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As good, if not better than, the first!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

I loved the first Orphan X book, and was looking forward to the sequel. It was every bit as good as the first, from the story to the performance, with all sorts of interesting twists along the way. Saddled with a discarded Orphan who has tremendous powers of her own, this is as much a story about X as it is about his battles with the bad guys. Very exciting, ingenious and surprising, start to finish.

They just get more interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I have really been enjoying this series. The characters are real, the situations are harrowing, and the continuity between stories is fantastic. I'm sure you could begin anywhere, but there is a richness in the narrative that you'd lose if you started in the middle.

Henrietta Meire is tremendously talented with voices and accents, so it's easy to tell the characters apart even if their names aren't mentioned. I just wish her narrative had more personality. It's not bad at all, but she might as well be reading a weather report or doing television news--the cadence is monochromatic when there's no dialog. Still, she is now the voice of Nicki, Joseph, Dave and Kat in my head, and I wouldn't exchange her for anyone.

Off to download the next book!

Narrators should master accents

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I love reading these books. This is the first one I've listened to. I find it painful to hear a narrator try to read in accents he hasn't mastered--South Boston, and British--especially when the main characters are from South Boston and England. It's so distracting (to me, anyway) that it gets in the way of the narrative. Serious pet peeve, that will prevent me from listening to this narrator in the future.

A tough one, but not for the reasons I expected.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I was really put off by reviews and delayed listening to this book. The subject matter is horrible. But I figured it was Anna, so goodness would prevail (it does, of course). However, I was really disappointed in the lack of good editing and plotting that left holes you could drive a truck through. Claire hadn't smoked in 20 years--she quit when she was pregnant with her seven year old (for example). Where did all of Jordan's pictures come from? Where did all of Claire's untraceable money come from? How does Claire regain her health so quickly at the end? And so on. Just a lot of sloppy stuff that I don't usually see in these books.

As for the story, well, you have to stick with it because if you don't, the subject is so unremittingly awful, you might just succumb to despair. Listening to the end provides enough resolution to bring some relief.

If you are an Anna fan, and you probably are, you will like a lot about the story. But you also will have high expectations that might not be met. I'm glad I listened to it, as I have listened to all the others, but it is not my favorite, for sure.

I like Joyce Bean as a narrator. I think she has a lot of talent, and did the characters of Claire and Jordan justice, which can't have been easy.

Loved it--not even knowing it's by JK Rowling!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Great story, completely gripping. The characters are vivid, especially as read by Robert Glenister--wow. All those different accents, which kept the individuals separate and distinct. I can't wait to listen to the others in this series. And I didn't know the true identity of the author until the credits at the end--now I'm even more of a Rowling fan!

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Possibly my favorite Mary Russell story yet!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-16

I love them all, but this one has a subtlety and depth that really makes it stand out. Mrs. Hudson. Who knew?

My second listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-15

I first listened to this because another listener rated it so highly. I'm now on the 10th book in the series and never wAnt it to end! So I'm starting At the beginning again and still loving it. Fantastic narrator, perfectly suited to the characters.

Wow.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-12-15

Absolutely great. So many twists and developments as the story progresses. Incredibly compelling to the end! Really great performances too.

Just great.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-15

I love these books as much for their narration as the characters themselves. Compelling story, great performance! Can't wait to listen to the next one.

Really fun!

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Reviewed: 12-13-12

Would you listen to A Royal Pain again? Why?

I love these books, as much for the reading as the books themselves. I would listen again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Royal Pain?

When Queenie saves Georgie from Johnny's advances.

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

Her voices are amazing. You can easily recognize the different characters based on the voices she gives them.

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

Yes, but I won't let myself!

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one!