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  • 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 4,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,444

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

Absolutely delightful!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Wonderful first book (in a new series) I can't wait to hear the next ones.

  • Forensics

  • What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682

The dead talk - to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crime Seen

  • By Mark on 09-02-16

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

I was afraid this book would be too analytical and dry, but it is not! The reader's voice is beautiful, I could listen to her read the phone book. (Although, I will admit I had to chuckle every time she did an "American's" voice.)
She gives lots of examples of cases, cases that I have known or read about, cases that have been turned into fictional books. It was very interesting, I did not get bored at all. So go ahead and get this book, and don't let the length of it scare you off. It was enjoyable to the very end.

  • The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus

  • How to Get Big Things Done in Your "Workshop"...All Year Long
  • By: Eric Harvey
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Need a role model for effective leadership? Try Santa Claus! Imagine the endless challenges that running his operation poses. There's juggling employees, equipment, facilities, resources, production, letter reading, scheduling, the big delivery, keeping everyone jolly - and the list goes on. It's mind boggling! How does he do it all? What are his secrets to success?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Bedtime Story for Everyone

  • By Empress Karen on 12-06-16

Should be entitled leadership for dummies

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

If you can get past the irritating reader's voice, there's probably a good message here. He sounded like he was talking to kindergarteners.
and to be fair, the message was rather juvenile.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,408

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story....but not True Grit

  • By DenGig on 04-14-17

Absolutely excellent!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

if you love being swept away into a different time and place, and you love history, then get this book, for you will not be disappointed.

  • American Philosophy

  • A Love Story
  • By: John Kaag
  • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 351

In American Philosophy, John Kaag - a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career - stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books on an old estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. The library includes notes from Whitman, inscriptions from Frost, and first editions of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As he begins to catalog and preserve these priceless books, Kaag rediscovers the very tenets of American philosophy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling!

  • By karen on 12-04-16

How Sad

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Now I know why philosophers are always so sad and depressed... they have no hope. They spend all their lives in search of the one thing that's right in front of them... GOD. Your life, like this book, does not need to end with a maybe. It can end with knowing where you will go after you leave this earth. It can continue on with an absolute knowledge. Too bad they don't believe in absolutes.
If they would spend as much time reading the Bible and getting to know their creator, as they do in pursuit of all these other books. They could lead a happy and fulfilled life here on this Earth, before moving on to Heaven.
Sadly, when you are so self-important (selfishly), deem yourself to be wiser than anyone else, and (let's just say it) self-righteous, you will refuse to see what's right in front of you.

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  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,933
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,953

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Read

  • By Menon on 08-14-12

Historical Romance

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

If you love romance novels, you will love this book. I'm more into Mysteries which this does have, but it's mostly a romance novel, and it's very long.
I wish Audio would categorize these better as Romance, instead of Historical Fiction.
I will have to be leary, in the future, of books categorized as Historical Fiction, apparently "fiction" means Romance. Which I guess actually makes sense, if you think about it. LOL

  • The Broken Brooch

  • The Celtic Brooch, Book 5
  • By: Katherine Lowry Logan
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

When a brooch is broken, some of its magic is lost. When NYPD detective JL O'Grady is invited to be her brother's plus-one at Montgomery Winery's end-of-harvest gala, she plans to enjoy a fabulous weekend in Napa drinking wine, enjoying sunset dinners on the veranda, and watching her brother's high school basketball tournament. Instead, she's pulled into a murder investigation hauntingly similar to a New York City racketeering and drug case that nearly ended her career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic suspense story set in Napa Valley!

  • By LilMissMolly on 09-27-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Warning: This is not a Mystery/Thriller with a little romance. It is more a "Romance"/Erotica with a murder mystery throwed in on the side. And in fact, I would have probably been somewhat OK with that, except that it seemed to be written for horny teenagers (or adults who still want to be :-). If I want romance, I'll stick with Nora Roberts, who can do it sensibly and tastefully.
I found myself rolling my eyes a LOT through the storyline, for example: "With time running out and danger closing in", all these two can think of is sex, really. I will not be buying any more from this series, nor probably from this author.
Also, I will suggest that Audible move this series from "Mysteries & Thrillers/ Modern Detective" to "Romance" and change the "Steamy" meter to a much higher rating.

  • Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad

  • The First Two Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a character!

  • By C. Morris on 07-28-14

Wonderful cozy mystery series!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I just love the Agatha Raisin series, and wasn't sure how I would like a Scottish male lead. But M. C. Beaton has hit it out of the park again. I really love this series too!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death in Rough Water

  • By: Francine Mathews
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Fresh from her first murder case, Nantucket detective Merry Folger is unwillingly sucked into her second. When Joe Duarte, a fishing boat captain with decades of experience on the wild seas off Nantucket, is swept overboard during a spring storm, his death is pronounced accidental. But his estranged daughter, Del, is convinced it's murder. She moves back to Nantucket to get closer to the truth and enlists her old friend, Detective Merry Folger, to help. But Del is also hiding secrets of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nantucket Mystery

  • By Terri on 08-07-18

Nantucket Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I just love stories about Nantucket Island, and this murder mystery is the best of the best. I can't wait to continue on with the series!

  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,087

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much

  • By Patti L Langston on 07-18-17

EVERYONE should read/listen to this story...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

…that being said, it is a hard read/listen because it is SO true, and you can see examples of it every day, in REAL life: 1) People see something on the Internet and they automatically think it's true, without checking all the facts on BOTH sides of the story. 2) People hide behind the Internet to bully and "punish" people they think are guilty of some perceived misconduct, or to harass them for not being like they are. 3) People are always quick to believe the worst of others, because somehow in their mind, that makes them "better", they think to themselves, "Yeah I've done some bad things, but I'm not THAT bad".

Rachel Caine nailed all the characters in this book. She was spot on with how people act, think and feel in these kinds of situations.

This book is so true to our day and age, the age of the internet and the dark web, vigilante justice, and misinformation. It spreads like wild fire, completely unchecked and unable to be contained. It's our new "Wild West", with no law and order anywhere in sight. People's lives are being ruined and snuffed out with a mere keyboard stroke. I heartily applaud R. Caine for tackling such a dark and horrid story line that very much needs the light shed on it. You may want to give up half way through because of the story line being so dark and dramatic, but please hang in there, and continue on with book 2, it will be worth it.

I hope by reading these books, it will make us all pause, and look inside ourselves, to make sure we are not guilty of judging people and situations, of acting like judge and jury, over things we really do not have all the facts on.

Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek really need to be read together, they are like a Part 1 & Part 2. The author does a good job of bringing you up to speed in Killman Creek, so you could possibly get by with just reading/listening to it, if the storyline is too dark or intense for you.