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  • Break In

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238

Dick Francis was a jockey and horse trainer for many years. His experience gives his questrian mysteries an authenticity that has attracted fans around the globe. To honor him, the Mystery Writers of America named Dick Francis a Grand Master for his impeccably crafted contributions to the genre. Jockey Kit Fielding has been riding the de Brescous horses in a succession of triumphs on the race course. But this winning streak is about to end. Kit’s twin sister, Holly, has come to him in desperation. Threatened by financial scandal, she and her husband may lose their training stables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really very good!

  • By Nancy on 01-15-14

How have I missed this author all these years??

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This one was published in 1985 and is going to go down as one of my all time faves! It has mystery, family dynamics, a bit of romance, horse racing!, and character development, and all done with a main character who has honesty, integrity, and good manners! And notably is without a grisly murder or rape or child abduction. The only thing I've rolled my eyes at a bit is that he does kiss a couple of womens' cheeks he doesn't know well (just no!) and has issue with female jockeys, as they can't roll with it like men can, but beyond that, my goodness! I've enjoyed this one! And with that confidence, I purchased three more titles by the author. I'm now in love with the narrator, Simon Prebble, and he will rival Ralph Cosham as my favorite male narrator. His voices are some of the best I've heard. Not only that, but in looking at titles for this author and listening to the samples, I have found that Ralph Cosham also recorded under the name of Geoffrey Howard! Woohoo! New titles to line my Audible shelves for bedtime stories for years to come!

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,926

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

2nd time through and I still love this!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This is the second time I listened to this book. I have to admit, the first time, I only listened because of Ralph Cosham's narration, and I barely followed the story and didn't care a whit about the mystery. There's just something so charming about Three Pines, the residents, and Inspector Gamache and his cohorts. I decided to listen again because I care much more now about the stories and wanted to remember who was who before I keep going in the series. I imagine over the years, I'll listen again just to hear about Clara baking bread and making soup and all that other banal stuff that brings the same level of comfort as hearing a tv in the background and brings back the security of being a child knowing Mom and Dad were just right there in the living room and all was well.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,236

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Perfect narration

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

It took me about two and a half hours to really get into this, but once I did, I didn't want to push pause. This is one of the best female characters ever! There's heart and humor, a bit of romance and witchcraft, lots of ego and tragedy, but my favorite parts were just listening to Circe talking about her island, her gardens, and her herbs. She's got moxie, too. She just stands up for herself and she's a bit of a smart ass. I found this to be a thoroughly entertaining listen and would love to read more from Madeline Miller (looking into Song of Achilles) and listen to more narrated by Perdita Weeks.

  • Still Lives

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Hummel
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,088

Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the LA art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition, Still Lives, is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous murdered women - the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others - and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I want to be nice,but please don't waste a credit.

  • By Daniel on 08-20-18

Strike 3 for Hello Sunshine

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This is the last book I'll be ordering on recommendation from Reese Witherspoon, as it's the 3rd one to be a total disappointment (I only started the bookclub 3 books ago). The story is supposedly about how terrible it is that we as a society are far too accustomed to violence against women and how awful it is that we are captivated by their pretty faces for a short time until the next victim makes the news. Then while the author is saying that nobody should profit off of these stories, she keeps telling them in more and more gory detail, focusing on their pain and suffering and asking questions about how long it took, what must she have thought, and so on. I get it that there are a lot of folks out there who enjoy that kind of thing. I'm not one of them and usually stick with cozy mysteries. I listened to this on recommendation because I thought it would be handled differently from a feminist perspective. I was way wrong. It's like murder porn. I'll be sticking with the reviews from real listeners from here on out! No more of these recommendations from celebrities that may not even read the book before they get paid to push it.

  • Perfect

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Paul Rhys
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

A spellbinding novel that will resonate with readers of Mark Haddon, Louise Erdrich, and John Irving, Perfect tells the story of a young boy who is thrown into the murky, difficult realities of the adult world with far-reaching consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching and Fragile - Once Untangled.

  • By Amanda on 01-19-14

I just didn't connect with this one

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

As I loved the Harold Fry books, I expected to love this, but I never cared about any of the characters in this one. I kept listening, thinking, soooo...when is this thing gonna take off? It never did. I found the back and forth between the two time frames jarring and confusing, and while it was brought around at the end, it was too late for me. I was just relieved it was finally over.

  • The Brutal Telling

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. Everybody goes to Olivier's Bistro - including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, he is dismayed to discover that Olivier's story is full of holes. Why are his fingerprints all over the cabin that's uncovered deep in the wilderness, with priceless antiques and the dead man's blood?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intricacies of human nature

  • By Beefydoc on 07-07-18

Another impressive Three Pines mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Paired with Ralph Cosham's narration, these are books I'm going to listen to over and over again. They bring me a sense of comfort like a Mister Roger's show did when I was a kid, while also being intellectually gripping with all the little backstories and history woven in there.

  • A Rule Against Murder

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they're not alone. The Finney family - rich, cultured, and respectable - has also arrived for a celebration of their own. The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoy Louise Penny's writing

  • By D. Thomas on 03-07-17

Cozy whodunnit with gentle humor

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

These books just keep getting better to me. I have to admit, I only bought them because Ralph Cosham narrates them, and he helps me sleep, so it can take quite awhile to get through a book with all of that morning rewinding. But now that I'm getting to know the characters better, I want to listen all day. My chores get done. I do my Pilates. I don't mind the commute. I've got the whole set and I'm looking forward to the next ones! As cozy mysteries, I get the whodunnit suspense without the gore, Penny endows her characters with a gentle sense of humor, and then there are those life lessons we need to be reminded of, so all around, these Inspector Gamache books are worthwhile listens!

  • Next Year in Havana

  • By: Chanel Cleeton
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia, Frankie Maria Corzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,237

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, 19-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest - until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee during the revolution. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story line but the performance...

  • By Grace F on 07-10-18

Strike 2 for Hello Sunshine

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I hate this book so much. I've got two hours left and can't bring myself to finish it. I don't even care enough to skip ahead and find out what happens in the end. The dialogue is insufferable. The repetition is maddening. The characters are completely unlikable. The contradictory statements would be laughable if they weren't such a waste of my time. And the narration is cringe worthy.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,648
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,030
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,071

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Nothing new here

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

First, I have not read the Harry Potter series. I haven't even seen the movies, except maybe one, so that wasn't why I chose this book. I had heard really good things about it, so decided to give it a go. While the story is interesting enough, it never really engages the emotions. You just stand outside and watch this shit unravel in a rather formulaic way. It's also nothing new. We get it. Poor people, rich people, bias, blah blah blah. To have it all be so stereotypically dismal is rather boring. Then again, to have it all be too inspirational would have been as dull. So, I guess I was hoping for something fresher? more innovative? just something I haven't heard a 100 times before? I don't know. It's one of those books I bought awhile ago and wish I had read earlier so I could return it, as I know I will never revisit it.

  • Le Pendentif (French Stories for Beginners)

  • By: Sylvie Lainé
  • Narrated by: Sylvie Lainé
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

A man discovers a pendant on the beach. He starts looking for its owner... These short stories are perfect for beginners: you'll be able to enjoy a whole story in French, grow your vocabulary in a natural way, and improve your comprehension whilst learning the correct pronunciation. The story is narrated by the author with special emphasis on early text comprehension practice and pronunciation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Music to my ears

  • By J and M on 11-30-16

Terrible narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

The narrator reads this with no expression at all. It's all monotone. The stories aren't bad. I'm interested to see what comes next, so it's a good study aid, but I want to hear it the way it might sound in reality.