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The Ruby Locket Audiobook

The Ruby Locket: The Belrose Abbey Mystery Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

When Anne's mother agrees to marry a wealthy, mysterious man, she expects a nice mansion in the hills. But their new home, Belrose Abbey, is more like a castle - imposing, cold, and full of shadows. The more Anne explores the corridors and vacant rooms and dusty crannies, the more she discovers about the abbey's master - her soon-to-be stepfather - Ivan Helsburg. As her mother's wedding draws closer, Anne begins to harbor a creeping suspicion that all is not well at Belrose Abbey.

©2016 Anita Higman (P)2017 Anita Higman

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    Layla 20/03/2017
    Layla 20/03/2017
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    "Could have been better."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I liked all the characters, they are all different and had there own characteristic. The scene also set the tune. I felt it had more of a Gothic setting. What I did not like was knowing without trying to hard who did and why. There was suspense (based on the scenes, like the catacombs) but no real mystery. which was a shame because it wasn't to bad a read. I believe with a little more work it would be a great read.<br/>There is no sexual/language/violence/sexual content.<br/>This could be (with work done) what I call a thriller. It had all the ingredients but it wasn't executed well unfortunately.


    What aspect of Michelle Babb’s performance might you have changed?

    Michelle had an OK performance based on other narrators that I have listened to. She changed her voice to suite the different characters which was OK. However I felt more emotion can be put in. So when the character was not sure then I want to hear so I know without being to told that the character is unsure/upset/angry, etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • med c
    12/03/17
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    "Book 1"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    <br/>It has a very dark but had all the ingredients for a gothic romance novel. There were some untied ends so I will have to wait for the next one in this series. Good narration.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa Harris
    USA
    01/06/17
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    "Didn't see that coming"
    Have you listened to any of Michelle Babb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and she is one of my favorite narrators. If I see she has narrated the book, I will definitely be listening. I love her style and how she brings the characters to life, I just crawl inside the book and sad when it's over.


    Any additional comments?

    My original review disappeared. I loved the start of this series and I'm very eager for the next in line. Hurry up already, haha. I thought I had this book all figured out but the end was a complete surprise which I loved! Parts of the story are sad and other parts got to me, I won't give anything away. Lets just say you will crawl into this book. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brooke Bumgardner
    Ohio, USA
    25/05/17
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    "Entertaining Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It was fast-paced and had me wondering what was going to happen next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the daughter's strengths.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When two trapped characters work to escape.


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

    Yes, and I did finish it rather quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an enjoyable gothic-feel mystery that teens and adults can both enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elisabeth Carey
    Lawrence, MA
    02/05/17
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    "A nicely creepy novella"

    When Anne's mother accepts a proposal of marriage from a somewhat mysterious, wealthy gentleman, Anne is happy to see her mother finding love and happiness again. Yet something seems a little off. Things get stranger when they arrive at Ivan Helsburg's home, Belrose Abbey, for the first time. It's a looming, old castle, hard to reach and easily cut off from the town by bad weather, and cold and dark. The housekeeper seems oddly hostile to them, as if she'd rather drive them away.

    There's also Ivan's stepson from his previous marriage, which Anne's mother hadn't known about, and which seems to have been remarkably brief, and ended in the lady's apparent suicide.

    Strange events keep happening, including Anne's discovery of a sealed-off room in the cellar that seems to have been used to imprison someone. Creepy event after creepy event encourages Anne to think her mother would be better off leaving.

    Then she overhears Ivan's moving declaration of love for her mom, which soothes her worries until she finds his letter proposing to his previous wife--using almost exactly the same words.

    What's going on here, and why?

    The atmosphere is quite effectively creepy, as Anne and the reader get more confused, more alarmed, more uncertain who if anyone she should trust. This is an excellent audio novella, and Michelle Rabb as usual does an excellent job of narration.

    Recommended.

    I received a free copy of this audiobook, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friday's Child
    Texas
    08/04/17
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    "Beginning of an Interesting Series"
    Any additional comments?

    This looks like the beginning of a series I will enjoy following. When I realized it was YA, I expected it to be a little young for me, but I was happy to learn that it held my interest. The characters were young but engaging and the mystery kept me coming back. My suspicions switched back and forth and I was uncertain right up to the end - just the way I like it. Michelle Babb did her usual excellent job of bringing the characters to life so that I could always tell immediately which character was speaking. I am happy that I was offered this book free in exchange for an honest review and I can honestly say that I enjoyed listening to it and will watch for the second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Rightler
    17/03/17
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    "Just whose locket is it anyway?"

    The Ruby Locket by Anita Higman is first in the Belrose Abbey Mystery Series. The book is an intriguing young adult mystery. Anne is soon to have a stepfather and live a life of luxury...but something just doesn't seem right. Secrets, perhaps the beginnings of a romance and a few twists and turns to the plot keep the reader's interest. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Michelle Babb does her usual great job of narration, bringing the story and the characters to life and making the listening experience pleasurable.
    I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    14/03/17
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    "A GREAT START TO A SERIES! I WANT MORE!!!"

    I didn't think I'd like this book at first because it felt like something for a younger generation. I was wrong. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what will be the next adventure at the Belrose Abbey. I love the dark mystery of it all and crave more exploration of the Belrose Abbey by Anne, her mother and Wyatt. I recommend this book and can't wait for book 2 for myself. As in any audio book a narrator is key. Michelle Babb was the perfect narrator for this book bringing it to life.

    "I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    10/03/17
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    "Gothic Mystery"

    The authors of this book were new to me, whereas I have listened to several books by Michelle Babb and enjoy her style. I haven't read a gothic book since high school and found myself enjoying this one. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terri C.
    08/03/17
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    "A great YA mystery!"

    This book (and the Abbey where the characters live) was quite dark. Dark mystery, dark atmosphere, dark intentions. It was full of twists and turns and kept leading me off in directions that weren't where the story actually went. It was a good YA mystery.
    Michelle Babb's narration speed and the pauses in the paces added to the drama of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BookNerd
    NC
    07/03/17
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    "Great narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found most of the story kind of unbelievable, so I'd probably change the entire premise


    What does Michelle Babb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always enjoy Michelle Babb's narration and find myself looking for books that she narrations. She has a great inflection and really distinguishes between the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    While I love the narration, I just couldn't buy into the whole story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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