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  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,046

It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little slice of the English countryside

  • By Jennifer on 06-02-12

Reminds of Royal Spyness series

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I enjoyed the book and just loved Flavia. Cute read, nothing deep and the mystery is easily solved. The genre reminds of the Royal Spyness series series, just that Flavia is a bit younger and there is no hidden romance.
I won't get into the series due to having read other book(s) like it, but would recommend to get the book or series if they come up on sale. Narration was spot on. Some funny moments!
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  • The Perfume Collector

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567

London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London's most refined and ambitious social circles. Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance. There's only one problem: she has never heard of her benefactor, the mysterious Eva d'Orsey. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d'Orsey's story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved It

  • By Violin 2 Lover on 07-26-14

Title is somewhat ill chosen

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

The story has originality and some interesting characters. However, I felt that the story of Eva was not fully developed. The story started out strong and I was looking forward to Eva's story and her future but got disappointed. Grace's story is somewhat predictable and a bit boring, Grace as a character falls flat as well. Overall, I enjoyed the book. Now, the narrator, that is a different story. Ms. Wilds spoke very clearly, but had an extremely monotone voice and had no way of grasping tense moments in the story. Her accents were horrible, especially the french ones. I almost stopped listening to the book because of the narration. The book is not a deep read but not really a beach read either, it's sort of in between. Nice to get on sale.
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  • The Fifth Doll

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 950

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She's diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life. Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls - one for every villager.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and Unexpected

  • By B.A. Wilson on 12-30-17

Interesting concept

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I read the whole book. Always a good sign. This is indeed a unique story and it is interesting, very creative and your imagination wants it to go on. I feel that the author did not think all the aspects of her story and characters through, as the middle drags a bit, and the whole plot is based on the main character and main antagonist not even trying to understand or really speak to each other. The magic, the how to - you will see what I mean - are not explained and therefore the story feels lacking of reason and meaning. The ending is frantic and does not seamlessly close the story, but there is an ending. Would I recommend the book: YES, but only at $2.95 price. The narrator was ok, the male voices were so forced and the whole "yelling" in the book made my blood pressure go up, it did, I promise.
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  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Feast for the Senses!

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-13-14

Remember when the Waltons made you feel good?

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

No, this is not like the Waltons! If you ever watched the Waltons, or the Little Farm on the Prairie, you know what feeling and genre I am going for! All was good with the world because there were good morals. This book will show what was right in those times, but also what was wrong in those times. It is such a feel-good book. The character development is even, but the story despite sometimes being too wholesome, becomes all of a sudden this dangerous maze, where only the good can and will prevail on the bad. You will experience great writing, a murder mystery, good people that come together when the going gets tough, and just young boys that will steal your heart. This is such a different book. If you are looking for something refreshingly new, please get this book. I had such fun listening to it, and my favorite part was when the boys went to the movies to see a movie about aliens. The book talks about majestic, and yes, there is magic in this book. Oh, and don't miss the Wasps!! Hilarious. The narrator was great. Worth a credit, worth reading during your commute or just listening. Great Book.
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  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,991

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good.

  • By Guy on 05-05-17

Good debut

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I enjoyed the book. The story plays in two different time areas. I liked the 1950's story and heroine better than the 1970's story and not so much of a heroine. However, the story lacks details and clarity in many areas. The ending is a bit cryptic, you have to pay attention as you come to the last 4 chapters of the audio book. I liked the originality of the story and could have done without the horrible cussing. I would recommend the book. Narration was spot on.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Target

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473

When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or could it be Jordan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense and good characters

  • By S. Vanalstine on 01-26-15

Looking forward to get part 2 on sale

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

The headline says it.... I enjoyed the book, although you have to truly remember or have a neck for all the foreign names and characters that show up in the book. It is somewhat action driven with a hint of a love story in the background. Part 2 should be good. It is ear-candy if you like this genre of book, not predictable (which is always good) and sadly, somewhat believable. Narration was good, I just had to get used to his voice. Get the book, worth a credit, but better to get it on sale. If you liked my review, please vote for it. Thank you.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Address

  • A Novel
  • By: Fiona Davis
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility - no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent entertainment.

  • By Ellen Zelda on 08-08-17

Not your Count of Monte Cristo story

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

This book is really well written and has 2 main characters and two different time periods- and of course parallels. I did not read the book in one sitting, but loved to get back to it whenever I could. There are no twists, but there is a happy ending in the story. Character development is steady and nothing surprising jumps at you. It's a even story with like-able and despicable characters, and it's worth a listen, albeit, better to get it on sale. Narration was great and matched the characters. I would not read it again as I know the ending, but would recommend the book as a beach read or commuter book. If you liked my review, please vote for it.

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  • The Inner Circle

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,292

When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By FAC on 12-29-11

Can't get into it, repetitive and no focus

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

This book starts great, and then it just becomes more and more confusing and reminds me of National Treasure and DaVinci Code. Characters are unbelievable and it is hard to stick with it. The writing is ok, but the story is stagnant and does not move along. Narrator is good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,334

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I would give this book 10 stars. The performance is EXTRAORDINARY, EXCELLENT and just wow. This book is well written, the character are so real, you feel everything and it is full of interesting historical tidbits from Word War I and World War II, but most of all it has excellent character development and you will not want to put this book down. I can only recommend this book. The women are so brave, determined and yet so down to earth. What a story. Get the book!
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  • The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

It's true that Anna Trent is a supervisor in a chocolate factory...but that doesn't necessarily mean she knows how to make chocolate. And when a fateful accident gives her the opportunity to work at Paris's elite chocolatier Le Chapeau Chocolat, Anna expects to be outed as a fraud. After all, there is a world of difference between chalky, mass-produced English chocolate and the gourmet confections Anna's new boss creates. But with a bit of luck and a lot of patience, Anna might learn that the sweetest things in life are always worth working for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 STARS - SWEETEST STORY

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

5 STARS - SWEETEST STORY

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

You need to read this book. I had just finished a real deep book and wanted something a bit more easy going. Only 25 reviews, but I thought what the heck, I will get it. What a gem!!!
You will love Anna and Claire and all the characters. You will laugh and you will get sad, but such a different, fun and diverse story. It is an easy read, it will make you want to listen to all of it at the time (which I did) excellent commuter book! The narration is hilarious and spot on. Please get it if you are in the mood for something a bit more light and different. You love chocolate, don't you?
You will love this book!
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful