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Charleen

alameda, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Grave Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Jane Asher
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    Despite two husbands being dead and a daughter marrying the wrong man, no one believed Sybil Foster would commit suicide, especially Roderick Alleyn. For the field was ripe with unfortunate engagements - one of them a very grave mistake.

    Charleen says: "what can you say about Ngaio Marsh"
    "what can you say about Ngaio Marsh"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like golden age mysteries you love Ngaio Marsh. I think, overall , she is second to Agatha. ALL of her stories are good or very good and she writes with style, charm, and honesty. Her puzzles are never obscure and her criminal's motives are never rediculous. In short, she never cheats. The bonus is that I usually learn something about the place or time in which the book is set. So, read Ngaio Marsh and tell the teacher "its not just a mystery novel , its a learning experiance"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder and Mendelssohn: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls and disdainful air of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

    Kate says: "Starchy mystery accompanies KG's take on Sherlock"
    "Phryne's writer has lost her way"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have read all the other Phryne Fisher books and enjoyed them all. This one is not worth the time as it is not a mystery(I knew who did it before it was done) and most importantly, it seems to be a very poor attempt to be a romance tale for the 21st century. Yuck. If I wanted a romance I would have picked up a Barbara Cartland or a Danielle Steele. If you want a mystery or a puzzle give this one a very wide berth.


    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • 1635: The Papal Stakes

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles E. Gannon, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint continues his Ring of Fire series with esteemed sci-fi author Charles E. Gannon. Rome in the year 1635 finds Frank Stone and his pregnant wife Giovanna in the clutches of Cardinal Borgia, whose political machinations and papal assassins may soon elevate him to Pope Borgia. Now Frank, along with Harry Lefferts and his infamous Wrecking Crew, must protect Pope Urban VII from all manner of treachery.

    Gino says: "Satisfaction"
    "A world lit only by imagination"
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    Where does 1635 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in the top 10 of my 155 audiobooks.


    What other book might you compare 1635 to and why?

    It is part of a series so one could compare it to the others on audio. But, I like to compare it to other time travel books like All Clear or other sci-fi Books like Hunger Games. This series is very much better than the others. Check out this series, but start with 1632 so you really get to know the situation before you try to skip around. This is a fun way to look at history. And you will probably want to see how it happened in the world we live in. These books are great for high school readers and should be on to curriculum.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the conclave to discuss the nature of the Up-timers and the world they came from. The questions and topics posed by the priests seem to mirror some of the questions we are pondering today.


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

    Of cource you will want to read it all at once:but you must put it down and attend to the mundane tasks like eating, sleeping, and smelling the roses of our world.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aloha, Lady Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charley Memminger
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Charley Memminger combines a cast of quirky and sometimes dangerous island characters with a mystery that you'll never forget. This riveting story introduces Stryker McBride, who lives on a 300,000 dollar houseboat at a small yacht club. The former crime reporter has been keeping a low profile since being shot by a cop while investigating police corruption. But when Stryker receives a phone call from a beautiful former high school classmate, he's drawn back into society to look into the death of the woman's grandfather.

    Kathi says: "Great new series!"
    "murder, history and modern ideas"
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    If you could sum up Aloha, Lady Blue in three words, what would they be?

    Real Hawaiian mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    Theethnic mix of characters is a refreshing change from the same old Magnum wannabes


    Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    Not your average LA murder


    Any additional comments?

    The author likes to use modern invective but once you get over that, this is well worth reading. And, you might learn something about our 50th state that is seldom mentioned. This author puts personalities to the characters from the past, instead of just talking in generalities. The past affects the present and it does so on a personal level. Thanks guy you did a good job . I hpoe to read some more from your chacters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defend and Betray: A William Monk Novel #3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (199)

    Ten people gather together for an elegant London dinner party. By the end of the party, only nine are alive. Sometime after dinner, General Thaddeus Carlyon is brutally murdered in the hallway. Who had the strength - and motive - to murder the distinguished military hero? Nurse Latterly and Inspector Monk find the answers in a nightmarish legacy of evil.

    Jean says: "Defend and Betray"
    "it was blah"
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    Would you try another book from Anne Perry and/or Davina Porter?

    I would try another book from Anne Perry as she writes well. I just didn't like this one. And, it wasn't bad just uninspiringly blah.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stanley Weintraub
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock - in some cases overseas, elation - was worldwide. While Americans attempted to go about celebrating as usual, the reality of the just-declared war was on everybody’s mind. United States troops on Wake Island were battling a Japanese landing force and, in the Philippines, losing the fight to save Luzon. In Japan, the Pearl Harbor strike force returned to Hiroshima Bay and toasted its sweeping success.

    albert says: "not quite as advertised"
    "History that's actually interesting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This tells the story of what happened to various people in the month or so after Pearl Harbor. It reads like a naritive of news events but in an interesting and provocative format. It takes the reader to several theaters of war and deffinately gives the essence of what people who were living must have heard and felt. History doesn't get better than that!


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

    The narator give the piece a sence of what those living it heard.


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

    This was a book that I did listen to in one sitting. I couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    Try Professor Weintraub's other war book "The Last Great Victory" If you liked this you'll like that too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Target Lancer: Nathan Heller, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Nathan Heller is Chicago’s most celebrated private detective, hobnobbing with Hugh Hefner, getting written up in Life magazine, enjoying the fruits of a long career that began in a one-room office and now is a coast-to-coast agency. When he does a small favor for a friend - who handles PR for the Teamsters - Heller runs into an old West Side mob crony, a small-time hustler named Jack Ruby. And when that friend is found dead, warning signals start to flash. Suddenly Jimmy Hoffa wants to talk to Nate...and so does Hoffa’s arch enemy, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

    Bull says: "The Best Nate Heller Yet"
    "At last! A kennedy book that won't kill you"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Mr. Collins has written a book about the Kennedy assasination that anyone who had to live through those horrible days can read without having their guts torn out.To you who are not old enough to have experianced those times that may not seem like much,: but it is.Those memories hurt, we all want to change what happened and know we never can. After the debacle of the last Kennedy book ( written by a very famous author) in which the whole horror was relived , the events changed, and then changed back so as to render the entire reading experiance a true agony, I thought I could never read another book about those times. BUT, Mr. Collins knows his history, and knows how to write historical fiction so as to enlighten, entertain and preserve the true nature of the times. BRAVO!


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Miller was as good in this book as he was in all the other Heller stories. For me, he is the voice of Nate Heller.


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

    The whole book moved me. Mr Collins did it right.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Allegiance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Steven Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    The 4th of July 1826. As Thomas Jefferson lies dying, he gives his part of his Jefferson Cipher to Edgar Allen Poe, with instructions to take the disks to West Point. In Massachusetts, John Adams entrusts his part of the Cipher to Colonel Thayer, the superintendent of the Military Academy. As Thayer rides away, Adams utters his final words: "Thomas Jefferson survives."

    Chris says: "Engaging and well-read"
    "same old- same old"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The only people who might enjoy this story are those who haven't read any of the miriad of conspiracy thrillers written in the last 2 decades.


    What was most disappointing about Bob Mayer’s story?

    There was nothing new about it and the National Treasure movies were better


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    What character would you cut from The Jefferson Allegiance?

    I would cut all of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1633

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, David Weber
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (347)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint’s 1632 presented listeners with a fascinating alternate history of the Thirty Years’ War, through the eyes of a West Virginia community tossed back in time to 17th-century Germany. Here, Flint teams up with acclaimed science fiction author David Weber to continue his epic tale. In 1633, the West Virginians attempt to use their modern-day knowledge to build a resistance against the forces of France, Spain, and England.

    Kenneth says: "Audible Get the Rest of This Series Online!"
    "the best time travel books"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1633 to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is better than the print version because the reader pronounces all the place names properly for you. Now you can read other books in the series without fretting over some very foreign names.


    What other book might you compare 1633 to and why?

    Compare this book to most other time travel books and be happy because there are no whinning travelers worried about how blowing their nose might affect the world they came from. What a relief!


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    This reader is just great.


    Who was the most memorable character of 1633 and why?

    Cromwell was the most memorable character. I never thought of him in quite that way.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (602)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Lee says: "Velveeta"
    "the story should have a 7 star rating"
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    If you could sum up 1632 in three words, what would they be?

    brilliant reasonable alternative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1632?

    I loved the "tombstone" put on the mass grave of the murderous soldiers from the farmhouse skirmish.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    This guy is a great reader.


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

    This book made me laugh, cry, and made me, want to read all of the books in the series, which I am doing now.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly wish Mr. Guidall would get busy and record all of the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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