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  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Waters Run Deep

  • By Sara on 04-13-16

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Good narration, but listening to the whole story could be a health hazard, one may die of ennui before the of the book

  • Nim's Island

  • By: Wendy Orr
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea, shared by only her father, Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, a turtle called Chica, and a satellite dish for her e-mail. No one else in the world lives quite like Nim, and she wouldn't swap places with anyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting for All

  • By Carol on 06-03-08

Wendy Orr, pls create more of this authors work in audiobooks

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Exceptional story telling, positive, uplifting, empowering, funny, excellent imagery, iconic.
Pls more from this author.
Perfect narration, kate reading truly brings this story and all its characters to life

  • Death at the Seaside

  • A Kate Shackleton Mystery
  • By: Frances Brody
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Nothing ever happens in August, so Kate goes off on a long-overdue holiday to Whitby to visit her friend Alma who works there as a fortune teller. She's been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but, upon arrival, she discovers that Alma's daughter, Felicity, has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is that the jeweler who advanced Felicity the 30 shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator taking to whining out lines of dialogue

  • By Dorise on 03-25-19

Narrator taking to whining out lines of dialogue

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I normally love Joan Walker as an experienced narrator with a beautiful, warm, versatile voice. Sadly, recent productions by this narrator find this most annoying whiny, croaking , high pitched voice application to certain characters dialogue, copious dialogue unfortunately, making listen to parts of Joan’s narration painful and unpleasant. Ruining an otherwise well crafted story in more than one book

  • Murder at the Old House: A gripping and unputdownable cozy mystery novel

  • A Melissa Craig Mystery, Book 10
  • By: Betty Rowlands
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Melissa has just finished writing her latest mystery novel and is enjoying the arrival of spring. She’s decided to let her fictional detective retire at last and perhaps put her own days of investigating behind her, too. But the ink has barely dried on the page when Melissa receives shocking news: Her estranged father has been found dead in the family home and her mother, Sylvia, is under suspicion of murder. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Normally excellent narrator chose whiney tone to much of dialogue

  • By Dorise on 03-24-19

Normally excellent narrator chose whiney tone to much of dialogue

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

...more than one character’s dialogue difficult to listen to in this normally excellent authors work and historically melodious and enjoyable narrators acting. Possibly poor direction resulted in the ongoing whiney tones throughout. Don’t give up on this author or narrator. Both have a proven successful track record, trust this is production is a rare error in directive judgement

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder, She Barked

  • Paws & Claws Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Krista Davis
  • Narrated by: Jeanie Kanaley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but lovable Jack Russell terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn't get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Decent Cozy Mystery

  • By stuzmate on 01-20-16

Author. Great idea - poor execution. Narrator - destroyed any potential this simple story may have had

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I really wanted to like this book. Loved the concept. Value the ideas presented. Story did not flow, nor did character development mature in a meaningful way. No connection or draw in. Could not make it to the end.
Narrator, i understand this is a professional actress, director, but voice artist she is not. destroyed any potential this story may have had. Monotone, nasal, flat, dry voice fry, tedious to listen to. Maybe ok for young children’s books if you want to put kids to sleep

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women, his grasping, ambitious son, and the ever spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations - respectability, duty, and a properly brewed cup of tea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent little book

  • By Cynthea Wellings on 05-08-11

Exceptionally well written, rich characters, engaging plot, full bodied story

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

Looked for more from the author and disappointed there is now much available. This most excellent author drew me in and left me wishing i could spend more time in her creative eloquent company and that of her main characters. Left me cheering them on until the end

  • The Accidental Demon Slayer

  • Demon Slayer, Book 1
  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 668

It's never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown that's just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she's seen it all Lizzie learns she's a demon slayer-and all hell is after her. Of course that's not the only thing after her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Right Narrator for the Right Book

  • By Pemberley Proud on 01-02-15

I enjoy angie fox as an author, and tavia gilbert as a narrator, but this series is not for me

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

Suspension of disbelief is a bit too dramatic to follow. The story jumps around without constructive flow. Inconsistent links of information presented prevent the reader from developing a relationship with any of the characters and block investment in where the story is trying to go.

  • 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 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

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

A release of an older Donald Bain book in the series, thank goodness

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

There have been a few sadly disheartening, and unsuccessful attempts, by newer authors, to reproduce the success of Donald Bain at capturing the Jessica Fletcher character popularized by Angela Lansbury in the TV series Murder, She Wrote. This book represents Donald Bain’s classic representation of the original; integral, caring, bright, kind, inquisitive, honourable JESSICA FLETCHER character.

Audible pls bring back more of these golden oldies until a modern author can channel Donald Bain

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Baffling Burglaries of Bath

  • Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries Series, Book 2
  • By: Leighann Dobbs, Harmony Williams
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Katherine, her loyal maid Harriet, and her tenacious pug Emma soon find themselves knee-deep in troubled waters as they try to piece together the baffling clues to reveal the truth. To further complicate matters, Katherine's investigation is impeded by the incompetent detective hired by the Marquess of Bath to flush out the burglar. Now Katherine must juggle advising Prudence on how "not" to land a duke, while she dives into the investigation in the hopes of narrowing down the suspects without making waves amongst the aristocracy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not how a Lady should act

  • By Olivia Street on 06-18-18

Boring, unengaging, unimaginative

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Story - repetitive, tedious, uninteresting

simplistic dialogue - author repeats and repeats the same or similar lines throughout the story

underdeveloped characters, no one of interest

I do like this narrator very much, followed her work intentionally w much enjoyment

And historically have enjoyed one of the authors, but not enjoying this series, even though i have tried to hang in i will be returning other books i have purchased in the series

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,305

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Extremely professional, exciting production of an energizing story. GOLDEN !

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Hope to hear many more such quality productions and may you find many more such excellent stories to BRING TO AUDIO LIFE!