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Marcheta

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  • Spoon River Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Edgar Lee Masters
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley, Edward Asner
    Overall
    (32)
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    From a cemetery in a mythical small town in Illinois, the dead speak about their lives. Each free-verse monologue stands as an epitaph for the person speaking, yet the play is ultimately about life, not death. Featuring 50 performers with specially commissioned original music, this is the only audio version of this landmark classic available.

    John says: "Magnificent American poetry"
    "Good dramatic reading"
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    I was looking for a good dramatic reading of this anthology on audio and this is the best one I've found. There is a cast of 50 that includes Patrick Fraley and Edward Asner. I highly recommend this version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • His Spanish Bride: Charles & Mélanie Fraser, Book 5.5

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Teresa Grant
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When Intelligence Agent Malcolm Rannoch proposes to Suzanne de Saint-Vallier, the tumult of the Peninsular War recedes—if only temporarily. For their union may have shattering consequences for the more fragile partnership between Britain and Spain. But meanwhile, let the celebrations begin...

    Marcheta says: "Read this one first!"
    "Read this one first!"
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    If you want to read this series in chronological order (and not in publication order), here is the authors recommended order:
    1. His Spanish Bride (novella) – December 1812
    2. Vienna Waltz – November 1814
    3. Imperial Scandal – June 1815
    4. The Paris Affair – July/August 1815
    5. Beneath a Silent Moon – June/July 1817
    6. Secrets of a Lady – November 1819
    7. The Mask of Night – January 1820
    9. The Berkeley Square Affair
    10. The Mayfair Affair [book release 15 MAY 2015]

    I love the way this author writes! She's a fan of Dorothy Dunnett, and it shows - intelligent dialogue, careful plotting, and involving characters. This is what I look for in a book! Thanks audible, for making these available - you just need to get your series order in gear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Engagement: A Georgian Historical Mystery (Alec Halsey Mystery Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lucinda Brant
    • Narrated By Alex Wyndham
    Overall
    (7)
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    It's 1763. Career diplomat Alec Halsey returns to London and the shocking news his estranged elder brother, the Earl of Delvin, has not only killed his friend in a duel but become engaged to the woman he had hoped to marry. When Alec reluctantly attends a weekend house party to celebrate his brother's engagement he gets more than he bargained for when a lady's maid is murdered, the bride-to-be is attacked, and a guest is shot dead.

    Virginia F. Smith says: "Loved it!"
    "Could have done without the whining females"
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    I wanted to like the new "Alec Halsey" book, but alas no. While the two males, Michael and his brother, had strong identities, Selena and Emily were too much professional victims. I couldn't see why either brother would be attracted to them. The women were so annoying that after a while, I just fast-forwarded through their scenes.

    After recently reading Ashley Gardner's "CAPT Lacey" series, C.S. Harris' "Sebastian St. Cyr" series, and Robert McCammon's "Matthew Corbett" series, the Alec Halsey series just didn't come up to par. I'll pass on Brant's next Alec Halsey novel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3182)
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    (2838)
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    (2823)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Unlike any other historical fiction I've ever read"
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    I bought this audio over two years ago and just got around to listening to it. WOW! I love the writing, the plot(s), and the characters. To me, the mark of a good writer is that he/she can populate the story with not only good main characters, but also with great secondary characters. It is 1699 and a magistrate and his young clerk, Matthew Corbett, have been sent from Charleston to Pont Royal, south of Charleston, SC. after a previous magistrate disappears. Their purpose is to investigate and condemn a witch who is causing havoc with the struggling community.

