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Susan W

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  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (532)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "The Cliftons Just Cannot Get a Break"
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    I agree with the other reviewers, this 3rd book seemed like filler.

    Giles Barrington's whole MP campaign ran too long.

    *Spoilers*

    And after all that has happened with Harry and Emma, Seb would just run off?
    Perhaps this was a ploy to create another villain for future books that involves the next generation?

    Finally, what kind of an ending was that?!?!
    And yes, like a pawn, I will “read” book 4.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robin Maxwell
    • Narrated By Suzan Crowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Robin Maxwell’s debut novel introduces Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Elizabeth: one was queen for a thousand days, the other for more than 40 years. Both were passionate, headstrong women, loved and hated by Henry VIII. At the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign, her mother’s private diary is given to her by a mysterious lady. In reading it, the young ruler - herself embroiled in a dangerous love affair - discovers a great deal about her much maligned mother.

    N. Rogers says: "Mostly Plausible and Fun to Read"
    "Can't get enought of them Tudors"
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    I think the review title says it all. The approach is refreshing. But can't quite put my finger on it, something was lacking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (280)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "So Amazing, it’d Scary it’s Real"
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    I am a big fan of thrillers, whether is police, spy, legal, etc.
    And I Am Pilgrim is simply one of the best that I've heard in a long time.

    The breakdown of the parts and chapters are refreshing and very easy to follow.
    Not to mention the narration by Christopher Ragland makes the story believable and engaging.

    The storyline deals with all the possible relevant “what ifs”.

    Hope "Pilgrim" will appear in other books down the line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (1850)
    Story
    (1820)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    A says: "Cute series"
    "Nice Easy Listen"
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    Stumbled upon this series by accident…

    The books aren’t long, usually approx. 8 hrs with good narration.
    I’ll say this, Georgie’s got moxy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1348)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1249)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Mr Riordan Does it Again"
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    It was a good listen, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next to Percy and company as they made their way to/through hell and back.

    Why did they change narrators? What happened to Joshua Swanson?
    I thought Nick Chamian did a good job, but when you've listened to the past 3 books being narrated by Joshua Swanson, the sudden switch was a bit odd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paths of Glory: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (102)

    Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong - their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend.But what if one man had such a dream, and once he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

    Joel says: "Archer Does it Again!"
    "Didn't Hook Me Like Other Archer Titles"
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    First book I read of Mr Archer's was the Prisoner of Birth, which I loved.
    Then it was Kane and Abel, another great title.

    But Paths of Glory, just felt short to me. The narration was excellent.
    Guess the content about mountain climbing just wasn't my cup of tea.

    However, it did get me to look up info about some of the key part players from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kane and Abel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (377)

    William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred.

    Elliot says: "Kane & Abel - 30 years later"
    "Great Listen"
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    This audiobook by far was the longest book that I've ever listened to, but it was totally worth it. The narration by Mr Culp was excellent and it brought the book alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2140)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Good Recommendation Audible"
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    For once Audible's recommendations didn't disappoint...

    I am a thriller junkie, and I don’t care if more often than not the stories are a bit formulaic. As long as the plot is good, the narrator doesn't put you to sleep, the characters are likable and/or interesting, I am IN.

    This book was just that. Liked Nathan's character, a master of weaponry, skills, etc, and yet, he's flawed.

    Will be checking out other books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1919)
    Performance
    (1522)
    Story
    (1540)

    Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising.

    Craig says: "Rick is masterful with history and incrporation."
    "An Adventurous Listen"
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    I was introduced to Mr Riordan’s works by my teenage cousin who wanted me to read the Percy Jackson series with her. I was instantly hooked to the series. I am a sucker for anything historical/mythological related.

    I began to search for other books written by Mr Riordan.

    I came across the Kane Chronicles. The dynamic relationship between Carter and Sadie reminds of my own relationship with my sibling. The sarcasm. The mutual understanding that we can pick on each other however we want, but if an outsider tries to pick on either one of us, then they’ve another thing coming…

    The wonderful narration + Mr Riordan's writing made me felt like I was on the same adventure as the Kanes.

    I look forward to finishing the Kane series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3535)
    Performance
    (2372)
    Story
    (2377)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Enthralling"
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    Loved the Percy Jackson series, so the Kane Chronicles was an obvious choice.

    From Greek mythology onward to Egyptian. Great story, with excellent narrations. Didn't want the story to end. Looking fwd to book 2 and book 3.

    It matters not, if you're not the targeted audience, this audio book is for you, if you like classical mythology, are an avid fan of the sci-fi channel, want to escape several hours by listening to a good story with excellent voice acting…

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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