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  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,100

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend's Manhattan apartment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

The Best Romance I’ve Ever Read!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I was amazed to read this, my first Nora Roberts novel, only a month ago! What a wonderful storyteller Roberts is! This novel has two of the best characters I’ve ever read or listened to. Ashton and Lila Lou are perfectly matched for your reading pleasure. The story is suspenseful and beautifully rendered in every detail. Thank you, Ms. Roberts, and hats off to Julia Whelan for yet another amazing performance!

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,483

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

A Fabulous Story!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I was amazed to read my first Nora Roberts novel only a month ago! What a wonderful storyteller Roberts is! This novel has two of the best characters I’ve ever read or listened to. The story is suspenseful and beautifully rendered in every detail. Thank you, Ms. Roberts, and hats off to Julia Whelan for yet another amazing performance!

  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,358

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

The First In A Marvelous Series!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I love the Veronica Speedwell mysteries, and I can hardly believe I have not written reviews of them! Enjoyable, humorous, wonderful characters and good plots. Add a wonderful performance by Angels Masters (no relation to me) and you have a winner on all counts!

  • A Dangerous Collaboration

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favor. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancée. But upon arriving, it becomes clear that the party is not as innocent as it had seemed. Every invited guest has a connection to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who disappeared on her wedding day three years ago, and a dramatic dinner proves she is very much on her husband's mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Veronica is a five star read again!

  • By teenareads on 03-20-19

Wonderful series, and this one’s the best yet!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I love the Veronica Speedwell mysteries, and I can hardly believe I have not written reviews of them! Enjoyable, humorous, wonderful characters and good plots. Add a wonderful performance by Angels Masters (no relation to me) and you have a winner on all counts!

  • The Alchemist's Illusion

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She's finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned. A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable 4th book

  • By LCNanny on 02-01-19

Adorable series!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I really enjoy this series. This installment was not, to my mind, quite as tightly woven as usual but was fun just the same!

  • This Rough Magic

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

The pioneer of romantic suspense, Mary Stewart leads her listeners on a thrilling journey to a Mediterranean island paradise in this tale of mystery, murder and intrigue, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym. Lucy Waring, a young, out-of-work actress from London, leaps at the chance to visit her sister for a summer on the island paradise of Corfu, and what's more, a famous but reclusive actor is staying in a villa nearby. But Lucy's hopes for rest and romance are shattered when a body washes up on the beach and she finds herself swept up in a chilling chain of events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PERFECT BEACH READ, rediscovered

  • By Susan on 08-02-18

A Classic By A True Trailblazer!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

This Rough Magic is a fabulous read narrated to perfection by Helen Johns. I loved this audiobook and felt it was perfect in every regard. It was written in a totally different era from ours, but holds up beautifully in this current market. I’ve already ordered the other newly released novel by Ms. Stewart and anticipate that I’ll enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed this one. Truly, I devoured the audiobook and felt bereft when it was over!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blame It on Paris

  • Bennett Sisters Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: Lise McClendon
  • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

When Francie Bennett, fourth in the line of lawyer/sisters, comes under suspicion at her law firm, she is mortified to learn she must take a leave of absence. Just a formality, they say, but she is sure this is the end of her law career. Will she sit around her apartment and eat cheese, drink wine, and binge Netflix while it gets worked out? Zut alors! Non! She is off to Paris to help spring a student jailed for serious drug crimes. She stays with her sister Merle and her boyfriend, the debonair policier Pascal, while trying to navigate the murky waters of the French criminal system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love The Bennett Sisters Mysteries

  • By Alexis on 12-29-18

Love The Bennett Sisters Mysteries

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Blame It On Paris is perhaps my favorite Bennett Sisters mystery, though I have enjoyed each of the novels in this charming and intelligent series. I really liked learning more about Francine, but it was terrific to have little vignets with other Bennett sisters, as well. Merle and Pascal play a large role in this mystery, which was delightful for me. I do hope Lise McClendon will continue this series, and I hope she is always able to secure Denise Stradling to do the narration going forward too. Thanks very much to author and narrator for many hours of pleasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Odette and the Great Fear

  • A Bennett Sisters Bonus (Bennett Sisters Mysteries, Book 6)
  • By: Lise McClendon, Merle Bennett
  • Narrated by: Denice Stradling
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Deep in the French countryside - as the country reels through rebellion, beheadings, and starvation - a goat herder named Odette is trying to survive. Just that is on her mind - survival. Since she marched to Versailles with a group of Parisian women to protest the high prices of wheat, her life has spun out of control. She's fled the capital for the countryside. But what will happen to her? Can she stay in the Dordogne, where the kindly farmers have taken pity on her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story, good history!

  • By Alexis on 10-24-18

Lovely story, good history!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

This historical story by one of my favorite authors is charming and memorable. I had known this one was coming because it is mentioned in one or more of the wonderful Bennett Sisters novels. Enjoy!

  • The Summer Wives

  • A Novel
  • By: Beatriz Williams
  • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 599

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 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

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 ❣️❤️❣️

3 of 3 people found this review helpful