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Ima Reeder

Denver, CO USA
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  • The American Agent

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 824

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice - Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her very best?

  • By Wayne on 04-26-19

Best Maisie Dobbs story yet!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Between the intense storytelling by Winspear and the brilliant voice acting by Orlagh Cassidy, I was sobbing quietly and fiercely during this clever mystery. Historical fiction and WWII fiction fans will love this story of an American, female reporter in England who wants to join Edward R Murrow’s team covering the war.

It could be the best Maisie Dobbs story yet, and I’ve read and listened to all of them at least twice!

  • Unto Us a Son Is Given

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Count Falier urges his Venetian son-in-law Guido Brunetti to investigate, and preferably intervene in, the seemingly innocent plan of the Count's best friend, the elderly Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejada, to adopt a much younger man as his son. Under arcane Italian inheritance laws this man would then be heir to Gonzalo's entire fortune, a prospect Gonzalo's friends find appalling. Then Gonzalo unexpectedly, and literally, drops dead on the street, and his good friend Berta Dodson, just arrived in Venice for the memorial service, is strangled in her hotel room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Donna Leon and David Colacci do it again!

  • By Ima Reeder on 04-01-19

Donna Leon and David Colacci do it again!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Once again, Leon has written a wonderful mystery in Venice. This time Commissario Brunetti must discover who killed the best friend of his father-in-law’s best friend. Leon does an excellent job of stitching together what can be heavy (and sometimes boring) stories of love, friendship, class, history and Venetian-style nepotism with a perfect murder mystery. And Guido reads about the women of Troy in his beloved classics. Oh, and his boss needs his help!! It makes for an interesting piece of embroidery!
Fans of the Commissario will not be disappointed. New listeners will jump on the Leon bandwagon, especially after they hear David Colacci perform. His perfect accents and emotional, yet not over-acted, narration kept me listening straight through.

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  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,741

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

Slow starting but hang in there!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

So long and detailed, I thought I’d stop several times. Different POVs made it very interesting. Narration was excellent. Particularly interesting was the cultural history of the 17th century
If you liked People of the Book you’ll love this, but that’s just an idea of type of story, not a comparison. This is a great story. Anyone interested in history, anthropology and culture will love this.

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,962

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

  • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18

Absolutely brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Immediately after the first time through I “rewound” and “read” it again. The magic and humanity, the sadness and love, and the strength of the women who raised kingdoms was remarkably told in Lisa Flanagan’s excellent performance. A 10-Star read!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful