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Christine Ehren

Saint Paul, MN
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  • A Darker Shade of Magic

  • A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,952

Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. As such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not another lame female character

  • By Friday on 06-23-15

Completely listenable

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I was torn between not using this book up too fast and and not being able to put it down. Going along with Kel as he got into deeper and more arcane trouble was highly entertaining. I highly recommend. Just pausing long enough to drop you this note before I start the next one.

  • The Hazel Wood

  • By: Melissa Albert
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 963

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away - by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dark and modern fairytale

  • By Stephanie on 02-02-18

Well written, well read

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I enjoyed the writer’s voice, and the reader’s voice. There was a flavor of fairytales to it that drew me in. The twist, when it came, surprised me. I read enough of these things I usually see the twist coming. This one was fresh enough to surprise my jaded pallet. I liked the characters for their flaws. I took a star for an epilogue that left me cold. That may have been unfair but there are no half stars.

  • The Broken Girls

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,728

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Every Way!

  • By Alexis on 03-21-18

Beautifully written, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Nobody is writing better, more satisfying ghost stories than Simone St. James. This is the best yet. St. James has taken the haunted girl's school and upped the stakes. Her girls are harder, tougher, and more interesting. They are definitely in more danger. The ghost stalking them will definitely give you the creeping chills. Have fun!

  • The Bookseller's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon floating in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning. Soon, however, Nicholas finds evidence of murder. Who could have wanted to kill this promising student? As Nicholas and his scholar friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William's death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest, excellent historical background

  • By Marcheta on 04-07-17

a charmer

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The booksellers tale is an engaging historical puzzle. The period is well painted, the characters are interesting & like-able.

  • Hex

  • By: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened, or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Story...Odd Narrator

  • By Mr. Richard Smith on 08-08-16

Supernatural evil & human evil

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I liked the way the author sets the trap and then lets us squirm in it with the residents of his town. I enjoyed the intellectual dissection of the limits of their omnipresent curse. Like in a King story, the author is just giving you time to love the people he will throw into the maelstrom. You know what's coming, and it softens the blow not a whit. I wish the author wrote women better. I wish the narrator voiced women better. But this isn't a fatal flaw. This author understands the human evil at the heart of the mob.

  • Strange Practice

  • By: Vivian Shaw
  • Narrated by: Susanna Hampton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized and highly peculiar medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice - and her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep Google open while you read

  • By Christine Ehren on 02-23-18

Keep Google open while you read

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

This book is packed with fun references to historical supernatural fiction & folklore from around the world & some well crafted weird science you'll want to dig into a bit. The narrator handles the author's humor & the odd terms ably. Likable characters, good world building, if you blink you will miss the romance, (and I recommend blinking) but the adventure is solid. I highly recommend.

54 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • The Amulet

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

When a rifle range accident leaves Dean Howell disfigured and in a vegetative state, his wife Sarah finds her dreary life in Pine Cone, Alabama made even worse. After long and tedious days on the assembly line, she returns home to care for her corpse-like husband while enduring her loathsome and hateful mother-in-law, Jo. Jo blames the entire town for her son's mishap, and when she gives a strange piece of jewelry to the man she believes most responsible, a series of gruesome deaths is set in motion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good 38 years later.

  • By Jon Weimer on 12-11-17

A fresh hell

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

This was a different kind of horror story. It was well crafted, the story felt fresh, and the elements of setting & character were given the kind of attention that makes me feel like I've stepped through a dark looking glass, not a hastily bent funhouse mirror. The narrator gave those well fleshed characters good voices for their place, time & impending tragic demise. Don't get fond of anybody, just saying.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Gospel of Sheba

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When A. Davenport Lomax’s young daughter asks him whether spirits and faeries are real, the Edwardian librarian just pats the little darling on the head. But when a desperate man emerges from the winding passages of the library muttering about demonology, he gets Lomax’s attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little treat for Holmes lovers and lovers of libraries and all they imply

  • By Christine Ehren on 09-28-17

A little treat for Holmes lovers and lovers of libraries and all they imply

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

I admit to an inordinate affection for libraries & for the physical book. The idea of rare volumes hiding in odd corners, little lifeboats carrying ideas into the future, thrills me. So this story, centered on a victorian librarian and his place of work, is a little slice of heaven. That we back into the mystery, and into the main character’s connection with Conan Doyle’s characters hardly matters to me, I’m so delighted by the library.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lamentation

  • By: C.J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councilors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. As heretics are hunted across London, and radical Protestants are burned at the stake, the Catholic party focuses its attack on Henry's sixth wife - and Matthew Shardlake's old mentor - Queen Catherine Parr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Lesson that Goes Down Like Ice Cream

  • By Mark Butterman on 03-14-15

Another well researched Tudor political thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

While you're watching this well crafted origami of a "who done it/who has it/where is it" unfold appreciate that you can't be racked, burned, etc. for political & religious dissent anymore.

Don't skip the supporting historical notes at the end. It's fun to know how well this whole thing could fit into what's really known about the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Folcroft Ghosts

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

When their mother is hospitalized, Tara and Kyle are sent to stay with their only remaining relatives, their grandparents. It's their first time meeting May and Peter Folcroft. The elderly couple seem friendly at first, and the house, hidden in the base of the mountains, is full of nooks to explore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An extremely well-executed take on the familiar

  • By Marcus on 04-11-17

Nicely rendered ghost story / mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Main characters are like able and believable. Their predicament is plausible, as are the actions and reactions of the villains. Supernatural elements of the story worked for me. Low gruesome factor.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful