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  • The Stone Circle

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

 

Dr. Ruth Galloway returns to North Norfolk in her latest chilling adventure. DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous yet somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of the Crossing Places and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Norma garcia on 05-10-19

Relying on past plots....sigh.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

Same old plot device as some of her other Ruth Galloway books and I was REALLY hoping for something new for Ruth to solve. Nice update to the Nelson saga but otherwise...meh.

  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

  • By: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There's no excuse for how much I enjoyed this book

  • By Susan Tunis on 08-07-18

Great New Series!!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Novel storyline that really keeps your interest. Really glad I found this series and can't wait for the next book! Gemma does a fantastic job with many different character voices!!

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  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,304

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Accept the silliness and enjoy!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Lots of great puns and quotes in the story that made me laugh. Ms. O = One of a kind...

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  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device

  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,610

Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Peter Grant bonus short story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 05-01-17

What do you mean that's all there is?!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

What made the experience of listening to A Rare Book of Cunning Device the most enjoyable?

The whole premise was an enticing bit of bait for those of us waiting for the next Peter Grant book. Definately get's you speculating about future story lines.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have always enjoyed the venerable Postmartin.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very last one- left me hanging and most unhappy it was over!

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

I never have liked Insects...

Any additional comments?

IF he wants to do a Short- then it needs to be complete and not this "get me all worked up and then leave me with nothing" kind of short. Nobody likes a Tease!

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  • 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 3,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968

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 setup for series. Understated hilarity prose

  • By Globaltowngal on 02-14-13

Great for fans of Enola Holmes or Flavia de Luce

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, she loves Flavia already and would enjoy the steampunk aspect of this series even more!

What did you like best about this story?

Vampires and Werewolves at a finishing school!!

Which character – as performed by Moira Quirk – was your favorite?

Ms Quirk does much to endear Dimity to the listeners, who would otherwise be a rather dull bit.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

So glad there are more in this series!

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,048

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

Halfway through it just got worse!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I love Fairy Tales even the remade hilarious type, but this got too dark and the the story seemed to lose it's way just like the character!

What was most disappointing about John Connolly’s story?

It did not live up to his later titles- they were MUCH better!

What three words best describe Steven Crossley’s performance?

good varied voices

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

disgust, boredom and disappointment by half way point...

Any additional comments?

Do not judge John Connolly 's books by this one!!

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696

Where the Marble Arch stands today in London was once the Tyburn gallows - also known as The Hanging Tree. The walk toward those gallows along Oxford Street and past the Mayfair mansions has a bloody and haunted history as the last trip of the condemned. Some things never change. For both blood and ghosts have returned to those mansions of the super-rich. And it's up to Peter Grant - England's last wizard and the Metropolitan Police's reluctant investigator of all things supernatural - to get to the bottom of the sinister doings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Continuing Splendor of Peter Grant

  • By Tim on 02-01-17

Don't go in with high hopes...

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Where does The Hanging Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

With reference to ALL in the Rivers of London series: at the bottom actually, but it should be read! I am hoping it segues into the next book with info that will allow us to look back and think "Oh, OK that makes sense now..."

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The introduction of the Witch and her daughter- this promises to be interesting.
Least interesting- the constant "filler" of references to the past stories and characters.

What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

He always makes this series so great- but in this last book his voice was a little deeper.

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

No/Yes: I wanted to, but this story did not hold my attention like the others .

Any additional comments?

After finishing this book,I was left with one thought: Really? This is what took you so long? It felt like the author had several ideas that hadn't been fleshed out as yet and at the last minute, had to come up with some plot device that could hobble those ideas together so it could go off to the publishers.

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  • Foxglove Summer

  • A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033

Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but ends strong

  • By Cliff on 01-08-15

Great book to listen to again and again!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Would you listen to Foxglove Summer again? Why?

I have listened to this three times and I like it more each time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Foxglove Summer?

The river of love...

What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

He is SO GOOD in this role! All the characters are unique and if someone else EVER tries to do this audiobook all anyone will say is "That's not Peter Grant"!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book is easy to get caught up in- not just any particular moment.

Any additional comments?

It's been a LONG WAIT for the 6th book 9The Hanging Tree) to come out in Summer of 2016, especially after the original publish date of Fall 2015...

  • Oracles of Delphi Keep

  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Along the southern coast of England, atop the White Cliffs of Dover, stands a castle. And at that castle's old keep is an orphanage. Delphi Keep has seen many youngsters come and go through its gates, and Ian Wigby and his sister, Theodosia, are happy to call it home. Life has always been simple at the Keep, and the orphanage safe, until one day, Ian and Theo find a silver treasure box. And within the box, a prophesy. Three thousand years ago a great Greek oracle wrote of a quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-10

Distracting narration spoiled this book for me.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-15

Would you try another book from Victoria Laurie and/or Susan Duerden?

If the narrator is changed I will buy another book in this series.

What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

Her voice is way to breathy and her inflection is odd; just annoying to listen to for even a short while.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did not even finish what was a interesting story and it is all because of the distraction of this narrator's style of speaking.

Any additional comments?

Sadly, I have another book (that I have not yet read) by this narrator that I wish I had not purchased, oh well, stuck with it now.

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue

  • Book 3 of the Raven Cycle
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 4 hopefully

  • By Laura on 01-12-15

This multi-headed Hydra needs some cutting!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Would you try another book from Maggie Stiefvater and/or Will Patton?

Absolutely! I thought this series was much improved with his narration.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Too far-fetched even given the premise of the series.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

He does a great job with all of them and sometimes the best voicing wasn't my favorite character but I liked the growl of Ronan Lynch and the quiet voice of Persephone.

Do you think Blue Lily, Lily Blue needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well it HAS to really, she left so many openings that need closing. There were too many characters in this 3rd book and too little story to carry them.

Any additional comments?

This book was a bit disappointing for me, not enough Gansey and it didn't need Mallory or the crazy witch. I wanted the Persephone/ Adam story to enlarge and Maura's part in this book didn't seem to fit in well. You can sort of see what Stiefvater is lining up for the 4th book but what tortuous a way to get there. Despite all this whining, I do like this series and have fingers crossed that the 4th will be as good as the first and second.

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