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  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

No spoilers

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is such a fun series, and this volume is no exception. This one does take place exclusively in GB, though. It also wraps up a few storylines. Devoted readers will be pleased to know that Belinda has weathered her recent ordeal and is back to her London design business, and Georgie's grandfather has a prominent role.
Jasmine Blackborow has done a splendid job as narrator. Stepping into a role that has been owned by Katherine Kellgan for so long isn't easy. I read this and the previous book back-to-back and was prepared to be disappointed, but was pleasantly surprised. The only jarring issue is "Rannoch". The names of characters should be "received pronunciation", especially if 10+ books have already been produced. I've encountered this in other series, too. Isn't anyone editing the audio, especially with new narrators?

  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,615

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Delightful, as always

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Georgie is once again thrown into the breach by Queen Mary, this time in Italy, where she's sent to make sure Wallace and HRH are not secretly married while ostensibly visiting Belinda as she nears delivery. Fascism is marching onward in Europe and secret meetings are happening close by.
Katherine Kellgren tackles 4 different Germanic accents, 5+ Italian ones, myriad British, and one of the best Wallace Simpsons ever. Five star narration for sure.
Really enjoyed this! Can't imagine it's as good if you haven't read the series; you'll have missed so much back story. The books don't end on cliff-hangers, but they're really more serial than series.

  • Persepolis Rising

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,709

The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning of a new story

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 12-17-17

Excellent continuation; PLEASE start with book one

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

None of the major Expanse novels makes any pretense of being a stand-alone. This one assumes you are familiar with the story so far,( although it has refreshers here and there to jog one's memory), and ends without resolving the overarching storyline. It begins quite a few years after the events in the last book, and the main characters deal with decades-long careers and relationships and the challenges of aging believably yet with the interesting future-tech medical and scientific advances this series is known for. These issues play out while they continue to manage existing alongside the as-yet barely understood alien presence which may be fighting for its own survival against an ancient enemy, shifting alliances among various human groups and a megalomaniac.
This saga is destined to become classic sci-fi. The world, the characters, and the story are rich and complex, and Jefferson Mays does an excellent job differentiating the voices and accents, as well as speaking the Belter Creole that the authors have devised. I have the books on Kindle as well since I find seeing some of those phrases in print helps me to better understand what's being said.

  • My Name is Markham

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo - finally - Markham speaks! It's Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary's Annual Children's Christmas Party - attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is dispatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Zara Ramm

  • By Lesley G on 01-27-17

Fun story in Markham's voice

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

More good background on the St. Mary's crowd. Funny & tangentially Christmas-y. (Reading in July didn't feel out of season.) Can stand alone but best read in sequence like all in this series. It's nice to read something from Markham's perspective since Max is always making assumptions about him. It was a good choice to get a man to read it. He did a great job and I wouldn't mind hearing him do another Markham story if Ms. Taylor writes one.

  • Strange Dogs

  • An Expanse Novella
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411

Like many before them, Cara and her family ventured through the gates as scientists and researchers, driven to carve out a new life and uncover the endless possibilities of the unexplored alien worlds now within reach. But soon the soldiers followed, and under this new order, Cara makes a discovery that will change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Expanse Novella

  • By Rudy Takahana on 12-01-17

A snippet that enriches the storyline

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Thanks for a believable child protagonist. These authors are so good at imagining characters in situations that seem alien to us but who react in very human ways, for better or worse. I hope we meet her again (haven't read book 6 yet).

  • Vesuvius by Night

  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In the late August of AD 79, the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum are going about their normal business in the late summer heat. Two of them have a room share arrangement: Nonius, scrounger, thief and failed pimp works by night and sleeps by day; Larius, the fresco painter with dreams of artistic greatness, does the opposite. When just after midday the summit of Vesuvius disappears in a vast volcanic ash cloud, their lives will change forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What are we calling audio novellas?

  • By Peter Flynn on 08-06-18

Fascinating, descriptive, gripping, sad

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Keeble's a great reader; struck exactly the right tone.
Davis' detail and accuracy never disappoint.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,035
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,853

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Carla on 11-22-17

Sequels? Yes, please!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

A delightful new entry in the adult themed behind-the-fairy-tale genre. Hayes has a winner here and I'm looking forward to a series of these. The character backgrounds are masterfully wrought with room for embellishment in future volumes.
I've read most of Hayes' work and have enjoyed his progression as an author, and his compassion for the outsider in everything he writes. He also has a wonderful imagination and an off-kilter outlook which make his stories so much fun.
As an extra special treat, the performances are outstanding.

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  • Abaddon's Gate

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,216

The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is humanity ready for the stars?

  • By Lore on 02-03-14

These books are brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

The writers understand human nature and do a great job imagining consequences of living off-world.

  • Blood Rites

  • The Dresden Files, Book 6
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,351
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,223
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,167

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas - a vampire of dubious integrity - only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the wait!

  • By Hakes on 04-14-10

Some big changes for Harry

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

I can't imagine anyone else narrating Dresden's story. James Marsters is spot on. Harry handles his new work environment with aplomb and Mr. Butcher writes about making the adult film sympathetically; with humor and without prurience.
Plus: Puppies!

  • Dracula Cha Cha Cha

  • Anno Dracula Book 3
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Rome 1959. Along the Via Veneto, the living and the dead enjoy la dolce vita, as the vampires, intellectuals, conspirators, jet-setters and swindlers of Europe gather in an endless round of indulgence and gaiety, dancing giddily to the music of the Dracula Cha Cha Cha. The Vampire King, in Italian exile, is to be married to a Moldavian princess, and rumours circulate that his wedding will be the first move in a campaign to return him to his position as Lord of the Undead and a power in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good with hints of greatness

  • By Stefan Filipovits on 10-22-18

#3 is the best so far! You'll love it if

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

you're a film buff, a late 50s culture devotee, or a fan of Kim Newman's vampires.