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  • Tabula Rasa

  • Roman Empire Series, Book 6
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, this time helping to tend the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge. Then Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing. A native boy thinks he sees a body being hidden inside the wall's half-finished stonework, and a worrying rumor begins to spread. When soldiers ransack the nearby farms looking for Candidus, Tilla's tentative friendship with a local family turns to anger and disappointment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasure to Read

  • By Jean on 09-17-16

This series does not disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I have listened to the entire Medicus series by Ruth Downie, and each book is excellent. The narration by Simon Vance is spot-on. He does a wonderful job with each of the voices, particularly Ruso's, and he has a real talent for narrating the dry humor so present in Downie's writing. While it's not absolutely necessary to read the series in order, I highly recommend it because they are so well-written and you can witness the character development over the course of the books. Definitely worth a credit!

  • Apache Strike Force

  • A Spotless Novella
  • By: Camilla Monk
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

He's death from the sky, ready to strike. He never compromises, never lets go, never settles for second best when it comes to his offspring. He's the Apache. With his nose-mounted sensor, night vision system, and 30mm chain gun, Simon Halder isn't your average helicopter dad, and when Island, the daughter he thought he had lost, reappears after eight months of captivity, someone's gonna have to pay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so much fun

  • By Korrin H. Johnson on 08-14-17

Terrific addition to the series!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I have read all the previous books in the Spotless series, and this one did not disappoint. While the earlier four books had lots of action and suspense, this novella took a break from that pacing and gave the reader a glimpse of the new relationship between March and Island since the traumatic events of the previous book. I absolutely loved this treat of a novella, and Amy McFadden is terrific at the narration as always. If you’re intrigued by this series, start with Spotless and read all of the books in order — it’s a wild ride!
Can’t wait for Book 6!

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  • Butterfly in Amber

  • Spotless, Book 4
  • By: Camilla Monk
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Under a blanket of snow, surrounded by dark woods and a frozen sea, lies an ogre's castle. There lives a little princess, trapped in the maze of her own mind. On a battlefield where the past meets the present stands a fairy godmother and a pirate, an old ice cream man and a knight in shining clean armor. The clock is ticking fast, and to pierce the ogre's secrets and defeat him, Island Chaptal will have to fight to remember...and stay alive. Can the Lions and the Roomba cats be stopped before it's too late?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not as good as the first three...

  • By Deborah Boyd on 07-01-17

Another terrific entry in the Spotless series!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I have been reading/listening to this series since book 1, Spotless, and I'm so glad that I discovered this series and Camilla Monk! If you are new to the series, you must start with Spotless and read the series sequentially or you will be completely lost. The opening of Butterfly in Amber was quite a surprise because it was darker than any of the previous books. I liked the change in tone but luckily as things unfold, we return to more of the humor and hijinx that we have grown accustomed to in previous books. This was definitely a satisfying conclusion to the ongoing storylines, and I was so glad to see that there is still more to come ("Apache Strike Force" is a very entertaining novella about March meeting Island's father, and then a fifth book is set for release later this year). Amy McFadden is a terrific narrator of this series -- I can't imagine anyone else voicing Island or March. I'm so glad that she's been able to give life to all of these stories, and I hope that she's on board for book 5! If you've been enjoying the Spotless series, I wholeheartedly recommend adding "Butterfly in Amber" to your book collection!
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  • The Paper Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,089
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,705

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valley girl reads book on faux British accent

  • By James and co. on 06-23-15

Truly unique story with endearing characters

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Would you listen to The Paper Magician again? Why?

I've listened to this series three times so far. It is just as engaging during repeat listens, and in fact, I've picked up subtle things that I missed each time.

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

I really enjoy Amy McFadden's performances. I have many of her books, including the Spotless series by Camilla Monk and the Mirror Lake series by Miranda Liasson. She's exceptionally good at conveying humor, particularly when the character tends to be rather snarky. I liked her voicing of all the characters, but I especially like her voice for Emery.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

This book is such a unique concept. I am generally not a fan of fantasy, but the characters and the world building are so engaging that the story drew in even a reluctant reader like me. I highly recommend this series, and I look forward to future books by the author!

  • A Covent Garden Mystery

  • Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Captain Lacey stops to assist a young woman in the market at Covent Garden, and realizes to his astonishment that she is his daughter, Gabriella. Lacey then discovers that his estranged wife and her paramour, a French officer, have journeyed to London at the invitation of James Denis to dissolve her marriage to Captain Lacey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Mystery Series.

  • By jerelyn on 04-06-16

Don't miss this series!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! In fact, I have gotten several friends hooked on this series already.

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

Yes, I love all of his books. I have listened to him read all of the Captain Lacey series, but I have also listened to several of his other books as well. James Gillies is a terrific narrator. He is very talented at creating distinctive voices for each of the characters and he truly brings the story to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Ashley Gardner does a great job keeping this series engaging and fresh. She ups the drama in this story by involving Lacey's family and his backstory becomes a central part of the plot. If you are new to this series, definitely listen to them in order, as it will enhance your understanding tremendously to experience the characters' growth from book to book.

