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  • Victoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Anna Wilson-Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916

Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died, and she is now queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!!

  • By Tommy on 02-06-18

Very entertaining, enjoyable, and educational

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I thought this was a very nice piece. The narration was superb and the information was conveyed in an entertaining way.
I knew a little bit about Queen Victoria and Albert, but this told the story of their LIVES with all the idiosyncrasies and quirks that keep life interesting. I hope you enjoy it, too.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,362

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

This needs to be read one more time....

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

I am so on the fence with this book. I'm going to mull this one over. I'm going to taste this story like a fine wine and consider its high and low notes and its symbology. I think I'll have a better idea of where I stand with it.
This is the first time I've seen a book be the better for it when the author narrated. Usually it's a train wreck, but this narration was dead on and entertaining.

  • The Anatomist’s Apprentice

  • The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Tessa Harris
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 635

The death of Lord Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man - except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Lord Edward’s corpse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gruesome but Deftly Plotted

  • By Sires on 03-07-12

"I've been waiting for this for so long"...BARF!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I found the female protagonist so annoying that I kept hoping SHE would die. I can't stand these "broken dove" types. They continually screw up their lives and the lives of those around them due to their poor decisions and yet no one gets mad at her and all the men she meets fall desperately in love with her...barf!
The narration was ok.
If this is a series I won't be continuing it.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,923
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,876

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Uses multiple accounts of primary history.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

The research for this book was exhaustive using multiple sources and many accounts of primary history. I learned many things from this book AND it was quite entertaining. It's a Godsend when those two attributes go hand in hand.
Mr. Fry did a great job as always with the narration.
I would definitely give this book my recommendation.

  • Night Shift

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339

At Midnight's local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves - only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Midnight Texas series

  • By Mallory on 07-12-16

What a book! What a series!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I have truly enjoyed this series. I completely bought into the characters, and the concept. that the town of Midnight was one of them. I felt that solidarity between the Townsfolk and their town. I cheered them on hoping the best for each character and their town.
All 3 stories were good, but I liked this one the best. I knew the characters so well by this point and the action was fabulous and perfectly paced.
I also have to applaud the narrator. She was amazing! Male/female voices-it didn't matter. Each character was unique and each character's "voice" fit them so well that her delivery was dead on and perfectly expressed the ideas of the author.
Get this series. You won't regret it.

  • Midnight Crossroad

  • A Novel of Midnight Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042

From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By colleen on 05-01-15

Looks promising and the narrator is fabulous...<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This was a great start to a series written by Charlaine Harris. I have read many of her novels and she is smart enough to be ostentatious with her writing, but it's her precise choice of words that paints worlds. She picks the right words at the right time and her stories are exciting, clever, and absolutely hilarious.
I went back to do this review so I have now read number two in this series and it's even better. Bravo!

  • Day Shift

  • A Novel of Midnight, Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,500

A number-one New York Times best-selling author, Charlaine Harris penned the addictive Sookie Stackhouse series. In Day Shift psychic Manfred Bernardo is hounded by the press after a client drops dead during a reading. Turning to the local vampire's lover for help, Manfred hopes she can put the squeeze on the scandal before someone else is put on ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Midnight, Texas Continues to Fascinate

  • By Lulu on 08-21-15

Great story with a great narrator.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

I am just loving this series. Mrs. Harris has such a distinctive writing style. Her words paint a panorama of woods, villages, the hot, damp feel of the South,and dusty old towns in Texas.
Charlaine is a master at writing distinctive characters with dialogue so funny and descriptions of people that are so accurate and quirky that I find myself LOL throughout the book.
This story was very exciting and figuring out all these characters secrets, motivations, and what makes them tick was a true enjoyment for me...on to the next.

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid and fun, not much plot

  • By S. Yates on 04-28-18

Entertaining short story

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I think this little story was funny, short, and sweet. I do worry about Abigail coming into her powers. She doesn't know what she DOESN'T know and I could see her being cocky and getting herself into BIG trouble. I could also see her falling to the allure of power. I hope she does ok.

  • Marie Antoinette

  • The Journey
  • By: Antonia Fraser
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake", was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Detailed

  • By Karen on 07-19-07

Good learning experience and well-researched.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I enjoyed this book. It was very informative, but it wasn't boring and gave a well rounded picture of Marie.
It also showed that even the top tier of women in society daily courted death because they were(and many would argue STILL are) essentially brood mares and useful political pawns as their families trade them on the marriage market for their best political and financial gain.
If you're not interested in history, I probably wouldn't get this book as it goes into exhaustive detail about the Queen's life which might be boring for those not enamored with the subject.

  • Why Kill the Innocent

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane's murderer to escape justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like history...

  • By Heather on 04-12-18

Meh.....

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I just couldn't buy into it. I never latched on to the death of character and since everything following that is tangential, I couldn't get into the story.
I wish they'd highlighted The Reagent and Princess Charlotte more. Now that was interesting.