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  • Lady Thief

  • Scarlet, Book 2
  • By: A. C. Gaughen
  • Narrated by: Helen Stern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Joy

  • By S. Lynne on 06-12-15

No Joy

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

What did you like best about Lady Thief? What did you like least?

I love Robin Hood stories, and loved the first book. What I didn't love -- unremitting darkness .

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

It needs some hope. There's little of it in this installment. Also, some action would help. The first book the characters were doing things. Here, they're just stalled.

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

The narrator has a wonderful voice and command of the character.

Did Lady Thief inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to revisit some of my favorite Robin Hood stories, and seek out some new ones.

Any additional comments?

I'm waiting for the third in audio format, and hoping that the story finds it's way to a satisfying conclusion (which I have no doubt of, just that it may still take some time and some patience).

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  • Cocaine Blues

  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,503

It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A series that just gets better

  • By Barbara on 02-01-11

Daring Dame

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

If you could sum up Cocaine Blues in three words, what would they be?

Sexy, Wild, Smart

Who was your favorite character and why?

Phryne, easily. She's unique - smart, independent, rich but since she's had less she has no problems with those who aren't in her "class"

What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

Very good. She does the voices well and reads and a good pace.

Who was the most memorable character of Cocaine Blues and why?

(okay -- this seems redundant -- see above-- though the Russian dancer is memorable as well).

Any additional comments?

Occasionally it gets a little racy -- just be forewarned.

Found out afterwards this is also an Australian mystery series available on Netflix. The stories have been changed somewhat, as might be expected. I'm enjoying both the show and the books.

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  • Scarlet

  • By: A. C. Gaughen
  • Narrated by: Helen Stern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

Posing as one of Robin Hood's thieves to avoid the evil Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only Big John and Robin Hood know the truth - that the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. It's getting harder to hide as Gisbourne's camp seeks to find Scarlet and drive Robin Hood out of Nottinghamshire. But Scarlet's instinct for self-preservation is at war with a strong sense of responsibility to the people who took her in when she was on the run, and she finds it's not so easy to turn her back on her band and townspeople.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gender Bending in Sherwood Forrest

  • By Susie on 03-02-15

An Authentic Robin Hood story

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Scarlet to be better than the print version?

I've not read the print yet -- was instead entranced by the narrator's excellent handling of the dialect. I'm waiting for the sequel - hopefully by the same narrator, and that's saying a lot since I'm not usually one to choose audio over print.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Robin Hood stories -- and have read many good ones. This one took a different point of view, with Robin not being the main character, but was enjoyable none the less, with action and wit (though Scarlet carries a fair amount of anger and angst throughout)

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

No, I haven't, but would gladly hear some others done by her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sherwood -- home of the original Hunger Games (sorry - that was a bad one but couldn't come up with anything else)

Any additional comments?

I didn't always like Scarlet. She's a hard character, prickly and fairly nasty to some. I'm also not completely fond of the standard "romantic triangle" plot, though with Gisbourne around it stretches beyond a triangle. But her internal struggles are very authentic, and her courage is undeniable. As it was just a start, I'm hoping that things look up for her in the future.

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