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  • Mariana

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there. The locals are warm and welcoming; especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall, yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was hooked when I heard the Narrator's voice!

  • By Ray on 02-23-12

Absolutely Breathtaking and Amazing—Reincarnation

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Wow! I loved this book. Carolyn Bonnyman is the narrator and she becomes the characters. Outstanding performance. This book is all about love and remembrance. Mariana is a 17th century woman who falls in love with the Lord of the Manor. Her uncle takes her in when her mother dies of the plague in London. The uncle never liked her mother’s choice of a husband and blamed her for careless living. Obviously, Mariana must do as she’s told by her male relative but....Mariana is different. So, now we come to the 20th Century and meet Julia Beckett. She is a designer and lives in London but is drawn back to a village she visited when she was 5 years old. The house she buys is one of the houses that existed in the 17th Century and she begins to have flashbacks to Mariana. The book is very much in the present but includes the visits made by Julia to the past where she realizes that she is seeing Mariana’s life. The ending is quite a surprise and I had to listen to the last hour a 2nd time to be sure I got all the nuanced dialog. It is delightful book and anyone who likes time travel, reincarnation, and lost loves being found will love this book. Susanna Kearsley is a terrific writer and her books capture the past as well as the present.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,583

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Ballet Dancer Becomes Spy

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I listened to this book in Audible and finally finished it by watching the movie. The story was interesting but it just didn’t grab me. The movie filled in but left with an incomplete ending. Guess so we can read the sequels. The premise is that a Russian ballet dancer can be made to spy by sending her to Sparrow School which is a school to teach the students the art of seduction. Upon graduation the Sparrows are assigned to gather information for the government. In this story the ballet dancer turned spy meets an American spy who she is to convince she is being honest with him. They fall in love and share information. The ending was confusing but it left the impression that they both survive and will continue their subterfuge of pretending to spy. Jeremy Bobb was excellent narrator.

  • Leverage in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 47
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter - but what was the motive of the masked men? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another well done entry

  • By IreneMBBT on 09-05-18

Eve, Peabody and Roarke Never Get Old

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Another excellent book in the In Death Series. You’d think by book 47 the readers would be tired of Eve and Roarke but we love them. This story is loaded with more murder victims than usual but Eve manages to sort them out with the aid of her team at the NYSPD and Roarke. In this book Peabody is distracted by the possibility of going to the awards ceremony to see if the movie screen play written by Nadine Furst wins. Of course, Eve doesn’t go...too fancy for her. Roarke fills in as Eve’s ‘partner’ while Peabody is away and as usual helps with his E-skills to solve the murders. It keeps you guessing while Eve conducts many interviews before hitting on one of the killers. This was an excellent story and kept my interest but it didn’t have the same SNAP of earlier books. The narrator, Susan Ericksen was superb as usual. She has become the voice of this series. I’ll listen again to see what I missed. You need to start with the earlier books to fully get the nuances of this one.

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something new, but still very much Jodi Taylor!

  • By Lora Feeley on 09-22-17

Terror and Evil Join Creating Suspense

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is a thrilling book. Hard to believe that the same author who writes the humorous Chronicles of St. Mary’s and the Frogmorton Farm series wrote this one. Elizabeth Cage is a victim who trusts everyone even after she is told ‘to trust no one.’ Michael is her savior or is he? Ted Cage was her husband but was he there voluntarily or was she a project assigned by his boss, Dr. Sorensen. You won’t be able to put this book down and then you will throw it because you realize there is a sequel. Kate Scarle is the perfect narrator to capture Elizabeth Cage’s voice. The characters are developed and almost all are not good people. Is it all a dream? Or, is the dream the reality. She sees ghosts and the aura around everyone she meets. Apparently she doesn’t know how to react to the warnings she is given because the keeps trusting everyone. I do think Michael might be trustworthy but just caught in the web of the evil doctor trying to figure out what Elizabeth Cage can do. Taylor is a versatile author, from historical humor to terror. Quite the skill mix.

