bachelor is interested in marrying her. Hoping to instruct Eliza in the social graces needed to attract the best suitors, her best friend Violet enlists the help of her brother-in-law, Lord Christopher "Kit"Winter. Just one problem. Eliza has always secretly pined for Kit.

    mia says: "Audible, please add the rest of the series"
    "best of the trap series"
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    the characters were well built up and the story had a nice flow - the intimate part was unrealistic given the disposition of Eliza as a wallfower, but past that, it was a nice read. Narrator was amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of Miss Eliza Cynster ... but not until she’s rescued from a daring abduction by the mostunexpected of heroes! Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather’s engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north to Edinburgh. Desperate and determined to escape, she seizes upon the first possible champion who happens along - gentleman scholar Jeremy Carling. Villains and rescues are a far cry from Jeremy’s expertise, yet he cannot abandon a damsel in distress. But danger lurks and hurdles abound in their race....

    Marsha says: "A great story utilizing different personalitites"
    "Filler for book three"
    Overall
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    Too much of the same. 2 kidnappings was very redundant with high tailing it to Scotland
    The story was a little more action packed than the first which was nice but the bond between the characters was a bit flat. These were both overkill to set up the third book, not sure why we had such similar story lines but u now expect a lot in the next one. The narrator has great male voices but the females r a little baby sounding. It makes the story telling a little annoying when the main characters are interacting Could have been shorter.
    Overall a decent listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after. Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened.... Until the real earl appears.

    DARA says: "Entertaining!"
    "A satire on romance"
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    What could have been amazing story, was terrible to listen to. The narrator was so dramatic with the heroine's voice I thought she was joking!!! At her first intimate encounter with the guy, he surprises the lady with an intimate caress somewhere and she exclaims "oh Dicky!!" to which he responds in a wanna be sexy (cringe) voice "please call me richard" to which she again exclaims " Oh Richard!!!" You have to be kidding! LOL! The story was trying too hard and the dialog was juvenile which was supported by the over dramatic narration. I could not continue!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (289)

    You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster... but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge. Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree. But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal....

    L. Reiner says: "Simon Prebble - come back!!"
    "Decent but drawn out"
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    Very drawn out but oveall nice. Unrealistic development of love interest, so no surprises there and the usual rolling of the eyes. But still love the aristocratic element, she does it so well. This is an interesting intro to a new cynster story. The laird is soooo sexy! Can't wait to see his story, hope that comes soon

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spymaster's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanna Bourne
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (201)

    She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit... British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful - and dangerous - Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England.

    Emily says: "Highly enjoyable; Audiobook is fantastic"
    "surprising and good!"
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    was not expecting the intricacies of this book - really had me listening intently as things changed all the time. the characters are developed well and the reader was terrific. the story was a little far fetched but i didn't mind. loved the fighting, the tension, the twists. the narrator was great at the accents. definitely a great listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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