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Marcheta

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  • Trade Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By M.M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Rosemary Davis
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The year is 1859 and Hero Hollis, beautiful and headstrong niece of the American consul, arrives in Zanzibar. It is an earthly paradise; it is also the last outpost of the Slave Trade. A passionate opponent of slavery, Hero is swept into a turmoil of royal intrigue, abduction, piracy, smuggling, and a virulent cholera epidemic. There in Zanzibar, the most cruelly beautiful island of the Southern Seas, she must choose her love and unravel her destiny.

    Barry says: "Response to reviews"
    "Kept me listening"
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    I stumbled on this title when I was rifling through amazon.com romance forums for recommendations. The length was a little daunting, but after the first five minutes I was hooked. This book was originally released in 1963 and doesn't contain the graphic sex scenes that are common in today's romances. But the story was engrossing and was full of twists and turns. The secondary characters and the historical backdrop were also well done. I liked the story so much that I bought a copy of the book (it's not on Kindle yet). This is a story that's worth more than one listen/read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Game and the Governess: Winner Takes All, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kate Noble
    • Narrated By Beverley A. Crick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When Ned meets governess Phoebe Baker, he becomes intent on gaining her affections. Phoebe wants nothing more than to keep her head down, teach her students, and go unnoticed-especially by the Earl of Ashby. But his rakish secretary has the infuriating habit of constantly crossing her path. Yet Phoebe cannot deny that her pulse quickens in Ned's presence. If this prim-and-proper governess lets her heart rule, will fate intervene where Ned's luck has forsaken him?

    Marcheta says: "Unusual story with lots of humour"
    "Unusual story with lots of humour"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Game and the Governess to be better than the print version?

    I liked the audio version so much that I just bought the Kindle version.


    What other book might you compare The Game and the Governess to and why?

    Nothing comes to mind.


    Have you listened to any of Beverley A. Crick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought she did a great job with all the different characters - and there were a lot of them.


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

    There were a lot of laugh out loud moments for me, especially with the children, Rose and Henry. The governess, Phoebe Baker, uses their love of horses throughout their lessons to keep them engaged. Some of the frantic plot development towards the end reminded me of a screwball comedy- which I liked.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story, the character development of Ned and John, the class snobbery, and the teacher's approach to getting the children to learn by building their lessons around what interested them, e.g., horses. I also think there's a valuable lesson here that is expressed by several different characters: happiness is a choice; but if your happiness is conditional on what happens to you in life and how it affects you, you may never be happy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Valiant Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Brogan is a very large man with power and skill, but uneducated due to his family's immigrant social standing. He meets our heroine by chance, a member of the mighty de Nevilles, the most powerful ruling family in England. The Lady Avalyn du Brant's uncle is the all-powerful Richard Neville, "The Kingmaker". Although Brogan knows she is out of his league, he is nonetheless taken by her. Avalyn, too, is intrigued by the big soldier with the heavy accent and menacing presence.

    Marcheta says: "I'm so relieved she rewrote the ending"
    "I'm so relieved she rewrote the ending"
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    This is a rewrite (and re-titling) of an earlier Veque novel, For Love and Honour. I'm so glad she did the rewrite. While the original ending may have been more correct for that time, as a romance it didn't work for me. If I wanted a depressing romance, I'd read Thomas Hardy. Thanks for the rewrite, Kathryn Le Veque - I love your medieval romances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John R. Hale
    • Narrated By Professor John R. Hale
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Over the years, Classical archaeology has evolved from a pastime of collectors and antiquarians to a mature science. Today, the field is a multidisciplinary effort that involves not only traditional diggers, but also geologists, geographers, anthropologists, and linguists.These 36 lectures introduce you to this fascinating field of study. Professor Hale guides you through dozens of ancient sites with the skill of a born storyteller.

    Marcheta says: "Excellent material and presentation"
    "Excellent material and presentation"
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    I have the DVDs for this course, but I like to listen to this audio when I'm driving. You don't need the visuals to understand the material. Lots of entertaining stories that encourage the listener to find out more. Totally agree with Benoibe - this is audio at its finest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gary Blackwood
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    History's amazing secrets and codes, and how to crack them yourself. This fascinating look at history's most mysterious messages is packed with puzzles to decode and ciphers that kids can use themselves. Here are the encrypted notes of Spartan warriors, the brilliant code-crackers of Elizabeth I, secret messages of the American Revolution, spy books of the Civil War, the famous Enigma Machine, and the Navajo code talkers.

