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  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,093

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ve Been Charmed

  • By Emily - Audible on 06-11-12

Royal Spyness Series - Great Listening

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I'm well into this series, currently listening to book 9 and continue to enjoy it. The stories are entertaining and fun to read. I've yet to figure out who dunnit in any of her books. The narrator does a wonderful job...with so many accents.

  • Cruel Winter

  • A County Cork Mystery
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons - and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • All talk, no action

  • By AnnieB on 05-12-17

Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Note to self: read reviews before purchasing any book, audio or otherwise.

Although the main character, Maura is from Boston (a city with more than it's share of snow storms and blizzards), she absolutely freaks out when told that a snow storm is coming. What should I do? Oh my gosh, what do I do? Do I get food? What if we have people taking refuge at the bar? What if they want to spend the night? What do I do?? This takes up several chapters

The story, which could have been an interesting one, is based on a 20 year old murder. A woman, who was a person of interest, enters the bar and wants to tell her side of the story. Maura acts as a moderator for the discussions that ensue.

Maura repeatedly reviews "what we know so far" as one reviewer put it, over and over and over and over and over. As the discussions take place in ONE night, there was no need for this but acted as filler to up the word count.

This was the fifth book in this series (there's one more out) and Maura hasn't grown...she's still whiny and waffling back and forth between two men (although she claims she doesn't have time for a man, she's too busy with the bar...and solving murders) Instead of the author using "said" as an attributive, the author has Maura "demanding" as in "'Why did they do that?' Maura demanded." This is to customers. She's not a likeable character. I don't believe I'll be listening to any more in the series.

SPOILER ALERT: One rule in mysteries is "play fair with your reader." This author didn't adhere to that rule.

  • The Sayers Swindle

  • A Book Collector Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Abbott
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

When Jordan manages to locate her boss' missing books, they are in the possession of Randolph Adams, an elderly man in a nearby town. Offering a valuable Hemingway first edition as an incentive, Jordan thinks she's about to seal the deal - but some of Randolph's relatives think he should hold out for more.Then the entire family disappears - and a dead body shows up. It's up to Jordan to collect the clues - and make sure a killer gets booked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turning into a really fun series!

  • By Kathi on 05-13-14

Narrators Can Make or Break an Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I really wanted to like this audiobook. I had read the print version of the first book in the series and liked it. However, the narration in this book just wasn't that great. It was as if she just read it straight through, sometimes not pausing between sentences, or pausing when she shouldn't have. I agree with the reviewer on the word "glowering" which was overused.

There were several mispronunciations...the most notable for me was the car Audi, which is correctly pronounced "Ow-Dee" not "Aw-dee" as the narrator did repeatedly.

After the book was over, I listened (I was driving) to the same narrator give the credits. This was done with more skill than the actual narration of the book.

I've learned a lesson...go back to audiobooks where I enjoyed the narration and choose based on the narrator.

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  • Through the Evil Days

  • A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire, that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs.... Currently he's struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: A week in an unelectrified ice-fishing cabin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really???

  • By Sara on 02-15-15

Losing Interest in Series

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I've listened to all of the books offered on Audible and have grown increasingly discouraged with the series. The last two books in particular just aren't up to the same quality I experienced with the earlier books.

The characters just aren't likable any more...Clare, who had a serious drinking and drug problem in the last book (which her cop husband didn't notice) was whiny and secretive and in this book Russ is just being mean and condescending.

One of my issues is with the narration...the narrator is good, but too many characters are speaking with the same slow drawl. Most people don't speak that slowly.

It was a good series and I enjoyed the earlier books, but I have to admit I'm glad I'm glad I'm done with it.

  • One Was a Soldier

  • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

At the Millers Kill Community Center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she's using alcohol to wipe out. Dr. George Stillman is denying that the head wound he received has left him with something worse than simple migraines. And Officer Eric McCrea is battling to keep his constant rage from affecting his life as a cop and as a father....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Series Derails

  • By Sara on 02-10-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I agree with some of the other reviewers. This series seems to have turned a corner, and not onto a better street. Clare is showing symptoms of PTSD, she's drinking heavily and doing drugs.

And her cop soon to be husband doesn't suspect a thing.

She comes across as whiny and not at all like the Clare introduced to us in the first few books. Yes, we all evolve and PTSD is a terrible thing. But I believe the author is doing her characters a disservice in this story line.

I'm about halfway through the next book in the series and it's not getting any better.

  • Prime Time

  • A Charlotte McNally Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Narrated by: Margaret Daly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

In the cutthroat world of television journalism, seasoned reporter Charlotte McNally knows that she'd better pull out all the stops or kiss her job goodbye. But it's her life that might be on the line when she learns that an innocent-looking email offer resulted in murder, mayhem and a multimillion-dollar fraud ring. All too soon her investigation leads her straight to Josh Gelston, who is a little too helpful and a lot too handsome. Charlie might have a nose for news, but men are a whole other matter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story great reader

  • By sheila on 03-04-13

Should have been a YA novel

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

With very little change, this could have been a very compelling young adult book. I really, really wanted to like it which is probably why I listened to it for so long, stopping within an hour of the ending. I didn't want to waste any more time on it. I listened to 7 and a half hours and just couldn't listen to any more.

The story was convoluted, The narrator would have been a great narrator for a much younger protagonist. The protagonist, an Emmy award winning journalist wasn't believable. She was too flighty, too man hungry, too self absorbed and yet she doubted herself at every turn.

As this was the first book in this series, I want to try another of Ms. Ryan's books...maybe not this series though.

  • Deadmistress

  • Susan Lombardi Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Carole B. Shmurak
  • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

The headmistress of an exclusive private school for girls has been found murdered in her office. When professor Susan Lombardi learns that her friend John is the prime suspect, she sets out to clear his name, but her research uncovers some troubling secrets about the school's faculty and students. And soon it becomes clear that John is not the only one with a motive for murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery!

  • By Jan M on 08-20-17

Deadmistress - Promising But Lacking

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

The premise of this story was promising but the execution left me saying too frequently "What the heck?" Although there was no real reason for the protagonist to play investigator and although everyone told her to leave it to the police, she continued to investigate the murder of the headmistress at the girl's boarding school where she had worked several years ago.

There were a number of suspects (some of whom were surprising...at one point the protagonist suspects a good friend for little reason). Some of the "suspects" appear to be thrown in with little regard to actual reasoning. The ending left a lot to be desired with a considerable amount of liberty taken as to what the local police would and would not allow.

The narrator was good although when the story reads "she sipped her tea" or "he chuckled" the narrator mimicked the sound which I found a little irritating.

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  • Nineteen Minutes

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,499

Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing

  • By Suze Weinberg on 03-23-07

Thought Provoking - Good Story and Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

This book dealt with a tough subject matter - a school shooting. With so many horrific events in real life, it was disturbing to listen to this book, but also enlightening. Without giving too much away, the story is told through several points of view, including the alleged shooter. It was interesting how each of the characters intersected with one another.

  • Welcome to Temptation

  • By: Jennifer Crusie
  • Narrated by: Aasne Vigesaa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004

Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crusie at the top of her game

  • By Diana on 08-31-08

Good Fun Book

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

I've listened to this book several times and always enjoy it. A light read with stand out characters. Jennifer Crusie has a way with dialog that never fails to amuse me.

  • The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235

Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Delightful Adventure

  • By Nancy J on 03-17-13

A Fun Series

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

Mrs. Pollifax has been charming readers for decades now...because it's a great series. Barbara Rosenblat does a good job with the narration. Wish Audible had more of the series.