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Emily

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  • The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Beloved author Alexander McCall Smith’s seventh Isabel Dalhousie tale finds the ethical philosopher doing background checks on several candidates for the same job. In the process, Isabel learns quite a bit about herself, as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love it"
    "Love it"
    Overall

    I don't really know which of the Alexander McCall Smith series I love most, but I love Isabel Dalhousie, Jamie, and Mr Fox. By now they are old friends, and we enjoy Isabel's thoughts and curiosity and moral quandaries. I also like feeling like we see into another culture. Perhaps those people could exist anywhere, but they fit perfectly where they are. I am so happy that Alexander McCall Smith is able write so prolifically. I enjoy each book as it comes out and have to wait just a little time until the next one arrives. This book is delightful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Detective: An Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry. So when the naked body of a woman is found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath with no one willing to identify her, no marks, and no murder weapon, his sleuthing abilities are tested to the limit.

    Tracey says: "Pleasantly surprised -- loved Inspector Diamond!"
    "New to me"
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    I read later books in the series first and I am coming back for a proper introduction to Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond. He is "the last detective"-- because he likes to use good old fashioned detective skills and he distrusts technology-- especially computers. I liked the character in this book although I am happy that his character develops as the series continues. This mystery is wrapped up in discovering the identity and killer of a woman found dead in a river. The detectives go down many wrong paths and we see things from different people's perspectives-- as we find that the woman was none too likeable. Peter handles discipline poorly and loses his job but doggedly comes back to solve the mystery for us. I did not see the end coming. I am happy audible has the beginning of the series. I hope they get more of the books as time goes by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diamond Solitaire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    One time police detective Peter Diamond loses his job as a security guard when he fails to spot a small Japanese child hiding in the furniture department of Harrods. Weeks later, she's still unclaimed; Diamond is unable to forget the frightened eyes of the silent little girl and takes on the challenge of uncovering her identity.

    Amazon Customer says: "You have to like Peter Diamond"
    "You have to like Peter Diamond"
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    I am new to this series, but I liked this book. Peter Diamond was a police officer in the last book, but in the beginning of this one, he is working as a security guard. He found a mute little girl and becomes attached to her. He works tirelessly to find where she belongs. When she is abducted, he follows her trail through New York and Japan and he takes us with him and we are given a chance to figure out who the little girl is and why her family has apparently abandoned her -- and what that has to do with an international pharmaceutical company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice, the first novel in her beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti series, introduced listeners to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli - then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca.

    C. Telfair says: "A Night at the Opera"
    "I just spent a day in Venice"
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    I love so many things about Donna Leon's books. In this book Guido is helping an opera singer Flavia Petrelli-- who is scared by unwanted attention she has received, and then, he tries to find her dangerous stalker. This book is not centered on a murder, so it is less intense than others. To me these books are so much about Guido Brunetti- his appreciation for Venice and his relationships with Paola and Signorina Elettra and his workmates and family. I love the literary allusions. We get to peek into whatever Paola or Guido is reading. I like the mystery and the view of another culture. While I am listening to these books, I am living in Venice- smelling its smells, feeling its weather, traveling its canals, eating its food, understanding some of its history and how it is changing. What could be better? I love to read about a man who loves his family-- and enjoys going home to his wife. And for me, listening to David Colacci is something I could do all day every day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Place: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (232)

    Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability - and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father, Frankie Dobbs, is not getting any younger.

