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  • The Painted Queen

  • An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense
  • By: Elizabeth Peters, Joan Hess
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo when a man with a knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word - "murder" - before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia's name and room number.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just did not feel like the Peabody Emersons

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-17

Pass this one up.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

If you love the Emilia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters then do yourself a favor and DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS BOOK! Perhaps a valiant attempt but this posthumous story is just so wrong in so many ways. Emilia has been turned into an unlikable condescending know-it-all. The characterizations are all wrong. Barbara Rosenblatt is superb as always but even she can't overcome the flaws here.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,659

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

Extraordinary.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

A really really well written and well thought out tale. Remarkable detail and plausibility. A long listen and worth it!

  • Oliver Twist

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing narration!

  • By Karen on 12-11-08

Simon Vance should win an Oscar!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Oliver Twist to be better than the print version?

For those of us who have more time for audio books than have time to sit and leisurely read, this performance of a classic cannot be beaten.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

In general, the "bad" guys are more interesting in Dickens than the good... so I'd pick the bad guys...

Any additional comments?

I cannot say enough about the brilliance of Simon Vance's performance.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful