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Julie Bryant

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  • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (429)

    This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.

    Molly says: "Great Series, Greatest Narrator"
    "Great Story, Great Narration"
    Overall

    Ms. Rosenblatt is one of my favorite narrators, and her approach to Amelia Peabody Emerson is spot-on in my opinion. Having listened to her with the Nevada Barr mysteries, I thought she was American yet it seems her British accent is perfect too. Go figure!

    Anyhoo, of the Amelia Peabody series, this is my favorite. The plot twists make it fresh and exciting, and the banter of all characters is hilarious. A very fun listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4643)
    Performance
    (4407)
    Story
    (4388)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Parkour!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Skin Game in three words, what would they be?

    Funny yet terrifying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The random "Parkour!" moments had me ROFL...which was a problem since I'm driving when I listen.


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

    This is my favorite performance by Mr. Marsters so far. In "Cold Days" there was something barely-not-quite-right in the tone, but "Skin Game' is back to awesome Marstersish reading. He has SUCH a feel for the emotion of the story.


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

    Clearly "Parkour!" moved me. ;)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt Ball: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown
    • Narrated By Rita Mae Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Author of the New York Times best-selling Mrs. Murphy mysteries, Rita Mae Brown delivers the goods with The Hunt Ball, the most entertaining entry yet in her popular foxhunting series. When a faculty member of the local prep school is murdered, the headmistress and "Sister" Jane Arnold, master of the foxhounds at Virginia's Jefferson Hunt Club, work together to uncover a killer.

    Julie Bryant says: "Lovely Story"
    "Lovely Story"
    Overall

    Rita Mae Brown is one of my favorite authors. She weaves her words into wonderful stories that keep the reader/listener begging for more.

    That being said, though, I think the use of a professional voice artist may have served the book at bit better. Ms. Brown's voice and inflection sometimes are a bit jarring or stilted. Maybe this was the first time Ms. Brown has recorded one of her novels?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pawing Through the Past

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In this warm-hearted puzzler, "Mary Minor Harry" Haristeen is preparing for her 20th high school reunion when trouble comes to the seemingly sleepy town of Crozet, Virginia. It all begins when classmates receive anonymous letters with a simple message: "You'll never get old." Some take the note as a compliment, others think it's a harmless practical joke. But when the class womanizer turns up dead, the message suddenly has a far more sinister meaning.

    Amazon Customer says: "purring my heart out"
    "Great Story; Narrator Lacking"
    Overall

    The story was exactly what I expect in a "Mrs. Murphy" mystery, so I am pleased in that regard. But the narrator's voice was a bit flat and expressionless. Not enough variety to the different characters' "voices".

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7210)
    Performance
    (3605)
    Story
    (3659)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Ugh..."
    Overall

    Like a few of the less-than-enchanted reviewers here, I was looking forward to such a well-regarded book. I tried to get into it, but it was too desolate and depressing. None of the characters gave me a reason to care what happened with them. After realizing that I was beginning to lose my will to live, I stopped listening. Just not my cup of tea.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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