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  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present. On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Marcus Is Not Matthew

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I loved the All Souls Trilogy and was hoping for this book to be as good. But, it was not. I gave it 4 stars when 3 stars was probably more like it. But, it did provide some insights into more of Marcus and his background. But, I didn’t really care about Marcus that much to begin with. I could tell the interest was not there when I could stop reading/listening and go to another book. It just seemed like a repeat of what occurred in the All Souls without the detail that would help the reader put the events in a timeline. Of course, maybe this is all that could be revealed. It would be more interesting to me to pick up Diana and Michael and the twins and go somewhere with them. Marcus and Phoebe seem like a nice couple and it was interesting to hear what the first 90 days in a vampire’s rebirth are like but....not sure I cared about all the sordid medical stuff that Marcus loved. I perked up whenever Matthew came into the story. The New Orleans section was more than I needed to know about Marcus’ fall into shame. All in all, this book was not necessary to know. I’m looking forward to the TV series about the All Souls Trilogy. The narrator of the book was good but the voices didn’t seem to fit my expectation. The author of the first three books was the best narrator.

  • Shadow Hunt

  • Disrupted Magic, Book 3
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 438

For years now, Scarlett Bernard has counted on two things: her ability to nullify magic, and Shadow, the bargest who guards Scarlett with her life. But after a sudden revelation turns Scarlett's world upside down, she panics and leaves town without warning, leaving Shadow with her partner, Jesse. In the chaos that follows, the bargest is stolen - and Jesse nearly dies from a brutal psychic assault. It seems that an old enemy has returned for revenge...and the attack on Shadow was only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Potter for Adults!

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-14-18

Scarlett and Jesse Save The LA Old World

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I love Scarlett Barnard and now I love Shadow, too. What a dog! Magic or not! This book is terrific. Jesse Cruz plays a major role and there is even a Wild Hunt involved. All the magic of the Old World and some of the new. Scarlett is a null and can cancel out magic so the individuals revert to humans in her radius. But, can she stop magic when it is older than the creatures? She gets involved with the witch clan that used their magic to create Shadow and they are bad, really bad! This is the last we hear from Scarlett for a bit but it is an ending that the reader can believe. Scarlett will star in another of her own series but for now she will be a bit player in other Old World novels by this fabulous author. I listened to this book in audible narrated by Amy McFadden, the voice of Scarlett. Amy is terrific!!! I like being able to read on my kindle and listen to audible.

  • Blood Gamble

  • Disrupted Magic, Book 2
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

If there is one city that Scarlett Bernard hates, it's Las Vegas. But when the cardinal vampire of Los Angeles convinces her to go investigate a new vampire-themed stage show, Scarlett quickly finds herself shoulder-deep in sequins, slot machines, and Old World intrigue. The show's creators are vampire celebrities Arthur and Lucy Holmwood, who once inspired characters from the original Dracula. Now, however, they have no qualms about announcing their true status to the human world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but I miss my friends

  • By BikeVON on 10-20-17

Scarlett Goes To Vegas—Trouble Follows Her!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-18

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas....usually. Wow! When Scarlett is sent to Vegas by her boss, Dashielle, the Head Vampire of the Los Angeles area, she has no idea what is going to happen. She thinks she is to go to a show and see the Dementer stage show created by two vampires. Dashielle is worried that they are revealing vampires so that the public will become aware. In truth, that is not their game. They want to rid the world of vampires, one at a time or more if they can make it happen. Scarlett reconnects with another Null from New York who she has had fond memories. His name is Jameston and they do connect in Vegas but they find themselves on opposite sides of the issue. This is one of those books that grabs you and you just have to know what happens. Dashielle steps in to save the day and to save Scarlett. There is a back story that only he can tell. The ending knocks you off your seat and makes reading Book 3 immediately essential. So, that’s where I’m headed right now. To read Shadow Hunter. Melissa Olson is a terrific writer. You will want to read every one of her books. Amy McFadden is the voice of Scarlett and she does a terrific job, even when whining.

