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Shanley

Windsor, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (345)

    With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery.... Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment.

    Shanley says: "Love, Love, Love this series"
    "Love, Love, Love this series"
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    What did you love best about Hexes and Hemlines?

    The presentation of the characters really bring them to life.


    What other book might you compare Hexes and Hemlines to and why?

    I believe Juliet Blackwell is unique in her writing style.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    She did fantastic, you really visualize the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love this series to become a TV mini series or a movie, how much fun would that be.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4003)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2641)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Everyone can relate to this journey of life"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, if there is anyone who hasn't read or listened already.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Santiago. It is a journey that all of us take in one form or another, so it was easy to relate to him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he realizes where his real treasure is.


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

    Most definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a great movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (660)

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "Terry Goodkind is a gifted storyteller."
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    If you could sum up The First Confessor in three words, what would they be?

    Enthralling, magical and memorizing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is though. Madga and the Wizard are neck and neck.


    What about Kellie Fitzgerald’s performance did you like?

    She bring life to the different characters.


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

    Yes, Yes, Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they would have continued the TV series, it was wonderful. Left me looking for the the continuation of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cast-Off Coven: Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (489)

    Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet. But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max - a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft - she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs - it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.

    C. says: "Speaking French"
    "Brilliant Fun!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Cast-Off Coven the most enjoyable?

    The story line continues to progress, keeps you captivated and interested.


    What other book might you compare A Cast-Off Coven to and why?

    Juliet Blackwell has a very unique writing style. I have listened and read other books of the same genre, none compare to the way she coveys the story line. I am a big fan of the writing.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    Oscar. You can really see Oscar in his different forms.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Great vintage clothes and witchy things, what more could a girl want.


    Any additional comments?

    Movies from the series would be wonderful.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Devil’s Food Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke will leave listeners hungry for more with this, her best recipe for murder yet. Devil’s Food Cake Murder finds the residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, buzzing with activity. Perhaps busiest of all is Hannah Swensen, proprietor of The Cookie Jar, who is experimenting with a devil’s food cake recipe. But no matter how hectic times may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend—particularly a dead one.

    Russell says: "Now thats what I call a cliffhanger ending!"
    "It was to many Grandma Knunsen phrases, enough!"
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    Would you try another book from Joanne Fluke and/or Suzanne Toren?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Joanne Fluke’s story?

    I could not take another Grandma Knunsen phrase again. Every other word seemed like it was Grandma Knunsen. Enough already, we know of whom the writer was speaking of, we don't need to be reminded of it every second in the story. I believe it took away from the plot.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Devil’s Food Cake Murder?

    Grandma Knunsen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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