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Wilmington, NC, United States
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  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,025

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

Lanuguage!!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

I read reviews of these "cozy mysteries" and I think I will enjoy a good story. I don't understand why authors use foul language and readers like to read/hear it!! It really ruins the story for me and I now will read none in the series.

12 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,180

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

Great Story!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

Great story - love the narrator. I will be reading the rest of the series.

  • Hardcastle's Airmen

  • Hardcastle Series
  • By: Graham Ison
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

In February 1915, the Great War is still raging on the Western Front, but in Westminster, at the centre of Hardcastle's bailiwick, a policeman is shot dead. At first, Hardcastle believes the murderer to have been a disturbed burglar. But as enquiries continue, attention focuses on an antiquarian bookseller, a struggling artist, a reporter, officers of the Royal Flying Corps, both in England and in France, and the activities of Isabel Plowman, the wife of one of them and the lover of others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By JoAnn on 01-12-14

Not for me :(

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

Reviewed: 05-31-14

I guess that I didn't read the narrative well enough. I was expecting a "cozy" murder series without foul language or descriptive sexual scenes. I was disappointed and did not finish the book. The narrator was very good, however, I will not read more G. Ison books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death of a Kingfisher

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling!

  • By Sylvia on 07-24-15

Bad language!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-13

I would have liked the story if the author could have written it without the use of vile language. I like the narrator.

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  • The Wimbledon Poisoner

  • By: Nigel Williams
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

Henry Farr is forty years old. He is suburban, average, conventional - and desperate to be rid of his wife, Elinor. Inspired by a grisly episode in Wimbledon's local history, Farr begins to concoct a recipe for the perfect murder. But his plans go terribly, terribly wrong - and before long, poor Henry's best efforts to set himself free, in fact send him spiralling wildly out of control.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Michele on 08-23-13

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 08-23-13

Had I known this book would contain such vile language, I would not have purchased it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Irish Country Christmas

  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful christmas listen

  • By Sara on 09-18-13

Too much bad language!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-12

What would have made An Irish Country Christmas better?

I could only listen to a small bit of this book. There was just too much swearing. Bad language really puts me off.

What was most disappointing about Patrick Taylor’s story?

I was looking forward to lovely Irish characters; lilting brogues, laughter and warmth in a series that i could settle into and anjoy over and over but bad language renders a book unreadable for me.

Any additional comments?

I was so looking forward to a lovely Irish series that could settle down and savour like Herriot or D. E. Stevenson or Miss Read. I wish this series were more like them.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Psalms

  • By: Naxos AudioBooks
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The 150 Psalms contain some of the most inspiring lines in the Old Testament: Psalm 23 "The Lord is My Shepherd" and Psalm 121 "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills". Yet few know them as a set, and this recording, in Alex Jennings' clear performance, allows us to consider them as a whole. They are not all uplifting and comfortable. Many involve darker sentiments of revenge or punishment; many appear to be by David or about David; others are To the chief Musician upon Gittith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The absolute best version of Psalms!

  • By Michele on 11-02-12

The absolute best version of Psalms!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-12

Where does The Psalms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks #1 among my favorites!

What other book might you compare The Psalms to and why?

No other book really compares to this one. It is finely performed with calming and lovely selections of music. It is the KJB, which is most beautiful.

Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

Mr. Jennings does a superb job, I love his rendering.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. This is a book I like to listen to in bed at night as I drift off to sleep.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book with a wonderful narrator. It could not be better!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Secrets in the Heather

  • By: Gwen Kirkwood
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

The Pringle brothers, especially Andrew, take Victoria under their wing, and she is allowed to work in the kitchens of the castle, once the domain of Mistress McCrady. As Victoria grows into a beautiful young woman, and a talented cook, she must face up to new choices and opportunities, and come to terms with a long-buried secret in her past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Michele on 11-01-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-01-12

What would have made Secrets in the Heather better?

I am very disappointed that there is cursing in this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gwen Kirkwood again?

It is doubtful that i will listen or read anything by Kirkwood again.

Any additional comments?

I think I will stick with Miss Read, and D. E. Stevenson.

  • Charlotte Fairlie

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Charlotte Fairlie is a successful, elegant career woman. Still in her 20s, she has landed a job as headmistress of her old school. She is admired and liked by both staff and pupils - but she begins to feel there is something missing in her well-organised life. Then one summer she goes to stay with a young pupil on the remote Scottish Isle of Targ. In the romantic atmosphere of the Highlands, anything can happen - and even the cool, efficient Charlotte surprises herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good "read"

  • By Susan h on 08-10-10

Another lovely book by D. E. Stevenson

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

Reviewed: 10-19-12

What made the experience of listening to Charlotte Fairlie the most enjoyable?

Ms. Neville's voice was perfect for each character, especially Charlotte. Slight scottish brogue.

What did you like best about this story?

The character of Tessa was beautiful.

What about Hilary Neville’s performance did you like?

Ms. Neville has a gentle voice, annunciates well and has a nice lilt to it. She performs all characters well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The character of Tessa was so lovely, she is intuitive and bright with fresh and gentle honesty. I was moved at the tenderness of Tessa's father also.

Any additional comments?

A very lovely story of charcters with character. Stevenson paints a lovely picture of an isle in Scotland that is wonderful and bright.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre

  • By: Miss Read
  • Narrated by: Gwen Watford
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Mrs. Pringle, the lugubrious school cleaner, has always been a favorite character in the Fairacre series. Here, through the eyes and anecdotes of the schoolmistress Miss Read, and others, we trace Maud Pringle's life. They include childhood visits to the village from her Caxley home, through her working days before her marriage to Fred Pringle, and on to her long association with Fairacre School. We meet again many old friends as they cross Mrs. Pringle's path....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fairacre-the perfect English village-enjoy!

  • By Kathleen McKinney on 10-25-11

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 10-12-12

Where does Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre ranks among my favorites. Lovely village life, with great characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did like Mrs. Pringle in this story. Her gruff personality is funny but in this book, we could see a bit more of her life.

Which character – as performed by Gwen Watford – was your favorite?

I like all Ms. Watford's character and it amazes me that she is able to do so many voices, even male voices so well.

If you could take any character from Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Miss Read to dinner, she has such an insight to each of the villagers.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful