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  • Marine Biology

  • A San Andreas Shifters Short Story Prequel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: J. Daniel Sawyer
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Alex, marine biologist and werewolf, has seen better days. Unexpectedly alive, secretly gay, and haunted by a meddlesome, matchmaking ghost, he must now team up with very flirty mermen to save the city from sushi smugglers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Prefer single narration

  • By AMG, London on 14-03-19

Prefer single narration

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

Reviewed: 14-03-19

Having lots of people narrating together didn't work for me. I would have preferred one narrator with the skill to differentiate all the voices.

  • Grave Secret

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

When she was 15, Harper Connelly was struck by a bolt of lightning. Now she can find dead people. It took time, but now Harper's made a life for herself, with a career, and a lover - her step-brother, Tolliver. But when ghosts from the past start making themselves known Harper’s happiness is shattered. Tolliver's father is back, her lost sister has been sighted.... Problem is, now someone wants Harper dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than I though it would be.

  • By nicole on 13-09-13

Such a good series

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

Just listened to this series again and struck by how very good it is - all 3 books which are available on audible. Gripping plot lines, very real characters and a supernatural talent you never question.

Goodness she writes so well. And the reader is excellent too.

I think this was my third listen. There will be more!

  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 2

  • Legacy
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Filled with magic, heroism, and all-too-human characters, Bujold's Sharing Knife saga is both a gripping adventure and a poignant romance. In this second volume, Fawn Bluefield, the clever farm girl, and Dag Redwing Hickory, the seasoned Lakewalker soldier-sorcerer, are newly married. Their arrival at Dag's home on Hickory Lake Camp is met with prejudice and suspicion, as many in the camp deny the literal bond between Dag and Fawn, woven in blood in the Lakewalker magical way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful writing, a novel to savour

  • By AMG, London on 20-02-19

Beautiful writing, a novel to savour

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

Just so good. Sweet, challenging, thought provoking. A fantasy world that is utterly believable and real. And as always stunningly well written.

The Sharing Knife books unfold at a different pace from the Vorkosigan and Chalion/Five gods books. But they are wonderful in their own way.

  • The Crystal Cave

  • Arthurian Saga, Book 1
  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

This is what happened. I saw it, and it is a true tale. So begins the story of Merlin, born the illegitimate son of a Welsh princess in fifth-century Britain, a world ravaged by war. Small and neglected, with his mother unwilling to reveal his father's identity, Merlin must disguise his intelligence - and hide his occasional ability to know things before they happen - in order to keep himself safe.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still the best telling of the Arthurian legend

  • By H. Tollyfield on 20-02-19

Competent but uninspiring reader

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

I was so excited to see these books released as they're old favourites. But the reader, while very competent, has a colourless and cold style that made it a very unengaging read. Unlikely to get the rest of the series.

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  • The Sumage Solution

  • San Andreas Shifters, Book 1
  • By: G. L. Carriger
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage? New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger, writing as GL Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad-boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not my usual thing

  • By Roobarb on 23-08-17

The sweetest gay erotica I've ever read!

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

How could anyone NOT like such cute sex, and such cuddly men? More, please :)

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Body found in Dukes bath!!!

  • By Mr. F. Hartshorn on 09-04-14

Really grew on me when i turned down reader speed!

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

An enjoyable mystery, following the fortunes of Lady Georgiana, a poverty-stricken relative of the British Royal Family in the 1930s, and her quest to establish an independent life for herself.

To start with i wasn't enjoying it, but once i turned down the reader speed to 0.85 it really grew on me. The reader is really talented with the different voices and accents but i felt buffeted by the onslaught till i slowed it down.

Some formulaic elements here and there, but some funny and acidly drawn characters. I will definitely be getting the next one.

  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • A Royal Spyness Novella
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • By MEM on 13-03-15

Shouty reader

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

Not exactly a great work of fiction but a mildly enjoyable story spoilt by a shouty, overly rapid reader. Which is a shame as her accents and voices are pretty good. I subsequently fpund that playing at 0.85 speed makes the reader a lot less tiring to listen to!

  • Etiquette and Espionage

  • Finishing School, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners - and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, well read

  • By susan on 08-12-13

Wonderful story, great reader

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

Reviewed: 26-08-18

From the title I was expecting this to be funny and adventurous young adult fiction, but had feared it might be rather formulaic. Far from it!

It turned out to be creative, original, well-written and hilarious. Despite being a romp as advertised this is a very high quality romp. Neatly plotted, interesting characters, highly engaging, and manages not to tip over into too much chaos. Positively brilliant in fact, and i can see I'm going to be reading a lot more from Gail Carriger.

And the reader is equally brilliant. Flawless handling of different voices and accents, added a lot to a very good book.

  • 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 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51

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.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible British accents!

  • By Kasarin on 27-08-18

Thoroughly enjoyable, can't wait for more

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

A new departure for Molly Harper into a parallel version of 19th Century England where the world is divided into Guardians (magic users) and their non-magic Snipe servants. Also more explicitly Young Adult fiction than her other books, but equally enjoyable by Older Young Adults.

Sarah is a young Snipe girl who turns out to have magical powers. The story of how she manages her transition into the Guardian world, and in particular Miss Castwell's Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies, is highly engaging from start to finish.

The parallels to Hogwarts are obvious, but nicely turned on their heads. The muggles in this story are not the dominant culture but a suppressed underclass. The family which Sarah leaves are for the most part the opposite of the Dursleys - loving, unwilling to lose her and helpless.

Great story, lively and likeable characters and a very intriguing universe for future adventures.

Amanda Ronconi is such a great reader that even her wavering British regional accents for the Snipe characters (which somehow manage to drift between Yorkshire, Northumberland and parts of Scotland) must be forgiven. She narrates the rest in a fairly good BBC accent, which is quite a feat in the circumstances, and fairly soon i was too caught up in the story to worry about it. And maybe in that parallel universe that is precisely how they speak!


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  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Foul language excluded .

  • By George on 26-10-17

Engaging romp, very well read

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

Not a demanding read but great entertainment. Likeable characters, fun Edwardian whodunnit, wonderful reader. Can see i will be waiting eagerly each time one of these comes out.