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  • Poison in Paddington

  • Cassie Coburn Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Samantha Silver
  • Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

When Cassie Coburn moved to London, she never thought she'd be involved in a quadruple homicide. After a car accident ended her medical career before it even started, Cassie moved to London on a whim, expecting to see the sights and live the typical tourist backpacker lifestyle. Instead she finds herself accompanying a French private detective, Violet Despuis, as they attempt to find out who poisoned four people in the middle of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What one irresponsible person can do in an instant!

  • By Marily14 on 07-07-18

Practically perfect in everyway

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Here's my bias: I am an American who has spent a lot of time in the UK; the main character is American who moves to the UK. The author does a great job highlighting the discoveries a person makes about the cultural and language differences.

This book is a very good updating of the Sherlock Holmes stories. The 2 main characters parallel Holmes and Watson but more than that, the author has captured Doyle's laying out of the mystery and its solving. Very well done.

The narrator added to the enjoyment of the book. I did notice she was sometimes a little gaspy (at the ends of words) but it did not detract from her performance. You can hear what I mean in the sample.

I did receive this audiobook via a promotional code through Audiobookboom (so I got it for free) but I just bought book 2 with one of my own precious credits from my annual membership :)

  • Puatera Online Box Set - Books 1 through 3 - Desert Runner, Desert Born, and Desert Storm

  • By: Dawn Chapman
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Contains all three books of The Desert Sequence: Desert Runner, Desert Born, and Desert Storm. Follow NPC Maddie on her journey of self-discovery, which takes her through the deadly desert plains to the inner programming that makes her who she is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a... different litrpg

  • By Raul on 05-23-18

LitRPG for the win!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This was the first LitRPG book I listened to. For anyone unfamiliar with the acronym, it stands for Literary Role Playing Game. I was glad my husband plays RPGs and that I had I watched the excellent Felicia Day series "The Guild" because otherwise, I might have been a bit lost.

This was a 3 book series and the books end leading directly into the next - in other words, not EXACTLY cliff hangers but I was very glad I had a 3 book package.

The characters were very interesting, the book is well-written, and the narrator was engaging. In fact, the narrator was excellent. I particularly admired how she could voice the Tremoil characters slightly differently but maintain character distinctiveness when they were in/out of body. Very well done.

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  • The Stratton Story

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The memory of her late husband's slow and painful death is fresh in Anita Stratton's mind when she finds herself confronted with the high-voltage glare of national publicity when her first novel rockets into the best-seller lists. The furor she arouses leaves her publishers, the staid and respectable firm of Beetham Brothers, as bewildered as she herself is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story, fantastic narrator

  • By JenniferFour on 02-03-18

Engaging story, fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Story was good; characters were interesting and believable. The balance between description and dialogue was good. It’s not action packed or a “page turner” but I looked forward to turning on my audiobook each time.

The real star is Helen Taylor. First time I listened to her - truly excellent narrator: easy to understand, clear differentiation between characters, lovely voice.

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  • Moon Face and Other Stories

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: John Burlinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Jack London was one of the most prolific and imaginative writers America has ever produced. This collection includes eight masterpieces that showcase London's literary versatility and his genius at creating memorable, one-of-a-kind characters: "Moon-Face" - a study of extreme motiveless antipathy; "The Leopard-Man's Story" - passion and mayhem under the big top; "Local Color" - a wandering polymath might be too smart for his own good; "The Minions of Midas" - a tale of terrorism perhaps more disturbing today than it was 100 years ago; and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • London's dry humor.

  • By JoAnn Nuccio on 10-01-17

Great narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I knew Jack London for Call of The Wild but didn't know he wrote short stories. These are all good stories. It was no surprise to see Jack London was a journalist (Google is great) - several stories have a newspaper/journalist references.

John Burlinson was a great narrator for these stories. He has a down home storytelling manner that was perfectly suited to this writing. Bonus: his female characters were excellently voiced - not artificial or forced, just infused with personality.

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  • Funny in Farsi

  • A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
  • By: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Narrated by: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067

In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father's glowing memories of his graduate school years here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, witty and funny

  • By Elfie on 05-02-05

Vignettes from a witty and observant person

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

There is so much good to say to say about this collection of vignettes by Firoozeh Dumas. She was born in Iran and eventually immigrated to the US as a child. She is a quick witted observer who calls it like she sees it without ever being mean. The afterword was a great idea and I appreciated the insight into how her family reacted to her memoir.

She did a great narrating her own story. My only reason for giving her 4 stars was for the audio quality - not BAD, just not as good as some others.

  • Mouse and the Serpent Queen

  • The Willow Tree Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Deborah Tipp
  • Narrated by: Joella Berkner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Returning to the magical old willow tree after six months is both daunting and exciting for Mouse. Knowing the possible consequences of drawing a picture which could lead her into further adventure, what does she draw this time? Having not told anyone about her adventures in another world, Mouse braves drawing a second picture under the willow tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another enjoyable book in the series

  • By JenniferFour on 06-13-17

another enjoyable book in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first with one big exception...the book ends on a cliffhanger. The 3rd book isn't out in either paper or audio. Hate that.

The story was interesting in that Mouse was not as central a character as in the first book. Much of the action took place around her and was somewhat unrelated to her. It was interesting. I would love to read/listen to more adventures set in this world the author created. It was beautiful and imaginative.

Joella Berkner's narration was a real treat. I especially loved how she voiced the Serpent Queen.

  • Mouse and the Dragon Crystal

  • The Willow Tree Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Tipp
  • Narrated by: Joella Berkner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

One late summer's day, on Mouse's 12th Birthday she gets an Artist's Box full of paints, pastels and pencils, from her Mum and Dad. And when Mouse draws a beautiful picture under a magical old willow tree, little does she know that she would be transported to another world. A world turned upside down, just by her presence. A world where she has to fight for her life and those around her. A world full of dark, mystical characters who will stop at nothing to get their hands on her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Young Adult Fantasy

  • By Charlene Mattson on 01-10-15

Charming but not juvenile

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would say the first half is "younger" - charming village, happy family, sparkly trees etc - but if you stopped there you would miss the best part of the book. The second half has breathtaking battles and other goodies that I won't spoil by mentioning.

Loved the narration by Joella Berkner - I thought she was especially good with voicing Mouse and the dragon mom. She was a pleasure to listen to.

Star ratings for story and overall are based on this type of book, not all books everywhere.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,401

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Haven't met a Scalzi novel I didn't like

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

I have now listened to/read several Scalzi books and not one has been disappointing. This one is a great police procedural/mystery that happens to be set in a future when a devastating illness has left many “locked in” - minds intact in immovable bodies. They use robot bodies to function in the “real world” but also live in their own cyber world with others like them. This novel combines commentary on politics, medical and technical science fiction, and a good mystery. Loved it.

I like listening to Wil Wheaton.

  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,403

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

  • By Cheri on 09-01-15

Discordant dual narration; intriguing story

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

This was the first time I listened to a dual narration and based on this example, I am not a fan. Nicola Bryant was restrained and soft voiced; Scott Aiello was loud and dramatic. Each narrator was good on his/her own in his/her own way but together they did not mesh. Chapter by chapter I had to adjust the volume. I probably could have lived with that but sometimes they crossed into each other's chapters. It was especially jarring when in Nicola's chapters, the main male character (Nick's) lines were narrated by Scott. The volume was off and the dramatic tone was often out of sync with the surrounding narration. I gave the performance 2 stars not because of either narrator (I would have given a 5 to Nicola and a 4 to Scott) but because the combination of the two negatively affected my enjoyment of the book.

The story was intriguing – it had action, drama, hints of romance, personal growth, and plenty of sci-fi elements (I don't want to give the story away). A plane crashes in the woods but no one comes to rescue them … Some parts of the mystery dragged out a bit too long but overall it was a very satisfying story.

  • The Chopin Manuscript

  • A Serial Thriller
  • By: Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story... Sometimes hard to follow.

  • By Laura E on 03-12-09

The Chopin Manuscript was choppy

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Perhaps each author felt a need to throw a curve ball to the next author but practically each chapter either killed off a major character or completely turned a character around (good to bad/bad to good). Once or twice would have been interesting but there were so many made the book seem disjointed.

Narration was good - seamless.