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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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,802

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? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Misleading title

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I thought I was going to learn about Victorian age, what they ate, how they lived, what clothes they wore, their thoughts, politics of the day.... NOPE... I got an ear full of homosexuality and lesbianism. Thanks a lot!

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,824

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • finally a good book

  • By aletha on 05-17-16

Entertaining Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I can recommend the book as it was a page turner for me. The story keeps you involved, despite that some things are just too unrealistic to happen, especially towards the end. The author has based this book on a true story and I felt that she describes the feelings of the "two moms" really well. The only down for me was the male narrator, he just did not give the story it's justified feelings, Nicola Barber did a good job. The story is good, character development is steady, some of the insights of the characters are mirroring human behavior, may it be good or bad. I would say the book is worth a credit. Please vote if you like my review.

  • Now That You Mention It

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794

It's been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She's carved out a successful life in Boston, where no one knows her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece, Nora returns home for the summer, where she's forced to face the people she's spent the last ten years trying to avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 million stars!

  • By jodiod on 12-28-17

I would give it a C+

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

The beginning of the book is outstanding. I thought, this will be great. But then it becomes sort of a deja vu - or deja heard story. Character development is steady, no real depth, no real drama. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a easy listening book. The story flowed well, it would recommend the book on sale. The narrator did not get the mood of the book, she was just (barely) ok.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265

Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh a little Cry a little Love All

  • By Patricia on 11-11-09

Beautiful - A handheld fan tells your story!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I do love Lisa See's books. This one transports you back to China in the 1800's where you get to meet two soul mates or "same as" Lily and Snow Flower. I could not put the book, it was mesmerizing. Lisa See's research, her feel for the culture, her talent of explaining the inner workings of a different culture to a non-asian reader is truly awesome. She captures the sheer, raw humanity with this story an I especially like the wonderfully, discreet way she writes about "bed business" and this makes this such an excellent book to read in a book club. I would highly recommend the book. The narrator did a great job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Partner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589

From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A minor peeve...

  • By N. Ekim on 01-29-14

My first Grisham

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

So, I have never read Grisham before. I got this book based on the great reviews. The writing is ok. The story started strong and then just ran it's course with dialogues, sheer luck, more luck, and apparently the wise strategies of the not so like-able protagonist. It felt just unreal. Patrick Lanigan is an arrogant know-it-all and just a dishonest person. If we all would steal because our spouses don't do right by us, where would we all end up? The ending is very predictable, although Patrick thought of everything, he did not predict everything. I think the whole book takes our judicial system too lightly and it seems like only lawyers know how to "win". There is no suspense in the final two-thirds of the book and the end was predictable. I read the book pretty quickly, as it reads easily, but there is no depth, no suspense, no character development, no legal tidbits that would make sense. Overall, the book is weak. Performance was good. Get it if it's on sale. If you like my review please vote.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,757
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,759

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

Truth wrapped up in a novel

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

It surely does, you will want to listen to the whole story in one sitting. The more realistic part is that the story is real and sadly portraits the current affairs of Russia and many other countries. If you don't know about the Magnitsky Act and who Sergai Magnitsky is you will. You will experience the lawlessness of Russia, how greedy the police and judges are, Meet wealthy Russian oligarchs who conspire along with Putin to capture and maintain a large portion of the wealth of Russia, and suppress common citizens. The book represents courage, tenacity and gumption of Bill Browder, who would not give up to find out the truth. You will be mesmerized. A great read, and a valuable story to read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Entertaining and Fun to read

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

You will love this next book in the series. As always there is mayhem, Queenie who is a wonderful maid after all, and Darcy and Georgie solving mysteries together. Ms. Blackborow did a great job. I would recommend this book, partially because I have all of them and I am invested, but also, because they are fun, light "read" and just "page turners".
Worth a credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

  • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,264

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
  • Phenomenal!

  • By 'Nathan on 03-03-10

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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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714

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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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Doll

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137

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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1 of 2 people found this review helpful