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alexis

author & web developer

Richmond, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 18 reviews
  • 144 ratings
  • 450 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2015
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  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7042)
    Performance
    (6305)
    Story
    (6311)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Great Read. Fantastic Reader."
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    Not as enjoyable as Discovery of Witches, but still, wonderful characterization. Next time, a little less London history and travelogue would be nice. Could have been edited down quite a bit and still would have been a five-star read.

    Congratulations to Ms. Harkness. She deserves the acclaim she's won :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Menna van Praag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Carr
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

    Robin says: "So charmingly British!"
    "Sweet magical story!"
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    I stumbled upon this delightful story during my husband's prolonged illness. It gave me many hours of pleasure. Many thanks to the author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Teashop on the Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    At her husband's funeral, Carla Pride discovers that Martin never divorced his first wife. And his other wife is determined to take everything from Carla. When Will Linton's business goes bust he thinks that he will rise to the top again. But his wife Nicole isn't going to stick around with “a loser”. Molly Jones is being bullied into going into a retirement home. Then the love of her life returns – he says he is dying and wants to spend the time he has left with her.

    Aimee says: "I love Milly Johnson books"
    "Light, lovely and thoroughly enjoyable!"
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    I had not expected to love this novel, but in the end, I really did. The author is skilled, her characters are charming and fully believable. Just what I needed when I found it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Anjana Srinivasan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (149)

    In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

    Leslie says: "Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!"
    "Wonderful novel!"
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    Enjoyed this but I fear I'm beginning to tire a bit of the formula this author seems to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated By Rebecca Night
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly realizes, is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud is hired by Christian Morel as companion to his beautiful, young sister, Sylvie. But Sylvie, Maud discovers, is not quite the darling she seems.

    Anna says: "Captivating story"
    "Such a strange haunting story!"
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    This novel left me pondering a darker Paris than the one I normally remember and enjoy reading about. In the end, though, I thought the novel well written and memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Picasso

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Girard
    • Narrated By Leslie Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world. A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web.

    sheri says: "Compelling story and portrait"
    "Well written and enjoyable story but..."
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    I enjoyed Madame Picasso. The story was engaging and well done. But I found the reader's Spanish dialogue and certain French pronunciations torturous. I could barely stand to listen to the passages with Picasso and wished throughout that the reader had used some other means to signal Picasso's speech, anything other than attempting to render him with such a thick Spanish accent. In fact, at times the accent seemed more Russian or even German. It was so bad I almost gave up on the book several times. A real shame!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sister: Riley MacPherson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2255)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1943)

    In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

    Wendi says: "Great story, kept me reading until late at night"
    "Rediscovering Chamberlain"
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    In the 90s I really enjoyed this author. For some odd reason I lost track of her. This book reminds me of why she was once a favorite. Good story with de characterizations. Glad I found it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisette's List

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Susan Vreeland
    • Narrated By Kim Bubbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Her search takes her through the stunning French countryside, where she befriends Marc and Bella Chagall, who are in hiding before their flight to America, and acquaints her with the land, her neighbors, and even herself in ways she never dreamed possible. Through joy and tragedy, occupation and liberation, small acts of kindness and great acts of courage, Lisette learns to forgive the past, to live robustly, and to love again.

    alexis says: "Wonderful story with an enchanting reader!"
    "Wonderful story with an enchanting reader!"
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    I have enjoyed every novel by Susan Vreeland. She is a fabulous storyteller. This tale, set in Paris and Provence from the years just before WWII through to its end, is no exception. It is filled with sumptuous word-paintings of the setting, the art and the artists of France that enhance the drama without bogging it down. Truly, this is a book to curl up with and relish. The performance of newcomer (new for me at least) Kim Bubbs greatly added to my pleasure. Bubbs is a generous reader whose mostly superbly rendered accents and mastery of cadence and lilt lent an almost musical dimension to the story. It will be hard to listen to other readers after this stellar performance. All in all, Lisette's List is one of the very best listens in my large Audible library. If my own publisher would ever permit my novel to be offered in audio, Kim Bubbs is the reader I'd insist on. Brava et brava!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4090)
    Performance
    (3761)
    Story
    (3752)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Perhaps my favorite of the trilogy!"
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    A fun read by this wonderful, clever author. Harkness shines in this conclusion to her tale of the witch and the vampire. The language is lush without being purple. The story is interesting without the overindulgence in historical detail that made Book Two feel a little pedantic. The characters are fantastical without becoming unbelievable. Overall, one of the most enjoyable novels I've read of late and well worth the long wait.

    Brava, Ms. Harkness. You delivered!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7155)
    Performance
    (6274)
    Story
    (6290)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "Hauntingly beautiful story simply powerfully read"
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    Because the novel jumps abruptly and somewhat awkwardly perhaps to soon from the main storyline in 1944 to the earlier years of the WWII, the novel takes awhile to get moving. A few hours in, however, it moves with gripping tension all the way to the end. The characters, as others have noted, are beautifully and tenderly developed and the settings are vividly rendered. Someone above used the word "masterful," and I heartily agree. Well worth the time and the dollars. ALL THE LIGHT is a treasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3057)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2583)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "The Best Of Kearsley's Recent Work"
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    I enjoyed this novel so much that I rushed to listen to her others, only to be slightly disappointed in the long run, though each is interesting in its own way. I will watch for further titles by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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