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Alexis

OAKLAND, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Katherine Swynford

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is renowned around the world for her chronicles of Britain's royal families. Here she turns her focus to the enigmatic former mistress of John of Gaunt, Katherine Swynford, who would go on to marry her lover and become Queen of England. Through Weir's captivating prose, listeners are treated to a rousing profile of a dynamic historical figure.

    Alexis says: "Too much detail, not enough person"
    "Too much detail, not enough person"
    Overall

    I thoroughly agree with this author's love for the book "Katherine" and I was hoping to find out a lot more about Katherine Swynford from this bio.

    Sadly, I was unable to stick it out for the entire book, as I soon became bogged down in the mind numbing details such as the origin of her last name, which seems to go on for many pages, or endless review of her genealogy. A little of this is fascinating, a lot is very distancing, there was no sense of the actual person behind all of those facts.

    I may go back again and try to make it all the way through, I do admire the writer for doing all of that research.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • My Lady Viper: Tales From the Tudor Court, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By E. Knight
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Lady Anne Seymour knows that her family hangs by a thread. If her sister-in-law Jane Seymour cannot give the King a son, she will be executed or set aside, and her family with her. Anne throws herself into the deadly and intoxicating intrigue of the Tudor court, determined to pay any price to see the new queen's marriage succeed and the Seymour family elevated to supreme power. But Anne's machinations will earn her a reputation as a viper, and she must decide if her family's rise is worth the loss of her own soul.

    Alexis says: "So Disapointing"
    "So Disapointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really wanted to like this book because the main character is someone you don't see much about. However the overall quality of this book was very low, sadly. The main character as represented by the author is just the kind of person who should not be writing a book in the first person, as her concerns and topics are extremely limited and claustrophobic. There is a lot of repetition and very soft porn that was a big yawn for me.

    I confess I did not finish this book as I grew increasingly exasperated and bored as I listened and the character kept bringing up and discussing the same few topics over and over. The narrator was ok, however I found her intonations and the stressors she choose to insert to be a distraction and not necessarily what the author intended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Constant Companion: The Regency Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    "I am Miss Lamberton. Miss Constance Lamberton. I hoped that you would employ me as your companion." So it was that quiet, reserved Constance came to the household of the haughty but beautiful Lady Amelia. She would serve as the lady's chaperone throughout the season's many festivities, finding herself an unwitting accomplice in Lady Amelia's scheme to trap the very eligible Lord Philip into marriage. But it was not Lady Amelia who won Lord Philip's heart. It was the pale, golden-eyed Constance herself.

    Alexis says: "Don't get me wrong, I love MC Beaton"
    "Don't get me wrong, I love MC Beaton"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Constant Companion the most enjoyable?

    This was an excellent Beaton title, if you are familiar with her books, this one will not disappoint, she is a real master of character, and she has some hilarious ones in this book


    What three words best describe Lindy Nettleton’s voice?

    The reader was a bit stiff, not my favorite of the usual readers for Beaton


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint with this book was the really annoying way that the husband kept doubting the wife in a completely unrealistic manner, I guess just to keep the plot going. This happens a lot in these books, first the two unlikely people get together, then there is some harebrained reason why they split up or fight, etc. don't read this book for the plot, the characters are the thing, imo

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Brief Lives of the English Monarchs: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Roger Davis
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    Often the colourful kings and queens of England seem like mere caricature, while less familiar rulers like William IV or Henry VI have faded into the shadows of history. Carolly Erickson's sensitive and revealing portrayals bring new life to the big names, and light up some of our most neglected but intriguing royals. Here is the puny Charles I, nervous, tense and socially awkward, the frail slight Richard II, melancholic and sad, and the homosexual James I with his handsome favourites.

    Alexis says: "Very interesting and some fresh info"
    "Very interesting and some fresh info"
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    If you could sum up A Brief History of Brief Lives of the English Monarchs in three words, what would they be?

    I have read a LOT of English history and I usually don't much like compilations, as the info is so shallow, however this book is really a good read, and you can dip into it at any point and enjoy the interesting details about the various kings and queens of England

    If you like English history, this is a fun read, good to listen to while driving or gardenting, etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (412)

    This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.

    Molly says: "Great Series, Greatest Narrator"
    "Enough Already!"
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    What would have made The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog better?

