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Barbara

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  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (294)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Narration undermines the story"
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    Sadly narrators have changed from the first book in the series to this, the second book. It was difficult to listen to the narrator make the intelligent protagonist sound like a breathy, silly girl. If you liked the first audiobook, I'd suggest you read the second.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Does Your Mother Know?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Maureen Jennings
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Christine Morris has been sent to Edinburgh to attend a conference on the latest in police methodology. There she is tracked down by the Northern Constabulary, Stornoway, Outer Hebrides, who inform her that her estranged mother has been involved in a vehicular homicide and has gone missing. Reluctantly, Christine agrees to fly up to Stornoway, where her mother was last seen. Her arrival is followed by the suspicious death of one of the islanders.

    Barbara says: "Written in First Person"
    "Written in First Person"
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    It could be me, I'm not a big fan of first-person narratives. It's a rare author that manages to get enough objective distance from her/his protagonist to get it right. This author made me wince with discomfort revealing a lack of insight or humor in over-long defensive monologues. I wanted to like it because of the setting, but gave up halfway.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Monster of Florence: Marshal Guarnaccia, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Magdalen Nabb
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Marshal Guarnaccia's job with the carabinieri - the local Florentine police - usually involves restoring stolen handbags to grateful old ladies and lost cameras to bewildered tourists. So when he is assigned to work with the police to try to track down a vicious serial killer, he feels out of his league. To make matters worse, the prosecutor he must report to is Simonetti, the same man he knows drove an innocent man to suicide several years earlier in his blind quest for a conviction. The marshal can't let the stress of the case get to him if he wants to make sure justice is upheld.

    Barbara says: "Smart and Satisfying"
    "Smart and Satisfying"
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    A complex plot with a secondary line woven through it, an excellent writer, a thoroughly sympathetic detective, and Florence--it's hard to ask for more. The narrator captured the detective's character which more than made up for a few stumbles in Italian pronunciation and his voice was rich without sounding affected. Although I've read all of Magdalen Nabb's books, I savored this story as if I'd never heard it before--yes, that good. I'll go look for more in Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    "Be patient"
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    The story takes time to find it's depth. As a listener, just about the time I started to wonder if I would ever feel like more than a detached observer I felt a subtle shift in my relationship to the characters. They have stayed with me, pleasant company, weeks after I finished the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Number Four

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (910)

    Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

    Brynn says: "Annoying book we wanted to like"
    "Good story, shallow narration"
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    Why is it young adult novels get narrators that don't do justice to the characters? The narrator for this story made all the female characters sound the same--like a gaggle of silly valley girl stereotypes--and did no justice to the boys. The kids in my household found the narrator so annoyingly disrespectful of teen intelligence and emotional range that they dumped the recording after the first few chapters. This is just sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cupboard Full of Coats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Yvvette Edwards
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    It's been fourteen years since Jinx's mother was brutally stabbed to death in their home in East London. Then, out of nowhere, Lemon arrives on her doorstep. An old friend of her mother's, he wants to revisit the events leading to that terrible night. Over the course of one weekend they strip away the layers of the past to lay bare a story full of jealousy and tragic betrayal. Narrated with a distinct and fiery spice, Jinx and Lemon must find their own paths to redemption in this stunning debut novel.

    Kd says: "WOW!"
    "Narrator Adjoa Andoh is fantastic!"
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    The story is good, the portrayal of layered and conflicting emotions nicely done, but the narrator is fantastic. She IS the characters. I was not aware of the narrator making an effort to "sound like" different characters, I heard their voices. Flawless.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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