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Linda Johnson

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  • A Perilous Undertaking

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough!!

  • By Denise on 01-18-17

Disagreeable heroine

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

As much as I like and respect Lady Jane, I detest Veronica Speedwell. I cannot respect her as a “flawed heroine.” I could go on, but why?

  • Murder at Ashgrove House

  • Rose Simpson Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Addison
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

When Sir William and Lady Withers invite friends and family to a weekend house party at their country home, Ashgrove House, they are faced with the arrival of both invited and uninvited guests, the consequence of which is murder. Set in 1930, Murder at Ashgrove House is full of intrigue, clues, and red herrings, with nearly everyone having a motive for wishing the victim dead. This is a classic country house murder mystery set during the golden age of crime and will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A real yawner

  • By notlad on 04-14-18

Cringe-worthy

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Stilted dialogue and amateur performance, I forced myself to finish this. Perhaps a different narrator could bring this to life.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart of the Garden

  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Morton Hall, with its beautiful, ruined grounds and its reclusive mistress, Emilia Morton, is full of mysteries. For freelance editor Anne Marie, the wild garden has become a serene and secret refuge from her loveless marriage. The only other regular visitor is Cape, the hall's part-time gardener, who is forbidden to tend to anything except the magnificent maze or to meet his enigmatic employer. When Emilia dies, Cape and Anne Marie are astonished to find themselves among an unlikely group of villagers named in her strange will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well told tale

  • By A. Parker on 09-16-18

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

This narrator doesn’t understand the importance of intonation. It was difficult to listen to. It was as if she had never read the story prior to reading it aloud. I finished it only for the story. I felt this the last time I heard her. I will avoid her in the future.

  • Lady Jayne Disappears

  • By: Joanna Davidson Politano
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company. When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance - and perhaps even her father's death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I can’t take the narration

  • By Linda Johnson on 10-12-17

I can’t take the narration

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

I’m giving the story the benefit of the doubt. It seems to ramble often. However, this may be due to insufferable narration. Like the critic in the story says, she sounds like a constantly whining child. I kept putting this story aside whenever it became too unbearable. But mama didn’t raise a quitter.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Dangerous Engagement

  • The Regency Spies of London, Book 3
  • By: Melanie Dickerson
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Just as merchant's daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone's country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone's handsome guests catches Felicity's attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton Hall.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why, WHY do they keep using this narrator?!?

  • By kandemc on 10-09-17

Why did I finish this?!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Poor character development & poor plot could not be overcome even if the narration was well done. Sadly, this narrator mispronounces several words, has melodramatic, if not cartoonish voices. I wish I hadn't finished it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

This is heralded as the very first mystery novel. Collins, in his great work, created the guidelines for the genre as we know it today: a fabulous diamond stolen, everyone in the house is suspected, three mysterious Indians sworn to protect the jewel at all costs, the upstairs/downstairs tension from the servants, and a brilliant detective who is eccentrically fond of roses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By James on 08-03-16

A little long

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

Be sure to listen whilst you are able to give your full attention. It is worth the extra effort!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Aunt Bessie Considers

  • An Isle of Man Cozy Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Diana Xarissa
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Aunt Bessie has become something of an expert in the history of the island that she's called home for all of her adult life. Aunt Bessie considers it unfair when the entire conference schedule is thrown into disarray by Mack Dickson's sudden arrival. Mack promises that what he has to say is important enough to warrant the upheaval. But even more turmoil follows when Bessie discovers Mack's body only a short time after he's finished giving his speech.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice continuation of series with great narration

  • By Eileen on 09-24-17

Worst Southern accent ever!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

I realize Americans are bad imitators of British accents, but if you are one of the few U.K. actors who cannot do an American accent, then don't.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Dead Lie

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

In the latest mystery from the national best-selling author of When Falcons Fall, the gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By Cheryl on 04-13-17

Can't wait for the next in the series!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Please tell me there will be another!! I have enjoyed these adventures very much. Character development, plot, historical accuracy are all included

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sherlock Holmes Scripts: The Complete Holmes and Watson Series

  • The Holmes and Watson Series, Book 5
  • By: Ian Shimwell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

Solve the Egyptian equation, witness the Montague murders, fear the Legend of Loch Logarth, and close Holmes' final chapter. All four original Sherlock Holmes scripts of The Holmes and Watson Series, written and performed in the style of the classic Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce films. Audiobook is further enhanced with atmospheric music and sound effects.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Corny

  • By Alan E. Stern on 08-16-17

Music is distracting

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

The story isn't good enough to overcome the musical distractions. The play format doesn't work well as written. Couldn't finish listening.