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  • The Reincarnationist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A bomb in Rome, a flash of bluish-white light, and photojournalist Josh Ryder's world exploded. From that instant nothing would ever be the same. As Josh recovers, his mind is increasingly invaded with thoughts that have the emotion, the intensity, the intimacy of memories. But they are not his memories. They are ancient... and violent. A battery of medical and psychological tests can't explain Josh's baffling symptoms. And the memories have an urgency he can't ignore, pulling him to save a woman named Sabina, and the treasures she is protecting.

    Andrea says: "Got sick of soot covered breasts and the like"
    "Got sick of soot covered breasts and the like"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine who could enjoy this book. The only thing worse than the performance was the storyline and the UTTER LACK of historical details. Maybe a romance novel enthusiast without much power of discernment would like this book. Oh, and Dave Barry. I was tricked into downloading this book because he reviewed it highly.

    What was most disappointing about M. J. Rose’s story?

    I tired of hearing the belabored sexual longings of the main character. He appeared to only love the object of his affection because of sex. BORING. This was presented as historical fiction, which would imply the characters were real or that some aspect of the story, aside from the setting, was real. I can sum up the entirety of the true historical part: There used to be vestal virgins who were buried alive for breaking their vows. Wow. It doesn't take much to qualify as historical fiction these days, does it?

    What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante’s performance?

    He was breathy, too close to the microphone and too rumbly. I came to dislike the main character the more I listened.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was so disappointed I spent a month's credit on this dull book. It also made me a little angry that it would be classified as historical fiction when it clearly was NOT based on history. It is a completely made up story, set it in the past. That's it.

    Any additional comments?

    Try listening to A Winter's Sea instead. I LOVED it, great story, and it was deeply rooted in actual history.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • My Sweet Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"
    "Hoakiest pos; can't believe I endured it to end"
    What disappointed you about My Sweet Folly?

    It was terrible. Ridiculous. It started out well enough but GOOD LORD if Robert didn't GROWL a lot. I hated this book with a vehemence rarely seen in reader responses to literature.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I loved The Winter Sea but I just can't find great historical fiction. Maybe I'll revisit Jane Austen to remind myself what good stories feel like. Then I imagine I'll hop over to biographies for a while.

    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?

    Lander. He sucked the least.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first quarter of the book was lovely.

    Any additional comments?

    Vulgar, ridiculous, insulting trash. Honestly. It was hideous. I might have wandered into the romance genre by mistake but I will surely never do so again. All the garbage about, "Robert, I hope you will kiss my kitten," has put me off cats for life. Truly.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Phenomenal. Subtle. Well-crafted story. Best ever."
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    The characters' motivations were beautifully laid-out. I found this book to be highly intelligent and insightful. I loved the author's ability to switch voices and tell the story from several perspectives. I only wish I might craft an amazing work of literature like this one day.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I got so attached to the characters and while I thought I knew the ending well beforehand, I was not as clever as I thought. I love books that surprise and take readers new places. Gorgeous writing. Beautiful performance, too.

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

    I wished I had it in paper, too, so I could read when listening was inappropriate. I got SO much done while listening to this story. I cleaned like nobody's business just so I could justify my continuing to listen while my sweet family was home. :)

    Any additional comments?

    Truly one my favorite Audible book ever. I have listened to many. This one takes the prize. I do tend to like this author. I just noticed I have two other books of hers but I hadn't made the connection until today. Some literature translates beautifully to the spoken word; that is certainly the case with this book. Magical, beautiful, I miss the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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