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  • The Five Bells and Bladebone

  • A Richard Jury Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

When a dismembered corpse is found in the compartments of an antique secretaire a abattant, Marshall Trueblood, recipient of the precious piece of furniture, is the first to protest: "I bought the desk, not the body, send it back" Who would want to kill Simon Lean, the greedy nephew of the wealthy Lady Summerston? Leave it to Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to suggest a connection to the murder of brassy Limehouse lady named Sadie Driver, found dead near Wapping Old Stairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By Cyd on 01-20-14

Excellent writing, excellent mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Vivid writing and a surprising story with a twist. I would recommend highly to cozy mystery lovers.

  • A Conspiracy in Belgravia

  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093

Being shunned by society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective", aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she has had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she is not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office. Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte's dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story awesome characters superb narrator

  • By mary hohman on 10-30-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

A terrific continuation of the Charlotte Holmes story. I can’t wait for the next one!

  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,869

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

A very clever reworking of the Sherlock Holmes story. Compelling characters and plot. Narration excellent as well.

  • The English Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: He's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor house in England, they had a fairy-tale romance in London, and he's recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson. Yes, there are rumors that she's having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball; Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned; and the papers go mad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm recommending this book to my friends

  • By A. on 01-30-18

Absolutely excellent!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

This book was definitely worth the read. The complex plot and characters make for a very engrossing mystery.

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,985

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun New Characters

  • By SW Clemens on 03-17-17

Excellent and engaging!

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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: 04-20-18

Very well written and extremely interesting - really pulls you in. I’ll be reading another by Rhys Bowen for sure.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,221

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

I absolutely loved it.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Great characters and a story that really draws one in. A terrific “cost mystery” read.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,504

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

Excellent continuation

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

True to the feeling and tone of the originals, with characters that seem true to themselves as first written. An engrossing read I thoroughly enjoyed.

  • A History of Britain, Volume 1

  • At the Edge of the World, 3000 B.C. - 1603 A.D.
  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

A History of Britain poses questions that have universal timeless resonance. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do you give your allegiance and why? Where do the roots of your community lie - in your hearth and home, your village or city, your tribe, your faith? And, finally, what is Britain? Also, listen to A History of Britain, Volume 2.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible to the lay-person.

  • By Dennis on 03-02-03

Brilliant

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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: 09-17-17

Engaging history as storytelling, hitting all the highlights. Never boring, with just the right amount of detail. I loved it.

  • Civilization

  • The West and the Rest
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Niall Ferguson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576

The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful analysis of the ascendancy of the West.

  • By Patrick on 05-25-13

Excellent until the author starts to moralize

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

This book provides a fascinating historical perspective which I very much enjoyed hearing...until the author neared the end of the book and began his discussion of the decline of Christianity in the west and the dangers of Islam. This section was largely opinion, rather than historical interpretation and contained few references or evidence. Instead there was much decrying of a "decline in morals" and widespread "sexual obsession" in modern western society. By "morals" the author meant "Christian morals" and by "sexual obsession" he seems to have meant admitting the importance of sex in human life and allowing for freedom of sexual expression between consenting adults. The author also asserts that Islam is dangerous in general and provides many recent examples of extremist Muslims committing terror as proof of this, while ignoring the countless, also recent, acts of terror committed by white "Christians."
Other than this lapse into largely baseless religious moralizing, the book was most interesting.

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  • American Nations

  • A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
  • By: Colin Woodard
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832

North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of a Kind Masterpiece

  • By Theo Horesh on 02-28-13

Excellent and Informative

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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: 05-09-17

A truly enlightening look into North America's historical cultures and how they continue to shape regional culture today.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful