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  • The Phantom Tree

  • By: Nicola Cornick
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman, Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Browsing an antiques shop in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait - identified as the doomed Tudor queen Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, lived at Wolf Hall and knew Mary...more than 400 years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something different!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-29-18

Phenomenal book

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I listened to this in one day. I'm so glad I risked a credit on a new author.

I'm going to have to listen again tomorrow to make sure I've missed nothing.

Bravo.

And the narration was spot on.

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  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Another great book

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I thought the ending was hilarious. Poor Darcy. Granddad was interesting and queeny barely there. Both a plus.

Ronald Reagan said he'd make America great again, and Margaret Thatcher said she'd make Britain great again. And in their time, they did.

Hitler said a great many things, but not exactly the same about Germany.

But that's ok because this is another fun bit of fiction, and no one takes fiction seriously. That would be grasping at straws.

  • A Picture of Murder

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 4
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell. Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colorful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another. One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Historical Mystery

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 10-23-18

Excellent as usual.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I was thrilled to see a new addition to this wonderful series. I put my other reads aside.

Start at the beginning if you get the chance. Although, this book ties to the beginning with backstory answers.

Hummmm....to read 1st or last?

  • The Hawthorne Season

  • By: Riccardo Bruni, Hillary Locke - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Since the death of his father by a drunk driver, Giulio Rodari has touched alcohol only twice—and the second time was the night his ex-girlfriend, Patrizia, was murdered. The morning after, the celebrated children’s author awoke to a black hole in his memory—and to accusations of the crime. He had been known to stalk her. He had confronted her in an intoxicated rage on her last night alive. Beyond that, Giulio doesn’t remember a thing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This was a good book.

  • By Too Happy on 10-17-18

This was a good book.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I got a little confused by the names, but by the end it shook out nicely.

The narration kept me on track by the very distinct voices.

  • The Vixen

  • Wicked Wallflowers Series
  • By: Christi Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Set apart by her ethereal beauty and fearless demeanor, Ophelia Killoran has always been a mystery to those around her - and a woman they underestimated. No one would guess that she spends her nights protecting the street urchins of St. Giles. Ophelia knows what horrors these children face. As a young girl, she faced those horrors herself, and she would have died…if not for the orphan boy who saved her life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Profanity and child sexual abuse alert

  • By Too Happy on 10-11-18

Profanity and child sexual abuse alert

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Perhaps, the author commonly uses the F word. No one else mentioned it in review, so I will.

If 'child f'er' does not startle or offend you, read on.

Beyond that, there is far too much information dropped into the 1st few chapters to allow the reader to get into the story.

The characters are poster children for the accumulated woes of every abuse, and I'll bet its difficult to remember later who is messed up from what.

It's over the top, uninteresting, crude and a jumble of too much urgency. I'll pass.

  • Postcards from a Stranger

  • By: Imogen Clark
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

When Cara stumbles across a stash of old postcards in the attic, their contents make her question everything she thought she knew. The story she pieces together is confusing and unsettling, and appears to have been patched over with lies. But who can tell her the truth? With her father sinking into Alzheimer’s and her brother reluctant to help, it seems Cara will never find the answers to her questions. One thing is clear, though: someone knows more than they’re letting on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Postcards

  • By Lari E. Nickens on 12-15-18

This was a great book.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

It is a family story without the usual trappings of gooey emotion or impossible situations.

Instead, it was very grown up and thought provoking. And it moved me because of it. The main character is as she should be, not irreparably damaged and unable to cope. She is a well rounded product of her life and has very reasonable reactions to her changing situation. Thank goodness for a well written book with no victimhood, global warning or left winged PC BS mucking up the story.

I think I'll change the 4 stars to 5, I liked it more than I realized.

The narration was excellent.

  • The Art of Inheriting Secrets

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara O'Neal
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate - and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime. One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • marvelous darling

  • By Jenny Morris Wood on 11-22-18

The story was a good one,

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

It really was, and a well written story except for a few things:

If you are a food person you won't mind the moderately overdone food segments.

If you are a romance person, you'll like the romance even if the details flatten the experience. Way too much going on about hands and such.

There is no accounting for the necessity of so many perfect people made up of perfect features.

The cat thing is just unnecessary. It went nowhere.

Then age. Really? It's not an issue. Insta-love is.

Put all these overdone ideas together and they overwhelm a good story. Pick one, and you're still on solid ground. But the combination had me clicking past 30 seconds at a time.

The only normal person was the awful boyfriend.

Strangely, I regret that the extraneous got in the way. There was so much promise in a book I heard in 1 day.

The narraration was lovely.

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Its a very good story.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

The pace and calm of the narrator is at times a hindrance to enjoying the story. But for what it is, its appropriate so its likely just me.

The character voices were very good so there is no fault to be found there. I found the story to be an excellent companion during my day.

  • The Summer Before the War

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,538

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure About This Book

  • By Sara on 04-27-16

Wow. It held me spellbound.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

If you haven't read this or think it one choice among many, you must choose this one. The ending is superb. Brava.
Author and narrator are at their best.

Wow.

  • One for the Money

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,996
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,402

You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT THE GREATEST.

  • By Pat H. on 10-21-11

This 1st book in the series was great, ...

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

I'd read this ages ago and it was so funny I've bought the entire series of 24. When I found it on Audible, I was thrilled.

The narration was done well, but it missed 98% of the humor. The narrator read each line perfectly. However, each line was separate. There was no timing for the humor or continuity of thought. Its still a great story, just not that funny and a little too slow. Read it yourself if you've heard about how halarious it is.

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