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  • The Ink Master's Silence

  • Glass and Steele, Book 6
  • By: C.J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

When the editor of The Weekly Gazette is killed, controversial journalist and ink magician, Oscar Barratt, asks India and Matt to investigate. As the recipient of threatening letters written on magic paper, he believes he was the intended target. With suspects ranging from Oscar's brother to guild masters and London's elite, India and Matt have a lot of investigating to do. But the more they dig, the more dark secrets they uncover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another corker!

  • By Mrs Crazy D on 01-03-19

Compelling Series

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I've become totally involved in this series, although I'm not keen on series that are 'Serials' rather than complete stories with the same characters - but it is so well written, and the characters of India and Matt, as well as the 'supporting cast' so compelling I had to forgive Ms Archer. As for the narrator, I think Marian Hussy has done fantastic job of bringing the characters to life and, for me, is totally convincing. My only quibble withe the story is that Matt seems to do a lot of 'purring' and although he is a bit of a pussycat, it does get a bit wearing after a while, but he's such a likable character I have to forgive this too, and I was really rooting for him and India to get together.

  • The Apothecary's Poison

  • Glass and Steele, Book 3
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

When Dr. Hale is murdered, Matt becomes a suspect. With Matt's nemesis Sheriff Payne influencing the investigating detective, India and Matt know they must find the real killer, or risk his freedom, and ultimately, his life. Time is running out as they hunt for a killer capable of turning medicine into poison with a magic spell, as well as continue the search for Chronos. A search that must end in success before Matt's malfunctioning watch stops altogether.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoying the continuing story

  • By MRS on 09-09-17

The story continues

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I'm really enjoying this series and finding it addictive - although I am not really a fan of books that end on a 'cliffhanger'. The sexual tension between Matt and India is well written, but I find myself a little impatient for them to find a way to resolve their dilema - Matt's reluctance to commit until a cure for his affliction can be found and India's determination not to bring him down by encouraging him to marry 'beneath his station'. I do feel the story is beginning to drag a just a little, but that does not stop me from wanting to continue listening and each chapter finds me anxious to find out what happens next. The narration is superb, I feel Ms Hussey really gets into the character of India, and does an excellent job of conveying all the other characters too, especially as they are so diverse.

  • The Mapmaker's Apprentice

  • Glass and Steele, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

When an apprentice from the Mapmakers' Guild goes missing, Matt and India are employed to find him. Going undercover as a married couple, they discover that not everyone at the guild is what they seem, and the lad's unearthly maps caused jealousy, suspicion and fear. With one of the apprentice's magic maps in their possession, India and Matt must use their wits and India's fledgling, untried magic to find him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whiny new narrator

  • By Nazrana Issa on 21-01-19

Another cliffhanger but the series is addictive

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I'm really enjoying this series. While I don't really like books with cliffhanger endings, the continuing story of India and Matt's search for the watchmaker, Chronos, has me intrigued and fascinated by the story. I have to admit to being drawn in by the attraction between the two main characters too. While Matt's feelings for her seem fairly obvious to the reader/listener, India herself seems oblivious to them, while finding it difficult to hide her own feelings. I don't blame her for falling for him, he's a very charismatic character. Looks like I'm going to have to keep on until the end of the series!

  • Bitter Legacy

  • By: C. B. Clark
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a 17-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill. Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean’s reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father’s mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good edge-of-your seat romantic suspense

  • By Lyn on 30-10-18

A good edge-of-your seat romantic suspense

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

This reeled me in from the start. A great cast of characters, and the gradual thawing of the animosity between Sharla-Jean and Josh Morgan was well done and the growing relationship between them, after the initial animosity, well drawn.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it held my interest all the way through and I thought the narrator was excellent and put across the various characters well.

  • The Watchmaker's Daughter

  • Glass and Steele, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America, a man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent storyline, shame about the OTT romance

  • By Anna on 26-04-17

Delightfully entertaining and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Loved this story, it had a 'steampunk' feel, without the steam! I really like the assortment of characters. India is sweet but feisty, Mr Glass is very charismatic and mysterious, and the others range from slightly excentric to downright weird, in a good way. I thought the narration was beautifully done, and Emma Powell managed to portray each character with an individual voice and tone without 'going over the top'. My only criticism is that it ended too soon - but I was glad to see this was part of a series, so am now listening to the second book! I'm sure I'm going to be compelled to read them all!

