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  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,272

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

A very engaging read.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This is a mystery within a mystery. The murder mystery within is what gets you and sucks you in to the point that you forget it's not actually the book you are reading. But in the end you do get closure all around. The narration is quite good also.

  • P. D. James BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi, Hugh Grant, full cast, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of P. D. James' acclaimed mysteries, plus P. D. James in Her Own Words. This collection includes: Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires, A Certain Justice, The Private Patient, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Desert Island drama

  • By Zaubermond on 02-13-18

Love the live action!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This is the first time I have ever listened to a dramatization. It was an amazing experience. Highly recommend it.

  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

  • By Chuck on 03-12-18

Love the Lavender series!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

The story and narration of the Lavender series are always a great listen. Highly recommend.

  • Some Danger Involved

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 1
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,502

An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London's Jewish ghetto. When the eccentric and enigmatic Barker takes the case, he must hire an assistant, and out of all who answer an ad for a position with "some danger involved", he chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man with a murky past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever writing!

  • By Kathi on 01-13-17

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I am new to this series and I love the characters and narration. The story line is intriguing and the period detail is wonderful as well.

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,294

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

New favourite!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

This is my first book by this author. There was more description than there was action, but that was ok. I loved listening to the narrator. Her voice was quite beautiful. The story line is not for everyone, but it did not bother me. Cannot wait to read the next book.

  • The Kill Artist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,430

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reluctant Assassin

  • By Snoodely on 10-30-13

Love Gabriel Allon.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Always love Gabriel Allon. Especially the narration by George Guidall which brings him to life. His tone, his actions, his thoughts. Nothing is wasted in what Allon does with regards to what he needs to accomplish. Always exciting books. Highly recommend.

  • Lady of Ashes

  • Lady of Ashes, Book 1
  • By: Christine Trent
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

Only a woman with an iron backbone could succeed as an undertaker in Victorian London, but Violet Morgan takes great pride in her trade. While her husband, Graham, is preoccupied with elevating their station in society, Violet is cultivating a sterling reputation for Morgan Undertaking. She is empathetic, well-versed in funeral fashions, and comfortable with death's role in life - until its chilling rattle comes knocking on her own front door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Unusual Book!

  • By Sara on 07-09-14

A new favorite and an undertaker no less!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

Violet is a wonderful new heroine. I liked the story and the narration, though others did not. My only problem was that it dragged on unnecessarily. Trent could have easily gotten 2 books out of this one. And, anyone who follows this genre knows full well Colorado was never going to happen. And And I for one am grateful.

  • Evanly Choirs

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

When Constable Evan Evans is persuaded to join the local male choir for the upcoming eisteddfod (cultural festival), he doesn't think the addition of his mediocre voice will do them much good. In spite of all the effort that choirmaster Mostyn Phillips puts in to the choir, it is not exactly first class. Hope arrives in the form of world-renowned tenor Ifor Llewelyn, come home to Llanfair to rest, on doctor's orders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welsh cozy.

  • By Rebekah on 06-13-17

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

I love listening to these stories. They are a comfortable, delightful read while I am driving. The characters are charming, the story and mystery will hold your attention and might even surprise you and make you laugh on occasion.

2 things, however. There were 2 different narrators, thus 2 different voices for the characters during the first 3 books! This I did not like. Second, Audible.com published books 1, 2, 3, and 9. Seriously!! Why the hell would you jump to book #9?? I cannot read this. Too much happens in between.

  • A Perilous Undertaking

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough!!

  • By Denise on 01-18-17

Love Speedwell and Stoker!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

The relationship between Speedwell and Stoker and all that it entails is incredibly delightful and entertaining. The story line is equally as engaging. This series is a must read. But do yourself a favor and start at the beginning.

  • The Limehouse Text

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 3
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

In The Limehouse Text, Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn discover a pawn ticket among the effects of Barker's late assistant, leading them to London's Chinese district, Limehouse. There they retrieve an innocent-looking book that proves to be a rare and secret text stolen from a Nanking monastery, containing lethal martial arts techniques forbidden in the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked on this series

  • By The Fat Man on 02-24-17

Found a new favorite series!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

This has quickly become one of my new favorite series. The characters, narrative and narration are wonderful.

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