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  • A Man of Some Repute

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,213

Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good "pseudo" golden age mystery

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-18-15

Agatha Lives!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

A period piece of the first order. For those who love the English style that Agatha perfected, this is a wonderful return. So far there are two books for the continued story. The entire production is grand, but the performance is outstanding.

  • The Fine Art of Murder

  • A Katherine Sullivan Mystery
  • By: Emily Barnes
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

Former police chief Katherine Sullivan has been called brilliant, brave, compassionate, and quirky, but after decades of crime fighting, this resilient grandmother with an artist's soul is discovering that retirement can be just as deadly as being on the job. When Katherine returned to her hometown, her only thought was to comfort her recently divorced daughter. That was before a young woman was found murdered on the estate of the town's richest family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Eh! Not memorable.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-28-16

Great

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

you're 8-14. I can't remember I've graded a book so low, but this one deserves it. Think Nancy Drew. I put the performance a 2 because I can't determine if the narrator is this bad or if she's aiming to read at the 8-14 level. If she is, I give her a 3. Thank goodness I can retrieve my credit.

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  • Before the Frost

  • A Kurt and Linda Wallander Novel
  • By: Henning Mankell, Ebba Segerberg - translator
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend, Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Narration Style EVER

  • By Anthony on 10-07-09

Ok, but the reader

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

could not treat Kurt with humanity. He's not a bundle of laughs, granted, but he not as unpleasant and she makes him out to be.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,355
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,279

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Just Outstanding In Every Respect

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Lots of books tell you about the Nazis in battle. This is one about the occupation of France.Every German should read it and make it mandatory in school. Gripping through the end. Don't miss it.

  • Murder in the Marais

  • An Aimee Leduc Investigation
  • By: Cara Black
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133

In Cara Black’s “accomplished, absorbing debut” ( Kirkus Reviews), PI Aimée Leduc must decrypt a digitized photo from the 1940s. But when Aimée visits the historic Jewish quarter of Paris to deliver the picture, she finds its intended recipient murdered—and with a swastika carved in her aged forehead

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - odd telling

  • By Janet on 05-30-12

Lesson Learned

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Look for the critical reviews first. I found this book incredibly bad, and listened to the end just to see how bad it could get. Many of the mysteries, spy novels, etc. require a suspension of disbelief, but this takes reality beyond anything I can remember reading.

  • Body of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: David Ignatius
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission: to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman". Ferris' plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Body of Lies

  • By Michael on 05-10-07

A Big Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

It started off alright, but a real turn off in the first sexual episode (and I'm no prude) which I found totally unrealistic led me to turn this book back to Audible within the first 45 minutes of listening

  • The Thirty Nine Steps

  • A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1
  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • epic!!!!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-10

A Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

If you like a visit to England and Scotland (circa 1914) and don't concern yourself too much with the plot, you'll enjoy this. But, you'll get even more pleasure is you can find Alfred Hitchcock's 39 Steps. It's wonderful.

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  • A Delicate Truth

  • A Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft.

  • By Darwin8u on 05-15-13

If only there was a sequel

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

Reviewed: 12-17-14

le Carre shows why he's so highly regarded. I'm always concerned when a book is read by the author, but he's superb. It's hard to classify this book, but it's realism is such a relief in contrast to the exaggerated plot lines and actions too often seen in spy/thrillers.

  • The Man Who Smiled

  • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

In this adventure from the pen of Sweden's master of crime and mystery, a disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Mankell Trilogy

  • By Stevon on 07-14-07

A Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 10-30-14

Mankell is favorite (at least as far as the Kurt Wallander books are concerned), but this book lacks a credible conclusion. Up to the final chapters it's fine but falls apart after that.

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  • Those Angry Days

  • Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
  • By: Lynne Olson
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

At the center of the debate over American intervention in World War II stood the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the interventionist cause, and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who as unofficial leader and spokesman for America's isolationists emerged as the president's most formidable adversary. Their contest of wills personified the divisions within the country at large, and Lynne Olson makes masterly use of their dramatic personal stories to create a poignant and riveting narrative.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Incivility in Politics - A Real Shocker!

  • By Carole T. on 04-24-13

History As It Should Be Presented

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

Reviewed: 02-28-14

I've been reading the last of the Manchester Biography of Winston Churchill, which of course, deals primarily about WWII and the peril Briton faced before US involvement. Those Angry days works in perfect tandem,showing the period from our side of the Atlantic. Olson's work is well researched, balanced and well presented. A joy. I can only hope that it reaches a wide audience.

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