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Robynbird1

Mimi

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  • Died in the Wool

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Inspector Roderick Alleyn receives a desperate plea for help in solving the murder of a Member of Parliament. Now the good inspector is involved in a gruesome war of espionage where he becomes as much the quarry as the hunter.

    Kate L. Newbill says: "Wrong Narrator listed?"
    "Read too rapidly"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This could possibly be a 4 or 5 star listen if the narrator spoke more slowly and there weren't so many characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ngaio Marsh again?

    Yes I really enjoy Ngaio Marsh and am sad to give her a one star rating.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Wanda McCaddon’s performances?

    I do not plan to listen to Wanda McCaddon if she reads as quickly in other books. Her voice is pleasant for listening, her different accents are well-done, but she reads as if she is racing the clock in this book.


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

    I was disappointed because I was looking forward to hearing another Ngaio Marsh novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried changing my device setting to "slower" but the sound was distorted at the slower speed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • With Every Letter: Wings of the Nightingale, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sarah Sundin
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met - even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence - he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time.

    Elise says: "Great Story and Narrator"
    "Tender, Godly Love Story With Anonymous Pen Oals"
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    Navy Air Corps Nurse Falls for Army Engineer and vice versa during WW2. The Story is centered around the pen pal theme and continues until they reveal their true identities to each other. I enjoyed the characterization of each person even if the angst of the two protagonists caused the story to drag a little. I loved the scripture and godly influence. A great read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Target

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (343)

    When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or could it be Jordan?

    Colin says: "Solid!"
    "Riveting Action"
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    Joel Rosenberg does it again!!! He has produced a non-stop political thriller centered in the Muddle East. With excellent narration of multiple accents, The Third Target presents a terrifyingly plausible look at the near future of the world if ISIS is not stopped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to London

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Lloyd
    • Narrated By Susannah Tyrrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    With the reluctant blessings of their father, the rector of Kurland St. Mary, Lucy Harrington and her sister Anna leave home for a social season in London. At the same time, Lucy's special friend Major Robert Kurland is summoned to the city to accept a baronetcy for his wartime heroism. Amidst the dizzying whirl of balls and formal dinners, the focus shifts from mixing and matchmaking to murder when the dowager Countess of Broughton, the mother of an old army friend of Robert, drops dead.

    Sara says: "A Delightful Story of Murder in London 1816"
    "Not as good as the first in the series"
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    I enjoyed Susannah Tyrrell's narration very much. The story, however is murky and rambling without any really like able character development. There was little mystery in the story. I was puzzled by the strange sympathy toward rats' being used for scientific experiments and little sympathy for the murdered grandmother. I loved the first book in the series and hope the third book will be better than the second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Buncle's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    The scene of this entertaining story is laid in a charming English village. The plot centres round Miss Barbara Buncle, a maiden lady who was obliged to write a book because – as she naively explained – her dividends were so poor. Unfortunately, Miss Buncle had no imagination, so she wrote about her friends – quite kindly and truthfully, of course, for she was a benevolent and veracious soul.

    Sara says: "A complete pleasure"
    "Gentle, Observant Lady Writes About Neighbors"
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    D. E. Stevenson captures humorous life in a small English town during the first half of the 20th century. Barbara Buncle is forced to keep chickens(an endeavor she cannot bring herself to do) or write a novel because of short returns on her investments. With a pure heart, a razor sharp pen and the non de plume of John Smith, she writes about the happenings in a fictional town full of her real friends and acquaintances whose names are changed. Fiction becomes reality as some of the real life people follow the lead of their storybook counterparts. Some of the inhabitants of the true town are furious about John Smith's writing and plan revenge if they can uncover the author's identity. Is romance in the wings?? Listen to the book and find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These High, Green Hills: The Mitford Years, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (278)

    At last, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, has married his talented and vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. Now, of course, they must face love's challenges: new sleeping arrangements for Father Tim's sofa-sized dog, Cynthia's urge to decorate the rectory Italian-villa-style, and the growing pains of the thrown-away boy who's become like a son to the rector.

    Sara says: "Another pleasant read"
    "Delightful Third Installment of the Mitford years"
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    The book finds Father Timothy and Cynthia married and adjusting to each other and Dooley off to a fancy boarding school. The Mitford crew is up to all sorts of activities--funny, endearing, alarming, victorious and sad. This laugh out loud book is a joy to hear as the voice of Mitford, John McDonough, expertly reads each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (3350)
    Performance
    (2830)
    Story
    (2863)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "Delightful Victorian Story of Contageous Goodness"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cricket on the Hearth to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the audio edition because of the power of the spoken word to draw the listener into the story. Jim Dale captures the tone and accents of people who lived in Englans around Dickens' time the way a reader could hardly imagine.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Charles Dickens gives us glimpses of Victorian England filled with vivid, compelling characters. He mixes in humor, misfortune, fairies, a little mystery and a big surprise.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    I loved the character of the carrier, John Peerybingle, whose heart was so full of love.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and even she'd a few tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to thank the people at Audible for such a lovely Christmas gift.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2471)
    Performance
    (1644)
    Story
    (1654)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "XFBI Agent/Heart Transplant Patient Hunts Killer"
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    If you could sum up Blood Work in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing Inventive Exciting


    What other book might you compare Blood Work to and why?

    Can't think of one.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill's narration brings a steely, determined tone to the novel that might not come through as well by my reading the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened to it in three sittings because I was so curious to know "who done it."


    Any additional comments?

    I would have preferred less four letter words. I did enjoy this book, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (441)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "Reads Like a History Book"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More interesting, intelligent interaction among characters, maybe even a little humor would have made this book a four or five star experience.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was somewhat interested the story of Mary's injuries. I am not interested in Morrocco's history so that this many-houred history book was not interesting to me.


    What about Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian McKenzie ’s performance did you like?

    The narrators' performances kept me listening to the end.


    What character would you cut from Garment of Shadows?

    I have no suggestions.


    Any additional comments?

    Blah!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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