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  • Curtsies & Conspiracies: Finishing School, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (498)

    Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy. Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners. Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first.

    David says: "Gail Carriger is truly an author of Quality!"
    "great author and fantastic narrator"
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    Would you listen to Curtsies & Conspiracies again? Why?

    I will be listening again yes. The storyline runs strong even in the Madame Geraldine's crazy world and the narrator does such an excellent job with the character and voices. I really got the personalities.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot fun, kept attention, beautifully written and fun. The narrator made the audiobook one of the best.


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

    A development of the characters that reading cant denote. She is excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and smiled. A lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this author and this series as much as the parasol books. Might we please have more? Excellent book, superior narrator and production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1033)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "A MUST read/ listen for all genres."
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    What did you love best about The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack?

    Twists and turns so delightful in this tale. Characters are developed with finesse, action in a world setting that is different but familiar enough to allow entry. But oh my, the ride one takes in this tale. Best author ever, words are a delight. Savor this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Swinburne. His eccentricities become endearing in a twisted warped way, and he allows levity to unwrap other characters while hinting at his own. Although the sweeper cat is a hard act to follow.


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

    This is a different world setting, familiar in many ways but strange in others. The narrator read in a way that provides clarity and smooth enough to keep one flowing in the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Rewriting the past isn't a picnic in the park. It just takes a moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Hodder has to be one of the most creative and brilliant writers of this century. Every one of his books are a delight to read, a delight to listen to, a delight to read and listen again. This series is one of the best adventure, mystery, and challenging story lines in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (803)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "Awful, just awful narration."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Alan Smyth?

    Nora Roberts yes, Alan Smyth, No no no.


    What other book might you compare Shadow Spell to and why?

    Narration ruined it for me. Can't say it was like anything I would want to diss. The lack of voice distintion, the changing lisps, the horrible accents, ugh. So disappointing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator ad clearly the director who let this out. Shameful for what is a beautiful series and when first was done so beautifully. I preordered, may never again. Smyth ruined the characters.


    Was Shadow Spell worth the listening time?

    No. The narrationed ruined it for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be redone by a gifted narrator, maybe the one from book 1 in series, and replaced for free for those of us that wasted good money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (558)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "possibly good story but had to stop listening"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Welcome to Temptation again? Why?

    Not with the same narrator, it was monotone, fast even at lowest speed and no real presentation. So disappointed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Couldn't bear listening to get into story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Aasne Vigesaa?

    There are many good narrators, one who can tell the story and make
    The listening an experience. She could have been reciting the periodic table it was that monotonous.


    Any additional comments?

    Wont buy anything with this narrator. Sorry, generally I have a tolerance but it was a frustrating experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (416)

    When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection - black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate.

    Chris - Audible says: "Another excellent installment."
    "Mark Hodder, one incredible writer."
    Overall
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    Where does The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh up in top 10...his other books are in same top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seemless alternative world. Characters with muliple levels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything to do Swinburne.


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

    The increasing tension as story arc builds.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator, good pacing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7790)
    Performance
    (7147)
    Story
    (7219)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "POV and slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    pacing was slow, the new double pov through off the storyline


    Would you be willing to try another book from Veronica Roth? Why or why not?

    not really


    What three words best describe Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s performance?

    good


    Was Allegiant worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Why change the formula?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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