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  • The Amish Christmas Letters

  • By: Patricia Davids, Sarah Price, Jennifer Beckstrand
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

With Christmas around the corner, it’s time for Amish families to include holiday greetings in their circle letters, each writer adding to a growing collection as it travels on to the next. In this delightful trio of stories, three cousins scattered across the country share their blessings - and reveal news of romantic surprises. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice, wholesome listen

  • By ButterflyRose on 12-11-18

Nice, wholesome listen

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

The narrator has a pleasant voice. This contains three short stories, each by a different author. I enjoyed the stories set at Christmastime in the Amish community.

  • Kissing Christmas Goodbye

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but she'll scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agatha is sure that if she invites James to a splendid Christmas dinner, their love will rekindle like a warm Yule log. But that fantasy will have to wait for now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Penelope Keith

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-16

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I do enjoy the misadventures of Agatha Raisin. This was a short audiobook and read well by Wanda McCaddon

  • Starry Night

  • A Christmas Novel
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega best-selling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives. Digging deep into Finn's past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Feel Good Story

  • By Barbara on 12-15-13

Just an ok listen.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The narrator reads this well but I just was not that interested in the plot or characters. I was hoping for a sweetly romantic quick listen with a hint of comedy but to no avail. This story was not cute, funny,sweet, endearing or even remotely romantic.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,728

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Excellent audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

This audiobook is a blend of narration and full-cast characterizations. Emma Thompson as the narrator, reads the story perfectly. The full cast and music were well done and made for an enjoyable listen.

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  • Parker Pyne Investigates

  • A Parker Pyne Collection
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Mrs. Packington felt alone, helpless, and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in the Times that read: "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne." Equally adept at putting together the fragments of a murder mystery or the pieces of a broken marriage, Mr. Parker Pyne is possibly the world's most unconventional private investigator. Armed with just his intuitive knowledge of human nature, he is an Englishman abroad, traveling the globe to solve and undo crime and misdemeanor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a detective in sight

  • By ktkat1949 on 11-09-14

Ineresting listen

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Hugh Fraser's narration makes every book better. This short story collection featuring Parker Pyne was a departure from the usual Poirot or Miss Marple and made for an interesting listen.

  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin

  • A Harley Quin Collection
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

It had been a typical New Year's Eve party. But as midnight approaches, Mr. Satterthwaite - a keen observer of human nature - senses that the real drama of the evening is yet to unfold. And so it proves when a mysterious stranger knocks on the door. Who is this Mr. Quin? Mr. Satterthwaite's new friend is an enigma. He seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light. In fact, the only consistent thing about him is that his presence is always an omen - sometimes good, but sometimes deadly....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • After I caught on! Or did I?

  • By Kathy on 02-06-13

Something different than Poirot or Miss Marple

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I am enjoying listening to all available recordings of Agatha Christie. Mr Quin was a mysterious character and while not my favorite main character, made for an interesting listen. As usual, read well by the wonderful Hugh Fraser.

  • More from Marple's Casebook

  • Full-Cast BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, June Whitfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

June Whitfield stars as Miss Marple in seven full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. The stories included are: 'The Moving Finger', 'They Do It with Mirrors', 'Nemesis', 'Sleeping Murder', 'Tape-Measure Murder', 'The Case of the Perfect Maid' and 'Sanctuary'. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too little of good thing

  • By Diana on 09-21-18

Great Full_cast BBC radio productions.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Really enjoyable to listen to MIss Marple in a full-cast audio with background sound effects. June Whitfield gives great performance as Miss Marple. I really enjoyed listening to this series.

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777

In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility. In this timeless tale of misguided romance and heartbreak, two teenage heroines must overcome the pitfalls of Georgian England’s high society in order to achieve the love and happiness they seek. The admiration that Pike has for Austen’s work is shown clearly through this passionate delivery of Austen’s first published novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely listen, Jane + Rosamund = Perfection

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-21-18

Excellent narration of a long-winded story

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I absolutely love Austen's Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice. But this audiobook, took a long time to get interesting. I mean like 4 hours of listening until the story actually became a story, instead of just boring narration about day to day living. This is a very dry listen and I would not listen to it again even though Rosamund Pike's reading is excellent.

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  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,308

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

My least favorite Christie audiobook

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

The plot is so far fetched and ridiculous. Dan Stevens narration is so awful that I wanted to return this audiobook! I have never disliked a narrator's voice so much. Stevens different voices for each character really grated on my nerves.

  • Nemesis

  • A Miss Marple Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

In utter disbelief, Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr. Rafiel...an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. He had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing. Soon she is faced with a new crime...the ultimate crime...murder. It seems someone is adamant that past evils remained buried....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Prime Time Miss Marple

  • By RueRue on 05-03-14

Not the best MIss Marple I have listened to.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Emilia Fox narrates this story very well. I like her voice. The story itself is not one of Christie's best. Kind of slow moving and plodding along.