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  • 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 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330

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...

1 of 1 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 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

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 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

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 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

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 60,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,038

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 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

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.

9 of 9 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 3,448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,164

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 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602

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.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,054

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!

  • By Kent on 10-19-09

I agree...much better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

Such a good listen. I was emotionally invested in the characters as the story progressed, and the tale was very moving and heartwarming. The multiple narrators brought this to life.

I believe I bought this on sale, though it is surely credit-worthy.

  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,595

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Uplifting

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

What a charming story, so very satisfying and heartwarming. Simon Prebble narrates masterfully. I will listen again when I need a pick-me-up.