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Margot

Silverton, CO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 129 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Blood Doctor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    The First Lord Nanther, expert in blood diseases, particularly the royal disease of Heamophilia, and favoured physician to Queen Victoria, clearly hoped to be the subject of an admiring posthumous biography. But when his great-grandson, Martin Nanther begins to research his life for a biography, the Martin comes to suspect that his great-grandfather’s old records conceal more than they reveal.

    connie says: "clever, excellent storytelling"
    "I love the way her mind works"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite Barbara Vine novels, the other being THE MINOTAUR. This is a very good reader, which makes it a good story well-told in every way.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • God's Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Juan Gomez-Jurado
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In the days following the Pope's death, a cardinal is found brutally murdered in a chapel in Rome, his eyes gouged and his hands cut off. Called in for the grisly case, police inspector Paola Dicanti learns that another cardinal was recently found dead; he had also been tortured.

    PA Law says: "Juvenile gore"
    "not too credible"
    Overall

    The story became increasingly more unbelievable till I ceased to care for the characters because I found them so unreal. Found the CIA/priest character almost silly because he seemed so unbelievable (and not very interesting). Lots of stereotyping, as well.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (466)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "audio version very disappointing"
    Overall

    Nobody could have written these books but Gregory Maguire. However, someone else should read them. His narrative voice is frequently monotonous and robotic. It's a good story but difficult to listen to, unlike the recordings of WICKED and A LION AMONG MEN by a different narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Lion Among Men: The Wicked Years, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (291)

    While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.

    Michael says: "Gregory and John Together Again"
    "very touching"
    Overall

    Can't quite relate to the bad reviews. I was very touched by this story. I want to scratch him under the chin. I've read WICKED and this one and like this one just fine. The lion is endearing, pitiable, likable, sympathetic and finally heroic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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