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  • The Duchess

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

Turned out of her ancestral home by her vicious half brother, the orphaned daughter of an English duke and a French noblewoman makes her way to Paris and takes in abused French streetwalkers, transforming them into sought-after courtesans in the city's most exclusive bordello, Le Boudoir. It is only the beginning of her return to the upper reaches of society and ultimate justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Gale on 08-01-17

An insult to writing

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This book is the most two-dimensional, uninspired piece of writing I've ever read. The entire book reads like Cliffnotes, all telling and no showing. It feels as if Danielle Steele wrote a bunch of footnotes about the plot, had an intern fill in some empty words to make complete sentences, and then sent it off to be published.

The narrator could have phoned it in, but his performance is the only interesting thing about this book. I genuinely feel sorry for him for having to slog through this garbage.

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  • Necroscope

  • By: Brian Lumley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220

Harry Keogh is the man who can talk to the dead, the man for whom every grave willingly gives up its secrets, the one man who knows how to travel effortlessly through time and space to destroy the vampires that threaten all of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WAITED FOR YEARS!!!! Awsome horror series!

  • By John on 12-21-15

A Slow Start, but worth finishing

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I'll start off by saying that listening to the audiobook was the first exposure I've had with this series.

This story is definitely a marathon - the beginning is quite slow, and the main hero of the story is not introduced until about 3 hours in. However, the narrator is exceptional, and once the story is laid out, it picks up the pace and becomes quite enjoyable. There are some elements that are not for the faint of heart (Dragozani's introduction), but I assume that if you're interested in horror novels, that shouldn't be too much of a deterrent.

Overall, this is a book worth the slog. I've rarely been so satisfied by a book's conclusion, and the world created within is quite rich. Give it a try!