  • Letters from the Dead

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to prove the identity of a black sheep in his client’s family tree, he unwillingly finds himself drawn into a murder investigation with nothing more to go on than a 150-year-old letter and a connection to a legendary ruby that has been missing for generations. As more letters are mysteriously left for him, Tayte becomes immersed in a centuries-old tale of greed, murder and forbidden love that takes his research from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to the colour and heat of colonial India. A dark secret is buried in Jaipur. But why is it having such deadly repercussions in the present? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit!

  • By laura on 09-03-18

Jefferson Tayte Goes To Scotland

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Another good search for ancestry content. This one takes us to Scotland where we get to meet a family with a past. First in England and then in India under British rule. The Brits really know how to tell a story. Amazing that any wealth remained behind at all. I’ve read every one of these Jefferson Tayte books and find him to be such an endearing guy. He wears nothing but light tan linen suits. He must always look rumpled but he has his handy laptop with him and knows where to look to find the links. This assignment finds him tracking a ruby that is believed to have been lost. Rumor has it that the family brought it back to England in the 1770’s but no one knows what happened to it. The letters that are given to Mr. Tayte to move the story along are interesting and you can’t wait for the next clue. There is romance in India where the British can barely contain their dislike of the Native Population. The Arabella is young and being taken to India along with her mother and her mother’s companion. Her father wants to marry her off but she wants something else entirely. There is a prince who saves the young woman from being kidnapped. Will Mr. Tayte find the ruby? The seamless way the author moves from 1723 to today is smooth and keeps you on your toes. All along you think you know who the murderer is but you won’t be able to guess it. It is a total surprise. These books are historical and riveting. I can’t wait for Book 8. Simon Vance narrates these books. He is a very good narrator.

  • The Honourable Schoolboy

  • A George Smiley Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. Given charge of the gravely compromised Circus, George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the money tree. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conrad's Ghost Floats & Haunts this Sad Spy Novel

  • By Darwin8u on 07-27-12

Middle Book of Three About Russian Mole

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This book is not for the faint of heart or someone who can’t follow a story when it jumps back and forth. It is essential that you have read the first book in this Russian Mole set of 3 Smiley stories. If you have not read the earlier books, you will be lost from the beginning. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy sets the story for the finding of the Russian Mole in The Circus. This story carries on with lots of intrigue and a truly unexpected ending. Jerry Westerby is a spy and poses as a newspaper journalist all through the story. He is the honorable schoolboy. The stories about George Smiley are superb. LeCarre is a tremendous writer and he nuances the locations so you feel that you are in the ‘dirty fog’ with him and his group. The story is set mostly in Hong Kong, some into Cambodia to locate a missing CIA operative, and Saigon. This book is shared with The Cousins (US spy men). Both the Brits and USA want to capture the guy they think was helping Carla with information. It is a daunting book, 611 pages, but worth it. I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t listening to the excellent audible presentation by Michael Jayston. His portrayal of Smiley and the other characters truly brings the book to life.

  • The Secret Pilgrim

  • A George Smiley Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Nothing is as it was. Old enemies embrace. The dark staging grounds of the Cold War, whose shadows barely obscured the endless games of espionage, are flooded with light; the rules are rewritten, the stakes changed, the future unfathomable. John le Carre seized this momentous turning point in history to give us the most disturbing experience we have yet had of the frail and brutal world of spydom. The man called Ned speaks to us. All his adult life he has been in British Intelligence - the Circus - a loyal, shrewd, wily officer of the Cold War....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic That Only Gets Better

