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  • The Rose and the Thorn: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (2248)
    Story
    (2254)

    For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner, Hadrian Blackwater, from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception - Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of - but she's about to find out.

    Cecil says: "Great Series but don't start here"
    "So sad this is the last one for now!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose and the Thorn to be better than the print version?

    The story is great on its own, but I could never conjure up the personalities the way Tim Reynolds does. His tone of voice for Royce and Hadrian is always perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fans sometimes call themselves Team Hadrian and Team Royce, I'm torn as I adore them both. I especially liked seeing Royce fall in love in spite of himself and have no idea how to cope with that.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    I think his performance of Hadrian, with his genial attitude, is most distinctive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I could have, although I also wanted it to last.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Audible, I doubt I would have discovered this author in print or appreciated him half so much. The whole works of Sullivan are probably my favorite listens of the year!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Half a Crown: Small Change, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By John Keating, Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    In 1941 the European war ended in the Farthing Peace, a rapprochement between Britain and Nazi Germany. The balls and banquets of Britain's upper class never faltered, while British ships ferried undesirables across the Channel to board the cattle cars headed east. Peter Carmichael is commander of the Watch, Britain's distinctly British secret police. Its his job to warn the Prime Minister of treason, to arrest plotters, and to discover Jews.

    Donna says: "Priceless Characters, Riveting Plot"
    "Breathless conclusion to the series"
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    I often joke that I stay away from books labeled "gripping" and "chilling". But after the first 2 installments of this series, I had to immediately listen to this one. At first I was disappointed that the action moves forward about 10 years, but Carmichael is back along with his adopted niece, now grown up. It really shows "the banality of evil", as persecution of Jews and other "terrorists" is just a common part of English life along with endless cups of tea and the presentation of young debutantes to the queen.

    It's a very powerful series and John Keating does a great job relating Carmichael's story, as a stoic and professional man who has unseen emotional depths. Some parts were quite terrifying and If I had been reading this in print, I think I would have been compelled to peek ahead to reassure myself, but with audio, you have to stay on for the whole ride. I'm glad I did!

    It's easy to see how similar kinds of oppression and manipulation of public opinion could happen today in the U.S. - or already are happening.

    I'm impressed that Jo Walton can write well in so many different genres.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ha’Penny: Small Change, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By John Keating, Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    In 1949, eight years after the "Peace with Honor" was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany by the Farthing Set, England has completed its slide into fascist dicatorship. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb. The brilliant but politically compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the case. What he finds leads him to a conspiracy of peers and communists, of staunch king-and-country patriots and hardened IRA gunmen, to murder Britain's prime minister and his new ally, Adolf Hitler.

    Nancy J says: "Excellent Thriller and Alternate History!"
    "Middle book builds a world"
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    This is a sequel to Farthing, and is followed by Half a Crown. It occurs right after the first book and features Inspector Carmichael. The other part of the story involves the theater world, which in some ways is a metaphor for all the acting and pretending and shams in this alternate history. It's quite gripping and I had to instantly go to the 3rd book. The narration is excellent, not over the top, just letting the dramatic events speak for themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farthing: Small Change, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By John Keating, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (216)

    One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

    Nancy J says: "It Couldn't Happen Here, Right? RIGHT?"
    "Jo Walton is amazing!"
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    It's astounding to me that Jo Walton can write fantasy (Among Others), faux Victoriana (Tooth and Claw), and then turn around and write a country house murder/political thriller with the added twist of being set in an alternate Britain that made peace with Hitler. The ordinariness of the beginning adds to the scariness of creeping totalitarianism. And although the setting is the 1940's, the debate about restricting liberties to protect the country from terrorism is very relevant. Both narrators were very good, which I can't always say. I immediately started listening to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Darkness and Light: A Molly Murphy Mystery, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (198)

    Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible. In shock and grieving, but knowing she needs to protect their infant son, Liam, Molly agrees to take him on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends Sid and Gus, who are studying art in the City of Light.