    Marcheta says: "Needs a PDF to show missing info from book"
    "Needs a PDF to show missing info from book"
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    I know very little about this subject, so I enjoyed learning about the history. BUT there are constant references to tables and examples that are in the printed version but invisible to the listener of the audio version. This begs for a PDF that shows the visuals referred to in the book that aren't available on the audio..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windflower

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laura London
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    The classic tale of passion on the high seas, available for the first time in 20 years... Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York - but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew...and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Eloquently Written Pirate Romance"
    "Good story, excellent dialogue"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Windflower to be better than the print version?

    The advantage here goes to the narrator - they got the right narrator to do the story justice.


    What other book might you compare The Windflower to and why?

    The dialogue reminded me of some of the Dorothy Dunnett stories, especially the Lymond Chronicles. I loved the dialogue among Devon, Cat, and Morgan - so tongue-in-cheek.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the three guys and/or Raven.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I'd like this book because I was afraid it would be just another bodice-ripper. What a pleasant surprise that it had a good plot and excellent dialogue. I'd listen to this one again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Loyal Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barbara Metzger
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Spoiled and ungoverned, Fitz was not suitable companion for a lady of fashion....And certainly no proper chaperon. Fitz begged to disagree - after all, a dog was a true incomparable as far as friendship, loyalty, and protection - and soon lovely Miss Sonia was plucked by her rusticated roots and packed off, dog and all, to London. Perhaps there she would find a husband to tame her free-spirited ways - and keep her out of trouble.

    E. Didi says: "A Cute, Light Read; But Not Stupid"
    "Loved Fitz the dog's point of view"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Loyal Companion to be better than the print version?

    I read the book years ago and was very happy to see this book on audible. The audio just enhances the book. I have the book, audio, and Kindle versions - if I really like a story, I buy it in all the forms in which it is available.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fitz the dog!!! I loved the comments from Fitz. For example, when Darius is looking for a kidnapped character, he comments to Fitz, "They have a good lead on us. Do you think you can find [the] coach in this mess, huh, Fitz?" And Fitz thinks to himself, "Of course I can. I peed on it [the wheel], didn't I?"


    Which character – as performed by Stevie Zimmerman – was your favorite?

    They were all good. I liked the way she used a lower class accent for Fitz.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I also listened to it with my sister whenever we were in the car.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Barbara Metzger's earlier books, like this one. I'd like to see her earlier books in audio form.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and-if they survive-marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him.

    Lyn says: "Never Read Shakespeare"
    "A Tour de Force"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - especially to anyone who loves Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. But whether you're familiar with the play or not, this story fills in a lot of the background characters and provides more info on their motivation and their actions.


    What other book might you compare Prince of Shadows to and why?

    None comes to mind. I've tried some of the books that attempt to expand on Jane Austen's novels, but so far I haven't found any as well done as this one.


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

    This is my first hearing of a book read by Kyle McCarley, but I've listened to samples from some of the other books he reads on audible and I'm impressed by how versatile he is. I'll definitely check these out. He does a great job of bringing the other characters to life and his gift for accents is wonderful.


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

    Every time the author wove dialogue from the play into the story, it was so fluid that I had to remind myself that it was from the play.


    Any additional comments?

    I am recommending this book to my aunt, with whom I have a shared affection for Shakespeare's plays. The blend of story and reader in this audiobook is superb. I'll listen to it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (451)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Kimberly says: "Fans of Dresden Take Note"
    "Technical difficulties have been fixed!"
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    This is an interesting story with a different kind of plot. I just checked the audio that had words missing in the earlier release, but it appears to be fixed now. Give it a try.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vicki Hopkins
    • Narrated By Lorna Bennett
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Set in 1890 Victorian England, Dark Persuasion tells a romantic story of regret, restitution, forgiveness, and redemption. It is a triangle of deceit and love fueled by emotions of selfish pursuit, guilt, and surrender among three people who are prisoners of their past.

    Gloria says: "Exceptionally Vivid"
    "Tehnical problems fixed!"
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    This is a very interesting story. As a child, the hero cruelly injures a neighbor's child. As an adult, he attempts restitution without her or her family knowing that he is responsible for her injury. And his brother has become a heartless rake who has no conscience about the accident or trying to seduce vulnerable females. It's always a relief to find a story that doesn't read like a paint by numbers picture. It held my interest; I'd listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (649)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
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    Alex Kingston (River Song from the 11th Doctor Who series) would make a great Jessica Trent, the heroine of this story. The banter between Jessica and Sebastian, Lord Dain, (large, dark, wealthy) kept me laughing throughout the night as I couldn't stop listening. This book is well served by this audio performance. Kate Reading nails Jessica. The side characters are also interesting, e.g., Genevieve, Jessica's femme fatale grandmother, and Bertie, Jessica's brother. Lord Dain is paranoid about women only wanting him for his money and has a very jaundiced opinion of all females.

    If you want an intelligent plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue, give this one a try. It's one of my top five romances.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful

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