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A. Raymond

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  • Wings Above the Diamantina: An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    The discovery of the stolen red monoplane on the dry, flat bottom of Emu Lake meant many things to many people. For Elizabeth Nettlefold, the chance to nurse its strangely ill passenger meant a new purpose in life. For Dr Knowles, brilliant physician and town drunk, it meant the revival of a romantic dream. For a person or persons unknown, it meant a murder plan gone badly awry. And for Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, it meant one of the toughest cases of his career.

    Mary Corbet says: "Another Great Bonaparte Mystery!"
    "Great story and Peter Hosking's performance is wonderful"
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    I love the Bony stories and read them all that I could find years ago. The Audible versions are great and I look forward to every car trip to get the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christina Henry
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash - and hope is nowhere to be found. Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King. The pieces are set, and the game has already begun.

    Books, Vertigo and Tea says: "A Satisfying Conclusion"
    "Remarkable story"
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    These 2 Alice books are surprisingly satisfying. They are both tales of growth, good, and evil. The voices are well done by the reader. In fact, her voice is one of the reasons I enjoyed both novels so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Christina Henry
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (765)

    In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls that echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood.

    Jennifer Wadsworth says: "Superb writing and narration"
    "Odd, but riveting"
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    I really enjoyed this Alice. She was such an unexpectedly strong personality. The story was addicting and I have a feeling of loss that I can’t follow the characters further in their story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Michael Hordern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (609)

    Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

    J. Glemby says: "My favorate read version of the willows!"
    "Wonderful performance of a true classic."
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    The Wind in the Willows is a story perfect for all ages and the language is just lovely. This particular version is perfect. Mr Hordern' voice, theatricality, even the speed which he reads is spot on for this classic. I honestly cannot think of anything that would improve the hours I spent listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Poter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (579)

    Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Lady Fortescue reminds the others that, to be fair, Mrs. Budley has no relatives on whom she can call. Gentle Mrs. Budley thinks she has escaped her fate until Sir Philip comes up with a plan: He has heard that the elderly Marquess of Peterhouse is senile, a widower, extremely rich, and unlikely to remember whether Mrs. Budley is a relative or not. So off Mrs. Budley goes. But the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and, in fact, quite handsome.

    Marie says: "good series, but predictable"
    "Totally predictable, but entertaining."
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    I've been listening to the Poor Relations series in order and must admit there are no surprises, but the characters are sweet and one wants to hear the happy endings to their travails. On to book 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smith of Wootton Major

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (220)

    Tolkien's acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tale, read by Derek Jacobi. Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.

    Babbi says: "Charming"
    "A lovely and hopeful story."
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    I really enjoyed hearing this story read aloud. I had read the story myself years ago, but this was a real treat. In fact I listened to the last 5 minutes sitting in the grocery store parking lot😉😉.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1794)
    Story
    (1798)

    When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. However, she soon discovers an arched doorway into an overgrown garden, locked shut since the death of her aunt 10 years earlier.

    Joe K. says: "Wow, what a great story!"
    "Delightful!!!"
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    I hadn't read The Secret Garden in many, many years. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. The narration was perfect. I truly looked forward to getting in the car🙂

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (312)

    Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

    Maureen says: "Pity for the narration but story also lacking"
    "Not liking this narrator...."
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    This's is the first narrator of the Agatha stories that I have disliked. The voice she uses for Agatha grates on my ears. I really loved Penelope Keith's version much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • There Goes the Bride: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (373)

    Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has set her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she can't quite stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on with her life are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying "I do" and Agatha is named the prime suspect.

    Susanne says: "Agatha always makes me smile"
    "Best yet...."
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    I really enjoyed this Agatha story so much. It just kept going and going. The characters were well fleshed out and Penelope Keith is the best of all narrators!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Venom House: An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Arthur Upfield
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    An Inspector Bonaparte Mystery. The Answerth family's mansion seems to deserve its nickname of "Venom House". Perhaps that's because of its forbidding setting, an island in the centre of a man-made lake, its treacherous waters studded by the skeletons of long-dead trees. Perhaps it's because of the unquiet ghosts of the Aborigines slaughtered by Answerth ancestors. Or perhaps it's just because the Answerth household is such a strange one.

    A. Raymond says: "Very good listen. Makes you regret leaving the car."
    "Very good listen. Makes you regret leaving the car."
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    I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are true bush folk. I missed the anxiety Bony exhibits in other books about his ancestry and he does not use his extraordinary skills to the same degree. The family and story seem like it could be anywhere, but the outcome is pure Bony style Australia.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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