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  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1416)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Scarce and predictable action, not enough Darcy."
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    Very little happens, and what does happen is accidental rather than arising from the innate motives of a character. Therefore as the plot unfolds there is no character development and thus not much interest. Sadly, Darcy is relegated to an incidental character not much involved in plot development. This is the least interesting of the series.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4764)
    Performance
    (4368)
    Story
    (4369)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Unlikeable characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The main characters suffer a lot but by halfway through I still was unable to bring myself to care about any of them. They were so frustratingly incompetent at life and seemed to simply allow themselves to be swept along in the flow of events. I stopped listening halfway through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aunt Dimity and the Duke: An Aunt Dimity Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nancy Atherton
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Emma Porter is 40, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers.

    Linda says: "One of my favorite books ruined by the reader."
    "The narrator ruins the story"
    Overall
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    Story

    Whatever were the producers thinking? Did they listen to the performer? As others have said, she sounds like she's reading to very young children. Be sure to listen to the preview before you buy.
    The Aunt Dimity series is so enjoyable, gentle and engaging. Too bad it's spoiled in this production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aunt Dimity's Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nancy Atherton
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Lori Shepherd and her family spend Christmas in the cottage willed to her by her late Aunt Dimity, but when she discovers a stranger barely alive in the snow, she teams up with a priest and together they unveil the tragic secret that led the stranger to her door.

    Maureen says: "Not this narrator"
    "narrator sounds like a robot"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    Yes to Atherton, no to Linden


    What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

    Her pace and stiff pronunciation distract from the story. It's like listening to a robot.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is entertaining, the narrator ruined it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1892)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1602)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Lots of detail, little action"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator makes strong emotions sound like petulance. Instead of the characters seeming forceful, they seem whiney.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This is an action series. More than half of this book was taken up with excruciatingly detailed depictions of the political maneuvering. The too few action sections portrayed unlikely scenarios with little suspense about the outcome.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, then boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2519)
    Performance
    (2126)
    Story
    (2132)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Lacks depth of both characters and plot"
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    What would have made The 7th Month better?

    A skilled writer can deliver an intriguing plot and interesting characters in a short format. Not, unfortunately a skill demonstrated by this author. The narrator was quite good, far above the quality of the material she had to work with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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