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  • State of the Onion

  • A White House Chef Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Julie Hyzy
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Introducing White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras, who is rising-and sleuthing-to the top. Includes recipes for a complete presidential menu! Never let them see you sweat-that's White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras's motto, which is pretty hard to honor in the most important kitchen in the world. She's hell-bent on earning her dream job, Executive Chef. There's just one thing: Her nemesis is vying for it, too. Well, that and the fact that an elusive assassin wants to see her fry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure fiction -- I still loved it!

  • By karen on 12-26-14

Very much enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I liked the setting, the interplay between the characters, and the story itself. It does have some implausible moments (would any intelligent person pursue a terrorist when the secret service is right next door?), but slowing for that makes into an interesting story that I enjoyed into the end. Looking forward to the next one.

I do wonder ... there is one main annoying character who disappears in the final two chapters ... no explanation for what became of him. I’m assuming maybe the bad guy killed him to use his clothes, but that’s just me filling in a big blank. Would love for someone to tell me I missed it so I can tie up that loose end.

The narration was excellent. It was a easy listen that held my interest throughout. I almost skipped this series because of some other comments, but I’m glad that I gave it a try.

  • The Golden Tresses of the Dead: A Flavia de Luce Novel

  • Flavia de Luce Series, Book 10
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Although it is autumn in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey, the chapel is decked with exotic flowers. Yes, Flavia de Luce’s sister, Ophelia, is at last getting hitched, like a mule to a wagon. “A church is a wonderful place for a wedding”, muses Flavia, “surrounded as it is by the legions of the dead, whose listening bones bear silent witness to every promise made at the altar.” Flavia is not your normal 12-year-old girl, and she'll have her first case when there's an unwelcome discovery in Ophelia’s wedding cake: a human finger. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flavia does it again!

  • By Rebecca, the Untangled Writer on 01-23-19

Flavia is growing up and getting better

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This may be my favorite in the series. Flavia retaIns her charm but is more interesting as her self awareness grows . Her character has become more endearing. Similarly, Dogger has come out of the shadows of his former friend and master and little Undine, as Flavia says, shows promise.

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,927
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,864

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Wonderful bedtime story!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Love Jim Parsons, so along with being a charming story aimed at you know who , it was very entertaining.

I loved all the animals yelling. “You are not in charge.” Good lesson for the rest of us. Thanks for your creativity. Glad I purchased this book

  • The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

  • By: Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by: Peggity Price
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

It looks like the music has ended for Darling's favorite barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers, just days before the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition. Another unlucky break comes when there's a serious foul-up in Darling's telephone system - and not a penny for repairs. And while liquor is legal again, moonshine isn't. Sheriff Buddy Norris needs a little luck when he goes into Briar Swamp to confront Cypress County's most notorious bootlegger - and what he finds upends his sense of justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By R. Johnson on 03-24-18

Charming and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I love this series. The characters are endearing. Ms Albert’s sense of humor is at work as well as her magnificent storytelling. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Color Me Murder

  • Pen & Ink Series, Book 1
  • By: Krista Davis
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

By day, Florrie Fox manages Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. By night, she creates her own intricately detailed coloring books for adults, filling the pages with objects that catch her eye. There's plenty of inspiration in her new apartment - a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell, Florrie's boss. He offers the property to Florrie rent-free with one condition - she must move in immediately to prevent his covetous sister and nephew from trying to claim it. When the professor's nephew, Delbert, arrives, he proves just as sketchy as Florrie 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just right

  • By M. Gibson on 03-02-18

Just right

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Liked all the characters. The mystery had me guessing although I had my suspicions. So appreciate that I can enjoy some intrigue without extreme violence and suspense. Looking forward to following this group in the future

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Pardonable Lies

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlaugh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

In the third novel of this best-selling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maisie Does It Again

  • By Nancy on 05-09-06

Series gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Maisie gets more interesting in this novel as she faces her demons. Nicely done. The novel weaves several mysteries and kept my attention throughout. Another winner

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,579

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

Wonderfully woven story & mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

This one is a cut above. The author writes with intelligence and insight. The characters are well developed, endearing, entertaining and recognizably human. Unlike some readers, I enjoyed and appreciated the "back story", or rather the "story within the story" which gave us insight into who Maisie is and what informs her actions. All of it was relevant to the main mystery and was artfully woven into the story. If you want something more than the usual cozy with predictable formulae, this is for you. It has the safety of a cozy while carrying within it something to stimulate your mind and heart. The reader does an excellent job. She won my over completely with her singing -- actually on key! Not ,any readers can pull it off without distracting one from the narrative. Bravo to both narrator and author!

  • Black Cat Crossing

  • A Bad Luck Cat Mystery
  • By: Kay Finch
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Sabrina has never been the superstitious type. Still, when she moves to Lavender, Texas to write her first novel and help her Aunt Rowe manage her vacation rental business, Sabrina can't avoid listening to the rumors that a local black cat is a jinx - especially after the stray in question leads her directly to the scene of a murder. The deceased turns out to be none other than her Aunt Rowe's awful cousin Bobby Joe Flowers, a known cheat and womanizer who had no shortage of enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect blend of humor and mystery

  • By M. Gibson on 10-15-17

Perfect blend of humor and mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

I enjoyed these characters and find myself wanting more. Disappointed to see that audible doesn't have any more of this series to offer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lowcountry Bonfire

  • Liz Talbot Mystery Series, Book 6
  • By: Susan M. Boyer
  • Narrated by: Loretta Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Private Investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews have worked their share of domestic cases. So when Tammy Sue Lyerly hires them to find out what her husband is hiding, they expect to find something looney but harmless. After all, this is the guy who claims to have been a DEA agent, a champion bull rider, and a NASCAR driver. But when he turns up dead the morning after Liz and Nate deliver incriminating photos, Tammy Sue becomes the prime suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How much I love Lowcountry

  • By Karen M. Troutner on 12-14-17

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Well written and beautifullly read. The mystery is interesting to follow and kept me interested. As always with this series, the characters are spot on. Love the Southern flavor, the moments of humor which had me chuckling out loud. The author has developed a smart, courageous protagonist with a wonderful cast of family and friends to keep her partly grounded and partly insane (in the best way, as families do). Her ghost friend plays only a minor role in this book. It was a delightful journey. Love this series and am looking forward eagerly to the next installment

  • Lowcountry Boil

  • A Liz Talbot Mystery
  • By: Susan M. Boyer
  • Narrated by: Loretta Rawlins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047

Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. But when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smarter than your ordinary cozy mystery.

  • By Ian on 08-13-15

Enjoyed every minute

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

This was a great story, greatly told by the author and the reader. The characters won my heart. There was a perfect mix of intrigue and comedy, all intelligently crafted. Just bought the next one in this series. Thanks !