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  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

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

not as good as first 3 books.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

the book seemed disconnected with the mix between Marcus and Phoebe story and continuing Diana and Matthew story - too much switching from past to present - way too much flashback. The narrator is whispery and fast and does very poor accents: painful to listen to at times.

  • Skin Game

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,589
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,517

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back.

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-29-14

another winner!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is probably the best Dresden Files yet. Lots of twists in this one. 15

  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,120
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,074

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW. I'm stunned!

  • By JD on 04-27-10

Changes? That's an understatement!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

another winner from Jim Butcher.
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  • Sisterchicks on the Loose!

  • By: Robin Jones Gunn
  • Narrated by: Robin Jones Gunn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Sharon has lived calmly in Chinook Springs, Washington, her entire life. All that changes when her best friend of twenty years, Penny, takes an impulsive trip to seek out her only living relatives in Finland, and brings Sharon with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun plot and fun characters

  • By Bobbie on 06-03-11

Reader needed a Finnish accent lesson

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

What did you like best about Sisterchicks on the Loose!? What did you like least?

In August 1982, when fictional Penny first proposed she and Sharon go to Finland, I was actually on my way there to spend a year as an exchange student. As such, I know the country and people well (I lived 30 minutes from Porvoo where Penny's aunt lives). What drove me crazy was the weird accent the narrator was doing. It wasn't remotely like a Finnish accent. The intonation and stresses were all completely wrong, as were the pronunciations of several key Finnish words (like sauna!). It was something like a bastardized Swedish-Norwegian- very aggravating.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Jones Gunn?

Someone Finnish!

Any additional comments?

The story was charming and the characters were familiar to me: those poor, sweet women with their small worlds that spin around church and their children. The message to do something to grow yourself away from the kids is so important. Step out of your comfort zone. Learn a new language. Meet people with a different perspective on the world.

  • Lady Dearing's Masquerade

  • By: Elena Greene
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

Finally free after a desperately unhappy marriage, widowed Lady Dearing goes to a masquerade. She thinks it's just a lark, but matters turn serious when she kisses a costumed stranger who protected her from a drunken lout. Word leaks out, scandal escalates and she becomes the town's most infamous widow. Shunned by society, she retreats to her country estate. Having no children of her own, she finds joy in caring for children she's taken in from London's Foundling Hospital. But every night, she is haunted by the memory of the gallant stranger, whose seductive voice and gentle touch awakened desires she'd thought long dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Love Story

  • By Lady M on 11-11-14

Narrated like a simpering melodrama

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story is typical enough for the romance genre, and I have no issues about the writing. The story, however, is totally destroyed by the narrator's breathy, staccato delivery.

Would you recommend Lady Dearing's Masquerade to your friends? Why or why not?

To read, but not to hear.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Rowan?

I'd listen to Davina Porter narrate the phone book, so I'm sure she could have elevated the quality significantly.

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  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,329
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,273

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Outlander! How you take over my LIFE!

  • By DebbieK on 07-21-14

Davina Porter's awesome narration strikes again

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

Reviewed: 08-05-14

What did you love best about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

I am a long time, slightly rabid, Outlander fan. I was delighted to finally have all the cliff hangers from Echo resolved, and happy to be able to spend more time with my 'Outlander family.' Love these characters.

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

Davina's accents and energetic narration makes the characters lift off the page.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Discover the adventure, passion, history, war, & time travel.of the Frasers!

Any additional comments?

Don't start with this book if you haven't read at least Echo in the Bone. Ideally, you should have read the 7 previous books..

  • Into the Wilderness

  • A Novel
  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 30 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,765

Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful surprise

  • By I like to shop on 04-26-16

Tolerable story, skip the narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-27-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I was frequently challenged to figure out whether I was irritated more by the writing or the narrating. The story was all right, but I wouldn't recommend this audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Wilderness?

When characters from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander appeared.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Horrendous accents. Intonations that didn't quite work. It was frequently painful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful