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Clara

Centennial, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 38 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • All Men of Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lev AC Rosen
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Set in a steampunk version of Victorian England, Lev AC Rosen’s acclaimed debut novel, All Men of Genius, follows the fantastical adventures of Violet Adams. Determined to attend the prestigious Illyria College, Violet gains entrance by masquerading as her twin brother Ashton. But continuing the scheme turns out to be difficult - especially when “Ashton” is faced with blackmail, killer automata, and possible romance with a young duke.

    Clara says: "Fun steampunk story filled with twists and turns"
    "Fun steampunk story filled with twists and turns"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story weaves several plot lines together which play off each other and makes for a very enjoyable read/listen. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate Series.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoy Emily Gray's ability to change accents and read for both female and male roles. She has an amazing talent for voices!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (468)

    It is 1758, and the flames of the Seven Years' War are burning hotter than ever. The rigors and dangers of battle are actually a welcome respite for Lord John and his brother Hal, who feel the constant strain of their family's troubled history. Blending war, family secrets, and forbidden love, Gabaldon crafts a suspenseful novel that loyal fans and newcomers alike with find irresistible.

    Dina says: "A Vital Link"
    "Jeff Woodman makes the story come to life"
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    Story

    I had a hard time reading the book the first time around. Someone had suggested listening to it instead and that the Lord John's humor comes across more clearly. I have to agree. I thoroughly enjoyed Jeff Woodman's ability to do the various character's voices. It was a treat to re-read the story in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Historian and New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is acclaimed for her absorbing works about the infamous House of York and House of Tudor lines. In A Dangerous Inheritance, Weir uses her wealth of knowledge to craft a compelling novel about two women, living 70 years apart, who are linked through the mysterious disappearance of King Richard III's nephews, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury - also known as the Princes in the Tower.

    Joshua says: "Not Weir's Best"
    "Royal blood isn't always a good thing"
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    I enjoyed the way the story tied two historical characters together who seemingly wouldn't have much in common. Both share a closeness to the thrown (although only one of these women would have had a claim to the thrown) and their lives were tightly controlled because of this tie. Katherine Grey saw her sister killed because her her royal blood, Katherine, too, feels threatened...it is indeed a dangerous inheritance. Both Katherines also share a common need to know what exactly happened to the missing Princess in the Tower.
    Because the story jumps back and forth between the two Katherines, I often had to pause and remind myself which one was talking and what I knew about her, before I could continue listening. This going back and forth really hindered my being able to enjoy the story as much...maybe if the voices had been more distinct or something.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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