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  • Death Overdue

  • A Haunted Library Mystery
  • By: Allison Brook
  • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she is offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death 15 years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I don't know

  • By Beatrice on 10-11-17

Whiny narrator for bratty lead character. Ugh!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Carrie reminds us from time to time how neglected she was in childhood. But somehow it doesn’t make her seem like less of a priveledges brat adult. SPOILERS. Need a job but have 0 experience? Uncle Bosco will strongarm the library board and BAm! You’re in. Need a place to live? Here’s a fabulous cottage with river views, fully furnished, AND comes with maid service? The kind of maid service that involves ironing? Here you go- from a landlord you’ve just met- oh, and your first month is on him; and forget that security deposit. Car damaged? Uncle Bosco to the rescue. It’s just too much. TOO MUCH. I had much sympathy for the poor gal who felt usurped for the library position. I don’t think that was author’s intent. And don’t forget that all this time, the narrator whines appropriately on for the ‘heroine’. Of course she decides she can solve a murder better and faster than the police, so begins invading the privacy of everyone around. And if people don’t like it, they are interfering. Brat! But she must be a good person bc she tears up every time someone mentions the murder victim- whom brat girl had met for 15 minutes only!! Here’s a yacht to make you feel better. I kind of hate this girl. Hope she will maybe be a victim of next book. Which I will NOT purchase.

  • The Witches' Tree

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

Driving home from a dinner party in the village of Sumpton Harcourt, Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. An elderly spinster has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-06-17

Gratuitously filthy nonsense. Goodbye, Agatha

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

**SPOILERS**
I have read every Agatha Raisin book, beginning with the Quiche of Death, and ending midway through this useless bit of time wasting trash. MC Beaton, or whoever writes for her these days, has either lost her marbles or lost any interest in anything but publishing royalties. In this ‘story’ a vicar’s wife is gang raped and later referred to as a ‘prick tease’. Nearly every male character calls one or more female character ‘bitch’. And Agatha pants after every single male- even fantasizing about marriage to and mating with a male the police call a ‘fairie’ because of his campy Australian accent. What calendar year was this Frankenstein’s monster hashed together any way?? I am returning this mess; certainly not worth a credit



  • The Child Next Door: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,761

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her newborn, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor saying, "Let’s take the child - and go." Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite "Unputdownable"...

  • By D. Paige on 05-04-18

Ridiculously frantic

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This woman is a neurotic freak. She really should not have risked having a child. If I could bear to finish this mess of a story, I might find that her fears were well-grounded; but I simply cannot. Her frantic blathering thoughts, and jerky, impulsive actions and overreactions are making me nervous. B’bye, whatever your name is; take care

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  • Lessons in French

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 07-24-14

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

A bit long, but Cali is such a pleasing character, with her lightly sardonic wit and brave, unconventional view of life, that I would have listened even longer.

  • The Cat of the Baskervilles

  • By: Vicki Delany
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Legendary stage and movie star Sir Nigel Bellingham arrives on Cape Cod to star in a stage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles put on by the West London Theater Festival. When Sir Nigel, some of the cast, and the director visit the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop at 222 Baker Street, Gemma Doyle realizes that Sir Nigel is not at all suited to the role. He's long past his prime and an old drunk to boot. The cast is not happy, but the show must go on. Before the play opens, Jayne's mother arranges a fundraising afternoon tea to be catered by Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room. The tea is a huge success, but, when it's time to leave, Sir Nigel has gone missing - only to be found at the bottom of the rocky cliff, dead. When the police focus their attention on Jayne's mother despite numerous other suspects, the game is once again afoot, and it's up to Gemma and Jayne to clear Jayne's mother's name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet Another Strong Holmes Pastiche

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-20-18

I need to at least like the main character

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

This woman, Ms Doyle-who calls herself ‘observant’ and claims some sort of Sherlockian ability to assimilate observations into crime solutions- is actually an insufferable know it all! I could not see it through to the end, but I am sure she solved the murder, and of course taught the police a lesson or 3 about crime solving.
Also, the narrator here often exchanges Alabama for Cape Cod, when attempting accent

  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society

  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,653

Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. And, if none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent: prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By Beatrice on 11-04-17

Treacle, fluffed. Ugh

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I could not finish this one. This is a personal tic, I realize, but I cannot stand all the mention- Everywhere- of ‘comfort food’ Something about that phrase just makes me wince. So..’comfort scones’? Gag. And the fact that the narrator seems to be holding her mouth in a simper throughout just compounded the nausea. A fantastic read, I’d guess, for all who do enjoy this sickeningly gooey kind of mess. Not for me

  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,763

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator choice inspired

  • By Beverly on 07-10-11

Accessible Macbeth + Alan Cumming

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this production, and feel now that I finally grasp the story of Macbeth. The play- on paper and on stage had always seemed somewhat out of reach, hidden behind all the all too familiar quips and quotation. Some are present here, some verbatim, but they are somehow more natural, more in context.
And Alan Cumming as narrator- could anyone be better? I think not. I wish he were as accessible as the story now is to me; I’d like to send him a large Thank you!

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  • Murder by the Sea

  • By: Lesley Cookman
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When a body is discovered on a rocky little island in the middle of Nethergate Bay, the media swoop on the seaside town. Soon an enquiring hack discovers that local resident Fran Castle has previously aided the police using her psychic abilities.

Brought into the investigation, Fran naturally asks her friend Libby Sarjeant, the middle-aged actress and crime-solver, to help, but they soon find themselves up to their knees in more mud and murder than they could possibly have anticipated.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The most boring murder mystery ever

  • By Deborah on 04-25-18

The most boring murder mystery ever

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I tried, but this one’s going back. Two main issues: Dragging, stultifying boredom. Since the opening scene, in which a body is discovered, literally nothing has happened. Now if you are riveted by hearing strangers discuss how they interview for and secured their current jobs, or their living conditions, Buy this one, now! Be warned, however, you must still get through the second issue: The narrator. Granted, she gives a few of these snooze-inducing character normal human voices. However, for the Main Character(I’ve already forgotten her name!-Fran, maybe, or Libby-she goes so high up into the nasal register, that she must have given herself sinus headaches. And just wait until you meet Main Character’s daughter. We are in howler monkey territory with this one. I just cannot. And, people, what about the BODY on the beach?!?! By chapter 6 I really guess we’d all forgotten about it

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  • The Whole Cat and Caboodle

  • Second Chance Cat Mystery Series #1
  • By: Sofie Ryan
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 422

Sarah Grayson is the happy proprietor of Second Chance, a charming shop in the oceanfront town of North Harbor, Maine. At the shop she sells used items that she has lovingly refurbished and repurposed. But her favorite pet project so far has been adopting a stray cat she names Elvis. The big black cat with a scar across his nose turned up at a local bar when the band was playing the King of Rock and Roll's music and hopped in Sarah's truck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mainely Wonderful

  • By Rusty on 01-07-17

Why go on?

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I am sort of a sucker for ‘cat detective’ books, so I was looking forward to listening as clever cat with unfortunate name did his thing. Had no idea ‘Elvis’ the cat would be just a minor player in this uhm,..story. He would definitely have been more interesting and worth getting to know than Any of the humans presented here. Suffice to say, not worth your time for me to mention and describe any of them.
I made it to Chapt 10, by which point- except for the characters having “supper”(oy) something like 46 times- nothing has happened. Well, to be fair, an older man was killed, prob murdered; but, as I had never even MET him, I was hardly rapt by this. Oh, and the reaction of all other characters to the death? Let’s all get ‘supper’
The author is evidently aware of the Nothing that is happening, bc she fills the story abyss with enough meaningless trivia to, well, fill a book. The line that finally caused me to disconnect involved the main character, Emma? maybe, explaining, “then I replaced my purse strap onto my shoulder.” Bye. Oh, and she was departing from a supper at the time.
Note to author and all other authors: Not all cat lovers and/or devotees of cat-featuring mysteries are foodaholics. Please cease the endless meal descriptions and cookie munching. Insulting.

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  • A High-End Finish

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,359

In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on.Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry's found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she's been hired to restore, the town's attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Diana on 12-19-14

High-School Finish

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

So juvenile, so silly, so completely improbable. Barbie the Builder. The Barbie, that is, with the complete set of PINK contractor’s tools- and bike ( or was it a trike) and the flowing red hair that she claims to despise.
SPOILER: No need to read any further installments of the series; the killer will be the person with whom Barbie/ Shannon did not attend high school. Someone new in town. Get it?
Pulpy, pseudo romantic and pseudo woke tripe.

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