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  • Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 10
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 641

Max is no stranger to taking matters into her own hands. Especially when she's had A Brilliant Idea. Yes, it will mean breaking a few rules, but - as Max always says - they're not her rules. Seconded to the Time Police to join in the hunt for the renegade Clive Ronan, Max is a long way from St Mary's. But life in the future does have its plus points - although not for long. A problem with the Time Map reveals chaos in the 16th century and the wrong Tudor queen on the throne. History has gone rogue, there's a St Mary's team right in the firing line and Max must step up.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done installment in the saga of St Mary’s

  • By IreneMBBT on 04-26-19

Another Dazzling Story!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-19

If you like time travel, intrigue, humor, and unexpected plot twists, you will love this book

This installment has Max partnering with the time police (TP) to perform a dangerous mission. Some of the action takes place in the TP compound. It was interesting to see an inside view of this facility and the daily operations of the TP. Matthew and Max get to spend some nice time together.

Once the plan for the mission is complete, Max goes off to complete the mission. That is all I’m going to tell you. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the story for you. Suffice it to say, I think you will love this book as much as I do. Enjoy!

  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,753

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

A taste of history

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

This is but a tidbit that tantalizes the reader to learn more about this fascinating woman’s life. A wonderful way to start women’s history month. It is written in a way that drew me into young Marie’s life. Her passions and experience as a female scientist in a world dominated by men. Her single-minded determination to succeed alone. Her fight against love for fear it will sabotage her destiny with science. It is well worth the read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gmorning, Gnight!

  • Little Pep Talks for Me & You
  • By: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 487

Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda’s audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a collection. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I tried out Audible just for this book and I cried.

  • By Lidoshka on 10-16-18

I feel loved and rejuvenated

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Thank you Lin-Manuel for bringing these greetings to all of us in your own voice. The exuberance, kindness, sauciness and joy in your voice is the perfect punctuation to these little loving moments. I cannot recommend this book enough. It really has lifted my spirit, I hope you allow it to lift your spirit as well.
Gmorning and Gnight to you all.💕

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magic Triumphs

  • Kate Daniels, Book 10
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,069

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be. Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything we hoped for...

  • By IreneMBBT on 08-28-18

They saved the best for last

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

First I’d like to thank Renee Raudman for her marvelous narration of the entire series. Bravo!

Next, thanks to the team of Ilona Andrews for all the hours of first class story telling, fabulous characters, laughter and a few tears. This book was well worth the wait and makes me sad to think it was the last Kate Daniels Lennart series. The ending of the book sounds like there are possibilities for another series. I fervently hope so and that Renee will continue to narrate the new series. I will be highly disappointed if this doesn’t come to fruition.

The book starts with Kate’s motherhood phase. It lasts for a humorous little while. Then we move back to I intrigue, death and possibly war? I don’t want to give away the plot, but I will tell you that there are surprises ahead, plot twists you won’t see coming, blood and guts (as usual). The characters stay true-to-form and this storyline continues the same high quality writing we have grown to expect from this dynamic writing team. Don’t walk, run to your local book store, E-reader or Audible account and start reading/listening now. You will not be disappointed.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051

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

A wonderful roller coaster ride!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

To quote the beginning of a review by Townsend from Texas: “Initial download omitted the last chapter, giving new meaning to “cliff hanger”. Problem has been fixed. If you don’t have 41 tracks, re-do your download. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, hooray, hooray, Max is back with a vengeance! It is amazing that this series doesn’t get stale, but Jodi Taylor is a wonder and Zara Ramm is perfect as narrator.”

This installment made me laugh, experience the hardships of a different era and then fall in love with the people and their hardships while mourning the loss of Max’s modern-day reality. What follows is a well-woven story and narration that brought me to my feet, pacing the floor as we follow Max’s solo journey through the past.

I don’t want to spoil the book, but what happens next made me cry like a baby, laugh out loud, and hold on tight as Max navigates her way forward. After re-downloading the complete book, hearing all of section/chapter 41, I declare this a brilliant and successful story. I look forward to Max’s next adventure with eager anticipation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scourged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,022

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fitting conculsion

  • By will on 04-04-18

I want more!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Finales are always bittersweet. So I was surprised by how many times I laughed out loud while listening to this book.

Thanks to Luke Daniels for another stellar narration. Slow-Mo stole the show. I’ve been in love with Oberon since book one. I fell in love with Orlagh during her debute story. In this volume Starbuck and Slow-Mo shined. I love talking animals. Luke Daniels nailed all these characters brilliantly.

Speaking of characters, Owen shined bright and is now living up to his full potential. Interactions between Clever Girl and the Monkey King were delightful, surprising and full of bubble tea.

Atticus’ storyline brought in the bittersweet portion of the storyline. Without giving away spoilers, I did appreciate his mindset at the end.

To Kevin Hearne I say thank you for a brilliant series. This finale both surprised me and convinced me there are more stories to tell about all of the characters. I beg you to continue with short stories about Owen, Slow-Mo, and the students. Guest appearances by Oberon would also be appreciated. Just sayin. 😉

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Matter of Loyalty

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Anselm Audley, Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he's the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn't so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo's instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn't selling secrets to the Soviets, who is?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIP To The Author

  • By Christina on 11-13-17

Nicely done and well worth the read

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

What happens when you combine a headstrong English school girl, a dead body, Russian spies and a missing black book? Drama, intrigue and the ever-present reporters looking for a story! Add to this is a mean-spirited law enforcement man, the wicked socialite girlfriend from London and an Hungarian refugee who is given temporary shelter within the castle. Combine all these items together with a great plot line and you have a wonderful reading/listening experience. I highly recommend this series.

It was a bittersweet moment to start reading this book when I already knew there would be no more in the series. I feared this book wouldn’t be up to the standards of the first books in the series due to the authors’ death. However, I would not have known she didn’t live to complete this book if I hadn’t already learned of Ms. Edmondson’s passing. Please be assured, that even though this story is somewhat shorter than the first two books in the series, it is a complete, satisfying and quite well written. Thanks to all who brought this series to us. I will definitely read again and again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,814

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Best book in the series!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

This book takes place in the early 1940's political scene. Hitler is gaining power. Georgie goes to Italy to sit with Belinda as she hides from the world. Of course, Queen Mary, asks Georgie to attend a house party and spy on her cousin David and Mrs. Simpson. The guest list includes few friend, but many political types. Intrigue and murder lead Georgie into danger. The resolution of this story is handled quite well. MS. Kellgren's reading is dramatic and great fun to hear. I highly recommend this story!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Past

  • A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 521

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I could give more stars than 5

  • By D on 12-26-17

I. Loved. This.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

This is the best of all Ms. Taylor's Christmas stories. It has time travel, danger, Max and most of St. Mary's cast make a brief appearance. But is there a Christmas miracle? Does anyone die? Are costumes damaged? Does Max lose weight? I'm not going to tell. You will have to read this yourself. Merry Christmas, everyone.

  • Only Dead on the Inside

  • A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
  • By: James Breakwell
  • Narrated by: James Breakwell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

There are plenty of guides out there about how to survive the zombie apocalypse. All of them assume readers are young, fit, and unencumbered by children. In that scenario, the only living humans left will be smug, outdoorsy Millennials. That's hell on earth, even without the zombies.Only Dead on the Inside is the answer for the rest of us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Marjory on 04-13-19

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

I expected this to read like one of Unicorn's tweets. But it is so much more. I am now armed to survive the zombie apocalypse. But I was also entertained even though I do not have children. I'm so glad the author read the book himself. I loved that each chapter covered different aspects of potential apocalyptic scenarios. It kept the book fresh and laugh out loud funny. Hearing 7-year-old Betsy read the ending was extra special. What a great job she did. I will re-read this book. What more can be said?