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  • The Ravenmaster

  • My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
  • By: Christopher Skaife
  • Narrated by: Christopher Skaife
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

The title of Ravenmaster is a serious title indeed, and after decades of serving the Queen, Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife took on the added responsibility of caring for the infamous ravens. In The Ravenmaster, he lets listeners in on his life as he feeds his birds raw meat and biscuits soaked in blood, buys their food at Smithfield Market, and ensures that these unusual, misunderstood, and utterly brilliant corvids are healthy, happy, and ready to captivate the four million tourists who flock to the Tower every year.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic, I Was Spellbound! Master Story Telling!

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 10-08-18

Love this book! Well done Ravenmaster!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Interesting story and well narrated by the author. The story centers on the ravens, but includes a wide range of historical and personal vignettes that all manage to tie into the overall story of the Tower Ravens. Very well written - interesting from start to finish. Visiting the Tower Ravens is now on my list of places to visit.

  • Murder on Astor Place

  • Gaslight Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Victoria Thompson
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

After a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house and finds that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl's room and discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York - and the sister of an old friend. The powerful family, fearful of scandal, refuses to permit an investigation. But with Malloy's help, Sarah begins a dangerous quest to bring the killer to justice before death claims another victim.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the book. The reader is TERRIBLE!

  • By Elaine M. Gustainis on 11-24-15

Great installment in this series

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Good character development and growth. The plot kept me pretty much guessing until the end.

  • Clean Sweep

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,728

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series.

  • By Deree on 03-21-14

Great new series!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

A new magic twist and interesting characters. The story itself was interesting and brought in new definitions for vampires, werewolves and other magical beings. It introduced the concept of a magical Inn Keeper with power tied to the Inn (itself a living entity). Very inventive and well written. Looking forward to more in the series.

Being from the Texas, I always hold my breath when the narrator tries to sound "Texan". But, Renee Raudman did a fine job. The only real ding came on the pronunciation of a large grocery store chain (HEB should be pronounced by the individual letters "H" "E" "B". People new to Texas often make that mistake. Come to think of it, the character wasn't from Texas, so perhaps it was thrown in for authenticity. :-)

  • Sweep in Peace

  • Innkeeper Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620

Dina DeMille isn't your typical bed and breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By The Mays on 12-18-15

Great story and characters - love this series!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This second book in the series is a lot better than the first. Don't get me wrong, the first book was great. I enjoyed it and went on to read the second without delay. But, in this second book the characters really start to blossom and to make me care about them. The concept of the Inn Keeper starts to really take shape. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more books in this series.

  • One Fell Sweep

  • Innkeeper Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,226

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest...the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don't stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took It Right to the Edge and Kept Me Enthralled

  • By Sophia Rose on 04-19-17

WOW - this series just keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Great story and great characters - I've read the first three books and they start out good, but get better and better. I see a good solid foundation for lots of books to come. I'm looking forward to it!

  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper + Amanda Ronconi = perfection

  • By Aimee on 08-24-18

Excellent start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Light and entertaining with great characters and some unique twists on the magic/non-magic world. Definitely, not a Potter clone. Parts were laugh out loud funny. Waiting with high hopes for the next installment.

  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,124

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read it for the Tuscan food descriptions

  • By Deanne Harper on 03-01-18

Entertaining and well done.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Well done - light reading, but entertaining and not completely predictable. Not sure I'd want to visit any of these characters again, but I enjoyed my time with them. Well worth the credit.

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, detective constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying read

  • By Tim on 11-21-18

Another engaging installment

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I read some not so glowing reviews and worried that the series was falling off. But, I was happy to find the book held its own and provided a great new installment in the saga. All the regulars and a few new faces, lots of twists and turns and very satisfactory conclusion. Looking forward to the next book!

  • Lincoln's Last Trial

  • The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency
  • By: Dan Abrams, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner, Dan Abrams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

At the end of the summer of 1859, 22-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than 3,000 cases - including more than 25 murder trials - during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen for lawyers and those interested in history

  • By M. on 07-15-18

Interesting sidelight on Lincoln.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I should preface by saying that I have worked in law firms all of my adult life, so maybe the subject matter was particularly interesting to me. I had never thought about the beginning of court stenography and found that having that angle made the book even more interesting. The author did a good job of describing some real world influences on the development of a legal case and the stenography angle provided an unexpected historical bonus. Well worth the read.

  • Peril by Post

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L. Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

The eighth book in the series finds John Pickett bound for England's scenic Lake District, where an unsigned letter has summoned him for an unspecified reason. Pickett and his wife Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, take a room at the Hart and Hound as the letter instructs him. Once installed there, however, Pickett can do nothing but wait for the anonymous contact to identify himself. A midnight search of the inn's register seems to identify the innkeeper, Ned Hawkins, as his man, but before Pickett can discover the reason for his summons, Hawkins is pushed from a cliff - surviving the fall only long enough to call Pickett's attention to the letter in his pocket.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in the series!

  • By Dee on 12-07-18

Continuing the delightful saga!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I look forward to each new installment in the John Picket mysteries and was not disappointed in this latest installment. I'm dying to see more about John's father and I'm sure that will come someday. In the meantime, the characters continue to grow and develop and the mystery continues to entertain. Please keep them coming!

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