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barbara

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  • A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (215)

    It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

    Sires says: "Elly Griffith Is Back in Better Form"
    "Weak central character limits this story"
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    Ruth, supposedly a forensic anthropologist, should be an interesting character study if Griffiths portrayal of her reflected any of the intelligence and independence a reader might expect. Other characters in the story speak of her with admiration but I find her a most uninformed scholar. She asks others to answer questions about British political or church history that I could have answered in high school. The story wanders endlessly around the thoughts of a group of personalities and taxes a reader's patience in trying to link them together into a coherent story line. The author constantly refers to earlier books in order to support the story line in this one. I have no motivation to go back and read the earlier novels. The author would be better served to do a little more research and develop a central character with some depth.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Potent Pleasures: The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Reckless desire sends Charlotte Daicheston into the garden with a dashing masked stranger. He's powerful and unforgettable, a devastatingly handsome footman who lures her - not against her will - into a grand indiscretion at a masquerade ball. Then he vanishes. Several years later, after Charlotte has made her dazzling debut in London society, they meet again. But the rogue is no footman. He's rich, titled, and he doesn't remember Charlotte. Worse, he's the subject of some scandalous gossip.

    Equusdreamer says: "Heart Wrenching and Beautiful at the Same Time"
    "Impotency, virginity, passion are center stage"
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    The hero has an unbridled temper that often gets in the path of his reason. The heroine is a typically naive debutant whose ignorance of all things sexual creates multiple stumbling blocks on her path understanding love and marriage. The vicious gossip of members of the ton and a set of twins keep the story moving albeit for a little longer than necessary

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Witch: Trevelyan Family, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Her father’s prodigal ways have forced the extremely lovely Alexandra Ashmore into an engagement with a strange man in a strange land: a man blind to the effect her unearthly beauty has on other men, and which has earned her the title "the English Witch"! So when she’s kidnapped by another love-struck suitor, Alexandra assumes she’s truly doomed to a loveless marriage with her captor.

    barbara says: "A Charming Romp"
    "A Charming Romp"
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    After reading Isabella I looked forward to reading this second entry in the series. Starting in Armenia with a vague archeologist and his bewitching daughter we travel with them back to England accompanied by a handsome rake . Multiple engagements, one kidnapping, a couple of elopements and lots of lords and ladies keep the tangled plot moving. The dialogue is great fun and kept a smile on my face all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Basin: The Cyrus Skeen Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edward Cline
    • Narrated By Aaron E. Tucker
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Cyrus Skeen, private detective, scours 1928 San Francisco in search of the man who stole a priceless medieval artifact. The thief, who is also a pathological killer, is not Skeen's only obstacle. The exquisite Frenchwoman and retured British colonel who are searching for the artifact also prove to be obstructions. Helping him in his search is his loyal and adoring secretary, Dilys Jones. Complicating the search are two Yale classmates, one of whom has penned a hit play that is headed for Broadway, but who has a secret about its true authorship. This is the other side of Sam Spade's San Francisco.

    Anna says: "A Great Read!"
    "Preachy"
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    The author is enamored of his own views and often falls into a political polemic that fails to enhance the story . Descriptions of the novel suggest that it involves a mystery about a medieval chalice. It doesn't. It is just a weak detective story. Disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Track of the Scorpion: Nicolette Scott Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert R. Irvine
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Nicolette Scott is an archaeologist with an unusual specialty, the recent past, and an even odder passion: Uncovering lost airplanes. But ancient civilizations are where the funding is, and the New Mexico badlands are where her father is, so Nick bides her time on a dig of prehistoric Anasazi dwellings. When a prospector brings word of his unexpected find - an airplane buried in the shifting sands of the desert - Nick is eager to investigate.

    barbara says: "Ended too soon"
    "Ended too soon"
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    This well plotted adventure story was worth reading. However I was frustrated by the deaths of so many characters. The ending was dramatic but not satisfying. There were too many unresolved story lines and too many story lines were resolved by death


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Stars: Scandalous Encounters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Lieutenant-Colonel Nathaniel Carrick, Viscount Healeyfield returned home from the battlefields with nothing but his honor, his excellent eye-sight, and a crumbling abbey to his name. As luck would have it however, his wealthy mentor has a daughter of marriageable age that he'd like to see wed before he dies. Almost instantly, Nathaniel is quite smitten with the girl. She's lovely, enchanting and the most unique female of his acquaintance.

    ki says: "My Favorite"
    "A fairytale for adults"
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    Delightful. Perfect length for an evening or a trip to grandmother's house. Totally different from the other books in the series. Complete in itself. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on Beacon Hill: Nell Sweeney Mystery Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.B. Ryan
    • Narrated By Leigh Ryan
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    As governess to the wealthy Hewitts, Irish immigrant Nell Sweeney belongs to no particular caste - hers is halfway between her brethren and the Brahmin. But now, a double murder involves both maid and mistress - and it will take cooperation by rich and poor alike to solve it. All of Boston is talking about the murder of Virginia Kimball. The famous actress, past her prime but still a renowned beauty, was found shot to death in her Beacon Hill townhouse, along with her young Irish - American maid, Fiona Gannon.

    barbara says: "More I want more"
    "More I want more"
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    Having read all the books in this series I am anxious for the next. Ryan has patiently and believably developed the personalities and relationship between Nell and Will. The supporting characters have substance and credibility and come in and out of the series to help build the drama and mystery. It is fun to visit the fascinating city of Boston in the 1860s. Ryan evokes this richly layered period in US history and carefully weaves the influences of Boston Brahmins, Irish immigrants , Harvard and post civil war America into a good story worth reading

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lazarus Curse: Dr. Thomas Silkstone, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tessa Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    London, 1782. The sole survivor of an ill-fated expedition to Jamaica has gone missing upon his return home. Dr. Thomas Silkstone had been entrusted to catalog all the New World specimens and therefore feels compelled to investigate the disappearance. Meanwhile, a rumor circulates that a potion with the power to raise the dead is afoot, and the formula is thought to be in the missing botanist's journal.

    Linda Lou says: "INTRIGUING DOSE OF SILKSTONE FROM HARRIS & VANCE!"
    "Series has bogged down"
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    This series has been well researched, written and related in audio...however, Harris is sinking into melodrama as she seeks to keep the series going. I suggest she lets the relationship between the doctor and his lady love move forward or end. After four novels It is disappointing to have these two people once again find themselves in a torturous tangle. As I reader I feel like I am trapped in a Saturday afternoon matinee watching the screen fade to gray on a heroine tied to the railroad tracks. I don't think I can endure seven hours of "Bedlam"......the probable site of the next installment in this series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Masqueraders

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ruth Sillers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (218)

    After participating in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, Robin and Prudence, brother and sister, become engaged in a swashbuckling, romantic adventure. Our hero and heroine must cross-dress and switch genders if they are to escape prosecution a humorous move that allows Heyer to explore the manners and language affectations of the period as the two romp through the elite saloons and clubs of London.

    barbara says: "Difficult to follow as an audio book"
    "Difficult to follow as an audio book"
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    If you were expecting to find the clever repartee of Heyer's usual dialogue you will be disappointed. This is more of a farce than a whimsical romantic comedy. I am delighted by most of Heyer's stories but this is a forgettable and confusing tale.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Mask

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Bobbie Frohman
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In a tale delivering the best in the genre of romantic suspense, Willkie Collins’ novel The Yellow Mask, will hold you riveted from beginning to end. A priest believes the inheritance and great wealth of Count Fabio D’Ascoli was stolen from the Church many generations ago. This scheming priest decides to steal the money back and unleashes a mystery filled with terror and menace. Who is behind The Yellow Mask? Maddalena or...?

    barbara says: "Dated"
    "Dated"
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    Some books hold their appeal long after publication. This one doesn't. The performance is almost unlistenable I held on until the end because I admire the author's writing. This is not one of his better efforts

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (495)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Cynthia says: "Terrible Narrator!"
    "Moving future classic"
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    We'll written from start to finish. No student should leave high school without reading this and talking about it in English class. As the fifteen year old narrator reflects on her complicated family relationships we learn about her as well as her parents, her sister, her uncle and his partner. The characters are complex and beautifully revealed by the author Carol Rifka Brunt. In Brunt's hands the AIDs crisis of the 80s is sensitively and gently handled. Having lived in the New York City area I found the portrayal of a young girl coming of age near the City and dealing with the loss of her gifted uncle to AIDS to be credible and deeply engaging. I am looking forward to Brunt's next effort

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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