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Marin

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  • Cetaganda: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (578)

    When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "Miles and Ivan on a mission!"
    "Great Series!"
    Overall

    I love this series, and this third book was another delightful installment in the Miles Vorkosagan saga. At first I was unsure about the reader (he is a little nasal) but, but he grew on me. I finally decided that his voice is appropriate for Miles. The plots in this series so far are a delightful labyrinth of politics and intrigue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of the Flowers: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    With more than a dash of glamour and serious helpings of style, the witty and courageous Phryne Fisher returns. In 1928 St Kilda’s streets hang with fairy lights. Magic shows, marionettes, tea dances, tango competitions, life-saving demonstrations, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all part of the Flower Parade. And who else should be chosen to be Queen of the Flowers but the gorgeous, charming and terribly fashionable Hon Phryne Fisher?

    Denise Barker says: "always enjoy a Phryne tale!"
    "The Delightful Phryne"
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    This novel is another installment in this lovely series. The focus is back on Phryne and her little family, and less on Lin and the chinese community. Many old friends from other books make happy cameos, and Phryne is at her fabulous best saving lives and sorting out messes. The theme of fathers and family is also explored in an interesting way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (635)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "Delightful History"
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    Well written, and my favorite way to absorb history; through an engrossing story! I got it on a whim during an Audible sale, and was delighted with the voice of Tiro, the slave stenographer narrator. The story of Cicero and the more familiar one of Julius Cesar were given a new fuller context, and the politics and social reality of ancient Rome were really fully developed. I always love it when an author manages to make a historical period seem peopled by real people who inhabit the period in a way that neither disdains, nor glorifies it. Well worth the credit! I can't wait for the rest of the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3076)
    Performance
    (2504)
    Story
    (2510)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "Light Entertainment Less Engaging Than The First"
    Overall
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    It was predictable and light, which can be great, but this one lacked the humor that made "How to Flirt with a Naked Warewolf"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1689)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Always Fun With a New Twist"
    Overall
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    The Stephanie Plum novels are always fun, but the last couple have gotten a little cookie cutter. This one starts off with a refreshing plot twist. Lorelei King is awesome, and is really the reason that I have hung on with this series! Her overall performance and the voices for all the characters really bring this to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (772)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "A Coming of Age and Classic Sci-Fi at It's BEST"
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    This series is one of the best in the genre. This is a marvelously fully realized future universe inhabited by real and fascinating men and women. Miles, the main character, is complex and charming. This first novel is a coming of age story combined with the triumph of the under-dog. It took me a little while to fall in love with the narrator. He is not one of those that does lots of different voices, but he is very expressive, and has become one of my favorites. The rest of the series only gets better. It's never formulaic; the characters continue to grow and develop as the author explores the reaches of her universe. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2787)
    Performance
    (2145)
    Story
    (2142)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "A Perfect Vacation Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Molly Harper has a wonderful knack for creating caracters. This novel, like the others that I have read, is a treat. The main character is surprisingly believable in her Romantic situation, there is the perfect spice of humor, and the dialog is very good. It's light, fun, and the romance is satisfyingly tied up in a bow at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8880)
    Performance
    (3311)
    Story
    (3348)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "A Sweeping Saga"
    Overall
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    This stand-alone novel is an interesting follow up to Pillars of the Earth, Follett's first novel of the imaginary Cathedral town of Kingsbridge. It's an exploration of the social ramifications of the interaction of the Medieval Church and Government.

    The novel follows a cast of characters through their lives in the town, and it is a very thoroughly imagined description of their lives. This novel, like the first one, is very well researched, and part of the appeal is hearing the very thorough descriptions of invention, architecture, medicine, etc. This includes some very graphic passages that would make this inappropriate for young listeners. Don't make the mistake I did, and leave it on your car speakers while the kids are in the car!

    There is a very American slant to this novel; a celebration of the individual against the institution, the idealization of the middle class, the villainization of the military, etc. But, it's not so overt in most cases that it really detracts from the overall story.

    The narrator is adequate. He's not particularly good at voices, but he didn't try to do too many accents. He read with enough general expression and tone that he's not distracting.

    Overall, this was an interesting listen. It won't be on my repeated rotation, but it was thought provoking and sparked some interesting debates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taltos

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    The legend-building storytelling power that has earned Anne Rice her millions of devoted fans is enthrallingly present in Taltos. This novel continues the epic of the Mayfair witches, the occult saga that began with The Witching Hour and Lasher.

    Clare says: "Love Tim Curry...but who is the other guy?"
    "Not a Stand Alone"
    Overall

    I love the reader, but this is not a stand alone novel. Either the whole novel or the editing job for the abridge left me feeling like I was missing a great deal of what was going on, and prevented me from caring about the characters at all.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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