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  • Death in Holy Orders

  • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Death in Holy Orders - good PBS

  • By Jannice on 09-18-03

A different English Countryside Mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

#whodunit. It was a glorious trying to untangle the threads of this wonderful story. Liked the atmosphere and the cast of characters. Probably helps if you know about about British clergy and East Anglis.n##tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,907

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

What a Gem

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Thanks, Audible, for introducing me to this author and her story. She narrated it as, perhaps, no one else could have.

  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back again

  • By LINN CANNING on 01-22-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I suppose I was expecting too much. I had a great deal of trouble with the narration, so perhaps I missed some essential elements. The narrator dropped her voice when reading the male characters’ dialogue.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Moonstone (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Bequeathed a rare diamond by her late uncle, heiress Rachel Verinder has no idea it was stolen from an Indian temple or that it has a cursed history. When the diamond disappears on her eighteenth birthday, multiple suspects - including Rachel’s suitor, Franklin Blake - are implicated in its theft. Determined to prove his innocence, Franklin begins his own investigation. Did one of his fellow Englishmen steal the jewel? Or was it whisked back to India? The case, which unfolds through multiple narratives, takes startling twists and turns in pursuit of the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect voice to match a perfect narrative

  • By The End Point on 07-20-18

As good as they get

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I am amazed at how well this story as stood the test of time. It deserves being called “classic.” The narration was superb. I suggest that you listen to this audio book even though you have previously read read it. The narrator makes the older form of the language totally clear to the modern ear. It is a good mystery, and funny, too. It was easy to choose all round 5-stars.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Man of Some Repute

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,240

Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good "pseudo" golden age mystery

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-18-15

Enjoyable and engaging

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

Reviewed: 11-27-15

After some heavy reading, I looked forward to a good story that didn't tear me apart emotionally. This was just the thing. I thought the reader was outstanding and the story interesting. Order it ,utterly fans!

  • The Sheep-Pig

  • By: Dick King-Smith
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can't be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite animal story. It's so adorable!

  • By AudioAddict on 02-12-16

A treat

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-15

This is one book that I appreciated hearing read aloud perhaps more than I would have actually reading it. The narration was so very skillful. I especially enjoyed hearing Mrs. Hoggett voiced. No, maybe Fly was my favorite. I can't decide. It was a lovely story, and I thank author and narrator for a delightful experience.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,821

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

A tale that takes over the mind

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

Would you listen to A Prayer for Owen Meany again? Why?

Of course. There must be details that I missed. I have the childish wish that if I read it again it will turn out differently.

What other book might you compare A Prayer for Owen Meany to and why?

A more complex A Separate Peace; a more understandable Tin Drum.

What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This narration is superb. He brought so many voices to life for me. Since I have limited vision and can't read a book without holding a magnifier, it is a treat to have a book read by such an interpreter as Barrett.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just finished it and am still feeling very sad. I have had a lifelong friend and know that the day will come when one of us will feel as lonely as Johnny feels. There was a great deal of subtle foreshadowing, but still the ending was, if not surprising, startling.