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Karen

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  • The Invisible Order: Rise of the Darklings

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Paul Crilley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    The Invisible Order is the first book in an amazing new series by Paul Crilley, skillfully narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on the streets of Victorian England by selling watercress. One early winter morning on her way to buy supplies, she encounters a piskie—a small but very sarcastic fey creature that has been cornered by a group of the Black Sidhe, piskies from an opposing clan.

    Sheri C says: "Fun and Imaginative"
    "Enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    I listen to anything and everything that Katherine Kellgren narrates. She is a masterful voice actor and absolutely brings books to life.
    This is a fun fantasy. Likeable characters and an easy-to-follow plot. Just a good story to take you away from it all for awhile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas. Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

    Maureen says: "Fun! This is a real adventure"
    "Delightful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Just a nice story. Fun to listen to, and I would recommend Katherine Kellgren any day!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Marks the Spot?

    Katherine Kellgren's many voices. She is always superb!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't remember exactly. I smiled and giggled all the way through.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, it was just fun!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope - until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream....

    June says: "VJ Drives Better Than She Flies"
    "Just a light, fun, listen with a bit of history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Velva Jean Learns to Fly?

    Actually, I liked that I learned more about the female pilots of WWII than I had known. I didn't expect to get that much history, and it makes me want to learn more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Velva Jean, of course!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

    jack rose says: "FANTASTIC!"
    "Enjoyed it, and learned quite a bit!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Princes of Ireland again? Why?

    I don't normally listen to a book more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all of the characters.


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

    No. I enjoyed him though.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Edward Rutherford book and I really enjoyed the history wrapped into the fiction. I learned quite a bit. I'm moving on to another Rutherford book now, "New York".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (634)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "I don't think I will get past Chapter 6"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Bad Monkey?

    The narrator. Absolutely horrible. I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively, and I have never bought a book with a narrator this bad.


    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen’s story?

    I will never know because I can't finish it. The narrator has ruined it for me...and I LOVE Hiaasen's books!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Wrong accents. Wrong inflection. Just wrong everything. Very distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my 1 credit back!

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1562)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1376)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "This may be my favorite Royal Spyness book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve Clues of Christmas the most enjoyable?

    The story and "who-dun-it" was a lot of fun, but Katherine Kellgren's performance was stellar!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the story was set around an old, traditional, English Christmas. I felt like I was there!


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    They are all brilliant, but my favorite is Queenie!
    Katherine Kellgren's "Queenie" makes me laugh out loud!


    Any additional comments?

    This may be Rhys Bowen's best, and I didn't think Katherine Kellgren could get any better, but she knocks this one out of the park! She seemlessly jumps back and forth between many characters, with many different accents. You eventually forget you are listening to just one narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Viva Jacquelina!: Bloody Jack, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    The vivacious Jacky Faber return in the 10th tale in L. A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series! Once again under the thumb of British Intelligence, Jacky is sent to Spain to spy for the crown during the early days of the 19th-century Peninsular War. She finds herself in the company of guerilla freedom fighters, poses for the famous artist Goya, runs with the bulls, is kidnapped by the Spanish Inquisition, and travels with a caravan of gypsies...all while hoping to one day reunite with her beloved Jamie Fletcher.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Back on Course"
    "I love Jacky's adventures!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Viva Jacquelina! again? Why?

    No, I don't usually listen to books twice...but I LOVE Jacky Faber!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine Kellgren is, without a doubt, one of the best voice artists ever! She IS Jacky Faber. I seek out books narrated by Katherine.


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

    No, only because I hate it when the book is over, so I stretch them out.


    Any additional comments?

    This may not be the best in the Jacky Faber series, but I enjoyed it very much. Jacky has become like an old friend and I very much enjoy her adventures. She is my favorite literary heroine and I will continue to buy as long as L.A Meyer continues to write!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3220)
    Performance
    (2090)
    Story
    (2091)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Fun!"
    Overall

    Lots of fun, and I learned some Egyptian history! Katherine Kellgren is just a brilliant narrator. I seek out and listen to any book she narrates! On to Book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1279)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    Amazon Customer says: "A little predictable"
    "Love this series!"
    Overall

    I love this series. Katherine Kellgren is my favorite narrator, and the Royal Spyness mysteries are just fun. Can't wait for the next one.

    9 of 10 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
    (1074)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (587)

    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"
    "LOVE this series!"
    Overall

    I almost didn't finish listening to this book, it was a little hard for me to get into until the action started getting good near the end. By the time it was done, I knew I had to continue on to Book 2. I am now on Book 4 and am completely engrossed in the life of Jacky Faber, one of the greatest characters/heroines ever! Needless to say, if you start with Bloody Jack and don't get what all the hoopla is about, hang in there and go on to "The Curse of the Blue Tattoo"...you WILL get hooked. I am a 40-something woman, and I listen and read all sorts of books, for all age groups. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and I must admit, this series and the character of Jacky Faber are AS GOOD, in my opinion.
    All that being said. Yes, the narrator is fantastic (I could do without the singing. I find it extremely annoying and usually fast forward) and the action is great, but I don't think some of the subject matter is appropriate for young kids or even young teens. I wish the author had not included SO MANY references to attempted rape and such, but maybe he's staying true to the times. Thank goodness there are 7 books in this series, and another on the way...I can't imagine a day without Jacky Faber and her adventures. She's a lovable one, she is!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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