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  • Two Down, Bun to Go

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

A sinister phone call in the middle of the night throws tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, straight into the heart of a new murder mystery - this time with her friend, Seth, arrested as the key suspect! The mysterious killing in the cloisters of an old Oxford college points to a bitter feud within the University - but Gemma finds unexpected clues popping up in her tiny Cotswolds village. Meanwhile, her love life is in turmoil as Gemma struggles to decide between eminent doctor, Lincoln Green, and sexy CID detective, Devlin O'Connor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two Down,bun to Go

  • By Pat Kuhn on 05-08-17

Delightful mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Narrated to perfection by Pearl Hewitt, this series is pure delight. Twisting mysteries, underlying romance, and some quirky and hilarious characters blend to create a fun escape from the evening news.

  • Once We Were Brothers

  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,611

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5-Star Thriller with History and Heart

  • By Ella on 11-22-14

A gripping story with supelative narration

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

This is the introduction to four stand-alone thrillers involving a brilliant young Chicago lawyer and her PI boy friend, the Katharine and Liam series. The book is superbly written and the story unfolds in a relentless pace with power and poignancy. I've read all four of Ronald Balson's books and hope he continues writing. Fred Berman has an incredible ability to speak with every accent and dialect, making the characters come alive.
I highly recommend all the Ronald Balson books, but definitely start with this one so you can follow Liam and Katharine as their relationship evolves.

  • One of Us Is Lying

  • By: Karen M. McManus
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689

Pay close attention, and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. Only Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It kept me guessing!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-03-17

Too much profanity

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Dark, but interesting plot. Too much unnecessary profanity for me, even though in context of the characters and story line. I just don't like hearing it.

  • A Royal Pain

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,545

The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Royal HOOT!

  • By AudioAddict on 03-08-14

Wish I could give this narrator 10 stars

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

This series of light mysteries are well written and fun to read, but it's the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, who steals the show. Her range of voices covers every character delightfully, from the Queen of England and a teenage Bavarian Princess, to a cockney lady's maid. As long as Ms. Kellgren continues to read the stories I will continue to listen to the books.

  • The Stranger

  • By: Albert Camus
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,561

Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is amorality bad?

  • By Rolando on 03-10-14

Utterly depressing

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

I don't care if it is a "classic," it is morbidly depressing and the self-obsessed analysis made me wonder if Camus was off his meds. Dreadful story to read on a rainy day.

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  • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

  • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone

  • By Quaker on 11-04-13

Captivating history

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

I would have loved to have a professor like Professor Fears when I was in college. If I had, I might have decided to change my major to history. He brings to life with great reality, color, and sometimes humor, 36 events and people who impacted world history forever. I have listened with enjoyment and new insight to his lectures several times, and they will be a permanent audible on my iPod.

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,493

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

Mrs. Pollifax is amazing and so is narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

I had to verify on Audible that there was only one reader for this book, Barbara Rosenblat, so convincing was she with the numerous male and female characters and accents. It is a fun and fast moving story with senior citizen Mrs. P.'s new life as an international "courier" following many unpredicable paths and predicaments, out of which she cleverly manages to beguile and entrap her enemies at the same time. A delightful listen.

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  • Come Rain or Come Shine

  • A Mitford Novel, Book 11
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

Over the course of 10 Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first featured in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls. Now, Father Tim Kavanagh's adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By Sara on 09-28-15

Touching and tender

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Reviving some of the familiar residents of her previous 10 Mitford novels and adding a few new characters, Jan Karon created a lump in my throat by describing the day by day preparation for and the ceremony of a simple country wedding. Inspiring story that tells us all how we should behave, respect each other, and give unconditional love. The story got off to a slow start but still deserves 4 stars.

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  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Character who brought me back to Cozy Mystery

  • By Frobertimus on 11-03-11

Quirky plots and superb narration

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Quirky plots, unforgettable characters, and superb narration make this series of mysteries some of the best I've heard on audible. Pig-tailed prodgy, 11 yr. old chemist/detective Flabia deLuce has become one of my literary heroines and I add her to my other favorite, Scout Finch, as children I wish I had known and had as friends when I was a child.
"I am half-sick of shadows" is the fourth in the Flavia deLuce novels but hasn't lost steam as some series do after the first few books. Alan Bradley is brilliant in his portrayals of the tender relationship between Flavia and Dogger, the faithful household servant suffering from PTS, the hilarious and often hostile sibling rivalry among the 3 de Luce sisters, and the competitive friendship between Flavia and Inspector Hewitt.
Alan Bradley, please keep Flavia forever 11. Long live Flavia deLuce.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,052
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,018

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

A huge disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

I had a hard time believing that Harper Lee wrote this book. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of my lifetime favorite books and Atticus Finch a favorite literary hero. But this story and presentation was not at all in keeping with the style and character of "Mockingbird," even though it was supposed to pick up the lives of Scout and Atticus several years later. There was a great deal of profanity and mental ramblings. I do not recommend this to anyone who read "To Kill a Mockingbird" because you will be sorely disappointed.

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