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Jennifer

ratings
27
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
24

  • The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Anderson
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Welcome to Alderley, a magnificent mansion in the heart of the West Country where a grand house party is taking place. The preparations have been made, the guests have been invited, and the staff are on hand. What could possibly go wrong? Let the entertainment begin. The theft of the diamond necklace and the antique pistols might all be explained, but the body in the lake - that really was a puzzle. 'Don't expect me to solve anything,' Inspector Wilkens announced modestly when he arrived to sort out the unpleasantness.

    connie says: "the title says it all"
    "Dull after a good start."
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    I was expecting a comfortable cosy murder mystery, per other people's reviews. This story starts off alright, but rapidly degenerates into complete implausibility combined with too many characters and not much character development. Maybe it is better in the print version - perhaps there are maps of the murder scene or other visual aids to help the reader enjoy the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sagan Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (292)

    Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

    wyatt says: "It's a Poem"
    "Surprisingly dull - couldn't finish."
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    I was so excited to get this audiobook, and there was a great interview with John Scalzi all about him trying a new format and really getting into the female mindset - it sounded so good I couldn't wait! All I can say is that he has no idea how women think (or he knows some very strange robot-like ones), and the new format was a mistake. I have never heard anything so boring, and I think it would be just as dull in print. What a shame! His other work is brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cocktail Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    If Lord Ickenham had not dislodged the hat of Beefy Bastable with a well-aimed brazil nut, the latter's famous legal mind might never have been stimulated to literature. But the incident provoked Beefy to write an expose of the younger generation.

    Jennifer says: "Awesome! LOL!!"
    "Awesome! LOL!!"
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    This had me snorting with laughter - I highly recommend! It is a fast-paced, twisty comedy with lots of Wodehouse's snappy dialogue. The narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time for the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (480)

    Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

    Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

    DJM says: "My First Heinlein"
    "Sexist, dated and offensive, but great fun still."
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    Psychic links across time and space allowing interstellar exploration! What a great idea! I just had to look past Heinlein's wacko views about women and his recurring incest theme, and then the book was actually very enjoyable and memorable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Pigs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

    Matthew R. Fomby says: "Wonderful adventure..."
    "Great fun!"
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    A mystery in Roman times! This was a fantastic listen, with a lively narration that brought the characters to life. If you like the Amelia Peabody egyptian mysteries, I reckon you'd like this series too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (395)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.

    B. says: "Brilliant evocation of Paris in 1929"
    "Like a tour guide with gore"
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    This is the first Laurie R King book that I have disliked. Frankly, I was disappointed that one of my favourite authors has produced this book! Laurie R King has written the most gripping thriller/mysteries you can imagine, but this one was as though she had been on holiday to Paris and needed to justify her travel expenses by writing a novel - quite legitimate and at times stomach-turningly gory, but lacking in her usual amazing inspiration and depth of character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4867)
    Performance
    (4186)
    Story
    (4162)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Not about spies"
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    Unconvincing story about a young woman who has never cleaned anything before, working as a successful cleaner in pre World War II England.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • La Danse de la Folie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sherwood Smith
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    This light-hearted Regency folly stars Miss Clarissa Harlowe who wants a quiet life - but falls in love with a smuggler, the marquess of St. Tarval. Tarval's sister, Lady Kitty, is determined to write a dramatic Gothic to save her brother’s mortgaged estate - if she can reach London. Clarissa's much-pursued cousin, Mr. Philip Devereaux, is inexplicably intrigued by Lady Kitty, who is doing her best to encourage the match between him and Clarissa, except that Clarissa is now betrothed to...Lord Wilburfolde. And so the mad change partners in the dance of love.

    connie says: "respectably Heyer-like with added touches"
    "A pleasant listen - regency soap opera"
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    This book is quite nice to listen to if you're in the mood for light fiction. The narrator came to life when taking on the voices of the evil Balderson sisters, but failed to engage my interest in the principal characters. The story is very much in the style of Georgette Heyer, with a host of minor characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (699)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Interesting ideas about death"
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    I'm an enthusiastic fan of Lois McMaster Bujold - she writes such entertaining, intelligent fiction. Cryoburn is a Miles Vorkosigan investigation, with murder, assault, kidnapping, runaway kids, industrial espionage and interstellar political plots. In Cryoburn, Bujold engages with the idea of what a society would be like if people could routinely have their bodies frozen - postponing death and hoping for resurrection hundreds of years in the future. Most of Bujold's books have a reproductive technology theme, so this one is very different. I thoroughly enjoyed Grover Gardner's performance, he is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Watcher: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiance, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit.

    David says: "Immersive"
    "Not cosy escapism - absolutely gripping."
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    Not as harrowing as the first in this series, this thriller is an awesome book to listen to. The narration is spot on, excellently delivered and paced.

    It took me months to get the courage up to listen to this (see my review of book 1), but I am very glad I did. I have now bought books 3 and 4 in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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