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  • Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints

  • A Brothers Grimm Mystery
  • By: P. J. Brackston
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 712

Bavaria, 1776. When Albrecht Dürer the Much Much Younger's frog prints go missing, he knows exactly where to turn for help. Gretel (yes, that Gretel), now 35 and still living with her gluttonous brother Hans, is the country's most famous private investigator, and she leaps at the opportunity to travel to cosmopolitan Nuremberg to take on the case. But amid the hubbub of the city's annual sausage festival, Gretel struggles to find any clues that point toward the elusive thief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Mystery

  • By Marianne on 01-18-15

Entertaining Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

This was a great mystery full of interesting characters. However, Brackston's description of Hansel and Gretel's gluttony made my stomach roil - the details of Gretel's binge-eating session with a tower of sweets and Hansel's bratwurst casing incident - well, these scenes were just gross. I don't know if the author thought they would be funny, but they weren't. For me, they were incongruous with the rest of the (fairly) humorous story even though I get the fairy tale connection. It might not be so bothersome for others, just don't go into it expecting a 'cozy mystery', as Gretel gets into some other fairly unsavory activities (like moonlighting as a dominatrix).

The protagonist was so quirky and the story so refreshingly different that I couldn't put it down. I solved the mystery fairly early on, but enjoyed following Gretel along as she reached the same conclusion.

Oh, and Kate Reading's performance was fantastic, as always.

81 of 83 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale Before Christmas

  • A Meg Langslow Christmas Mystery
  • By: Donna Andrews
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

As the holidays draw near in Caerphilly, Mother volunteers to take part in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house - each room of a temporarily untenanted house is decorated to the hilt by a different decorator for the public to tour. Of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in with the organization, and she finds herself surrounded by flamboyant personalities with massive egos clashing and feeling their professional reputations are at stake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We want MORE MEG! We want MORE MEG!

  • By Diane M. on 09-27-16

Bernadette Dunne is a Gem

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

Reviewed: 11-28-14

Love Dunne's narration and the mystery is interesting, though this release is no where near as funny as the earlier books in the Meg Langslow series. If you haven't read/listened to We'll Always Have Parrots, then please, please, please give it a try. It's hilarious. There are funny moments in The Nightingale Before Christmas, but the focus definitely on the murder mystery. I wish the publisher would release ALL of the books in this series in audio because Dunne nails Meg's humor and like to hear her perform books 2-3 and 6-13.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Vienna Waltz

  • Malcolm & Suzanne Rannoch, Book 1
  • By: Teresa Grant
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Europe's elite have gathered at the glittering Congress of Vienna--princes, ambassadors, the Russian tsar--all negotiating the fate of the continent by day and pursuing pleasure by night. Until Princess Tatiana, the most beautiful and talked about woman in Vienna, is found murdered during an ill-timed rendezvous with three of her most powerful conquests… Suzanne Rannoch has tried to ignore rumors that her new husband, Malcolm, has also been tempted by Tatiana.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Frustrating Intro to a Frustrating Series

  • By Lulu on 08-18-14

Mystery and Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

This is a well rounded story. There's enough attention given to the Rannoch's tenuous marriage to satisfy my romantic heart with plenty of mystery/suspense to keep me listening and entertained.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bloodfire

  • Blood Destiny, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,711

Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than I was expecting

  • By Andy on 07-25-14

Urban Fantasy at Its Best

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

A kick-butt heroine
A smorgasbord of supernatural creatures including many I've never read about before
A slow-building and entirely believable attraction between the heroine and the Brethren's Alpha
An ending that simultaneously satisfied and left me eager for the next book.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Silk Is for Seduction

  • The Dressmakers, Book 1
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirotis London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning the future duchess' patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are...not. The prize seems well worth the risk-but this time Marcelline's met her match.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Credit....Fantastic

  • By Chantelle on 04-15-14

Great Performance, Disappointing Story

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

Reviewed: 04-11-14

Normally I can get past old romance tropes and clichés enough to enough a well written historical romance novel. With a very weak plot and characters that are difficult to like (a complete lack of morals is not something to brag about, Noirot.), this one was big let down.

So many people had recommended this novel to me, and after falling in love with Lord of Scoundrels, I didn't hesitate to try this audiobook.Unfortunately, Ms. Chase's talent with storytelling couldn't save this one for me, even when paired with an excellent narration by Kate Reading.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,036

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

Awesome Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

Elijah Wood delivered the deadpan narration perfectly. He was fantastic and the story had me laughing chapter after chapter.

  • Binding Vows

  • MacCoinnich Time Travel Series, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Bybee
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Duncan MacCoinnich's task... Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both. Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock hand-fasting binds them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Highlander Series - Modern Meets Medieval

  • By Maximum Rep Molly on 12-19-13

Unremarkable

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

Reviewed: 03-18-14

I read a review on Audible that claimed this book was funny. There were only a few instances that I found even slightly humorous, and I don't think that humor was the tone Bybee was going for. If she was, well, it missed the mark. That may have something to do with Monteath's grave and somber performance, or maybe not. It was a fairly decent story, certainly not memorable. A day after I finished listening to this book and I was already having a hard to time remembering the major plot points.

There are dozens of other time-traveling historical romances that I would recommend before this one. If you've already listened to Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and/or Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, then try starting Brenda Joyce's Rose Trilogy or the first book in Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of the Glen series.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

  • Rose Gardner Mystery #2
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she's lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she's picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men's restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there's not a cotton picking thing she can do about it. Or is there? As if things weren't bad enough, Rose's older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for the genre

  • By John on 07-30-15

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-14

Not quite as good as the first book, but still quite entertaining. The narrator's voice is a bit grating. I think this might be a difficult listen for anyone who isn't used to hearing a southern drawl.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Derik's Bane

  • By: MaryJanice Davidson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Werewolf Derik Gardner must save the world by destroying the reincarnation of history's most wicked sorceress. Unfortunately, the beautiful but ditzy Sara Gunn hasn't a clue that she's the epitome of pure evil. To make matters worse, Derik's falling in love with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Choice for Fans of Davidson's Undead Series

  • By Marianne on 01-06-14

A Good Choice for Fans of Davidson's Undead Series

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

Derik's Bane is the third book in MaryJanice Davidson's Wyndham Werewolf series, which follows different pack members through their romantic endeavors. This story takes place in the same contemporary fantasy setting featured in Davidson's Undead series. However, instead of vampires, this book features a werewolf from the Wyndham pack and the modern reincarnation of Morgan Le Fay. If you enjoy the comedy in Davidson's other novels, you'll enjoy this book too. If you have not read/listened to Davidson's novels before, expect a paranormal romance with a heavy dose of comedy.

Speaking of comedy, Nancy Wu nails the delivery. The Wu/Davidson team rivals Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi, in my opinion.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Only in Texas

  • Hotter in Texas, Book 1
  • By: Christie Craig
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get any worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now, not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect. Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor, knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy - though skittish - suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud Book

  • By Darlene on 11-10-13

I Really Enjoyed This One

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

Reviewed: 12-31-13

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dallas and Nikki's interactions were fun to read as they closer.

Any additional comments?

The story was entertain and quite funny at times, which I wasn't expecting. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a humor and romance with a dash of mystery/suspense.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful