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Mommy Mel of CO

Colorado, USA
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  • Thornyhold

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Gilly Ramsey's lonely childhood was brightened only by visits to her godmother until her death, when the then grown-up Gilly inherited the family cottage, Thornyhold. With its magical and peaceful strength and its sovereign defenses against evil, Thornyhold strikes an end to Gilly's loneliness, despite its revealing her family's history of witchcraft.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Playback Quality

  • By Cynthia Hardy on 06-12-18

Poor sound quality

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This was about half volume the whole time and sort of unfeeling or slurred at times. I had to rewind and listen again and again to catch everything. The publisher would benefit by re-recording or re-editing the content.

Cute story. Well written.

  • Fields of Air

  • A Steampunk Adventure Novel, plus Bonus 3-Hour Prequel Devices Brightly Shining
  • By: Shelley Adina
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Her father may have sacrificed his own life to save hers, but heiress Gloria Meriwether-Astor is finding it difficult to forgive him. After all, how many young ladies of her acquaintance will inherit wealth, beauty, and a legacy of arms dealing? Now the Royal Kingdom of Spain and the Californias is about to declare war on the Texican Territory and Gloria simply will not allow it. In company with Alice Chalmers and the crew of Swan, she takes to the air. Her intention - to stop the train carrying the final shipment of monstrous mechanicals into the Wild West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series!

  • By Mommy Mel of CO on 04-28-18

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I listened to the first 10 on Audible. This review applies to the entire series.

I just binge listened to the entire Magnificent Devices series on Audible (how else to spend 12 credits?).

I look forward to, “Fields of Iron” and “Fields of Gold” being released in audio format. Other than the fact that the reader cannot do a decent American accent, they are fabulous. I do not fault that as most people in England would say the same about an American doing their accents. 🤣

I appreciate the author keeping this series fun and clean. (Though there is war violence) I love steampunk but have a hard time with the pervasive sexuality of so many series. I don’t need the selacious to distract from writing ability, story line, character development.

I highly recommend this series.

  • A Lady of Resources

  • A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 5
  • By: Shelley Adina
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Now 16, twins Lizzie and Maggie are educated young ladies who have not been called "the Mopsies" in years - except by their guardian, Lady Claire Trevelyan. With the happy prospect of choosing their own future, the girls can leave their dodgy past behind, and Lizzie can bury her deepest childhood memories where they can do no harm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful fun book

  • By The YA Wizard on 06-19-18

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I missed Claire. This was my least fave of the first five but I still liked it. Would like to see these as a TV series or movie series!

  • The Drowned Vault

  • Ashtown Burials, Book 2
  • By: N. D. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Thomas Vincent Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

It's been almost a year since Cyrus and Antigone Smith earned their places as Journeymen at Ashtown, home of an ancient order of explorers that has long guarded the world's secrets and treasures. While their studies go well, Cy and Tigs are not well liked since losing the Dragon's Tooth to the nefarious Dr. Phoenix. The Tooth is the only object in the world capable of killing the long-lived transmortals, and Phoenix has been tracking them down one-by-one, and murdering them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-20-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

This is a new favorite author for our house. Well written and incredibly creative. How often do you get to say, "There is nothing else quite like it." I am so glad that the publisher/author chose a wonderful narrator. We will look for more read by Thomas Vincent Kelly. Well done!

  • Enchanted Isle

  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

In the spring of 1958, Jenny Winter embarks on a two-month adventure to one of the most enchanting places on earth, a quaint village in England's magical Lake District. With a new camera and an eye for capturing the beauty others miss, she can't wait to explore the heathery fells and mystical waters. Adrian Kemp, a handsome and enigmatic local, makes the sightseeing even more beguiling - and he's about to invite Jenny into one of the area's most enduring legends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly enchanting

  • By Mommy Mel of CO on 10-02-17

Truly enchanting

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

This is a wonderful book. It has the mystery, the sincerity, great characters, and dialog I've come to respect with Melanie Dobson. I found myself wishing this was a series. I highly recommend you take a trip to the lovely Lake District and listen to Enchanted Isle.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

  • Tales From Ivy Hill, Book 1
  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn. Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable Book!!

  • By KN on 03-18-17

A gem! I can hardly wait for book 2!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

This was very well read and written. I loved the characters and that the breadth of the story demands follow up. I have questions about what really happened in the past? What will become of our favorite characters? Will the criminal be brought to justice?

This is not a book of simpering females who all get their man. Real life regret and pain amidst acceptance and triumph. If you are looking for a good read, this book is for you!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Golden Veil

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It's 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city's refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart's promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests - fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North - force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By Mommy Mel of CO on 12-01-16

Couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

Would you listen to Beneath a Golden Veil again? Why?

I will listen to this story again and again. As always, Melanie Dobson delivers on character development. You find yourself easily in the story, watching these people as they struggle and win. You can't stand the bad guy. You love the heros.

Who was your favorite character and why?

How can you not love Isabelle? Her heart and tenacity grab you. But Aldon Payne is another favorite. A man struggling against the times and fighting for what is right.

Have you listened to any of Carly Robins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to other books performed by Carly Robins. She is pretty good. Not my favorite. She did well on this.

Who was the most memorable character of Beneath a Golden Veil and why?

Victor perhaps was the most memorable as a tyrant and a man with mental issues to be sure! Issac is a great kid. You just want to grab him up and have a wild chat. Each character seems to be with me still weeks later.

Any additional comments?

Though this is Melanie Dobson's first audio title, she is not a new author by any means. Her work is always willing to look at reality eye-to-eye and still find hope. Always entertaining, her characters become friends. This book is worth your time. I would also suggest the paper versions of Melanie Dobson's other books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Angel and the Ring

  • Guardian Angel, Book 1
  • By: Sigmund Brouwer
  • Narrated by: John Gale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

In this first book of The Guardian Angel series, the story's narrator, Pelagius the angel, introduces us to life in 1364 A.D. and to Brin, a teenage gypsy who is despised by his people because his mother died of the plague and his father was a follower of God. This powerless teen's future seems hopeless until a hooded stranger presents him with a challenge and also a warning to beware of "the enemy". Thrown into a dangerous adventure, Brin must choose good over evil in order to find his earthly father's love and his heavenly Father's will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for all ages

  • By Victoria on 03-30-15

Classic!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-15

Would you listen to The Angel and the Ring again? Why?

My mom read this to us outloud at the original release. Now my son is enjoying it on his iPod. Good for ages 10 and up I think.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Body Keeps the Score

  • Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • By: Bessel Van der Kolk MD
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,076
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,449
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,388

In The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring - specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's a Reason for the High Ratings

  • By Paul F. on 03-17-15

Some good information here

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

Most of the content of this book is good. The last 40 minutes are where he switches to political views that are not well researched and do not take all data into account. However, I can see his perspective. I am sure that wanting the government to control all and take rights away from parents seems like an option except when you look at the massive cost and that wealth distribution does not help the violent to treat their children with love. That all said... This is informative and will propel me forward on many levels. The scientific data was wonderful.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Soulless

  • An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,998

Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amelia Peabody has competition

  • By Pamela I Greene on 07-22-10

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

Characters and general plot was okay. This didn't line up well with her other books and was obviously enamored with the nudity of werewolves and sex. Disappointing that it had to devote the last third of the book to that instead of plot.

Well performed though. Good narrator.