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Taddea

I don't mind the long commute anymore. Sometimes I even drive around town just to get to place I can stop.

Seattle, WA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Mummy Case: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (697)

    The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.

    Fay says: "The Emersons and the mummy case - a must listen"
    "Elizabeth Peters does it again!"
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    Amelia and Emerson are off to Egypt for another wild adventure. They are accompanied by their son Ramses. Their precocious son?s antics left me with tears of laughter rolling down my face. While other children are being tucked into bed by nannies, Ramses is reading hieroglyphics and expressing opinions on topics a person decades older would find difficult to understand. Barbara Rosenblat has captured Ramses? childish tones perfectly.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1546)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Brett says: "Disappointing"
    "Wonderfully researched series!"
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    Oliver has done a fantastic job with his research. It is easy to tell that this series close to his heart. I lived near where the books take place for several years, so for me it was even more interesting. I hope he continues to write in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Feathers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By A. E. W. Mason
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Just before his regiment sails off to war in the Sudan, British officer Harry Feversham quits the military. He is immediately given four white feathers as symbols of cowardice, one by each of his three best friends and one by his fiancée. To disprove this grave dishonor, Harry dons an Arabian disguise and leaves for the Sudan, where he anonymously comes to the aid of his three friends, saving each of their lives. Having proven his bravery, Harry returns to England, hoping to regain the love and respect of his fiancée.

    Kappavpi says: "Deep Realistic Story Masterfully Read"
    "Great story but lousy reader"
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    I love this novel. I read it when I was in high school. I was thrilled to find it on Audible. Unfortunately I am not a fan of Ralph Cosham, the reader. I get so turned off by the stilted accent of the reader that I give up a couple of hours in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4813)
    Performance
    (4323)
    Story
    (4356)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Incredible book and incredibly disturbing"
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    I read this book my senior year in college. It was so disturbing, I had to call a friend at 2am to talk about it. She read it and did the same to me. I took it on a trip to Thailand with a dozen other students and every one of them read it and we had talks about it after each one finished it. It is a thought provoking book that seems far too plausible. I think it should be a must read for every high school or college student.

    Since that first read in 1987, I have reread it a dozen times. When I joined Audible I asked for it, several times and was happy when they got it. It continues to be one of the best books I have ever read or listened to. I can't recommend it highly enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Price: Blood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (237)

    Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that begin plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki, in an attempt to stop these forces of dark magic, is forced to renew her relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci - along with another, unexpected ally…. Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his life how to blend with humans; how to deny the call for blood in his veins.

    Jennifer says: "Off to a Good Start"
    "wonderful story, but the reader drags it WAY down."
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    I have been a fan of this series forever. I was elated to find it on Audible. But the reader was horrible! I couldn't stand it and quit less than 15 minutes into it. I honestly had a hard time understanding what she was reading. I am so diappointed. Tanya deserves better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interrupted Aria: The First Baroque Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Beverle Graves Myers
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Venice, 1731. Opera is the popular entertainment of the day, and the castrati are its reigning stars. Tito Amato, mutilated as a boy to preserve his enchanting soprano voice, returns to the city of his birth with his friend Felice, a castrato whose voice has failed. Disaster strikes Tito’s opera premier when the singer loses one beloved friend to poison and another to unjust accusation and arrest.

    Taddea says: "What fun!"
    "What fun!"
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    I bought this book not really knowing what to expect. I enjoy historical mysteries, but too often the authors don't know much about the era they are writing about. Not so with Beverle Graves Myers. She knows her stuff, both on the history side as well as the Opera and music side. I loved every minute. The reader, Geoffrey Blaisdell, is fantastic. He makes the characters come to life. (Now if he could only sing Tito's Arias.) I couldn't wait to start the next book and downloaded it long before I finished this one. The other two are loaded and ready as well. I hope she continues writing this wonderful series. Bravisimo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1057)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "It was worth the wait!"
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    The Deed of Paksenarrion has been one of my favorite series of books for many years. Years ago I asked Audible for it. And now it is available and was more than worth the wait. Elizabeth Moon creates a strong female character in a military setting. Moon spent time in the military and has found a way to incorporate her modern experience into an epic fantasy. It makes for a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Day Road

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Boyden
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Cree Indians and best-friends Xavier and Elijah enlist in the Canadian Army in 1915, eager to become heroes. Seasoned hunters, the men become expert snipers, but their horrifying experiences serving in World War I will leave devastating impressions on each man’s life.

    Charlie says: "Not Bad"
    "Amazing story. I couldn't stop listening"
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    I cannot imagine not listening to this story. The reader was incredible. I truly felt like I was listening him to tell his story. He sounded like he was a Cree Indian which greatly enhanced the listening experience. The author did a wonderful job of telling a difficult story. I will remember this story for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Illuminator

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brenda Rickman Vantrease
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    It is England, in the 14th century, a time of plague, political unrest, and the earliest stirrings of the Reformation. The printing press had yet to be invented, and books were rare and costly, painstakingly lettered by hand and illuminated with exquisite paintings. Finn is a master illuminator who works not only for the Church but also, in secret, for John Wycliffe of Oxford, who professes the radical idea that the Bible should be translated into English for everyone to read.

    Taddea says: "Historical Disaster"
    "Historical Disaster"
    Overall

    I always love Simon Jones and even enjoyed most of the story, but the author needs to do a little more historical research. She has confused the 14th Century with the 16th Century. Her idea of period dress goes much better 200 years in the future with laced up bodices, skirts, "petticoats" and snoods. The middle-class land-owners, yeomen, have been reduced to paid servants. The "shilling" makes a surprising introduction about 100 years too early and Laudanum, a tincture of poppy (opium) is way out of place by 400 years (poppy was available, just not as laudanum). There are so many more inacurate historical falsities that it was driving me crazy. I started keeping a list! I will say that some of what she has written about the priest John Wycliffe was well done, but. . . it was not enough to save this book. So if you don't like poorly done history, don't get this book. It will only disappoint you!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3905)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1212)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Amazingly Beautiful-Best listen I have ever had!"
    Overall

    I've listened to this book several times. I had it on tape, but had to have it on CD. The first time I listened to it I wondered about the naration, but then I realized the narator was speaking with the same inflections as my co-workers from Japan. Suddenly it was real. When a friend was moving back to Tokyo I gave her the book in paperback for the plane ride. She looked at the title, smiled and told me her aged mother had been a Geisha in Kyoto just after WWII. We have talked many times since about the book and how a man could possibly write about something so very female as the life of a Geisha and get so much of it right!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

    Debra says: "Good Story, Painful Narration"
    "Peters does it again, but disappointed with reader"
    Overall

    I love all the Amelia Peabody books. Amelia, Emerson and Ramses make an incredible team. But I was very disappointed in this reader. She does a straight read with no voice changes for the characters. I have gotten so used to the other reader that I had a lot problems listening to this book's reader.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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