    This was my fourth AP book and I was really really bored by this one, the plot seems to barely ever get going, and certain plot points were just hard to believe. One subplot, well a main one I guess, where her husband get amnesia and then becomes anti-marriage, but then they just continue on with their excavations, had me groaning with impatience and my inability to suspend disbelief.

    the main thing I couldn't stomach was the slow and dragging plot. The performance by the narrator was simply wonderful, as always, but even she could not drag this dead crocodile out of the swamp of the author's stale and tortured plot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowning Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    India Morgan Phelps - Imp to her friends - is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth - or from something far, far stranger....

    Diane says: "A Modern Haunting"
    "Worst Book Ever"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was the worst one I have listened to ever! I somehow managed to listen to the whole thing, despite my better judgement, in the vain hope that something would start to make sense or have any redeeming features by the end.

    the Narrator did a really good job though.

    I have no idea why anyone would ever like this book, although I know it is quite popular, maybe I am just clueless, but the writing style, the content, and the pacing of the book irritated the crap out of me. This book really made me mad!!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Ever since Sir William gambled away Mannerling, the revered family estate, the Beverley daughters have tried to marry well enough to recover their home. Abigail’s two older sisters have failed, so she develops a plan to recover Mannerling once and for all. She sets her sights on Harry Devers, the wicked son of the estate’s current owner.

    Yvette says: "A fun addition to a great series!"
    "For the Marion Chesney fan"
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    Where does The Deception rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I love to listen to these books, and read them, as a pure vacation from reality


    Which character ??? as performed by Jill Tanner ??? was your favorite?

    Jill Tanner is just perfect reading these books, my favorite character by her is Barry the hired hand


    Any additional comments?

    Although some might consider these books hardly fine literature, they are actually very well written and with memorable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intrigue: The Second Volume of The Daughters of Mannerling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    In order to win back Mannerling, the cherished family estate their father gambled away, one of the Beverley daughters must marry well. When the eldest, Isabella, marries for love, the responsibility falls to Jessica, the next in line. She sets her sights on Harry Devers, heir to the present owners of Mannerling. But she is blind to the real Harry - a crude, vulgar drunkard. Determined to be her family’s savior, she hardly notices the handsome and charming Oxford professor Robert Sommerville.

    connie says: "Better than volume 1"
    "Please get more Marion Chesney Books!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Intrigue to be better than the print version?

    I love to listen to all of this authors books, but have run out of audio titles, despite the fact that she has a huge repertoire, how can we get more of these books?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (464)

    Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

    L says: "delightful!"
    "Could have been great, or at least good"
    Overall

    I give this three stars for the spunky and brilliant young female protagonist, and I liked the plot but I was really put off by the narrator. Unfortunately, with audio books the narrator really can make or break the experience for the listener, and I found this narrator arch, squeaky and out of touch with the nuance.

    I might get the next book in paper form to give the series a fair shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Lady of Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Lady Rose Summer, the wayward Edwardian debutante who keeps getting mixed up in disreputable adventures, would swear she is not a jealous woman. After all, she knows her engagement to private detective Captain Harry Cathcart is only a ploy to keep her parents from shipping her off to India. But then Harry's latest client, Dolores Duval--a vision of curves with a seductive French accent--starts appearing everywhere at his side.

    Brigitte says: "Wonderful audio!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    These Marion Chesney books are all well worth a listen. The plots meander the slightest bit, but always in an interesting, and sometimes fascinating, way. The heroine Rose is a great girl, as is her side kick, Daisy. Along the way are some good quotations and some interesting snippets of Victoriana, like who started Fortum and Masons.

    Good stuff for the Anglophile and period mystery lover!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gazebo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    The only barrier between Althea and marriage to Nicholas is her mother, who uses her ill-health to keep Althea a prisoner in their old London house. When Miss Silver is employed as a nurse for the old lady she's welcomed with open arms. But when two strangely competitive offers for the Grahams' house are made to her it suggests that the house may hold some dark rewarding secret.

    Alexis says: "Good story and excellent characters"
    "There is such a thing as being too nice!"
    Overall

    Although this is well written book in terms of the smoothness of the writing, the main characters themselves were pretty unbelievable. The poor, downtrodden heroine, the noble boyfriend, the awful, demanding mother. Honestly the reader begins wishing that somebody would get a backbone and stand up for themselves at least once. The murder plot is pedestrian and very much over explained, the middle of the book sags, as witnesses are questioned in excruciating detail. There is a nice "Miss Marple" type who figures in the plot. However the reluctance of the police to believe anything they are told without practically being given a video of the crime taking place beggars belief and exhausts patience.

    But the worst thing of all is the poor heroine who is what is sometimes know as "wet" i.e. lifeless, spiritless and uninteresting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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