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  • The Cats Came Back

  • A Magical Cats Mystery, Book 10
  • By: Sofie Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The charming Minnesota town of Mayville Heights is hosting a music festival, and the whole place is bustling with musicians and tourists. Kathleen is looking forward to taking in some fabulous performances - and her two cats, Owen and Hercules, are looking forward to taking in some fabulous sardine crackers. But then the trio stumbles across a dead body by the river. The victim is a close friend - who also happens to be a lookalike of a popular cabaret singer set to perform at the festival. Who could have wanted to harm this innocent girl? Was it a case of mistaken identity?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By Catherine Jaime on 09-21-18

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

There are only a few books that I buy as soon as they become available - and the Magical Cat books are towards the top of that list. This latest one continues the wonderful tradition.

  • A Dangerous Talent

  • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106

From the outside, Alix London appears to have it all. Unfortunately for Alix, what you see isn’t exactly what you get. A brilliant, once-promising art student, the daughter of a prominent New York art conservator, Alix and her world were left in ruins when her father went to prison for art forgery. Then she meets Christine Lemay, a novice art collector with deep pockets and a handle on a recently discovered painting by American master Georgia O’Keeffe. Chris needs the painting authenticated....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this

  • By Constance Jenkins on 09-11-17

Fun story, good narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I wasn't familiar with this narrator or these authors. The story was very good and the narration was great.

The only reason I didn't go with 5 stars all around was because there was just a bit too much bad language for my taste. (Not so much that I had to stop listening, but still more than I prefer.)

  • Evan Blessed

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Two weeks before the big day, Welsh Constable Evans is ready to be done planning for his wedding. Just as he's unloading the last boxes into the new home he and his bride, Bronwen, have chosen, he runs into a teenager whose girlfriend has gone missing on Mt. Snowdon. Despite his apprehensions about getting involved in a new case, Evans cannot resist helping the worried hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • welsh accent

  • By Laura on 10-18-12

New Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I have loved every one of Rhys Bowen's books that I have read or listened to before this. But I will be returning this one and getting it in a different format - listening to it is too painful. Being an American who's never been to Wales, I can't say I know for sure what a Welsh accent should sound like, but I'm fairly sure this isn't it.

  • Dante's Divine Comedy

  • By: The Great Courses, Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Narrated by: Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

Professors Cook and Herzman provide you with an illuminating introduction to one of the greatest works ever written. One of the most profound and satisfying of all poems, The Divine Comedy (or Commedia) of Dante Alighieri is a book for life. In a brilliantly constructed narrative of his imaginary guided pilgrimage through the three realms of the Christian afterlife, Dante accomplished a literary task of astonishing complexity. In these twenty-four lectures, as you follow Dante on his journey, you'll learn how medieval literature offers insights into fundamental questions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Commedia for Modern Readers

  • By Patti on 08-25-13

Quite the lecture series

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

As a lifetume learner, I take full advantage of the great variety of courses offered by the Teaching Company (or Great Courses, as I guess they are called these days). And listening to most of them on Audible has become my go to method of learning. As a result I have listened to hundreds of lectures by dozens of professors.

But I think this lecture series has to be one of my favorites. I found it while looking for information about Dante for a book I'm writing on Michelangelo (who was a BIG Dante fan). I don't think I started the course planning to listen to the entire thing. I was just looking for some background information, after all. But I found the back and forth conversations with the two professors to be quite compelling. (And something I had never experienced with a Great Courses series before.) And I just couldn't stop listening until I had reached the end.

Needless to say the next Audible I listen to will likely be the Divine Comedy itself.

  • Night

  • By: Elie Wiesel
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,508

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting reminder...

  • By Ryan on 01-20-15

Another important and difficult book

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

"Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program" - I could not tell you how many times I have heard that phrase as another Audible book comes to an end. I seldom think much about the phrase, since if I have stayed with a book until the end, it is generally because I have enjoyed it. (There are too many books on my "to be read or listened to" lists to stick with a book that I'm not enjoying.)

But, in spite of that personal rule, I have a hard time saying I enjoyed this book. A book about the horrors of the Holocaust is hardly a book that should be enjoyed. But I am glad that I listened to it, that I stayed with it through to the bitter end.

And it is a book I can strongly recommend.

  • The Auschwitz Escape

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,529
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,145

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging novel of Nazi horrors

  • By Mark on 02-26-18

A very difficult topic

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

It is hard to write positive things about a book that deals with such a difficult topic - Nazi death camps. But, even though I cried through much of the book, I'm glad I listened to it. The author balanced the need to show the horror of what happened, while keeping it as something people could get through without having nightmares. And as usual, he wove a good story in the process.

There are many dark and difficult times in our past, but this was certainly among the worst. I'm glad there are authors and narrators like Mr. Rosenberg and Mr. Lane who are willing to tackle a topic like this and bring it to our attention in a mostly palatable way.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,406

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story....but not True Grit

  • By DenGig on 04-14-17

A very different "western"

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I am a fan of good historical fiction. And I read or listen to books from fairly diverse time periods. But this could be the first "western" I've listened to. And it was amazing.

It's a fairly short listen - just under 6 hours. But it felt like just the right amount.

A great story of what makes "family" - as an older gentlemen takes on the difficult responsibility of returning a 10 year old to her extended family members (a young girl who had spent the previous 4 years as an Indian captive).

The story follows them across post-Civil War Texas.

There are many books where I can take or leave the narrator. This was not one of them. This book is hard to imagine with any other narrator.

If I had one complaint - and it really is a small one - it's that the last chapter should have been called an Epilogue - it sprints through time as it ties up a number of loss ends. But, like I said, a small complaint.

Overall, a masterful story.

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,808

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Engaging Storyline

  • By RavidReader on 03-05-17

Another Rhys Bowen Winner

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I first stumbled upon Rhys Bown in the first of the amazing "Her Royal Spyness" series. I quickly listened to each and every one in that series. That was followed by two of her other series and, now, this great book.

I go into books by Rhys Bowen with high expectations - and this one did not disappoint. A great story, a mystery that was slowly unraveled throughout the entire book.

If you like historical fiction from the World War II era that is set in England - you are in for a treat.

  • When Jesus Wept

  • The Jerusalem Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene
  • Narrated by: D. J. Canaday
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. Widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus. When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by best-selling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus' ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a story.

  • By Brian T on 11-13-13

Another great Thoene book

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Bodie Thoene's Zion series were among the first historical fiction books I read and enjoyed. This is the first Biblical historical fiction I've read from her. It did not disappoint. A wonderful mix of scripture and imagination.

  • Murder, She Wrote: Domestic Malice

  • By: Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Jessica Fletcher must tread lightly when investigating a homegrown homicide...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder She Wrote

  • By Beatrice on 06-24-15

A tough topic handled well

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Domestic violence is a tough topic to cover well in a novel, but the author did a good job with it.

It was also nice to hear a different narrator with this book - my daughter and I had listened to a different Murder She Wrote with a different narrator amd had almost sworn off the series. But this narrator handles the different voices and accents well.