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Moonglotexas

South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • Heartless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fourth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1246)

    Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant. Can Alexia determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria?

    Yuriko says: "The fun is BACK!"
    "Delightful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heartless the most enjoyable?

    I love the accents, it brings the story to life beautifully. The expressions of emotions capture Gail Carriger's intentions beautifully


    What did you like best about this story?

    This series has the most entertaining and unexpected twists I have experienced in a long time. Gail has taken well researched and understood fantastical creatures - vampires, werewolves etc. and cast them in a new light. Its a fabulous adventure story with a strong female lead which I adore! Every time I read or listen to it again I discover a new dimension


    What does Emily Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The life of the characters is brought out, you feel you are sitting there watching the going-ons of the different people, it is a delight to listen to each character being expressed with such care as to reflect the intentions of the author


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

    I laughed ...a lot! I was highly entertained from start to finish and only hope to encounter situations in which I can use some of the beautifully crafted lines.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prudence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (351)

    When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do: she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

    B.D says: "New Narrator??!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Loved every minute of this book and can't wait for the next! Rue is fantastic and the cast of characters both familiar and new are awesome! The adventure is fun, amusing and interesting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Runcie
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners.

    Emily says: "English mysteries featuring a clerical detective"
    "Enjoyable country-orientated, 6 part mystery book"
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    What did you love best about Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death?

    The relationship between Geordie and Sidney is great. Unlike the TV series, the mysteries are less obvious for the most part and Amanda is a more appealing character


    What does Peter Wickham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Despite feeling his voice too old for the character who is just over 30, he does bring great pace and lovely accents. One can just relax into the story.


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


    Any additional comments?

    I preferred this to the TV series and will be reading the rest of the series. Loved the TV series, just wished they'd stayed truer to the narrative

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flee the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Susan May Warren
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    After a horrific train derailment, ex-CIA operative and tech wizard Lacey Montgomery finds herself separated from her daughter, handcuffed, and accused of murder. With her five-year-old still missing, she calls her estranged friend, Jim Micah, special-ops captain and search-and-rescue leader. But she can't share the chilling text message that soon appears on her cell phone.

    Moonglotexas says: "A sweet romance suspense but a bit slow!"
    "A sweet romance suspense but a bit slow!"
    Overall
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    I have read many of the books by this author and she has a wonderful way of weaving Christianity into a story. For a suspense novel it was a bit slow for me but quite enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (560)

    The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

    Jane says: "Superb narration of a great romantic classic"
    "A classic to be listened to over and over"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged) to be better than the print version?

    I love both - Juliet Stevenson is awesome and I savour the story in an audio version but sometimes reading the written word has more resonance


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [AudioGo Edition] (Unabridged)?

    I love the ending of this book - every time it makes me smile and hopeful


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents of England - she does them expertly and some of the heart in the characters of which I am less fond. I love the audiobook!


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

    If it is your first listening, definitely, the second, third time its about enjoying the smaller moment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These Broken Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway, Johnathan McClain, Sarge Anton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (209)

    It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

    Katheryne says: "Mesmerizing!"
    "A marvellously different fantasy"
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    Where does These Broken Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good but not one of my classics


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The combination of the two lead characters is the charm of this book


    Any additional comments?

    Fun space fantasy book focusing on their relationship - light and enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Fury: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (619)

    When a minority race of telepaths is wrongly suspected of causing a near-devastating tidal wave, Private Kaylin Neya is summoned to Court—and into a PR nightmare. To ease racial tensions, the Emperor has commissioned a play, and the playwright has his own ideas about who should be the focus…

    Michael says: "Wonderful!"
    "One of my favourites - Leontines rock!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, wonderful story and an enjoyable episode in the continuing saga with Kaylin!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The explanations about the Leontine culture and as always, the humour


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome series and a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Russia with Love: James Bond, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    James Bond is targeted for elimination by SMERSH, and the malevolent Colonel Rosa Klebb has set a trap in Istanbul. The bait is the Spektor decoding machine, which is to be delivered by the irresistible Tatiana Romanova. The assassin is Red Grant, a psychopath who has defected from the West. Bond and Tatiana become pawns in a game of cross and double-cross that reaches its deadly finale on the Orient Express.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fleming Raises the Bar on 007"
    "Loved the narrator, enjoyable Bond"
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    If you could sum up From Russia with Love in three words, what would they be?

    Spying in the fifties


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I can't claim as Toby did that I doubted Bond's survival but I did worry about the Bond girl and how it was all going to play out! Wonderfully fun!


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

    No I haven't but hungry for more! May have to listen to the new Bond just to hear more


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely step back in time, fabulously entertaining

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Courtlight: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (796)

    In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. So after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin Neya goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners, but the High Lord's heir is suspiciously ill, and Kaylin's healing magic is the only shot at saving him - if she can dodge the traps laid for her.

    Jessica says: "I love this series!"
    "Strong sequel as we delve deeper into the fantasy"
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    Would you listen to Cast in Courtlight again? Why?

    Yes, my understanding of the Barrani was vastly improved here as well as key background given to important characters - definitely worth a second listen


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

    There is a lot of world building which slowed the pace down but I found the book wholly enjoyable!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hooked on this series and will be reading it start to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (457)

    Against the romantic backdrop of Edwardian Egypt, the irresistible Amelia Peabody and her charmingly unconventional family prove themselves to be formidable foes of villainy. In The Ape Who Guards the Balance, Amelia must muster all of her considerable skills of detection to unravel a snarled web of stolen archeological treasures, murderous cults, and fallen women.

    Yvonne Jocks says: "Another Wonderful Book in the Series"
    "Ramses and Nefret in top form!"
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    What did you love best about The Ape Who Guards the Balance?

    Ramses and Nefret along with David add a new dimension to an already beloved series - keeps it interesting!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Peabody books always keep me wanting outthink the book, work it out before they do - keeps me highly invested


    Any additional comments?

    Get hooked on this series immediately, if already hooked, buy this now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeing a Large Cat: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (459)

    Best-selling mystery author Elizabeth Peters has captured the hearts of thousands of readers with her spunky Victorian Egyptologist, Amelia Peabody Emerson. In Seeing a Large Cat, Amelia must ensnare a modern-day killer, a bogus spiritualist, and a predatory debutante in the awesome Valley of the Kings. Someone is sending ominous messages: "Stay away from tomb Twenty-A!" Intrigued, parasol-wielding Amelia won't rest until she finds the forbidden burial site.

    Nancy J says: "Top -Notch Story & Performance"
    "Multiple mysteries - extra delight!"
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    What did you love best about Seeing a Large Cat?

    The mystery within a mystery kept me on my toes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia, but then she is the heart of the story!


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    All of the characters in Barbara's expert hands are fabulous


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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