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  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Too much fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

After listening to multiple audio performances, I feel as if the characters are family. Watching Georgie get herself into another situation was truly enjoyable. Yes, I could guess places, but it didn’t detract from the overall experience.

The new narrator made the characters believable. Fig’s voice was a little grating, but that made sense for the Character. All in all, worth the credit.

  • A Study in Treason

  • A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Leonard Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

When an executed original of a secret treaty between England and France, known as the French Treaty, is stolen from the country estate of Lord Halifax, Scotland Yard asks Joanna, Dr. John Watson, Jr., and Dr. John Watson, Sr., to use their detective skills to participate in the hunt for the missing treaty. As the government becomes more restless to find the missing document and traditional investigative means fail to turn up the culprit, Joanna is forced to devise a clever plan to trap the thief and recover the missing treaty. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A study in Q & A

  • By Holly emery on 07-07-18

Great performance- Easy to Solve Case

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Steve West is a master storyteller. The multitude of voices he portrayed takes a very high level of talent. There were clues early on that helped me guess the ending, but it was still enjoyable. I found myself becoming anxious for the characters and cheering on Holmes and Watson(s) as they unraveled the mystery. Definitely worth the credit. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is the hints make it too easy to guess the traitor’s name.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl from Summer Hill

  • A Summer Hill Novel, Book 1
  • By: Jude Deveraux
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she leaves behind a demanding boss at a famous DC restaurant and a breakup with a boyfriend jealous of her success. Some peace and quiet on the picturesque Tattwell plantation are just what she needs to start fresh. But the tranquility is broken one misty morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on the porch of her cottage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud

  • By Jim L. Ramsey on 09-11-16

A True Laugh Out Loud, Romantic Austen Tribute

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

There are very few books that elicit any type of verbal response from me. This is one of them! I was so in tune with the characters that they had me barking with laughter or sighing with disgust. Jude Devereaux was able to weave each Austen tribute characters with an updated counterpart. Much like Austen, the updated story was heartwarming, heartbreaking, romantic and funny. And the peacock...wow. Worth the credit.

  • 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 852
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Story

  • By Jean on 05-06-18

Tears, Pain and Love

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I found myself alternately crying and smiling at the highs and lows of this book. Ms. Cassidy’s performance is again stellar as she moves flawlessly between accents and characters. Maisey Dobbs does not disappoint!

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 93,239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86,374
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,966

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Funny, Sad, Riveting

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

This book as read by Trevor Noah completely engrossed me. His ability to change voices brought every character to life and made me feel like I was inside the action as it happened.

As he recounts his life, going through tragedies and triumphs, he is never self pitying. He gives great insight into the challenges of growing up poor in South Africa and applies the lessons so well to the general human condition.

I wish one day I could sit down with him and his mom and just listen to their conversations. It must be a fun time. Well worth the credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paris Spy

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Maggie Hope has come a long way since serving as a typist for Winston Churchill. Now she's working undercover for the Special Operations Executive in the elegant but eerily silent city of Paris, where SS officers prowl the streets in their Mercedes and the Ritz is draped with swastika banners. Walking among the enemy is tense and terrifying, and even though she's disguised in chic Chanel, Maggie can't help longing for home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book spoiled by bad narrator

  • By Maine Knitter on 08-12-17

The narrator makes this story even better!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

The narrator made me feel like I was in the story. Her ability to give voice to all the individual characters was amazing.

Maggie is a spy in Paris mingling with Coco Chanel, German officers and her friends, Sarah and Hugh. Be prepared violence, betrayal and death. This is a real story about what could have happened on the route to the battle at Normandy.

Toward the end, I couldn't stop listening. Every time I set my sleep timer, I had to extend it because I wanted to hear the rest of the story. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Kelly Murphy's life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine - up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett - Tulpen Crossing's prodigal son, who's set his sights on Kelly - and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward, and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By lovetoread on 07-16-17

Dysfunctional & So Funny!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Susan Mallery successfully mixes dysfunctional family drama with super funny dialogue to create a fun listen. Sisters Kelly and Olivia Murphy are abandoned by their mom which results in the girls having very different teen lives. Kelly stays in Tulpen Crossing, and after being sent away to boarding school, Olivia goes to Phoenix with their mom. When a grown Olivia moves back home with Kelly and their dad, the girls fight, laugh and try to figure out how to be sisters. When their mother follows Olivia back to Tulpen Crossing, the girls are determined to keep her out of their new relationship and away from their dad's new love.

Filled with old boyfriends, new loves, Mallery somehow entwines funny situations, difficult conversations and family drama into a great listen.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,683
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,679

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

Never Wanted It to End!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

I found myself laughing out loud during parts of this book even as I tried to guess who the murderer was. The writing is so active, I was brought into the story and hated when my commute was over. It's not often that you find this perfect blend of good writing and narration. The author does explain the character's relationship built over previous books in the series, but you needn't have read them to enjoy this one.

The narration brought to life the characters dress, their movements, their faces, their lives. Without going too much into the plot, our heroines go through the countryside solving not one, but two murders! Definitely worth the credit and will look for more from these two.

77 of 82 people found this review helpful

  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 986

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Waters Run Deep

  • By Sara on 04-13-16

Surprisingly Good!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

I love WWII and post war books, but was a little skeptical of this book, mostly because it was written in 1952. There's just enough introspection, self doubt, sarcasm and self actualization to make it interesting. The story is told in a way that pulls you in and think that it really could have happened that way.

Mildred's life is that of a normal single woman post war. She has no thought of getting married and devotes herself to the church and work. She has friends, hides the brandy when the vicar comes over, believes herself in love with a friend's husband and tries to figure out how to navigate others expectations of her.

I found myself hoping for a particular happy ending for Mildred.So as not to spoil the book, all I'll say is that Mildred changes substantially on the journey and is very happy with who she is and where life is leading her.

  • Closed Casket

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

Internationally best-selling author Sophie Hannah and the world's favorite detective, Hercule Poirot, return in this follow-up to The Monogram Murders, the national best seller hailed by the Washington Post as "literary magic".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This story is bonkers

  • By Ms Lixie on 10-17-16

Very Much Agatha, Very Much Poirot

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

This book definitely follows the Agatha Christie format!
Narration was excellent; I could see every character.

Poirot was his true to form, filled with self love and confident in his abilities. He is still the larger than life character who finds out information on one of his typical trips to London or another locale that is not disclosed until the murder is revealed. There are enough suspects to keep you guessing until very close to the end of the book. If you're like me, you'll hope the murder is never caught because the murder victim was such an easy man to dislike.

If you like Agatha Christie, you'll enjoy this book..

1 of 4 people found this review helpful