    Edoardo Ballerini is nothing short of brilliant. I love that the colonials have English accents - the colonies were still English after all. There are a lot of characters voices, and Mr. Ballerini does justice to them all. There are also quite a few laugh out loud moments, which I greatly enjoyed. I have already listened to the other four audio books available in this series - they just get better and better - and I'm looking forward to the sixth one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Suzanne M. Desan
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    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    Monte Johnston says: "Such a great balance of the big picture and detail"
    "Whetted my appetite to learn more"
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    Reading Dicken's "A Tale of Two Cities" in high school was my introduction to the French Revolution. I remember my teacher telling us that the 52 prisoners were symbolic of the 52 cards in a pack of playing cards. This series of lectures led me to Michelle Moran's book on Madame Tussaud, which is also available on audible. Moran's book ties in nicely. I also found a book on amazon, "The Lost King," about the final identification of Louis XVII, the dauphin, through recent DNA identification using his heart. So many intriguing mysteries. I wonder if anyone has identified all the secret passages and rooms in Versailles. Sadly, the Tuileries Palace was demolished in 1883. I'd love to visit Paris to visit the graves and remaining landmarks from this era.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cup of Blood: A Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeri Westerson
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin Guest-disgraced knight turned detective - begins an inquiry, but the dead man turns out to be a Templar knight, an order thought to be extinct for 75 years, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing. Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be minions of the French anti-pope.

    Marcheta says: "Enjoyable beginning for the Crispin Guest series"
    "Enjoyable beginning for the Crispin Guest series"
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    Would you listen to Cup of Blood again? Why?

    Yes - I enjoy the characters, the plot, and the writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Crispin Guest - he's a man who has been betrayed by people he thought were his friends. Guest, who was once a knight, has his title, money, and lands taken from him. Now he has to make a living as a "tracker" - someone who finds things or people for a price. Since the story is set under Richard II in England in the late 14th century, social classes are very distinct.


    What about Tim Campbell’s performance did you like?

    I love this man's voice. My cats love his voice, too. He does a great job with all the different voices from different classes, and his women's voices are good, too.


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

    I laughed often at the interaction between Crispin and Jack Tucker, the eleven year old boy who sort of becomes Crispin's assistant - Jack is kept busy running to the tavern for wine, cleaning up Crispin's messy room, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the prequel to six books in the Crispin Guest series. Audible has these six books, and the author has recently announced that there are more to come.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Angels Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By C. S. Harris
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (54)
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    (46)
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    It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man - Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

    Marcheta says: "Great start to Sebastian St. Cyr series"
    "Great start to Sebastian St. Cyr series"
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    Would you listen to What Angels Fear again? Why?

    Absolutely. The book has an engaging storyline with lots of adventure and a large cast of characters from all classes of Regency England. The plot is cleverly woven around the imminent transfer of government from the mad King George III to his son, the foppish and dissolute Prinny


    What other book might you compare What Angels Fear to and why?

    This series and Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacey series are my favorites. They both have strong heroes, are set in Regency England, and have involving story lines and characters. Audible doesn't have all the titles in each of these series yet, and I hope the rest will be added as they become available.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Tom, the street urchin, who first picks St. Cyr's pocket and then becomes his eyes and ears during the hunt for the person who murdered Rachel York.


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

    No extreme reaction, but it kept me listening and trying to figure out who killed Miss York. I thought the chase scenes and the hide & seek sequences were well done.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to audiobooks 6, 7, 8, and 9 from this series, and I was so glad that audible released the first book on Christmas Eve - great Christmas present. There are several story lines and characters referred to in books 6 and beyond that originate in the earlier books. Now I'd like to see books 2, 3, 4, and 5 released on audio. There is also a 10th book due out 2015-03-03.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Regimental Murder: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By James Gillies
    Overall
    (28)
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    (28)
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    (27)

    After rescuing a lovely woman from an attempted robbery, Captain Lacey discovers that she is the widow of a colonel who'd been accused of murdering an English officer during the Peninsular War. Lydia declares that her husband was innocent and that she knows the true culprits' identities. Intrigued, Lacey, along with his friend, Lucius Grenville, begins to investigate. He soon finds himself mired in scandals of the past and surrounded by murders that are very much in the present.

    Marcheta says: "I just love this series - get the rest please!"
    "I just love this series - get the rest please!"
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    Would you listen to A Regimental Murder again? Why?

    Yes and I have. There are so many layers and plot twists. Even the secondary characters stand out.


    What other book might you compare A Regimental Murder to and why?

