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  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,381

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

I just couldn’t listen to it

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I have been a subscriber for years at two books a month. This is one of the only I have returned. The narrator is lovely and the subject matter COULD be great as well but the authorship killed it all. Too many plot lines that are not needed. Excellent detail on ladies fashion but muddled timelines. Back and forth... I much prefer Laurie R King Sherlock series

  • The Rose Garden

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,228

Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Oldfashioned Romance

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-14-13

Skip it, not worth the credit

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Nicola Barber?

Nope

Has The Rose Garden turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but this plot was weak even for it's genre. Total lack of character development. I feel that what makes a book great is the writers ability to compel the reader to become emotionally invested in the characters, but if the writer isn't going to develop those characters that makes almost impossible.

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing leaps to mind. All very blah.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I have listed to other of her books that was much better. It is essentially the same story line over and over, I guess it is hard to resell the same parlor trick.

  • The Decoy Princess

  • Princess, Book 1
  • By: Dawn Cook (as Kim Harrison)
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

The Princess Contessa of Constenopolie has just learned of her true identity - that of an orphan adopted and raised as a decoy to protect the real princess. But that doesn't make Contessa less of a royal target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover - excellent story!

  • By Lela on 03-13-15

A romance is a reasonable plot line

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

What did you love best about The Decoy Princess?

Easy going listen with a reasonable mount of plot line

What other book might you compare The Decoy Princess to and why?

I am not a huge fan of romance, I snagged this one because it was on sale. Not sure who I would compare this too. There is an element of fantasy.

Any additional comments?

There was a silly phrase used over and over and over in the course of the book. "Chew pit." I have no idea what it is but it was annoying, over used, and the book would be better for having left it out.

  • Year of Wonders

  • A Novel of the Plague
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Awful Narrator

  • By Diana Dunn on 07-12-12

Word Naration Ever

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

What disappointed you about Year of Wonders?

Every character sounds alike... Reader is not opening her mouth. So if you feel like listening to 10 hours of a mumbling, sleepy, teenage monotone you are in luck! The story could be fantastic but I just can't get past the reader...

What could Geraldine Brooks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It is a very, very, very rare case that an author is the best reader for a work. The only exceptions to that rule is David Spade.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Geraldine Brooks?

Anyone....

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Briar King

  • The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1
  • By: Greg Keyes
  • Narrated by: Patrick Michael
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Two thousand years ago, the Born Queen defeated the Skasloi lords, freeing humans from the bitter yoke of slavery. But now monstrous creatures roam the land and destinies become inextricably entangled in a drama of power and seduction. The kings woodsman, a rebellious girl, a young priest, a roguish adventurer, and a young man made suddenly into a knight all face malevolent forces that shake the foundations of the kingdom, even as the Briar King, legendary harbinger of death, awakens from his slumber.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book One, But TERRIBLE SERIES!

  • By Brian L. Manley on 12-27-12

Beyond Horrible!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There is no way that this could have made a two star book. Horrible for every angle.

What could Greg Keyes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stopped writing after the first paragraph!

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

I could find no fault with the reader, honestly it wasn't his fault what he was having to read.

What character would you cut from The Briar King?

Why choose just one! Get rid of all of them.

Any additional comments?

I ended up with this book by mistake but listened to it because it seemed foolish not to give it a try. After the first chapter I was really over giving it a change to get any better. Too much attention was paid to creating new titles for everything from political offices, religious stations, and even weights and measures. Imagery was poor which did nothing to rescue the overly complicated lists of fabricated titles for objects. The expletives were really the icing on the cake. Granted I will give some credit that there was a believable plot line deep, so very deep, beneath the poorly constructed fantasy world. I feel slightly bitter for having listened to this book.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful