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  • The Edge of Dreams

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband, Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common - nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son, Liam, are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit in the Molly Murphy-Sullivan series

  • By MovieLover on 03-08-15

A Fun Story and Great Performance by Nicola Barber

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I have loved all the books in the Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen and enjoyed them all. This one did not disappoint either. She writes in the style I enjoy with interesting and exciting things happening in every chapter, a nice mystery with just enough description and dialogue. I will be sad if this series ever ends. I like her other books (love the Constable Evans books set in Wales) but am especially fond of Molly. So, if you read this, Ms. Bowen, I am hoping you will keep writing these. Now, on to the next! I almost forgot to mention the reading/performance by Nicola Barber. I want to call it a performance because she doesn’t just read the words but performs each character. I love all the different accents she needs to speak in each book, and she does it so well! Bravo!

  • Her Own Devices

  • A Steampunk Adventure Novel
  • By: Shelley Adina
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

Seventeen-year-old Lady Claire Trevelyan, left alone after the Arabian bubble financial disaster claims home and family, now leads the cleverest gang in the London underworld. Between outwitting a rival gang, inventing a device that will net her and her scientist employer worldwide fame, and keeping her mother from marrying her off, she can almost forget that a powerful lord wants to get closer…and if he succeeds, can destroy it all with a single word…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • should be 5 but...

  • By Comfort Connoisseur on 05-14-14

A Wonderful Read and Performance

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I was worried the second installment wouldn't be as good (I have been disappointed by other authors, unfortunately) but if anything, this one was even better. No, I won't say that since it was pretty much a continuation of the first book. This was one of those books that remind me of a good movie. When you leave the theater you are exhilarated. I also enjoyed the reader's performance very much. I know this was probably written for a young readership, and though I am an older adult, I found it great fun!

  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel

  • Magnificent Devices, Book 1
  • By: Shelley Adina
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was it really just one book divided into four?

  • By Kitty Lagorio on 03-16-14

A Fun Story - Very Imaginative and Well Written!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I only heard about Steampunk very recently as a design that I always liked. Things cobbled together using bits and bobs and gears and pulleys. I had no idea there was a whole following to it with people dressing up, much less stories. I did enjoy H.G. Wells stories and the era they took place, but didn't realize there was a name for it besides Science Fiction. Intrigued, I set out to find other stories and movies. Sorry to say, much I found was very poorly written (the movie I started watching was simply awful!). Then I searched on Audiobooks and found this series. It is fabulous fun! I am currently listening to the next volume and am really enjoying it as well. The narration is very nicely done. American listeners might have trouble with some of the accents, but I love British television and have become accustomed to most of them. I am very happy there are so many books in the series. If they all are of the same caliber of work, I will remain happy for a good long time.

  • Bless the Bride

  • A Molly Murphy Mystery, Book 10
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

With Molly Murphy’s wedding to NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivan quickly approaching, the Irish P.I. heads to the Westchester County countryside,where Daniel’s mother can counsel her on a bride’s proper place. Surprisingly, Molly seems to be agreeing with her future mother-in-law’s advice. Molly promises to leave her detective work behind and settle down after becoming Daniel’s wife…but she isn’t married yet. So when she gets word of a possible case, Molly sneaks back into the city to squeeze in a little more sleuthing before the wedding bells can ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story, Daniel drives me nuts

  • By kanga2012 on 03-09-19

A Wonderful Book and Great Reading

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I don't know which I like better, the book itself or the reading. Rhys Bowen's writing is wonderful. I have read all the Constable Evan Evans books and loved each one, and am now enjoying my way through the Molly Murphy books. I have to read other authors books between them or I would devour them so fast that they would be all read before I know it. Ms. Bowen's books are fast paced and full of interesting characters. I also really enjoy Nicola Barber's reading. In the Molly Murphy books there are all kinds of accents that she has perfected. In this one there are Chinese, Irish, New Yorker, English.... etc. Fantastic!

  • The Last Illusion

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

Irish immigrant and private detective Molly Murphy is thrilled to have a ticket to see world-famous illusionist Harry Houdini. But before he can even take the stage, the opening act goes horribly wrong—and the sensational Signor Scarpelli’s lovely assistant is sawed in half. In the aftermath, Scarpelli accuses Houdini of tampering with his equipment. Who else but the so-called Handcuff King could have got a hold of his trunk of tricks, which he keeps under lock and key?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stop Taxing Your Delicate Ladybrain

  • By Elkay on 04-12-14

Great Story and Great Reader Performance

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Where does The Last Illusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. I have listened to the whole series up to this point and intend to listen to the rest. I will be so bummed when I listen to the last one because they are so entertaining. It has just the right mix of characters and action to keep me interested. Molly is a feisty, intelligent detective. There is also just enough romance to be interesting, but not to be considered a romance novel..

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

Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy books are all very good and keep me riveted to find out what is going to happen next. Molly gets herself into some very interesting situations.

Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

My favorite is the heroin of the story, Molly Murphy.

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

I would have liked to hear it all in one sitting, but the story is too long for that. I am happy to listen a few chapters at a time.

Any additional comments?

Nicola Barber is a great reader/performer. She does so well with all the different accents (there are quite a few in the Molly Murphy series). She also does very well with the male voices. I have heard some readers sound kind of silly doing male voices.