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  • Miller's Valley

  • A Novel
  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 799

As a young girl in Miller's Valley, an ordinary farming town that may be facing its final days, Mimi is observing adults, selling corn, growing up and changing, and watching the world around her change, too. As the years go by, the unthinkable starts to seem inevitable. Anna Quindlen's novel takes us through the changing eras of Mimi and her family, as secrets are revealed, and the heartbreaks of growing up and falling in love with the wrong man are overcome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quietly engaging

  • By Taryn on 01-07-17

Fine but not that memorable

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

The narration was very good and I do like Anna Quindlen. However, I listened to this a couple months ago and now barely remember anything about it. The story had to do with family relationships and also the proposed flooding of the valley to create a recreational area that will make a lot of money for the builders. It's pretty clear who are the good guys and the bad guys in the story.

  • In Milady's Chamber

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Estranged from her husband through her failure to produce an heir, Lady Fieldhurst resolves to repay his neglect by taking a lover. Fate takes a hand when she and her would-be lover enter her bedchamber to find Lord Fieldhurst lying on the floor - with her nail scissors protruding from his neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely my cup of tea

  • By korinka on 10-14-16

Interesting detective in Regency London

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Unlike most detective stories from this era, the hero isn't a nobleman. He needs to use his wits and labor to get answers, not just money. Early on, he falls for the aristocratic lady who is accused of her husband's murder, but there is no possibility of pursuing her because of class differences (or is there? I see she returns in later books.) It was enjoyable but not totally compelling. I will probably read subsequent books in print from the library.

  • On Second Thought

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Sands Xe, Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

Ainsley O'Leary is so ready to get married - she's even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn't anticipate is for Eric to blindside her with a tactless breakup he chronicles in a blog - which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her half sister, Kate, who's already struggling after the sudden loss of her new husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Diane on 02-24-17

Chick lit but fun

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This is a somewhat predictable story but it has a lot of humor (along with heartbreak and tragedy) and emphasizes family bonds as well as romance. The narration was excellent by both readers.

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  • Death Without Company

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,717
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,775

When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful find!

  • By Laura Harley on 10-04-07

Great continuation of the series

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This book picks up right after the last one and introduces some new characters, including a new deputy. It concerns the Basque culture, which is part of the area, and it ties together past and present crimes and family secrets. My favorite thing though is the interaction among the main characters - Walt, Henry, Vic, Ruby and the others. George Guidall is the best! I could get all the books in print easily from my library but I need to hear the voices I have now come to know, even though it is going to cost me a lot of credits!

  • Imperium

  • A Novel of Ancient Rome
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571

When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Way to Learn About Republican Rome

  • By Wolfpacker on 02-04-08

Something different

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I don't know a lot about ancient Rome, but this book showed how some things were just like today - corruption, jockeying for power, using violence to silence your enemies. I thought the author did a good job of incorporating real events and speeches into a narrative that kept my attention. The narration was especially good and brought the era to life.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Some people were turned off by the fact that Anthony Horowitz makes himself a character in the book and mentions his career, even giving himself a meeting with Spielberg and other celebrities. I thought it was a hoot! Rather than showing off, I feel he makes fun of himself and his supposed expertise, by putting himself in the role of a Dr. Watson to a very unpleasant and cryptic detective. I fell for the same red herrings that the narrator does. The narration was very good as well.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,753
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,497

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

So happy to be back with Strike and Robin!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

After a long wait, we finally got this next installment, and it didn't disappoint. I was really pleased that it begins immediately after the end of the previous book, so we get to see what happened at the wedding party and afterwards. The mystery is complicated and introduces a number of interesting characters, and at the same time, the interaction between the 2 main characters continues to develop. Some people thought this was drawn out but I enjoyed every minute of the 22 hours and wished for more.

The narration is a big part of the experience for me. I'm not sure I would have gotten hooked on the series without Robert Glenister really making the characters come to life, especially Strike, who is not always an easy fellow to like. After the first book, I never considered reading these any other way.

  • Washington's Providence

  • A Timeless Arts Novel, Book 1
  • By: Chris LaFata
  • Narrated by: Ryan Ingrim
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Former history professor John Curry has been recruited by a time travel company to scout the best vantage point for clients to witness the inauguration of the first president of the United States. There's just one problem: when he arrives in 1789, there is no inauguration - and no United States. Few people have even heard of George Washington, and the short-lived American Revolution failed, presumably because Washington wasn't alive to lead it. Washington was killed 30 years earlier, during the French and Indian War. John must travel even further back to protect him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Surprise

  • By Oenophile on 06-20-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Any book about historians who travel in time has to hold up to the standards of Connie Willis and Jodi Taylor. This one seemed like a great idea. How is it that George Washington miraculously survived being shot at multiple times? Maybe he had help from the future. But the writing is flat and repetitive. Every time the main characters discover a plot point, it is repeated 2 or 3 more times. And these recaps make for stilted dialogue. After a slow middle section, the ending comes in a rush and isn't very satisfying. That's partly because it is setting up for a sequel, which I'm not compelled to try.

  • Island of the Mad

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital...better known as Bedlam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a little let down but still worth the listen.

  • By Victoria L Snyder on 07-03-18

Evocation of time and place

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

We get to travel to an exotic locale and meet some glamorous characters from the real world, such as Cole Porter. I didn't realize how early Mussolini took power in Italy, which is part of the plot. There's quite a bit of humor in this book and not as much risk to our heroes, but that was fine with me. Jenny Sterlin is excellent as usual.

  • The Last Days of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,192

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the lightbulb and holds the right to power the country?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book of 2016

  • By Taryn on 12-19-16

Not as great as the reviews said

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I love historical fiction and I am generally not bothered by the mix of real and imagined events. But somehow this book didn't grab me as much as it did some other people. I appreciated the notes at the end which explained what elements were true and I kind of wished I could have read that first - except it would have given away the plot. There was a bit too much about electricity, patents, etc at the beginning so it took a while for the story to get started. The narration was good and there were many different characters to portray.