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  • A Lesson in Secrets

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080

In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government". She soon finds herself investigating a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy edition to the series

  • By Jeanette Finan on 03-25-11

Great series

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

Reviewed: 05-07-11

Author keeps this series alive...can't wait for the next one.
Really terrific characters, history and story!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • One Was a Soldier

  • By: Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

At the Millers Kill Community Center, five veterans gather to work on adjusting to life after war. Reverend Clare Fergusson has returned from Iraq with a head full of bad memories she's using alcohol to wipe out. Dr. George Stillman is denying that the head wound he received has left him with something worse than simple migraines. And Officer Eric McCrea is battling to keep his constant rage from affecting his life as a cop and as a father....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Series Derails

  • By Sara on 02-10-15

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-11

I have read all the books in this series and this is the only one to disappoint me.
I have never been crazy about Toren's narration but I let that go to enjoy the story.
I could not get past it this time and I am sorry to say I should have read it...not listened to it.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sing You Home

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,278

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Realistic music quality please...or don't do it.

  • By Springfield Sis on 03-18-11

Very good...but...

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

Reviewed: 04-25-11

The overall message was an important one and much appreciated by this listener.
I also bought the book to read it...and I preferred that version. I found the audible version protracted, the music distracting and I think the readers chosen were not the best. I am certain I would have preferred one great reader like Barbara Caruso for the whole book. Still it was an important book and it should stay on the best sellar lists for a long time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Flight of Swallows

  • By: Audrey Howard
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Charlotte Drummond knows she has a duty to obey her father. Girls, especially well-bred upper-class ones, are expected to be submissive to the men in their lives. But Charlotte's father is a cruel man, viciously beating her and her brothers for the slightest reason. He even wants to marry her off, at just sixteen years old; to a man she does not love. Lion-hearted Charlotte wants to defy him but to protect her brothers from his fury she agrees to become the wife of Brooke Armstrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always give me an audiobook read by Carole Boyd

  • By Dreamsmith on 02-01-11

standard Audrey Howard

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-10

Carole byd who reads this one is fabulous!!! The story itself is over long but I loved it...mostly because Boyd makes each character an individual voice and holds my attention as if it were a play at the West end in London.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Apple Tree

  • By: Elvi Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

When Frances, recovering from a broken love afair, moves with her mother to lonely Beck Farm in the Yorkshire Dales, she is going into uncharted territory. Planning to open a guest house, she encounters only friendliness from the villagers. But there seems to be some mystery about the previous owner of the farm, Ben Thornton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long book tells little

  • By Venner on 04-06-10

Long book tells little

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-10

I will not read this one again because it was to long, too descriptive and too detailed for my taste. Story could have been 4 hours shorter by my standard. BUT, I do love British novels so I am glad I read it once.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming book with an excellent narrator

  • By jc on 03-05-10

very slow starter

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-10

not the best british narrator I have heard. Story grows on one as the 2nd part begins. gives a reliable portrait of british village problems to this day

6 of 15 people found this review helpful