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  • Crewel Yule

  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Snow is not the only thing falling this December - spirits are, too. That's because this year's needlework convention in Nashville is tragically interrupted when Milwaukee shop owner Belle Hammermill tumbles nine stories to her untimely death. At first, Betsy Devonshire thinks the fall was just an unfortunate accident. The trouble is, Belle's unsavory reputation causes suspicions to flare. She has plenty of enemies with more than enough motive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light, fun, and easy mystery series

  • By Dale on 11-28-10

New Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

The narrator was changed after 7 books. I feel like the characters are all new and not the ones I had come to know.

  • The Coroner

  • By: Jennifer Graeser Dornbush
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,011

Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she is called home to Freeport, Michigan, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack. At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a senator's teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is this a book or advertisement for a Nissan Leaf?

  • By A. Hall on 02-27-19

Excited For Another

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I listen to cozy mysteries because I would rather avoid foul language and graphic sex. However, many cozies are too syrupy and seem to be written using the same outline. The Coroner was not. This book kept me involved until the end. I hope Jennifer Dornbush quickly finds time amid all her other pursuits to pen another novel.

  • State of the Union

  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175

The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country’s throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath embarks on an adrenaline-fueled search that spans the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling!

  • By Loray on 01-31-11

Wrong Narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I listened to the first two books in the Scot Harvath series and enjoyed them. Armand Schultz was the narrator. When this book began, I was disappointed that George Guidall was the narrator. I know that Guidall is highly regarded; however, he was not appropriate for the Scot Harvath character. Guidall is too old to voice Harvath and he cannot pronounce the “th” sound correctly. I was distracted throughout the entire book. Guidall voices books 4-6 so I will not be continuing with this series.

  • Shell Game

  • V.I. Warshawski Series, Book 19
  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 11-08-18

I read to escape.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I have politics on my TV, radio and social media. I do not want it in my reading. The last two Warshswski books have had too many political comments. I have loved the books for 20 years but will not read another.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Yarn to Go

  • Yarn Retreat Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Betty Hechtman
  • Narrated by: Margaret Strom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

When dessert chef Casey Feldstein finds out that her late aunt's business, Yarn2Go, has one more yarn retreat scheduled, she decides to go ahead and host the event, despite her complete lack of experience as a knitter. At least the retreat is on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. But the idyllic setting is soured when a retreat regular is found murdered in her hotel room. Feeling a sense of responsibility, Casey begins to weave the clues together and detects a pattern which may shed light on her aunt's suspicious death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun mystery...

  • By Delia on 05-28-17

Narrator Problem

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I do not like Margaret Strom’s narrations. If I had realized she was the narrator from another book which I had heard, I would not have purchased this book. She sounds as if she is reading to children. She both stresses random words and pauses in unnatural places in the sentences. It detracts from book and is distracting to me. From what I read about Ms. Strom, she is highly regarded in her industry, having narrated over 500 works. However, I will not buy another book she reads. The novel itself is good.

  • Murder on the Half Shelf

  • Booktown Mystery Series, Book 6
  • By: Lorna Barrett
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

The town of Stoneham is a haven for bookstores, but it is sadly lacking in bed-and-breakfasts. Fortunately Pippa and Jon Comfort's Sheer Comfort Inn is about to open, and the couple has offered some locals a free night as a trial run. But it won't be so easy to sleep after Tricia makes two startling discoveries: Pippa's murdered body in the backyard, and the fact that Pippa's husband, Jon, is actually Harry Tyler, a man Tricia loved - and believed dead - for nearly 20 years. Though Harry is the prime suspect, Tricia doesn't believe him capable of murder, even though he's led a life of lies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't like the new narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-18-15

Narrator Change

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

There was a narrator change after five books. This was very distracting. Also, the voice change for some of the characters actually left me feeling that their personalities had changed. I was not pleased with this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beat the Reaper

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,285

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy Mix of Medicine and Mafia

  • By DMcClureDVM on 05-29-09

Awful

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

The narrator’s was good. However, the story was awful. It was too unbelievable even for fiction. It seemed to be written by a teenaged boy sitting in his room while grounded. The foul language detracted from the story.

  • We All Fall Down

  • By: Simon Wood
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Hayden Duke has the naive ambition to make some money and prove to his family that he can take care of himself, so he accepts a short-term contract working for his old college friend, Shane Fallon. All seems like a dream come true…until Shane kills himself. Right in front of Hayden. Detective Santiago has seen it all before. Shane had narcotics in his system when he hanged himself, and the dope had to come from somewhere - like an old college buddy. Case closed. But only a week before Shane’s suicide, another employee from the same office walked straight into the ocean. Both men’s last words are the same....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening, interesting story line.

  • By Sally R on 01-26-13

Narration Ruins It

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

The narrator is British but the story is set in California. The pronunciations make it awkward. I only listened to the entire book because the story was interesting. However, the main characters are so stupid that at points I thought they were getting just what they deserved. I normally rate Simon Wood five stars but this one just missed the mark for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful