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  • Miss Julia Raises the Roof

  • By: Ann B. Ross
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

With her husband, Sam, off on a trip to Europe, Miss Julia takes a pause to reflect on the past few decades - realizing how the comforts and joys of her life can sometimes give way to boredom. Miss Julia reckons it's about time to roll up her sleeves and be of some use to her community. She's just considering how to get involved when she hears that the nosy do-gooder Madge Taylor and the new pastor Rucker are embarking on a mission to buy up the vacant house down the street from Miss Julia and establish a group home for wayward teenagers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing

  • By Kcosper on 04-30-18

Love this series.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Eagerly await each new visit with Miss Julia. Also love the narrator, and the way she cries "Oh Hazel Marie!" and how she says "Mr Pickens". As long as these books keep coming, hope she is her voice.

  • The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

  • By: Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by: Peggity Price
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

It looks like the music has ended for Darling's favorite barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers, just days before the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition. Another unlucky break comes when there's a serious foul-up in Darling's telephone system - and not a penny for repairs. And while liquor is legal again, moonshine isn't. Sheriff Buddy Norris needs a little luck when he goes into Briar Swamp to confront Cypress County's most notorious bootlegger - and what he finds upends his sense of justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By R. Johnson on 03-24-18

fun series

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Really enjoy this series, which takes place in a small southern town in the depression. So many small references give you the flavor of the place and daily lives. Seems like the main murder investigation was left hanging with a lot of unanswered questions. But as that's not why I read these, still really enjoyed it.

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  • Leave It to Cleaver

  • Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series, Book 6
  • By: Victoria Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton has agreed to help her sister clear out the house of a deceased older neighbor, and she's thrilled at the prospect of discovering antique kitchenware and other treasures - until she opens a vintage trunk in the cellar and finds the remains of a teenage girl with a cleaver buried in her skull. When the body of a second girl is found just days later in a nearby river, the clues all indicate that the crimes are connected - and that the culprit's motives are hidden in the past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a bit much

  • By MelOregon on 03-05-18

a bit much

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Have enjoyed this series before, as the plots, setting, and characters are good. And love all the vintage kitchenware descriptions. However as this is the book with the wedding all the flowery language about feeling emotions to the depths of one's soul got old.

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  • Sheer Folly

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

In March of 1926, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her friend and collaborator, Lady Lucy Gerald, head off for several days to a stately home reputed to have the best grotto in the country. Working on a book of architectural follies, they plan to research and photograph it. Leaving her husband and young twins behind, Daisy is expecting a productive weekend at Appsworth Hall, with the only potential difficulty being keeping Lucy from offending the current owner, a manufacturer of plumbing products. Alas, it's not to be quite so simple.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By MaJo on 12-07-17

fun series

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Formulaic but well-written cozy series. have enjoyed them all. Good performance with many convincing character voices.

  • The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. Something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia's grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flavia is in the thick of it

  • By Mothermersnerd on 02-05-18

Another wonderful visit with the fabulous Flavia

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

This is such a unique and delicious series. The performance by Jane Entwistle captures Flavia's brilliance and quirks while still making you believe that she's a young girl. One of those times when the audio book adds extra layers to the writing.

  • Brat Farrar

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,128

A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great all around

  • By Catherine on 10-23-11

A classic

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

This was one of those books I'd heard the name of but never got around to. Perhaps a bit too easy to predict but really gripping and enjoyable. Been a while since reading another of Tey's and now want to find them all. Neat finding Julian Fellows' nod of the hat to this book in his Downton Abbey character.

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

thoughtful and funny

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Have been listening to Paula on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me for years. Some of the happiness experiments seemed a bit contrived. But what came through was that this is a caring person who is struggling and trying to get it right.

  • The House of Unexpected Sisters

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 18th novel and I'm still enchanted and addicted!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-17

Another wonderful visit with Mma.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

If only in these books, there's a place where people speak to strangers with formality, respect, and politeness--but also love and genuine warmth.

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,036

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

  • By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

Hardboiled hero

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

A bit dated but not cliche. This flawed tough guy with a heart makes insightful observations about life when he isn't chasing bad guys. Mot my genre at all but really well written.

  • Miss Julia Weathers the Storm

  • By: Ann B. Ross
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Sweet and generous Sam has decided to take a big group trip to the beach, inviting family and friends including little Latisha, leaving Lillian to enjoy a quiet vacation taking care of only herself. While Miss Julia prepares for the big trip, her longtime friend LuAnne comes to her with a horrifying discovery - her husband Leonard may be cheating on her. When the two discover more convincing evidence, Julia invites LuAnne along to the beach to get away and clear her head - and to keep from doing anything rash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Miss Julia

  • By Bookworm on 04-26-17

Love every visit with Miss Julia.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

This series is so funny. And the narrator is spot on. Love the way she says "Mr. Pickens" and "Oh Hazel Marie!" This was one of my late mother's favorite series, I think because there was so much of the proper Miss Julia in her.