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  • To Die but Once

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925

Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as "the Bore War" - nothing much seems to have happened yet - Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisie's inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing son - but this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maisie, Billy, and All Return. Yes!

  • By carina on 05-11-18

Not the best Maisie Dobbs

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

This book started out at a good pace but then slowed. Really didn't care much about the characters and took forever to finish because I didn't really care. The story is good, but not as good as others in the series. I fell asleep listening and didn't always bother to back track to see what I had missed by the time I was half way into the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunting Shadows

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it's unbelievable. Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them - except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don't add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Ian Rutledge book!

  • By Kathi on 02-15-14

Highly recommend

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

One of my favorites in the series.: highly recommend. Giving the narrator four stars this time because Hamish rarely speaks. The current narrator cannot get Hamish's voice right. He seems incapable of pronouncing
the word "beware" with a Scottish accent.

  • The Red Door

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 483

June 1920. In a house with a red door lies the body of a woman who has been bludgeoned to death. Rumor has it that two years earlier, she'd painted that door to welcome her husband back from the Front - only he never came home. Meanwhile, in London, a man suffering from a mysterious illness first goes missing and then just as suddenly reappears. He is unable to explain his recovery. Inspector Ian Rutledge must solve the cases.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Yarn Unraveled for Me . . .

  • By Debbie on 01-07-14

If only they would go back to the original narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

This book is a four star because the narrator ruins Hamish for me. The story is one of the best in the series. Lots of red herrings - but all there to figure out. No sudden information. Can't wait to start the next book! 💜inspector Rutledge.

  • The Red Notebook

  • By: Antoine Laurain
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slight story

  • By RueRue on 12-22-16

There is something about this story..

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

A seemingly simple story which has the reader considering fate and life choices. Much more to this story than may appear. Well worth the time.
The characters are seemingly simple people who hold deep within their "mundane" lives something more. Encourages the reader to look at the person in line at the shop with new eyes.

  • A Pale Horse

  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 423

Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey--a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding author - Outstanding narrator

  • By N. Hopkins on 12-07-12

Unfortunately it's a different narrator who

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

With this audible book the narrator changes and it is not a good change. The previous narrator of books 1-9 brought the character of Ian Rutledge to life and the haunting brogue of Hamlisch was clear. Now The inspector sounds bored, not haunted and thenScots brought is so slurred that "beware" sounds like "ware".
The performance takes a 5 star story and reduces it to 4 stars. Very disappointing. Even more so that this new narrator continues into the next book. If I didn't listen to audible in route I would just pick up a kindle copy of the remaining books - but no time to stop and read so I'm stuck with a mediocre narrator😢

  • Legacy of the Dead

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

The weathered remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the domineering Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment. This is a case that will lead Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard to Scotland, where his harrowing journey to find the truth will drag him back through the fires of his past into secrets that still have the power to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?

  • By DCinMI on 12-19-13

My favorite so far in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

From the first "page" this book captured my interest. Excellent. Best in the series so far.

  • In This Grave Hour

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Führer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good Maisie story again

  • By Maine Knitter on 03-17-17

Best so far

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

This is the best in the series so far. Sometimes I don't like Mazie but she seems to be growing as a person. She always seems so cold and unable to admit to emotions - I can't stand that about her, however that might also be due to the reader's performance. I would hate to see the reader change at this point because of her "voicing" of the other characters such as Billy, but her performance is very Gorman and may be why Maxie seems so detached and cold.
The plot line of the mystery was particularly interesting in this book.
I will miss the World War 1 background as she moves forward in history, however if this book is any indication of the development of the main characters I look forward to the next book.

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  • Secrets of a Charmed Life

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,322

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year

  • By Joyce BZ on 06-19-15

Almost a five star story

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

I really enjoyed the story. The reader was a little bland and her voice grated on my nerves a bit. The only reason I am not giving this five stars is because it did not move me to make a change or think something different about life or my life or society. However every book does not need to do that and this kept me listening and interested from the very beginning. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Sweetland

  • By: Michael Crummey
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

The scarcely populated town of Sweetland rests on the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline finally reaches a head when the mainland government offers each islander a generous resettlement package - the sole stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the village, is the only one to refuse. As he watches his neighbors abandon the island, he recalls the town's rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story but...

  • By Chris Wells on 09-22-15

4.5

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

Weak ending is what gave this audible book a 4.5 rating. Narrator was excellent for this story.

  • Thought I Knew You

  • By: Kate Moretti
  • Narrated by: Anne Marie Damman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

Claire Barnes is shattered when her husband, Greg, goes on a business trip and never returns. Unwilling to just wait for the police to find him, Claire conducts her own investigation. Her best friend Drew helps her look for answers, but all she finds are troubling questions. With every clue, she discovers that Greg may not be the man she thought she married.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5

  • By L. Lee on 10-04-16

3.5

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

The story was good and kept my attention. Very glad the author answered almost all the questions of this "mystery". However I was disappointed when the book took storm toward "women's fiction" with unnecessary descriptions of sex or titillation. This gave the book a "first novel" feel as if the author used sex as filler.
The reader was ok - but seemed noted by the story at times.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful