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  • The Summer Wives

  • A Novel
  • By: Beatriz Williams
  • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society. But there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers. Then Miranda is caught in a catastrophe and banished....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh hum!

  • By Ruth M. Penson on 07-26-18

Flawless story and performance!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Ms. B has done it again! This is an extraordinary novel performed by the perfect voice artist! I love the characters and style of this novel, which boosts this author to the very top of my list of favorites. Everything about this story from the setting to the last Afterword sings with beauty, authenticity and historical accuracy. I’m sorry it took me a few weeks longer than expected to purchase this one. Thank you for a terrific listen!

  • The Lost Carousel of Provence

  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Long, lonely years have passed for the crumbling Château Clement, nestled well beyond the rolling lavender fields and popular tourist attractions of Provence. Once a bustling and dignified ancestral estate, now all that remains is the château's gruff, elderly owner and the softly whispered secrets of generations buried and forgotten. But time has a way of exposing history's dark stains, and when American photographer Cady Drake finds herself drawn to the château and its antique carousel, she longs to explore the relic's shadowy origins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By T Heskett on 09-23-18

Wonderful new novel set in France!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I just finished the audio version of The Lost Carousel of Provence! Thank you for another fabulous read. I loved it! The premise, the characters, the Juliet Blackwell style and, of course, the great XE Sands narration! BRAVA ❣️❤️❣️

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Vintage

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Mah
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this pause-resisting novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II. To become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination. She’s failed twice before; her third attempt will be her last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good strong characters

  • By L. Miller on 09-09-18

STUNNED! I loved this novel!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I love novels set in France. I didn’t have high expectations for this one, but because of the setting and premise, I decided to give it a listen. I was stunned by how wonderful it was on every score. Well drawn characters, solid mystery and performed by an artist with excellent French and American dialects in her toolbox. I had previously known this author only as a blogger and foodie, and I’m so impressed by her mastery of fiction, as well. Well done, Ann Mah! May this be the first of many wonderful novels, preferably ones set in France!

  • The Glass Ocean

  • A Novel
  • By: Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson, Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

This is a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century - two deep in the past, one in the present - to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.... Her finances are in dire straits, and best-selling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as wonderful as the first by these three!

  • By Alexis on 09-10-18

Not as wonderful as the first by these three!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I didn’t care for this as much as the earlier one by these three especially gifted authors. The narrator of the contemporary timeline was actually off-putting in this performance and detracted from my enjoyment overall. Her performance here jerked me out of the story every time. The premise was fascinating, but I still couldn’t finish it. I have bought the ebook version and will finish it that way.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Off Kilter

  • Scottish Highlands Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Hannah Reed
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, 30-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, best-selling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start

  • By Beatrice on 04-05-18

Great Start Of A Fun Series

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I very much enjoyed this first in a new (to me) mystery series. I sometimes wanted to slow the recording when the narration got a bit too speedy, but over all, the audiobook was a pleasure. And, I love the setting in the Scottish Highlands!

  • The Lady of Sorrows

  • The Greek Detective, Book 4
  • By: Anne Zouroudi
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Hermes Diaktoros visits a remote island which is home to an ancient icon famed for its miraculous powers. But something about the Virgin troubles him, and Hermes calls on an old friend to confirm his suspicions that the icon is a fake. Ready to hand the matter over to the authorities, Hermes intends to leave - until the island's icon painter is found dead at sea. Did he die of natural causes or by a wrathful hand? What secret is a dishonest gypsy keeping? And what haunts the ancient catacombs beneath the bishop's house?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent and Interesting Mystery!

  • By Alexis on 06-18-18

Intelligent and Interesting Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Hermes, aka “the fat man,” is an intelligent and very intuitive character. The author really brings him to life in these mysteries, along with all the fabulously authentic Greek villagers she portrays. Very well done. I plan to read all the mysteries in this series. It’s a winner!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Taint of Midas

  • By: Anne Zouroudi
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Gabrilis Kaloyeros is a bee-keeper on the beautiful Greek island of Arcadia. The ruined Temple of Apollo has been in his care for decades, and he has worked to protect it. But when crooked developers take over the island and the value of the land soars, he is persuaded through unscrupulous means to sign away his interest. Hours later he meets a violent, lonely death. When detective Hermes Diaktoros finds his friend's battered body by a dusty roadside, the police quickly name him the prime suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Protagonist Well Portrayed

  • By Alexis on 06-18-18

Wonderful Protagonist Well Portrayed

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

This series is new to me. It took a while for me to warm to “the fat man,” but now I’m totally hooked and plan to read them all! If you love Donna Leon’s Brunetti, you will doubtless enjoy these mysteries.

  • A Taste for Vengeance

  • A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno's usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman's background in intelligence and his connection to Monica's husband only raise more questions for Bruno.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the best

  • By Sharon Major on 06-28-18

Bruno Just Gets Better and Better!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I love this series and really enjoy the narration, too. Bruno and his little French town get me every time! It’s too bad we get only one of these per year!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sea of Memories

  • By: Fiona Valpy
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella’s life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful Île de Ré and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island’s sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free. But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the Île de Ré.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book...bad narrator

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-26-18

Frustrating narration of a compelling story...

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I don’t know who was in charge of quality control on this audiobook project, but the droning tone and repetitive cadence of this narration spoiled this otherwise compelling and interesting novel for me and I couldn’t finish it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Echo Moon

  • A Ghost Gifts Novel, Book 3
  • By: Laura Spinella
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

When photojournalist Peter St John returns home after a two-year absence, the life he’s been running from catches up. For years his mother’s presence, coupled with Pete’s own psychic gift, has triggered visits to 1917. There, he relives battles of the Great War, captures the heyday of Coney Island on canvas, and falls in love with an enchanting and enigmatic songstress named Esme. Present-day Pete still pines for Esme, and his love endures...but so does his vivid memory of killing her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Alicia deHerrera on 06-23-18

Brilliant Wrap Up of a Stellar Series

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I enjoyed this final book of Ghost Gifts. Laura Spinella did an excellent job of wrapping up this fascinating series. I’m kind of sad that the series is finished! I thought the narration was excellent, production values perfect, but all three books have been wonderfully done by Nicol Zanzarella. I’m not sure how much Scott Merriman added to the story, as Zansarella’s male voices have always been very nicely done. Bravo, Ms. Spinella! I look forward to more wonderful stories!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful