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  • Pagan Spring

  • A Max Tudor Novel, Book 3
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Vicar Max Tudor, reveling in his new-found personal happiness with Awena Owen, feels that life at the moment holds no greater challenge than writing his Easter sermon. With Awena away, he looks forward to a dinner that includes newcomers to the village like West End dramatist Thaddeus Bottle and his downtrodden wife Melinda. But when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the pre-dawn hours, Max knows a poisonous atmosphere has once again enveloped his perfect village of Nether Monkslip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for Agatha Christie fans!

  • By Byron on 10-29-13

Surprising great find

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

Reviewed: 10-16-14

British cozy mysteries are my favorite genre, and I was happy to find the Max Tudor series.

My favorites contain the following: a clear, pleasing British reader; intelligent, likable detective and cohort (someone with whom to discuss the case), attractive setting (the village wasn't described much in this book), dislikable victim, and interesting additional characters.

I look forward to the series with great interest, and will look for all Malliet books.

  • Sylvester

  • Or, the Wicked Uncle
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!!

  • By Bookfriend83 on 11-16-13

Great, but listen to sample for recording

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

Reviewed: 04-27-14

I enjoyed the story, reader, and length. Giving it overall 4 because of the recording, which should have been set to compensate for the narrator's deep voice. The recording was apparently made with more bass than treble, and I have to turn it up louder to make out the words. I could probably adjust my car and phone speakers. Nicholas Rowe has an excellent skill at differentiating men, women, and children.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Painting the Darkness

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeletons in every closet

  • By Janice on 04-29-13

Poor sound, can't even rate it fairly.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-14

This looked like a great story, and I like the reader's voice. However, the sound comes across as mumbled even with a headset, and I'm going to return it if possible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Captain's Doll

  • By: D. H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Captain Hepburn had a wife he didn’t love and a mistress who made hand-crafted dolls; in fact, she’d made one in the image of the captain, resplendent in his military uniform, and now his wife wants to buy it. In this taut tale, love is a complicated battle, and the soldier is outflanked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic, though not for me

  • By Linda Cast on 05-13-13

A classic, though not for me

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

Reviewed: 05-13-13

Davina Porter, like Patrick Tull, could "read the phone book" and I would enjoy her wonderful range as a narrator. The story is a fine, complex analysis of the times and of war on both men and women. The wife's discussion with Hannale is an subtle play of jealousy and objectivity. Of course a tale by DH Lawrence is superb and deserves 5 stars.

I'm only part way through and will return it, as the genre isn't really for me. However, those who appreciate the tale will become absorbed in the masterful reading by Porter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Face of a Stranger

  • A William Monk Novel #1
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087

A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • promising start to the series

  • By connie on 01-09-10

Great characters! One thing I'd like...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-11

Wonderful characterizations! Felt like I knew everyone at the end. Monk's haunting memory loss and the method of repeating questions made me think a long time about re-starting relationships using only reactions. Excellent reader, too. The one additional thing I hope for in the remaining books is to share a character's delight in something. All mysteries contain darkness. However, in Agatha Christie and other "cozy mysteries" the cottages, gardens, and seaside are warming. In Patrick O'Brian's rich Aubrey-Maturin series, the music, the sea & nature, etc, engage repeatedly. This Monk novel does include a wonderful estate, and I hope we will roam it much more often in coming books, to smell the roses, tread the leafy paths, perhaps find a ghost in the kitchen. I look forward to the very interesting Monk-Hester relationship.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful