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Charles

Santa Fe, NM, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1510)
    Story
    (1486)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "Best of the Early Spyness Novels"
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    If you could sum up Royal Flush in three words, what would they be?

    Fabulous engrossing story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were brilliantly done, the humor was superb and the narrator suited the story perfectly. The plot was superior to the plots in the two earlier books; the villain was far less obvious and there were more twists to the plot. There is one minor error in the book but it is not annoying or major [a character is said to be Brazilian but has a Spanish name and speaks in Spanish].


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with the Americans at Castle Rannoch often made me laugh out loud. The action scenes were excellent, too. The author writes details very convincingly, making it easy to create a mental picture of what she describes.


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

    The book made me laugh many times.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an extremely funny book that definitely takes the reader away from the world and into the author's world. The narrator is brilliant with the ability to give each character the absolutely perfect voice. If you want a cheap vacation, listen to this book!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • What the Duke Desires

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jenna Petersen
    • Narrated By Angèle Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    As the new Duke of Billingham, Simon Crathorne has one main duty to fulfill: find a proper wife and continue his family's exalted name. But of all the eligible women who have come to his country party, he desires only one. And she may be the most unsuitable bride of all. Lillian Mayhew is desperate to expose a devastating secret about Simon's distinguished late father so she can salvage her family's reputation.

    Charles says: "Enjoyable Light Listening"
    "Enjoyable Light Listening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What the Duke Desires to be better than the print version?

    Have not read print version.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would deemphasize the heroine's annoying frequent harping on her not very important Big Secret. The harping increases as the novel continues and it seems silly, in contrast to the real problems faced by the hero. It is as if the author at intervals remembered that she gave the heroine a Big Secret and hurriedly throws it in. The ending is very contrived as a result. The book would have been improved if the author had ditched this weak plot device and continued with the interesting development of the romance, which has real strength. The novel is good enough that the weakness of the heroine's Big Secret stands out.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Victor Bevine?

    Not sure. Her narration of the heroine was not entirely pleasing; she did a better job with the other characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moments where the author skillfully developed the relationship between the hero and heroine. She keeps the reader's interest in both characters throughout the novel. The family relationships in the novel add a great deal to the plot and there are some excellent scenes involving those relationships and their evolution.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good way to pass time, but not a great book. I recommend this to anyone looking for light diversion and who has a tolerance for a beginning author with real talent finding her way. I look forward to more from this author as she matures as a writer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Along Came a Duke: Rhymes with Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Boyle
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Her Aunt Allegra said, "A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants." It is a lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth - a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by "untoward attentions." But the same can't be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha's path....

    Charles says: "Good Entertainment"
    "Good Entertainment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is amusing as well as a good story. There are some very funny dialogues and the story is absorbing enough to be quite diverting, which is the reason someone would choose a book of this sort.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The hero is well written: he is complex enough to be interesting and described enough to be sympathetic. The author allows the reader to understand the hero's motivations and reactions, not always the case with romance heroes. The hero develops a stronger sense of his identity during the course of the novel in a believable way. The heroine's development was also interesting to follow and unfolded at a creditable pace, complementing the hero's evolution. Neither seemed too stupid to live, a common failing in romances.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first listen to her. She performs the voice of the hero superbly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were some truly delightful scenes between the hero, heroine and the antagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent pick if you are looking for 11+ hours of enjoyable diversion. It is not terribly memorable, but is a very entertaining way to pass the hours.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1362)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "Superb"
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    This audiobook is a perfect confluence of author and narrator. It is a hilarious book with a mystery plot and many excellent lines from various characters. The author's previous books in this series were funny, but had weak mystery plots. This book has both excellent characters and plot. The narrator does an absolutely perfect French accent, adding immensely to the listening pleasure. I was a bit leery that the author had included famous people as characters in her book, but she nails them in the book. They are portrayed very accurately and well.

