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  • Henry IV

  • The Righteous King
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The talented, confident, and intelligent son of John of Gaunt, Henry IV started his reign as a popular and charismatic king after he dethroned the tyrannical and wildly unpopular Richard II. But six years into his reign, Henry had survived eight assassination and overthrow attempts. Having broken God's law of primogeniture by overthrowing the man many people saw as the chosen king, Henry IV left himself vulnerable to challenges from powerful enemies about the validity of his reign. Even so, Henry managed to establish the new Lancastrian dynasty and a new rule of law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and compelling

  • By kayakman on 12-15-17

I tried, I really did

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Not to put too fine a point on it, but my primary focus is entertainment, not education. That being said I found this to be dry and the delivery to be dryer. To be fair, I don't know how the narrator could have livened this up. He delivered it with textbook pronunciation, and it sounded like a textbook. The whole first chapter completely lost me, I listen to about half of it and all it was, citations of other authors about the characters. As the second chapter motored on, we started to get into some historical characterizations and events. Again, more like a textbook than entertainment for me. I have no doubt this author has amazing knowledge on the subject, I just could not stick with this

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  • Skin Tight

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 939

This novel by Carl Hiaasen, author of Tourist Season and Native Tongue, begins as most thrillers do, with a killing. But this is no everyday, hum-drum, garden variety killing. Our hero, Nick Stranahan, a 42-year-old private investigator who has killed five men and been married five times, skewers his attacker's aorta with the razor-sharp bill of a stuffed marlin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skintight

  • By Chris on 08-02-04

humor, intrigue, more humor

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Pure listening pleasure. The story was good the reader was excellent and I found myself giggling at the characters even when murder was involved. I seek entertainment with the audio books, this delivers nicely

  • The Red Hill

  • Thomas Berrington, Volume 1
  • By: David Penny
  • Narrated by: Ian Russell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

In 1482 the Englishman Thomas Berrington is living in the last remnants of Moorish Spain. A physician, he is an unwilling friend to the most powerful man in the kingdom. When bodies start to turn up, each showing the marks of a savage attack, Thomas is asked to investigate.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea!

  • By Dany on 11-20-17

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Our hero a dunce. Struggled to finish it. Reader had a pleasing voice, but wooden delivery.

  • The Lighthouse

  • Berkley Street Series, Book 2
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

Ex-marine Shane Ryan is a ghost hunter whose troubled past haunts him almost as much as the ghosts he encounters in the line of duty. He's the best. And his reward for excellence? The punishment of being in high demand for jobs to eradicate the worst kind of ghosts - the kind that kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-11-17

too gory for me

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

probably good, I made a poor choice.. I should have read the summary with more care

  • Fatal Enquiry

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 6
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Some years ago, Cyrus Barker matched wits with Sebastian Nightwine, an aristocrat and sociopath, and in exposing his evil, sent Nightwine fleeing to hide from justice somewhere in the far corners of the earth. The last thing Barker ever expected was to encounter Nightwine again - but the British government, believing they need Nightwine's help, has granted him immunity for his past crimes, and brought him back to London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable.

  • By Milton Carl on 08-24-17

I just enjoy

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

These audible books serve to entertain me. I don't much sit and try to figure out why I like a book, suffice that I do like it. I enjoy the antics and intrigues, the storyline and the characters. The principal players are not numbskulls like some I have read where I would just like to give the hero a swift kick and quickly lose interest. The narrator is sufficient, but his accents are deplorable, nevertheless does not detract much from the overall effect

  • Who Buries the Dead

  • Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 10
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription King Charles, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Anne on 09-26-16

my "go to" series

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

holds my attention while providing a bit of historical reference. any time I need a new book, I look for a st. cyr mystery

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,857

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

loving this series! a nice escape

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

nice escape from The Real World. I am thoroughly entertained. and yet is this premise so far removed?

  • Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403

John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performances

  • By Customer on 01-25-15

Always a good choice

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

I get tired of slogging around, looking for a book that will take me away, not insult me or inundate me with drivel and TMI, so I started going back to the old tried and true. Very entertaining and worth listening to. Holds your attention, entertains you, keeps you guessing. The actors are all very believable as portrayed and a bit different than just the one reader, which is a pleasant change.

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  • The Secret Adversary

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Tommy and Tuppence are charming, broke, and in desperate need of work. They decide to set up Young Adventurers Ltd. - "willing to do anything, go anywhere". They are soon caught up in a dastardly plot to overthrow the British government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never better audio of Christie Mystery

  • By Michael on 10-15-15

Must be just me

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

I'm wondering if i purchased a childrens mystery by mistake. This was like listening to a juvenile mystery, perhaps Agatha Christie wrote this when she was a mere teen??? The narrator's voice hurt my ears at times and in general annoyed me. This would be good reading if you like Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys. Recommend listening to a sample before purchasing

I adore Agatha Christie mysteries, so I dont know what went wrong here and I will presume it is me..this doesn't put me off of A.C., I just need to pay more attention to the summary and listen to a sample first.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,292

From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Archer

  • By cristina on 10-21-11

Snagged my attention, but

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

I enjoyed listening to this book, couldn't wait to get into the next one, when this one aburptly ended. Although, I found I was constantly guessing what was going to happen next. If you want to be entertained with garbage in/garbage out, this is a fine one to kill some time. After listening to the next one, I'm left scratching my head at the utter predicatbility. Still, entertaining and you can drive along talking to yourself: "Saw that one coming" or "huh....no surprises there". The fact remains the initial plot was compelling and I feel the author could have done so much more with it. I won't waste my $$ on the subsequent 3,4 and 5.

This one isn't a lemon, but read the reviews on the subsequent installments to see what others opined.