  • Midnight Curse

  • Disrupted Magic, Book 1
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

Scarlett Bernard is used to cleaning up messes. As a human who cancels out any magic around her, Scarlett's job is to keep the supernatural world hidden - at any cost. But on the eve of the Vampire Trials, a two-day tribunal that allows the otherworldly community to air their grievances, Scarlett receives a blood-soaked message from Molly, her estranged former roommate. Molly, a vampire, had been living with 12 human college students...and in one terrible night, she slaughtered them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is not the first book.

  • By aimee a on 08-19-17

Scarlett & Shadow, Her 180 Pound Magic Dog Return

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Not sure how I missed this series with Scarlett Bernard cleaning up the vampire’s messes but I will pay better attention from now on. I listened in Audible by Amy McFadden and got the excitement through her narration. She is very good. I also read on Kindle. Love it! This is another terrific book by Melissa Olson with Scarlett and her faithful 180 pound magic dog, Shadow, saving LA from bad vampires. Her former roommate, Molly is in trouble. Molly is accused of killing her 12 roommates and then turning 4 of them into vampires. Oops! Bad action for the safe supernatural groups in LA. Of course, Scarlett jumps into find out what really happened because Molly would not behave in this way. There is a fast investigation with much magic involved, the Supernatural Trials being held in the LA convention center must be held, so Scarlett and Jesse Cruz save the day. Yes, Jesse Cruz returns because Scarlett asks him for help. Eli, her current werewolf boyfriend, behaves in the worrisome way he has in the past. Eli wants her to be a good domestic partner and stay home and out of trouble. Not how Scarlett sees the world. It is a delightful escape and now I can move on to Books 2 and 3 with no angst in between. Needless to say, Scarlett finds out what happened and is on the way to save the newly turned vampires back into humans. She is a Nul Witch and that is one of her talents. I love this author!

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,881

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Another Great Adventure with Robin and Cormoran

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I chose to listen to this book in audible because the dialog is so much truer when narrated by someone who speaks the language. Robert Glenister narrates the books extremely well. His voice has become Cormoran Strike which is excellent. This story begins after Robin and Matthew’s difficult wedding with Matthew having deleted Strike’s messages to Robin that he would be arriving late for the reception. She knows this is a sign but she chooses to ignore it. The story focuses on blackmail against one of the House of Commons’ Ministers. Robin goes under cover to attempt to find out if it is one of the Minister’s political enemies. As the story unfolds, it becomes a murder case with lots of twists and turns but all winding up pointing to the chalk horse on the mountain near where a troubled young man says he saw a girl buried. There are bits of the story that could have been eliminated, too much back and forth with the troubled young man’s older brother and his girl friend. But all in all, it is a terrific book, very gritty, with lots of real reactions by Strike about his prosthetic leg. He smokes too much and abuses his leg but all in all, it just makes the investigative business more real. Fortunately, the book ends with Cormoran and Robin still working together and still ‘friends’ but you get the feeling that maybe, just maybe, it will turn into something else. Start with Book 1 and then you’ll be like us, waiting for the next book.

  • Mariana

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159

Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there. The locals are warm and welcoming; especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall, yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was hooked when I heard the Narrator's voice!

  • By Ray on 02-23-12

Absolutely Breathtaking and Amazing—Reincarnation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Wow! I loved this book. Carolyn Bonnyman is the narrator and she becomes the characters. Outstanding performance. This book is all about love and remembrance. Mariana is a 17th century woman who falls in love with the Lord of the Manor. Her uncle takes her in when her mother dies of the plague in London. The uncle never liked her mother’s choice of a husband and blamed her for careless living. Obviously, Mariana must do as she’s told by her male relative but....Mariana is different. So, now we come to the 20th Century and meet Julia Beckett. She is a designer and lives in London but is drawn back to a village she visited when she was 5 years old. The house she buys is one of the houses that existed in the 17th Century and she begins to have flashbacks to Mariana. The book is very much in the present but includes the visits made by Julia to the past where she realizes that she is seeing Mariana’s life. The ending is quite a surprise and I had to listen to the last hour a 2nd time to be sure I got all the nuanced dialog. It is delightful book and anyone who likes time travel, reincarnation, and lost loves being found will love this book. Susanna Kearsley is a terrific writer and her books capture the past as well as the present.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,773

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Ballet Dancer Becomes Spy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I listened to this book in Audible and finally finished it by watching the movie. The story was interesting but it just didn’t grab me. The movie filled in but left with an incomplete ending. Guess so we can read the sequels. The premise is that a Russian ballet dancer can be made to spy by sending her to Sparrow School which is a school to teach the students the art of seduction. Upon graduation the Sparrows are assigned to gather information for the government. In this story the ballet dancer turned spy meets an American spy who she is to convince she is being honest with him. They fall in love and share information. The ending was confusing but it left the impression that they both survive and will continue their subterfuge of pretending to spy. Jeremy Bobb was excellent narrator.

  • Leverage in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 47
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter - but what was the motive of the masked men? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Jean on 09-23-18

Eve, Peabody and Roarke Never Get Old

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Another excellent book in the In Death Series. You’d think by book 47 the readers would be tired of Eve and Roarke but we love them. This story is loaded with more murder victims than usual but Eve manages to sort them out with the aid of her team at the NYSPD and Roarke. In this book Peabody is distracted by the possibility of going to the awards ceremony to see if the movie screen play written by Nadine Furst wins. Of course, Eve doesn’t go...too fancy for her. Roarke fills in as Eve’s ‘partner’ while Peabody is away and as usual helps with his E-skills to solve the murders. It keeps you guessing while Eve conducts many interviews before hitting on one of the killers. This was an excellent story and kept my interest but it didn’t have the same SNAP of earlier books. The narrator, Susan Ericksen was superb as usual. She has become the voice of this series. I’ll listen again to see what I missed. You need to start with the earlier books to fully get the nuances of this one.

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 569

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something new, but still very much Jodi Taylor!

  • By Lora Feeley on 09-22-17

Terror and Evil Join Creating Suspense

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is a thrilling book. Hard to believe that the same author who writes the humorous Chronicles of St. Mary’s and the Frogmorton Farm series wrote this one. Elizabeth Cage is a victim who trusts everyone even after she is told ‘to trust no one.’ Michael is her savior or is he? Ted Cage was her husband but was he there voluntarily or was she a project assigned by his boss, Dr. Sorensen. You won’t be able to put this book down and then you will throw it because you realize there is a sequel. Kate Scarle is the perfect narrator to capture Elizabeth Cage’s voice. The characters are developed and almost all are not good people. Is it all a dream? Or, is the dream the reality. She sees ghosts and the aura around everyone she meets. Apparently she doesn’t know how to react to the warnings she is given because the keeps trusting everyone. I do think Michael might be trustworthy but just caught in the web of the evil doctor trying to figure out what Elizabeth Cage can do. Taylor is a versatile author, from historical humor to terror. Quite the skill mix.

  • Letters from the Dead

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to prove the identity of a black sheep in his client’s family tree, he unwillingly finds himself drawn into a murder investigation with nothing more to go on than a 150-year-old letter and a connection to a legendary ruby that has been missing for generations. As more letters are mysteriously left for him, Tayte becomes immersed in a centuries-old tale of greed, murder and forbidden love that takes his research from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to the colour and heat of colonial India. A dark secret is buried in Jaipur. But why is it having such deadly repercussions in the present? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit!

  • By laura on 09-03-18

Jefferson Tayte Goes To Scotland

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Another good search for ancestry content. This one takes us to Scotland where we get to meet a family with a past. First in England and then in India under British rule. The Brits really know how to tell a story. Amazing that any wealth remained behind at all. I’ve read every one of these Jefferson Tayte books and find him to be such an endearing guy. He wears nothing but light tan linen suits. He must always look rumpled but he has his handy laptop with him and knows where to look to find the links. This assignment finds him tracking a ruby that is believed to have been lost. Rumor has it that the family brought it back to England in the 1770’s but no one knows what happened to it. The letters that are given to Mr. Tayte to move the story along are interesting and you can’t wait for the next clue. There is romance in India where the British can barely contain their dislike of the Native Population. The Arabella is young and being taken to India along with her mother and her mother’s companion. Her father wants to marry her off but she wants something else entirely. There is a prince who saves the young woman from being kidnapped. Will Mr. Tayte find the ruby? The seamless way the author moves from 1723 to today is smooth and keeps you on your toes. All along you think you know who the murderer is but you won’t be able to guess it. It is a total surprise. These books are historical and riveting. I can’t wait for Book 8. Simon Vance narrates these books. He is a very good narrator.