    Cheryl says: "OKAY"
    "Maise is in a sad place."
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    As I fought the flu, I have re-listened to this series- waiting for the release of this book. I have been missing Maise Dobbs, and I was happy to have her back. This is not my favorite book in the series because it is sad-- not that that is unique to this book. She always deals with war time issues and personal losses and helps in the lives of people with difficult problems. We skip over the happy days of marriage very quickly, and James dies. She loses her baby and finds herself again while avoiding home-- while nursing in another war and in helping to solve a mystery while in Gibraltar. I am happy that the story continues-- but in this story I miss James and Billy and so many of the regular characters. I am sad she has to walk alone, but I am happy the story goes on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on Blackheath: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (159)

    As commander of the powerful Special Branch, Thomas Pitt has the job of keeping Britain safe from spies and traitors. So there' s no obvious reason why he is suddenly ordered to investigate two minor incidents: the blood, hair, and shards of glass discovered outside the home of naval weapons expert Dudley Kynaston, and the simultaneous disappearance of Mrs. Kynaston' s beautiful lady's maid. But weeks later, when the mutilated body of an unidentified young woman is found near Kynaston' s home, Pitt realizes that this is no ordinary police investigation.

    Nancy J says: "Another great Special Branch tale."
    "Good mystery, well read."
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    Where does Death on Blackheath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy Anne Perry's mysteries. I have just re-listened to this having just finished the Angel Court Affair-- her more recent book-- not wanting to leave the characters behind. It was as good as the first time I listened to it.


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

    I remembered vital parts of the mystery, but I still got caught up in the story and was interested in the outworking of the mystery again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lady Vespasia falls in love. I have always liked her and I was happy to have more time with her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I like the thought that a woman becomes more valuable as she ages.


    Any additional comments?

    I was struck this time repeatedly that I love to listen to Davina Porter read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorchester Terrace: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (120)

    Anne Perry’s acclaimed Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels have made London’s exclusive world of wealth and power an addictive literary destination for listeners everywhere. This masterpiece, a haunting story of love and treason, invites us not only into the secret places of Britain’s power but also into the innermost sanctums of the fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Judith M Haines says: "Anne Perry is a master at the Victorian mystery"
    "Lots of twists and turns"
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    I am almost done with this series of books. These last few have been the best of the bunch. They always leave me wanting more. In this book Thomas PItt is adjusting to a new position as head of the Special Branch. It was very gripping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buckingham Palace Gardens: Thomas Pitt Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their elegant wives to the palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a 6,000-mile railroad that would stretch the full length of Africa. But alas, the prince's gathering proves disastrous when the mutilated body of a prostitute hired for a late-night frolic (after the wives have retired to bed) turns up among the queen's monogrammed sheets in a palace linen closet.

    connie says: "a shouting match"
    "Better and Better"
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    I think these later Perry books are better than those in the beginning of the series. This book had twists and turns right to the end- and I appreciate that the readers are given clues all along and lead to part of the finale, but then the story still has a surprise ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (418)

    The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

    C. Telfair says: "Mixed Feelings about Maisie"
    "It is over too soon."
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    Maisie Dobbs is back-- and with her, we are carried back in time, and we see into the motivations of others in a way that is not possible in every day life, and we delve into the lives of her friends, family, and workmates. This book is perhaps the most uplifting of the series. Maisie is in a good place, and she is still motivated to learn, to grow, to help others. She explores a mystery around an Indian woman's death, and so while trying to learn about this one woman, we explore Indian women in England. I am looking forward to the next book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Princess Bride

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By William Goldman
    • Narrated By Rob Reiner
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (333)

    This adventure story has everything you could want: the good guy, some bad guys, the girl, sword fighting, revenge, romance, of course a happy ending, and rodents of unusual size. Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual characters in this swashbuckling tale of good-natured silliness. It is read by Rob Reiner, who directed the motion picture based on this classic tale.

    rachel says: "Way Too Abridged"
    "I wish this was unabridged"
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    This is one of the funniest books. I read it years ago-- and the abridged story is like watching the movie-- still very funny, but so much is missing. The quality of the recording is bad, but the reading was good, and the story is fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (1992)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "very interesting"
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    I really liked the glimpse into a time period and culture I was not familiar with. The characters are interesting-- although sometimes it is sad. Mostly I was so interested in the work of a midwife. I will listen to it again. I admire the author of this book-- for telling of short cases, yet making the stories hold together-- but mostly for the work she did as a midwife. The PBS series was well done, but as always a book is more satisfying.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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