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  • His Majesty's Hope

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive–a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad–and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war–and of her own past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A YA Mystery that Isn't... Quite

  • By Carol on 06-17-13

Very enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I almost didn't get this book because of reviews of the narrator and fear of possible torture of the main character in Nazi Germany. Thankfully, I got it and it was excellent. The narrator is just fine and there is no graphic violence in the book. It is very similar to other books in the series as an informative and fascinating look behind the scenes of WWII. I know it's fiction, but the author does a great job of bringing the realities of war in both Germany and Britain to life! I'm so glad I found this series!

  • Dick Francis's Damage

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Michael Neilson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, but as he’s tailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place - the administration of illegal drugs to his horses?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I was on Tenderhooks

  • By Jean on 03-25-18

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

I really enjoyed this book and listened to it practically non stop today. It was very suspenseful, especially at the part about the Grand National, and had an interesting ending which I didn't see coming. I would have liked to hear Tony Briton or Martin Jarvis narrate it, but this guy was good.

  • Eligible

  • A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,066

This version of the Bennet family - and Mr. Darcy - is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help - and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling, and the family is in disarray.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read if you're attached to the original characters

  • By kherrington on 06-11-16

Good story but very modern ethics & free language

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

I love the original and modern day retellings fascinate me. I enjoyed the story but if you prefer a book without sex and swearing, you may not enjoy this. There's no explicit sex scenes but many acts and references to explicit acts.
The characters are very true to their original temperament but in a great adaptation for today.
The narrator is good but I prefer British narrators. This story takes place in the United States so is read by an American.
I'm glad I bought it but it's not one I can listen to around my kids.

  • Change or Die

  • The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life
  • By: Alan Deutschman
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

What if you were given the ultimatum: make a radical shift in your life, or lose it all? This was the question Alan Deutschman posed in "Change or Die", his sensational cover story for the May 2005 issue of Fast Company. Surprisingly, Deutschman concluded that although we all have the innate capability and fundamental need to change our behavior, we rarely ever do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic info

  • By Bil Moore on 04-06-07

Couldn't put it down!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

This book is incredible! The author does a fantastic job of inspiring, relaying information, and giving you the tools you need to change. I highly recommend it!

  • Proof

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

At an annual party to celebrate the success of the racing season, everything seemed to be running well to form, including the need for more champagne. Then a runaway horsebox ploughed into the marquee. A witness to the terrible death and destruction, wine merchant Tony Beach knows it is just one of those tragic accidents. But when his expert advice is called into play over sub-standard alcohol in a local night club, connections start to click, and another person dies, horribly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner for this ex-jockey

  • By Nina on 03-13-07

Good book

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

I enjoyed that the main character is working WITH the police for a change. It was mostly clean and was over all interesting. The final "battle" had me on the edge of my seat and sweating. The ending was great.

  • Even Money

  • By: Dick Francis, Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

On the first day of Royal Ascot, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favourites. Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker - taking over the family business from his grandfather - so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and he counts his losses. He’s seen the ups and downs before - but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it’s worth it any more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the cleaner ones.

  • By Linda on 07-18-15

One of the cleaner ones.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

This is pretty clean sex wise. It doesn't go into as much detail as some of the other ones. There is still some swearing in it though. At lease 3 f words.

  • The Cat Who Blew the Whistle

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

When an affluent railcar owner disappears with millions of dollars belonging to Moose County investors, the international police launch an intense investigation to find the fugitive. But journalist detective Jim Qwilleran and his feline crime-busters find a mystery to unravel that is closer to home. Who blew the whistle on the embezzler? And, why did they do it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RELAXING FUN

  • By Chalis on 04-21-13

Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

There was a problem with the narration at one point. It plays a part that isn't supposed to come until later. It doesn't give anything away but it's kind of annoying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Parting Breath

  • By: Catherine Aird
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan knew there would be trouble when he was called in to the student sit-in at Calleshire University. The dons were nervous, the students excited - a clash of some kind seemed inevitable. But what did happen was totally unexpected. First was a most peculiar theft from a dormitory room and then the discovery of a man found clutching at one of the columns of the Tarsus cloister - bleeding slowly to death and able with his parting breath only to utter one enigmatic phrase.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible, Just could not listen to it

  • By Jill on 03-04-11

Slow starter, hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

Would you try another book from Catherine Aird and/or Robin Bailey?

Yes

What was most disappointing about Catherine Aird’s story?

This story unfortunately is a long winding path to nowhere. There are too many characters with indistinguishable personalities. Skip this book in the series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

  • Mrs. Jeffries Series, Book 1
  • By: Emily Brightwell
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon...and keeps him on his toes. Everyone's awed by his Scotland Yard successes - but they don't know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries's polished detection skills are up to the task...proving that behind every great man there's a woman - and that a crime-solver's work is never done.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't Work For Me

  • By Chalis on 05-17-14

Waste of time and money

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

Reviewed: 12-28-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

You might enjoy this book if you don't care about the plausibility of the storyline.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Definitely disappointment. The story line is overwhelmingly unbelievable. The housekeeper has a sherry and sits down with her employer to discuss his cases, then goes to crime scenes on her own and interviews suspects. I don't know which is more unlikely to happen.

Any additional comments?

If some of the later books in this series are added, I may try one, but this was not worth listening to.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Lady John

  • By: Madeleine Robins
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The last time Olivia Martingale saw Menwin it was in Brussels on the eve of Waterloo. She had loved him then, but her love was not returned. Instead she yielded to the insistent Lord John Temperer, married him, and was left a widow. With the war at last over, visiting John’s family seemed like a good idea. But John’s brother the Duke disliked her; John’s mother wanted to match-make for her… and into the middle of all this walked Menwin, filling the room with his presence. Olivia felt the old attraction rising again - until Menwin looked right through her as if she was not even worth noticing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Author Comparable to Georgette Heyer

  • By Linda on 11-05-13

Author Comparable to Georgette Heyer

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

Reviewed: 11-05-13

What did you like best about this story?

The story is well written and very interesting. It's not just a fluffy piece that solely focusses on how people felt when the were near each other or gazing at each other across the room. It is an enjoyable submersion into the 1800s life.