  • A Body in Berkeley Square

  • Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

A Bow Street Runner summons Captain Gabriel Lacey to a Berkeley Square ballroom where a young dandy was stabbed to death during a society ball. The prime suspect: Lacey's former commander, Colonel Brandon. Instead of denying the charges, Colonel Brandon allows himself to be arrested and claims, to Lacey's shock, that the lady he'd stayed protectively near at the ball is his mistress. Lacey realizes that he is the only person not convinced of Brandon's guilt - all present, including Brandon's wife, believe that Brandon committed the murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By Joluma on 01-14-16

Another terrific installment in the series!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Would you consider the audio edition of A Body in Berkeley Square to be better than the print version?

Yes! James Gillies brings the characters and story to life, and adds another dimension to the wonderful storytelling.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

As we've come to expect with the Captain Lacey series, there are plenty of twists and surprises to keep you glued to the story. I would strongly encourage any new readers to start with the first book in the series and read them consecutively, as the recurring characters all develop in each book. Since this book focuses on Colonel and Louisa Brandon in particular, knowledge of their backstory and their relationship with Captain Lacey is especially important.

What about James Gillies’s performance did you like?

James Gillies is a phenomenal narrator. He is indispensable in the reading of this series. He has done a wonderful job narrating the previous books, but the dramatic nature of some of the scenes and character interactions in this book are especially well done.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved this book, and it is probably my favorite in the series so far. Ashley Gardner and James Gillies make a terrific author/narrator combo!

  • The Glass House

  • Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Ashley Gardner
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

On a cold January night in 1817, former cavalry officer Captain Gabriel Lacey is summoned to the banks of the Thames to identify the body of a young woman. When Lacey looks at the pretty, dead young woman, cut down too soon, he vows to find her murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Glass House

  • By MAJ3139 on 06-25-15

Can't get enough of this author/narrator combo!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

What made the experience of listening to The Glass House the most enjoyable?

James Gillies. He is a tremendously talented narrator and really brings all of the characters to life. I cannot wait for the later Captain Lacey books to come out on audio!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love all of them, and I really appreciate that each of the characters continue to grow and develop as the series continues. Ashley Gardner is very skillful in releasing a little bit more of Lacey's backstory as each book progresses. All of the recurring characters make an appearance in this book, including Grenville, Marianne, Louisa, Bartholomew, and of course, the elusive James Denis.

Which scene was your favorite?

Without giving any spoilers, I found the scenes with Captain Lacey and Louisa Brandon to be especially compelling in this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I cannot answer without giving spoilers, and I don't want to ruin any aspect of the book's plot. I will say that as soon as I finished the book, I did go back and re-listen to a number of scenes that were especially moving or engaging.

Any additional comments?

I love this series! Ashley Gardner's style of writing and her way of crafting a story is exceptional and so enjoyable to read. James Gillies is perfectly suited for these characters and I have enjoyed every minute of listening to his narration. I look forward to more in the Captain Lacey series!

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  • The Sudbury School Murders

  • Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

England, 1817. Captain Lacey takes a post as a secretary at the Sudbury School in Berkshire, a school for sons of the wealthiest merchants and bankers in England. As soon as he arrives, Lacey discovers that he's been hired for more than his letter-writing skills. A series of disturbing pranks have kept the school in an uproar, and the headmaster expects Lacey to discover the identity of the prankster. The problems intensify when a groom from the school's stables turns up dead in a lock of the nearby canal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capt Lacey uncovers murder & deceit at a school

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-16

Wonderful story combined with terrific narration!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

This is the fourth book in the Captain Lacey series, and it does not disappoint. Despite Lacey's change in locale, most of the favorite recurring characters that we have enjoyed from previous books are present, and the mystery is particularly compelling. My favorite part about this series being on audiobook is the wonderful narration by James Gillies. He makes the story incredibly compelling to listen to, and he masterfully voices each character distinctly. He is an extremely talented narrator, and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series with his skillful narration. Well worth the credit!!

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  • A Regimental Murder

  • Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries
  • By: Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

After rescuing a lovely woman from an attempted robbery, Captain Lacey discovers that she is the widow of a colonel who'd been accused of murdering an English officer during the Peninsular War. Lydia declares that her husband was innocent and that she knows the true culprits' identities. Intrigued, Lacey, along with his friend, Lucius Grenville, begins to investigate. He soon finds himself mired in scandals of the past and surrounded by murders that are very much in the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional narrator and engaging story!

  • By Addicted to my Kindle on 10-10-16

Exceptional narrator and engaging story!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

Would you consider the audio edition of A Regimental Murder to be better than the print version?

Yes! Narrator James Gillies does such a compelling reading of this novel that he really brought the action and characters to life. I did purchase the Kindle versions of the first three Captain Lacey mysteries, but have opted to listen rather than read all of them because I enjoyed his narration so much.

Which character – as performed by James Gillies – was your favorite?

All of them. The narrator is incredibly skilled at distinguishing each character's tone and manner of speaking, so I was never confused as to which character I was listening to. As another reviewer mentioned, James Gillies does not significantly change the pitch of his speaking voice for the female characters, but I found that to be a huge plus. I typically have a hard time listening to a male narrator when the women's voices are pitched very high. I found the narrator's interpretation of this book to be so compelling that I didn't want to stop listening!

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

Yes, definitely, if given the choice!

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as well as the previous Captain Lacey mystery. I have already begun book 3 and look forward to listening to the rest of the series. Currently there are only 7 (out of 11) Captain Lacey mysteries available on audio, so I hope that Audible continues to have James Gillies provide his excellent narration for the rest of the series!

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