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  • Highland Vengeance

  • The Celtic Blood Series, Book 3
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90

Scotland, 1032. Everything Gruoch loves has turned to ash. With Gillacoemgain gone, Gruoch rides north with her newborn son and a broken heart. While she desperately clings to hope, Gruoch's new alliance with Macbeth proves more challenging than she ever anticipated. Only her unexpected reunion with an important person from her past offers solace. All may yet be well, but the raven's wary eyes cannot help but notice clouds gathering on the horizon.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Melanie, Lesley and Lady Macbeth Rule!

  • By Claire on 03-17-19

Melanie, Lesley and Lady Macbeth Rule!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Wow, another spellbinding book in the continuing saga of Gruoch. I'm loving this series. Melanie really takes us back to the time of medieval Scotland and the descriptions and characters are thoroughly believable. Lesley's narration is outstanding. I'm floored by the number of characters that she has performed throughout this series. It's easy to distinguish one from the other. She is brilliant at making old people sound old and at the other end of the scale, she performs children's voices exceptionally well! The ending is very dramatic and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book to be released!

  • Golden Braids and Dragon Blades: Steampunk Rapunzel

  • Steampunk Fairy Tales, Book 4
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Being the heir to Camelot is a tangled mess. Rapunzel has spent her entire life living in Merlin's cave on the coast of Cornwall. Under the protection of her faerie guardian, Gothel, she's stayed safe. Safe and bored. Dreaming of a life that looks more like a Jane Austen novel, Rapunzel fears she'll never have the chance to explore Victorian England's modern delights. Or meet a man. Or be kissed. Or anything else remotely resembling normal.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great twist on a classic tale!

  • By Claire on 03-17-19

Another great twist on a classic tale!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I'm really enjoying listening to these twists on classic fairy tales! Well done Melanie and another great performance by Lesley! She has the ability to bring Melanie's characters to life and has a very easy voice to listen to. Characters are easy to tell apart and the sound is smooth...none of those annoying clicks and mouth noises that you hear in other books! For those Melanie and Lesley fans out there....check out the Celtic Blood Series. It's wonderful!

  • The Painter

  • The Bomber War, Book 2
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In the terrible "big picture" of the bombing war, Bielefeld suffered less than many places in Germany. Bielefeld was not - quite - wrecked from end to end; for Hannah Martin’s grandmother, that was no consolation because everything with which she had grown up was destroyed, and her father, the painter, was lost in the fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual perspective

  • By Claire on 01-18-19

An unusual perspective

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The main character is Christa, a 14 year old girl living in the shadow of one of Germany's great viaducts during the second world war. The viaduct, and thus, surrounding area where Christa lived was heavily bombed by allied forces during the war in an effort to destroy the rail line taking fuel to the Ruhr valley which was the heart of the industrial area in Germany during the war. The story is told by Christa in first person. She is older and looking back at the time when she went through the horrors of the bombing and the disintegration of the life she had. Of course, British cities suffered untold damage during the war, but this is an unusual perspective of a German girl caught up in the bombing. The book is really well written and Lesley does a fantastic job with the narration. I highly recommend this book!

  • Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland

  • Steampunk Fairy Tales
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

To save the Hatter, Alice must work with the one man she despises so much that she might still love him. Alice thought she'd turned over a new leaf. No more working for Jabberwocky. No more making deals with the ruthless Queen of Hearts. No more hanging around The Mushroom with tinkers, tarts, scoundrels, and thieves in London's criminal underbelly. But she'd been bonkers to dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this book is a masterpiece in itself

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-29-18

Alice in the Underland!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

This story is fantastic! I loved the way Melanie interjected so many of the sayings and characters from one of my favorite stories! Very clever.

Alice, who has fallen on hard times and exists in London's underworld of thieves and opium dens, is in her 20s and is still in love with Caterpillar (AKA William). He's in a scrape and the two are thrown together again in a heist, set in the famous Crystal Palace. What happens? You'll have to listen for yourself.

Lesley Parkin, the narrator, is outstanding! She has a wonderful mix of character voices and draws the listener into the book. I have listened to other books performed by Lesley and love her voice. She paces the story well and has a great tone to her voice, which is easy to listen to.

An all around must listen! I can't wait to hear other books in the series.

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  • You Are Dead

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

In Peter James' You Are Dead, the last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somervile, are in a terrified mobile phone call from her. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the apartment block where they live in Brighton and seen a man acting strangely. Then she screams, and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and cell phone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another home run!

  • By Claire on 11-24-16

Another home run!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

What made the experience of listening to You Are Dead the most enjoyable?

The narrator really brings the characters to life. Love the suspense.

What other book might you compare You Are Dead to and why?

All of Peter James's books are amazing. I couldn't really pick one over the other.

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

All audiobooks are better than just reading the books! Daniel does a wonderful job with all of the characters, although I would like to see a little more difference between Roy and Branson. When David Bauckham narrated the series, Branson had a harder London accent which fit the character perfectly.

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

I always want to listen to Peter James's books in one sitting, but who has the time!

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next book!

  • Cold Granite

  • Logan McRae, Book 1
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: John Sessions
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch - strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. If that wasn't enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone's a fool.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Stuart MacBride! Fantastic

  • By A. J. McConachie on 02-12-07

Smash hit!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Without doubt! Another great book from Stuart Macbride!

What did you like best about this story?

I love the real life humor that Stuart interjects into the lives of the characters, which was masterfully narrated by John Sessions. The turns of phrases are just hilarious at times, even though the story involves grizzly murders.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were too many favorite scenes to pick just one, but I enjoyed the briefings with DCI Inch.

Any additional comments?

John Sessions performed the characters in the book so well. What a treat when books are cast so perfectly!

  • Snowbound

  • By: Cari Hunter
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

"The policewoman got shot, and she's bleeding everywhere. Get someone here in one hour, or I'm going to put her out of her misery." An ultimatum that forever changes the lives of police officer Sam Lucas and Dr. Kate Myles. When heavy snowfall isolates the small English village of Birchenlow, a violent robbery shatters the community. Taken as a hostage and stranded with the increasingly desperate criminals, Sam is seriously injured during an ill-fated escape attempt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect combination of suspense and romance. I loved it!

  • By Margaret on 12-24-16

Spellbound with Snowbound!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

If you could sum up Snowbound in three words, what would they be?

Spellbinding, exciting, realistic

Who was your favorite character and why?

The number of characters in the book was somewhat limited due to the circumstances. I really enjoyed Sam, who was the main character.

Have you listened to any of Lesley Parkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have listened to several of Lesley's performances, and rate this right up there! She has a wonderful ability to perform many different accents and characters. I have traveled extensively in Britain, and believe that she did a really good job of nailing the local accents in the area where the book is set.

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

Yes, I did have extreme reactions. A hostage situation would be so awful, and the author really conveyed the desperation associated with the circumstance.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy both the tone and accents that Lesley Parkin is able to portray and actually seek out books that she has narrated. She rates up there with the more famous audio book narrators.

  • Highland Raven

  • The Celtic Blood Series, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

Scotland, 1026 - Gruoch, descendant of the line of MacAlpin, should have been born into a life of ease. But fate is fickle. Her father's untimely death, rumored to have been plotted by King Malcolm, leaves her future uncertain and stained by the prophecy that she will avenge her family line. Escaping to one of the last strongholds of the old Celtic gods, Gruoch becomes an adept in arcane craft. Her encounters with the otherworld, however, suggest that magic runs stronger in Scotland than she ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hit by Karsak

  • By Michelle @ In Libris Veritas on 08-25-16

Best book I've read this year!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

What made the experience of listening to Highland Raven the most enjoyable?

I loved the idea for the plot, with Lady Macbeth and the narration was amazing!

What did you like best about this story?

The story had me hooked at the prologue. Really amazing introduction.

Which character – as performed by Lesley Parkin – was your favorite?

I really enjoyed all of the characters in the book. The fact that Lesley has an English accent ( I researched her other work) makes her performance even more amazing! She had a great range of characters, and to narrate entirely in a Scottish accent was brilliant.

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

Absolutely. I couldn't put it down. I read it everywhere, especially sitting in heavy traffic!

Any additional comments?

I will certainly buy the remaining books in this series because I want...no need...to know what happens! This was a great story and a great listen. Well done!

  • A Ransom for Two Roses

  • The Frankie Ransom Series, Book 1
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Detective Inspector Frankie Ransom prides herself on being third generation Met - her father was head of the old Flying Squad, her grandfather retired as deputy head of CID at Scotland Yard - but suspects the Force she loves has long since fallen out of love with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen!

  • By Claire on 04-27-16

A Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

What made the experience of listening to A Ransom for Two Roses the most enjoyable?

I thought that Lesley did an amazing job with all of the varied characters in the book. Her voice was so versatile and really made the author's characters come to life!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that the main character, Frankie, was flawed. She made some stupid judgement calls, but that's life. We all do that from time to time, so it made her real.

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

Lesley really brought the characters to life. The range of voices and accents was brilliant, and she has an easy quality about her voice. I will look for other books that she has narrated, and will certainly follow the rest of this series. I'm looking forward to the next book, The Plains of Waterloo.

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

Yes, the ending was not expected. I don't want to give it away, but I didn't see that coming.

Any additional comments?

I thought the match between the author and narrator was a great choice, and really want to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • MOB Rule

  • Lessons Learned by a Mother of Boys
  • By: Hannah Evans
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Hannah Evans has three small boys. It's a world of mud - and just occasionally blood - sweat and tears. It is also a world of indescribable joy. MOB Rule is the funny, honest and eye-opening account of Hannah's experiences as a Mother of Boys. You may be outnumbered, your face may be frazzled and your toe-nails black and bare, but know that, far from being alone, you're part of a very special club. Welcome to...the MOB!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must for Parents of Boys!

  • By Claire on 04-27-16

A Must for Parents of Boys!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

If you could sum up MOB Rule in three words, what would they be?

A LOL book!

What other book might you compare MOB Rule to and why?

The Berenstain Bears Baby book, which was also a hilarious look at rearing children! I think it's out of print now.

Which character – as performed by Lesley Parkin – was your favorite?

I thought Lesley did a fantastic job with all of the characters. She is really versatile, and is one of my favorite narrators. I look for books that she has narrated. She performed the children really well.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

All of the acronyms! My husband and I refer to everyone using the same acronyms!

Any additional comments?

I really thought this book was hilarious! I laughed out loud all the way through! After raising 6 boys, we could really empathize!!