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  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089

The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A. J. Quill, skewers them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series!

  • By Mystery Maven on 10-22-17

Has potential

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

I wouldn’t say this is a fantastic novel, but I do like the concept. It is similar to other series (e.g. the Sebastian St. Clair series), but it is lacking some polish in terms of character development in particular. I would read another in the series to see whether it gets stronger.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • A Perilous Undertaking

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough!!

  • By Denise on 01-18-17

A Very Enjoyable Undertaking

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this production. First of all, the narration was some of the best I've heard. Ms. Masters was able to capture each character well and have unique voices for them. The story itself was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed the first in the series, A Curious Beginning, but I definitely think this is a stronger book. The characters and their relationships and motivations are well-drawn, and the mystery itself is interesting. It's also a very funny book, making it the total package as far as I'm concerned.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Ruler of the Night

  • Thomas and Emily De Quincey, Book 3
  • By: David Morrell
  • Narrated by: Neil Dickson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

In Ruler of the Night, listeners feel they're actually on the harrowing fogbound streets of 1855 London as the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his irrepressible daughter, Emily, confront their most ruthless adversary. The stakes couldn't be greater: both the heart of Victorian society and De Quincey's tormented soul.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not nearly as enjoyable as the first two

  • By Chana Goanna on 01-12-17

Ruler of the Night

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

I've enjoyed all the books in this trilogy. This last book winds things up well. The story is maybe not as tight as the other two, but it's still very good. The performer is different, but after a bit I didn't notice. He does a very good job. I definitely recommend this.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco, William Weaver - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The meaning of the mystery & mystery of meaning

  • By Ryan on 02-14-14

A story with depth

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

I've wanted to read this for a long time, and now I wish I had read it sooner. I enjoyed the setting, a 14th C monastery, and William of Baskerville, the monk/detective who investigates mysterious deaths. The plot elements, which don't seem to mesh at first, come together in a thoughtful way. It's a really interesting look at the Church and it's politics and how they are writ large and small in that time.

  • The Canterbury Tales

  • A New Unabridged Translation by Burton Raffel
  • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 22 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers 29 of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This unabridged work is based on the new translation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful treat!

  • By Tad Davis on 11-16-08

Good for Review

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

It's The Canterbury Tales, so I feel really ridiculous reviewing it as a story. It's fantastic, of course. The narration is very good. More than one actor plays different pilgrims, which is a plus. I listened to this as a refresher before teaching the stories. My only problem with it is that I wasn't always pleased with the translator's choices, which is why I gave it four stars overall. Completely pedantic, I know.

  • The Hangman's Daughter

  • By: Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,619

When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but graphic

  • By Margaret on 07-14-13

Interesting main character

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

I found this book to be a bit difficult to get into, but the time period and setting kept me interested. The duties of a hangman in 17th century Bavaria are not what I would have imagined I'd enjoy, but I did. I found the reader to be a little too much like a newscaster, but I still listened for long stretches at a time. I will probably listen to the next book in the series.

  • The Modern Scholar: The Anglo-Saxon World

  • By: Prof. Michael D. C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Michael D. C. Drout
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Had the Angles and Saxons not purposefully migrated to the isles of the Britons and brought with them their already-well-developed use of language, Angelina Jolie may never have appeared in the movie Beowulf. Professor Michael D.C. Drout is at his best when lecturing on the fascinating history, language, and societal adaptations of the Anglo-Saxons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly good

  • By Matthew on 02-13-10

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

I truly enjoyed this. I listened to it really just because this is one of my favorite topics. I was also teaching it at the same time and found some info that I could share with my students. Drout is a good lecturer. I can tell he really enjoys this topic, and I imagine that his class would be very worthwhile.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bard of the Middle Ages - The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

  • The Modern Scholar
  • By: Prof. Michael Drout
  • Narrated by: Michael Drout
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Through his writing, Chaucer's wit, charm, and eloquence give us a deeper understanding of not only the time in which he lived, but of how human emotion, frailty, and fortitude are the base elements of human existence. Despite social upheaval and the changing fortunes of his patrons and peers, Chaucer remained a favored subject during three distinct and contrasting reigns. His experiences provided Chaucer an appreciation for his good (and bad) fortune - and that of others - made evident in his writing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MASTER OF AMBIGUITY

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 08-17-14

Worth your time

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Although I can't say I agree with all of Drout's ideas, I did really enjoy this.I needed to review Chaucer, and this course was very helpful for that purpose.