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  • Perilous Waif

  • Alice Long, Book 1
  • By: E. William Brown
  • Narrated by: Mare Trevathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different. When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships 30,000 kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS was fun!

  • By bluestategirl on 10-26-17

Fun youth fiction.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I enjoyed this fast moving Sci-fi book and the world the author created for it, I look forward to a sequel. The characters are very appealing, if a bit unrealistic.

PLEASE BE AWARE! There is about an hours worth of appendixes after the end of the book, so it ended more abruptly than I expected. I was waiting for certain things that were eluded to to be wrapped up more tightly in that last hour, but it looks like I will have to wait for the sequel.

While this book stands up fairly well to adult LIGHT reading, it does somewhat dwell on the pre-pubescent awareness of the heroin's impending sexuality that made the book feel far more juvenile than it otherwise would. Not a complaint, per se, as it was obviously written with a particular audience in mind. I just think the book has the potential for more of a general audience that may be turned off by this aspect to the book. (I would love to share this with my 12 year old son, but he would be very embarrassed by certain things.) One of the things I enjoy about youth and young adult fiction is that sex is less of a focus in general. In this book in particular, having such a young heroin allowed the author to delve into a certain "sexual" aspect of this future world without going into gritty details an adult book might have gone to or focused on.

  • Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Lawson Timmer
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of "defectives," to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of a narcissist complaining

  • By Nomad 2009 on 09-22-17

Horrible!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

What would have made Mrs. Saint and the Defectives better?

The main character was annoying, shallow and predictably stupid. The book had the makings for a cute/fun story, which is what I expected based on the description. However, the execution was excruciatingly melodramatic.. I couldn't finish it. Narration was ok, but the writing was painful.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Crystal Gardens

  • A Ladies of Lantern Street Novel
  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

Novelist and professional companion Evangeline Ames has rented a cottage in the outskirts of Little Dixby, far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds some pleasurable diversion in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety. Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun paranormal romp suffers from odd narration

  • By V. Ewart on 05-10-12

Over the top

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

A stereotypical, to the point of sounding satirical, romance story. I was brought to the point of laughing numerous times at the absurdity of the plot and dialog. The breathy, dramatic narration enhanced the feeling of it almost being a satire. I could envision it being played on SNL.

I love a charming romance in the style of Georgette Heyer and Carola Dunn. This is NOT one of those.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,934

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Fun

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

I would say this is a fun young adult book. Well written, imaginative story. Good story and likeable characters. Long, but kept my interest.

  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance

  • By: CA Belmond
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173

This is your life Penny Nichols...Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the south of France when she gets an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will. With only a slim recollection of her eccentric aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she the bona fide heiress - but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Story with Excellent Narratation

  • By AnJoMom16 on 01-13-15

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

Not what I was looking for. Trite, yet melodramatic. Characters too typecast. I felt I had wasted my time by the end.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Clarissa and the Poor Relations

  • By: Alicia Cameron
  • Narrated by: Heath Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

In Regency England, Mrs. Thorne's School for Young Ladies is about to close due to the death of young Clarissa's mother a year ago. This leaves 18-year-old Clarissa Thorne and her three schoolmistress friends no option but to return to the bosoms of their families as despised 'poor relations' - at everyone's beck and call for all their lives. But Clarissa has just inherited Ashcroft, a large, crumbling estate, and she offers her companions an escape - to run away with her to a life of independence and adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, no sex, historical romance.

  • By susie4susie on 11-01-16

Fun, no sex, historical romance.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

A Georgette Heyer style romance. Charming, light and amusing with out the sex. No melodrama.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,979
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,974

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

Enjoyable light fun, but not fabulous.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

Overall it was a light, fun listen, but I found myself easily distracted from it, and didn't mind missing bits. Not sure if I'll listen to more.

28 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • An Inconvenient Ward

  • Inconvenient Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Lord Michael Dunham is bored of society, bored of fickle women, but above all that, he is afraid. His father suffered from madness, and Michael is terrified that he will inherit the same affliction. He scrutinizes his every mood swing, his every expression, to see if he can detect any signs that he is developing the symptoms. It blights his life. He has determined that he will never marry, putting a wife through the same that his mother suffered, and he certainly will never have children. The disease will die with him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story and even better listening experience

  • By Maggie Tuliver on 02-19-16

Flat, one dimensional and insipid

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

Any additional comments?

One dimensional, flat characters with no charm. I can tolerate predictable if there is charm and wit, think Gorgette Heyer and Carola Dunn. This has neither. It is tedious and dull. The best thing to be said about it is that it is NOT full of sex.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful