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  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,900

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

I did not like this book at all. The narration was good but the story line went downhill pretty quickly. I think a rating system would be helpful sometimes so that after investing time in s book we are not suddenly assaulted with a turn for the worse. I will not buy any other books in this series and plan to return this one.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,292

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

More, please.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I have just finished listening fir the second time. I enjoyed it as much as the first time which indicates a really good book. The characters are fun, the puzzles are challenging and the narration is excellent. I only wish there were more than three books in this series. I anxiously await the next book.

  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,698

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

a good listen

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

First of all, the narration was excellent. The story was interesting, if a bit strange and improbable but very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed the saucy nature of the main character. I plan to purchase other books by this author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Case of the Murdered Muckraker

  • The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Book 10
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

In late 1923, the newly married Daisy Dalrymple and her husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard, come to America for a honeymoon visit. In the midst of a pleasure trip, however, both work in a bit of business - Alec travels to Washington, DC, to consult with the US government, Daisy to New York to meet with her American magazine editor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh....

  • By James on 09-11-17

Harsh narration

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

I simply couldn't stand to listen to this book mostly due to the narration. The voice of the main character, Daisy, was so shrill that it was unpleasant to hear. I plan to return this book.

  • The Importance of Being Alice

  • By: Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Nothing about Alice Wood's life is normal right now. Her fiancé Patrick called off their wedding and relationship only days before their nonrefundable wedding trip. And though a luxurious European river cruise for one is just what she needs, it's not what she gets... Due to a horrible misunderstanding, Alice is now cramped in her "romantic" suite with one of Patrick's friends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really wished it had a different reader

  • By jean on 04-30-15

Not unique

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

This story was mostly very ordinary and predictable. There was one surprise that earned it a second star. The sex scenes are rather graphic, too numerous and boring. The dialogue was cute and amusing but certainly lacked originality. I found the book mostly tedious but the narration was good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • A Royal Spyness Novella
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100

At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light prequel

  • By CMMV on 01-01-15

Can't get enough

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

I only wish that this was a novel rather than a novella since the only disappointing part of any of the Royal Spyness books is that they have to end. I would suggest that Ms Bowen write nothing but Royal Spyness books so that we could have several new ones every year.

As usual, the narration is perfect. I never tire of Kathrine Kellgren's voice.

This is definitely a girls book but I recommend it to any female listener who enjoys a good puzzle, an appealing, clever but accidental heroine and a luscious side kick.

  • Petticoat Detective

  • By: Margaret Brownley
  • Narrated by: Jaimee Draper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Pinkerton detective Jennifer Layne is no stranger to undercover work. But posing as a lady companion named Amy at Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Boots is a first for her. She’s finally landed a high-profile case and is on the trail of the notorious Gunnysack Bandit, when one of Miss Lillian’s girls essential to her investigation meets an untimely demise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feisty Female Pinkerton + Sweet Romance

  • By MSEreads on 10-10-15

A disappointment.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

This could have been so much more. Even with what I am sure the author thought were unique twists, it was so predictable. The narration was very uninspiring. I felt rather than giving each character his or her own special voice, the narrator was just reading aloud.

I won't try the other books in this series.

  • Home Front Girls

  • By: Rosie Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Dotty, Lucy and Annabelle all turn up for work at Coventry's department store Owen Owen at the same time as war is declared. Dotty is an orphan, Lucy is the sole carer for her little sister, and although Annabelle has led a life of privilege until now, everyone's having to pinch the pennies at the moment. The three form an unlikely bond, and with disaster at every turn, they're going to need each other...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Idle Chitter Chatter in the Guise of a Story

  • By Deborah Jacob on 12-01-14

Elementary

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

Reviewed: 02-20-14

This had the potential to be a good story but it was so predictable that I guessed two of the three "secrets" long before they were revealed by the author. The characters were very stilted and unbelievable and the dialogue was so elementary that I felt I might be listening to the adventures of Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. Part of that blame goes to the narrator who had a very annoying voice and sounded as though she was telling a story to a group of pre-schoolers. I just didn't enjoy this book at all.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Husband List

  • By: Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend Jack Culhane on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline's stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all...Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a good book to take me away from reality.

  • By Cindy on 01-22-13

So disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

I am speechless. I have always enjoyed Janet's books, even the somewhat bizarre "Wicked" series. But this one seems to be so contrived. The plot is unoriginal, the narration is poor, Lorelei King even makes a mistake, says "what--oh" and then reads it right. I have never heard that in an audio book before. I just didn't like anything about this book. But in order to be fair, I listened to the whole thing. It took me two tries to get it done.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • They Do It with Mirrors

  • A Miss Marple Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Jane Marple goes to stay with her old, and rather frail, friend Carrie-Louise at her sprawling Victorian Gothic mansion. It is not only a family home but also a rehabilitation center for delinquent boys, and she soon begins to realize that all is not well there. Then an attempt is made on the life of Carrie-Louise's husband, her step-son is shot to death, and someone tries to poison Carrie-Louise herself. Can Marple protect her friend and help the police unmask a brutal, and possibly deranged, killer?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Miss Marple Mystery

  • By Barbara on 11-19-08

Difficult to understand

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

Reviewed: 09-02-12

The great Joan Hickson, marvelous as Miss Marple, was a very poor narrator. I could barely understand much of the book. Perhaps it was a case of age, but Miss Hickson sounded as though she had a mouthful of marbles.