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  • The Battersea Barricades

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

It's not easy being a rebel. So many new skills to assimilate. Never mind strategic planning, weapons expertise and the like - there's bicycle-stealing, oil-stain removal and boat steering to be mastered first. And quickly. It's the time of the Civil Uprisings, and two young women set out to make a difference. Their only problem? They don't know where they are. Or where they're going. Or what to do when they get there. Other than that....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just what the series needed

  • By michael pentecost on 04-23-18

The History of the Ladies of the Rebellion

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

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  • The Wine of Angels

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

A paradise parish of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses, and a huge, haunted vicarage were not what the Revd Merrily Watkins ever had in mind. Nor had she wanted to walk into a local dispute over a play about a curious 17th century cleric accused of witchcraft, a story that certain old-established families would rather remained in obscurity. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Ruth on 03-07-12

Eerie and haunting - a strange read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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!

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and fun

  • By C. lewis on 04-11-14

Back to St. Mary's

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

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  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Re-download for final chapter

  • By Townsend on 04-13-18

Jodi Taylor does it again!

Overall
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.

  • All of a Winter's Night

  • Merrily Watkins Mysteries, Book 14
  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

When Aidan Lloyd's bleak funeral is followed by a nocturnal ritual in the fog, it becomes all too clear that Aidan, son of a wealthy farmer, will not be resting in peace. Aidan's hidden history has reignited an old feud, and a rural tradition begins to display its sinister side. It's already a fraught time for Merrily Watkins, her future threatened by a bishop committed to restricting her role as diocesan exorcist for Hereford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Might be the best Merrily book yet.

  • By linda on 06-07-17

Merrily Watkins' Haunted Herefordshire

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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!

  • Dance with a Devil

  • A Blue Cove Mystery
  • By: Iona Morrison
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Russo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Jessie is enjoying an evening run, grateful her life is finally back to normal. Starting the incline toward home, a sudden terror grips her. Someone is watching her. She picks up her pace, but he's hot on her heels - and he means to kill her. She narrowly manages to elude her pursuer and reach the safety of her house. The first one she calls for help is the man she has grown to love, Matt Parker. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dance with the devil

  • By jey cee on 04-16-18

Welcome to Blue Cove!

Overall
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.


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  • A Strange Scottish Shore

  • By: Juliana Gray
  • Narrated by: Gemma Massot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Scotland, 1906. A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood, the new Duke of Olympia, and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove north to the remote Orkney Islands. No stranger to the study of anachronisms in archeological digs, Haywood is nevertheless puzzled by the artifact: a suit of clothing that, according to family legend, once belonged to a selkie who rose from the sea and married the castle's first laird. But Haywood and Truelove soon realize they're not the only ones interested in the selkie's strange hide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Time travel escape

  • By Robin A. Gower on 11-07-17

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

  • A Most Extraordinary Pursuit

  • By: Juliana Gray
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

February, 1906. As the personal secretary of the recently departed Duke of Olympia - and a woman of scrupulous character - Miss Emmeline Rose Truelove never expected her duties to involve steaming through the Mediterranean on a private yacht, under the prodigal eye of one Lord Silverton, the most charmingly corrupt bachelor in London. But here they are, improperly bound on a quest to find the duke's enigmatic heir, current whereabouts unknown. Maximilian Haywood was last seen at an archaeological dig on the island of Crete.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Would Have Been A Hot Mess...

  • By Alexis on 10-06-16

Ehhh?

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

This is just a crazy mish-mash of incidents that don't seem to be satisfactorily tied up at the end. I didn't especially like Emmaline, and the reader's interpretation of her voice as wimpy and breathless, almost whispery was just annoying. Lords Silverton and Olympia were annoying and not charming or loveable - and Emmaline should have knocked Silverton flat when he showed his true colors. And ghosts? Where did the ghosts come from? (Although Queen Victoria was my favorite character in the book - a dead woman was more lively and believable than the living characters!) And, what were the Americans doing? I've listened twice, and I've read it once, and I just don't get it. I didn't feel like there was any resolution - the author just decided to stop writing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Day Shift

  • A Novel of Midnight, Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390

A number-one New York Times best-selling author, Charlaine Harris penned the addictive Sookie Stackhouse series. In Day Shift psychic Manfred Bernardo is hounded by the press after a client drops dead during a reading. Turning to the local vampire's lover for help, Manfred hopes she can put the squeeze on the scandal before someone else is put on ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Midnight, Texas Continues to Fascinate

  • By Lulu on 08-21-15

Still Midnight - still strange - but fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Poor Manfred is made to confront so many difficulties - reporters, murder, the danger of losing his reputation, and the mysterious goings on in Midnight. The denizens of Midnight become more and more a strange but loving family as they pull together to solve a murder, find lost gems, care for elderly new-comers, and help a young man grow into adolescence. Ms. Harris once again gives us humor, pathos and unanswered questions that keep the reader engrossed and guessing. I loved it!

  • Deadmen Walking

  • A Deadman's Cross Novel
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane - an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn - an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates...gates that are beginning to buckle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly enjoyed the book. Only the Villain was weak

  • By Chris Vernon on 05-16-17

Dragging, repetitive

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

This book is just not up to the standard Ms. Kenyon set for herself in the early Dark Hunter books. The characters seem to prose on and on about the extremely violent and unlikely ways they are going mutilate their enemies, and everything is so terribly overstated - no one is ever irritable, the character is more furious than he had ever been in his thousands of years of existence. Without the overdone and repetitive soliloquies, the book would have been half the length, and a far better read! I love Kenyon's books (except for Styx) and I love the world of the Dark Hunters, but I'm not certain I'm going to continue with this series. I really was looking forward to some good action and pirates! The saving grace is that Holter Graham does his usual superb job of narrating.

I will probably try one more in the new series because, after all, who can resist pirates, but if the pace doesn't pick up, I'm not going to waste any more credits on this.

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