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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,453

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Weird and fun. love Stephen Fry!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Victorians were just as weird as we are now! Entertaining listening from a great narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas at The Grange

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

It's Christmas 1909, and for once Lady Hardcastle - respectable gentlewoman, amateur spy - and her lady's maid, Florence Armstrong, are setting sleuthing aside. They are invited to the festivities up at The Grange, as guests of Sir Hector and Lady Farley-Stroud. But barely have corks been popped and parlour games played when a mysterious crime comes to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Short Tale!

  • By Alan K. on 01-10-18

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

ALWAYS love Lady Hardcastle and Flo's adventures. Looking forward to the next book! can't wait.

  • The House Next Door

  • A Ghost Story
  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

I began to suspect something was wrong with the gothic building when its family fled in the middle of the night, the children screaming, the mother crying. They never came back to pack up their furniture. A new occupant, Anna, has just moved in. I paid her a visit to warn her about the building. I didn't expect us to become friends, but we did. And now that Marwick House is waking up, she's asked me to stay with her. I never intended to become involved with the building or its vengeful, dead inhabitant. But now I have to save Anna.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning was strong....ending, not so much

  • By Valerie LeBlond on 01-15-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I did not expect such an intricate story out of a 5 hour book! Excellent twists and action, likable characters and a fast moving plot.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,216

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Love this adorable series and the fantastic narrator. I listen to these books over and over!

  • Ghost Gifts

  • By: Laura Spinella
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293

All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn't include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden - until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't pay full price

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 05-07-16

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

loved this story! I expected the scary stuff and the mystery...but not the sweet romance. Bravo!

  • Unhappenings

  • By: Edward Aubry
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

When Nigel Walden is 14, the Unhappenings begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice. Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a ride!

  • By Chel on 08-10-15

predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Struggled to finish. Story would be good maybe for middle grades. Too easy to predict what will happen and too much text to slog through to get to that predictable end.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53,833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49,233
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49,173

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

I love all the Harry Potter books. Listening to this book is like traveling back to my son's childhood, when we read these books together. Superb.

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  • The Source

  • Witching Savannah, Book 2
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on, it's a rip roaring ride!

  • By MrsT on 06-05-14

Great series

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Love this series, fairly original approach to witches with a southern twist! For witches in the south, it's fun to see us ourselves represented in an honest (if fictional) light.

  • Carry Her Heart

  • By: Holly Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

In her journal, writer Piper George notes the change of seasons. Each entry marks the passage of time since she became a teen mother and put her baby up for adoption. Her words flow together, painting a picture of loss, hope, and enduring love for the daughter she's never forgotten. But one autumn, a new presence appears in its pages and in her life: her neighbor, Edward "Ned" Chesterfield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely the best story!

  • By tennismama on 08-01-15

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Great narrator, fantastic story! Whimsical and heart wrenching in all the right places. Endearing and uplifting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Atlantis World

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 3
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687

Northern Morocco: Dr. Kate Warner cured a global pandemic, and she thought she could cure herself. She was wrong. And she was wrong about the scope of the Atlantis conspiracy. Humanity faces a new threat, an enemy beyond imagination. With her own time running out and the utter collapse of human civilization looming, a new hope arrives: a coded message from a potential ally.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great conclusion to the trilogy

  • By Michael P. Long on 10-16-14

cool trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

I loved the series on audio...Do not know if I could do it just reading.