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  • The Whole Cat and Caboodle

  • Second Chance Cat Mystery Series #1
  • By: Sofie Ryan
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

Sarah Grayson is the happy proprietor of Second Chance, a charming shop in the oceanfront town of North Harbor, Maine. At the shop she sells used items that she has lovingly refurbished and repurposed. But her favorite pet project so far has been adopting a stray cat she names Elvis. The big black cat with a scar across his nose turned up at a local bar when the band was playing the King of Rock and Roll's music and hopped in Sarah's truck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mainely Wonderful

  • By Rusty on 01-07-17

Good story

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

Until you get used to the narrator, her reading is a bit irritating but hang in...it’s worth it!

  • Spinning the Moon

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

In the Shadow of the Moon: When Laura Truitt first sees the dilapidated plantation house, she's overcome by a sense of familiarity. Inside, the owner claims to have been waiting for years and offers an old photograph of a woman with Laura's face. Soon afterward, when a lunar eclipse inexplicably thrusts Laura back in time to Civil War Georgia, she finds herself fighting not just for her heart but for her very survival.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not very entertaining.

  • By Kristy on 10-20-16

Twofer

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

And both delightful. As a southern, I appreciate the soft southern accents that remind me of my Mississippi mother.

  • A Useful Woman

  • A Rosalind Thorne Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Darcie Wilde
  • Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 924

The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family. To survive in the only world she knew, she began to manage the affairs of some of London society's most influential women, who rely on her wit and discretion. So when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in London's most exclusive ballroom, Almack's, Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncover the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a chance

  • By James on 05-28-17

Slow starter but

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

really fun listen after a moment or two into chapter one. I enjoyed too the history bits.

  • A Fool and His Honey

  • An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

When her husband's niece shows up unexpectedly, drops off a baby, and disappears, Aurora is overwhelmed. And then the niece's husband turns up dead, having met his demise at the end of an ax blade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert

  • By MABJM on 05-21-10

A niece, a baby, a husband

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

I liked knowing what finally happened to her husband.

I gave it high ratings because I love this series .

Theresa Plummer is my voice of Roe...even if reading!!

  • A Wild Ghost Chase

  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 567

Three years ago in a large Victorian house on the Jersey Shore in the town of Harbor Haven, fledgling private investigator Paul and his client, Maxie Malone, were murdered. Since then, recent divorcée and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby and her 10-year-old daughter, Melissa, have moved in and converted the place to a guesthouse, where Maxie and Paul are now checked in for an eternity and ready to solve any case that comes their way - or at least spook the guests (who love it). Alison’s got a lot on her plate at the moment, however, so when Paul discovers the 300-year-old ghost of a small boy in the house, he decides not to involve her in the case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, weak performance.

  • By Craig on 10-08-15

I still like the series but ...

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

I really do not like this narrator! The lady I listened to on the first book was so much better!!!

  • Brownies and Broomsticks

  • A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Bailey Cates
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,316

Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Mystery with your Magic

  • By Kathryn on 03-28-13

A honey of a book

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

A fun cozy book of murder with really good people and really nasty people self in a bakery that makes me hungry just reading. I do so love baked goods

  • Dragonsinger

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,609

Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Discription Diffrent

  • By debra on 07-10-11

A long ago read comes back to me

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

This time as a listen. Sally Darling's narration reminds me of my mother reading to me as a child as they both have a soft southern accent. But that is not the reason for the 5 star rating. That reason is because Ms Darling is such an excellent narrator who kept me so involved in the story.

Yes, I had read the book a long time ago...a very, very long time ago. So long ago I'd forgotten most of the story. Thank goodness I remembered the author and that she wrote about dragons and I really liked her writing.

So, my friends, if you only remember the author, use one of your credits to reacquaint yourself with her writing....but you might want to start with the one before this as this is the follow up.

O, you aren't familiar with Anne McCaffrey? Do you like fantasy with dragons and dragon riders and the adventures the have? Do you also like good writing? Well then, you better get started reading/listening to her books!

I gotta go now. I've gotta get back to reading!

  • Lady Audley's Secret

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Lady Audley is universally adored: Beautiful, kind and charming, she enamors all whom she meets. It is not until the strange disappearance of widower George Talboys that her behavior takes an odd turn. George's friend, Robert Audley, Lady Audley's nephew-in-law, is on the case; an upper-class layabout turned detective, he is determined to get to the bottom of things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book with a Great Reader!

  • By Yvette on 05-29-16

For her, it was modern time. For us, the centuries have turned

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

After reading the blub on this book, I had to get it as it was praised by other authors of her time who I've read and enjoyed.

The book kept amazing me as each time I thought it finished, it wasn't! Of course I could see there was more time left but well... when it really ends, everything is wrapped up in a nice bow.

I love her writing style! There is an almost lyrical quality to it.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well fleshed out and most realistic. This book, if turned into a modern day drama could be easily adapted.

Kim Hicks does a grand job of narration! Each person is clearly recognized. She never gets in their way. The male voices sounded right.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Evelina

  • By: Frances Burney
  • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench, Finty Williams, Geoffrey Palmer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Fanny Burney's wickedly funny satire follows the trials and romantic adventures of the young and beautiful Evelina as she tries to make her way through 18th-century Britain handicapped by her three great problems: being poor, being illegitimate - and being a girl. Evelina was a raging best seller when it was first published in 1778 and is widely credited with being the first of the great British domestic novels. Burney was a direct influence on her immediate follower, Jane Austen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Johanna on 01-10-16

What great fun to go back in time in England

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

First I must comment on the great narration! The only one of the trio I was not familiar with was Flinty Williams who did a marvelous job as Evelina as a young woman!

The book, I believe, is set during the regency period. At that time people wrote many letters often of some length. That is the means via which our story is moved.

Our heroine, Evelina, has been raised in the country by a parson in who's care her dying mother entrusted. She is well educated by him and, we learn, very comely though very innocent as she enters London's society.

I found the novel to be more a coming of age story than a love one. If you are interested in the times and manners of the period, as well as how people wrote and spoke, you should find this story most enlightening and enjoyable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Vatican Princess

  • A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized 15th-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story

  • By Patricia on 05-11-16

Guilty or not, that is the question.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

Mr. Gortner has once again taken us in history. This time to Italy and the Borgia family. As he sees it, Lucretia Borgia has gotten a bad rap being more a pawn than viper. I found myself so involved, I couldn't stop listening (until I lost the charge on my cell phone)!

Julia Whelan does a grand narration with each character identifiable. I think she does a better job with the men's voices than most men do with women's. Never once was she a distraction from the book.

If you like historical fiction, this one will not disappoint you!