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  • Wildfire at Midnight

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

The pioneer of romantic suspense, Mary Stewart leads her listeners on an unforgettable ride across the Isle of Skye in this tale perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym. Following a heartbreaking divorce, Gianetta retreats to the Isle of Skye hoping to find tranquillity in the island's savage beauty. But shortly before her arrival a girl's body is found on the craggy slopes of the looming Blue Mountain, and with the murderer still on the loose, there's nothing to stop him from setting his sights on Gianetta next....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Julie on 08-08-18

Maybe if you are an unsophisticated adolescent....

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

you might enjoy this story. I did, when I was 13 or 14, and it is embarrassing to admit that. This heroine's spunkiness beggars belief, as does her stupidity. And her willingness, even eagerness, to believe - based on zero evidence - that her ex-husband is a sick, twisted, serial killer is appalling. And her inability to shoot the real killer as he inexorably advances on her is disgusting.
Ugh.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

Thank heavens for George Guidall

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Probably wouldn't have finished this one except that George was narrating. Got way, way, way tired of Walt chasing the evildoers - even after the perp was dead - while his daughter lay in the hospital in intensive care. C'mon, Walt, you can continue your Superman act after she's out of danger. Didn't like that Cady selected such a waste of space for her fiancee in the first place, seemed wildly out of character. Didn't like the suggested interplay between Vic and her mother either, as in major yuk. Come to think of it, Walt's reminiscing passages include Berkeley and Viet Nam in the 60s which makes him what, 70 or 75. Still a good lawman, but physically attractive to a tall, gorgeous, 20-something? Bull-pucky, as they say in Absaroka County.

  • Any Other Name

  • Walt Longmire, Book 10
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,235

Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lost in Fog with Buffalo

  • By Carole T. on 05-25-14

OK, I'm done

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

As The Crow Flies was so outstanding that I decided to binge on Walt and Henry Standing Bear, so I got Kindness Goes Unpunished and Any Other Name. Kindness got downright boring, what with Walt's relentless chase after the bad guy while Cady lay in the hospital fighting for her life with strangers for company. He's just a little too dedicated for my understanding or enjoyment. But Henry Standing Bear was there, so I finished it. There were other more minor irritations, like why did the independent, intelligent and beautiful Cady ever select such an ick for a fiancee in the first place, but I could get past that.

Not this one, however. Here we go again, with motherless Cady needing/wanting him while she has her first child, his agreeing to be there, and allowing himself to be led down a cold case trail instead. It was a COLD case - why couldn't it have waited until his return? I'm only a few pages in, and have now decided that the only character in these stories that I don't like is Walt Longmire. I'll just re-read the books that were really good when the time rolls around, and hope that Craig Johnson comes to his senses and lays off the superhero thread.

  • As the Crow Flies

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,006
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,607

Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply one of my favorite series.

  • By B.J. on 07-22-12

Best book I've listened to in a while

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I enjoyed every moment of this listening experience, from the faultless narration to the absorbing plot. I freely give it an unqualified recommendation. Enjoy!

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Lord of the Flies with adult women

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Not my cup of tea. Well written with excellent narration, the story itself seemed like a caricature of that bad old book about boys reverting to the wild. Also too much - to my mind - unrealistic behavior by this supposedly intelligent group of women, two of whom had been camping in the bush as youngsters. You're in the middle of a torrential rainstorm, maddened by thirst, and you can't get a drop because your water bottle is empty? You are lost in the bush, terrified for your life, and you don't start a fire to make attention grabbing smoke because there's been a drought and it's against the law? Other issues come into play, of course, but the ongoing backstory of 'going native' in 3 days eclipsed them for me. Jane Harper's last novel, The Dry, was an excellent story, so I'll be back for more. But I don't really feel comfortable recommending this one.

  • How It Happened

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Christine Lakin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

 Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Judge a book by it's cover!

  • By shelley on 05-16-18

Someone else would enjoy it...

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

but I detest plot lines revolving around drugs at any stage, being bought, being sold, being used, being smuggled, being blamed. The plot of this book by Mr. Koryta, who in my opinion is a gifted writer, is about exactly that. I snapped it up because it was by him, narrated by Robert Petkoff (also one of the best) without really reading the synopsis. My mistake.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • All Creatures Great and Small

  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,807
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,979
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,976

In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Wonderful book compromised by narration

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

This classic book enjoys an honored spot in my bookcase, and I have read and re-read it over the years ever since it was published. The TV series, however, was disappointing, because the rich humor just fizzled under the handling of the actors - whose work I normally enjoy. I couldn't figure out exactly what was wrong, but after a couple of episodes I just stopped watching. Then I recently found it offered by Audible, and snapped it up. I will keep it, but again I am disappointed by Mr. Timothy's handling of the text. There are countless episodes that are laugh-out-loud funny, but his curiously lifeless delivery drains them of most of the humor, and a slight smile is all they earn. His voice is very pleasant, and his delivery of rural accents is marvelous, but his timing is way off and the overall effect is - flat.
Back to the written word.

  • A Death in the Dales

  • By: Frances Brody
  • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Plagued with guilt, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the murder of the landlord of Langcliffe's tavern, believes that her testimony may have convicted the wrong man, but when she passes, the case seems closed. It just so happens, though, that Freda's nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who has decided to holiday in Langcliffe with her teenage niece, Harriet.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dry, lifeless narration sunk this one

  • By Sharon on 10-30-17

Dry, lifeless narration sunk this one

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I wouldn't have rated the overall quality or the story of this book so low if I hadn't been forced to, because I have no idea how many stars they deserve. In the sample of the narration, Ms Claxton's voice sounds pleasant, and it is. It is also lifeless and FLAT LINE. It couldn't hold my attention through the first chapter, and that's all the chance I'm going to give it. I love these oldie but goodies, and if Audible would put decent narrators onto the books, I would probably buy them all.

  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Here is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Curious What was Left Out of the Movie

  • By Scott on 04-21-12

Everybody already knows this was a great book, but

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

I have to add that Lorna Raver's narration was top-notch, excellent, epic. She should get a special award for this performance, and maybe she did. I hope so.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,542

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Not my cup of tea, although the narrator kept me listening long after I had predicted the Scam (did that come as a surprise to anyone?). But even she couldn't hold my interest after the big mudslide. Although I am totally on board with Bernadette's disgust at today's scary helicopter parenting style, that is not confined to the upper money echelons of Seattle. Neither are the expectations for children to compete, compete, compete, excel, excel excel, which apparently begin in the delivery room. We are just beginning to see how the young adults who are the products of that culture are turning out, and they aren't doing well.
But back to the book, one last comment; in my opinion, glass and concrete and metal are not GREEN house-building materials.