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  • The Heiress of Linn Hagh

  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727

Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh. The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry "witchcraft". The heiress' uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face one of their most challenging cases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, solid cosy mystery

  • By Ms Lixie on 07-08-15

Too long

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

I enjoyed this book at first, but then got really tired of it. I found the two main characters interesting, and the plot seemed to offer interest. Unfortunately, the plot got stuck somewhere in the middle and the author seemed to be searching for a lead even more than her detectives. I gave up about two hours from the end when she pulled in yet another red herring.

I may try another entry in the series in print, where it's easier to skip around. I did like most of the characters, and I like the premise of the series.

Michael Page did a good job with the reading.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Barrakee Mystery

  • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Arthur W. Upfield
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Why was the redoubtable King Henry, an aborigine from Western Australia, killed during a thunderstorm in New South Wales? What was the feud that led to murder after nineteen long years had passed? And who was the woman who saw the murder and kept silent? This first story of Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aborigine detective, takes him to a sheep station in the Darling River bush country where he encounters those problems he understands so well... mixed blood and divided loyalties.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dated and racist but still poetic.

  • By Judith on 10-27-15

First far from best

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Enjoyed the book, but I was disappointed that the key character took such a small part in it. The book centers much more on the squatter's family and affairs than with the mystery. There isn't much mystery at that.

Have you listened to any of Peter Hosking’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love Peter Hosking's readings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Detection Unlimited

  • Inspector Hemingway series, Book 4
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Slumped on a seat under an oak tree is old Sampson Warrenby, with a bullet through his head. Everybody in the village is ready to tell Chief Inspector Hemingway who did it. Could the murderer have been the dead man's niece? Or perhaps it was the other town solicitor? The couple at the farm had a guilty secret - what was it? And why is it someone else actually wants to be the prime suspect? Add to this the fact that Warrenby was blackmailing someone, and Hemingway has his work cut out for him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, sorry narrator

  • By Darlene Hicks on 04-23-15

Just so-so

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Would you be willing to try another book from Georgette Heyer? Why or why not?

I enjoy her Regency novels and some of her mysteries. The performance made it difficult to appreciate this book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ulli Birvé’s performances?

No. Stilted, difficult to distinguish the different characters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Cat Nap

  • By: Rita Mae Brown
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

The continuing success of the beloved Mrs. Murphy mystery series is given its proper due with the publication of this 20th-anniversary tale. When a local mechanic gets his odometer turned back—for good—Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen steps in to investigate. There’s more to the crime than meets the eye, though, and sleuthing cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with faithful corgi Tee Tucker, do their level best to keep Harry out of harm’s way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A visit with Mrs Murphy

  • By Jean on 05-14-12

Should have stopped books ago

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

Reviewed: 05-11-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A plot. Development of characters - new or old.

What could Rita Mae Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

1. Paid some attention to the mystery (nobody seemed to do anything about it or even much care until the last couple of chapters).

2. Avoided the "isn't life in the South wonderful" commentary.

3. Avoided social commentary that doesn't advance plot or characterization.

4. Included plot and character development.

Have you listened to any of Kate Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nothing at all wrong with the reading - only what was being read.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this series - even with the far-fetched animal bits - until the last few entries. I decided to give it one last try. My mistake! The book should never have been published. I realize that a successful series must be hard to give up. Nevertheless, the publisher and the author should have the strenght of mind to bury the dead rather than cheat their fans.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Tudors

  • The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty
  • By: G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

For the first time in decades, here, in a single volume, is a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty, comprising some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country. Acclaimed historian G. J. Meyer reveals the flesh-and-bone reality in all its wild excess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING!

  • By Linda Lou on 03-15-10

Reluctant 2-star

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-11

Previous reviewers understated the degree of bias by the author; I quit listening relatively early due to it. In his introduction, the author states that new views of the Tudors refute the classic view of them as strong, capable rulers concerned with the welfare of their kingdom as a whole. I've read quite a bit about the Tudors, and I don't think any serious authors painted any Tudor as a benevelent monarch. Henry VIII was undeniably the worst, while Mary was not as bad as tradition paints her (in my opinion). Elizabeth was certainly her father's daughter, but never reached his extremes self-centered willfulness and viciousness. Then the author says he wants to present the lesser Tutors, such as Edward and Lady Jane Grey as well as Henry, Mary, and Elizabeth. Edward never ruled independently; his reign reflects Bolyns more than Tudors. Lady Jane's brief ascendany was completely under the control of others, and so brief, that she hardly counts as a monarch. Nor was she a Tudor. That much said, the author attempts no comparison of the Tudors to other contemporary rulers. Kings ruled by Divine Right; monarchs considered themselves divinely appointed and opposition tended to be seen as treason, which merited vicious punishment. Religious tolerance in the period was virtually nonexistant. Those who were not "us" (whoever that was among the many Protestant sects as well as Protestants vs Roman Catholics) were heretics and whichever side had the power to do so meted out "justice" - generally a cruel death. As for the background chapters, you will find much that is old, little new. On the plus side, the book is reasonable well written if you can overlook the content, and the reading isn't bad. I have read and listened to worse, but even good reading and writing can't overcome the content flaws. Don't waste your credits or your money.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • The Siege of Krishnapur

  • By: J. G. Farrell
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

In the Spring of 1857, with India on the brink of a violent and bloody mutiny, Krishnapur is a remote town on the vast North Indian plain. For the British there, life is orderly and genteel. Then the sepoys at the nearest military cantonment rise in revolt and the British community retreats with shock into the Residency. They prepare to fight for their lives with what weapons they can muster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A thin veneer completely shattered

  • By Neil Chisholm on 03-09-13

Uncertain

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-11

Parts of this novel were very, very slow. It wasn't the reader - the reading was quite good. I never could decide whether the characters were meant to be taken seriously or if they were meant to be caricatures. Certainly, it does portray a stereotype of the British in India very different from the romantic. Whether it was meant to be a sardonic condemnation of the British Raj or a serious attempt at character analysis in crisis, it failed. Maybe I missed something. I kept wanting to like it, but never quite managed the trick. Indeed, it gave me a craving for Kipling.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Toll-Gate

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - reader only OK

  • By Yvette on 04-12-10

One of Heyer's good ones

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-11

I read most of Georgette Heyer's romantic novels when in my late teens and early twenties. They're almost all light hearted fun, with some seriously funny bits thrown in. This one doesn't have as much hilarity as some, but it is an excellently crafted story of adventure and romance in regency England.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth and Mary

  • Cousins, Rivals, Queens
  • By: Jane Dunn
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

In a rich and riveting narrative, Jane Dunn reveals the extraordinary rivalry between the regal cousins. It is the story of two queens ruling on one island, each with a claim to the throne of England, each embodying dramatically opposing qualities of character, ideals of womanliness (and views of sexuality), and divinely ordained kingship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By Catharina on 05-09-04

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-11

Well written, insightful analysis of two of history's key figures. Well worth your time if you have any interest in the history of Great Britain.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cat of the Century

  • A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
  • By: Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Harry Haristeen, Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker return for this cozy tale from the , New York Times best-selling tandem of Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown. When Harry’s beloved Aunt Tally approaches her 100th birthday, her alma mater schedules a birthday celebration that doubles as a fundraiser. But then a member of the alumnae association disappears. Her car is on campus, yet she’s nowhere to be seen—and Tucker has sniffed out traces of human blood.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to previous

  • By Anne on 04-23-10

Not up to previous

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-10

I used to enjoy this series by Rita Mae Brown. Never great mysteries, it's true, but enjoyable, light reading with mostly sympathetic characters and decent plots. The animal characters could strain one's ability to suspend reality, but they mostly "fit," providing amusing alternate perspectives to the tale. My complaint with this entry doesn't concern any of the characters, animal or human. Halfway through, there's precious little plot, no suspense, no character development, and all too much socio-economic/political/religious commentary. I read most mysteries for entertainment. I have no interest in Ms Brown's pronouncements on the evils of the 21st century. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much else to this entry.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Quiet Gentleman

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love It....

  • By Sharon on 05-27-12

Delightful relaxing reading

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-09

I've loved Georgette Heyer's books since I first ran into them in London in the mid-60s. I still love them, and reread the ones I bought in the 60s and 70s. Some of those copies are getting quite worn! Ms Heyer's books are not demanding, not stirring, nor prickly for the conscience. They are simply good fun.

The Quiet Gentleman is one of my favorites, maybe because the heroine isn't beautiful, ultra-talented, or otherwise daunting. Mostly, it's just a book with characters I'd love to count as friends.

My review has 4 stars rather than 5 because I found the "voices" not what I expected. I suppose I "know" the voices already and no reader would quite have the right tone. I mean no disparagement - the book was very well read - I just don't think the narrator quite caught the characters.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful