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Round Rock, Texas
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  • Heartaches and Christmas Cakes

  • Wartime Bakery, Book 1
  • By: Amy Miller
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

December 1940: All that Audrey Barton wants is her family together for Christmas. But the war changes everything.... The Barton family bakery in Bournemouth has been at the heart of the town for generations: Audrey and Charlie Barton have never been rich, but their bread and cakes – and their love and advice – have enriched the lives of others in the town for many years. When war breaks out, it doesn't take long for trouble to arrive on the bakery doorstep.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family & Friends Come Together in Wartime

  • By DHackney on 11-19-18

Family & Friends Come Together in Wartime

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I enjoyed this novel about a community bakery at the beginning of WW2 in England. The perseverance of the characters and kindness was heartwarming. My favorite character was Audrey because she is so strong and selfless. The narrator was excellent.

  • Hearts of Resistance

  • By: Soraya M. Lane
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

When Hazel is given the chance to parachute into Nazi-occupied France, she seizes the opportunity to do more for the British war effort than file paperwork. Alongside her childhood friend, French-born Rose, she quickly rises up the ranks of the freedom fighters. For Rose, the Resistance is a link to her late husband, and a way to move forward without him. What starts out as helping downed airmen becomes a bigger cause when they meet Sophia, a German escapee and fierce critic of Hitler who is wanted by the Gestapo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grabbed my attention and held it

  • By perrolovr on 04-24-18

Lovely story of Heroism and Friendship

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

This is a tale of hardship and overcoming during a time of war. A story of women taking on unbelievable risks to save their friends, neighbors, and comrades. Beautifully written and performed.

  • The District Nurses of Victory Walk

  • The District Nurse, Book 1
  • By: Annie Groves
  • Narrated by: Alex Tregear
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Alice Lake has arrived in London from Liverpool to start her training as a District Nurse, but her journey has been far from easy. Her parents think that she should settle down and get married, but she has already had her heart broken once and isn’t about to make the same mistake again. Alice and her best friend, Edith, are based in the East End, but before they’ve even got their smart new uniforms on, war breaks out, and Hitler’s bombs are raining down on London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting slice of London at the beginning of WW

  • By Kathy on 08-21-18

Love And Friendship At The Start Of War

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I really enjoyed this story about district nurses at the start of WW2. Enjoyable! Heartwarming!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Journey

  • By: Diane Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Story Marred by Unnecessary Fluff

  • By Debbie on 11-30-15

Heartbreakingly Beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Fantastic, well-written story about the past meeting the present. The aftermath of horrible cruelty impacts the main character's present life and the discovery of her identity.

  • A Cold Day for Murder

  • A Kate Shugak Mystery
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,745
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,457
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,457

Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty Realistic

  • By SMH on 09-01-16

Great Start

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

This is was a great intro to the series. I hope to listen to the other books.

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,011

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

New Favorite

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Loved the story, characters, and Narrator. Looking forward to the next in this series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Messenger of Truth

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005

London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nick's twin sister, Georgina, isn't so sure. For help with this case, Georgina seeks out Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book!

  • By karen on 08-12-09

Jacqueline Winspear and Orlagh Cassidy do it again

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

Reviewed: 10-04-13

My copy of Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear is an audible book through my Kindle. I am a huge fan of the Maisie Dobbs series and of author Jacqueline Winspear. The production of the audible books in this series is fabulous and at the end of the book is an interview with the author – which was a great bonus! Jacqueline Winspear is an amazing author and listening to the interview at the end of the book was a real pleasure. She is passionate about her research into the time-period and history for this series. The narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, once again delivers an amazing performance as Maisie Dobbs.

In Messenger of Truth, Maisie takes a case brought to her by Georgina Bassington-Hope who wants the apparent accidental death of her brother, Nicholas, investigated. Georgina is a journalist who made her mark during the Great War and also attended Girton College like Maisie. Maisie soon discovers that the entire Bassington-Hope family are unusual and all of them have secrets. The majority of the family are artists of some type and their family home is filled with their art creating an unusual “country” home.

Maisie sets about getting involved in the art world to discover truth, but encounters dark secrets instead. Tragedy surrounds many of the artists she meets that points back to their time of service in the Great War. Georgina, herself, is still struggling to find her passion for writing again and seems adrift at the loss of her beloved twin brother.

