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Tina

Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (378)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "Excellent listen."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Garment of Shadows to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. I have, however, read many of Laurie King's novels. I would say that listening vs reading is strictly a preference based on what other activities I'm engaged in and what time of the day I want to be entertained.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Laurie King revived my interest/excitement over the series with this book after the previous one in the series which was pretty disappointing. Good, sound writing and excellent psychological insight into the characters. Good amount of tension and uncertainty.


    What does Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One can't skim sections. One has to keep to the pace of the spoken word -- sometimes this is an advantage.


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

    Only if I was on a very long drive. But yes, the plot was sufficiently engaging that it was hard to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Reader and director did a super job capturing the feel of the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (450)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "Alan Bradley does it again."
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    Where does Speaking from Among the Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with ones by Cotterill.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flavia de Luce, of course.


    What about Jayne Entwistle’s performance did you like?

    She has a great voice and makes such a believable Flavia.


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

    clever and engagingly human humor.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series in both written form and as read by Jayne Entwistle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (314)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Would be a good read."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the print version. The reader had a deplorable tendency to drop her voice at the end of each sentence. I listened to and enjoyed Mr. Churchill's Secretary which was read by, I believe, a different person. The story and plot of both are engaging. I really enjoy listening to an audio book unless the reader gets in the way of that enjoyment.


    What other book might you compare Princess Elizabeth's Spy to and why?

    Mr. Churchill's Secretary.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above


    Was Princess Elizabeth's Spy worth the listening time?

    I think so. I listened all the way to the end and managed to stay pretty engaged despite my personal dislike of the way the book was read.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is important to realize that of course, what one person finds distracting, will not bother another person. So, take this review with a grain of salt. I'm sure reading is a very challenging job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    How do you respond when you wake up to find a severed head on your resort-front beach in the morning? If you're frustrated ex-crime reporter Jimm Juree, you take action. With her former cop grandfather as back up, she sets out to discover how the poor fellow ended up where he did - and why. On their journey, with the rest of their disjointed family in tow, they uncover gruesome tales of piracy and slavery, violence and murder in the Gulf of Thailand.

    Hannah says: "Lively, charming and unexpected"
    "Cotterill entertains and educates simultaneously"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version. However, it is possible to do other tasks while listening which is always a plus.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That's a tough one. Each character is essential to the plot. Jimm Juree and Grandad are the ones that carry much of the story, but Mai is the one that holds the secrets and the warmth.


    Have you listened to any of Kim Mai Guest’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Laugh and think -- definitely. Excellent tale but also gives insight into the political, social and cultural aspects of modern day Thailand.


    Any additional comments?

    Every book I've read or listened to of Cotterill's is totally absorbing, heartwarming, yet realistically thought provoking. He's one of my favorite authors. He can discuss desperate situation and social issues with warmth, humanity, and humor.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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