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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 591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

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

My favorite so far

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This series has been getting better with every installment. Warm-hearted wit and cosy storyline combine for a satisfying listen. Elizabeth Knowelden delivers an outstanding performance that adds greatly to the writing. Well done.

  • The Woman Who Met Her Match

  • A funny romantic comedy that will make you laugh out loud!
  • By: Fiona Gibson
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

What if your first love came back on the scene...30 years later? After yet another disaster, Lorrie is calling time on online dating. She might be single in her 40s, but she's got a good job and wonderful children, and she's happy. This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough. That is until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her - after 30 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You won't be disappointed

  • By Tina Oberson on 05-13-17

Outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Sweet, charmingly funny story with a rock star performance by Emma Gregory. The story was a smidge longer than it needed to be, but definitely worth the credit. I will keep my eyes open for more Gibson and Gregory pairings.

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

What happened to Georgie?

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

At first, I thought the new narrator added the whine and superior attitude to beloved Georgiana. But I was wrong...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Isle of Palms

  • A Lowcountry Tale, Book 3
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Dorothea Benton Frank is a treasure of American letters with numerous New York Times best-sellers to her credit and a portfolio full of critical acclaim. “Mixing high drama and high jinks” ( Booklist), her third Lowcountry novel follows the fortunes of the dysfunctional Abbot family. Looking to set her life aright, Anna Lutz Abbot returns to her South Carolina lowcountry hometown. And as she attempts to right past wrongs, Anna receives help and support from a quirky cast of lovable locals sure to endear themselves to listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feel good story

  • By Sheryl on 02-04-13

Great narration...but really long

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I'm a rather new DBF fan and have been trying catch up with some of her earlier works. Isle of Palms could have used some judicious editing, but I'm glad I stuck with it. If a less worthy narrator than Robin Miles had tackled this one, I doubt I would have finished. I think the length may be a product of the era it was written; life just moved a bit more slowly then as did the evolution of the narrative of this book.

  • Winter and Rough Weather

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Leslie Mackie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Rhoda, an artist from London, and her childhood sweetheart, James, finally wed, following a lot of deliberation - particularly on Rhoda's side. Her love for James outbalances her career, and she takes the plunge into living the life of a farmer's wife at Boscath farm in Scotland. Arriving at Boscath, they employ a cook, Miss Flockie, who is exceptional in her duties and, more importantly, a friend to Rhoda. Their new home, although quaint, is isolated, and Rhoda misses her life in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completing the Drumberley Trilogy

  • By Jerri C on 12-01-17

Soothing and satisfying

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I dearly love these DE Stevenson books. What a great storyteller she is. They are like a balm to my (not) troubled soul, so gentle, so life-affirming, so kind. Leslie Mackie's performance is perfection for these satisfying tales.

If you're looking for rollicking adventure...nope, you won't find it here. But if you want sweet, well-written stories, you won't go wrong with DE Stevenson.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Double Dip

  • A Davis Way Crime Caper
  • By: Gretchen Archer
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

It’s Davis Way’s first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last. Things are dicey at work. A personal assistant goes missing, a little old lady goes on a suspicious winning streak, and a Bellissimo executive goes gaga for Davis. She follows a disappearing slot-tournament player trail to the So Help Me God Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama, then jumps headlong into a high stakes holy scandal. She’s on a losing streak at home, too. Her days, nights, and dinners run together, as Davis juggles a revolving door of uninvited guests, namely her rotten ex-ex-husband, Eddie Crawford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery

  • By Kira on 03-05-14

Problems with narration

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

I am a huge Davis Way fan, but the narrator is not for me. Her performance of Davis is just fine, but the rest of the characters are off-putting. She voices Fantasy, a fabulous character who is a mother of three boys, a former prison guard, as if she were a Southern Valley Girl. Horrific. No Hair's portrayal is a further nightmare. I'm so sad because I love this series and won't be able to continue with the audio.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,268

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

A completely satisfying listen

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

I utterly loved this book. There are simply not enough accolades for this touching story so brilliantly unfolded by the author with precision and with controlled care. Excellent narration with just the right touch of dry humor to bring this tale to life.

  • The Trouble with Dukes

  • Windham Brides, Book 1
  • By: Grace Burrowes
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and, even worse - a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, some one different. No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he'll take on any challenge - even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars

  • By Harry_ATL on 01-19-17

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

I have read and listened to many of Grace Burrowes romances. I especially appreciate her intelligent writing and her portrayal of family relationships is very comforting. But in many of her books, there comes a point where I become most frustrated with a drawn-out spell of stupidity on either the hero's or more usually the heroine's part.

YAY! The Trouble with Dukes omits the aforementioned "daft" period and was consequently a more satisfying tale. If you know the Wyndham clan, you'll appreciate their reappearances.

I appreciate James Langton's baritone and variety of voices for the numerous male characters. He's a comfort listen for me.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Crowned and Dangerous

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,554
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,265

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I always adore Lady Georgiana

  • By Dylan on 03-28-17

Perhaps my favorite so far!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

The Royal Spyness novels are an auto buy for me. I eagerly anticipate each new release, and this installment surely delights. Lots of Darcy and even an improved Queenie, thank heavens. Katherine Kellgren is just marvelous as always. Such a fun series.

Sigh...another year to wait.

  • The Weekenders

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,658

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends - and it's something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your weekend

  • By jbee on 07-04-16

I couldn't finish...

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

While I am a MK Andrews fan, I just couldn't finish this book. The protagonist was unlikable and the daughter was so dreadful, I just could not bear to continue.

I will look forward to another great Mary Kay in the future.