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  • A Hint of Strangeness

  • By: Susan Isaacs
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The Washington Post said, "Nobody does smart, gutsy, funny, sexy women better than Susan Isaacs". Add to that praise the adjective "strong", and you've got Susan's latest protagonist, Marianne Kent. Her life may not seem thrilling - living with her widowed mother, majoring in economics, working in an elegant dress store after classes to put away money for graduate school - but she's determined to make a better life for herself and her mom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms Isaacs always entertains!

  • By Danny S on 07-08-18

Not her best work

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I did not care for this book & cannot recommend it. I have liked several of her other books but the plot is weak & the characters ever weaker. It does not have her trademark humor either.

  • Righteous

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ide can write!

  • By 6catz on 10-20-17

love this series

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

the narrator is great & the characters are interesting. can't wait for the next one

  • Pompeii

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 833

All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life

  • By Marty-Seattle on 12-11-03

great story of the eruption of Vesuvius

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

fascinating descriptions of the Roman aquedcut system and the destruction of Pompeii. Interesting characters and plot. Good narrating.

  • Waiting for Sunrise

  • A Novel
  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Lysander Rief, a young English actor in town seeking psychotherapy for a troubling ailment of a sexual nature, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she goes to the police to press charges of rape, however, he is stunned, and his few months of passion come to an abrupt end. Only a carefully plotted escape - with the help of two mysterious British diplomats - saves him from trial. But the frenzied getaway sets off a chain of events that steadily dismantles Lysander's life as he knows it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No need to wait.

  • By Thomas D Kennedy on 07-25-12

loved it

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I really liked this book. The narrator was great - I will look for him again. I have listened to another book by this author that was fantastic, Any Human Heart.

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,991

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

YA novel but good for adults too

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Historical novel of a young woman pilot and her best friend in WWII. It is nicely done but I struggled a little to finish it.

  • My Antonia

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,908

Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • applause for a classic

  • By Western Canada on 04-19-08

Wonderful book and well read.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

I loved it and the time seemed to fly by. I was sorry when it was over and am going to stay another by the same author with the same narrator.

  • A Real Shot in the Arm

  • By: Annette Roome
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Fed up with household chores and an uncaring husband, English mother Chris Martin, 40, gets a job on the small local paper, trading one form of drudgery for another until she happens on the body of a teacher who appears to have hanged himself, but who really died of a heroin overdose. Chris and wisecracking reporter Pete Schiavo, who soon beds her, uncover blackmail, a crooked real estate deal, bribery, police corruption, and a drug connection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-19-14

Light entertainment in mystery form

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

Narrator was good. Story was decent. Not terribly interesting but okay for a cozy mystery. If this is the start to a series I am not compelled to try the next one.

  • Tears of the Jaguar

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Hartley
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 414

When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure

  • By S.Edwards on 05-16-14

OK at a bargain price

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

Plot is farfetched with all the disparate elements involved. If you can suspend your disbelief it hangs together passably. Narrator's accents are distracting. For some reason she lisps on one of the Spanish names which is not consistent with Mexican prononciations and really bothered me.

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  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,198

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Not a witchcraft/fantasy fan but I liked this one!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-13

I usually avoid books with vampires/witchcraft/magic, etc. Must have missed the fact that there was magic in this one when I bought it. But... I really enjoyed it! Abosutely loved the narrator and hope he does more books. The narrators's voice and accent seemed to fit the book perfectly. Also loved the modern London ambience. I don't think I will go for the rest of the books in the series but I highly recommend this one even if you don't like witches, etc.

  • Blue Dahlia

  • In the Garden, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susie Breck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,081

Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mmmm...not a big Susie Breck fan

  • By Diandra Huffman on 12-31-14

Couldn't finish this one

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

Reviewed: 07-06-13

I am not an avid Nora Roberts fan but have listened to and read half a dozen of her books and enjoyed them. However, I could not make it to the end of this one. I think it might be one of her older books that has been reissued. The narrator was good but the plot was very predictable. Most romance plots are predictable and I can still enjoy them but this one was boring. The characters were nor very interesting either. There are better Nora Roberts books so don't waste your money or credit on this one.