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  • Peshwari Nans

  • Beyond the Bucket List
  • By: Stephen Haughan
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

In their twilight years, two 80-something sisters, Esther and Minnie are coaxed from their easy chairs and their comfort zone of carpet slippers, crochet hooks, jigsaws, and rummage sales to fulfill the dying wish of a dear friend. They go on to undertake a road trip of sorts in Esther's beloved classic Trafalgar blue Morris Traveller, affectionately known as "Vivien". The trip, however, is no minor errand to return late library books. Theirs was to be an epic undertaking from Lodon's Whitechapel to Raipur, deep in the heart of the Indian Subcontinent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the kindness!

  • By Tersia on 08-26-18

The 100 hundred year old Gump sisters.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Seriously though, there was a formula here, but it works making this story an entertaining story. The only discordant notes were when Esther and Minnie tried to go deep and bordered on melodramatic.

  • The Year of Saying Yes

  • By: Hannah Doyle
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Dear Listeners, I hold my hands up: I'm stuck in a rut. For three years and counting I've been hopelessly in love with the same guy - and the closest we've ever got is a drunken arse grab (NB: this doesn't count). My favourite hobby is googling cats for spinsters, and I'm sick of my shoestring salary that barely pays for my shoe-box flat. I need a head-to-toe life makeover. Enter my 'Year of Saying Yes', which is where you come in. To help me sort out my sorry life, I need you to #DareIzzy. For the next 12 months I'll be saying yes to your challenges, no matter how wild, adventurous or plain nuts they are.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light Chick Lit

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-19-18

Light Chick Lit

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Don't get me wrong, amusing, some good laughs, but the book feels familiar and formulaic. However, the performance made this book more enjoyable. Like BJD movies, not great, but entertaining because we love Colin Firth.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, Book 5
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,281

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

All over the place

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

I had a hard time keeping focused for this book and kept losing interest. The story wasn't very credible or interesting.

  • The Cliff House Strangler

  • A Sarah Woolson Mystery
  • By: Shirley Tallman
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

San Francisco attorney Sarah Woolson attends a seance, which turns out to be much more than "silly parlor tricks". After a dramatic display, the clairvoyant and her guests discover that one of the people seated at the table has been brutally strangled, and Sarah is pressed into defending the accused murderer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-01-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Stumbled onto this series and was entertained. The only caveat is her Scottish cohort, by book 5 his character should have gotten a clue.

  • The Lost Boy

  • The Fjällbacka Series, Book 7
  • By: Camilla Läckberg
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Mats Sverin was Fjällbacka's financial director on a regeneration project worth millions. When he's found dead, detective Patrik Hedström must find answers. It seems Mats was a man who everybody liked yet nobody really knew - a man with something to hide. Is it just a coincidence that his high school sweetheart, Nathalie, has returned to the area? Does she know who Mats really was?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like this author

  • By Donna on 10-14-16

I like the series

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Not as bleak as the usual Swedish noir, but is dangerously close to slipping into the bane of most series...soap opera type melodrama. Her character development is good and I find myself enjoying the evolution of certain characters.

Overall a good series seven books in so far.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Heat Islands

  • Doc Ford #2
  • By: Randy Wayne White
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

Marine biologist and former secret operative Doc Ford is lazily poling his skiff along Southwest Florida's flat copper sea in search of sea anemones when he runs into the body of the most hated man on Sanibel Island: Marvin Rios. And when the Island's simplest and sweetest resident is arrested for the murder, Doc heads straight into the heart of the sunshine state's dark side - to save his friend from being framed, and to save Sanibel Island from a rising tide of land-grab schemes, blood money, and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Faith on 04-29-18

Doc is a pretty cool guy

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

What a character, the story and narrator were fun and enjoyable listen. Doc is quite the guy to have around. The nerdier version of Jack Reacher?

  • The Darkest Goodbye

  • By: Alex Gray
  • Narrated by: Joe Dunlop
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

When an elderly woman is found dead at her home, newly fledged DC Kirsty Wilson is called to the scene. It appears that the woman had a mysterious visitor in the early hours of that morning - someone dressed as a carer but with much darker intentions. It soon becomes obvious that this was not death by natural causes; in fact it was murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is it just me

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-23-16

Is it just me

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

or is the religious voice starting to become more strident? While I still enjoyed this book, and continue to enjoy the development of characters, I felt almost as if I were being preached at. I have read non-secular works with less religious undertone.

  • The Last Refuge

  • By: Chris Knopf
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Sam Acquillo is at the end of the line: he's a middle-aged corporate dropout living in a ramshackle cottage in Southampton's North Sea. But then the old lady next door ends up floating dead in her bathtub, and it seems that Sam is the only one who wonders why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hero who doesn't work and play well with others.

  • By Cholmondeley on 04-04-13

Binge listening

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

I am really enjoying this series. Interesting characters and yes a little dated, but so is the Edmund Dantès, doesn't mean he isn't still outrageously entertaining. No, I am not really comparing the Count of Monte Cristo with The Last Refuge, or am I...

Seriously, just a good mystery without being too serious, just the right amount of quirky.



  • The Hanging Club

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet: hunting a gang of killers whom many believe to be heroes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Parsons never disappoints.

  • By Margaret on 06-17-16

I really enjoy Tony Parsons

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

The story was a little grim, okay okay, a lot grim, but great style.

While one might say why save these people, another might say where do we draw the line on who should be saved.

I am not saying I have the answers, Parson's just makes it clear there are a lot of questions.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Detective's Daughter

  • By: Lesley Thomson
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

It was the murder that shocked the nation. Thirty years ago, Kate Rokesmith went walking by the river with her young son. She never came home. For three decades her case file has lain, unsolved, in the corner of an attic - until Stella Darnell, daughter of Detective Chief Superintendent Darnell, starts to clear out her father's house after his death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • creative writing class

  • By Dr. William J. Kass on 07-26-16

Different

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

A very unique perspective. I enjoyed the story and the narrator. Amateur detectives usually devolve into extreme caricatures, not so in this case. This was not a jam packed thriller, but more a slow build with a natural and inevitable end.