    karen says: "Why on earth did I buy this thing?"
    "Best for those who love Paris"
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    I've read all the Molly Murphy books in print so this was my first audio of the series. I thought the narration was fine, though the story was mainly a lot of name-dropping and cameos by famous artists. I happen to enjoy reading anything that takes place in Paris, so that didn't bother me, but some things were pretty far-fetched. For instance, learning French as a schoolgirl some years before does not mean one can carry on complex conversations with natives. I'm sure I'll keep reading the series, but in print where it's faster and I can skim over the background material. But if you've been following the whole series on audio, you probably will like this. Daniel isn't around to get in the way for once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Healy, Todd Harris
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (335)

    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

    MissSusie66 says: "Warning Gushing Ahead…….."
    "Fun for all ages"
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    This is a bit like Into the Woods, showing you what happens behind or after the "happily ever after" of fairy tales. Bronson Pinchot's narration is what really makes it special and adds to the humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tail of Vengeance: A Chet and Bernie Mystery eShort Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Chet and Bernie - everybody's favorite human-canine detective team - are asked by a beautiful woman to find evidence that would put her cheating boyfriend in the doghouse. This is an e-original short story from New York Times best-selling author Spencer Quinn.

    Bird Lady 147 says: "How can you not love Bernie and Chet the Jet?"
    "Plot discrepancy cleared up"
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    In A Cat Was Involved, I was confused by Chet and Bernie meeting when Bernie already has an ex-wife, whereas other books conflicted with that. This story clarifies the time line of Bernie's personal life. Not much suspense in this one, but nothing cheers me up more than hearing Jim Frangione as Chet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (963)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "Not bad but no match for Half a Yellow Sun"
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    This book has some interesting comments on race and class in America and Africa and other cultural differences. The main characters have flaws as well as strengths. However, some parts drag on much longer than needed, and the American scenes are rather predictable and even like soap opera.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cat Was Involved: A Chet and Bernie Mystery Short, Story 1

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    Spencer Quinn’s first original audio short story reveals how everyone’s favorite detective duo - Chet the Dog and P.I. Bernie Little - came to meet before their first big case in Dog On It. As fans know, Chet first met Bernie on that fateful day when he flunked out of K-9 police school. The details of that day, though, have always remained a little vague (like so much in Chet’s doggy brain). All we know is that Chet had been the best leaper in his K-9 class, but for some reason he failed his final leaping test...and that a cat was involved...and that there was some blood. But whose?

    Bird Lady 147 says: "The beginning how Chet and Bernie met!"
    "Fun but inconsistent with other stories"
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    It's great to find out that Chet didn't flunk out of canine school just because " a cat was involved". As usual, he was solving a mystery. The wonderful chemistry between Bernie and Chet is established. But in this story, on the day he meets Chet, Bernie refers to his ex-wife. In all the other books, it's clear that Chet was around in the "Leda Days" and when Charlie was little. So I guess it's just that Chet's memory is a little confused. Maybe his first experience of Slim Jims crowded out everything else!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1279)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "Typical chick lit- why the raves?"
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    I chose this because of all the enthusiastic reviews and I was disappointed. I think it must be that book lovers are so starved for books about books that they rated this highly. Otherwise it's a typical mass market chick lit book, with all the tropes - a precocious child who acts like no real child would, tough characters with hearts of gold, a charming small town which magically contains romantic partners for everyone and way too many tragedies for probability. I have no objection to chick lit and even romance, though I prefer more laughs and less tearjerking. I just thought I was getting something more here.

    I know there's a division of opinions about Scott Brick. I thought he was fine, but he does have a distinctive manner and a little of him goes a long way. Sometimes when I love a narrator, I'll look up other books done by him or her, but I'm not in a hurry to hear more by him. On the other hand, I won't necessarily avoid him either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6595)
    Performance
    (5808)
    Story
    (5809)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "Couldn't listen fast enough!"
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    This was a real page-turner, but I was forced to slow down to the pace of the audio. I kept trying to sneak in time to listen during holiday family events! It was a challenge for the narrator because there are multiple female characters and she differentiated them without being over the top. There are some plot points that keep you guessing, some serious issues but also a lot of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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