    The Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris - unfortunately audible only has the middle books at this time. I'd love to hear this series from the beginning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Maryanne were always interesting. She steals candles from CAPT Lacey and is a wild card in the stories.


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

    I liked it so much I bought the Kindle editions and have listened to the three books that are available on audible three times.


    Any additional comments?

    It's always great to find a romance that relies on a story and not graphic sex.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanover Square Affair: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By James Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey's search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld.

    Gash says: "Another damaged but honorable man solving crimes"
    "Really enjoying this series-get the rest please!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hanover Square Affair the most enjoyable?

    I listen to audio books every chance I get. The narrator was great and the plot and characters kept me listening well into the night.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved finding an historical mystery series that has interesting characters, an intriguing story, and moderate romance. I devoured the first three audio books and hope audible releases the other six soon; plus there's a tenth book due out in 2015 . In the meantime, I've downloaded the nine that are available on Kindle.


    What about James Gillies’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job bringing the characters and the story to life for me. I hope he continues to narrate the rest of the audio books in this series.


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

    Any book that keeps me listening well into the night to find out what's going to happen next is a real gem for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Because I liked this series so much, I've checked audible for similar books and am now happily listening to the Sebastian St. Cyr series by Ashley Gardner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolfe

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Guy Veryzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (126)
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    1231 A.D. After a nasty skirmish along the England/Scotland border at Bog Wood, a badly wounded knight has crawled off to die. As women from the Clan Scott fan out across the battlefield to collect the spoils of war, one woman breaks off from the pack. She is sickened by the tradition of stealing valuables off the dead and runs off to hide. In her hiding place, however, lingers the badly wounded knight. The young woman is frightened at first but her natural instinct to lend aid takes over. She tends the knight and saves his life.

    Scotty says: "Just couldn't finish this one."
    "Story kept me interested; grammar made me cringe"
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    I rate Ms. Le Veque's books so high because she's head and shoulders above most of the historical romance writers - she has interesting characters and plots as well as romance. That said, however, I am very annoyed by beautiful obnoxious female heroines. To paraphrase Judge Judy, "Pretty fades; stupid lasts forever." Jemma never improved for me.

    The incorrect grammar should have been fixed when the book was proofread by the publisher's office and caught before the book ever made it to audio. The constant incorrect use of nominative and objective pronouns - which I had to learn in the 7th grade - is extremely irksome. All you have to do to spot an incorrect objective pronoun is to flip the order, e.g., the incorrect "between you and I" flips to" between I and you," which just doesn't sound right. So it should be "between you and me" (which flips to "between me and you" and doesn't sound awkward).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Game and the Governess: Winner Takes All, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kate Noble
    • Narrated By Beverley A. Crick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    When Ned meets governess Phoebe Baker, he becomes intent on gaining her affections. Phoebe wants nothing more than to keep her head down, teach her students, and go unnoticed-especially by the Earl of Ashby. But his rakish secretary has the infuriating habit of constantly crossing her path. Yet Phoebe cannot deny that her pulse quickens in Ned's presence. If this prim-and-proper governess lets her heart rule, will fate intervene where Ned's luck has forsaken him?

    Marcheta says: "Unusual story with lots of humour"
    "Unusual story with lots of humour"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Game and the Governess to be better than the print version?

    I liked the audio version so much that I just bought the Kindle version.


    What other book might you compare The Game and the Governess to and why?

    Nothing comes to mind.


    Have you listened to any of Beverley A. Crick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought she did a great job with all the different characters - and there were a lot of them.


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

    There were a lot of laugh out loud moments for me, especially with the children, Rose and Henry. The governess, Phoebe Baker, uses their love of horses throughout their lessons to keep them engaged. Some of the frantic plot development towards the end reminded me of a screwball comedy- which I liked.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story, the character development of Ned and John, the class snobbery, and the teacher's approach to getting the children to learn by building their lessons around what interested them, e.g., horses. I also think there's a valuable lesson here that is expressed by several different characters: happiness is a choice; but if your happiness is conditional on what happens to you in life and how it affects you, you may never be happy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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