    This is the sort of book that lingers in the listener's mind for a long time and with pleasure. I recommend this book for hours of delight.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Funeral in Blue: A William Monk Novel #12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    The headlines were gruesome: two beautiful women found strangled in the studio of a well-known London artist. To investigator William Monk and his wife Hester, the murders are a nightmare. One of the victims is an obscure artist's model. The other is the wife of Hester's cherished colleague, distinguished surgeon Dr. Kristian Beck, a Viennese emigre who swiftly becomes the principal suspect.

    Charles says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    Anne Perry takes us to Vienna in this novel and the plot revolves around the revolutions of 1848 in continental Europe. This is not a successful theme for Perry. She is far more effective and convincing when writing about Victorian Britain and its politics. This novel contains more speeches than other William Monk novels and less interesting plotting and characterization. I did not find the conclusion convincing and the plot dragged in many places.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night Train to Memphis: The Fifth Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    While on an all-expenses-paid cruise down the Nile, Vicky takes on a new case involving a plot to rob the Egyptian museum. With Sir John Smythe, reformed jewel thief and Vicky's lover, the prime suspect, she prepares for shipboard romance and a dash of intrigue.

    Judith says: "Vicky's Egypt trip is fun for Amelia fans"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    This is the first Vicky Bliss mystery I have read / listened to. The series title put me off for a long time, reminding me of Nancy Drew, whom I loathed. I was wrong - this is a superb listen. It is funny, action-packed and full of suspense. The narrator has an extraordinary ability to do accents and voices. This audiobook is worth listening to just for that alone, but there is so much more to it. I highly recommend this for a diverting listen that will keep you riveted and entertained. I am looking forward to listening to the other Vicky Bliss novels and hope the author writes more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    This last novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series involves Mr. Crawley, the impoverished curate of Hogglestock, who is accused of theft when he uses a large check to pay off his debts. The scandal fiercely divides the citizens of Barsetshire and threatens to tear apart Mr. Crawley's family.

    Charles says: "Superb!"
    "Superb!"
    Overall

    Simon Vance brings the characters so vividly to life that you will begin to feel as if you know them as well as you do your friends and neighbors. The Last Chronicle is a vivid portrait of personality, written with great humor and compassion and a very compelling listening experience. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, except that one suffers withdrawal symptoms after finishing it! The narration and the writing are among the best I have ever encountered and I have been an avid reader for decades. My teenaged son also got very engrossed in the Audible version - the book has value for a wide variety of readers.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Generally considered to be his masterpiece, Vanity Fair is Thackeray's resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled "A Novel Without a Hero", it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp, one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines, and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley.

    Charles says: "Superb Version --- Highly Recommended"
    "Superb Version --- Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    Davidson is a brilliant narrator. He is easy to listen to and renders the characters extremely well. I can still hear Rawdon Crawley's voice as if I am again listening to the book, when I observe things that pertain to his character's viewpoint on life, it was so well done.

    Davidson appears to understand Thackeray's world view quite profoundly, as reflected in the excellent drama with which he reads each character.

    The book is spellbinding and I am only sorry it was only 31 hours. I could have listened to much more.

    I highly recommend this version of Vanity Fair.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (422)

    When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

    Jo says: "Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson"
    "Highly Recommeded"
    Overall

    Jane Austen writes with great sensitivity and compassion about how two sisters adapt in different ways to life's blows. The book is evocative, beautiful and gripping. The plot and the characterizations move along enticingly. The narrator is excellent and draws the listener into the setting and story brilliantly. I feel as if I am in 19th century Britain while listening and by the end of the novel feel as if Eleanor and Marianne are people I have known well. I highly recommend this version of Sense and Sensibility for hours of pleasure.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (626)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

    Victoria says: "loved it."
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    Kate Reading is a superb narrator, expressing the author's intent brilliantly. Kate Reading makes the characters come vividly alive, even if you have read the book many times before and already have your own images of the characters.
    It is a pleasure to listen to this version of Pride and Prejudice. I have found it entirely engrossing and recommend this version of P & P highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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