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  • Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in]

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Possible Version of the Classic Whodunit

  • By Brian Abel Ragen on 11-10-17

Excellent Narration of a Classic Mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Somehow I have never read this before or saw any version of the movie, so everything was a surprise to me. She got me. She always gets me. Branagh gave characters a depth that Christie didn't spend a lot of time developing just by his inflections. Very well done.

  • Caroline

  • Little House, Revisited
  • By: Sarah Miller
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Marvel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

In the frigid days of February 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband, Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril. The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My childhood has been ruined

  • By BusyMommy on 05-09-18

Excellent Narration; Perfect for Little House Fans

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

This is the story of Little House on the Prairie told from "Ma's" point of view. It's not a page turner, and if you're already a Little House fan, there are few surprise (the author admits to changing some things to make them more historically accurate) but I still got teary-eyed in all the same parts fans have come to know and love. Also, it was interesting to see things from Ma's point of view. Dealing with two little girls age five and three, while pregnant, in a tiny little covered wagon. Giving birth in a strange land where you don't know anyone, and trying to hold your family together during impossible situation after impossible situation.

I found myself annoyed with Pa. I am a big Pa fan, seen through Laura's adoring eyes. But when you see the danger he put his family through, not because he had to, but because he wanted to, it was very frustrating. But Caroline is a devoted wife and follows him through thick and thin.

Well worth the read, and now I want to go back and read the originals again! The narration was perfectly Caroline's voice.

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  • 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 21,539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,894

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

Any Review I Give Cannot Do Justice to this Book

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

Any review I give this book cannot do it justice. A young count is sentenced to a life of house arrest in a first rate hotel in Moscow just after the revolution. We see Moscow change over the next thirty years from his perspective. Strong character descriptions, amazing use of language and a thoroughly likeable Count make this a can't miss book. Highly recommended in audio book format. My new favorite of the year.

  • Last Bus to Wisdom

  • A Novel
  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918

The final novel from a great American storyteller. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an 11-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ivan Doig was getting older

  • By Starr Callies on 01-13-16

A Modern Classic Expertly Barrated

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

Eleven-year-old Donny journeys on the "dog bus" across the country and back during the summer of 1951 and meets a number of eccentric characters along the way. A down-on-her luck waitress, soldiers shipping off to Korea, a jail-breaker and his brother, and a close-knit bunch of hoboes are just a few of the well-drawn characters that help bring this story to life. When a summer visiting his Great Aunt Kate and Uncle Dutch doesn't go as planned, Donny finds himself on a rough and tumble adventure in the west.

The author takes his time with this novel developing characters and settings which gives it the feel of a well-written classic. Books that that take their time (in a good way) seem to be a rarity these days. This one is well worth your time and expertly narrated by the popular David Aaron Baker.

  • Paper and Fire

  • The Great Library
  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Julian Elffer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good. Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ending is cut off

  • By Karen T on 07-01-17

Story Heats Up With Second Installment

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

As is the case with trilogies, the second book was not as good as the first, but still interesting. The library students from the first book are now serving separately at their assignments, but a twist brings them back together again with their old professor. The once seemingly bright world of the library is looking darker and darker. Looking forward to the conclusion.

  • In This Grave Hour

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053

When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Führer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good Maisie story again

  • By Maine Knitter on 03-17-17

A Strong Addition to the Series

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

War has been declared again and Maisie finds herself investigating the deaths of Belgium refugees from the First World War while dealing with the mystery of a child who won't speak who has been evacuated from London during the current war to Maisie's inlaw's estate. The writing reminded me of the earlier books and I really enjoyed it. A few of the later books weren't as good, but this one is back on target. Orlagh Cassidy is Maisie. I can't imagine any other narrator as she, Billy, or Priscilla.

  • Ink and Bone

  • The Great Library
  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,414

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly - but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor, Poor Protagonist

  • By Hopeisananchor on 04-08-16

At Last, Librarians Rule the World...but

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Imagine a world where the Great Library of Alexandria was never burned, the library rules the world and the most coveted and prestigious job is librarian. What could be better? It was enough for me to listen to this book. But, there is something ominous about this seemingly perfect world where the lion statues in front of the library come to life and chase down book thieves, owning original books is illegal and knowledge trumps everything...even human life. Strong characters, good plot and lots and lots of book lovers. I really enjoyed this, will continue the series. The narration was excellent and helped bring the story to life. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much in print.

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  • The Thin Man

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting when his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Book, Hated the Narration

  • By Julia L. Scott on 02-10-06

Had trouble paying attention with this

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

No likeable or sympathetic characters. Boring plot line. Lots of privileged people whining about their lives. I was hoping to like this a lot more than I did but was grateful when I finished the audio. I did enjoy the relationship between Nick, Nora and Asta, but there wasn't nearly enough of that to save it. William Dufris did a great job with the narration but this just wasn't my cup of tea.

  • The Whole Town's Talking

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 724

Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening out at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it's called, is anything but still. Funny and profound, this novel in the tradition of Flagg's Can't Wait to Get to Heaven and Thornton Wilder's Our Town deals with universal themes of heaven and earth and everything in between, as Flagg tells a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Novel

  • By Jean on 01-15-17

For Fans of the Elmwood Spring Stories

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

This is the fourth book in the series about Elmwood Springs, and it's just as a warm and charming as the other three. In this book, we learn about the founders of the town and what happens to some of our favorite characters. Extremely well narrated. Made me laugh out loud many times, particularly at Aunt Elner's antics, and it sometimes made me cry. Highly recommended.

  • Scents and Sensibility

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

In the latest entry in the immensely popular Chet and Bernie mystery series, Private Investigator Bernie Little and his canine companion, Chet, return home to encounter some alarming developments. First off, Bernie's wall safe - normally hidden behind the waterfall picture in the office - is gone, and with it Bernie's grandfather's watch, their most valuable possession. And next door, old Mr. Parsons is under investigation for being in possession of a saguaro cactus illegally transplanted from the desert. Bernie and Chet go deep into the desert to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only a cliffhanger, only a cliffhanger, only...

  • By Julie on 07-30-15

Another Solid Installment

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Mysteries, chases, fights, riding shot gun, and more of Shooter the pup. A solid installment.