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Marcheta

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  • Generous Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Olivia Waite
    • Narrated By Ben Maclaine
    Overall
    (7)
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    (5)
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    (6)

    Everyone at the academy knows Latin instructress Caroline Tisdale for her plain gowns and severe demeanor. Her headmaster, however, is about to unravel a bit of her mystery. Mr. Topper has always been able to balance passion and propriety - but once a student prank brings Miss Tisdale to his attention, his desire begins to chip away at his resolve. Miss Tisdale has spent years keeping her wayward tendencies firmly in check, despite the temptations posed by the dark-haired headmaster. She clings to her control even as the thought of submitting to him makes her pulse race and her imagination run rampant.

    Marcheta says: "Way too graphic sex with paper thin story"
    "Way too graphic sex with paper thin story"
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    This is one of the few audios that I am requesting be removed from my library.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inspector of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    Overall
    (43)
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    (36)
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    (36)

    The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

    Marcheta says: "Haunting and Fascinating Crime in Victorian London"
    "Haunting and Fascinating Crime in Victorian London"
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    This is the second book (the first being "Murder as a Fine Art") in which Thomas De Quincey, his daughter Emily, and detectives Ryan and Becker work together to solve an intriguing string of brutal murders set in 1850s London. De Quincey was a very real person whose "Confessions of an Opium Eater" was mentioned in my high school English class when discussing Coleridge. I never realized he coined the term "subconscious" decades before Freud.

    The point of view goes back and forth between the third person and Emily's first person journal. This book has a depth and poignancy that surprised me.The ending was especially satisfying.

    I hope Mr. Morrell writes more books with these people/characters. I bought the Kindle version so I could savor the writing and more easily search for passages that were particularly memorable. Be sure to listen to the author's Afterword to appreciate all the research and historical detail that went into the writing of this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Weaver Takes a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (8)
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    (7)
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    Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London's most beautiful women, and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke's only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an 800-year-old pedigree.

    Lady M says: "Delightful!"
    "Great Characters and an Engaging Story"
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    I really liked the characters, especially Mr. Bundy, and the plot of this story. I laughed out loud quite a few times. It's fascinating to watch Mr. Bundy's transformation without losing his inherent goodness. All the main characters are clearly defined. My favorite scene was when Mr. Bundy and Helen visited his mill in Manchester. I loved how he interacted with his workers. Today's supervisor's could take a leaf from his book. I couldn't stop listening.

    I've never heard of this author, but I'll definitely be reading more of her Regency books and her John Pickett series. Hopefully these books will be released on audio.

    P.S. There are no gratuitous sex scenes, just a well-written and engaging story with a truly lovable main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of Sloane House: Chicago World's Fair Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Shelley Shepard Gray
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Rosalind Perry has left her family's rural farm in Wisconsin to work as a housemaid at Sloane House, one of the most elegant mansions in Gilded Age Chicago. But Rosalind is not there just to earn a living and support her family - she's at Sloane House determined to discover the truth about her sister's mysterious disappearance. Set against the backdrop of Chicago's Gilded Age and the1893 World's Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.

    Marcheta says: "Inspirational fiction should come with a warning!"
    "Inspirational fiction should come with a warning!"
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    Years ago, audible used to identify the genre to which books belonged, but no longer.There was nothing in the summary to warn me that this was inspirational fiction, which I avoid whenever possible. Tavia Gilbert is wasted on this drivel. I'm returning this one pronto.

    2 of 2 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
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    (12)
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    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
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    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.

    4 of 5 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
    (3348)
    Performance
    (2985)
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    (2971)

    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
    Overall
    (269)
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    (234)
    Story
    (232)

    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 12 mins)
    • By Jeri Westerson
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
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    (13)

    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
    (124)
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    (111)
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    (110)

    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.

    14 of 14 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
    (35)
    Performance
    (35)
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    (34)

    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

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