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Tamara M. De Mello

SANTA ROSA, CA, US
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  • 3
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  • The Phantom Tree

  • By: Nicola Cornick
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman, Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

Browsing an antiques shop in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait - identified as the doomed Tudor queen Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, lived at Wolf Hall and knew Mary...more than 400 years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Best book I have read in a LONG time!

  • By cheryl coen on 09-19-18

Original time travel

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I have to say, this starts of rather slow, and it took me a bit to pull me in. That's because it's not what you expect - which turns out to be great! It's has some magic, mystery, a bit of romance, history, debauchery, and is definitely an original twist! I like that the story doesn't leave any loose ends, every little piece, that may have seemed insignificant when first mentioned, was explained and made the story a whole. I like that there were two different narrators, to really distinguish the two main characters.

  • A Time to Change

  • By: Callie Langridge
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Courtney
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

In a house full of history and secrets, the past will not stay where it belongs.... Lou has always loved Hill House, the derelict manor on the abandoned land near her home. As a child, the tragic history of its owners, the Mandevilles, inspired her dream to become a history teacher. But in her late 20s, working in a shop to pay off student debts, life is passing her by. That changes when a family disaster sends Lou’s life into a downward spiral, and she seeks comfort in the ruined corridors of Hill House. The house transforms around her, and she is transported back to Christmas 1913. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that you just don’t want to stop listening to

  • By Abbotthallz on 07-26-18

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

What a great story ! It’s original , suspenseful, and heartwarming. Great for history lovers, and romantics alike.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Amber Brooch

  • The Celtic Brooch Series, Volume 8
  • By: Katherine Lowry Logan
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 21 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 362

Amber Kelly, mining lawyer and amateur paleontologist, visits her family’s 19th century log cabin in the Colorado mountains and discovers a puzzle box hidden in a 200-year-old loom. Inside the box is a brooch engraved with a Gaelic inscription. After reciting the words, an earthy-scented fog engulfs Amber and whisks her off to Leadville, Colorado, in the year 1878. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series

  • By Robin on 07-17-18

One of my favorites of all the books so far!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

So much history, adventure, and backstory on the brooches! Also, I loved that not only there was the introduction of new characters but more backstory on existing characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mammoth Hunters

  • Earth's Children, Book 3
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 31 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,547

Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting 3rd episode in this 'Mammoth' series

  • By PlantCrone on 08-10-15

Too much detail, too drawn out

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The story is intriguing, it just takes too bloody long to get there! Sooo much detail of the type of weapons, how they made them, the clothing, not processes, just Minutia, or more like a archeological textbook, not a novel. I'm totally down for some detail, and I enjoy the history, but I literally skipped through a couple of chapters and don't feel like I missed anything of great importance. I think if she took out about 5 chapters, the story would still have plenty of history, and not get boring or redundant.

The Game of Kings
    
    
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    Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
    183 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Game of Kings

  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

The Game of Kings: First in The Lymond Saga. It's August 1547, and unrest in Europe is rife. Scotland, nominally ruled by 4 year old Queen Mary, is heaving with intrigue - and hot gossip. The notorious rebel, Crawford of Lymond, is rumoured to be back in Edinburgh. The city is sealed, but such things never worry 'Lymond'. As usual, he leaves a characteristic trail of hue and cry, vanished contraband, and a drunken sow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last, the best in historical fiction!

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 08-14-15

Horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Truth is I couldn't make myself listen to it past the first hour! The narrator sounded so pompous and mush mouthed I could barely understand. Disappointing considering other reviews which touted the story!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ruby Brooch

  • The Celtic Brooch, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Lowry Logan
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,887

As the sole survivor of the car crash that killed her parents, grief-stricken paramedic Kit MacKlenna is stunned to learn her life is built on lies. A legacy from her father includes a faded letter and a well-worn journal. The journal reveals she was abandoned as a baby 160 years ago. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket with the portrait of a 19th century man, and a Celtic brooch with magical powers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Missed opportunity.

  • By Sanny on 11-18-15

Mildly intriguing

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

The book has in interesting premise, modern day girl discovers she's from the past, goes back to try to unravel the mystery. The problem is the book lacks the depth and detail that I've become accustomed to with both the Outlander series or the Sara Donati, Lake in the Cloud series. I was also very disappointed with the narrator. Again, after listening to both of the previous series mentioned, and hearing how the narrators were able to transcend from Scott's to English to African, from male to female, this narrator came far short! I wonder if I would have liked the book more with another reader? It reminded me of he shallow harlequin romances I read when I was a kid.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful