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  • Triple Jeopardy

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Daniel Pitt is delighted that his sister is visiting London with her American husband Patrick, a policeman, and their young daughter. But Patrick's trip has another purpose, for which he enlists Daniel's help. Philip Sydney, a young British diplomat, is accused of robbery and assault in Washington, but he has taken diplomatic immunity and fled to England. The perfect opportunity to obtain justice presents itself when Sydney is accused of a small embezzlement at the British Embassy in the USA, but as Daniel digs deeper into the case it becomes clear that vengeance is involved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another fine book in the series

  • By Elise Skidmore on 05-15-19

Anne Perry is a gift

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

I love Perry’s ability to sustain a story over time yet keep each plot fresh and as intricate as the book before while all the time growing the many characters and relationships.
I’m delighted with this new series that continues the Pitt family line. And not just because we still have Daniel’s parents in the story. This second generation growing into their adult roles and employing values learned at home, begin to see their parents as humans who daily faced the challenge of livelihood in a world offering a compromise of values to get the job done and confronted difficult decisions that could threaten home and family. These are high standards to live up to.
Perry is a gift because she uses hers to give us so much. I can always trust her to bring a good dose of “grist for the mill” wrapped up in a darn good mystery.

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  • Murder Between the Lines

  • Kitty Weeks Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Radha Vatsal
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

When Kitty's latest assignment for the New York Sentinel Ladies' Page takes her to Westfield Hall, she expects to find an orderly establishment teaching French and dancing, but there's more going on at the school than meets the eye. Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. The doctors proclaim that sleepwalking was the cause, but Kitty isn't so sure. Determined to uncover the truth, Kitty must investigate a more chilling scenario - a murder that may involve Elspeth's scientist father and a new invention by a man named Thomas Edison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More please.

  • By PattyQB on 01-23-19

More please.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I’ve listened to both of the books available in this series and hope there will be more. The protagonist is a woman journalist in 1915 NYC. She writes for the Women’s Home Page and along with other female typists is kept out of the “real” news department where the men are enclosed inside their own smoke filled room protected by a glass wall.
America is on the ramp up to join the fight in Europe and woman’s suffrage is a hot button but our previously insulated journalist is only slowly coming to realize the realities of the world she lives in and the limitations on her own behavior as she becomes embroiled in murder. It is refreshing that doesn’t start out with our modern day opinions regarding woman’s rights but through exposure feels not only her vulnerability but the interconnected forces that effect everyone.
I was most entertained by the well written perspective and the narration of this historical fiction, I hope there is more to come.

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  • Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home

  • By: Toko-pa Turner
  • Narrated by: Toko-pa Turner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 112

Feel like you don’t belong? You’re not alone. The world has never been more connected, yet people are lonelier than ever. Whether we feel unworthy, alienated, or anxious about our place in the world, the absence of belonging is the great silent wound of our times. Most people think of belonging as a mythical place, and they spend a lifetime searching for it in vain. But what if belonging isn’t a place at all? What if it’s a skill that has been lost or forgotten? With her signature depth and eloquence, Toko-pa maps a path to belonging from the inside out. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will always remain downloaded on my device

  • By PattyQB on 09-15-18

This book will always remain downloaded on my device

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Toko-pa’s book has become my bible and her self narrated audio version it’s song.
I cannot rate it high enough through my own inadequate words. And it’s not just for women. I gifted a copy to my neighbor and her husband READ IT FIRST!
Took-pa is tapped into a source you’ll recognize. And her astonishing, beautiful articulation not only lights the way home, but will embolden you to bravely trust that you can find it to too. I couldn’t be more grateful.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 100,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90,403

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

I loved everything about this book.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Reese ‘s comment that this book reminded her of her own childhood memories of East Tennessee is what caught my attention first. Then my trust in Cassandra Campbell’s delivery was all I needed to dive right in, and follow the fireflies to where the crawdads sing.
I’m going back to do it again.

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  • Them Bones

  • By: Carolyn Haines
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 446

Meet Sarah Booth Delaney...an unconventional Southern belle whose knack for uncovering the truth is about to make her the hottest detective in Zinnia, Mississippi...if it doesn't make her the deadest. No self-respecting lady would allow herself to end up in Sarah Booth's situation. Unwed, unemployed, and over 30, she's flat broke and about to lose the family plantation. Not to mention being haunted by the ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny, who never misses an opportunity to remind her of her sorry state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder in Mississippi

  • By Deedee on 05-06-18

good mystery+ lots of twists and turns in this bk

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

good plot and g00d narration along with lots of twists and turns in this murder mystery

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  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,777

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

A solid five stars, hands down !

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

This story begins at the end like Celeste Ng's first novel, "Everything I Never Told You." This story approach can be difficult to follow for some listeners- hence the rare poor review here when the rest are 5-stars.

I prefer this technique and frequently check into a story's outcome before investing my emotional capital. I want to enjoy the ride, even if it leaves me sobbing, In a really good novel, those tears are never about the story itself.
Think "A Prayer for Owen Meany."

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • In This Bright Future

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 5
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

Two weeks of rest and recuperation - that's what the doctor ordered. Detective Sergeant DC Smith could listen to some music, make some of his own, and maybe even catch up on his reading; he is almost looking forward to it. And then there is a knock on the door. It's only his next-door neighbor, but it is the beginning of a sequence of events that will bring him face to face with some of the darkest episodes and the most dangerous people from his own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best (so far) of a great series

  • By MARY K WALTER on 07-04-17

very captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-17

very good character development and p.lot.very worthwhile and we'll worth the investment of time and money

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Standard Deviation

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Heiny
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 269

When Graham Cavanaugh divorced his first wife, it was to marry his girlfriend, Audra, a woman as irrepressible as she is spontaneous and fun. But, Graham learns, life with Audra can also be exhausting, constantly interrupted by chatty phone calls, picky-eater houseguests, and invitations to weddings of people he's never met. Audra firmly believes that through the sheer force of her personality, she can overcome the most socially challenging interactions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Is Normal Anyway??

  • By Sara on 09-04-17

Surprising

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

This book was surprising in its depth dealing with the increasingly common situation of 2nd chance modern marriages, age gaps, and a child with special needs in the mix. But even more surprising was the many times I laughed out loud in the strangest of places and situations.
And, as always, Cassandra Campbell's narration was superb. An excellent choice.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • The Dalai Lama's Cat + The Dalai Lama's Cat: Guided Meditations

  • By: David Michie
  • Narrated by: David Michie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Featuring a delightful cast of characters and timeless Buddhist wisdom, and with His Holiness' compassion pervading every chapter, The Dalai Lama's Cat is simply enchanting. Not so much fly-on-the-wall as cat-on-the-sill, this is the warmhearted tale of a small kitten rescued from the slums of New Delhi who finds herself in a beautiful sanctuary with sweeping views of the snowcapped Himalayas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Listen so far this year!

  • By Elin Torvik on 06-20-16

Finally, the door opens

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I could never listen to a tome about mindfulness. Only a cat- the Dalai Lama's cat, brought the humor necessary to maintain a developing narrative to enlighten me of, not just the principles of practice, but an understanding of the joy.
I listened to all three.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Sellout

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,821

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality: the black Chinese restaurant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book, fantastic narrator!

  • By Bonnie B. on 07-27-15

Most entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

I enjoyed everything about this story, from the hilarious plot to the attendant opportunity for social commentary so vividly capitalized on by the author's choice of language. I'm not a fan of strong swearing, but this wouldn't have worked any other way. Likewise, the narrator is absolutely essential.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful