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Garden Womble

New Brunswick, Canada
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Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic audiobook cover art

Just not my bag

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

Reviewed: 09-14-19

So far, I haven't been a fan of any of the Audible Originals I've listened to, so I'm glad they're free with my plan. This one was slightly better than average, but still wasn't really my thing. I would have liked more focus on the quantum physics aspects - I mean, I love science fantasy and accept world building and magic, but for a random kid to suddenly build a machine in the space of a day that can "cut" space-time? And not much explanation about how it was done? Nope, that didn't work for me. Sort of cute story but just didn't grab me. Really good narration and an interesting concept for the story, but it fell flat without more explanation and detail, and was too full of teen angst.

Changeling audiobook cover art

Enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-19

I seem to keep turning to YA books these days, which is funny, because I'm 50, so perhaps not the target audience. In fact, I rather dislike the YA label, because it seems to imply writing for an immature audience. Ah well, in any case, I liked this story and the narration was spot on. I like a story that I can escape into and get lost for a while, and this one fit the bill. I especially liked Philip. There was a wee bit of teen angst here and there, but it wasn't excessive. I'll be looking forward to the sequel.

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I just love this series!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

I'm reluctant to move on to the next book because I don't want this series to end! I really enjoy the whole concept, the magical elements, and the personalities of Jackaby and Miss Rook! Jenny is intriguing, and then the duck, well, who doesn't love a duck?! Although these aren't classified as "cozy mysteries," they still fall into that realm for me because they're not overly gory or unnecessarily gruesome. The mysteries are wonderful though, and there are good twists and turns to keep my interest.

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Location Scouting is a high risk job!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-19

One must suspend a bit of disbelief as this series continues - poor Kate runs into more murder as a location scout than she would as an average policeman, I would guess! I enjoy listening to her adventures none the less, and I enjoy hearing about the places she visits. This one was set in Bath, UK, which I've visited myself, so it was particularly interesting to me. I really liked the addition of the holiday novella at the end of this book. Two for one!

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Love Department Q!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-19

Wasn't my favourite of the series, but it was still a very engaging read. I think I found this one harder to read because the depravity of a number of the characters was just staggering, and I felt I couldn't relate at all. I loved the Rose aspect of the storyline, and I find her to be a complex and intriguing character overall, so I enjoyed this book's focus on her. In general I love the Dept. Q series and will continue with it, even though this one wasn't the best for me.

Death in a Stately Home audiobook cover art

A good cozy mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-13-19

I enjoy this series by Rosett. They are solid cozy mysteries with a touch of romance and I like the developing relationships and return characters in the series. This one seemed a little short compared to the first two, and I found it slightly more far fetched than the others, but I still liked it.

I like the narrator Sara Mollo-Christensen but she has a distinctly Australian twang that does interfere a little bit with my listening. I have to tell myself those characters are just visiting from Australia to make myself ignore the accent. Her "posh" UK accents are great, but the more average ones (characters like Ella) are decidedly Aussie. Other than that, she continues to be enjoyable in this series.

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Kept Me Guessing!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller from Joy Ellis, as well as Henrietta Meire's narration. As the Nikki Galena series continues, I am increasingly drawn into the lives and particularities of the characters. I find the characters entirely believable and although the plots sometimes seem a bit far fetched for such a remote location, I can suspend disbelief for a good story! I'm looking forward to the next novel in the series.

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New adventures for Mrs. Pollifax

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

Reviewed: 07-13-19

This series is a good, clean romp that never fails to entertain me. Let's keep that in mind - it's entertaining. It's not akin to the Le Carre series or other classic spy novels - for Mrs. Pollifax, one must be prepared to suspend disbelief for a while and just enjoy the adventure. The series wasn't recently written either, which means one must keep in mind that cell phones aren't available, nor are computers for the most part. It's just good, old-fashioned, clean, 'cozy' spy adventuring.

I don't listen to these books one after another - I read other things between them. This keeps Mrs. Pollifax fresh and interesting. I shall be back for the next book in the series soon enough!

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No complaints here!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-19

Another excellent installment in the Peter Grant series. As always, Holdbrook-Smith is top tier in his narration. He really has an amazing range and makes each character clearly defined in voice and intonation.

I was expecting more Abigail, given how much she showed up in The Furthest Station, but perhaps she'll show up again in the next book.

I can't say much that hasn't already been said in other positive reviews, but I do echo the point that it really is best to read this series in order. Plots and relationships grow over time, and books frequently refer back to previous events from other books. I haven't read any of the graphic novels - not really my thing - but I do notice references to those as well.

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OK, but not quite what I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

I listened to this because I thought it would be a humorous and entertaining account of issues the author had with her tenants and other amusing anecdotes about her experience as a landlady. It wasn't quite that, because for the most part the tenants were not very amusing and would be people I certainly couldn't tolerate living around. I think the author has amazing patience and ability to turn a blind eye to chaos. I expected humour and didn't really find any of the book to be funny. Perhaps my expectations were misplaced.

There was a lot more of the author's past and other experiences unrelated to her being a landlady that were included in the book. These are somewhat interesting but because I don't feel I have much in common with the author, they didn't resonate much with me. Perhaps also because I have never lived in an area like the one where the house is located, and I've never had experiences with tenants of the type she experienced, I couldn't relate very well overall to the book.

I found her experiences trying to fix up the old house to be interesting and engaging. I've definitely had frustrating experiences with that in the past.

Good job by the narrator.

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