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  • By Familiar Means

  • A Witch's Cat Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Delia James
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

When Annabelle's hired to paint the murals for a new coffee house, it seems like a wish come true. But then a series of spooky sounds and strange happenings convince the owners that their new shop is haunted. They want Anna and her coven to evict the restless spirit before the grand opening. When her search reveals hidden smugglers' tunnels beneath the shop - and a dead body - Annabelle, Alastair, and the coven suddenly find themselves in a cat-and-mouse game with a killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great expansion of this world.

  • By Kittie LaChatte on 01-11-18

OK mystery, but not at the top of my list

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This book starts out very slow and only really picked up interest in the last third. Perhaps the biggest problem is the narrator who speaks haltingly with pauses in the middle of sentences, perhaps at the end of the line in the written text. Furthermore, her pronunciation of even simple words was frequently atrocious. I like mysteries with cats and white witches, but this one was a bit over the top. Having the cat vanish and pop up in a locked room miles away from where he was last seen is not at all believable. And many of the characters are stereotyped. This is the second book in the series, so I would have expected most of these problems to have been sorted out by book 2. On the plus side, the plot was interesting (after it got going) and had enough twists and turns to confuse even an attentive reader. I may try the other books in the series, but I think I will go for the Kindle version so I don't have to listen to the narrator for these Audible versions.

  • The Ruby Brooch

  • The Celtic Brooch, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Lowry Logan
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,932

As the sole survivor of the car crash that killed her parents, grief-stricken paramedic Kit MacKlenna is stunned to learn her life is built on lies. A legacy from her father includes a faded letter and a well-worn journal. The journal reveals she was abandoned as a baby 160 years ago. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket with the portrait of a 19th century man, and a Celtic brooch with magical powers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Missed opportunity.

  • By Sanny on 11-18-15

Enjoyable historical romance.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It transported me from my current day to day to a new and different world. The plot had a lot of twists, and by the time I got to the end, I knew I'd missed some important elements. It would be fun to go back and, knowing the ending, reread again to pick up the bits and pieces I need to fill in the gaps.

The performance was good. Teri Schnaubelt's voice is very pleasant, and the reading was well paced. Creating different voices for the characters gave them more personality and individuality, even if those voices weren't perfect as was pointed out in other reviews. I do agree with others that Ms Schnaubelt's pronunciation of various words could be much better. The most glaring issue, as already pointed out, is that the composer Hayden's name is pronounced "high-den" (not "hay-den"), and I was very surprised that a narrator of this caliber would make such a faux pas. But, overall, this was a very engaging performance and has prompted me to look for other books narrated by Ms. Schnaubelt.

The book is not perfect. The story is advertised as historical, though I don't believe the historical aspects were researched as carefully as they could have been. It doesn't give a very accurate presentation of how difficult life really was in the 1850s. And I wondered at the easy acceptance of the concept of time travel by 1850s characters. Furthermore, I agree with other reviewers that the hero and heroine are too perfect, and their the sex scenes were a bit clumsy and gratuitous. HOWEVER, this book is entertainment. I don't believe it was intended to be a high class, well polished historical drama, so a few lapses are acceptable.

On the positive side, the plot was interesting and unique. The characters were enjoyable people who met their problems squarely and had to make tough choices, but eventually came through in good order. The writing pulls the reader into the story, and you feel the highs and lows along with the characters. Plus, there is a smattering of US history thrown in for good measure. If you like historical romances and are willing to forgive some of the rough edges, then this is a book to consider.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Cat in the Dark

  • A Joe Grey Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

There’s a bad new cat in sleepy little Molena Point: a renegade tom with a penchant for robbery, a scorn for his fellow felines, and a disdain for human laws. And he’s masterminding a crime spree that’s quickly escalating toward murder most foul. Dulcie and Joe Grey both know the score - they’ve seen Azrael in action. But how can they expose the criminal without letting ordinary, untrustworthy humans in on the secret that certain select cats can think - and talk? Cats like them…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love finds many forms

  • By Sandie Herron on 04-29-17

Another great adventure from Joe and Dulcie

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

Any additional comments?

This one started out a little slow - lots of description that at the time didn't make sense and seemed extraneous. After the first hour or so though, things started happening, and the story became the appealing tale I really enjoy. Not quite so many twists and turns as the earlier books, but enough misdirects to make the final solution a surprise. Good listening!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful