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  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,762

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfyingly Hilarious

  • By FernT on 09-27-11

One of my all-time favorites!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I found this book so engaging and entertaining in print, that I decided to listen to it in audio format. Martin Jarvis adds yet another layer of fun to the mayhem with his great voices and excellent timing. I've recommended the printed book to many of my friends, and now I'm recommending this one to audible members. I'm certain I will listen to it again someday.

  • Twist of Fate

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Nellie Chalfant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

Cloistered as a faculty member at a small college, beautiful Hannah Jessett can almost forget her family heritage. Few know she's the niece of Elizabeth Nord, the legendary anthropologist who stunned the world with her revolutionary work, until her aunt dies, leaving Hannah in sole possession of her priceless unpublished journals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By LeftyMom on 05-03-07

Ick

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I didn't like the primary character - there was no internal logic to her thinking. Hanna was supposed to be highly sensitive toward other people, but she was judgmental and preachy. She was supposed to be highly principled and very smart about long term consequences, and yet one future she envisioned for herself was so far beyond anything principled, it was ludicrous. And she dithered, covering the same ground over and over again. Krentz's characters rarely dither. There was plenty of snappy back and forth dialog between Hanna and Gideon, but it had no spark of warmth and no playfulness. It was a surprisingly passionless novel. Just dreary.

But Nellie Chalfant was excellent and did her best to breathe life into the characters. The only reason I finished the book was because of her performance. I will look to see what other books she's narrated.

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  • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

The heroines of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over 19th-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom-and risk-more exciting than she ever imagined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unsympathetic Main Character

  • By Elizabeth on 03-24-10

Not as much fun as others in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

Kate Reading is back so listening is a pleasure! Both story lines (modern and historical) veer off in new directions. I actually like India as a location, however Penelope is a difficult character to like - Willig makes her accomplished enough to be admirable - but she is so manipulative and short-sighted throughout most of the book that it is difficult to care about what happens to her. It isn't till the last third or fourth of the novel that she becomes at all sympathetic and likable, so it gets rather annoying about half way through.

  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

The much- anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing Reader

  • By Bethany on 01-27-09

Changed direction and reader mid-series - bad move

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

The series veers onto a different tangent, which is disconcerting enough without changing readers, but losing Kate Reading is a serious loss.

  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Lauren Willig continues the exciting series with her fourth novel, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, featuring Lord Vaughn, the delightfully devilish spy from The Masque of the Black Tulip, and Mary Alsworthy, the raven-haired beauty whose sister accidentally stole her suitor in The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new twist - Dispicable me!

  • By Gash on 06-30-13

Twirling moustaches and other dark deeds.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Not the usual romantic leads - a couple of tough-minded, self-centered, unsentimental characters in over their heads. I enjoyed it. Kate Reading's reading was stellar as usual.

  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

The year is 1803 and England and France remain at odds. Hoping to break the English once and for all, Napoleon backs a ring of Irish rebels in uprisings against England and sends the Black Tulip, France's most deadly spy, to the Emerald Isle to help. Meanwhile, not to be outdone by her husband, Letty Alsworthy steals away on a ship bound for Ireland, armed and ready to fight for her spouse and to learn a thing or two about spying for England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More, more, more!

  • By Coffee Lover on 02-02-08

More mayhem with spies and counterspies

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Another fun story of spies and romance. Light and entertaining and ultimately made best by the very deft performance of Kate Reading.

  • The Masque of the Black Tulip

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

The Pink Carnation, history's most elusive spy and England's only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig's dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Coffee Lover on 09-04-06

Evan better than the first in the series.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

I am enjoying this series. Absolutely wonderful reader brings both modern and past romances to life with excellent comic timing and character differentiation. Skulduggery... mysteries... period detail... It is just plain fun.

  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 633

Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By Jeny on 04-03-10

The Scarlet Pimpernel meets modern romance

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

This is the first in an entertaining series. Two romantic stories (modern and past) with spies, action, and humor. Light fun with engaging characters (though these are a bit silly) and an excellent reader with remarkable comic timing. Kate Reading makes this book I think - my guess is it's better heard than read. Lots of yearning and lusting but the sex is playful and not graphic, so it would probably be fun for teens.

  • Wicked Intentions

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 880

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't understand the bad reviews. I enjoyed it!

  • By Katheryne on 12-24-12

Murder mystery and earthy sex.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

This is the first book in the Maiden Lane series. It has reasonably good period detail, a romance, and a mystery. I like the entire Maiden Lane series because it deals with more than aristocratic routs and drawing rooms. This is not Austen - no comedy of manners here - so be prepared for the darker side of life and graphic sex scenes.

  • Her Secret Desire

  • A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

Courageous Minerva Peabody, a poor but passionate playwright, is cursed to be living in Elizabethan England, when women most assuredly did not write plays. Determined to succeed, Min impulsively enlists the help of the first man she sees to be her “cover”. Blake, her chosen surrogate, a handsome blue-eyed sea captain with his own agenda, is a man with a mysterious past, a wondrous pair of shoulders, and an irresistible aura of intrigue. Her Secret Desire speaks to any woman who never gives up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Elizabethan Story

  • By Karen on 07-16-12

Brings the Elizabethan period alive.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-13

The book is light and entertaining. It combines some period detail, an engaging set of characters, and a fun storyline. I'll continue listening to the series.