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  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,187

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Lots of fun

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I’ve always been a Newhart fan, so it was great fun just to listen to him chat with other comedians. I laughed out loud several times, which seemed to startle my fellow train passengers.

  • The Hollow of Fear

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 3
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective", Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. When the estranged wife of her dear friend Lord Ingram is discovered dead on his estate, all signs point to him as the murderer. With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to find out the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Jane on 10-02-18

This series just keeps getting better.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Fabulous, as expected, in both the written and audio versions. Kate Reading narrates, and she is the perfect narrator for this author. I have said the same thing about her performances of Loretta Chase's books, which are nothing like Sherry Thomas's, but that must be evidence of Reading's superlative skills.

This is the best of the series so far, and they simply MUST be read in order because in many ways each story is a continuation of the other -- and there are loads of twists and turns. In fact, before I listened to this one I took the time to listen again to the first two and I'm glad that I did.

I don't think that it's an exaggeration to say that this is another masterpiece from Sherry Thomas. I can't wait until the next one!

  • Minerva

  • The Six Sisters, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170

Minerva marks the delightful debut of The Six Sisters, a family saga in six volumes that will recount the romantic adventures of the six marriageable daughters of a country vicar, the Reverend Charles Armitage, in Regency England. The eldest, Minerva, is enchantingly beautiful - but a prude. She lives in the country looking after her siblings while her mother reclines on a chaise longue happily inventing new malaises.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Emma, you'll like this one

  • By Kim on 11-29-12

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I have enjoyed other Beaton books and audios but this narrator led me to abandon the effort.

  • A Perfect Gentleman

  • By: Candace Camp
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Forced to marry an American heiress to save his family, Graeme Parr, Earl of Montclair, vowed their marriage would be in name only. Abigail Price thought handsome, aristocratic Graeme was her knight in shining armor, rescuing her from her overbearing father. But when she was spurned by her husband on their wedding night, Abigail fled home to New York. Now, years later, Abigail has returned. But this sophisticated, alluring woman is not the drab girl Graeme remembers. Appalled by her bold American ways but drawn to her beauty, Graeme follows her on a merry chase.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator couldn’t save this one

  • By susan on 05-07-18

Good; not great

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

This was a very nice book. I liked the characters, the setting, and the plot. It did not, however, have the depth that I have come to prefer in HR.

Gildart Jackson narrated, and he is quite good. He is a bit weak on female characters, but his males are simply delicious.

I enjoyed the book, but I'm not likely to listen again.

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  • The Unfinished Clue

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest list is enough to exasperate a saint, and the host, Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, is an abusive wretch hated by everyone – from his disinherited son to his wife's stoic would-be lover. When Sir Arthur is found stabbed to death, no one is particularly grieved and no one has an alibi. The unhappy guests find themselves under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's cool-headed Inspector Harding, who has solved tough cases before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect novel for Agatha Christie fans.

  • By Daddy Shawn on 12-18-15

Heyer humor + Christiesque mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Georgette Heyer, best known for her Regency romances, also wrote several mysteries, and The Unfinished Clue was the first that I have read. Actually, I listened to the Audible audiobook, narrated by Ulli Birve, who also has narrated several other Heyer mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and plan to try some of the others.

Given that I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and that I also love house party settings, this book was right down my alley. It features an ill-assorted group of house guests, a victim that everyone hated, lots of red herrings, and a cool, calm Scotland Yard inspector, along with Heyer's trademark humor and sparkling dialogue. The reveal of the murderer was quite a surprise; I never saw it coming. There is a touch of romance, which really didn't add anything to the story.

For the first time, however, I noticed a problem with listening to a book rather than reading it. The "unfinished clue" of the title was a scrap of paper upon which the victim had scrawled "there." Or was it "they're?" Or was it "their?" I didn't know the answer until the end, although I don't believe that knowing would have helped me in the least to guess the identity of the murderer.

Ulli Birve's narration was a bit on the slow side, but her ability to voice the myriad characters was excellent. Like I said, I will try some of the other Heyer mysteries.