  • By Leonard on 01-05-13

George Smiley Regales The Nursury With his Past

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

You must read the entire set of books about George Smiley before reading this one. This is a collection of stories about George Smiley told by George Smiley when he agrees to give a lecture at Ned’s class of potential future spies, known as The Nursury. George shows up and is introduced by Ned to the class of boys and girls (girls only recently allowed to join the ‘elite’ group of spies to be). You must know the characters and the stories about Smiley to understand this book. I must admit that after finishing the book I had to go back and listen to the first chapter to remind myself of how the book had begun. le Carre is a master of espionage. He is the watcher of the entire British network and add nuances that make it very complicated and shed light on the entire British system and how the spies see themselves as the top echelon of British pecking orders. This is a great novel and one every fan of espionage must read BUT only in the order of publication. These are so nuanced that the avid reader will enjoy them over and over again. I’m sure that I will be listening to Michael Jayston narrate these stories several more times. There is that much new to hear because you can’t possible remember it all. The accents of the different spies and their mistresses and mistakes. So, buy the complete set of 9 Smiley books and put your feet up in front of the fire and enjoy the British espionage and Russian counter intelligence at its best.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, Book 5
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,124

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Good But Not Great

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Okay. It’s not as good as the last book by this author and definitely not as good as the first three books BUT it continues the theme of the earlier books but with less of Salander and too much of Blomkvist. Still, it is a good read and we find out more about the institute that messed up Salander’s life and we find out about some of the higher ups. The story is a bit disjointed with the introduction of the twins and the woman in prison trying to kill Salander and being connected to her sister Camilla’s gang. The ending is abrupt and could have been better with a smoother transition from all the action to the funeral. Also, not sure why the stock market crash was so important to the story except it took away from the release of the Millenium’s story about the institute. Oh well! Please write another book. I listened on audible and as always found Simon Vance a terrific narrator.

  • The Something Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

From the best-selling author of The Chronicles of St Mary's. The Nothing Girl has grown up.... It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a lovely sequel!

  • By Liz on 08-06-18

Great Ending To The Nothing Girl—Thomas Is A Horse

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I don’t know how I missed this book when it was first published but I did. It is delightful. Jenny and Russell have a baby girl, Joy. They still live in Frogmorton which is falling down around them but they will get it fixed eventually. Russell is painting and Jenny is taking care of Joy and loving her life until she sees Christopher, her horrible cousin. She isn’t sure he is real so she doesn’t say anything to Russell. But then he shows up in her garden and she knows he isn’t imaginary but the real man. But, still the time isn’t right. In true Jenny fashion, she just gets through it, but Thomas, the golden horse that saved her all those years ago, reappears. She gets kidnapped, and all kinds of things happen but in the end, all is solved and the book ends with happiness but still some losses. But that is the way life is and it is up to us to muddle through somehow. Thomas tells Jenny that she doesn’t need him because she has Russell and Joy and a son will come along. She cries but knows that all will be okay. She and Russell will have a happy life together. Treat yourself to some good times and get book 1 in this series, The Nothing Girl and then get this book and keep them handy because you will want to read them over and over. Jodi Taylor has a quirky humor and a wonderful positive way of writing. You’re in for a treat. Lucy Price-Lewis is terrific!

  • The People vs. Alex Cross

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Andre Blake
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592

Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law - until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way? As Cross fights for his professional life and his freedom, his former partner, John Sampson, brings him a gruesome, titillating video tied to the mysterious disappearances of several young girls.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the usual excitement.

  • By Nicole Rossini on 11-25-17

Alex Is On Trial

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Another riveting novel about Alex Cross. This one has Alex on leave and being tried for murder of two unarmed people. He is lured to a location to find out more about Gary Singes but when he arrived he finds three individuals all wearing masks of the murderer. He sees them with guns pointed at him and he shoots. Killing two and wounding a third. That’s the just of the trial. Going on at the same time in alternate chapters is the kidnapping and fake murders of blonde teenagers. Both stories are well done and of course, Alex solves the blonde murder case. But, is he guilty of the shootings? Well, you’ll have to read the book and find out. I listed to the audible version. It is 8 hours well spent. The narrator, Andre Blake, is excellent.