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  • Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 8
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

The local ladies all deem Mr. John a wizard, so when Agatha Raisin finds a few grey hairs on her head - and the rinse she tries at home turns her hair purple - she makes a beeline for the handsome Evesham hairdresser. And as well as sorting out her hair it soon becomes clear the charming man also has designs on her heart - but their budding romance is cut short when Mr. John is fatally poisoned in his salon. Once again Agatha finds herself embroiled in a murder case. Was it one of Mr. John’s many lady clients, all of whom divulged to him their darkest secrets?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The series is a delightful addiction.

  • By Margaret on 03-18-16

Really enjoyable listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

This is a really enjoyable listen. With the different characters being employed by James being away and Charles coming to stay you get a different set of interactions which keeps the story fresh. A really enjoyable story

  • The Big Store

  • Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears
  • By: Donald Katz
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland, Donald Katz - introduction
  • Length: 30 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

In 1972, Sears, Roebuck, and Co. was America's greatest store, accounting for over 1 percent of the gross national product. Suddenly, profits plummeted and the stock price collapsed. Sears was at civil war and in need of a new leader. In 1978, Edward R. Telling became the Sears chairman, and by 1984 Sears was back on top, bigger than ever. Telling turned things around so dramatically it seemed like a miracle. But the resurrection of Sears as a great American merchant was no miracle, but the result of the power, vision, and will of strong leadership.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an interesting history

  • By Kathleen Freeland on 12-21-18

Don't get it

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Do not get this title - it appears always at the top of your app library and is really annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Kill Artist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,567

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reluctant Assassin

  • By Snoodely on 10-30-13

A great first book of the series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-19

I have read a number of Daniel Silva's one off books (the the unlikely spy for example) and really enjoyed these stories so I was excited to try the first in probably Silva's most successful series. the story and pace did not let me down - I am not a fan at all of the delving back into the past style of writing as the person lays dying on the ground or fainting after being shot and there is some of this in the book, but not too much to make the story hard to listen to. this in contrast to the tom clancy novels which start off well but as Jack Ryan rises in the cia begin to spend way too much time navel gazing. All in all this is a good first book in the series and I look forward to listening to the next one.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

  • Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

Agatha Raisin's neighboring village of Ancombe is usually the epitome of quiet rural charm, but the arrival of a new mineral-water company - which intends to tap into the village spring - sends tempers flaring and divides the parish council into two stubborn camps. When Agatha, who happens to be the PR person for the water company, finds the council chairman murdered at the spring, tongues start wagging. Could one of the council members have silenced the chairman before he could cast the deciding vote?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On to the next!

  • By bigdjunta on 03-09-18

enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-19

this a very enjoyable book, really well read by Penelope Keith again. back to a strong story again

  • Queen of Hearts

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991

Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing!

  • By Wendy on 08-24-14

A good yarn, but not the strongest story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

This series is really enjoyable and as I have said before my wife and I are really enjoying listening to them. I think what makes it so great is the performance of Katherine Kellgren, she has a wonderful voice which fits the persona of Georgiana really well. This book was interesting in that it stretched her accent range and her Mexican sounded at times very Scottish, but given the number of voices she has to do this is very forgivable. Give this series a go, I reckon you will like it.

  • Carrying the Fire

  • An Astronaut's Journeys
  • By: Michael Collins, Charles A. Lindbergh - foreword
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 192

In Carrying the Fire, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of the adventure of reaching the moon. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 spacewalk, presenting an evocative description of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a boring moment

  • By Yon on 07-10-17

a very good autobiography

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

this is a great autobiography of anastronaut. I have listened to approx 10 now and this is one of the best so far. the added bonus of it being written by someone who went through the Gemini and Apollo eras.

  • Ep. 2: The Pioneers of Radio (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Bill tells the story of the Italian Navy Detector that was devised by a humble scientist, Jagadish Chandra Bose, who could be regarded as one of India's greatest minds. And the more famous, Guillermo Marconi, and his quest to invent the Marconi Short-Wave Beam Transmitter. He is joined by John Liffen, the Science Museum's Curator of Communications.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble opening

  • By Kate Hufnagel on 11-27-18

Really enjoyable series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This series is very enjoyable and the experts that Bill Bryson talks to really ties the different objects together really well. Well worth the listen

  • Ep. 1: Mapping the Earth (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

An object that helped create the first map of Britain and one at the forefront of climate-change research. Bill tells the stories of the Great Theodolite that was used on the principle triangulation of Britain, and AATSR (Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer) that measures the temperature of the sea from space. Both objects tell a story about why collaboration is so important in the field of scientific discovery from the teams that put together the first maps to the international fight against climate change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable series

  • By mr kieran j murphy on 02-17-19

Really enjoyable series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This series is very enjoyable and the experts that Bill Bryson talks to really ties the different objects together really well. Well worth the listen

  • Ep. 3: Life-Saving Clocks (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Bill is joined by David Rooney, the Science Museum's Curator of Time, Navigation and Transport, who tells the story of the John Harrison Clock and the inventor's quest to solve the longitude problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyable series

  • By mr kieran j murphy on 02-17-19

really enjoyable series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This series is very enjoyable and the experts that Bill Bryson talks to really ties the different objects together really well. Well worth the listen

  • Ep. 4: Giant Telescopes and Fusion Power (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

A giant telescope built by a wealthy Irish landlord during the potato famine and a model of an object that the British media claimed had re-created the sun. Bill tells the stories behind the mirror from the great Rosse telescope and the model of the Harwell controlled Zero Energy Thermonuclear Assembly (ZETA), with the help of Alison Boyle who is the Keeper of Science Collections at the Science Museum. Both objects tell about the pursuit of science and the quest for fame and publicity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable series

  • By mr kieran j murphy on 02-17-19

Really enjoyable series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This series is very enjoyable and the experts that Bill Bryson talks to really ties the different objects together really well. Well worth the listen