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Ann

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  • His Majesty's Hope: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive–a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad–and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war–and of her own past.

    Carol says: "A YA Mystery that Isn't... Quite"
    "Each book in series gets better !"
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    Would you listen to His Majesty's Hope again? Why?

    Yes. The characters are fascinating and the plot is complex. Even knowing the outcome,
    the characters are so fully developed you want to read about their thought processes in a real historical time period.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie of course for her asides that reveal her humanness in times of humor and in moments of intense danger. You feel you truly know her.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Equally good. Same narrator in all three books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Little known operations of female spies during WWII revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    Thankfully another sequel is in the future. Each one gets more intense and the characters more developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (1436)
    Story
    (1416)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Love lost and found"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A baby is rescued by the light keeper and named Lucy as she is their light to replace children lost. But the moral dilemma becomes real when the real mother enters their life. Heartrending and complex because even the deepest love requires sacrifice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "Gripping and emotional tale of war and friendship"
    Overall
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    Story

    I stayed up until three AM through the twists and turns of a story so original, it shocked and saddened as well as compelled me to come to the understanding that sometimes healing with woundedness is still healing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Peter Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (429)

    Come with us to an Enchanted Place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be. It is painful to try and imagine what the world would be like without them.

    Richard says: "A man's best friend is a bear called Pooh"
    "A classic"
    Overall
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    Story

    The narrator made this classic come alive. The subtle humor was even more enjoyable as an adult read. Good memories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green on Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elliot Ackerman
    • Narrated By Piter Marek
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Aziz and his older brother, Ali, are coming of age in a village amid the pine forests and endless mountains of Eastern Afghanistan. There is no school, but their mother teaches them to read and write and once a month sends the boys on a two-day journey to the bazaar. They are poor, but inside their mud-walled home, the family has stability, love, and routine. When a convoy of armed men arrives in their village one day, their world crumbles.

    Ann says: "A Young Man. An Old War."
    "A Young Man. An Old War."
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    War is never simple. Allegiances are never static. This is a revealing look at our involvement in the Middle East from an Afghan perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Janus Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

    Sara says: "Return to Salt Marsh & Mysterious Archeology"
    "Archaeology meets detective fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One of the best in the series. History, intrigue, powerful characters and powerful emotions. Breathtaking moments. Elly Griffith scores again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7274)
    Performance
    (6376)
    Story
    (6390)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "This story will stay with you"
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    If you could sum up All the Light We Cannot See in three words, what would they be?

    Goodness, courage, love


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Light We Cannot See?

    When an old Marie Laure is given the lost miniature house her father made for her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Marie Laure and Werner sat together in the house in St Malo .


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There are no coincidences in life, love, or war.


    Any additional comments?

    A complex story of lives intertwined in war that make you believe in fate and the basic goodness that overcomes evil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified - but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

    Amazon Customer says: "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing Baby"
    "Monotonous"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Shorter plot More interesting characters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    An authentic Agatha Christie. No more copy cat writers.


    What about Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance did you like?

    He did have flexibility.


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

    I'm searching for the answer.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasted a credit on this purchase. Much better authors out there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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