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  • Death in an English Cottage

  • Murder on Location Series, Book 2
  • By: Sara Rosett
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

It's spring in England, and location scout Kate Sharp has returned to the quaint village of Nether Woodsmoor with its lush gardens, budding hedgerows, and mellow stone cottages to work on a Jane Austen television documentary. The unique opportunity also gives her the chance to explore a possible romance with Alex, the deliciously rumpled local scout. Rumors of recently discovered Jane Austen letters stir up the production, but then tragedy strikes and a stranger dies in a fire in a village cottage. Soon it's evident that the fire wasn't an accident, but murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Light Mystery

  • By sharon on 10-07-18

Really Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Typically, I’m not into modern crime thrillers/mysteries. I think of those books as having international spy rings, a rush to discover nuclear blueprints, car chases down narrow European alleyways and gooney looking foreign bad guys. This series, though entertaining and so well narrated, is almost simple. It’s very easy to keep track of everyone and what is going on. I was trying to think what it reminded me of, and then I got it. It’s like a grown-up Nancy Drew book. The book is engaging because of the main character and the supporting crowd. I read the first novel, Death in the English Countryside, and when it was over, I knew immediately I was not through with these people. I wanted more of this charming village and its inhabitants. I purchased book number two, and just like the Nancy Drew series, Death in an English Cottage was just as entertaining as the first one. I doubt if there will be 50+ books in the series, but if so I’m reading them! Also I have to give the writer credit. When I first picked up this book, I was sure the heroine was going to bump her head and awaken in regency England. There have been so many P&P inspired novels that use that contrivance I was pleased to find this was not one of them, though there are clever nods to Jane Austen sprinkled throughout.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,994

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Remarkable

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Do not hesitate for an instant. You won’t be sorry. AGIM is perfection. You’re welcome.

  • The Frenchman

  • Bennett Sisters Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Lise McClendon
  • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Merle Bennett goes back to France - and her Frenchman - in this fifth installment of the Bennett Sisters mysteries. Sure that la belle France will cure all her ills and help her write a novel about the French Revolution, she sets out to prove her theory correct. Pascal, her Frenchman, scoffs at this. As a policeman, he knows France is pretty to look at but not all that pretty under surface. While Merle writes and renovates her stone cottage, Pascal encounters an old enemy, a man he put in prison years before. When Pascal disappears, Merle isn't sure if their relationship is over or something terrible has happened to Pascal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More, please!!

  • By Andrea on 04-19-18

More, please!!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I love this series so much! A must for any lover of the original Bennett sisters, Lisa McClendon offers up a modern twist— with mystery, goats and a handsome Frenchman no one could resist. Denice Stradling’s narration is impeccable. She’s great with all manner of accents, but mostly it’s the heart with which she delivers the voice of the heroine. She makes you feel like you’re listening to your best friend. You won’t regret the credit— but try and get the whole series, they’re all wonderful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Forgot to Die

  • By: Khalil Rafati
  • Narrated by: Khalil Rafati
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Khalil Rafati went to Los Angeles in the 1990s and had it all. He was working with Hollywood movie stars and legendary rock musicians, but it wasn't long before he found his way into the dark underbelly of the City of Angels. When he hit rock bottom-addicted to heroin and cocaine, overtaken by paranoia and psychosis, written off by his friends and family - he grabbed a shovel and kept digging. So how does someone with nothing, who feels like they deserve nothing, and who just wants to end it all turn their life around?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Vikki WillisAmazon Customer on 06-04-17

Tremendous Story of Recovery

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I often retell books I have loved to friends and family (my patient husband), explaining the stories in detail, sharing my thoughts. This book I will simply recommend with the highest of praise. It would be doing a disservice letting anyone but Khalil tell his story and he does so brilliantly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Identical

  • By: Ellen Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for U.S. Congress. Everything on the surface seems fine, but underneath run very deep and damaging secrets. When the girls were nine, Daddy turned to his beloved Kaeleigh in ways a father never should. Raeanne needs to numb the pain of not being Daddy's favorite; Kaeleigh wants to do everything she can to feel something normal, even if it means cutting herself and vomiting after every binge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!!!

  • By Brandi on 01-19-11

Dark, Dark, Dark

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Ellen Hopkins is a talented writer, but this is a slow, dark story. It is narrated very well by Laura Flanagan who portrays both sisters with distinctly different personalities. It is very contemporary and the sisters are dealing with issues faced by today’s high schoolers as well as facing challenges which have been around since time began. The story is gripping, but oh so dark.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,781

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Fast Paced and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

I enjoyed this thriller and did not see the end coming. Loved Joanne Froggatt's performance. It was well-crafted and kept me guessing until the end.

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's new legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fellowes is a Brand but the Narrator is a Marvel!

  • By M. T. Mirabile on 08-14-16

Really Good!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I enjoyed this story very much. The plot may sound like a Regency romance until you add Julian Fellowes into the mix. He brings his usual wit and depth to the story. And Juliet Stevenson brings it to life. It feels like you're listening to a cast of 20 -- she's that good. Every chapter brings more suspense and the end does not disappoint. I was very sad when this one ended.

  • Anne Boleyn

  • A King's Obsession
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

It is the spring of 1527. Henry VIII has come to Hever Castle in Kent to pay court to Anne Boleyn. He is desperate to have her. For this mirror of female perfection he will set aside his queen and all Cardinal Wolsey's plans for a dynastic French marriage. Anne Boleyn is not so sure. She loathes Wolsey for breaking her betrothal to the Earl of Northumberland's son, Harry Percy, whom she had loved. She does not welcome the king's advances; she knows that she can never give him her heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good read

  • By S. Davis on 08-04-17

Interesting and Compelling

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

I found this to be a refreshing telling of Anne Boleyn's story - without the usual salacious foreshadowing that often comes with Anne's story. Rather than merely chronicling events as they happened, Weir chose to let them unfold only through Anne's perception. This was a more pious Anne than is often portrayed, perhaps more researched and realistic. I enjoyed this very much. The narration was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girl Walks Out of a Bar

  • A Memoir
  • By: Lisa F. Smith
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in New York City when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload. Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith's formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helped my real struggle with alcohol.

  • By LARECIA R BRISENO on 02-20-17

Girl Walks Into Your Heart!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Who couldn't love this memoir by Lisa F. Smith, so artfully narrated by Karen Huber? The honest, dark but humorous account of Lisa's downward spiral is (no pun intended) sobering to say the least. She chronicles her life, from her introduction to alcohol to the morning she voluntarily checks herself into a Manhattan detox center with a poignant play-by-play narrative that was as gripping as it was funny. Though Lisa is a high flying corporate attorney, she could just as easily write comedy for the best of them. And it's not just just amusing; the story is beautifully written.

I highly recommend this great book that Huber narrates as if she's your best friend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunger

  • A Memoir of (My) Body
  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,811

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined", Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal and raw and honest

  • By S. Yates on 07-17-17

Deeply Touching Memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

I'm glad I listened to this book for many, many reasons. It was my intro to Roxane Gay and I am so glad she was brought to my attention. Her perspectives have caused me to consider things that had not occurred to me. Other times, I felt she was recording my thoughts- familiar struggles many women share.

This is not a weight loss how to/ journey. It's so much more. I highly recommend this stirring personal account. This contemporary, so very honest writer has a new reader in me.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful