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  • Murphy's Law

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,719

Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A clean mystery.

  • By Heather on 12-21-13

Murphy's Law: good start of a good series

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

Reviewed: 12-15-14

A fan of Ms. Brown's 'Royal Spyness' series, I had high expectations of this series. I wasn't disappointed. They are completely different from each other; humor is not a main character in Molly Murphy's story. Having lethally dispatched an arrogant landlord's son who had an old-fashioned sense of droit de seigneur when he tried to rape her, Molly runs away. Much farther away than she would have ever believed possible, because of a chance meeting with a consumptive mother of two who begs her to take the children to America on the next ship. She gives Molly her ticket because she has learned she would not be allowed to disembark in America because of the tuberculosis.

I found the following tale of miserable conditions in steerage class and the rigors of disembarcation at Ellis Island very (painfully) believable. The story takes place in the very early 1900s, and I think the story is well-researched. Life in turn-of-the-century New York City is also portrayed realistically and rather depressingly. Before Molly and the children are allowed to leave Ellis Island, a man with whom Molly had an altercation on the ship is brutally murdered and Molly falls under suspicion. The New York police detective in charge of the investigation becomes a romantic interest, even though he believes Molly to be a married woman.

This is the first book in a very good series. I have only read the first four in the 13-book series, but they get better and better.

  • The Miser of Mayfair

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair? Every season the beau mondes of the Regency would hire a house in the heart of London’s fashionable West End at disproportionately high rent for often inferior accommodation and yet Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant from year to year. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death? Something must be done so that the servants of this house don’t lose their livelihood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By Patricia on 03-25-14

The Miser of Mayfair - one of my favorite listens

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

This is the first in a series which Audible doesn't carry in entirety, which was a terrible blow. In this first book, a skinflint drunkard 'inherits' a young woman from a deceased uncle. He rents a London house which is available at a shockingly low price because, unbeknownst to him, it has an unlucky reputation, even though the address is good. The staff is top-notch and excited the house has been rented for the season until they learn the new master of the house is a cheapskate. Fortunately, the young woman is singularly resourceful - making dresses from the curtains and out-gambling the gambling queens of the ton. She changes all their fortunes - especially downstairs. It's a great story with an odd twist at the end. Highly recommended. Hopefully Audible will get the rights for the rest of the tales soon.

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  • Plain Jane

  • A Novel of Regency England - Being the Second Volume of A House for the Season
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

"Oh to be as beautiful as Euphemia!" plain Jane Hart sighs when she joins her sister Euphemia at Number 67 Clarges Street for the season. Then Lord Tregarthan might notice her, as she had noticed him and forever lost her heart to the most eligible bachelor of the town. But Euphemia’s fate is to flirt through balls and into the arms of a marquis, while Jane’s is to stay home, amusing herself with snooping into the strange death of Miss Clara Vere-Baxton, a former tenant of Number 67.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good as the first!

  • By Denise on 12-14-14

Plain Jane in the cursed season house - Delightful

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

This is the second of a series that is not carried in its entirety by Audible, which is a crying shame. The scenario: a London house with a good address has a bad luck reputation and a terrible landlord. The staff, on the other hand, is top-notch and trying to make it through rough times. When the elder, pretty sister has her first 'season', the cheap parents rent the house and do their best to forget the plain second sister. The staff will see about that.

  • The Cat, the Mill and the Murder

  • A Cats in Trouble Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Leann Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

When cat lover and quilter Jillian Hart volunteers to help a local animal shelter relocate a colony of feral cats living in an abandoned textile mill, she never expects to find a woman living there too. Jeannie went missing from Mercy, South Carolina, a decade ago, after her own daughter’s disappearance. Jeannie refuses to leave the mill or abandon Boots, her cat who died years ago. After all, she and Boots feel the need to protect the premises from “creepers” who come in the night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SURPRISED AT THE GREAT STORY LINE.

  • By Linda Louise on 08-29-13

The Cat, the Mill, the Murder: Best of five

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

I don't know if this will be the last book in the series, but if so, Ms. Sweeney saved the best for last. The mystery was good, the characters especially good, and the mysterious mill cat was an unexpectedly sweet pooka.

