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  • Three to Get Deadly

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back. The brassy babe in the powder blue Buick has been given the unpopular task of finding Mo Bedemier, Trenton's most beloved citizen, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, gone no-show for his court appearance. Once again, the entire One for the Money crew is in action, searching for Mo, tripping down a trail littered with dead drug dealers, leading Stephanie to suspect Mo may be in over his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HYSTERICAL AND A GOOD MYSTERY

  • By sonia on 04-02-15

Hysterical

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

I found myself up and awake at 0300 lol at this audio book. My gosh it is sooooo funny! The narrator delivers perfect inflection and timing which only increases the hilarity of the story. I love this series. Let's move on to number four, shall we?

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,705
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,658

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 Truth Universally Acknowledged

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-10-15

I can definitely see the interest

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

A classic, but let's just step back from that and "pretend" no one has ever heard of "Pride and Prejudice" and rate it from an objective point of view. The narration is absolutely fantastic. The interpretation of Austen's words are spot on and every character's voice is unique and absolutely believable. The story itself is fantastic and barring the "flowery" vocabulary and sentence structure it seems pertinent even today and it was published in 1813! I love the characters and the interactions between them--some you love, some you love to hate. Really just a great book. Enjoy.

  • Fall of a Philanderer

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

In the summer of 1924, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is off on a holiday by the sea with her step-daughter Belinda, Belinda's chum Deva, and Daisy's husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Daisy is anticipating a relaxing, nondramatic holiday. But Daisy doesn't have that kind of luck.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a stronger entry in the series, eventually

  • By Connie on 10-29-11

Different narrator, but she was "ok"

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

The narrator was different for this installment of the series. She took a little getting used to, but all in all she didn't detract from the story.
The only thing that annoyed me in terms of accuracy is that Daisy kept saying she was "pregnant. " That word wasn't used openly at that time, particularly in mixed company . Daisy would be described as "with child" and that would be in the seclusion of her family, not practical strangers at a boarding house.
Beyond that, the story was good. Let's move on to the next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61,633
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61,382

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

EPIC PERFECTION

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

What a wild journey! The conclusion to the Harry Potter series was epic perfection. The series changed my life and the lives of millions. Truly a gift from God. Thank you J.K.

  • Crimson Shore

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,809

A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated - and sinister - than Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated. Pendergast, together with his ward, Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • They Jumped the Shark!

  • By Nan Holt on 11-15-15

Interesting story, paranormal and reality

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

It just needs to be said-Pendergast is AWESOME. Sorry, but I just had to get that out. He's the whole package; strong, genius, fallible, sarcastic with a rapier whit. I also must give Ms. Greene an enthusiastic thumbs up. She's such a dark horse. She makes a concerted effort to mingle and acclimate to the real world, but her darkness is like a miasma that drapes her life like cobwebs in a vacant home--her home, her world.
The story itself was very interesting. Never read one like it. I'll just say that at the end I just kept saying,"Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh." Very brutal indeed. Great listen and on to the next.

  • The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

  • A Novel
  • By: Leonard Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,374

England, 1914. Joanna Blalock's keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely tuned brain. But when she and her 10-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock stories continue!

  • By Marty Reed on 07-20-17

Not bad. Could be better <br />

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Overall, this book wasn't that bad, just a bit redundant. It's a bit vexing to hear CONTINUED explanations of a character's deductive reasoning, how they're SO brilliant because of it, and the limber back bending as those said characters patted themselves and their compatriots vigorously on the back. The story was good, just a bit contrived. It's worth the read, but thete are many, better options out there.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Mourning Wedding

  • The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Book 13
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

The inimitable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her husband Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher seem to get a reprieve from their sleuthing duties when they are invited to the wedding of their friend, Lucy Fotheringay. Lucy's grandfather is hosting the ceremony at his beautiful estate and so it promises to be a typical affair with hordes of gossipy aunts and other colorful, but not necessarily pleasant, relatives. Daisy meets all these characters and observes the ensuing familial fraternization with a certain kind of amusing nonchalance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dalrymple at her best

  • By bharblin on 02-10-17

Another great book in a great series

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I continue to enjoy this series. The characters are like old friends now and I feel personally invested in each of them. Narration was once again superb. On to the next!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Die Laughing

  • The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Book 12
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

One morning in April 1924, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher finds herself in a most unenviable position. Despite her best attempts to elude the inevitable, she must face her darkest fears and with all the strength and courage she can muster, must confront the one person she has tried hardest to avoid - the dentist. But upon arriving for her appointment, she finds the waiting room deserted and adjoining examination room locked, with no hint of either Dr. Talmadge or his nurse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By James on 11-11-17

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

The series continues to improve with the introduction of some new characters, friends of Daisy, and continued character development. Now that we have a good handle on the characters, the machinations between them are more complex letting each character shine and grow. On to the next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mistletoe and Murder

  • The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

In December 1923, the formidable Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple has decided that for Christmas the family will all gather at Brockdene in Cornwall at the invitation of Lord Westmoor. Her daughter - Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher - is somewhat less than pleased but yields to the demands of her mother, especially as she'll be there just before the holidays working on another article for Town and Country about the estate itself. But the family gathering quickly goes awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better then the 2 previous ones

  • By Patricia Wiseman on 02-05-18

The best one yet.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I was ready to give up after the last story in this series, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The plot and characters were spot on and there was no "filler time" or plot contrivenses in this book. The narrator was excellent as always. In fact, I think she's one of the best female narrators PERIOD. She has a unique "voice" for each character with different dialects and intonations -Just superb. Enjoy.

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,157

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

2 hrs of my life I'll never get back

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

Rebecca could have been written in a much tighter fashion leaving me with 2 or 3 hours I could have enjoyed doing something else. Mrs. de Winter is everything I hate in women. She'd be one of those female Trump voters as her degree of self-loathing, ineptitude and complete inability to act in a sensible manner made me want to STRANGLE HER. She is the complete antithesis of Rebecca....but I almost just gave away a huge plot point so I'll leave it there. Some parts of the story weren't that bad, but if you want MELODRAMA on a silver platter , this one's for you.