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  • The Widows of Malabar Hill

  • By: Sujata Massey
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 788

Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By hachiko on 02-09-18

Excellent young heroine(s).

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I kept mentally correcting this narrator on many names in the story. The plot(s) and characters are well developed. Satisfactory ending. Strong female characters. The subject of male/female segregated Muslim households is explored in some depth, as is long-standing Muslim marital law. I enjoyed this book and will continue to read this author's works.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,096

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

too much angst

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I don't really want to listen to a book in order to increase my own anxiety. This book rarely lets up on the worry scale. I also found that many french words were pronounced badly, which is grating.

  • The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses)

  • By: Terri-Lynne DeFino
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A whimsical, moving novel about a retirement home for literary legends who spar, conjure up new stories, and almost magically change the lives of the people around them. Alfonse Carducci was a literary giant who lived his life to excess - lovers, alcohol, parties, and literary rivalries. But now he's come to the Bar Harbor Home for the Elderly to spend the remainder of his days among kindred spirits: the publishing industry's nearly gone but never forgotten greats. Only now, at the end of his life, does he comprehend the price of appeasing every desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nice story good narration

  • By christie on 08-25-18

Lots of sex

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I could do with more story and fewer sex scenes. It’s pretty formulaic. Just okay.

  • The Drowning Man

  • By: Margaret Coel
  • Narrated by: Andrea Bates
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Travis Birdsong sits in prison for killing his partner in the crime of stealing petroglyphs from the Red Cliff canyon. Attorney Vicki Holden is convinced that Travis must be innocent because another petroglyph has been stolen out of the canyon. She is even more convinced after the thieves contact the mission priest in order to get the tribes to buy the artifact back. As Father John tries to get the petroglyph back and Vicki tries to prove Travis is innocent, the two situations collide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, Poor narration

  • By Jill on 10-20-16

Andrea Bates isn't the best narrator for Coel.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

This narrator mispronounces many place names. Other narrators are more appropriate for Margaret Coel's work.
The story is typical Coel, and is quite interesting.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Find

  • By Marie on 10-29-16

Excellent cozy mysteries! Love Neil Dudgeon!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

I listen to each of these compilations several times, to absorb every clue and nuance. They're well-written and highly enjoyable. Am always waiting for the next one to go on special offer!

  • The Bertie Project

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Bertie's respite from his overbearing mother, Irene, is over. She has returned home from the Middle East, only to discover that her son has been exposed to the worst of evils: cartoons, movies, and even carbonated beverages. But the one who should be most concerned is her unfortunate husband, Stuart, upon whom her wrath is about to descend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not again

  • By lerone on 02-16-17

More on Bertie, soon, if you please!!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

Quite a lot happens in this book, but I'm always yearning for Bertie to have more adventures and for Stewart to "man up" to his impossible wife! I do hope Alexander McCall Smith is busily writing more of these adventures right now!!

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  • The Drunken Botanist

  • The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 648

Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the surprising botanical history and fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No more cheap tequila!

  • By Cynthia on 03-23-13

needs editing by botanical experts.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

I question much of the botanical information included here and I'm just on chapter 6!
Pronunciation of botanical names is so poor as to be confusing.
Botanical names are constantly changing. Author states that names are constant because they reflect the first botanist who discovered and named the plant. In fact, the oldest botanical reports are the hardest to uncover, as many have not been entered into any sort of electronic data, and are, instead, found in dusty volumes of early journals and books. As the oldest records of a species are found, names are changed to reflect that initial nomenclature. Believe me, lots of botanical names are changing, just considering the plants in the 4-county area in which I specialize.
Some plants do "migrate." But apples, which have been cultivated and carried about the globe didn't "migrate" as this term is better applied to plants derived from seeds which were carried about by animals, wind or water. When man moves something about, there are more specific terms such as cultivated, hybridized, etc.
The narrator does a terrible job of pronouncing Spanish terms. She correctly pronounces tequila, then butchers tequilana.
The author's section on different species of Agaves could be much better. I don't think she consulted or perhaps did not understand a good reference work on agave species.
I suppose that an author who has written so many books on different usage of plants in a short period should be suspect. How would any one person do the appropriate in-depth study necessary to produce a factually correct account on so many plants and so many subjects?
Perhaps this is why I was able to buy this title on the "audible daily deal!"

  • Medium Raw

  • A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,195

In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly tender.

  • By Sparkly on 10-09-12

lotsa ranting!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

I like Anthony Bourdain, and his TV series have been great. However, this title descended into a constant rant for so long that I stopped listening.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,273

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

lacking a middle ground of context

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

Ngozi expresses a lot of anger towards many of her experiences. She seems to lack the understanding that some dialects are very difficult for "middle America" to understand. She is also highly critical of the very rich families who attempt to "help" her as she seeks to support herself in America.
I enjoyed the story, the dialects, the expressions, and experiences.
I also enjoyed the ending.
There are many insightful discussions weaving thru the narrative, however, Ngozi fails to reach a plateau upon which she can also view things thru the eyes of many of her main characters.

  • The Lightkeepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Geni
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 702

In The Lightkeepers, we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, for a one-year residency capturing the landscape. Her only companions are the scientists studying there, odd and quirky refugees from the mainland living in rustic conditions; they document the fish populations around the island, the bold trio of sharks called the Sisters that hunt the surrounding waters, and the overwhelming bird population....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky and Strange

  • By Sara on 10-20-16

horrible narrator.. is she depressed?

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

can't get past this depressing narration to find out if the story or characters have merit.
This was a waste of money for me.

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