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  • The Seagull

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent and now inmate John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a key part in his downfall. Now Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-'90s, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This might be the best Vera Stanhope book so far!

  • By Kathi on 11-26-17

Best of Vera to date

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Previous books in the series were somewhat implausible. The ending of this one is nicely tied together and that along with the indomitable Vera, stylish Holly, and plodding Joe make this just about perfect.

  • The Moth Catcher

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they're away. But his dead body is found by the side of the lane - a lonely place to die. When DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, she finds the body of a second man. What the two victims seem to have in common is a fascination with studying moths - and with catching these beautiful, intriguing creatures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much More Than A "Procedural"

  • By Chalis on 10-31-16

Too Many Red Herrings!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

The redoubtable Vera is back as fiesty as ever and the set up for the mystery involving two victims obsessed with rare moths is engaging. Couples parents and children are all part of the plot and Cleeves really knows how to deploy dysfunctional families in creating tension and suspense. Unfortunately the ending arrives out of the blue and there are too few genuine clues along the way to make the reader feel part of Vera’s sudden solution.

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected, also, that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series

  • By Deb on 04-20-16

Classy Classic

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Enjoy one of the original closed circle mysteries. The suspects all know each other. Or do they? They're all very civilized and circumspect. Or are they? The secrets gradually unfold and the resolution is expertly revealed. No blood, no gore, no car chases. But the genius of Agatha Christie will keep you entranced.#Suspense #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,002
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17,012

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick Rivals Vincent Price

  • By Forgettable Woman on 10-17-18

Save the Baby!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

A young couple, a newborn, and something that's going bump in the night. Totally believable and enjoyably frightening. I was so immersed in the story I totally forgot I was trudging up hill. #Suspense #Scary #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,987

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Funny!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Dysfunctional families never seemed so funny! If you like sardonic, irreverent humor this is for you. Moreover short chapters make this ideal for listening on the go. #Witty #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,617

For her latest Audible Original, Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love, Esther Perel invites you to listen to private and intimate conversations exploring the evolution of relationships. Hear six sets of people at different points in their quests for romantic and familial love, including a young couple whose immigration status has forced them to consider marriage, a stepmother trying to put the pieces back together for four children whose mother died by suicide, a nonbinary child desperate to connect with their single mother, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Isle of the counselor

  • By Anne on 10-26-18

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Esther Perel quickly zeroes in all the subtle difficulties that trouble her patients but her insights are always laced with compassion. She's not afraid to confront people with their delusions but also enables the couples she counsels to express their love and support for each other. I admit to a few dysfunctional relationships myself so I could really identify with some of these patients. Eye opening! Who knew couples counseling could be so interesting?#Provocative #Self Discovery #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Silent Voices

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902

When Inspector Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim's throat, and Vera quickly realizes she has a murder on her hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vera enemy better in print(voice)!

  • By Walter G Sutton III on 07-06-15

Death at the Gym

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Hard to picture DCI Vera Stanhope as a gym rat but that's the lead in to this one. Vera isn't into happy families so there are many dicey relationships and family secrets to add intrigue to the plot. The narration is superb but have to admit I'm a sucker for British accents. #Female Protagonist #Suspense #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,097

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Galbraith at the Top of Her Game

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

A brilliant mystery enhanced by unusually well developed characters. Also as interesting as the plot is the shifting dynamic between private detective Strike and his assistant Robin as they dance around each other unwilling to admit their true feelings. Not to mention the class/political struggles going on between the suspects. A winner on all counts! #Suspense #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • The Crow Trap

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175

Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal.... For team leader Rachael Lambert, the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Wait

  • By Marina on 02-26-17

Thank you Ann Cleeves

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Great start to a series featuring hard drinking, sarcastic DCI Vera Stanhope and her mellow sidekick Joe Ashworth. The story gets off to a slow start but the characters are memorable and once you get hooked you'll be driving around the block just to finish a chapter. The setting and the narration couldn't be better. #Suspense #Female Protagonist #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Telling Tales

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

It has been 10 years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of 15-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence. Abigail's killer is still at large. As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget, tensions begin to mount. But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pasts?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fabulous book to listen to

  • By Gigi on 09-01-17

Suspense and Sub-Plots

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Vera scores again as the witty, self-deprecating sleuth. I'm on a roll with this series but have to admit that this one was marred by an implausible ending and too many red herrings.#Suspense #Female Protagonist #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes