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  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and fun

  • By C. lewis on 04-11-14

Cute and well read

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

But a little tiresome. I don’t need to hear about Troy. So I’ll say goodbye to St Mary’s

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

  • By Hope on 09-17-15

A delightful listen

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

A lot of fun. A tale of mystery and romance told with a light hand.

  • Destiny's Conflict: Book Two of Sword of the Canon

  • The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 10
  • By: Janny Wurts
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Lysaer's unstable integrity lies under threat of total downfall, and as his determined protector, Daliana will face the most frightening decision of her young life. Arithon, Master of Shadow, is marked for death and still hunted, when his critical quest to recover his obscured past entangles him in a web of deep intrigue and ancient perils beyond his imagining.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So excited to see this!

  • By Sandra L. Jacob on 03-17-18

So excited to see this!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

I’ve enjoyed this series for years and devoured this book as soon as it was released. I waited for the audio version and savored it like a delicious feast like Babette’s! It is totally awesome, Colin Maces narration and perfect! I only hope enough interest is shown to foster the production of the rest of the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,901

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

Not as good as The Witness.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

And the ending was schmaltzy. Cringe worthy. Although the mystery was ok. Those Faberge eggs are good fodder. I'm sure they've been used before.

  • The Mammoth Hunters

  • Earth's Children, Book 3
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,155

Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting 3rd episode in this 'Mammoth' series

  • By PlantCrone on 08-10-15

Would have been better without all the romance novel idiocy

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

Very frustrating and unnecessarily long. Could have been much better. But the series has a strange fascination with all the Ice Age cultural detail.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration changed my interpretation

  • By jaspersu on 10-28-12

A haunting tale

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

A tale of mental illness and murder. Brilliant writing. One of the happier Audible daily deals. Glad I got it.

  • Shibumi

  • By: Trevanian
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873

Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only a Russian could be this shibumi

  • By David on 07-15-12

Just as good as I remembered.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

Joe Barrett's narration is superb. Amazingly timely for its age. Just a really engrossing story.

  • Every Fifteen Minutes

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,599

Dr. Eric Parrish is the chief of the psychiatric unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Alice, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his homelife, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and, Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as he is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense!

  • By Sandy on 04-26-15

A little Pollyanna

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Good but r realistic about psychiatry as always. Clonopin is NOT an antidepressant. It's a benzodiazepine! And the protagonist drove me crazy with his dumb decisions. The narrator was ok but far from outstanding.

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,393

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Great book

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

Well written and suspenseful in spite of knowing how the story ends. I'd recommend reading instead of listening as the overly dramatic manner of the narrator detracted.

  • Killing Hope

  • Gabe Quinn Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: David Doersch
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

If you could save a million lives by taking one...would you? When LAPD homicide detective Gabe Quinn investigates a series of ritualistic murders, it soon becomes clear that the killer is on a personal mission to bring him to his knees, luring him into a deadly game of cat and mouse, where the odds aren't stacked in his favor, and there can be only one winner. One man stands in the way of countless deaths.... One man will try to stop him.... Only one will succeed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Fast Paced Thriller!!!

  • By J. Phillips on 08-22-14

I hated it.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

I kept at it until I couldn't stand it any more. Stupid cops missing the obvious, and the ending was stupid beyond belief. Yuck.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful