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  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out

  • The Poor Relation, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,385

Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure

  • By Clare on 05-04-12

Great characters

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This has a cast of great characters. The story is creative and engaging. Since I've enjoyed the whole series I can recommend all of them. Only one not being to my taste, but the author held true to the characters of the book.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,452

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Great Classic

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This is a great classic with thought provoking themes. The story takes you down a path and then the next thing you know you are heading in a very different direction.

  • Mindspeak

  • By: Heather Sunseri
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Seventeen-year-old Lexi Matthews keeps two secrets from her elite boarding school classmates - she's the daughter of a famous and controversial geneticist, and she can influence people's thoughts. But after new student Jack DeWeese heals her broken arm with an anything-but-simple touch, he forces Lexi to face a new reality - her abilities reach much further than speaking to the minds of others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • info is slow and a cliffhanger for your trouble

  • By Brenda S on 10-04-18

info is slow and a cliffhanger for your trouble

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

it had my attention at the beginning. Then on and on and on with only tidbits of information here and there. The doling out of information was too slow. several times i almost gave up. You did feel for the girl as she didn't know who to trust. Then when you are on the next to the last chapter information comes. Some information. Then when she figures out who has been after her, it ends. Rather a cliffhanger.

  • Wraith

  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 851

Saiya Buchanan is a wraith, able to detach her shadow from her body and send it off to do her bidding. But, unlike most of her kin, Saiya doesn't deal in death. Instead, she trades secrets - and in the goblin besieged city of Stirling in Scotland, they're a highly prized commodity. It might just be, however, that the goblins have been hiding the greatest secret of them all. When Gabriel de Florinville, a Dark Elf, is sent as royal envoy into Stirling and takes her prisoner, Saiya is not only going to uncover the sinister truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and superb narration!

  • By IamNothingButAll on 04-21-18

Great world building

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

The Narrator did a fantastic job. The world building was very good. The story was creative. There is some language and one sex scene. It did end rather abruptly.

  • The Player

  • Rockliffe, Volume 3
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Tragedy drove him into unwilling exile. Death demands his reluctant return. In the decade between, he has answered to many names and amassed a variety of secrets. Now the actor known to Paris as L'Inconnu must resume his real identity and become Francis Adrian Sinclair Devereux, Earl of Sarre...a man he no longer knows how to be and whose name, thanks to the malice of a friend turned enemy, remains tarnished by an old scandal. Revenge, so long avoided, slithers temptingly from the shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Story & 5+ Narration Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 06-23-16

lovely series

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I've enjoyed this series very much. I love it that so much is going on. They hero was uniquely and incredibly talented to play all those different people. Plus his card talent seemed extraordinary. Anyway it's a great read and extra kudos for the way Stella Riley handled the romance. Very tasteful.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,577
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,629
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,588

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narration of a perfect book

  • By Akela on 12-09-15

great classic

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is a great classic that is worth listening to occasionally. I especially like the last chapter as that is omitted in the BBC movie version.

  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

Looking forward to the next book.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Good foundation into this magical world. Tension, intrigue, power plays and magic all to keep your interest. Recommend.

  • Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

  • Unhuman, Book 1
  • By: Wilkie Martin
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A more realistic and mundane supernatural story

  • By Ravin on 01-20-18

Interesting/different

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I did enjoy the humor, but found it to be more of the dry, subtle kind.

The characters were great. The main character kinda reminded me of Mr. Bean in that his bumbling leads to saving the day - or part of the day. I loved that the story never lets on to the exact identification of Mr. Hobbs. At least with Hobbs you have an idea, (no spoiler) but the author was being very stingy on clues to Mrs. Goodfellow.

The mystery part of the book...hmmmm. I'm not sure why I felt it took second place to the characters. It was almost like it was something that happened on the side. I felt like the book was more about getting to know the characters and the world and the author used them to make the mystery. Or that the mystery was just something that happened along side. I enjoyed it though.

  • Let Them Eat Cake: A Novel

  • French Twist, Book 1
  • By: Sandra Byrd
  • Narrated by: Punch Audio, Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She's done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends. When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favorite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are perpetually disappointed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Faith-Centered Chick Lit

  • By J&M Demildt on 06-10-17

it may be for you

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I guess i don't read/listen to this type of book very often because when it was over I was thinking what was the point? This was about a girl growing up. There was confusion, disappointments, some clarity as time passed resulting in decisions to be made, trying to figure out where she fits and what's important. Then I realized that was the point. Just a slice of a person's life as she moves along the timeline of her own story.

  • Prudence

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do: she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciations and character voices are Different!

  • By Andrea C on 03-17-15

what a delight

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Gail Carriger is one of my favorite authors. This story is fun, creative, funny, hilarious in places, creative, the story line is well done and did I mention creative? The way she writes is just totally delightful and pure enjoyment. They have these books at our library and there is always a wait list. Give it/them a try.