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  • Manhattans and Murder

  • The Murder, She Wrote Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
  • Narrated by: Beth Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Promoting her latest books brings best-selling mystery writer Jessica Fletcher to New York for Christmas. Her schedule includes book signings, chat-show appearances, department store shopping...and murder. But it all begins with a sidewalk Santa staring at Jessica with fear and recognition. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A release of an older Donald Bain book in the series, thank goodness

  • By Dorise on 02-01-19

Vintage Jessica!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I own all of the audio books in this series. I loved this one. The story was interesting and told in a straight-forward, fast-moving way. I enjoyed the narration too. It was a very different voice for Jessica but it grew on me. I hope more of the older books will be turned into audio books.

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  • Murder, She Wrote: A Date with Murder

  • Murder, She Wrote
  • By: Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, Jon Land
  • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Jessica Fletcher takes up the cause of her good friend Barbara Babs Wirth after Babs's husband Hal suffers a fatal heart attack that Jessica has reason to believe was actually murder. Her suspicions are aroused by a sinister dating site Hal used while he and Babs were having marital issues - a site that might be complicit in somehow swindling him out of millions. Jessica's investigation reveals that Hal was far from the only victim, and when his former business partner is also killed, a deadly pattern emerges. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Donald Bain :(

  • By Sundance Metelsky on 09-05-18

Jessica with new attitude

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I own every audio book in this series and am a huge fan. As many reviews mentioned, there are new voices for familiar characters and new attitudes too. Everyone including Jessica is a little edgier and more sarcastic than before. I mostly liked the changes including how Sheriff Mort Metzger is no longer infuriatingly slow on the take or how Dr. Seth Hazlit is no longer so old school and sexist. It made me like them more. The plot was interesting and fast moving. That said, I do think the authors could scale back on the sarcasm. Everyone sounds like they hate each other and it's distracting.

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  • For Women Only, Revised and Updated Edition

  • What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men
  • By: Shaunti Feldhahn
  • Narrated by: Shaunti Feldhahn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

Discover the truth he wants you to know! The man in your life is keeping secrets. They’re so deep inside he barely knows they're there, much less how to talk to you about them. Yet he genuinely wants you to "get" him - to understand his inner life, his fears, his needs... In her landmark best seller For Women Only, Shaunti Feldhahn reveals what every woman - single or married - needs to know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Jill on 10-19-13

Maybe if you are religious...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I'm surprised that more reviews do not mention how religious this book is. Perhaps the author is well known in a certain circle and people who buy her book are aware. I was not, and was taken aback by the constant mention of god, faith, and church throughout the book. This a big feature of the book and should be mentioned in the summary and/or the excerpt. Otherwise the information shared was very basic. If you've never heard that men get their emotional needs met by sex, and you don't mind when the author tells you to "stop listening and pray before continuing", then you'll probably enjoy this book. I am returning mine.

  • Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case

  • Jayne Frost, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,814

Jayne Frost is a winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus's niece, heir to the Winter Throne, and now private investigator. Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at a toy store are going missing. Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that's strictly off-limits. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Princess Turned PI!

  • By Cheri on 05-07-16

Easy Fun Read That Avoids Cliches

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

I found Jayne the main character very likable right away. I appreciated that she had the requisite "baggage" and imperfections that most female leads in these types of books seem to have, but she was not annoyingly self-deprecating. I also liked that the male characters were interesting and sexy but peripheral part of the story. First and foremost Jayne has a job to do. She does not spend all her time swooning or obsessing over the men which is something that happens in this genre way too much and makes me roll my eyes a little. The mystery part of the story felt slow, or even as if it were going nowhere, but for me the book was enjoyable for the journey not the destination. I just downloaded the second one in the series.

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  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,687

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Sweet, Delightful, and Funny

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

I was thoroughly entertained by this simple yet well-written story. It has the feel and pace of a cozy mystery book- it became a real turner about a third of way into the book- and it is also very funny. I unexpectedly
laughed out loud quite a few times. The narration was perfection. Each character's voice was subtly different without distracting exaggerations. One of my listening experiences!

  • Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse

  • By: Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Monk's house is being fumigated, and he has nowhere to go. Fortunately, his assistant Natalie and her daughter are kind enough to welcome him into their home. Unfortunately, their home is not quite up to Monk's standards of cleanliness and order. But while Monk attempts to arrange his surroundings just so, something else needs to be put straight. The death of a dog at the local firehouse - on the same night as a fatal house fire - has led Monk into a puzzling mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen

  • By SRuss on 06-19-09

Light and Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

I like to alternate between a serious book and a light, "fluffy" book. This fit the second category perfectly. I found it surprisingly funny. I giggled out loud several times listening to this book in public, which I haven't done since the last David Sedaris book. It was also quite touching in some parts, much like the TV show. Overall a very satisfying listening experience. I will be buying more in this series.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,891

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Satisfying!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-15

What made the experience of listening to Big Little Lies the most enjoyable?

I resisted this book for a long time. I didn't think I wanted to listen to a story about competitive and superficial suburban parents, which is the impression I had of this book. I'm really glad I decided to try it. I was hooked from the very first minute. It was light and fun listen with just the right amount of drama. The only word I have for the narration is "special". It made me care about the characters way more than I would have if I had just read their words. The writing moves fast. I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. Maybe not a serious and important Oscar winning movie but very entertaining and surprisingly complex. I found it unpredictable without being farfetched. I don't know when was the last time I actually stopped in my tracks and said "oh my god!" out loud during a book. I did it a few times toward the end, once startling the person next to me on the subway!

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  • On Target

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,552

Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Gray Man

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-10-12

a total deviation from the first book

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

Reviewed: 12-08-14

What disappointed you about On Target?

I absolutely loved the fast paced, no-nonsense action and the gripping suspense of The Grey Man. This sequel does have a lot of action but the plot is meandering and uninteresting. I am more than half way into the book right now and, after giving it many chances, I have decided to stop listening and return it. I rarely return books even when I am not completely delighted with the reading. In addition to the weak story, what really made me turn it off in the middle of a sentence and delete it from my iphone is that I just couldn't go on listening to the author's portrayal of the only female character Ellen (a main character) as being consistently stupid, illogical, helpless, and whiny. None of the characters in the first or second book are exactly subtle, but I was disturbed that even a six-year-old child character speaks and thinks more intelligently in this book than Ellen, an adult female lawyer.

  • Artemis Fowl

  • Artemis Fowl, Book 1
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,735

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Artemis Fowl (unabridged)

  • By JHawk 77 on 08-19-05

Original and Absorbing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-10

I've listened to the entire series and loved the experience. I felt myself completely transported to another world. The action is super exciting and the characters are unforgettable. The narration is perfect. It is very different from the Harry Potter books but if you are an adult (like me) who enjoy well-written young adult books, you will enjoy the fun and the originality of this series. I didn't reallly like Artemis Fowl after the first book... I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the second one but I'm glad I continued because seeing Artemis develop as a character is what made me truly love the series. I often laughed out loud listening to the books and even cried a few times.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,764

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Couldn't finish

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-10

It started off great with an interesting premise and fascinating historical details. I liked the narrator's voice and her various accents. About half way through, however, the story loses steam (both in action and in romance) and just meanders on and on in a very repetitive way. With about 2 hours left, I realized that I just didn't care anymore what happened to the characters so I stopped listening. I'm glad I bought the book on a major sale because I would have been upset that I wasted my credit on it.

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