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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,397

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

Promises much, delivers little

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Seems like a collection of tidbits from works of others. You get sucked in and when you want and expect more, they move on. Little depth.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Fraser

  • By: KC Dyer
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 694

I met Jamie Fraser when I was 19 years old. He was tall, redheaded, and, at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast, and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword, and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man. That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining, great characters

  • By Linda on 08-19-15

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Being male, I’m probably not the target audience for this book. I like historical romance books; I like the Outlander series; but, I like strong heroines. The story started slow , got slower. Angst, depression. I knew who the real Jamie would be way too early. The héroïne was painfully naive and seemed closer to a teenage girl than a grown woman. I skipped a lot of the book, hoping to get to a plot of some sort.

  • Falling Light

  • Game of Shadows, Book 2
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Having finally reunited, and fought off the Deceiver for now, Mary and Michael race up the Michigan peninsula to meet Astra before police forces catch up with them. But the closer they get, the less Mary is willing to trust a woman who by her own admission will do anything to finish the Deceiver-even if it means killing Michael and Mary to try again in another life. As they face their final battle, Michael's loyalties are tested, making him vulnerable just when Mary needs him most.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too dark for me

  • By Harry on 08-20-18

Too dark for me

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I agree with previous reviews. It took forever to develop the characters. Then the story pits innocence vs evil and evil is really bad and has tons of resources. I was surprised evil hadn’t taken over the world yet and was still working on the US president since evil had sooooo much stuff and resources. The heroine annoyed me she kept saying things inconsistent with her actions and kept going over the same things. Plus, another - “can’t tell you now, will explain later” drove me crazy. They are driving in a car, not on a race track and he can’t talk. It also seems that the writer got her characters into impossible situations and then used previously unknown powers to rescue them. I love her elder series books but hated these 2. I struggled to finish them

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Oracle's Moon

  • Elder Races Series #4
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282

When Grace Andreas's sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children - neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household, both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace's impudence towards the Elder Races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Love, Love

  • By Just so you know on 03-24-12

Best one yet

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Love the characters, the plot weaves all over and keeps you guessing. Plus, it’s sizzling hot

  • Dragon Bound

  • Elder Races Series #1
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,202

Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Woo Freakin Hoo!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-14-11

Fabulously funny and sexy

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Great story, wonderful performance. Hit all my bases. Character development , action, limited magic, weird creatures, very sensual, hot The narrateur was great, you can here the sarcasm or anger or ... Great job.

  • Cold-Hearted Rake

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418

Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities...and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still occupying the house - along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glorious!

  • By bluestategirl on 03-31-16

Love the narration

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Great story, plenty of character development, plausible enough for this genre. The narration is breathtaking. Mary Jane brings each character to life.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

Best Narrator Ever

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Loved the book. Classic romantic story, poor girl meets and marries rich Duke. But, the author manages to keep both characters real , true to themselves , AND , especially witty. The story unfolds with twists and turns but maintains a constant British humour.

The best was the narration. Mary Jane Wells was fabulous. The voices were distinct and believable. You could hear subtle intonations in her voice. I will search for books that she narrates now.

  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy

  • By: Eric Van Lustbader
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

In this thrilling and absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn't the minister Bourne impersonates...it is Bourne himself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe how lame this book comes off.

  • By Jim on 06-22-14

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

Don't read these before bedtime. Even though you know Jason wins in the end, the story is still intense. Fabulous blending of today's headlines and themes.

  • The Doll

  • A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel
  • By: Taylor Stevens
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

On a busy Dallas street, Munroe is kidnapped by an unseen opponent and thrust into an underground world where women and girls are merchandise and a shadowy figure known as The Doll Maker controls her every move. While trusted friends race to unravel where she is and why she was taken, everything pivots on one simple choice: Munroe must use her unique set of skills to deliver a high-profile young woman into the same nightmare that she once endured, or condemn to torture and certain death the one person she loves above all else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Michael's Intriguing heroine.

  • By Janie on 07-04-13

Fabulous again

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

Reviewed: 11-25-13

Another excellent story. Wished it would have been longer with more time spent on Michael's revenge.

Only complaint I have was not understanding her female companions rationale for some of her actions near the end of the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

  • An Outlander Novella
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520

Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family Reunions In Print

  • By Gypsy on 01-27-14

Nice side story

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

Reviewed: 11-25-13

Sad and happy at the same time. Brought to life a small section of her larger story. Good narration.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful