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  • The Last MacKlenna

  • The Celtic Brooch, Book 2
  • By: Katherine Lowry Logan
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

Always on the go and racing toward the next challenge, Meredith Montgomery is the kind of woman who has it all - or at least that's what she wants everyone to believe. But when a serendipitous twist of fate at a quaint B&B brings her face-to-face with Elliott Fraser, a wealthy and respected Scotsman, Meredith might just slow down for the first time in her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just read this story for the second time!

  • By Anne on 09-12-16

Good continuation of the Celtic Brooch series

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It drew together some important elements of the story. I was hoping it would involve time travel, though.

Have you listened to any of Teri Schnaubelt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Schnaubelt is an excellent performer. She has a talent for making me feel like I'm immersed in the story.

Could you see The Last MacKlenna being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, I could see it working that way.

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  • 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 2,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,934

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

Great romp through time

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

What did you love best about The Ruby Brooch?

There's not much I love more than time travel stories. I love how all the details and personalities came together at the end. The descriptions of the Oregon Trail reminded me of my time working archaeology sites near the Santa Fe Trail. It made it easy to picture the story under a sky that spread forever, with so much hope and so much fear wrapped up in every day to day choice. Having seen many rock outcrops carved with names of those travelling the Santa Fe Trail, I especially liked the scene at Chimney Rock. I've read other reviews bashing the lack of minute historical detail, but as this was billed as a time travel romance, I wasn't expecting a doctoral thesis on pioneer life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really can't choose - I liked all the characters.

What does Teri Schnaubelt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms. Schnaubelt has a nice voice, nice range for voicing both male and female characters and is good at making characters' voices distinctive. She reads with a cadence and flow that are easy to listen to. There are readers who you listen to reading, and then there are readers who make you forget you aren't there in the story. Ms. Schnaubelt is of the latter population.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but that's due to my own memory problems - I always have to go back to the beginning a few times to get everything straight. Once I had details firmly in my mind, I did listen to the whole book over a period of two days. Great book to garden to.

Any additional comments?

Loved it & am getting ready to start book #2 of the series.

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  • The Passion of Marie Romanov

  • A Tale of Anastasia's Sister
  • By: Laura Rose
  • Narrated by: Lillian Webb, Travis Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

So much of my story unfolds by moonlight. This is a tale of midnight wakings and forced marches before dawn. Since this nightmare began, I do not dare undress, even to go to bed. I wear my dressing gown, my hair is prepared, and my shoes are set beside me. I have no idea when we will be summoned to rise. We have moved, as in the worst of dreams, slowly toward this place. There is no logic other than the sleepwalker's obedience - to follow instruction which we cannot resist: an actual lunacy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Anastasia

  • By Elyse Becker on 08-19-15

A glimpse into the last days of the Romanovs

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, if they wanted a good but quick look at the last days of Imperial Russia.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I felt the narration was a bit overdone in spots, but that is probably a matter of personal taste.

What three words best describe Lillian Webb and Travis Smith ’s voice?

Pleasant, compelling, imaginative

Could you see The Passion of Marie Romanov being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Possibly. I have mixed feelings about delving into the sexual life of a recent historical figure (in contrast to early historical figures we know very little about & therefore have to fill in details to have a story to write about), especially a young girl. I think that part of the book bothered me particularly because of the brutal way Marie and her family were murdered, and how their bodies were treated with massive indignity, and because of all the speculation about Rasputin having sex with the Romanov girls and the Tsarina when they were alive. I think enough speculation about sexual scandal in that family has already been aired. I don't feel I need to know or contemplate the state of Marie's virginity when she was murdered; it just feels like crossing a boundary to me.

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  • The Bone Collector

  • The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Connor O'Brien
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

In his most gripping thriller yet, Jeffery Deaver takes listeners on a terrifying ride into two ingenious minds...that of a physically challenged detective and the scheming killer he must stop. The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him choose his next victim. Now, with the help of a beautiful young cop, this diabolical killer must be stopped before he can kill again!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, narrator is horrible

  • By bradley on 07-09-14

Horrible narration - beyond belief.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator sounds like he is computerized. His narration is way too fast, impossible to understand, and uses no inflection. I suspect this is a robotic narrator rather than a human - he sounds exactly like the 2nd generation assistive technology touch talkers I work with professionally. I already know the story and love it, but will be returning this audiobook.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I couldn't stand more than 10 minutes of this narrator. I am physically disabled and rely on audio books, but will just have to find someone else to read this one to me. I have slogged through a whole lot of really bad book performances, but this is by far the worst I've ever heard. I can't face another minute of this narrator.

Was The Bone Collector worth the listening time?

No, due solely to the narrator. I'm very disappointed that anyone would try to sell an audio book narrated this badly.

  • Expedition Indigo

  • Riley Cooper
  • By: Stacy Allen
  • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Riley Cooper is offered the chance of a lifetime: to find the Crux Fidelis, the coronation cross of Charlemagne. Under Water Sea Adventures members believe they have found the remains of the Indigo, a heavily laden cargo ship commissioned by Charlemagne and presumed lost on its maiden voyage off the coast of southern Italy in the early 800s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stacy Allen and Clive Cussler walked into a bar...

  • By Jan on 07-04-15

Incredible premise, lackluster development

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but only if I clarified that it was a first novel. Though the premise was fantastic, I found this book very frustrating; it had so much potential that ended up being wasted.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stacy Allen? Why or why not?

Yes, in the hope that Allen's story lines will improve. Awesome imagination went into this book; the problem was in the development. I'm very surprised that the editor didn't call for better expansion of the story. Allen is excellent at writing action scenes. Allen's command of languages is nice, but leaves those who don't know French or Italian wondering what was said.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was excellent, very nice command of all languages used.

Do you think Expedition Indigo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

GENERIC SPOILER ALERT - Yes. There were so many avenues that Allen passed up. Riley trains to go inside a shipwreck, yet never does. Allen is such an excellent action writer that passing up an opportunity for a struggle inside a shipwreck is inexplicable. Riley is warned to trust no one - yet the good guys remain the good guys, the bad guys remain the bad guys, and trusting a total stranger turns out to hold no risk. So much more tension could have been added with better character development and unpredictability of who's a good guy and who's not; most people are a mixture of both, but this didn't figure much in the story. What would happen if, in a later book, it turned out that one of the "good guys" had done something treacherous that wasn't discovered until later?

There's so much more that could be done with this.

Any additional comments?

SPOILER ALERT - As a former archaeological field assistant, I found the rapidity of the find unrealistic. Also as same, a flagged artifact is a soon-to-be-stolen artifact. One would think that the presence of a nefarious antiquities dealer off the port bow would make a more elaborate marking system necessary. This could add to the plot - in a situation where indirect marking (example: In a field of orange dummy pin flags, the artifact is five meters East of a red pin flag which forms the apex of an isosceles triangle formed by three red pin flags - when you do a lot of work right by highways, you get creative) is imperative to protect finds from being stolen, the crew develops flagging patterns to let each other know where the find is w/o anyone else being able to figure it out. But, the crew member who flags the find is aware that another crew member who is in on the coding system is a mole, and thus flags by a different code pattern before being taken out of the game by said mole. Riley is then left to figure out where the artifact is based on her knowledge of how the flagger's mind works, preferably when the clock is ticking significantly. There's so much more that could be done with this series; I look forward.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful