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  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1680)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1502)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "The usual good royal romp..."
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    ...complete with silly characters. Nice little twist at the end. Could use more Darcy, however.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prime Suspect #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes…and that they didn't match the size given on the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being so thorough, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the squadron want to see her fall on her face.

    Joey says: "Not bad, but not great"
    "Got this on a whim..."
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    ...2 books, 1credit. My favorite way to try new (to me) authors. Turns out it is narrated by one of my favorites. Think I'll try #2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9518)
    Performance
    (3890)
    Story
    (3930)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Be prepared to devote a huge chunk of time"
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    This wasn't an easy listen, but it was worth every second. I needed to take breaks from this book because it was so involved. John Lee was, as usual, fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (257)

    Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He'll get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, it's clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man - a man who once saved Quinn's life.

    Jhart0714 says: "Good book, Narration was a let down."
    "Not his best"
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    This one just didn't hit the mark. Narrator annoying; storyline not up to par for me, but then again, I'm picky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Truman Smith
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

    Ronald says: "Great first hand view."
    "PLEASE!!"
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    I don't know if the tale was any good. Couldn't get past the first sentence. The narrator didn't bother to lower the pitch of his voice at the end of sentence to denote a period. Definitely the worst I've ever heard. Do not waste your credit on this.

    0 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Cater Street Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.

    Jean says: "Victorian England Mystery"
    "Somewhat tedious"
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    Decided to get this book solely because of the narrator. Davina Porter is at her usual best. The story, however, was a slog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1699)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1338)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Fair to middling..."
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    ...but about the only kind of book to listen to while too ill to appreciate really well-written or well-narrated books. You can fall asleep in the middle of one chapter and awake in the middle of another and not miss a thing! (winking/smile emoji)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13878)
    Performance
    (6135)
    Story
    (6177)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Follett and Lee are a magnificent team"
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    I'm a Follett fan. Unreservedly, totally. I read his books avidly and now I'm listening to them...and the enjoyment continues...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1124)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Narration was the best part"
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    So completely far fetched it was hard to believe a second book was written...much less a series of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (533)

    Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

    Ronda says: "A very good beginning for a new series!"
    "Just average."
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    If you like Catherine Coulter, you'll like this. The addition of Nicholas to the mix helps revive a stale storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sister: Riley MacPherson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2326)
    Performance
    (2007)
    Story
    (2002)

    In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

    Wendi says: "Great story, kept me reading until late at night"
    "This was listed as a mystery. It wasn't."
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    Average listen. Shouldn't be on your bucket list of listens, but if you have an extra credit, it isn't the worst book you can choose.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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