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Brianna

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

stunning and entertaining

as always laurel narrates Sarah's story beautifully. I didn't want to stop listening! I was in the car for almost the entire length of the book, and sat in the parking garage just to finish the last chapter. it was so well written and read. probably by far one of the most intriguing stories for David this series has produced. we see how much he has grown into the authority of being king. his acceptance of that fact and what has to be done to secure not only his future but that of all his people. I was thrown for a loop on what had happened in Avalon though. I'm thinking Chad might not be who he says he is. I dunno. we'll just have to wait and see how that plays out.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Wonderful Jack

I love hearing Jack's backstory. Although I do have to say the twist to this one surprised me, even for Jack that was pretty bold! Excellent books!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Amazing ride - need more!

I'm so thrilled that we got to journey with Anna this time. The past few books has left her kind of off doing her own thing (which is fine) but it's nice that she's definitely not relegated to "supporting cast" only and is actually a part of the whole. From the moment this book started playing last night, I couldn't stop listening to it. I paused a few times to make dinner (ah the joys of adulthood), but aside from that I was up until 3am just listening. It was that captivating. I'd actually started listening to it a week ago at work, but of course I couldn't pay much attention to it, yeah yeah I know, so since it was Saturday night and I didn't work Sunday - I figured it was time. So worth it.

Laurel's narrations are as excellent as always to go along with Sarah's amazing stories. Granted there were a few times I was wondering if she dropped out of "character" so to speak and just read because the story was getting into some juicy bits. Could have just been my perception though.

The ending leaves you hoping the next book is delivered soon. Like you know, now? ;) At the very least, can we have some spoilers?! Come on!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Haven't read the book but the audio was great

Would you listen to The Fallen Princess again? Why?

Absolutely. It's a great story and of course, Laura is excellent with the reading of it.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Some parts did. I'm not usually a fan of the crime drama genre but these are pretty interesting. Might be the setting more than the genre though.

Have you listened to any of Laurel Schroeder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent like all the others. She's read all of Sarah's books, which of course I have :).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Why can't it keep the one from the book description? I like it. It suits. Plus the word Hallowmas is kinda awesome.

Any additional comments?

These are really good books while I'm waiting for book 11 of the the After Cilmeri series *grins*. Plus they really help make work go faster.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Fantastic

First of all, I started out watching the show so while some might say that may have clouded my judgement - trust me it didn't. I found the book an absolute delight to both listen to, and read when I couldn't listen to it (yes I bought both versions). I do enjoy the show immensely for it's own reasons and feel like it keeps fairly well to the book insofar as it doesn't miss the main plot points that are necessary to the heart of the story (which sooo many script writers miss, so thank goodness for that). I do wish some of the more humorous points could have made it into the show, but you know you take what you can get. The book itself though, absolutely amazing. I loved it from beginning to end. I do wish the narrator would have gotten some of the words a little more on point with the show as you hear her say one thing and the actors say another so it's a bit confusing. Other than that small bit which really doesn't have anything to do with anything other than a personal preference, she did an amazing job with the story. Absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to listen to the rest - and of course watch the next season when it airs. *grins*

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-16

Still excellent

Okay so getting used to the narrator took a few chapters, but that aside the book itself is still as excellent as when I read it. Mr. Hale writes a story that reads more like an action movie instead of a book. It's awesome. However, the accent of the narrator after knowing the writer is American just - yeah that took a little bit of adjustment for my brain. Once I was past that and sucked back into the story though, it didn't really matter on the accent.

I'd still recommend listening to The List Unseen first though as it gives insight to things going on in this trilogy so it would make more sense. I mean you could read/listen to it after the trilogy, but you'd still have a lot of questions. Just my opinion there though.


I do have one slight complaint on the narration though. Just a small one that really doesn't detract from the story. The voices of the characters could have been better. Most sound so similar it's hard to tell which is talking or not. Also some younger characters sound much much older and some older characters sound much younger. This is more just my own personal preference for narration and nothing to do with the quality.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Interesting as with all the others

Now I confess, I do know quite a bit about the whole Stephen/Maud civil war, and about the people themselves. Hearing a tale woven into that timeline, with just a few of the main participants of the era thrown in here and there was quite fascinating. I always enjoy Sarah's stories of course, and this one was no exception. It was nicely wrapped in layers of fact and fiction.

Technical wise, no jerks or weird stops usually associated with dropping signal or internet connections. No bouncing back to a chapter I've already listened to either. It was a good flow. Ms. Schroeder did a lovely job as always.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Haven't read the book but the audio was great

Where does The Uninvited Guest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd give it a top 12 at least ;). It's really good.

What other book might you compare The Uninvited Guest to and why?

Well considering I'm not usually fond of murder mysteries I don't really have a comparison to it, but I do like historical novels. So I'd say probably anything by Phillipa Gregory in terms of research potential and historical fact mixed with artistic liberties wrapped around fictional events.

Which character – as performed by Laurel Schroeder – was your favorite?

Oddly? Christina. That heifer amuses me to no end.

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

I wanted to listen to all of them in one sitting, but unfortunately life and work prevent that. I did listen to it as fast as I possible though.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Just as good as the book.

I've read the book for this one, and just like the After Cilmeri series it follows along quite well. There weren't any stops or weird pauses except when my phone decided to be weird about playback. I did notice a few times where the voices sounded far too similar to each other so it was a little difficult to tell which character was speaking, but aside from that Ms. Schroeder did an exceptional job.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-16

Let's just bring in the whole family! :)

This one was slightly different from any of the others because it wasn't the established main characters doing the traveling. That twist was both a shock and yet not surprising at the same time.

I do like the England/France co-op in this book though. Historically relations between the two countries have always been strained, but Sarah wrapped a beautiful story around the strains that were presented in the previous books.

I can't wait to see how the new addition to the family will fair in the world David and his family have created in the next book.

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