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anne

LOS ANGELES, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1589)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "Not My Usual Genre--So Happy A Friend Recommended!"
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    I have a friend that reads Sci-fi, I read hoaky romance stories and British mysteries. Why she recommended this book to me I will never know, I'm just glad she did. I found myself "sneaking" to listen at work! I knew nothing about Golems or Jinnis before this book. This book is set in 1927 New York. In addition to the fascinating lifes of the Golem and the Jinni, it provides a very interesting peep into what life was like for Jewish, Syrian, etc. immigrants. There is magic, a little romance, religious angst, culture, class differences, 1927 morality, and even the hunt for immortality! I can't wait to hear more from SW. To top it off, one of my all time favorite narrators, George Guidall. I can't say enough about this book. I wouldn't tell Audible this, but this one is worth 2 credits!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "My First MH, But Not Last"
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    Good story, a little slow initially, but pace picked up and I found myself totally engaged. Like another reviewer, I too like happy endings, and this one was a bit of a cliff hanger, so I was a little disappointed with that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (553)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "Probably Would Have Liked When I Was 15"
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    I guess I was expecting something like the Josephine Tey detective series by Nicola Upson. The story line is good, and the characters well developed (well, except for the main protagonist-she came across as a meek mannered girl things just "happened to".)

    I think I would have really enjoyed this book when I was a teen. It just doesn't have the bite I was expecting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1088)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Corny"
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    I readily admit sci-fi is not my usual genre, but I have read some great sci-fi. I'm not sure why this book was hyped so much. It reads like a bad B movie.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Caretaker

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By A. X. Ahmad
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Ranjit Singh, a former Indian Army Captain trying to escape a shameful past, now lives on Martha’s Vineyard, and works as a caretaker for the vacation homes of the rich and powerful. One harsh winter, Ranjit needs a place to stay, and illegally moves his family into an empty, luxurious vacation home belonging to an African American Senator. Ensconced in the house, he tries to forget his brief affair with Anna, the Senator’s wife, and focuses on providing for his family. But one night, their idyll is shattered when mysterious armed men break into the house, searching for an antique porcelain doll.

    Anne says: "Weak and disappointing"
    "OK, just OK"
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    There are spots where the writing is really good, and others where it reads like a new writer. The narrator does the Indian accents very well, but all the Americans sound as though he is trying to give them a Southern accent mixed with a Bostonian accent, really pretty bad.

    I did not care for the ending. It felt like a "lead in" for the next book. If a writer is good, they don't need to do this, each book can stand on it's own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica Britton

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Niall Boyce
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Veronica Britton is a Victorian private detective, a specialist in untangling tricky situations that occur in time as well as space. Working alongside her young apprentice Gabrielle Pendleton, she's very much in demand: if a necklace goes missing and you suspect that someone is selling it off in the future as a valuable antique, or you find yourself being blackmailed by someone who knows a little too much about your past, she's your woman.

    A. McMullen says: "A Time Travel Short Story Collection"
    "Not what I expected"
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    This is serious sci-fi. I was not expecting that. I admit I chose this book because of the narrator. I'd just finished another book she narrated and she did all of the voices so well, I thought I'd see what else she had recorded. I thought this was one I would enjoy. I was really disappointed. It is sci-fi, and not even good sci-fi...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood for Ink: The Scarlet Plumiere Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By L. L. Muir
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    As the mysterious writer who exposes gentlemen's secrets, it is not the first time The Scarlet Plumiere has been hunted. But this time it's different. This time, she interferes with one of the Four Kings, and the brotherhood will not rest until they marry her off and place her securely under a man's thumb. Only they have to catch her first. The Earl of Northwick is falling for this writer, sight unseen. Will she be pretty? Will she have all her teeth? In his rush to claim her for himself, regardless of who she might ultimately be, he places her in grave danger - her desperate enemies are watching closely for the moment her mask is removed.

    Heather says: "captivating"
    "First time giving low score for narration!"
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    I almost stopped listening from the beginning because the narrator seemed such a mis-match to the story. It is a pretty "hoaky" romance novel, but the mystery in the story line kept me listening. I kept thinking I would eventually get used to the narrator, but didn't. I never give the narrator low scores because I love listening to books and admire anyone that can make a book come alive, but this one was just plain bad for this book.

    Also, I had to keep rewinding because I thought maybe my iTouch had skipped some chapters, only to find out it hadn't! Then I checked to see if it was abridged, again, it wasn't. Something really dramatic would happen, and I was left wondering when and how did that happen? In the middle of the story there is a short chapter that occurs in a different country, and with totally different characters. Theonly way I knew it was related was because one of the main character's name was mentioned. Then the story continued as if that chapter hadn't occurred!

    I now wonder if somehow Audible put in a chapter from one of the other books by accident! All in all, I cannot recommend this book. I will be asking for a refund. Because the mystery kinda kept me engaged, (or perhaps because I didn't want to have wasted my credit...) I would be willing to try another book by the author if there is a different narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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