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

  • By Hope on 09-17-15

A delightful blend of mystery and romance

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

When my friend Caz said that Lord Ryde is "a hero very much in the Lord Damerel mould," how could I resist? (For those not familiar with Georgette Heyer, Lord Damerel is the sexy hero of Venetia, one of Heyer's best romances. And if you like historical romance and aren't familiar with Heyer's books, you should be!)

So, I didn't resist, and I'm very glad. This audiobook was a delightful blend of mystery and romance, helped along by a very good narration from British actress Anna Bentinck. The romance is luscious, as is the hero. Moreover, there are clever humorous interludes, my favorite being Ryde's reactions as his run-down "bachelor establishment" is taken over by females, mostly servants, sent there to take care of Elinor after she is wounded by a gunshot. The gunshot is the centerpiece of the mystery but it also serves as a vehicle for throwing Ryde and Elinor into close proximity.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm sorry that it is the only historical romance written by this author. Under the name of Jodi Taylor, she has written a successful series of time-travel historical fiction (The Chronicles of St. Mary's). I don't really do time-travel, but perhaps I'll give this series a try. If Ms. Taylor ever decides to morph into Isabella Barclay again, I will definitely read the product of that endeavor.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • If Ever I Should Love You

  • A Spinster Heiresses Novel
  • By: Cathy Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

He's inherited a title, but not a penny to speak of, so the Earl of Rochdale knows he must find a wife - preferably one tolerably pretty and good-tempered but definitely wealthy, and who will exchange her fortune for his family name. His choice: Leonie Charnock, one of the season's "Spinster Heiresses". Years before, the earl had saved the dark-eyed beauty's reputation, and she is still breathtakingly lovely, leading Rochdale to hope that their marriage will be more than in name only.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's all just a little too easy

  • By Lady Wesley on 02-06-18

It's all just a little too easy

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

The heroine's alcohol abuse is an interesting concept, but her recovery is glossed over too lightly. Perhaps it is my personal experience with an alcoholic loved one that caused me to be dissatisfied. Two books that present more realistic alcoholic behavior are Carla Kelly's Reforming Lord Ragsdale and The Rake by Mary Jo Putney.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bath Tangle

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena's fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham -- a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena and her lovely young stepmother Fanny decide to move to Bath, Serena makes an odd new friend and discovers an old love, Major Hector Kirkby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sian Phillips is a delight!

  • By Roxane on 06-17-10

Sian Phillips is wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

The audio version of this book, narrated by Sian Phillips, bumps it up to four stars for me. I liked all of the characters, but every Heyer fan should read (even better, listen) to this book just to become acquainted with Mrs. Floore, the immensely wealthy, admittedly vulgar grandmother who protects her granddaughter from the girl's social-climbing mother.

Lots of banter and zingers. Great fun.

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  • Fool Me Twice

  • Rules for the Reckless, Book 2
  • By: Meredith Duran
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits - and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family's past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She'll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information. Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite entertaining

  • By Maine Knitter on 03-18-15

Excellent. Wish the whole series was available

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Even though I dislike revenge plots, I finally got around to reading this one, which won the 2015 RITA for long historical romance.

Unlike some revenge-based stories, this one is cleverly done, as one would expect from such a talented author. The romance between Olivia and the duke builds gradually, and the cross-class nature of their relationship is not glossed over.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Alison Larkin. Now, on to the rest of the series!

Wait! Why isn't the rest of the series available on audio. Boo!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wicked Cousin

  • Rockliffe, Book 4
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Sebastian Audley has spent years setting every city in Europe by the ears and keeping the scandal-sheets in profit. Word that he is finally returning to London becomes the hottest topic of the Season and casts numerous young ladies - many of whom have never seen him - into a fever of anticipation. Cassandra Delahaye is not one of them. In her opinion, love affairs and duels, coupled with a reputation for never refusing even the most death-defying wager, suggest that Mr. Audley is short of a brain cell or two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5/5 Unlikely Dare Devil Match Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 01-07-18

Just listening to Alex Wyndham say

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

"The Wicked Cousin" as the book begins is worth an Audible credit. Seriously, though, this is a wonderful story, with intriguing characters, luscious romance, and a bit of adventure. Alex Wyndham's performance is, once again, superb.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful