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Nice story but at times slow moving.

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Reviewed: 09-16-19

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier is a beautiful fairytale full of broken characters and a disturbing mystery. Interesting and new characters. Nice blend of human, fantasy and folk lore . Interesting character personality development. Dreamer's Pool is an engrossing story! It takes a while to get to the main mystery because a lot of time is spent establishing the world and the main characters. Dreamer’s Pool is an excellent choice for fantasy fans and promises to be just the beginning for a great series. I found the Narrators good and engaging.

I loved the story, the writing and the narration.

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Reviewed: 09-11-19

I loved everything about this book: the story, its depth and its ending. And narrated by George Guidall; The story was filled to the brim w/ details and you never were left without knowing what was happening. I felt the ending was just a bit rushed. Up to the very end I thought it was going to go into a sequel. The very last paragraph is when you find out what is going to happen. Besides that, I really enjoyed the book.

Bold and Different, but Slow. Not my cup of tea.

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-15-19

Mel Hudson did a really good job. A bit slow so I sped up the speed. Spider with intelligence and the last of the human race wanting to take over their world. Time is everywhere in this story. We watch the spiders evolve on their planet. The humans traveling in their colony ship have a stasis like sleep which can last for hundreds of years. They are periodically woken by the ship when their input or expertise is required to deal with issues and return to sleep. It's a fascinating plot device that allows for characters to age at different rates and wake to completely different realities within the confines of the same ship they start in. After a while, I didn't care much what happened. I couldn't wait for the story to end. I will not be reading book 2 in this series.

Glad I didn't pay for this.

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Reviewed: 07-22-19

The story was merely interesting, but not fascinating. However, the narrator was very good and it held my interest. Short story about a serial killer and the people that interact w/ him.

Story goes on and on and on. Needs to end.

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Reviewed: 07-15-19

Witching Hour leaves us with the jarring ending of Rowan running off with the newly incarnate Lasher and leaving Michael for dead. Not the happy ending I would have liked, nor the conclusive one. This book continues the story and does ultimately resolve most of the issues with Lasher while opening up several more new ones. I think perhaps Anne Rice had initially intended Witching Hour to be a standalone novel and the spirit of Lasher to have a different form, but somewhere around the 3/4 mark in that book she changed direction and decided to make it a series with a different ending and supernatural creature. This book too ends without resolution but there are follow-ons. I think the story could have been much shorter to really get to the point, but then it wouldn't have been long enough for its own book.
As I mention above the story is too long and stalls along the way. Lasher is finally vanquished and again the story could probably come to an end around this point if Rice would just wrap up some of the other dangling storylines like the Talamasca and Rowan & Michael's relationship. But it goes on.
Kate Reading's performance is excellant. She has an extraordinary vocal range. I frequently forget that there is only a woman, and not a woman and a man narrating the story. I don’t think I will read book 3 in this series.

Very good paranormal story, but very long.

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Reviewed: 06-21-19

To start off, I did enjoy the book even through my headline might not have been very positive. There was 40 hours of back ground history and 10 hours of really good, can't stop listening parts. You have the Mayfair family of witches that are haunted by a demon for centuries. That is the short version. You get the WHOLE history of the Mayfair witches from the beginning of time to present day. I did get involved in the book and got part two. The narrator Kate Reading is fantastic and I will look for other books she has worked on. To add to the drama, there is an organization of individuals w/ certain powers, offering assistance to those with special abilities (mind reading, mediums, psychics etc.… This Talamasca have been following the Mayfair witches throughout time. They've kept a history from the beginning and share this history w/ the new head of the Mayfair family. Rowan Mayfair who is now the new focus of the ( man ), the demon, or for a better name, LASHER. This was a very good book and I do recommend it to those that like fantasy, and the paranormal. It is very well written and I'm looking forward to book 2.

Anna Romer does it again. Loved it!!!

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Reviewed: 05-23-19

I really enjoyed the mystery that evolved in this book! I could not believe the ending. I listened to it every possible chance I got. The characters are so richly complex and all their stories are so compelling. Eloise Oxer could not have been better with the narration. Please don’t change to any other narrator. Oxer is the exactly right narrator for this tale. Close to the end when very pivotal (and dangerous) events were occurring, Oxer's pace picked up with so much tension communicated that I actually could feel my heart racing. I just want more from this author. Please!!!

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GREAT start to a new series. Love time travel!!!

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Reviewed: 05-21-19

A great time travel story thrown in with an antique shop, relationships and mystery, there were times I just wanted more from the main character. I tend to lean towards stronger female characters. The narrator was really good doing both male and female voices. The story painted pictures of the locations and made me want to be there. a good ghost story

Book 3 and it's still got me hooked.

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Reviewed: 04-28-19

There is a bit of a production problem where a sentence or two are repeated and that annoyed me but not enough to interfere with the storyline. it is a good mystery and it gives the reader the first hint that Pendergast's family has a deep vein of mental illness, and that this family illness is a driving force in his life's work. As usual, there is a lot of suspense, murder and deception. These guys have some very vivid imaginations. Over all, everything ends happily...the guy gets the girl, some of the police are shown for their incompetence, the bad guy loses all and NY is safe again. I do like these series of suspense stories and will continue to listen to more. Jonathan Marosz does a job of reading and keeping all the various voices unique. The end was a surprise for me. I’m normally pretty good at figuring out who done it, not this time.

Great Job with book 2 in this series.

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Reviewed: 04-28-19

Reliquary also marks the second appearance of Agent Pendergast (Relic), a character most readers have elevated to the status of a modern Sherlock Holmes with a touch of James Bond thrown in. Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. . Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D'Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare. The narrator Dick Hill did a very good job.