  • Out of Time

  • Out of Time Series, Book 1
  • By: Loretta Livingstone
  • Narrated by: Jessie Hart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

1191: Giles de Soutenay has never liked or trusted John, Count of Mortain, but when John is taken seriously ill, it falls to Giles to ensure his survival. 2006: Marion Hart, visiting the ruined Abbey of Sparnstow, could never have imagined she would be called upon to help save one of the most dangerous men of the 12th and 13th centuries. Falling through a gap in time, she finds herself administering first aid to John, inadvertently endangering both herself and Giles. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting premise and storyline

  • By msk on 20-01-19

A wonderfully atmospheric time-slip

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

I love stories set either in the distant future or past, and this story, falling into the later category, did not disappoint. Right from the start it drew me in. It was extremely well written, and the narration was clear and easy to listen to, portraying each character well. The use of the old tree as a means of slipping from the present into the past was a bit different different from other methods I've read in time-slip tales, and the characters were well drawn and believable. A delightful short read and I look forward to reading (or listening to) the other two books in the series.


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  • Catch Me If You Can

  • By: Miss Mae
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel, Dave Mallow, J.W. Terry, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Are all rules broken when it comes to playing a game? Washed ashore a South Carolina beach, Lois Steinberg learns her shelter, an old plantation house, was scheduled to host a "Catch Me" game convention. When the cook is the first one found murdered, the game environment instantly morphs into a terrifying evening reminiscent of "And Then There Were None".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the action brought to life in audio!

  • By Lyn on 20-08-18

All the action brought to life in audio!

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

If you love edge of the seat suspense and mystery, with a thread of romance building up to a happy ending. which at times seems impossible, this audio book is for you! Miss Mae layers mystery upon mystery in this thrilling 'whodunnit' worthy of Agatha Christie herself. It's not just a 'whodunnit' though, it's a 'where is it' and 'what happened in her past?' and several other questions that will keep you guessig to the very end. The story stands by itself, but when brought to life by Roger Witner and his team of talented actors, with vivid and realistic sound effects, the listener is transported - as if they were there themselvesto - to the thrilling and scary world that is Miss Mae's 'Catch Me If You Can.'

  • Through a Glass Darkly

  • By: Miss Mae
  • Narrated by: Owen McCuen
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Computer viruses no longer exist, yet Vexen and Remard's medical transport is held hostage by one. The hologram engineered to combat the deadly program develops an identity crisis. An alien intruder is discovered stowed away in the cargo bay. And the evil reptilian Delphan demands immediate surrender of her ship. Can anything else possibly go wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Through a glass darkly

  • By MeDi on 20-10-17

A Great Science Fiction Suspense!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

What did you like about this audiobook?

Miss Mae does it again! I have to admit I was a little surprised that MM wrote a Science Fiction story, since I'm so used to her edge of the seat romantic suspenses - but this was just as good as all her previous books, and as a S.F. reader and writer myself I love the genre, but it has to be very well written for me to really enjoy it, and 'Through A Glass Darkly' did not disappoint.The action takes place on board a medical transport ship. One realises immediately that the relationship between Vexen Rheinhart and her husband is very close, but unfortunately there is a problem preventing Leland from joining her so he sends a holograph of himself instead - what could possibly go wrong? The answer, in fact, is quite a lot! Her friend and colleague, Rernard and herself have to deal with one emergency after the other, the main one being a rogue computer virus - when all computer viruses are supposed to have been eradicated. This is a fast paced story and kept me guessing all the way. There is just enough technological information to keep it real. The ending has a great twist - the reader is left slightly unsure of the actual outcome, and although this doesn't always work for me, in this instance it certainly did, and ensured that I mulled the story over in my mind for a long time after the final page.If you like your Science Fiction full of action and suspense, with more than a touch of mystery and romance, then this is just the story for you. I have to say I enjoyed listening to the audio version, if anything, even more than reading the book. Owen McCuen did a fantastic job of reading and 'getting into character', and really brought the story to life!

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I love Science Fiction and this book did not diasappoint

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Just enough technical information to keep the story interesting and believable

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Great narration, really brought the story to life!

Do you have any additional comments?

This is an honest and unbiased review of 'Through A Glass Darkly' by Miss MaE