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Alice Clark

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  • 11 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 731 titles in library
  • 58 purchased in 2014
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  • Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (961)

    Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Wallflowers"
    "Juicy romance novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if I knew they liked romance novels. It's juicy, although it is quite formulaic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (592)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Joan says: "Time to Give Baldacci a Break"
    "Losing his touch...so sad!"
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    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Yes.


    Would you recommend The Escape to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The characters are not very interesting, being flawed in a formulaic way. John Puller seems so shallow in his world view and the way he relates with women. Not very appealing as a human being or as a man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None stood out.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (420)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "Interesting story; TERRIBLE narrator!!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None stood out.


    What didn’t you like about Christian Baskous’s performance?

    He has very little ability to give each character her/his own voice. All accents sound essentially the same, so it's hard to keep track of who is talking. His narrator voice sounds disbelieving at inopportune moments. I don't understand how a publisher of audio books could possibly think he can pass muster!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I don't like most movies.


    0 of 0 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
    (3919)
    Performance
    (3659)
    Story
    (3649)

    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"
    "Want more! NOW....."
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    What did you love best about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    Many situations moved forward that were left hanging at the end of the last book in the series. And many new situations presented themselves for future adventures. I always grieve the end of a good book, especially one in this series because it will be years before the next one is published, and I want to keep interacting with the characters. The transitions from points of view are smooth, even when they happen quickly. The characters (full of strength and flaws) continue to develop and become more themselves, which is how people are in real life, for good and ill. For the first time in the series, for me at least, the ending was highly satisfactory, except, of course, that it IS the ending of a book in a well-loved series, and I will wonder about the stories left untold.


    What other book might you compare Written in My Own Heart's Blood to and why?

    No other series has captured my attention as the Outlander series, and I have read and will read many books in many series.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Davina Porter is one of the most skilled readers around, able to change her voice and pacing to suit the subtleties of each character. She never drones with the same intonation in each sentence or gets caught up in her own voice the way so many readers do. Narrator aside, my favorite character of the moment is Rachel, the Quaker girl. She is well matched in courage to Ian, though so different in philosophy. The reader doesn't miss a beat in delivering this character's speech and determination.


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

    No. Not because it isn't that good, but because I wanted to savor it slowly, as one does fine food and drink. It will be more years to wait for the next one in the series, and I know I'll listen to this and its predecessors over and over until then. I just didn't want it to end soon.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way the author studies all the bits she introduces about 18th century culture, medicine, history, and how she experiments with her various ideas about time travelers. Each story in the book deserves more space and attention than the book can contain: Rachel and Ian, Dotty and Denzel, William, Lord John and his brother, the Duke, Roger, Bree and the children, Fergus and Marsali. Jamie and Claire are always the fulcrum around which the world of this series revolves, which is as it should be. The clear growth of the author is amazing to observe over the series. This book in particular demonstrates her development.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5519)
    Performance
    (5083)
    Story
    (5079)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "Love this book!"
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    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 10.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    There are so many interesting characters, and the reader does a fine job of sorting them out by voice and pacing of speech. One of my favorite parts was when Roice & Hadrian met with Ezra because Ezra's speech sounded Shakespearean. The reader did such a great job of this without missing a beat. When Ezra's speech got modern, the pacing and vocal characterization were still consistent.


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

    No. I wanted to spread it out and savor it. I look forward to listening to the others in the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Expected One

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kathleen McGowan
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the French Pyrenees; the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, her version of the life of Jesus and the events of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could be uncovered only by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of L'Attendu, the Expected One.

    David says: "Brought Tears to My Eyes"
    "So-so"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't know if the writer misspelled words, or if the reader mis-pronounced them. This was distracting. The plot is rather like a combination of a romance novel (minus the sex scenes) and a quest. The central idea is compelling, but this particular story is not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkness That Comes Before: The Prince of Nothing, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By R. Scott Bakker
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    In a world scarred by an apocalyptic past, evoking a time both 2,000 years past and 2,000 years into the future, untold thousands gather for a crusade. Among them, two men and two women are ensnared by a mysterious traveler, Anasûrimbor Kellhus - part warrior, part philosopher, part sorcerous, charismatic presence - from lands long thought dead. The Darkness That Comes Before is a history of this great holy war, and like all histories, the survivors write its conclusion.

    Andy says: "Finally in audiobook!"
    "Interesting...."
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    Would you listen to The Darkness That Comes Before again? Why?

    Maybe. When I really like a series, I'll listen multiple times to catch all the nuances. Once I hear the rest of the series, I'll know more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Haven't decided yet.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1127)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Great "read"!"
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    Would you listen to Dust and Shadow again? Why?

    I love listening to the narrator! He does each character very well and conveys emotions through his voice skillfully.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dust and Shadow?

    Not a moment, but the overall description of London's East End.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He portrays Dr. Watson as a rational being, rather than the bluff, slightly stupid Watson of other days. Again, he is able to communicate character via his voice that can't be had in books.


    Any additional comments?

    I took a star off for the story because I thought the ending could have been better. On the other hand, not too many writers do a decent job with endings, and this one was still pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2416)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "NOT Diana Gabaldon!"
    Overall

    While this is a very interesting piece of historical fiction, the premise it began with felt far too contrived. I almost stopped listening. However, I was driving, and now that I finished the book, I really miss it. The atmosphere was well conveyed, and I appreciated the narrator's ability to change character and accent. Looking back at the book, it felt as if the modern day writer the story begins with is fairly superficial and much too pleased with herself. However, as the story develops in both times, she seems to mature to some degree, though is still not a well-rounded character by the book's end. I got the impression that the beginning of the book was tacked on later because it just felt "off". This writer has potential, but she did not portray the detail or complexity of plot and character that is such a compelling part of the Outlander series. I enjoyed it, but Audible did the writer a great disservice by suggesting this book was comparable to Diana Gabaldon's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1771)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (821)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Excellent book!"
    Overall

    This is a lovely gothic-style novel full of fascinating characters and exquisite language. (The story is interesting too.) The flow of the language creates a compelling atmosphere against which the tale is set. The reader performs each character in a way that makes him/her identifiable, and his reading of the Spanish names and places adds to the atmosphere, making the audio version much more satisfying to me than a print version. I allowed myself to be carried by his voice into the times, places and stories of this book. After awhile, all the names of people and places sorted themselves out, and I was quite comfortable. While I often found the music distracting, at the end of the book, I learned that it was also composed by the author. Perhaps that helps explain his lyrical use of words and language.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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