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  • The Witches

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Miranda Richardson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories - but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen in the car

  • By Elicia on 08-14-16

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This is one where I appreciate the ending of the movie more than the original book. The descriptions of the witches, their appearance and behavior is wonderful! Such original detail that results from acting in an evil way. Have fun with this one. A great Halloween story from a great author.

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  • Mr. Botibol

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: David Ian Davies
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Mr. Botibol is a very odd-looking and strange man, a sad failure whose ambition is to conduct an orchestra. He fills his lonely life with music, pretending to be a great composer and conductor. Then he meets a young lady who shares in his fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too short—Such a lovely story

  • By stuzmate on 10-22-18

Too short—Such a lovely story

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

The power of the mind and spirit to create happiness and change one’s reality. This is just the beginning of how thought creates one’s reality. I would love for the story to change the woman’s life in a “real” way.

  • Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom

  • By: Nancy Atherton
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband set off for a quiet weekend without the kids. But before they go, he must pay a visit to a reclusive client. After Lori drops him off, a storm that's been brewing intensifies, and she ends up stranded in an ancient, rambling inn named for a king's ransom in smuggled goods that passed through the village in ages past. When Lori begins hearing footsteps and strange noises, Aunt Dimity reminds her that the inn is almost certainly haunted but that not all ghosts are interested in harming the living. But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it’s weight in gold!

  • By Helen on 08-01-18

Thanks for the new narrator!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

It’s a much more pleasant experience listening to the Aunt Dimity stories with a skilled narrator.

The story is pleasant and a mild little mystery without including death or violence. Not the best in the series, but not the worst. There are far more engaging mysteries in the series but Nancy Atherton holds to her principles. I’ll choose a less engaging mystery with a good narrator over a great story with a poor narrator any day.

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,743

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the sequel

  • By Nothing really matters on 07-21-16

The Prophesy?

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Too many loose ends. Unless he plans a series which he never does, Meyer created too many hooks. Perhaps he decided to personify his own characters? Dunno. Good enough book. Interesting character personifications. I understand the ending. Just wrap it up, huh?

  • Shooting Gallery

  • Art Lover’s Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Juliet Blackwell, Hailey Lind
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Geez, make a splash in the world of art forgery at the age of 17 and people can't stop bringing it up. Lesson learned: genuine art is priceless, and forgery gets you arrested. Now Annie puts her artistic talents to honest use as a faux finisher in San Francisco. But carving out a new reputation can be a creative challenge.... Modernism isn't Annie's thing, but even she is surprised to discover that the "sculpture" in a prestigious gallery's grisly new exhibition is an all-too-real corpse - the artist's.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOL

  • By Bonnie on 02-28-18

My Stomach Hurts From Laughing!!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This either needs to be in movie or TV form. Juliet Blackwell’s skill at humorous yet edge of the seat action scenes are beyond compare. Xe Xands is so good. Kinda wish she had a better voice variety because I occasionally get all the women characters mixed up. I’m better at distinguishing after the second book.

This is a great series and I look forward to more books showing up on Audible. Write more please, Juliet! I’m learning so much and love the challenge to thinking beyond the norm on equality in art value. So much yet not too much. Thank you so much for a great adventure. To a continued series (at least 10 more!). 🥂

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Assault and Beret

  • Hat Shop Mystery Series, Book 5
  • By: Jenn McKinlay
  • Narrated by: Karyn O'Bryant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

London milliner Vivian Tremont and her American cousin and partner, Scarlett Parker, tip their caps to their beloved shop on Portobello Road in Notting Hill and set off for Paris, where Viv can't wait to teach a hat-making class. But she has another reason to travel to the City of Light: to find the man she impulsively eloped with years ago and have their marriage annulled. William Graham is not only handsome and charming, but he also has a glamorous job as an insurance investigator who works with priceless pieces of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Punny!

  • By stuzmate on 02-19-18

Very Punny!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

A good laugh from many directions as well as a fun and satisfying story. Recommended.

  • Some Buried Caesar

  • By: Rex Stout
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

A car accident in upstate New York strands Nero Wolfe, America's largest detective, and Archie Goodwin, his confidential assistant, in the midst of a family feud. The feud, over $45,000 worth of prize bull, turns ugly when the beef in question is found pawing the mangled body of a family scion. Solving the mystery is no problem - but, alas, the evidence keeps disappearing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, poor audio

  • By Sue V on 02-01-11

My favorite story among Rex Stout’s Nero Wolff!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I come back to Some Buried Caesar time and time again. As one of Stout’s more popular books as well as an early one (1939, I believe) this is the book that introduces Lily. The banter between Archie and Lily is hilarious! Thoroughly enjoyable story.

  • Familiar Motives

  • A Witch's Cat Mystery
  • By: Delia James
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

After learning that she comes from a family of witches - and adopting a familiar named Alistair - artist Annabelle Britton has made beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire her home. Together, with her coven, this good witch is trying to put a stop to magic and murder most foul. When Anna takes Alistair to see local veterinarian Ramona Forsythe, they meet the most famous cat in town: Ruby the Attitude Cat, spokes-feline for a pet food brand. But then Ramona turns up dead and Ruby goes missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It just keeps getting better.

  • By Yvonne on 03-18-18

Artificially long.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I had a difficult time staying with this story because it seemed to be made confusing as a reading device as opposed to just being a good story. I suppose I had hoped for more. There’s still potential and I hope to see that potential realized in this series.

  • Size Matters

  • By: Robyn Peterman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

It's a big fat hairy deal when I lose yet another bet to my best friend, Rena. Not only do I end up attending Bigfoot meetings with her kooky Aunt Phyllis, I find myself traveling with a band of reality TV, Sasquatch-hunting nut-jobs! Not to mention a suspiciously shady film crew. As if those little nuggets weren't enough to send me on the express train to Crazytown...I stupidly swore off men! Clearly, all this would mess up any gal's social life, but the worst part of the story? The minute I send my libido on vacation, I meet Mitch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you enjoy plenty of rough language

  • By stuzmate on 10-04-17

If you enjoy plenty of rough language

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I can’t say that I enjoy the rough language, or frequent f-bombs, but the story is fun and I enjoy how it ties in with book #1. I’ll be pausing now from the series because I truly get my fill of cussing and it grates on my nerves. This book is a lot calmer than book 1.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How Hard Can It Be?

  • By: Robyn Peterman
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

What happens when an accountant decides to grab life by the horns and try something new? Apparently a pirate named Dave, a lot of pastel fleece, and blackmail - just to start with. Visualize and succeed, Oprah said. I was sure as hell trying, even if my campaign to score a job as the local weather girl had ended in a restraining order. Okay, TV was not my strength. But a lack of talent has never stopped me before. Which is why I've embarked on a writing career. I mean, how hard can it be to come up with a sexy romance?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caution: so funny, you'll wet your pants!

  • By Nicholette on 08-24-17

A bit surprised by the language

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

R-rated. Not because of sexual content but the sheer quantity of f-bombs and their equivalent. There’s a point where it ceases to be funny and becomes tiresome. The story was really fun and the writer succeeds in making it even painfully funny — so much so you want to duck your head and just haul off laughing, until, as I said you grow tired of the nasty language and just wish she’d back off by half. The narrator does a great job. Heed the warnings and give it a try. You’ll laugh!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful