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Cecilie

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  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1513)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Lovely way to spent some hours"
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    I love Gabaldon's Outlander series, but I must say that I love Kearsley's universe as well. There were some moments towards the end of this book where the hairs on my arms stood up. It might be overly romantic but it worked for me. This is not great world literature but a truly wonderful book to listen to. Well worth the time.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3950)
    Performance
    (3690)
    Story
    (3678)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Well known place"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Outlander series is long and full of detailed descriptions of everything from sexual encounters, over battle scenes to life's easy and hard sides. Written in my own Heart's Blood is no different: It is a very long listen (must say that Clare's ex brother-in-law's astmas attack was a bit longwinded...) but most of the time it is a joy to be in the company of the Frasers and the people surrounding them.

    I think my biggest complaint is that this is very much a story that simply starts where the las book ended which makes it somewhat difficult finding your way back into the story. I would have really appreciated a chapter summarizing the past books. I have off course listened to all of them and I know the story but there are details I've forgotten while Diana Gabaldon was writing this new story.

    I liked the fact that while it will definitely be possible for Gabaldon to write more books, she could also end the series here. There's no real cliff hanger at the end although I'd be very happy to read more, to hear more from Claire, James, Briana and all the others.

    Be prepared to cry and laugh, to smile and sigh, to wish for things to continue and for others to end. This is an Outlander novel like we know and love them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (652)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "A very long let down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've listened to a lot of Koontz novels but this one seems to lack all the fine tuned suspense that I enjoy in Koontz. It ought to be chilling but it is rather boring and long winded instead. The characters aren't really interesting and I never felt engaged in their story or their struggle. Really it is a weak story with few plot twists and little excitement. The performance is fine but overall I felt bored more than entertained or thrilled.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (673)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    Melinda says: "No Olive Branch"
    "Torn..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am torn when it comes to this book; initially I thought it was great but I must admit that the way it is performed and the mix of characters left me somewhat unsatisfied. I struggled keeping the different women apart and while I liked getting to know them and their lives, I also felt that the story dragged on too long. It is not a bad read but it isn't a really great one either.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jacob's Room was the first of Virginia Woolf's novels to be published by the Hogarth Press, founded with her husband, Leonard Woolf, in their home at Hogarth House in Richmond in 1917. It is an episodic tale that attempts to evoke the inner life of Jacob Flanders and his social milieu during the first decade-and-a-half of the 20th century.

    Cecilie says: "A good listen"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    I think Jacob's Room is a good listen and the narrator does a great job with a rather difficult novel. Perhaps Jacob's Room was never supposed to be read a loud and that makes this audiobook difficult to listen to. But as an audiobook (and if you know Jacob's Room) there nothing to put a finger on.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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