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barbara

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  • A Place of Secrets: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rachel Hore
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (203)
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    (182)
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    (181)

    Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an 18th-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham, and Jude feels close to the old woman at once. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land, and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. Jude's arrival brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived.

    MissSusie66 says: "Great Story..Great Narration"
    "history, mystery and science, oh my"
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    This is a fun, engaging read. Revelations keep appearing until nearly the final page. If you tend to be archival in your own research and enjoy the kinds of discoveries that come from exploring old houses, books and public records you will enjoy this book. The author engages us in the science of astronomy through historical revelations and the romance of stargazing. A new favorite for me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Floating City: A Lady Emily Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tasha Alexander
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
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    (36)
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    (38)

    In Death in the Floating City, Emily is surprised to receive a plea for help from her childhood nemesis, Emma, whose father-in-law has been murdered and whose husband has vanished. Digging into the mystery, Emily unearths a centuries-old puzzle - and raises the ire of those who will do anything to keep their secrets hidden.

    barbara says: "Another beautifully literate entry in the series"
    "Another beautifully literate entry in the series"
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    Lady Emily as the narrator of this tale is an educated and articulate woman whose observations evoke the beauty and romance of Venice . She and her husband Colin have been called to Italy by her childhood nemesis to solve the murder of Emma's father in law. A central theme of the mystery revolves around a feud between two ancient noble Venetian families . The feud dates from the time of the sacking of Constantinople. Besides being ancient and noble these families are also incredibly stubborn.
    As the tale unfolds it is interspersed by the story of two star crossed lovers that dates from the time of the doges. If you enjoy art history as much as I do all the references to the palazzos , churches and painters Of Venice will delight you. This is a good book. I plan to listen again in five or six months.
    The narrator is perfectly matched to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sorrow Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Priscilla Royal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (13)
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    (12)
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    As the autumn storms of 1271 ravage the East Anglian coast, Crowner Ralf finds the corpse of a brutally murdered soldier in the woods near Tyndal Priory. The dagger in the man’s chest is engraved with a strange cursive design, and the body is wrapped in a crusader’s cloak. Was this the act of a member of the Assassin sect, or was the weapon meant to mislead? Ralf’s decision to take the corpse to the priory for advice may be reasonable, but he is soon caught up in a maelstrom of conflict, both personal and political.

    barbara says: "Excellent as alwaysi"
    "Excellent as alwaysi"
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    Priscilla Royal focuses as much on the everyday life of the inhabitants of the priory as the story she carefully unfolds. The characters stay true to their values although I wish their relationships were a little less stagnant. Worth reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Lord: Book 1 in 'The Titans' Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
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    (42)
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    (43)

    The year is 1180 A.D. and times are very dark. England is lawless for the most part and the people live in fear. Rising to power during this time is the vicious and brutal knight Ajax de Velt. His mission is to conquer a large stretch of the Scots and Welsh border, commandeering wealth and property along the way. He wants to be the most feared and powerful warlord in all of England, Wales, and Scotland, and he is well on his way.

    Angela says: "Great series"
    "Written like a 5th grader"
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    I don"t know how this got published. Absolutely adolescent. Please don't bother even if it is being given away

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Raven: A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tessa Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (16)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    In the notorious mental hospital known as Bedlam, Dr. Thomas Silkstone seeks out a patient with whom he is on intimate terms. But he is unprepared for the state in which he finds Lady Lydia Farrell. Shocked into action, Thomas vows to help free Lydia by appealing to the custodian of her affairs, Mr. Nicholas Lupton.

    barbara says: "10 hours of frustration coming to a ludicrous end"
    "10 hours of frustration coming to a ludicrous end"
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    I have read all of the other Dr Silkstone novels , I got hooked on the first one and so kept reading. While the quality declined I kept on reading. The cliff hanger at the end of the fourth book was frustrating but little did I know what frustration was until this fifth book.
    I kept wondering why this doctor who is credited with being a brilliant practitioner kept doing stupid things. He blunders through three months of trying to get his lover released. From a mental hos

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (404)
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    (401)

    Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

    betty says: "Just a hint."
    "A well told story"
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    Bostwick's characters are revealed through believable dialogue and storytelling. Several difficult storylines, -cancer- divorce- infidelity- , are told with both unflinching candor and compassion . I look forward to more entries in this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4079)
    Performance
    (2423)
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    (2431)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "I got tired of Rosie"
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    A colorful tale with good characterization and well written dialogue. Francis, an undercover Dublin cop, has escaped Faithful Place, an old Dublin tenement 22 years ago and has not revisited his family until the story begins. Originally he was planning to escape with his teenage sweetheart Rosie, but she does not show up and he goes on alone. He returns because Rosie's suitcase has been found in a deserted tenement building in Faithful Place. Conflicts and politics of the Dublin police force, destructive forces of domestic violence and alcoholism and explorations of what love looks like keep the story moving. I was disappointed in the denouement that failed to adequately address Francis relationship s in the present or at least failed to end when they had been addressed. The author couldn't help herself from returning to those teenage years.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Potent Pleasures: The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (126)
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    (127)

    Reckless desire sends Charlotte Daicheston into the garden with a dashing masked stranger. He's powerful and unforgettable, a devastatingly handsome footman who lures her - not against her will - into a grand indiscretion at a masquerade ball. Then he vanishes. Several years later, after Charlotte has made her dazzling debut in London society, they meet again. But the rogue is no footman. He's rich, titled, and he doesn't remember Charlotte. Worse, he's the subject of some scandalous gossip.

    Equusdreamer says: "Heart Wrenching and Beautiful at the Same Time"
    "Impotency, virginity, passion are center stage"
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    The hero has an unbridled temper that often gets in the path of his reason. The heroine is a typically naive debutant whose ignorance of all things sexual creates multiple stumbling blocks on her path understanding love and marriage. The vicious gossip of members of the ton and a set of twins keep the story moving albeit for a little longer than necessary

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Witch: Trevelyan Family, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Her father’s prodigal ways have forced the extremely lovely Alexandra Ashmore into an engagement with a strange man in a strange land: a man blind to the effect her unearthly beauty has on other men, and which has earned her the title "the English Witch"! So when she’s kidnapped by another love-struck suitor, Alexandra assumes she’s truly doomed to a loveless marriage with her captor.

    barbara says: "A Charming Romp"
    "A Charming Romp"
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    After reading Isabella I looked forward to reading this second entry in the series. Starting in Armenia with a vague archeologist and his bewitching daughter we travel with them back to England accompanied by a handsome rake . Multiple engagements, one kidnapping, a couple of elopements and lots of lords and ladies keep the tangled plot moving. The dialogue is great fun and kept a smile on my face all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Basin: The Cyrus Skeen Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edward Cline
    • Narrated By Aaron E. Tucker
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Cyrus Skeen, private detective, scours 1928 San Francisco in search of the man who stole a priceless medieval artifact. The thief, who is also a pathological killer, is not Skeen's only obstacle. The exquisite Frenchwoman and retured British colonel who are searching for the artifact also prove to be obstructions. Helping him in his search is his loyal and adoring secretary, Dilys Jones. Complicating the search are two Yale classmates, one of whom has penned a hit play that is headed for Broadway, but who has a secret about its true authorship. This is the other side of Sam Spade's San Francisco.

    Anna says: "A Great Read!"
    "Preachy"
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    The author is enamored of his own views and often falls into a political polemic that fails to enhance the story . Descriptions of the novel suggest that it involves a mystery about a medieval chalice. It doesn't. It is just a weak detective story. Disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Track of the Scorpion: Nicolette Scott Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert R. Irvine
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Nicolette Scott is an archaeologist with an unusual specialty, the recent past, and an even odder passion: Uncovering lost airplanes. But ancient civilizations are where the funding is, and the New Mexico badlands are where her father is, so Nick bides her time on a dig of prehistoric Anasazi dwellings. When a prospector brings word of his unexpected find - an airplane buried in the shifting sands of the desert - Nick is eager to investigate.

    barbara says: "Ended too soon"
    "Ended too soon"
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    This well plotted adventure story was worth reading. However I was frustrated by the deaths of so many characters. The ending was dramatic but not satisfying. There were too many unresolved story lines and too many story lines were resolved by death


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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