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  • Latter End

  • The Miss Silver Mysteries
  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Things had never been quite the same at Latter End since Lois had taken over. Suddenly life seemed to be an endless succession of bitter family rows which Lois, needless to say, invariably won. More than one person at Latter End found themselves stretched to the limit by Lois and her bullying, and it was only a matter of time before somebody snapped. It was unthinkable of course...but if anyone ever murdered Lois Latter, it would be very embarrassing to discover just how many people might have wished her dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pay Attention to the Psychic.

  • By Lorriee on 05-04-14

Clever Who-dunnit Twist

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

The author does tend to wallow in Freudian rhetoric a bit much in this book. I really enjoyed the twist Wentworth gave to this who-dunnit, I didn’t see that coming at all.

  • Dominion

  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen

  • By P on 01-31-14

Alternate history, accurate profanity

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Alternate WWII history. Lots of references to New Zealand in this book. The story started out rather interesting, though I ended up skipping and jumping ahead through the book trying to avoid some of the less-than extras which detracted from the enjoyment for me. So I skipped to the last chapter - snort n grin - which I think must the worst run of profanity in it.
Sansom includes lots of lengthy conversations in this book – some which didn’t really need to feature (David’s SIL and her husband). The prologue was a less than tie up of the story.
Adult content with lots of profanity (hard to skip over on an audio) F-bombs and the c-word, which is also used in reference to a prostitute. Meh!

  • The Barefoot Investor

  • The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
  • By: Scott Pape
  • Narrated by: Scott Pape
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

This is the only money guide you'll ever need. That's a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves. So what makes this one different? You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sure It's An Aussie Book But--

  • By Gillian on 03-27-18

Skip the audio, go for the book

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Contains coarse language and some really crude jokes. I dropped the audio and am trying to procure a written copy. Understandably, a good portion of the advice tends to be Australian-centric as many of the institutes Pape suggests using are not available in any format in the country I live in. Interesting listen despite all that.

  • Miss Seeton Sings

  • A Miss Seeton Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Heron Carvic
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

When a flood of perfectly faked banknotes hits the market, retired art teacher Miss Emily Seeton, the Yard's famed ‘MissEss', is chosen to investigate a respected Geneva bank. Somehow, the forger is also mixed up in the theft of valuable paintings, so it's ‘set an artist to catch an artist.' But Miss S. is new to air travel – surely the names Geneva and ‘Genova' must be the same place? Bamboozling both the crooks and the police who vainly try to keep tabs on her, innocently humming the fraudsters' musical password, she trips gaily along the dangerous trail. Serene amidst every kind of skullduggery, this eccentric English spinster steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles, armed with nothing more than her sketchpad and umbrella!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Half Gracie Allen half Inspector Clousseau

  • By Nancy H. on 05-06-18

Phyllida Nash was the reason I purchased this

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

What disappointed you about Miss Seeton Sings?

More violent than the other Miss Seeton’s I’ve read with a character being dismembered in the bath and distributed around Paris in suitcases – oh, and Miss Seeton unknowingly brings the victims forearm home inside a wedding present for young friends – and, the brief foray into a naked stage show Carvic takes Miss Seeton through degenerated this far-fetched tale right down into an unenjoyable farce for me.

Has Miss Seeton Sings turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

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

Phyllida Nash is an amazing narrator, as usual.

  • Buried in the Country

  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

After many years working around the world for an international charity in the late 1960s, Eleanor Trewynn has retired to the relative quiet of a small town in Cornwall. But her quiet life is short-lived when, due to her experience, the Commonwealth Relations Office reaches out to her to assist in a secret conference that is to take place in a small hotel outside the historical village of Tintagel. Meanwhile, her niece, Detective Sergeant Megan Pencarrow, is investigating the disappearance of a local solicitor when she is assigned to help provide security.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We NEED More Cornish Mystery books

  • By Chelle on 04-14-18

We NEED More Cornish Mystery books

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable, and easy, listening! I enjoy the healthy, loving and respectful, relationship between Eleanor and her niece, Meagan.
For others that like to know things like this before purchasing: While there is some cursing in the book, there are no f-bombs.

  • Whose Body?

  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey sets out to unravel a puzzling case involving the disappearance of a wealthy financier and the discovery of a corpse in a bathtub. He does succeed in solving things to everyone's ultimate satisfaction, but only after a series of bloodcurdling and hair-raising episodes that will hold the listener spellbound with anticipation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five stars, and yet. . .

  • By Roxane on 06-17-10

Read way too fast

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Any additional comments?

Whose Body? is a favourite Sayers story and yet I'm returning this audiobook, despite the fact that I usually enjoy Nadia Mays' narration, May just read this one way too quickly :(

  • Dead Mountain

  • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
  • By: Donnie Eichar
  • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery & Intrigue In The Ural Mountains

  • By Sara on 06-30-15

Mystery Still Not Solved

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Any additional comments?

The mystery surrounding this case is interesting. Eichar writes well and is building background for his theory on what caused the hikers death - he presents ‘scientific explanation’ as the solution to the mystery. Case solved according to Eichar. Perhaps. I'm not convinced that it is.

For others that like to know things like this before they listen: the author uses an ‘F’ word early on in the book, seemed to be a one off.

  • Gray Matter

  • A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer…One Patient at a Time
  • By: David I. Levy MD, Joel Kilpatrick - contributor
  • Narrated by: Larry Wayne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

A perfect blend of medical drama and spiritual insight, Gray Matter is a fascinating account of Dr. David Levy's decision to begin asking his patients if he could pray for them before surgery. Some are thrilled. Some are skeptical. Some are hostile, and some are quite literally transformed by the request.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Neurosurgical RN review

  • By CMG on 12-16-17

Hope Filled Surgery

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Any additional comments?

Unashamedly Christian content.
Regardless of the outcome in surgery Dr. Levy is instrumental in offering hope to his patients.
A few may find it preachy as he spends some time on a Christian approach to dealing with unforgiveness and bitterness.
Gray Matter makes for engaging reading and is more than just a collection of surgical stories: this book details Dr Levy's own journey with faith and learning to trust God while he interacts with, prays over, and operates on his patients.

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  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

  • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766

Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A course that will open you to new ideas.

  • By Kristi R. on 07-06-14

Books and Questions Covered in this course

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Any additional comments?

Prof. Rufus endeavours to take us through 4 questions during this course on books that can change your life. I think he does an exemplary job. Even when I don’t agree entirely with his view point, the ideas he presents generate food for thought.

Questions pondered:
Q1: God. Does God or do gods exist?
Q2: Fate. What is fate?
Q3: Good and evil. What do we mean by good and evil?
Q4: How should we live?

Authors and Books covered in this course.
1 Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers From Prison
2 Homer, Iliad
3 Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
4 Bhagavad Gita
5 Book of Exodus
6 Gospel of Mark
7 Koran
8 Gilgamesh
9 Beowulf
10 Book of Job
11 Aeschylus, Oresteia
12 Euripides, Bacchae
13 Plato, Phaedo
14 Dante, The Divine Comedy
15 Shakespeare, Othello, the Moor of Venice
16 Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
17 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
18 Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
19 George Orwell, 1984
20 Vergil, Aeneid
21 Pericles, Oration; Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
22 Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
23 Confucius, The Analects
24 Machiavelli, The Prince
25 Plato, Republic
26 John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
27 Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d’Arthur
28 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part 1
29 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part 2
30 Henry David Thoreau, Walden
31 Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
32 Lord Acton, The History of Freedom
33 Cicero, On Moral Duties (De Offi ciis)
34 Gandhi, An Autobiography
35 Churchill, My Early Life; Painting as a Pastime;WWII
36 Lessons from the Great Books

  • Picture Miss Seeton

  • A Miss Seeton Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Heron Carvic
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavor is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer? Her sketch puts her in a perilous position, for back at her recently inherited cottage in Plummergen village, she's fated to be a sitting duck...for murder most foul!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HISS for the Villain!

  • By Betababe on 08-17-17

Armed with an umbrella

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Any additional comments?

I selected this audiobook due to Phyllida Nash's narration.- perfect.

The story originally started out with a very 'golden era' mystery feel to it. Miss Seeton is not golden era, she's an elderly, ladylike, spinster in a more modern time who has psychic drawing, as in artistic, powers, practices yoga, and has an umbrella as her lucky talisman.

Carvic repeatedly refers to "Alice in Wonderland" throughout the book - I eventually made the connection - which explains why the book has a slightly offbeat, Madhatter, tone to it. The ending has that same offbeat feel, it doesn't resolve the question, "What happened to the body in the cupboard?".

Extra content others may like to know about before handing to your teen: Carvic has his villain in the book ruthlessly ending someone's life (I wasn't prepared for it, the focus was on Miss Seeton's plight, the author just tossed it down the 'rabbit hole'). The story centres around drugs, their pushers and victims.

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