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  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,507

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • By Kristina on 12-01-18

did not disappont

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

excellent read with all the endearing characters and dashes of humor. throughly enjoyable as all of the books in the series

  • Murder at Hawthorn Cottage

  • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Betty Rowlands
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner. But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home. Perhaps the little village of Upper Bembury is not as idyllic as it first seemed? Strange phone calls in the night convince Melissa that the police are barking up completely the wrong tree, so she can’t resist doing a little digging of her own. From the bingo hall to the beauty salon and beyond, her search ruffles a few feathers and uncovers many of the village’s most scandalous secrets, but gets her no closer to finding the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good clean mystery.

  • By Sally on 10-27-18

S-L-O-W

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Can't imagine where the good reviews on this book came from ---- Annoying narration & narrative inflections, terribly boring heroine, and a cast of characters equally so. I am at Chapter 7 and I can sum up the whole story in it's entirety in 5 sentences. A lot of meaningless fill and I gave it a good chance to get things moving. 2 out of 8 hrs and nothing. :-( . Billed as, "An absolutely gripping cozy mystery" ....The only hold this book can possibly have on a person is the waste of time it takes to discover its a bomb. returning. :-(

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  • The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

  • A Miss Marple Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

One minute, silly Heather Babcock had been babbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure, poisoned by a deadly cocktail. It seems likely that the cocktail was intended for the beautiful actress. But while the police fumble to find clues, Miss Marple begins to ask her own questions, because as she knows...even the most peaceful village can hide dark secrets.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-18

narrator has terrible american accent

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

well, it's obvious that the narrator believes that all americans talk flatly and crassly. It's a terrible distraction -- and detracts from the story, but I got through it. The english characters are delivered and narrated perfectly - particularly Miss Marple - the americans are completely unlikable because of the way they speak and their tone of voice. It's like listening to nails on a chalkboard. Thankfully there aren't too many american characters in this story that have lines..

  • Quidditch Through the Ages

  • By: J.K. Rowling, Kennilworthy Whisp
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lincoln
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game's history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic production!

  • By Todd Neblett on 03-15-18

not her best work.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

not really worth your time.
The advertisements should not be in the book either. sad really her writing has come to this low point.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,333

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

edge of your seat!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

GREAT Thriller! One of the best I have read. Awesome narrator - perfect voice for the part. Could NOT have been better. Highly recommend - Great book!

  • Murder in Paradise

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Ryan Vincent Anderson, Kyf Brewer, Caitlin Greer, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

Three pulse-pounding stories from the world's number-one best-selling writer in one book! This volume contains The Lawyer Lifeguard with Doug Allyn, The Doctor's Plot with Connor Hyde, and The Shut-In with Duane Swierczynski.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Janna E. Elliott on 06-28-18

guess I am not a patterson fan...

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

so predictable - peppered with the usual fare - danger - romance - the narrator's new york pronunciations were distracting (didn't - pronounced dit-ent.) His female voice was well - not believable or likable. bitchy and aloof. Like a drag queen.
returning.. was an excruciating listen. Didn't even get to the other stories.

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series

  • By Deb on 04-20-16

superb!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

a new favorite - superb Christie! hugh frazer is as excellent as always for narration!

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  • Code Girls

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  • By: Liza Mundy
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492

Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just released, about 80% through this story

  • By Roobah Fox on 10-11-17

boring beyond comprehension

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

having been a USNavy cryptologist myself, i was drawn to this book. i kept thinking ok - soon the story will start. nope. the monotoned monologue reads like a dry documentary that threatens to put the listener to sleep at every turn. too bad - i am sure it couldve been a really interesting subject but the narration and the writing style were hard to overcome.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Women in the Castle

  • By: Jessica Shattuck
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,762

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined - an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times notable book The Hazards of Good Breeding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skating On The Thin Ice Of Life

  • By Sara on 04-29-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I loved this book - well written with interesting diverse characters and just enough surprise and revelation to keep it interesting and appealing. Compared to the rest of the book, the ending is rather weak - leaving me in surprise when the credits came on. what? did I miss something? I even listened again to the last 2 chapters searching for something I missed.
Still brilliant and worth a read despite the abrupt ending. It remains one of my favorite books from audible. excellent narration.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,379

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration.

  • By Amazing Customer on 11-17-14

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

This is a fresh take on life and the universe - especially being written back in the early 60's. I guess I was expecting better writing -- but as a children's book it can stand fine.
Kind of zany and good for kids. I had to see what all the hoopla was about, not having read the book in my childhood. I guess I am too old now - I thought the writing was mediocre and the main character of Meg a nervous, whining, emotional mess.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful