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  • In The Stars

  • Amber Reed Mystery series, Book 1
  • By: Zanna Mackenzie
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Sometimes one phone call is all it takes . . . Amber Reed is a newspaper admin assistant tasked with making up the horoscopes. Her imaginary predictions seem as close as she'll ever get to excitement - until a desperate phone call plunges her into the middle of a celebrity murder investigation.
Battling to convince the scarily handsome special agent assigned to solve the case that she can help him catch the killer, Amber's fighting something far more dangerous than she could ever have imagined.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • totally boring and especially poor narration

  • By joan garrison on 09-17-18

totally boring and especially poor narration

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

totally boring and poorly narrated. I am not usually this harsh on reviews but I was so unhappy with this book that i am asking for a refund......

  • Flowers and Foul Play

  • A Magic Garden Mystery
  • By: Amanda Flower
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Florist Fiona Knox’s life isn’t smelling so sweet these days. Her fiancé left her for their cake decorator. Then, her flower shop wilted after a chain florist opened next door. So when her godfather leaves her a cottage in Scotland, Fiona jumps on the next plane to Edinburgh. But when Ian’s elderly caretaker Hamish MacGregor shows her to the cottage upon her arrival, she finds the once resplendent grounds of Duncreigan in a dreadful shambles - with a dead body in the garden. Minutes into her arrival, Fiona is already being questioned by the handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig and getting her passport seized.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Beatrice on 06-07-18

decent story but not a fan of the narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

narrator caused me to change speed to try to deal with the narration. i’m a southern girl and pronunciation of son of the sentences were not authentic..

  • Splendid

  • Blydon, Book 1
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

American heiress Emma Dunster has always been fun-loving and independent, with no wish to settle into marriage. She plans to enjoy her Season in London in more unconventional ways than husband hunting. But this time Emma's high jinks lead her into dangerous temptation. Alexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne, is a notorious rake who carefully avoids the risk of love until he plants one reckless kiss on the sensuous lips of this high-spirited innocent and condemns himself to delicious torment.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Murdered by Horrible Narration

  • By Joan M. Taylor on 12-18-16

A winner!!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Julia Quinn hit a home run with this book. The wonderful voice of Lucy Rayner made it come to life. This was joy to listen to. A+ rating

  • A Dragon Speaks Her Name: A Nocturne Falls Universe Story

  • By: Kira Nyte
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Kaylae Drayce is convinced she’s crazy. She hears voices in her head and dreams of fiery apocalyptic wars. That’s nothing compared to the terror she feels when the only people she loves are taken from her and she’s forced to run for her life all the way to Nocturne Falls. The town promises her one of two things: answers to her madness or a one-way ticket to an asylum. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A dragon speaks...

  • By Christine on 02-05-18

Great book!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Kira Nyte, well written, entertaining and went along with the Nocturn Falls themes. I look forward to reading more of your work. Well done😊

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Flying Scotsman

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

On board the Flying Scotsman, the famous London-to-Edinburgh train, Daisy meets an old schoolfellow, Anne Bretton. Anne, along with all of her relatives, is en route to visit the deathbed of the family scion and notorious miser, Alistair McGowan. As it currently stands, Alistair's will leaves the entire family fortune to his brother Albert, and the rest of the family is rushing to his side, each hoping to convince him to change his will in their favor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Accents!

  • By Leslie on 01-07-14

Love love 💕 this series

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Great books ...!!!!great Series!!!! Great Narrator!!!!!!!!!!! You have a winner!!!!!! Thankful that I am able to listen...I have cataracts and listening is much easier...

  • Death of a Valentine

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, may actually marry at last. The entire village of Lochdubh adores Macbeth's bride-to-be. Josie McSween is Hamish's new constable, and she is a pretty little thing, with glossy brown hair and big brown eyes. The local folk think that Josie is quite a catch, but Hamish couldn't be more miserable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • reliable Hamish Macbeth

  • By susan e. on 02-03-10

Live all of Hamish Macbeth Series.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

M C Beaton continually entertain with this series. I love this series and Agatha Raisin Series. These books are such a wonderful outlook on lives in small communities. The narrators are both wonderful and throughly keep you engrossed in the stories...
JP Garrison from KY

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse

  • By: Nancy Atherton
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

While her husband and sons are spending Easter break camping, Lori is perfectly happy to be left at home where she can take care of her toddler and attend the quilting bee that her elderly neighbor is holding in the old schoolhouse. In fact, once at the schoolhouse, Lori is delighted to find herself seated next to her widowed neighbor and uses the opportunity to learn more about her life in the village of Old Cowerton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible narrator for a wonderful book!

  • By topcatrules on 06-07-17

Much better listening... stories of Aunt Dimity are wonderful and entertaining but

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Stories of Aunt Dimity are always entertaining, but this narrator makes them better....thanks and I hope to try the recipe at the end...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mission to Murder

  • A Tourist Trap Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove's most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides that she must find the real murderer to clear her name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light and Fun

  • By Dave on 05-17-15

Love the book and series so far but...

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

I have a terrible time coping with the slowness and dialog of the narrator. I have enjoyed the series so far, but I have to speed up book in order to deal with her voice....👎

  • Informed Risk

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Mike Cavanaugh was a firefighter; it was his job to rescue people. Though inviting them home wasn't usually part of the job description. But when he pulled Christine Palmer out of her burning house, something about the gutsy single mom made him want to protect her, to make her life a little better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was expecting not so good.

  • By Deborah on 08-06-14

Awesome!!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Robyn Carr has done it again!! Therese Plummer narrates like no one else. I laughed and cried but it was heartfelt wonderful story. Congratulations on another winner!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Three Bedrooms, One Corpse

  • An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

Deciding if she wants to go into real estate becomes a life-or-death choice for Aurora "Roe" Teagarden. A naked corpse is discovered at her first house showing. And when a second body is found in another house for sale, it becomes obvious that there is a very cool killer at large in Lawrenceton, one who knows a great deal about real estate-and maybe too much about Roe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aurora Teagarden is back!

  • By The Hodgenator on 04-25-15

Love these books!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

Love Aurora Teagarden series and my favorite narrator Therese Plummer. She makes it all come to life. Another winning series Charlene Harris...congratulations!