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W. Jones

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  • The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Colleen Gleason
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And so, when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate. Now, the fierce Evaline and the logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, in order to navigate the advances of not just one, but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the strange Egyptian scarab.

    Wesley says: "Enjoyable but should have been labeled a teen book"
    "I need Book 2 NOW!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Clockwork Scarab the most enjoyable?

    Other reviewers complained about this book being for teens only. Trash! A good story is a good story… and one that's smart and fun, even better! I am not ready to leave Steampuke London, or Mina & Evaline just yet… so I guess I'll be listening to this again, soon!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clockwork Scarab?

    Not wanting to give anything away, I just loved the way Mina & Evaline butted heads in their efforts to work together. I loved the way the author let us be in both their heads, seeing through their eyes.


    What does Jayne Entwhistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    EVERYTHING!!! I've listened to Jayne before, as Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce (amazing books!) I have never read this author before, and gave it a try mostly because of Jayne Entwhistle! Great narration, great story!


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

    If only I could, but I am sure that would be grounds for divorce.


    Any additional comments?

    What great characters Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker are, and putting them in a Steampunk version of 1890's London, inspired! Now, where is Book 2!!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    Every summer Sam spends a few precious months being human, until the cold causes him to shift to a wolf once again. Discover what happens when he meets Grace in this chilling romance.

    FanB14 says: "Inventive Wolf YA Drama"
    "It's all in the words! And I'm saying WOW!"
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    Would you listen to Shiver again? Why?

    I've listened to it twice so far, and it just keeps getting better. I've also listened to Linger and Forever, the other books in this trilogy. Maggie Stiefvater is a poet masquerading as a novelist! And, in the audiobooks you soon learn that she is also a musician!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grace and Sam, of course! Without giving anything away, they are so polar opposites, but are meant for each other.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning. No, it's the middle. No, no, it is definitely the ending!!!
    AND NO, I will not spoil this book for anyone! Read It! It is ALL in the words. It is why some great books can never be translated into movies. It's the words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was hooked from the first chapter... and yes, there is some crying envolved. So if you don't like getting all emotional, don't read it.


    Any additional comments?

    I took a chance on a novelist I'd never heard of, by narrators I'd never listened to, in a genre of books (YA) that is not my age group, and I was greatly rewarded! There is nothing better than that! Thank you Audible! Thank you Maggie!!!

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