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  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (672)

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "good story wonderfully set"
    "Cadfel with a kick"
    Overall

    Sure, it's another medieval tale of mysterious murder, but it's well done. I enjoyed the pieces of verity and the story. If you don't go looking to dislike it, you'll enjoy it more than you expect. The portrayal of the king of england is especially pleasant as well as the reality of how justice was performed (more or less) in a time when it was new. At it's heart, it's a who dunnit with a little more sensetivity.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rook

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sharon Cameron
    • Narrated By Caroline Feraday
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal? Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin.

    Shawn says: "MORE!"
    "Scarlett Pimpernell ripoff"
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    Thinly disguised and barely different- yet I suppose if you hadn't read the original you'd like it. Sadly, the original is a Classic for well deserved reasons. I hate to be a curmudgeon but why are these people getting awards for just reworking past creations that had real merit? There's a while new genre of blatant ripoffs- and they aren't improving on anything. Mostly I'm offended that the summary from the publisher didn't state clearly what it was - do we just assume that no one reads real books anymore? Ignoring the original doesn't make the plot line your own kids.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Tribe

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brad Manuel
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6058)
    Performance
    (5682)
    Story
    (5669)

    Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

    Andrew Pollack says: "A perfect year in the post apocalypse."
    "Producer Alert - Him/Her/He/She not consistent"
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    I'm about half way and it's holding my interest although it's all a bit pedantic for the end of the world and all. What I cannot get past is that the Becca pronouns are shifting like mad. Was there no editor involved? I kept thinking it was just me. Maybe Scott Brick was losing it and just not enunciating. Nope. Becca did his thing frequently when he was out and about. Arghhhhhhhh. It's very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burying Water

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3470)
    Performance
    (3180)
    Story
    (3174)

    Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives - but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to "Jane Doe" for another day, the woman renames herself "Water" for the tiny, hidden marking on her body - the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge....

    Rebecca says: "Outstanding! Perfect love / mystery book!"
    "Trite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It feels like it was written by someone with little life experience. Shallow. Passed the time on a drive but didn't hold my attention much. I don't know what I was hoping for but this felt very amateurish and young - but not in a good way. And it's a series? No thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14116)
    Performance
    (12560)
    Story
    (12544)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "not gone girl... not terrible... not great"
    Overall
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    The comparison to Gone Girl is a bit overselling. It wasn't terrible. It wasn't overly intense either. The narration was good. The story was okay. It was fine. Maybe not a glowing review, but I find myself just feeling like it was Ok.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1990)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1758)

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    B. Wohlers says: "The kids loved it- and so did we!"
    "a better narrator might have made it different"
    Overall
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    I can't even get through it. I feel sad about it, but while Chris might be a good actor and potentially a fine writer - his rushed read just didn't cut it for me. Maybe i'm just spoiled from really fabulous performances but I honestly gave up after four chapters.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (789)

    A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

    Sam - Audible says: "Cannot stop thinking about this book"
    "marvelous narration. bleak story."
    Overall
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    Much as Wallander is not advertising for Sweden tourism, this story reminds us how harsh and brutal Iceland was in the 1800's . It's a little confusing without the advance knowledge that Denmark was ruling Iceland then and the overlap of religion and governance... but mostly, it's dark and moody and brutal with a bit of overly formal language (or so it seemed for people living such peasant, in-the-dirt-lives). Yet it felt realistic enough. .I was left doubting her long confession at the same time pitying her potential innocence - which is after all the real force of this story. Having said all that, I'm pretty sure it might not have been as enjoyable in print... Morven Christie's narration really made it come alive.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1890)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1629)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Nada new"
    Overall
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    Really. Nothing not already beaten to death everywhere. Just reformatted old news. Which I suppose just goes to show you what you get when a topic is popular on the web.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14605)
    Performance
    (12833)
    Story
    (12851)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "I DIDN'T MIND GETTING OLD, WHEN I WAS YOUNG EITHER"
    "Meh. Felt very familiar and not so enthralling."
    Overall
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    Story

    I just finished Agent to the Stars and found it amusing enough to give Scalzi another dance. But gee, somewhere in there I just lost interest. I don't know (or care) if JS is scientologist but the taste of the lingo is there and the storyline feels soooo redundantly familiar and meh. I suppose I've mined the space sci-fi market too much not to find it growing stale. Maybe it's just me. It was narrated nicely, I just really felt like it was more of the same old story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9766)
    Performance
    (8860)
    Story
    (8854)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Very funny"
    "I needed this"
    Overall
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    So yeah, maybe I've been too serious lately . And it wasn't Heinlein- but it was pretty good. A little shameless Hollywood, a little alien humor, a little holocuast history...very little. Let's call it a driving to the beach book - in a nice way. A better time than some other downloads I've had- I'd recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    Overall
    (3672)
    Performance
    (3304)
    Story
    (3312)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Kareol says: "Exhilarating, breathtaking book"
    "What could have failed so easily has not..."
    Overall
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    If there's one thing I love more than time travel- and arguably reincarnation is that as well...it's death theory and WWII. I confess I'm not done listening to this for the second time yet- and I suspect there may be more...after all...that is the point...I doubt in print I'd be half as emotionally invested which is everything. I'll tell you more next time through.

    So, yes- I recommend it. But it's not a side listen while doing too much, it requires some attention. Beautifully performed though my download had some issues...I blame iPhone there....for me the British can only be understood in their own accent but I'm funny like that.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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