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Cheryl

Westminster, CO
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I really wanted to love this

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

Reviewed: 08-11-19

I love a good story based on Irish folklore, so I expected to love this book. Unfortunately, the narrator has used wildly exaggerated accents, and speaks very slowly when using an accent. It makes it difficult to understand the story when you can’t understand the words. I kept finding myself hoping that the French and Italian characters would just shut up already because listening to them was so annoying. Such poor quality narration is disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

If you really, really enjoy adolescent locker room humor, then this is for you. It is well performed, but the humor is just a juvenile string of scatological jokes and profanity. Not funny, not memorable, not worth listening to. Bleah.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

It should have been good!

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I just can't even finish this trite, mean-spirited book. The main character is rude to everyone she meets, and they just seem to accept her ill behavior. She goes to visit a grandmother she has never met and is unbelievably rude to the old lady on their first meeting. And Grandmother just accepts it. She is supposed to be a scientist who is studying oceans and ocean life, but she still goes diving alone, gets caught in a rip tide that she has been warned about and then says a begrudging, "Well, I guess I should thank you." to the hunky Irishman who pulls her out of the water.
This has the potential to be a charming romance, but the mean spirited heroine just is not likeable at all. The performance isn't bad, but the main character who was born and raised in Boston does not have even a trace of a Boston accent, and the Irish characters do not sound Irish.

The History of the Ladies of the Rebellion

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Jodi Taylor again delivers a funny, touching, educational addition to the St. Mary's saga in the story The Battersea Barricades. It was interesting to hear the history of the civil war that has been hinted at in the past books, and to have the delightful heroes of the Barricades tell the story made it that much more touching. This was a great way to celebrate St. George's Day. Even though it seems St. George wasn't British.

Zara Ramm once again proves that she is one of the best narrators on Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Eerie and haunting - a strange read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-18

A mystery that takes place in a quiet English village. A vicar who is new to the village. The village wise woman. Ancient rituals. Sounds like the basis for any number of cozy mysteries, but Phil Rickman takes all the usual suspects, and stirs in a touch of the maybe supernatural, and a little bit of pure evil to create an atmospheric, terrifying mystery.

Merrily Watkins is a complex, sensitive, questioning, flawed but devoted cleric. She faces the uncanny and unknown with questions and reliance on faith and her own wisdom. There are constant questions of faith, but the series is never preachy or self-righteous. I almost envy the reader who doesn't yet know Merrily and the unique characters who populate her world - you have some great discoveries to come!

Back to St. Mary's

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-18

This is one of the most interesting, entertaining and informative series I have read. It is laugh out loud funny one minute and will break your heart the next. Zara Ramm does a fine job of narrating, and Jodi Taylor is a talented, engaging author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Jodi Taylor does it again!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

In the latest St. Mary's adventure, we see Max on more of a solo run than in the previous books. There was much less of the beloved St. Mary's crew (but still enough to satisfy), and we have the opportunity to see Max interact with a new set of characters, as much of the book is set in a previous St. Mary's. The adventures are still gripping, the characters are vividly drawn, and there is the same mixtures of poignant situations, humor, and suspense. St. Mary's is quite an experience. If you are new to the series, I recommend you begin at the very beginning with Just One Damn Thing After Another and initiate jump! Be prepared to love The Disaster Magnets of St. Mary's.

I was very disappointed in Audible's quality control. The final chapter of the book was omitted from the initial release, and it was really annoying to get to the end and find the ending wasn't there. A two day wait for the Kindle version to be released was frustrating, and we still haven't been notified from Audible when this error will be rectified.

Merrily Watkins' Haunted Herefordshire

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

If you haven't read any of Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins books, you are missing a real treat. These quietly terrifying books are a view of the English countryside that take the everyday circumstances of life and show you what would happen if you stir in just a little true evil. Phil Rickman has a deft way of describing the surroundings, and his characters jump off the page. He uses complicated plots tied to the history and customs of the area to entertain and terrify the reader (or listener). Give these a try. I am working on learning the Breastplate of St. Patrick, just in case!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Welcome to Blue Cove!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

While there have been several Blue Cove mysteries, this is the first one recorded for Audible. Mrs. Morrison has a gift for writing characters that you want to be best friends with. Jessie and Matt have another terrifying mystery to solve, and this one is going to take all the help they can get from friends, other agencies, Radar the intrepid bloodhound and a few friendly ghosts.
Jessie works as a church secretary while building up her new business, a book store, and Matt is the charming and handsome local police chief. They work together to solve some intriguing mysteries against the backdrop of Blue Cove, a unique little New England seaside village.
I hope this is just the first Blue Cove mystery to be recorded for Audible, but a more mature reader would be desirable. Ms Russo sounds too young to be Jessie, and has trouble with masculine voices.


0 of 3 people found this review helpful

Interesting premise

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I certainly enjoyed this book more than the first one in the series. It filled in some blanks where I needed more information in order to really enjoy it. However, the narrator really put me off - why on earth would a duke, well-educated, raised with wealth and privilege suddenly loose his upper class British accent and start doing a really poor imitation of a Cockney? If you are really into time-travel, this has some interesting situations and characters, it might very well be developing into a good series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful