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  • The Art Forger

  • By: B. A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,917
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,605

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue

  • By D on 11-28-12

Awful, awful narration!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-18

I’m halfway through the book, and may just call it quits. Story is ok, but I just can’t listen to another moment of this narrator!!! Her whiny, breathy reading makes Claire sound like a sultry, emotional mess. Then there French pronunciations. Dear God, if you’re going to pretend to speak French, GET THE BASICS RIGHT! That means, don’t mispronounce “Francoise,” which is a girl’s name, as “Francois,” a man’s name. Every time she called the female Degas bather “Francois”, I cringed. The story is weak enough without this narrator completely wrecking it.

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  • Sleeping with the Enemy

  • Coco Chanel's Secret War
  • By: Hal Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73

Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. But this book also pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; and how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover, Dincklage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If we all knew how things went...

  • By Renata on 09-20-11

Meh

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

At times convoluted. History was presented non-linearly, and actors were not reintroduced to remind the reader who they were and why they were significant.

What really bothered me was the sympathy and admiration with which Chanel was portrayed. Takeaway message seemed to be: “She was a remarkable woman of great talent who became a Nazi collaborator because the men she loved happened to be Nazi sympathizers.” Utterly mundane and uninspired.

  • Witches Be Crazy

  • By: Logan J. Hunder
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

The beloved King Ik is dead, and there was barely time to check his pulse before the royal throne was supporting the suspiciously shapely backside of an impostor pretending to be Ik's beautiful, long-lost daughter. With the land's heroic hunks busy drooling all over themselves, there's only one man left who can save the kingdom of Jenair. His name is Dungar Loloth, a rural blacksmith turned innkeeper, a surly hermit, and an all-around nobody oozing toward middle age, compensating for a lack of height, looks, charm, and tact with guts and an attitude.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, juvenile, unfunny

  • By Newme on 11-13-17

Boring, juvenile, unfunny

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Kept losing the thread, mentally nodding off as the story was unspooling. Am about one hour into it and have decided to call it quits. Sad, I really wanted to like it. Nothing I love more than a good quest. But no. Skip this one.

  • The Unfinished Clue

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest list is enough to exasperate a saint, and the host, Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, is an abusive wretch hated by everyone – from his disinherited son to his wife's stoic would-be lover. When Sir Arthur is found stabbed to death, no one is particularly grieved and no one has an alibi. The unhappy guests find themselves under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's cool-headed Inspector Harding, who has solved tough cases before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect novel for Agatha Christie fans.

  • By Daddy Shawn on 12-18-15

Great story, great narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-16

Mystery was easy to suss out but pleasant all the same. Amusing dialogue and great personalities. And I disagree with other reviewers -- I loved Ulli Birve! She has a wonderful sense of characterization.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Relic Master

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter: one who procures "authentic" religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony; and soon-to-be Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. While Frederick is drawn to the recent writing of Martin Luther, Albrecht pursues the financial and political benefits of religion and seeks to buy a cardinalship through the selling of indulgences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic -- and hilarious

  • By Actor on 12-17-15

A bit slow to start, but great fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-16

A cheeky tale of a relic master, a painter, a fake shroud of Christ, another fake shroud, a quest, a maiden and a couple of bawdy soldiers. Although a bit slow to start, it's intelligent and peopled with hilarious characters. Stick with it until the quest begins and you won't regret it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dreamer's Pool

  • Blackthorn & Grim, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Natalie Gold, Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753

In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help. Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, pretty solid narration

  • By Anya on 11-19-14

So slow!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-16

This story crept along at a snail's pace. The "mysteries" became painfully obvious after the first few chapters, and the rest of the time was spent waiting for the idiotic characters to figure it all out. It was enough to try anyone's patience. How I managed to wade through several hours without flinging my iPhone out the window I will never know. And why was it that each single revelation -- even the tiniest and most insignificant advance in the story -- was followed by a lengthy and irritating description of the character's every agonized thought and feeling? Some reviewers called this "world building"; I thought it was a whole lot of needless melodrama. This book could have strongly benefitted from some serious editing.

The narration, too, was unsuitable. I would have preferred a single narrator -- the back-and-forth between the three was distracting. Worst of all, Blackthorn's narrator mispronounced several words. At one point, the book referred to a scythe wound on someone's leg, and she pronounced "wound" as if it had been the past tense of the verb "to wind". There were a lot of little slip-ups like that. Then there was the prince, whose voice was just annoying. Next time, stick to one narrator please -- preferably someone who knows what the words mean!

Despite all that, I gave the novel two stars because it does have moderate entertainment value. The language is lovely, though the story is painfully slow. And I realize that to write a novel, even a mediocre one, takes effort and imagination, and I respect that. But I just couldn't sit through it after the first few hours. Ended up listening at double speed.

If you want an adult fairy tale, Naomi Novik's "Uprooted" presents a much more engaging story.

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  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups (With Terrifying Trees)

  • By Dave on 09-08-16

Great story, great performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Loved the story -- fast-paced, adventurous, with a satisfying romance mixed in. The performance was just right to my ears, authentic and well-suited to the main character. The world is full of different people, with different tales to tell in different voices. Open your mind to the wonderful diversity of it all, and you might actually like it.

  • Soldier Girls

  • The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
  • By: Helen Thorpe
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Healing and Insightful

  • By Constance on 11-23-14

Breaks your heart

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-15

I'm so grateful I found this book. I have never served and have no connection to the military. This book has given me a different perspective of the enormous human costs of fighting a war. A compelling and beautiful told story -- well worth a credit.

  • First Grave on the Right

  • Charley Davidson, Book 1
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,158

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!

  • By Austin gal on 03-07-12

"The pot calling the kettle African-American"?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-15

"The pot calling the kettle African-American"? Didn't anyone teach this lady not to make racially charged jokes?

Also, as a rule--a book that starts with a wet dream is only going downhill from there.

  • Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly 60 years, from their first appearance, in 1915, (“Extricating Young Gussie”) to his final completed novel ( Aunts Aren't Gentlemen), in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike. Now, 40 years later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By DCinMI on 11-06-13

Authentic and satisfying -- a perfect end

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-15

I loved this final chapter in the adventures of Wooster and Jeeves! Sebastian Faulks did an outstanding job preserving the delightful style and characters of PG Wodehouse. Wooster is himself as we always knew and loved him -- a kind-hearted, deliciously absurd dear. And Jeeves is still Jeeves, if a bit more retiring than in Wodehouse's books. Many of the previous characters -- Stiffy Bing, Stinker Pinker, the dog Bartholemew -- make an appearance, Bertie finally guesses one of Jeeves' quotations correctly, and all is joy and light in the end. A wonderful finale for fans of Bertie and Jeeves!

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