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  • The Cornwalls Are Gone

  • By: James Patterson, Brendan DuBois - contributor
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang, Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697

In her career as an Army intelligence officer, Amy Cornwall has seen haunting sights half a world away. None compare to the chilling scene at her Virginia home. It is empty. A phone rings with a terrifying ultimatum: locate and liberate an unnamed captive in 48 hours, or her kidnapped husband and 10-year-old daughter are dead. Now, and in open defiance of Army Command, Amy must employ every lethal tactic she has to save them. To succeed, she must discover not only who dispatched her on this mission, but why. Without her family, she's dead anyway. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Excellent.

  • By travisbjr on 03-28-19

Surprised

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19

I've liked every James Patterson's books, even as a co-writer. This is the first one I've given low rating.
The story dragged, was tedious with no surprises. I doubt anyone will read this, but get a different JP if you can. I would suggest Invisible and Unsolved, his new ones with David Ellis or any of the Privates or NYPD Red.

  • Oath of Honor

  • Blue Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud law-enforcement family. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life. Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll - including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oath of Honor

  • By Susan Fryman on 01-15-18

meh

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

Reviewed: 05-24-19

It's not horrible, not great, an easy fast listen. Good for the Romance Package freebie.

  • The Richmond Thief

  • Lady Althea Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Boero
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Someone is snatching priceless jewels right off the necks of British aristocrats. With his intimate access to the parlors and bedrooms of Regency London, the Richmond Thief strikes again and again. The Bow Street Runners, the city's only detectives, seem powerless to stop him. Enter Althea, lady scientist. As the young widow of a country gentleman, Lady Althea Trent is introduced to the upper-class social scene as yet another pretty face. But her own scientific inquiries and an invitation to act as an agent of Bow Street propel her into the hunt for the Richmond Thief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Off paced

  • By Chay on 05-23-19

Off paced

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

Reviewed: 05-23-19

A slow start to this story, it was poorly paced with a sudden ending. Disappointing as I liked the heroine.

  • A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder

  • Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder Series, Book 1
  • By: Victoria Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

The shocking murder of Sir Henry Claybourne leaves Regency London shaken and horror-struck. But for genteel spinster Miss Emmeline St. Germaine, the crime slices far too close to home. Just hours before the knight's death she held a dagger to him, threatening him to stay silent as she rescued a scullery maid he had procured for his pleasure. Did the man - or woman - who murdered the knight know of her visit? Her secret identity at risk, her reputation and life in jeopardy, Emmeline must solve the crime or face scandalous exposure and ruination for a crime she did not commit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • To prejudice

  • By Olivia Street on 05-14-19

Good for fanatic feminists

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

The actual story was good, if not well thought out and told. Too much of it came forward in great bursts of revelation. The rest of the book speaks to how horrible, chauvinist, lecherous, incestuous and despoiled men are in the 19th century. Every time the author sat down to write it was the same rant over and over. By the end I was ready to be done. I will NOT be reading another of her books. Concentrate on story and not your personal vendettas and grievances in life. It's not that you're wrong, but the same refrain without growth, resolution and appeal is tiring.

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  • The Mister

  • By: E L James
  • Narrated by: Dominic Thorburn, Jessica O'Hara-Baker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,892

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work, and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face. But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but way too slow paced......

  • By Pam Audio-Fanatic on 04-17-19

Not Fifty

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

Reviewed: 05-08-19

Not Fifty, but easily Thirty Four. It was a good read and thank heavens not a Fifty retell.

  • A Scandalous Deception: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

As much as Beatrice Hyde-Clare relished the challenge of figuring out who murdered a fellow guest during a house party in the Lake District, she certainly does not consider herself an amateur investigator. So when a London dandy falls dead at her feet in the entryway of a London Daily Gazette, she feels no compulsion to investigate. It was a newspaper office, after all, and reporters are already on the case as are the authorities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By D. B. Levy on 04-01-19

Pontificating

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

Although I enjoyed most of the book, I found that I skipped minutes of listening time as referring to past events became retelling the story completely. The actual story is only about half the book as the author goes into prose of thoughts and returning to previous experiences time after time.
While it may take an author months to write a book, we are reading or listening for mere hours. We get it, remember and don't need to have many recaps of the story.
As I've already bought the next book I'll listen to it and have my finger on the forward button.

  • Body Movers

  • A Body Movers Novel, Book 1
  • By: Stephanie Bond
  • Narrated by: Maureen Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

So Carlotta Wren's life hasn't turned out as she'd planned. She didn't plan for her parents to skip bail for a white-collar crime, leaving her to raise her brother. She didn't plan on having the silver spoon ripped from her mouth and forgoing college to work retail. She didn't plan on her blue-blood fiancé dumping her. And she didn't plan on still being single 10 years later, working at Neiman Marcus, with no idea where her fugitive parents are. But she's coping.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn to pronounce the dang word!

  • By Christyama on 07-05-16

Half Horrible

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

The story is a light, cute mystery with likable characters and well formed plot. The narrator is the half horrible. She shouldn't try so hard a on Male voices. And what's up with "garaje"!

  • The Irish Sisters Trilogy

  • By: Debra Holland
  • Narrated by: Lara Asmundson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Bridget O'Donnell left Ireland, dragging along her reluctant twin sister, Alana, to create a better life in the new world. The sisters travel to Sweetwater Springs, Montana, intending to live with their uncle's family. Upon arrival, their plans are derailed by news of their aunt's illness. James Whitson, a cowboy on the Thompson ranch, is in town to drop off a letter at the train station. When he meets the twins, he's immediately smitten with Bridget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Virginia on 11-06-17

Narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

The narrator's good, if she weren't trying to do accents. The Irish sounds southern, the Spanish Italian.

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  • The Flight Attendant

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,084

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • AWFUL 2nd female reader!

  • By Jane K. Kraus on 05-22-18

slow

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

definitely a slow moving story with the same things told over and over. It could have been a better story if more action, more intrigue, more movement were added.

  • One Touch of Scandal

  • By: Liz Carlyle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

All Grace Gauthier ever wanted was the security of a good marriage, family, and home. Instead, despised by her aristocratic father's family because of her mother's foreign birth, she's taken a safe position as a governess. Now, unprotected and alone in London, accused of the shocking murder of her employer, she has no one to turn to except the mysterious - and possibly dangerous - Lord Ruthveyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Chay on 12-22-18

great story

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I love Liz Carlyle books I wish all of them were on audio.
This recording was unfortunately cast. I'm sure Nicola has other books appropriate to her voice and styling. This performance made me cringe and stop listening occasionally; too light, sweet and upbeat with serious men.