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  • Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 11
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Recently married to James Lacey, Agatha quickly finds out that it’s not all "happy ever after" - before long the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a fight down the local pub James vanishes completely, leaving a bloodstain as the only clue to his fate. Naturally, Agatha is Prime Suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband, Agatha begins her investigation - and promptly finds a murdered mistress....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Love Penelope Keith and series, but not this one

  • By dub on 03-03-13

Brain Cancer doesn't disappear by becoming a monk

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Having lost a brother to primary brain cancer and a cousin to non cancerous brain tumor the Forest Gump approach to curing malignant illness wasn't entertaining. Chemo is not the first treatment of choice either. Author obviously hasn't seen this cancer close up.
Should have been a more fun book.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 5
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

Almost bigamy and absolute murder - Agatha Raisin's life is never dull.... The morning of Agatha's longed-for marriage to James Lacey dawns bright and clear. But her luck runs out in the church when Jimmy, the husband she had believed long dead, turns up large as life and twice as ugly. Agatha has a go at strangling him. It's all too much for James, who breaks off the engagement. So when Jimmy is found murdered the next day, Agatha and James are both suspects. And they'll have to work together in order to clear their names....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Agatha! ...Don't skip this one.

  • By Julie on 09-11-13

I Love Agatha

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I have lots of time on my hands to listen to books and it's hard to find new interests but Agatha is a hoot and fun listen!

  • Pulse

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body. Doctor Chris Reynolds, a specialist who treated the deceased - and who struggles with mental health issues - is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn't want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including an attempted murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By Daniel on 11-01-17

Different but Good!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

This may be a book that appeals to women more then men, I loved it. The female doctor runs into some shady dudes who killed her patient then try to kill her and she gets even. A very satisfying ending. Because she has had a history depression, anxiety and an eating disorder, it is easy for the police to dismiss her observations and complaints. She takes matters into her own capable hands.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Wears Mittens

  • By: Sally Goldenbaum
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

After retrieving fresh lobster nets from a local laundromat, Cass Halloran rushes to attend a last-minute gathering with her knitting circle. But Cass can't stop worrying about the lonely boy she saw hanging around the dryers and the school uniform he left behind in a hurry. When she and her friends return the lost clothing the next day, they find the child and his younger sister alone, seemingly abandoned by their mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better!

  • By LB in Dallas on 09-07-17

Much better!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

This book focused more on the mystery and less on the fiber and art end of things which is a good thing as I found it annoying in previous books that the author didn't have a good grasp of fiber arts. It was a good mystery. I enjoy the sense of community that serves as the backdrop for the series. I'll for sure buy the next one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Full of Grace

  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Hilton Head, a South Carolina retirement heaven - at least it's supposed to be, but for Big Al and Connie Russo, the move from New Jersey to this Southern paradise has been fraught with just a few complications. Especially for their daughter, Grace. Well, that's what she likes to be called. Her family insists on Maria Graziella. Seriously, enough with the Neapolitan. That might have been okay in New Jersey, but now it's just plain silly, and Grace, at 32 is - horror of horrors - still unmarried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Story!

  • By Dawnison10 on 06-18-17

Brain tumor story not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

As someone who lost a 55 year old brother to a malignant brain tumor and a 40 year old cousin to a non malignant brain tumor I wish I had known that would be the subject of the book. Very unrealistic about the subject. Cognitive problems are more common than headaches. That being said, I enjoyed the spiritual discussions much more than the coverage of the brain cancer issue.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Original Wife

  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides. If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of Sass and Southern Humor - Loved it!

  • By Judith D. Collins on 06-24-13

Southern accent with a Canadian twist

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

I enjoyed the story and didn't hate the southern accent as much as most but, the distinct Canadian pronunciation of the ou sound was not right. Take the word "about", a southerner might say "abaat" instead of this Canadian "aboot". That got on my nerves a bit.

  • Patterns in the Sand

  • Seaside Knitters, Book 2
  • By: Sally Goldenbaum
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

When young fiber artist Willow Adams visits Izzy Chambers' knitting studio, she's immediately embraced by the Seaside knitters, and they see the monthly arts event at Canary Cove as a perfect place to showcase Willow's work. But the idyllic summer in Sea Harbor turns somber when the body of Nick Peabody - owner of a popular gallery - is found in a garden. Soon Nick's secrets begin to surface, and the residents of Sea Harbor realize they didn't know him at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs more research in fiber related arts & crafts

  • By LB in Dallas on 03-04-17

Needs more research in fiber related arts & crafts

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

The mystery portions of the authors books are interesting enough but the yarn/knitting/fiber aspects are shallow. I'm still wondering what "fine handwoven yarn" is. You use yarn for hand weaving, you don't hand weave yarn. Most fine yarn is machine spun as hand spinning fiber into a super fine yarn would be too time consuming to allow time to knit it.

I suspect the author has no clue what fiber art is as there was never anything but the vaguest description of the "fiber artist's" creations. There is more specific detail about restaurants and food than anything to do with fiber, yarn or knitting. If you pick a backdrop for a mystery series such as a yarn store and knitting specialty you should know more about it. It's distracting to the reader when the lack of knowledge is so obvious.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Escape Clause

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864

The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super Sandford

  • By Ted on 03-05-17

That F##ing Flowers is at it again

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

I love when I can listen to a mystery for 9 hours and not find a flaw in the logic or predict the ending. This series is always suspenseful, smart and occasionally laugh out loud funny. I really enjoyed this one.

  • Razor Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,566

When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield - the eponymous Razor Girl - and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book this year!

  • By green ice cream garden on 09-19-16

Funny

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

Best to listen in your house or car so when you burst out laughing no one things you are crazy. Great narration too.

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,730

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six stars if I could

  • By Robert on 07-26-10

Keep Notes

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

The flash back and forth nature of this book makes it a bit challenging to follow in an audio format. The story is interesting but confusing. I went back to the beginning and listened to some chapters over to be sure I was getting all the history and in the right order.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful