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  • The Summer Before the War

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,564

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure About This Book

  • By Sara on 04-27-16

Slow start

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Initially I had some difficulty getting pulled into the book but as I continued to listen the story captured me. The fact that Sussex and particularly Rye are places I've visited brought the story to life for me.

  • Stella Bain

  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in. A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide near the front, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No more Anita Shreve for me

  • By Jeanette Finan on 01-17-14

Thought provoking story

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

This story is another great work by Anita Shreve. WWI history, womens' rights, love lost and refound. I really enjoyed the book.

  • The Moor: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

  • Mary Russell, Book 4
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

In the eerie wasteland of Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes summons his devoted wife and partner, Mary Russell, from her studies at Oxford to aid the investigation of a death and some disturbing phenomena of a decidedly supernatural origin. Through the mists of the moor there have been sightings of a spectral coach made of bones carrying a woman long-ago accused of murdering her husband - and of a hound with a single glowing eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Entry

  • By Gary L. Richardson on 04-07-15

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Laurie R. King is such a fantastic writer. You can transport yourself to Dartmoor as you read this book. And the history of Sabine Baring-Gould is wonderful.

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  • Daughters-in-Law

  • A Novel
  • By: Joanna Trollope
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

As Anthony and Rachel Brinkley welcome their third daughter-in-law to the family, they don’t quite realize the profound shift that is about to take place. For different reasons, the Brinkleys' two previous daughters-in-law hadn't been able to resists Rachel's maternal control and Anthony's gentle charm and had settled into their husbands' family without rocking the boat. But Charlotte - very young, very beautiful, and spoiled - has no intention of falling into step with the Brinkleys and wants to establish her own household.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Daughter's in law

  • By Michelle on 11-27-17

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Being a mother-in-law three times over, this book was very enjoyable for me. The family dynamics were so accurately described. Joanna Trollope is such a fine author.

  • Midnight in Europe

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

Paris, 1938: As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the Continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun. Alan Furst, whom Vince Flynn has called "the most talented espionage novelist of our generation", now gives us a taut, suspenseful, romantic, and richly rendered novel of spies and secret operatives in Paris and New York, in Warsaw and Odessa, on the eve of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Furst + Carroll = WIN!

  • By Annie M. on 06-22-14

A little bland

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

I didn't enjoy Alan Furst's style that much. His writing seemed choppy and somewhat dull. The audio performance was adequate.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,521
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,969
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,897

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Great book

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

I happened upon Kristin Hannah discussing this book in a podcast. The subject matter intrigued me. I loved this book and the ending was a surprise. Well worth a listen.

  • England My England

  • Anglophilia Explained
  • By: Mark Dery
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 393

Downton Abbey has brought out the Anglophile in American fans of the hit TV series. But Anglophilia has a long history in America. Why are some native-born residents of our Shining City Upon a Hill, where All Men Are Created Equal, seduced by the fluting tones of manor-born privilege? At last, Anglophilia explained - in American, thank you.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Qualifies as my most irritating Audible purchase

  • By Emily on 02-23-14

Qualifies as my most irritating Audible purchase

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

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

I guess people who think Anglophiles are snobbish, social climbing jerks might enjoy this book. Thankfully it was only 48 minutes long so I listened to the end. Certainly not what I expected.

Any additional comments?

If you love being an Anglophile then you can give this title a miss.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful