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  • The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel

  • Flavia de Luce Series, Book 10
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister, Ophelia, is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. “A church is a wonderful place for a wedding”, muses Flavia, “surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar.” Flavia is not your normal 12-year-old girl, and she'll have her first case when there's an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flavia does it again!

  • By Rebecca, the Untangled Writer on 01-23-19

Carry on, Flavia de Luce!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

The fact is that I have only experienced the Flavia de Luce books via Audible, because Jayne Entwistle's voice is perfect. In this novel, and the last two, Entwistle modulates her register to show Flavia's maturing without losing our heroine's joi de vivre--or her joi de macabre. In The Golden Tresses of the Dead, Flavia deals with more losses, but also finds new allies, and the complex strands (!) of several mysteries wind up in surprising ways. A genuine pleasure.

  • Robicheaux

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038

During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one that involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Day Master Work

  • By Meg on 01-05-18

Burke is one of the best

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

James Lee Burke is one of our great novelists, and though some themes in the Dave Robicheaux series seem familiar after all these years, Burke can still turn a phrase and make you care about these characters and their travails. Will Patton's narration can also surprise from time to time, but his general tone is almost soporific at times, which is the last thing I need on a long drive--my usual venue for audiobooks. Recommended, nevertheless.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,576

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Predictable but charming

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

You'll be able to figure out the ending of this story long before All Is Revealed, but who cares? Everyone is having a good time (mostly) and Richard Armitage narrates delightfully as always. An enjoyable Christmas perk from Audible.

  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls

  • By: John Bellairs
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,288

When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan, comes to stay with his Uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls - a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Before Harry Potter, there was Lewis Barnavelt

  • By Richard S. Swol on 08-26-18

Good kids' fantasy

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Captures the young protagonist's hopes and fears effectively. The quirky adult mentors are kind and mentorly, and the magic provides an effective mix of entertainment, beauty, and spooky/scary. I would have enjoyed this more as a child, but it kept my interest and I'd recommend it for families and kids.
The movie, by the way, while keeping the key premise, changes a lot of plot elements, but it still a lot of fun.

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, detective constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying read

  • By Tim on 11-21-18

One of the best by Aaronovitch!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

A new Peter Grant urban fantasy police procedural is a reason to rejoice, and I enjoyed every minute of this one. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith IS Peter (and all the other voices), and his narration adds immensely to the fun. The interplay of past and present London is excellently done. I hope we’ll get more!

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

  • By Hope on 09-17-15

Not bad Regency romance/mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Better-than-average Heyer-style Regency romance + mystery (except for the gratuitously inserted sex scene, which didn’t affect the plot significantly enough). Despite a few style slips, the characters, especially the two key players, and the plot are engaging. It’s slower than Taylor’s slamming “Chronicles of St. Mary’s” action-packed tales, but still moves along and shows some of the same sardonic edge. I’d read another by “Isabella Barclay.”

  • Strange Practice

  • By: Vivian Shaw
  • Narrated by: Susanna Hampton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized and highly peculiar medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice - and her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep Google open while you read

  • By Christine Ehren on 02-23-18

OK, but...

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

The narration by Susanna Hampton added significantly to this novel about Dr. Greta Helsing, who, rather than hunting vampires, heals them--and every other ghoulie, ghostie, and thing that goes bump in the night. Charitable vampires and avuncular supernatural accountants were portrayed with great sympathy. And yet...maybe it's just me, but I still find I have limited interest in "monsters are really nice, just misunderstood" tropes. Your mileage may vary, and the writing is good, so give it a try.

  • The Bomb Maker

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, a team dispatched to a house whose owner is away, and a bomb disguised inside photography equipment exploded in the kitchen. But it is a second bomb hidden in the basement that has devastating consequences - half of the entire Bomb Squad is obliterated within seconds. The fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bomb Maker- Life Taker!

  • By Tracy P. on 02-11-18

Informative

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Would be a page-turner if it had pages. I now know more than I ever wanted to know about bombs and bomb-making.

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  • Till We Have Faces

  • A Myth Retold
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409

Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery. Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of a kind.

  • By Stephanie on 07-07-10

Lewis's most complex novel

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Some people complain about C.S. Lewis's view of women, but this novel, his last (1956), shows his insight into human experience. With a female first-person narrator who writes her complaint against the gods, Till We Have Faces is Lewis's most complex fiction. Highly recommended in any format, but Nadia May's narration adds extra depth and emotion.

  • The Code of the Woosters

  • Jeeves to the Rescue
  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769

Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Wodehouse narrator

  • By Philip on 03-09-05

Laugh-out-loud ridiculousness

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Wodehouse isn’t for everyone, but if you appreciate light British comedy, then he is perfection. My sister and I grew up reading these books, and we both laughed aloud as we listened to The Code of the Woosters on a recent road trip. Pure escapism.