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  • A Treacherous Curse

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can't resist the allure of an exotic mystery - particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I rarely give a book a 5, but....

  • By bigdjunta on 04-27-18

Just Keeps Getting Better

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I find this series improving with each installment. Even the narrator, whose voice I found grating in the first installment, has improved. As usual, I loved the banter between Veronica and Stoker. But most of all, we finally got a deeper look into Stoker's past, and it seems like he is finally starting to heal because of the events of this book. As always, Deanna writes a mystery that keeps you guessing, and I am eagerly awaiting the fourth book.

  • 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 2,908
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693

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

Good addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

At this point in the series I am more invested in the story line of the characters and how they're developing than the actual mystery aspect of the series. So for me I wasn't disappointed when I guessed the killer right away. I loved the fact that Queenie was barely in the story! I have been waiting for Georgie to be rid of her since about the first time we met her. It was a good mix of old and new characters to meet, and as always, the narrator does an excellent job. Overall a good addition to the series. Can't wait for the next installment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Perilous Undertaking

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough!!

  • By Denise on 01-18-17

An Intriguing Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

In this second installment of the Veronica Speedwell mysteries I find that I have come to like her character better than in the first book. I only have one complaint: it was a bit much that with every new acquaintance Veronica made she had to prove to them how unaffected she is by their lack of convention or morality, and try to one-up them with her own immoral views I find it hard to believe that everyone she meets would try to shock her and then admire her for not reacting. Other than that I really enjoyed the story. I loved seeing how Veronica and Stoker's friendship has grown and how they well they complement each other. I also like a book where I am not able to figure out the murderer right away. Now if only miss Angele Masters could narrate a female character, besides Veronica, that does not have a shrill voice . . .

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Girl

  • The Dominion Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joe Hart
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,969

A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than one percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but 25 years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than 1000 women. Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story, but missing some details

  • By Ruth Ravve on 06-14-16

Couldn't bother to finish

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

It is a rare occurrence that I don't finish a book, and I am surprised that it was this one because it had such an interesting premise. However, it was extremely derivative and poorly executed. It is not well thought out and it is just plain boring. I kept telling myself to wait it out, it will get better, but it never did. I am completely uninterested in finding out what happens to any of the characters. They are vulgar and violent and I am glad to be rid of them. If I want to listen to a good story about a futuristic society that has fertility problems, I'll listen to The Handmaid's Tale.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,357

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story. The narration was ehh...

  • By Krista on 12-09-15

Couldn't hold my attention

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

Reviewed: 10-18-16

I love the Chronicles of St. Mary's, but this short story could not hold my attention. Which is a sad statement considering this isn't even three hours long. But it is entirely due to the fact that it is read by Jodi Taylor. Her reading is so dull and there is no differentiation in the characters' voices that it's hard to keep track of who is speaking. Especially when I'm so used to how Zara Ramm voices the characters, I'm expecting them to sound a certain way. I think I need to read this on Kindle, then maybe I can at least raise the stars I gave for the story. Jodi Taylor is an excellent writer, but she needs to stay far away from narrating.

  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,418

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

An Interesting Start

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

As a fan of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries I was looking forward to this new series by Deanna Raybourn. While I found the heroine of this novel to be a bit overbearing at times, it was not to the point that I found her unlikeable. But I do hope that in subsequent novels her character may soften a little bit. As for the narrator, I think that she did a good job of varying her voices enough to distinguish who was speaking; however, I greatly disliked the tone of her voice and found her rather annoying at times. This won't keep from listening to the next story in the series, because I find the merits of the plot and characters to outweigh any detractors of the narrator. Raybourn knows how to write intriguing mysteries, so I am definitely anticipating the next book.

  • Love Comes Calling

  • By: Siri Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Ellis Eaton has always felt she's been a disappointment to her stuffy, traditional Boston family. Her sights are set on something entirely different: Hollywood. Though she's captured the eye of Griffin Phillips, she knows that "dutiful wife" is one role she can't picture herself playing - even if he makes her head spin and her heart quicken. Besides, Ellis seems to make a mess of any situation, despite her good intentions. She's simply not worthy of an up-and-comer like Griff. When a look-alike friend begs Ellis for a favor, Ellis finds herself working shifts at the city telephone exchange.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Story

  • By KLR on 11-01-14

A Fun Story

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

Reviewed: 11-01-14

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Comes Calling?

It's hard to choose. Ellis gets herself into so many predicaments that cause many a memorable moment.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator did a fine job. She didn't differentiate the voices as well as other narrators that I've heard, but I never felt as though she detracted from the story.

Any additional comments?

Overall I enjoyed this book. Ellis is a very likeable character who, despite her good intentions, always gets herself into trouble. I found that this quality was what kept me engaged with the story because I wanted to see what could possibly go wrong next. The only reason that I give this story 4 stars instead of 5 is because as a Christian historical book, God rarely enters the picture. The morality of this book is based on what people consider is good. The characters never pray or read their Bible when they are seeking help for the situations that arise. I'm disappointed in that aspect, but if you are looking for a funny, good, clean historical romance, this is your book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Loyalty in Death

  • In Death, Book 9
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118

An unknown bomber is stalking New York City. He is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the "corrupt masses". And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for most, Eve fights back. It's her city...it's her job...and it's hitting too close to home. Now, in a race against a ticking clock, Eve must make the pieces fit - before the city falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • arizona

  • By Shelly on 03-01-10

One of My Favorites in the Series

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

Reviewed: 02-09-14

What did you love best about Loyalty in Death?

I loved that we got to know more about Peabody in this book. I have always wanted more of her character in the other books, and finally here she gets her own storyline.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

As with all of the books in this series I was compelled to finish this book in one listen. I am always driven to find out whether or not I have figured out who is behind the murders. And if I'm right--I love being right. And if I'm wrong--I love being pleasantly surprised. It's a win-win situation.

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

Susan Ericksen does a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to life and making each one distinct. She gives the characters voices that you wouldn't think up on your own if you just read the book, but they each fit the characters so well.
In this book in particular, I loved how she portrayed Ratso. I couldn't stop laughing.

Any additional comments?

This book, as with the others in this series, is well worth the credit!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful