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  • The Stranger from the Sea

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1810-1811: Poldark, Book 8
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

The Stranger from the Sea is the eighth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1810. The Poldark family awaits the return of Ross from his mission to Wellington's army in Portugal. But their ordered existence ends with Jeremy Poldark's dramatic rescue of the stranger from the sea. Stephen Carrington's arrival in the Poldark household changes all their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where are all the Poldark books

  • By Sharon on 12-11-16

Poldark Series 2

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I wonder what would have happened if Winston Graham had not taken such a long break in writing. The first part of the book feels like a recap of a previous novel, only there isn’t one. Demelza and Ross’s relationship is stable and content, which means the focus of these next novels will be on their children’s heartbreaks and hopes.
Still great historical writing, still captivating characters weighing values, actions, plans and judgments.
You will probably love it, but don’t expect this to be another Ross and Demelza novel.

  • The Empty Grave

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 5
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Emily Bevan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 411

Five months after the events in The Creeping Shadow, we join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just the best ending ever!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-18-17

Young Adult Genius

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Love Jonathan Stroud- and the actress reading the book is marvelous. Satisfactory end to the series!

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  • Jeeves in the Morning

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 272

Bertie Wooster, the dimwitted aristocrat with a heart of gold, had best avoid Bumpleigh Hall, but he pays a visit and soon is embroiled in a host of calamitous mishaps. Uncle Percy accuses him of burning down a bungalow; "Stilton" Cheesewright, betrothed to Bertie's ex-fiancée, barely controls his jealous rage; and Boko and Nobby blackmail Bertie into donning Stilton's stolen police uniform. Fortunately, Bertie's imperturbable valet, Jeeves, is nearby to perform a rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasure to listen...

  • By Julia on 12-06-09

One of Wodehouse's best!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

By the time he wrote this chapter in the lives of Jeeves and Wooster, their characters were well developed. In this book they make decisions that are believable yet a little more complex than we have seen before. Still laugh out loud funny, though. Classic!

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  • Thank You, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Bertie Wooster's newfound enthusiasm for the banjolele results in his eviction from his apartment and, to his outrage, having to take notice from his hitherto devoted manservant, Jeeves. Repairing to the country with his banjolele and new valet, Brinkley, Bertie soon finds himself in no shortage of trouble. A visit to an American yacht ends with him locked in a stateroom by a prospective father-in-law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed so hard I missed my exit.

  • By Andrew on 07-14-07

This one differs a bit from BBC production

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Extremely satisfying if you like to laugh out loud while listening- I always found the BBC production of this particular Wodehouse a bit too slapstick at the end and come to find out- they put in their own ending! Liked the original better.

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  • Right Ho, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

All the zany Wodehouse characters are here: Bertie, Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, and Aunt Dahlia. All the humorous chaos of misunderstandings, puns, and pranks are present: someone must hand out prizes at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School, a lovers' spat finds Bertie engaged to Madeline, and a hunger strike causes the cook to give notice. The inevitable rescue by Jeeves, brilliantly conceived and executed, averts disaster and saves nitwit Bertie Wooster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Classic Bertie and Jeeves

  • By Paul Norwood on 02-04-13

LOL funny but audio quality fuzzy.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

What did you love best about Right Ho, Jeeves?

Wodehouse's phrasing seems effortless but is really masterful. The characters and situation are particularly great- we have known them in other instances but everyone come together in one roof is riotous, often laugh-out-loud funny.

Any additional comments?

I wonder if Audible can adjust quality control on the original recording?

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  • Where Lilacs Still Bloom

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Susan Denaker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education - and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda’s driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early-twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book!

  • By Dana Southwick on 10-01-16

Made me want to find that 12 petal Lilac!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

I liked this book very much- truth rang in the chronicles of the tragedies and triumphs of real-person Hulda Klager- but when I tried to look up some of the breeds- especially the breed the author wrote was saved by seeds given away and returned after the last flood, they weren't available. Which takes some of the meaning out of the book. When you have to reassess a work and figure out what facts are true and what aren't- it is deflating. At least for me. I do not mind historical fiction that invents conversations The author could not have overheard, but when you are writing about a subject that continues to this day – as the Klager Lilac Days do- it would've been nice if the flower stories had remained intact.

  • The Rent Collector

  • By: Camron Wright
  • Narrated by: Diane Dabczynski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Mean Chey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money - a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Give It a Chance

  • By Chris Mower on 01-04-16

It has everything.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Love historical fiction? Mystery? Interesting juxtaposition of characters in unusual situations? Drama? A chase? Epiphany?

One of the best books I have listened to in the last year- and I listen to at least two/ week.

  • Peony

  • A Novel of China
  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid - an awkward role in which she is more a servant, but less a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. However, tradition forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive family unfolds in this profound tale, based on true events in China over a century ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Book

  • By alison on 02-17-15

Hidden gem!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I will be recommending this book to our book club. Pearl S. Buck has captured some of the complications all of us share by being human, being individuals but also products of our ancestry and the modern communities we live in. The different stages/types of love are touched on- so much to discuss.

What did you like best about this story?

The tragedy. And yet the conquering wisdom.

If you could rename Peony, what would you call it?

How China absorbs its Conquerors

  • Fair Weather

  • By: Richard Peck
  • Narrated by: Estelle Parsons
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

On the brink of adulthood (not to mention a whole new century), Rosie makes her first trip to the big city, along with her wide-eyed siblings and their rascally old granddad. There, amidst the wonders of the fair, Rosie discovers the world and herself, while also coming face-to-face with some of the era's most famous people--including showgirl Lillian Russell and Colonel William F. Cody (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great author, nice story telling

  • By birkiemom on 05-11-17

Not Grandma Dowdel but good!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

I LOVE Richard Peck- I listen to his works for comfort and entertainment. This one is on the same lines as his "teacher" and "librarian" titles. I was hoping the grandfather in here would be the male equivalent of grandma Dowdel, but he isn't quite. She is unique!

  • Mr Midshipman Hornblower

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

Shaking off this label, a shy and lonely 17-year-old, Horatio Hornblower, embarks on a memorable career in Nelson's navy on HMS Justinian. In action, adventure, and battle he is forged into one of the most formidable junior officers in the service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration brings classic to life

  • By Wombat on 01-26-15

A lesser known classic- still GREAT!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

This is a story of character growth- mistakes, temptation, pride all subjugated in favor of the greater good, of self mastery. Human triumph! And all at sea during war-time 150 years ago. 😊

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