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  • A Picture of Murder

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 4
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell. Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colorful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another. One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Historical Mystery

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 10-23-18

excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

lovely installment. great little mystery with the added benefit of background on the ladies at long last

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Genesis

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,508

Escaping wrongful imprisonment wasn't something Connor had in mind, but being put into stasis aboard Earth's first interstellar colony ship was something he couldn't have prepared for. For 300,000 colonists, the new colony brings the promise of a fresh start...a second chance. Connor might be the wrong man for the colony, but he's the right man to see that it survives what's coming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 05-31-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

awesome story, with fabulous characters and plot
can't wait to read the rest
narrator did an excellent job

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,972

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

Disappointing. Not worth the 15 hours

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

A classic, sure. Dated technology, yes. But overall, I didn't like the writing and most of the characters. Lex is annoying and useless and just plain irritating. Hammond is irredeemable. Malcolm, despite being right, is boring and annoying. Too long. Too much detail on unnecessary aspects. Just... Don't bother.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Talkers

  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 485

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence. Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very atmospheric, fast read!

  • By kara-karina on 09-04-16

Excellent but awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Lovely story, about an intriguing idea and alternative history. Awful narrator though, who cannot do accents at all

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,482

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good, best book in years

  • By Zer0Sum on 05-11-17

Abandoned

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

This was on sale for a reason. A mish-mash of styles and genres, an annoying narrator and an equally irritating main character. No thanks

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,594

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Sally on 01-04-10

loved it

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

beautiful writing. such a poignant story. loved it all. the love story was so touching. my 'squees' could only be interpreted by dolphins

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,075

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Rollicking adventure

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Would you listen to Just One Damned Thing After Another again? Why?

Yes. Mostly because I enjoyed it so much, but also because there was so much going on, I'd love to go back and revisit.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of laughter and smiles. Plenty of terror and fear for the characters and supporting characters (which was warranted) and dying/hoping things would turn out ok.

Any additional comments?

Bloodybrilliant!

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,718

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

The broad sweeping depths of space (with spiders)

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Where does Children of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best science fiction audiobooks I've listened to so far. I thoroughly enjoyed Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series, and while this book is of a slightly different cup of tea, it stands tall as an excellent story.

What did you like best about this story?

I love stories with inventive, descriptive and unusual world-building and this one ticked all the boxes. An alien culture and civilization along with the foibles of a future human society. Fabulous characters with depth, flaws, strengths and humanity.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. This was a book that needed savouring, thinking, contemplating. At 16 hours, you wanted a break, time to think and align yourself to the story and character developments.

Any additional comments?

As an arachnophobe, I never thought I'd be invested the survival of a race of spiders. Way to go!

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,711

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

ponderous

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

Set as an epic fantasy within a large world, it failed to live up to the scenario and world building. Bleak and ponderous the story staggered from character to character without gaining momentum, real pace or engagement.

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,001
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,470
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,441

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story was great, McAdams not so much

  • By R. Evans on 06-17-17

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

I laughed. I cried.
it was magnificent and oh so romantic.
excellent narrator and production.
a classic brought to life