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  • The Passion of Dolssa

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Julie Berry, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she's on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire and wants Dolssa executed, too. Botille is a matchmaker and a tavernkeeper struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas. When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable historical fiction

  • By C White on 02-13-17

Revelatory!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Amazing book rich in history but wealthier in idiosyncratic characters whose lives thrill and terrify.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Whispering Skull

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Katie Lyons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood and Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By D. Watkins on 09-22-14

not as good as the first in the series.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

Too many clichés and predictable twists to be enjoyable. I like the premise, so I'll give the next one a try, but this one was a frustrating disappointment.