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  • Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

  • The Steampunk Proper Romances, Book 1
  • By: Nancy Campbell Allen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

Lucy, a smart, attractive, and well-respected botanist, travels to Blackwell Manor to take care of her sick cousin, Kate, who is married to Miles' younger brother. For Lucy, the trip is a welcome respite from her work and recent discovery of a breakthrough serum that could eliminate the scourge of vampires from London. But Lucy finds more than she bargained for when she arrives at the Manor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty and the Clockwork

  • By J. Franckum on 09-30-17

loved it!<br />

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I love this book I could not put it down it was awesome. great listen.

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,415

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

better than cake!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

ok ok so nothing is better than a good cake but I wanted to get your attention. so this book is great. trust me. it's worth your credit. I'm not gonna tell you what it's about because the writers and marketers have already done that. but I will tell you some things I said while listening. There were some lol moments (I literally EL OH EL), "YES" (triumphant), "OMG just kiss already" (frustrated) "ok didn't see that coming!"

hope you enjoy it as much as I did. on to the next adventure in this series!

  • Kiss of Steel

  • London Steampunk, Book 1
  • By: Bec McMaster
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price? Blade is known as the master of the rookeries - no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood craving he's been quicker, stronger, almost immortal. When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel - or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected delight

  • By MAB on 11-13-14

loved it.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

I really enjoyed this book and the narration. It did not take me long to get sucked in.

  • The Ministry of Curiosities Boxed Set

  • Books 1-3
  • By: C.J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

This boxed set contains the first three books in C. J. Archer's popular Ministry of Curiosities series. Titles in the set include The Last Necromancer, Her Majesty's Necromancer, and Beyond the Grave. Description of The Last Necromancer: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the kind of series I love to listen to!!

  • By Patricia on 04-04-18

Scrumptious

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

started out a bit slow but soon sucked me in. I couldn't put it down. entertaining and frustrating all in one. buying the 4th book now. I'm hooked!

  • The Valley

  • The Valley Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 438

Left suddenly penniless, the Honorable Sophia Grafton, a viscount's orphaned daughter, sails to the New World to claim the only property left to her name: a tobacco plantation in the remote wilds of colonial Virginia. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a handsome young French spy - at gunpoint - she gathers an unlikely group of escaped slaves and indentured servants, each seeking their own safe haven in the untamed New World.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Author

  • By H Laddusaw on 08-29-16

love it

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

the book started a bit slow and I was not too sure but by the end of the first few chapters I was knee deep in it. I absolutely loved this story. the narrator did a phenomenal job and the different voices of the characters was exceptional. I could listen to this book a million times. I fell in love with each character, the valley. the whole shabang!!!! spend your credit on this book. you won't regret it.

  • Highland Blood

  • The Celtic Blood Series, Book 2
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Scotland, 1032. When a marriage contract calls Gruoch away from Ynes Verleath, she leaves with the hope she'll be reunited with Banquo. But fate has different plans. Lies, betrayal, and violence await her. Set on a collision course with destiny, Gruoch soon finds herself thrust into the arms of another man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trigger Warning

  • By Sarah on 01-31-19

great story

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I loved this book. kept my attention for hours. kept me awake some nights lol but totally worth it. the narrator is fantastic.

  • Dukes Prefer Blondes

  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

Biweekly marriage proposals from men who can't see beyond her (admittedly breathtaking) looks are starting to get on Lady Clara Fairfax's nerves. Desperate to be something more than ornamental, she escapes to her favorite charity. When a child is in trouble, she turns to tall, dark, and annoying barrister Oliver Radford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly wonderful

  • By kestergayle on 12-31-15

well written and humorous too

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

many parts made me giggle. well written and very well read. bravo to both author and narrator.

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  • The Winter Palace

  • A Novel of Catherine the Great
  • By: Eva Stachniak
  • Narrated by: Beata Pozniak
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 169

Her name is Barbara - in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen, and wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bodice ripper!

  • By Cookie on 01-13-12

loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

enjoyed the story. worth the credit ..................bravo
also enjoyed the narrator. took a minute to get use to get but she grows on you.

  • Etiquette & Espionage

  • Finishing School, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898

Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jessica on 03-20-13

Where was this school when I was growing up?

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

Reviewed: 04-29-13

Where does Etiquette & Espionage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up at the top of OMG you have to listen to this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dimity, she's such a dolt and it cracks me up.

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

No I have not

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

It's hard to train a young lady....to kill!

Any additional comments?

Love this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Clockwork Angel

  • The Infernal Devices, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,426

When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen but...

  • By Ariel on 09-29-10

New fan of Cassandra Clare

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

Reviewed: 04-29-13

What did you love best about Clockwork Angel?

The characters. The story line. The book as a whole drew me in right away and I was HOOKED! Downloading the second one now.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Will. His personality and wide cracks makes me giggle.

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

She puts life into the characters. I think we all have our own silent voices in our heads when we read each character but the voices she uses or the articulation of the language bring into vividly to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

OMG yes. I have sat up til late at night struggling with red heavy eyes. I kept thinking "after this chapter I'll go to bed." LOL

Any additional comments?

I have recently got hooked on this new genre of stories. The Victorian Werewolf/ Vampire Syfy fantasy. I got hooked when I read Gail Carrigers (If I misspelled the name I am sorry) Parasol Protectorate Series. I am glad to have found another author cause they don't seem to be able to write as fest as we all read.

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