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  • Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others

    On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

    Stacy says: "What a beautiful book..."
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Never, never buy a book narrated by the author. I would rather they pay the price for one excellent narrator than several mediocre ones. An excellent narrator is an artist while the others just speak or overact.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Could not get through even to the fourth chapter.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Do yourself a favor"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed Her Royal Spyness so much that I referred the series to my friends and family.
    In the second book, A Royal Pain, I was so disappointed with the German Princess Character that I almost did not get book number three. Do yourself a favor, skip this book and go on to book three. This was just as enjoyable as one. I think I have found a new series to follow (as long as a book two is not repeated).

    Has A Royal Pain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I thought that book number one was a fluke and was not going to continue with the series. I am so glad I did. Now getting number four.

    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    She is brilliant and I will follow her as a narrator

    Could you see A Royal Pain being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I could see this series being on TV. Everyone loves the Royals. But please no more mistakes like A Royal Pain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "Time to end the series"

    All several characters seemed to do throughout the whole book was to whine. It made their dialogue very boring. Marino's character, whom you started out being sympathetic with in earlier books, is now weak and pathetic. Every time he came back, I groaned and just wanted to rush right through it. You don't like any of the characters left in the book anymore.

    The murders are now being described for several pages and are much too graphic. They have left the scientific and now are going for shock value.

    I usually leave the books on my ipod to enjoy another time. The Book of the Dead will be the first I have ever taken off.

    Maybe it's well past the time to keep the series going.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    "A Wonderful New Series"

    I have read all the Diana Gabaldon " Outlander" series and I can see I am going to be hooked on what I hope to be just as excellant a series. I fell in love with the characters in Julia and Mr. Brisbane. The Chemistry between them is charged with electricity and I cannot wait until the next book. Well Done Deanna! P.S. Please hurry

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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