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  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 536

In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying two days!

  • By Wendy on 09-30-18

Disappointment for me...

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

To my surprise, since I've liked Kate Atkinson very much in other works, I found 'Transcription' tedious.
I think that the book would have been much more interesting if were an actual historical account.

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,662

Features a sample chapter from A Gentleman in Moscow, the highly anticipated new audiobook from Amor Towles - available fall 2016. This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bright Young Things in a Dark World

  • By Michele Kellett on 08-13-12

Not for me.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Simply couldn't get into these characters. Read 'A Gentleman In Moscow' first, and loved it, so was surprised at being so disappointed in this Towles novel.

  • Room to Breathe

  • An At-Home Meditation Retreat with Sharon Salzberg
  • By: Sharon Salzberg
  • Narrated by: Sharon Salzberg
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Presented by renowned meditation teacher and best-selling author Sharon Salzberg, these 10 core practices were created to give you the feel of a meditation retreat at home - but can be enjoyed in any place conducive to a period of undisturbed quiet. Room to Breathe brings listeners eight core exercises: Calming the Mind, Facing Challenges, Being Present, Letting Go, Trusting Yourself, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait to Try More of Her Recordings

  • By Olathe on 09-20-16

Excellent introduction!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Sharon Salzberg is a good companion into meditation. She has clarity, warmth, and intelligence.
I think she has the whole idea of compassion ingrained in her being. She is most welcoming.

  • Lovingkindness Meditation

  • By: Sharon Salzberg
  • Narrated by: Sharon Salzberg
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Compassion for others begins by building a foundation of lovingkindness toward ourselves. Sharon Salzberg leads a meditation to help us recognize our own inner suffering with tenderness and awareness, opening us naturally to the ability to love others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very lovely Meditation Sequence

  • By Chelle on 04-07-18

Pleased to find this.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Sharon Salzberg is an excellent meditation guide. She is clear, intelligent, and warm.
I always look for a 'voice' that feels right to me, and she has it.

  • The Making of a Marchioness

  • By: Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years' time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford's favourite books, was considered 'the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote' by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Romantic Tale

  • By Curatina on 11-23-11

Pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I expected a typical light-weight story of manners and virtues -- yes, but not so light-weight!
The boundaries of the genre were pushed to express a great deal more than expected.
The narrator, Lucy Scott, turned in a fine interpretation, and she has a lovely voice, well-suited to the work.
What impressed me the most was the intelligence and grace of the writing, which only got better and better as the story unfolded. I will look at more from Frances Hodgson-Burnett!

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,059
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,454

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

A book that will stay with me....

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

'A Gentleman in Moscow' is a manual on how to be a civilized human being -- educated, tolerant, kind, attentive, patient, appreciative, loyal, and humorous. I loved this book, and Nicholas Guy Smith was the perfect narrator for it.
This is a book that needs to be savored at leisure. Speed reading is not advised.

  • Another Man's Moccasins

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,576

Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best writer and the best reader get together

  • By Patroo on 09-30-08

Getting back on the horse.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

After a splendid beginning, the series was pretty rocky.
'Another Man's Moccasins' is starting to meet expectations again, so I'm looking forward to the next book.

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,613

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

Not so much...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

The first of the series was excellent, the second was a mild disappointment, this third book, Kindness Goes Unpunished, was an indescribable mishmash. First of all, this one is not set in the West, but in urban Philadelphia -- bad idea, in my opinion. The plot isn't. The characters and their relationships to each other are disjointed. They are out of their place and time. Unfortunately, explicit sex and mayhem can't distract the reader from these troublesome and tiresome problems. It just didn't work, although I did TRY to make it work.
However, since this is a long series, I am hopeful that it will be back on track, and I'll be able to lose myself again in the characters and locale I became so fond of.

  • 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 6,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,764

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

A little less satisfying....

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

The first book in this series was so darn good, that my expectations for the second book may have been a bit too high. Still, The reader, George Guidall, continues as near to my conception of Walt Longmire as I can imagine, and the book did not disappoint. I'm just eager to taste the next one!

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,839

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Even better!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

I've been a fan of the Longmire television series, but the book is even better.
There's breathtaking descriptive writing, and wonderful impressionist passages, that just can't be in the televised work. (I must say that Robert Taylor was very well cast as Walt Longmire, and Craig Johnson is surely pleased with that.) The criticism I have of the book is the same I have of the filmed series -- plot more than a little over the top -- too ready to go for the cheap thrills. Heck, it could be the finest literary fiction. I imagine this is a conscious choice, however, for understandable reasons....