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Frederick J. Spector

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  • 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 5,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,160

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

A clever intriguing page turner

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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: 12-24-18

Lady Hardcastle and her maid/confidant Florence Armstrong have retired to the London after many years of stressful adventures. Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden captures the characters of both friends and all the other players very ably. As Lady Hardcastle and Flo work to solve the mystery, I could feel them come to life, and at the satisfying conclusion of this first book/audio narrative ,am eager to continue their adventures.

  • Beginner's Luck

  • By: Laura Pedersen
  • Narrated by: Katie Hale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

From a wonderful new voice in fiction comes the freshest and funniest novel to barrel down the pike since Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. In Beginner's Luck, Pedersen introduces us to the endearing oddballs of Cosgrove County, Ohio, who burst to life and steal our hearts--and none more so than Hallie Palmer, 16, savvy, and wise beyond her years, a young woman who knows life is a gamble...and sometimes you have to bet the house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read It

  • By Frederick J. Spector on 12-17-18

Read It

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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: 12-17-18

Spunky Girl meets eccentric family= Love and Growth Lots of thought provoking moments and quite unfogettable

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  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The narrator of this timeless adventure story is the lad, Jim Hawkins, whose mother keeps the Admiral Benbow, an inn on the west coast of England in the 18th century. An old buccaneer takes up residence at the inn. He has in his sea chest a map to the hiding place of Captain Flint's treasure. A gang of cutthroats are determined to get his treasure map, and - led by the sinister, blind pirate, Pew - descend on the inn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always a pleasure

  • By Michele Kellett on 09-24-12

A wonderful Classic

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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: 07-09-18

Who young or old doesn't feel the thrill of adventure listening to this classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. The people of that time where a much hardier bunch than we are today. I am sure there are still treasures too be discovered if only we had the right map.

  • Looking Glass

  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625

Professor Theo Cray caught one of the most prolific serial killers in history using revolutionary scientific methods. Cut off from university research because of the shroud of suspicion around him after the death of his former student and the aftermath of catching his quarry, Cray tries to rebuild his life but finds himself drawn into another unsolved case. The desperate father of a missing child, ignored by the authorities and abandoned by his community, turns to Theo for help. The only clues are children's drawings and an inner-city urban legend about someone called the Toy Man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Follow Up

  • By Lia on 10-21-18

Suspenseful a page turner

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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: 05-17-18

I loved it. It's the second book in the series and look forward to reading more.

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  • Ricochet Joe

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,800
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,471

Joe Mandel is a perfectly ordinary guy from a perfectly ordinary town - a college student and community volunteer who dreams of one day publishing a novel. When a series of strange intuitions leads him to a crime in progress, Joe jumps headlong into danger without hesitation. In the aftermath, he wonders about the uncanny impulse that suddenly swept over him. Until new friend Portia Montclair, the strangely wise daughter of the local police chief, explains to him what sent him ricocheting around town like a crazy pinball.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, seriously crackers...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 01-10-18

Another Dean Koontz winner

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Unlike Stephen King, whose stories often have negative endings, Dean Koontz, works are usually positive. It's not that I dislike King or and I do not need "They lived happily ever after". Dean has found a middle ground and it's terrific..

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Train Through Time

  • By: Bess McBride
  • Narrated by: Joseph Antone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

College teacher Ellie Standish awakens from a night's doze to find herself on a bizarre historical train full of late Victorian era re-enactors who refuse to come out of character. When the leader of the group-handsome, green-eyed Robert Chamberlain-finally convinces her the date is indeed 1901, a skeptical Ellie rejects any eccentric theories of time travel and presumes she is smack dab in the middle of a very interesting historical dream. She turns the directorial reins of her dream over to smitten and willing Robert, only to realize that dreams cannot last forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too little story - far too much whining

  • By Regina on 03-14-18

Nice Romantic Take On Time Travel

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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: 05-26-16

The story is not complex, but the Edwardian era was well portrayed.

I wasn't sure I liked the narrator in the first chapter, but he got into stride and I enjoyed his performance.