I enjoyed the descriptions of the lonely, cold beaches in Kent where Maisie must journey several times during her investigation. The reader can feel the isolation and the cold wind from the author’s description. Along these journeys, Maisie’s personal life has some heartache as well as self-discovery. This reader was sad for her doing this book, but hopeful that she will find what truly makes her happy in the books to come.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pardonable Lies

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlaugh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

In the third novel of this best-selling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maisie Does It Again

  • By Nancy on 05-09-06

Intense Drama & Intrigue with Masie Dobbs

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

I am already a huge fan of the Maise Dobbs' series, but this 3rd book was absolutely perfect. The narrator was excellent and pleasing to listen to throughout.

This book has so many mysteries with links to each other that hte reader is "holding on for dear life" until the conclusion. I wasn't able to guess what would happen next - so had to keep listening!

I love the depth of Maisie's character. She is never silly or neglectful with her work or her personal life. Her past experiences of loss make her a character whom most readers will relate to at least on some levels.

In this 3rd book, Maisie must face her past nightmares from the war by traveling back to France as part of her investigations. This is a heart-wrenching trip for her, but she presses on towards truth. She is also being pursued by person or persons who want to see her dead.

Be prepared readers for an emotional conclusion to this book. I cried unashamedly as the story ended. Maybe you will too!

Brilliant writing by Jacqueline Winspear. I immediatley purchased the 4th audio book and am going to being listening now!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • An Inquiry into Love and Death

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

After her ghost-hunting uncle Toby dies, Oxford student Jillian must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings. Almost immediately, terrifying events convince Jillian that an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the 200-year-old ghost that haunts the bay? And who besides the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death really an accident? And the arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken leaves Jillian with more questions than answers....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old Fashioned Ghost Story ----

  • By Jacqueline on 04-10-13

Thrilling Gothic Style Ghost Story

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

Simone St. James has written another chilling novel that I loved! Jillian Leigh is notified that her uncle Toby has died and because her parents are away in Paris, she must see to his affairs. She travels alone from Oxford (where she is a student) to Rothewell on the coast. Toby had been renting a home in Rothewell as he pursued his ghost hunting.
Jillian soon becomes embroiled in a mystery within the town and a haunting in the house and the woods. The whole setting is very tense and a little spooky. She meets Drew an Inspector with Scotland Yard and there is a romantic spark between them from the beginning.
In the mix of the story is the aftermath of the Great War on the townsfolk of Rothewell. No one in the town was left unscathed from the war and there are many secrets.
This was another excellent audio production through audible.com. The narrator did a fantastic job with the voices of all the different characters. Simone St. James created an excellent story!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Firebird

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,192

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Historical Fiction

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-06-13

Fantastical travel through time

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

I enjoyed the book “The Firebird” by Susanna Kearsley as an audible book narrated by Katherine Kellgren. I adore Susanna Kearsley's writing style of dual time lines and a touch of the paranormal. This book was great entertainment.

Katherine Kellgren is an amazing performer. I couldn’t believe how this narrator was able to portray each character’s voice in such a unique way that it was better listening to this book that going to any movie! I hope to find more audiobooks narrated by her.

The main character in the modern time-line is Nicola who has the unusual gift of being able to touch an object and see the history surrounding that object. She struggles with this psychicl gift and doesn’t want anyone in her life to know. When a client comes into her workplace - an art dealer business - with a wooden carved “firebird”, Nicola touches the object and gets a flash of history that she ultimately must pursue for the sake of the object’s owner. To get help with using her gift, she travels to Scotland to meet with Rob – the man she walked away from two years before. Rob has and extraordinary psychic gift that he doesn’t hide from anyone. The two work together to find the history of the “firebird” carving.

Their travels back in time introduce us to Anna, who (in my opinion) is the star of this book. Anna is growing up during the time of the Jacobite struggle in Scotland. The circumstances of her birth ultimately bring her to Russia and Empress Catherine the first. The story is rich in historical details and creates the perfect back drop to Anna’s story.

I really didn’t want this book to end. The characters were so engaging and the story was filled with twists and turns that left me guessing up until the very end!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful