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PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
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  • Death's Half Acre

  • By: Margaret Maron
  • Narrated by: C.J. Critt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Margaret Maron's Judge Deborah Knott mysteries set in rural North Carolina are cherished by discerning readers who value authentic characters and intriguing plots. As housing sprawl creeps across the land, farmers are feeling the pinch. County commissioners have been making lucrative land deals in secret, and now murder brings Deborah and Sheriff Bryant into the middle of a major dispute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One nit

  • By Linda on 03-31-18

One nit

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

There is no such thing as a "Registrar of Deeds" in North Carolina! The office, the collection of deeds, and the building, or section in the county building are all the "Register of Deeds", whether that's gramatical or not. Deborah Knott would know that, being an attorney.

That said, this one is one of the best indeed.

  • Last Seen in Massilia

  • Roma Sub Rosa Series, Book 8
  • By: Steven Saylor
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39

In 49 BC, in the city of Massilia (modern-day Marseille), on the coast of southern Gaul, Gordianus the Finder's beloved son Meto has disappeared - branded as a traitor to Caesar and apparently dead. Consumed with grief, Gordianus arrives in the city amid a raging civil war, hoping to discover what happened to his son. But when he witnesses a young woman fall from a precipice called Sacrifice Rock, he becomes entangled in discovering the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite in the series so far

  • By Linda on 11-05-17

My favorite in the series so far

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Very well written, with strong characterization. The ending is very surprising, with implications for the series going forward.

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  • Myron Bolitar Series, Book 11
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,689

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For 10 years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for 10 years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Win comes home. So does Harlan Coben.

  • By Carol on 10-26-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Best in the series so far. Legitimate literature as well as a great mystery. Win even narrates. Narration is also outstanding.

  • The ABC Murders

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

There's a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole country is in a state of panic. A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarkein Churston. With each murder, the killer is gettingmore confident - but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal, mistake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of AC's masterpieces

  • By Linda on 06-17-17

One of AC's masterpieces

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

I know "masterpiece" is supposed to refer to one work. However In Agatha Christie's case there are a handful that are really special. This is one of them. I read this many years ago so I knew the ending. I still thoroughly enjoyed the listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Circular Staircase

  • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Narrated by: Laurie Klein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Twenty-year-old Halsey and 24-year-old Gertrude, nephew and niece of Rachel Inness, a well-to-do middle-aged spinster, talk Rachel into renting a large country house for the summer. Mysterious happenings occur the first night they are there, something or someone falls down the stairs in the middle of the night. A man is dead at the foot of the circular staircase. Now the question arises as to who he is and why was he in the house.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Influential

  • By Linda on 06-28-15

Influential

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

Mary Roberts Rinehart was one of the Grand Dames of the golden age of cozy mysteries. She is the only American member of that club. I would have rated this as a 3, judged against modern standards. I would rate it as a 5 given its influence in the field. So I marked it 4.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 1

  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

Collins French with Paul Noble combines an exciting new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure. Learn over 6,000 words in no time at all and - most importantly - learn how to make your new vocabulary work for you.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • poor performance

  • By dachi on 10-14-15

Different and outstanding

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

Paul explains how French related to the way English speakers would say things. This is rare, and tremendously helpful. I do want some theory, such as how is this verb conjugated, but that is easily available elsewhere to supplement this course.

I've already downloaded the 2nd part, and am eagerly looking forward to listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Class on Murder

  • Death on Demand Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Carolyn G. Hart
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

When mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance is invited to teach "The Three Great Ladies of the Mystery" class at Chastain Community College, the sometimes sleuth discovers that all is not strictly academic in Chastain's hallowed halls of learning. And when a shocking scandal in the school newspaper erupts in a suicide and two violent deaths, Professor Laurance enlists the talents of her new hubby, private eye Max Darling, and dons her thinking cap to probe intrigue and vengeance among Chastain's faculty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in the series

  • By Linda on 04-18-15

One of the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

This one is typical of many in the series, but I particularly enjoyed it. I like that it explicitly touches the bases for the elements of a classical mystery. Annie teaches a class on the 3 grand dames of the golden age of mystery, and receives help from the 3 grand dames of the local counties.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Reckoning

  • John Madden, Book 4
  • By: Rennie Airth
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Inspector John Madden - who debuted in River of Darkness - returns in a gripping post-World War II murder mystery. On a quiet afternoon in 1947, retired bank manager Oswald Gibson is shot in the head while fishing. In Scotland, a respectable family doctor is killed in the same manner - and with the same gun. What is the connection? Scotland Yard’s Detective Inspector Billy Styles and local detective Vic Chivers are baffled until a letter from Gibson is discovered that might shed some light on the case....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He gets better and better....

  • By Cary on 12-18-14

More please

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

Outstanding. I listened to River of Darkness 4 years ago, and have wanted more ever since. I was thrilled to see The Reckoning available. Please please record John Madden books 2 and 3, and make them available to everyone.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • World's Greatest Sleuth!

  • A Holmes on the Range Mystery
  • By: Steve Hockensmith
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

In 1893, the Amlingmeyer boys venture forth from the west in response to a summons from Otto's ("Big Red") publisher - they are to come to Chicago immediately, to the World's Columbian Exposition, and compete with some of the most famous detectives in the world. Set to coincide with the closing days of the first World's Fair and the publication of the story revealing the death of Sherlock Holmes, Gustav ("Old Red") will be competing for the title of World's Greatest Sleuth!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable romp through the white city

  • By ch on 02-08-11

Absolutely loved this series

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

Negative reviews seem to want a one size fits all series. This series is unique, and wonderful. Plot and narration. I can't wait for another to be written.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

Emily “vacations” at an opulent Swiss resort in the hope of locating nine pounds of hijacked plutonium intended for an atom bomb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cozy mystery, but weak

  • By Sassy1980 on 10-15-12

Extraordinary narration

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

The plot is typical of this series: delightful and a bit silly at the same time. These are children's books, after all. Barbara Rosenblat's narration of the boy is just unbelievably great. The other characters are all 1st great as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful