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  • A Nun in the Closet

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Roslyn Alexander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

From the author of the classic mysteries starring the irrepressible CIA spy, Mrs. Pollifax, comes a delightfully different mystery with a most unholy twist. Filled with all the hilarious surprises and good old-fashioned suspense that her fans have come to love, A Nun in the Closet is the story of two high-spirited nuns who accidentally stumble into a dangerous plot involving ghosts, gangsters, and Protestants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nun'sense Fun

  • By Pegret on 05-07-12

Doesn't Live Up to It's Potential

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

When the Order of St. Tabitha inherits an estate, Sisters John and Hyacinth are sent to inspect it and take inventory. What they find is a wounded man asking for sanctuary, a suitcase full of money, and multiple jars of sugar in the pantry. They increase their knowledge of the world with hippies, migrant workers, and the mafia in the adventure of a lifetime.

Gilman's prose is strong and full of enthusiasm. The characters of Sisters John and Hyacinth were charming and fully enjoyable, with the minor characters being stereotypical. There was a good deal of social commentary that was so dated as to be boring. The plot starts of with great promise, but deteriorates toward the end into an unbelievable farce. It's not that the book was bad, but it's not one I'd recommend or read again.

Ms. Alexander did an above average job narrating, though some of her voices were jarring.

  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

Enjoyable Stories

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This "continuation" of the Sherlock Holmes stories has all the flavor of the original, but the mysteries are not as believable or as intricate as Dolye's. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read for the dialogues between Holmes and Watson alone.

Simon Vance was, of course, flawless in his performance.

  • The Yellow Mask

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Bobbie Frohman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 8

In a tale delivering the best in the genre of romantic suspense, Willkie Collins’ novel The Yellow Mask, will hold you riveted from beginning to end. A priest believes the inheritance and great wealth of Count Fabio D’Ascoli was stolen from the Church many generations ago. This scheming priest decides to steal the money back and unleashes a mystery filled with terror and menace. Who is behind The Yellow Mask? Maddalena or...?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dated

  • By barbara on 04-03-14

Unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

This is a short Victorian romantic thriller, hampered by it's lack of length, and not fully satisfying.

Ms. Frohman did a below average performance, with unrealistic voices and an unprofessional reading voice.

  • My Sister's Grave

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,592

Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite good...

  • By Rebecca on 10-18-15

Average Mystery/Suspense

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Tracy Crosswhite's sister disappeared twenty years ago. A man was convicted of her murder, even though a body was never found. Now, her body is discovered by hunters, giving new evidence that the conviction may have been incorrect. Tracy, a homicide detective, is determined to find the answer.

This novel effectively uses backstory alternating with the current story to bring the reader into the plot. The characters are well-developed and most motivations believable. However, the book is just too long; it drags in the middle, and the ending is tediously extended. In addition, while there is suspense, the solution to the mystery itself is apparent before the denouement. This is by no means a bad book, but it isn't better than average.

Ms. Sutton-Smith does a good job with distinctive voices, but could have used more emotions.

  • I Am Watching You

  • By: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,038
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,038

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Thriller With Depth

  • By Sara on 07-15-18

Solidly Good Thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Ella witnesses two fresh-from-prison men chatting up two teenaged girls, thinks about stepping in, but doesn't. When one of the girls, Anna, goes missing, Ella blames herself. A year later, Ella begins to receive threatening postcards from someone else who blames her. In the meantime, Anna's family issues another appeal for help, and this time new witnesses step forward, involving Anna's family and friends, showing that they all had something to lie about during the investigation.

While one of the premises of the story is flimsy, the rest of the plot is strong. Driscoll is a fine writer, neatly combing thrills with every day occurrences. The slow way that the backstory was shared was particularly effective. Overall, with the one flaw, it's a suspense novel that is a solidly good read.

Elizabeth Knowelden is an excellent narrator, with varied voices and well-expressed emotions.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,211

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your time or credit.

  • By Denise on 05-15-18

Gripping Thriller, Stunning Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Emma's six-year-old son Aiden, is drowned in a flood, his body never recovered. Shockingly, ten years later, he stumbles out of the woods, mute from the trauma of a decade of abuse. With Aiden not talking, Emma suspects everyone of the heinous crime, and her life becomes a mess of fear and doubt, distrusting those closest to her.

This thriller is tense and stressful, and completely compelling. The reader is gripped from early on, and the first-person narration adds to the experience. Denzil is a talented writer, and Silent Child is hard to put down, giving multiple surprises and twists, and delivering a satisfying ending.

Joanne Froggart is a masterful narrator, who delivers a stunning, emotional performance.

  • You Sent Me a Letter

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

What if your worst enemy discovered your darkest secret? At 2:00 a.m. on the morning of her 40th birthday, Sophie wakes in the darkness of her bedroom and finds a stranger watching her from the foot of the bed. The intruder hands Sophie a letter and issues an ultimatum: the message is to be opened at her forthcoming party, in front of family and friends, at exactly 8:00 p.m.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me interested the whole time

  • By Listening Queen on 05-16-17

Stressful Psychological Thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Sophie is awakened in the middle of the night by an intruder with a letter that is to be opened at her birthday party the following night; if she doesn't, her family will be hurt. This psychological thriller drags a little about three-quarters of the way through, but other than that it is a stressful, intense read that will keep the reader guessing.

Ms. Maisey was an excellent narrator, both in creating the mood and in showing the emotions well.

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  • Decline and Fall

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys' private school in Wales. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathing life into Waugh's stylish comedy

  • By Christo on 11-22-16

Black Humor, Satire, and the Absurd

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Paul Pennyfeather is, by no fault of his own, sent down from Oxford for indecent behavior. His only recourse is to get a job teaching at a less-than-prestigious boarding school. While there, he meets the widowed mother of a student, Margot Beste-Chetwynde, with whom he falls in love. This starts a chain of events leading to his decline and fall.

This, Waugh's first published novel, shows him already a master of black humor, satire, and the absurd. The plot is unpredictable, the prose excellent, and the entire book truly funny. While it's not perfection, it is a great, quick read that will have the reader laughing out loud.

Mr. Maloney does excellent voices, narrates well, and the singing episode was hysterically funny. He does tend to read too quickly at times, though, making it a four star performance instead of five.

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  • Great World Religions: Hinduism

  • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

In this 12-lecture series, you'll encounter a religion that is perhaps the most diverse of all; one that worships more gods and goddesses than any other, and one that rejects the notion that there is only one path to the divine. These lectures provide a window into the roots of, perhaps, all religions. You'll explore the course of Hinduism's 5,000-year journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An important introduction into Hinduism

  • By Jacobus on 05-09-14

Interesting and Informative

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

This is a 6 hour series of lectures on the theology of Hinduism and it's 5000 year history. I was expecting more about the actual practices and more stories about the deities than it contains, but was not disappointed by the overall quality of the course.

Dr. Muesse was an enthusiastic and informative lecturer.

  • A History of India

  • By: Michael H. Fisher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael H. Fisher
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Over 5,000 years, India has been home to a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures. Two of the world's great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - have their origins in South Asia, and the lands east of the Indus River have long been a central hub for trade, migration, and cultural exchange. Today the subcontinent contains 20 percent of the world's population and is a thriving center for global business, making this region one of most significant economic powerhouses in the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For beginners only

  • By Lams63 on 02-10-17

History of Indian Subcontinent

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This is an 18 1/2 hour course on the history of the Indian subcontinent from earliest known times up to current day. The course is well prepared and interesting, and Dr. Fisher, while sometimes halting, is generally a good lecturer.