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Sandi

Glorious Books!

LIMA, OH, United States | Listener Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 44 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (1935)
    Story
    (1923)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Yes, please!"
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    I have now become a junkie... this series is so addicting! I love the awkward moments, bits of romance, humor, and mystery. This book is even more fun than the first! Katherine Kellgren is the glue that holds all of the characters together and the book is better for having her read it. I recommend this book to anyone (even if you haven't read the first) and will listen again, and again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Convenient Marriage

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (135)

    Horatia Winwood is the youngest and the least attractive of the three Winwood sisters. She also has a stammer. But when the enigmatic and eminently eligible Earl of Rule offers for her oldest sister’s hand – a match that makes financial and social sense, but would break her heart – it is Horatia who takes matters into her own impetuous hands. Can she save her family’s fortune?

    Tracey says: "Armitage did what he could"
    "Fun and Fast"
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    What did you love best about The Convenient Marriage?

    I enjoyed that the main character had a major "flaw" and it wasn't fixed in the end. The stutter became something that endeared the reader to the character.


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

    Richard Armitage did something I wasn't sure a narrator could do for this book: the stutter wasn't as distracting as I thought. He did a GREAT job making each character stand out and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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

    I absolutely wanted to keep listening to this book!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this had been the unabridged version of the book, but we can't get everything we want, can we?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (690)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Not what I expected... much better!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I chose this book because I love Katherine Kellgren. I was unsure of what I wanted to read next, so I just picked a book. I was so pleased! I didn't expect the book to be very interesting, but it really was. The storyline was well developed, the characters were round and interesting, and the emotional journey was complete. I laughed, I cried, I sat at the edge of my chair... It was great! Katherine Kellgren had excellent accents (at least as far as I'm concerned) and took the story to it's full potential. I would recommend this story to anyone! Warning: there are a lot of issues that may not be appropriate for younger listeners/readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Miss Jane Marple, spinster sleuth extraordinaire, is introduced in this first-ever mystery to feature her brilliant talents. The setting is St. Mary Mead, where Colonel Protheroe is found shot in the vicar's study. Nearly everyone in town is a suspect: his daughter, his second wife, the artist enamored with both of them, the poacher, and even the vicar. Into this uproar, Miss Marple carefully steps and shrewdly fits the puzzle pieces together. Match wits with this master of the deductive arts.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderfully entertaining"
    "Wonderfully... well, wonderful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my first Agatha Christie Novel and I loved it! I was so sucked into the story that I didn't want to stop listening! There was a perfect puzzle that blended all of the clues together with Miss Marple inserting the perfect phrase to make you think. The reader was wonderful gave the story life and a little more excitement.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4207)
    Performance
    (3580)
    Story
    (3560)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Such a fun story"
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    The story was just the right mix of mystery, romance, comedy, and royalty. The book didn't delve deep into one genre: it stayed on the surface of each one. This made the book fun without being too complicated. If you're looking for a mystery that won't be solved until you've read the line, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for a fun, clean, journey through the misfortunes of a young woman, this is an excellent read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7309)
    Performance
    (3853)
    Story
    (3889)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Good, but not great"
    Overall
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    Story

    This book was offered at a discounted price to me, so I bought it, not knowing it was part of the True Blood television series. (I don't watch the show... I know nothing about it). I enjoyed the story, and didn't know what was going to happen until the end. I don't really want to read the sexy bits (they're easy enough to skip through.) The reader was good, but sometimes her male voices blended together and I didn't know who was speaking. Bill's voice was a little weird. I enjoyed the story, but I don't know if I'll read (or listen to) more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3146)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1322)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Simply.... beautiful!"
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    The story was suggested by a friend who has similar taste in books but I was reluctant to read it because of the format (letters.) I downloaded the book and was hooked. The characters are charming and they sneak into your heart unnoticed - I feel as though I've made some new friends! The stories about the war made me tear up and the setting that I could picture so clearly, gave the story a real endearing quality. Please. Read this book.
    I enjoyed the readers almost as much as the book itself! They helped the story to develop in more concrete ways. Fantastic and recommended read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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