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  • Dutch Me Deadly

  • A Passport to Peril Mystery
  • By: Maddy Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

As a travel escort for seniors, Emily Andrew-Miceli has led her feisty Iowa clan all over the world. This time, they're off to see historic windmills, classic Rembrandts, and picturesque canals in Holland - if they can ever unplug from their smartphones, that is. Joining them is the high school class from Bangor, Maine, whose 50th reunion celebration goes south faster than a fallen Brussel sprout souffle as old rivalries start heating up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious throughout

  • By Kathy R. Gann on 06-03-16

Dutch me deadly - another crazy tour

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

This is an entertaining series and the characters remain true throughout. The narrator has a lot of voices to keep true and she does a great job. This wasn't the best of the lot, but it was still fun.

  • A Change of Plans

  • By: Donna K. Weaver
  • Narrated by: Karen Kruper
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When twenty-five-year-old Lyn sets off on her cruise vacation, all she wants is to forget that her dead fiance was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a diversion uncomplicated by romance. What she gets is Braedon, an intriguing young surgeon. He's everything her fiance wasn't, and against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world, her emotions come alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting Clean Romantic Adventure

  • By Roseanne Wilkins on 04-28-16

Full of emotional ups and downs.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

This is a story full of adventure, danger, catastrophe, survival, loss and hope. Shipboard romance becomes something stronger under survival conditions on an uncharted island. Then everything changes disastrously. No spoilers here. The characters are strong and real. There is a nice continuance or re-emergence of characters throughout the story. The narration was very good and enhanced the tale. Very engaging. Heard to stop listening.

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  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run

  • True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
  • By: Peter Allison
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 760

Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!

  • By D. in Dallas on 09-21-12

Very entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of anecdotes from safari-land. A little bit coming-of-age, a little bit self-expose, a whole lot funny, and totally charming. Winding through the entire story is a surprising amount of information: history, natural history, animal behavior, botany, psychology, geography and probably a lot of other things I didn't notice because it was so gently integrated. These are stories of the bush told by a safari guide who loved the animals, birds and plants he lived and worked amongst. I suspect this will stay in my favorites so I can listen to bits of it again whenever I have a few minutes. Highly recommended.

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  • Her Sudden Groom

  • Groom Series, Book 1
  • By: Rose Gordon
  • Narrated by: B. F. Laskar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

The overly scientific, always respectable, and socially awkward Alexander Banks has just been informed his name resides on a betrothal agreement right above the name of the worst chit in all of England. With a loophole that allows him to marry another without consequence before the thirtieth anniversary of his birth, Alex has only four weeks to find another woman and make her his wife. Being the logical scientist he is, Alex decides to take his friend's advice and treat his quest for a bride just like a science experiment...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story good - narrator was not.

  • By Kimberly on 07-22-13

Betrothed to a nightmare. Now what?

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

When a scientist tries to apply the theoritcal testing process to romance, something is bound to go wrong, right? And if he engages the assistance of his romantic objective in the process under false pretenses, he's an idiot. In the end, he's lucky he's surrounded by family who help him, because her family is on a course of destruction. Very entertaining.

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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,939

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Racing in the Rain - Excellent

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

I don't usually like books that anthropomorphosize animals. It's an eye-rolling premise. Normally. This is not a 'normal' book. This is a little piece of written artwork and the dog's narrative was perfect. No one else could have done it. This book is about a dog and his man, about racing cars, about how families support and betray each other, about success and failure, about living and dying, and mostly about love. This is a story told by a dog on the verge of human-hood.

  • The Crocodile Bird

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Liza is raised in a remote rural hamlet. One evening, Liza’s mother orders her to leave home forever. Paralyzed at having to fend for herself, Liza finds refuge with Sean, a drifter with whom she begins to share the bizarre story of her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Crocodile Bird-not Rendell's best, still good

  • By Fay on 02-28-13

The Crocodile Bird-not Rendell's best, still good

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

Ruth Rendell's books are time-released cleverness. All the time you're reading, your brain is storing information - without you realizing it - and for days, weeks, maybe years after you've finished the book, the stored bits will drop into your consciousness at the strangest moments. You will realize you didn't understand the full import of the book when you finished it. You will have a flash of insight, an eyebrow-raising or jaw-dropping AHA! moment as another hidden clue or bit of plot slips into its place or a layer is revealed. I'm still thinking about this book weeks after I finished it. Not because the Crocodile Bird was a gripping page-turner, though the story, told in Scheherazade-style chunks, is compelling: a young woman tells her boyfriend tales of her strange childhood with a murdering mother. It was beautifully written, of course, and the narration was good. I'm still thinking about it because the characters became real to me and I'd like to know what happens to them for the rest of their lives.
I'm glad I read (heard) it and I recommend it to the readers who enjoy storytelling that expects your brain to get involved.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful