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  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Countess of Carnarvon
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (279)

    Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS series, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants: Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

    jill says: "Fascinating"
    "Downton Abbey fans will appreciate this book"
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    I read this after "Rose: My Life in Service...", coincidentally. Turned out to be an interesting contrast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21598)
    Performance
    (17973)
    Story
    (17961)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "I thought this would never end"
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    It took me three tries to finish. What a bunch of losers! Are there really people in the world like that? Please god I never meet up with them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conflict of Interest: Joe Dillard, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Scott Pratt
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    A six-year-old girl is kidnapped from her bed in Tennessee's oldest town. The ransom note demands millions. In this fifth installment of the highly-acclaimed and best selling Joe Dillard series, Dillard is hired to represent the parents of a child who has gone missing. As the clock ticks, Dillard desperately tries to find the little girl, but the return of his wife's dreaded disease and the stunning appearance of his father combine to push Dillard to his emotional limit.

    Susan says: "This can be summed up in one word..."
    "This can be summed up in one word..."
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    ..."meh", but there is a minimum of 15 words to describe what I think of the book and I have three words left to go...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Patriot Threat: Cotton Malone

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated writer’s cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call in to question decades of tax collecting. There is a surprising truth to this possibility—a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times best-selling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.

    Brian Certain says: "Can not tell you how much I LOVE this format"
    "Another good Berry/Brick combo"
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    I'm a sucker for good fiction with a strong history base. I listened to both versions of the book. Rather enjoy the writer's notes at the end of the chapters better than at the end of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Victims: Prime Suspect #3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The drag queen named Vera Reynolds swayed on-stage singing "Falling in Love Again". And a 16-year-old boy lay in Vera's fire-engulfed apartment… very, very dead. He was a "rent boy", a sex-for-hire street kid who catered to the tastes of special customers. It was the kind of murder Soho's Vice Squad saw often. But the influential do-gooder who was a prime suspect in this one made the young boy's death different - a ticking bomb able to blast open the nasty, secret lives of politicians, judges... and cops.

    patricia says: "La Plante does not fail"
    "This was better than the last"
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    It's unfortunate there are no more of the series because so many story lines are left hanging, but there you are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Cold Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (845)

    Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

    John S says: "Riveting Story Well Narrated"
    "Scary premise"
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    Tami Hoag's usual concisely-written effort. You (almost) don't see it coming. Worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (455)

    A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

    connie says: "promising start to the series"
    "Really quite good."
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    I'm in a British-mystery-writer-phase. (Can you tell?) I rather like Anne Perry's writing and the William Monk character. Of course narrator Davina Porter was reason for trying the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Face in the Crowd: Prime Suspect #2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The victim was young. Female. And black. Her skull had been smashed in, her face decomposed beyond all recognition. But for Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, the corpse that had just been found in one of London's poorest communities was only the beginning of a case that would tear apart an already divided city…and embroil the gritty cop and her force in a hotbed of racial strife, shocking accusations, and sudden, wrenching violence. But Jane Tennison was not a woman who let anything get in the way of her passion for justice.

    Susan says: "Beware of "n" word."
    "Beware of "n" word."
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    Once again, those of you who are offended by the use of the "n" word...even when used in context...should avoid this book. (It still shocks me when I hear it.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (902)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Fair to middling"
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    Beware of the "n" word. It's used in context, but if you're offended by its use don't get this book. Otherwise, an OK story with gratuitous sex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prime Suspect #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes…and that they didn't match the size given on the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being so thorough, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the squadron want to see her fall on her face.

    Claire says: "La Plante's first and best Tennyson novel"
    "Got this on a whim..."
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    ...2 books, 1credit. My favorite way to try new (to me) authors. Turns out it is narrated by one of my favorites. Think I'll try #2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9597)
    Performance
    (3966)
    Story
    (4006)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Be prepared to devote a huge chunk of time"
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    This wasn't an easy listen, but it was worth every second. I needed to take breaks from this book because it was so involved. John Lee was, as usual, fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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