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  • The Prince of Tides

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,493

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Prince" amongst novels

  • By Ella on 11-24-09

The minority

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I didnt return this book, but decided to see it through to the end. It was way too long drawn out and I found myself skipping through many parts because it was just too boring. I realize Im going against the tide here...,no pun intended....but I just dont know what everyone else saw in this book that I didn’t....

  • The Love Letter

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

1995, London. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of 95 he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over 70 years. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Throughly enjoyable read!

  • By LB on 09-03-18

Confusing, Senseless

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I read the other reviews and I honestly can’t understand what book they were listening to because this book was one of those high on my list of “why didn’t I return this?”. The storyline was drawn out and I still don’t understand what the book was about....I dont mean to trash anybody’s effort or literary talents...but this book was just not good....

  • Lady of the Forest

  • Robin Hood & Marian, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Roberson
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 30 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

As the gates of Ravenskeep swing open and a young woman flees into the primeval depths of Sherwood Forest and into the arms of the man she loves, a saga of exceptional power and remarkable passion begins... He is Sir Robery Locksley - the heroic nobleman who has turned his back on all he knows to embark on a dangerous quest for justice in an England torn apart by treachery, betrayal, and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robin Hood Story, but so much more

  • By Joan on 01-04-15

Almost returned it!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I read the reviews and thought I would give it a try. I had read one review that said you need to give it a chance since the beginning was tedious or slow. I remembered that when I found that to be true and forged ahead....it seemed as soon as I got to that certain point...the story became amazing! What an author! What a story! Havent finished it yet....one more chapter to go...but already have Book 2 in my library! The reader while not terrible was not the best either...I found the accents unauthentic and somewhat confusing...but...the story made up for it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Romanov Empress

  • A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Excellence!

  • By Natalie Bezuhov on 09-09-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This is excellent in all areas. I loved listening and the reader was excellent. The history was intriguing and I found myself researching the Romanov family. It was interesting to look at the pictures of the real people that I was reading (listening) about. I didnt realize how Tsarina Alexandra was so instrumental in causing the hatred displayed toward the family. What a sad story that unfortunately isnt fiction. Well worth the credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Scarlett

  • The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind"
  • By: Alexandra Ripley
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 36 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

The most popular and beloved American historical novel ever written, Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind is unparalleled in its portrayal of men and women at once larger than life but as real as ourselves. Now best-selling writer Alexandra Ripley brings us back to Tara and reintroduces us to the characters we remember so well: Rhett, Ashley, Mammy, Suellen, Aunt Pittypat, and, of course, Scarlett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a surprise!

  • By Jennifer on 05-10-18

Terrible reader

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

In spite of the reader being very bad, the story was actually very good. For those of us that practically know the words of the GWTW by heart, we recognize parts of the dialogue in the sequel as being from the original...The author does a good job staying true to Margaret Mitchell. Although there can only be one Ms. Mitchell, Alexandra Ripley does write in her style. As for the reader....well...I felt she ruined GWTW for me, too. The accents were totally off and I felt she was too old to be reading the parts. I really love listening to books while I cook, walk, clean etc, so I really suffered through it. Both books would have been so much more enjoyable had there been a better reader.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Why Kill the Innocent

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane's murderer to escape justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like history...

  • By Heather on 04-12-18

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I am a faithful fan of Ms Harris and the Sebastian series. I adore Davina Porter and will listen to pretty much all that she reads (except the Outlander series...but that's because of the storyline, not Ms. Porter). However, Ms. Porter was really off with her character voices! Sebastian didnt sound like himself until the end of the book...and one character who was suppose to be young sounded very old! Ms. Harris's writing was as perfect as ever. If you are looking for a great series....try this one! But still trying to forgive Ms. Harris for Devlin and Kate...readers will know what I mean!

Frenchman's Creek
    
    
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        Davina Porter
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    4 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Frenchman's Creek

  • By: Daphne Du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Bored and restless in London's Restoration Court, Lady Dona escapes into the British countryside with her restlessness and thirst for adventure as her only guides. Eventually Dona lands in remote Navron, looking for peace of mind in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. She finds the passion her spirit craves in the love of a daring French pirate who is being hunted by all of Cornwall. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: Sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ive read and reread, listened and relistened

  • By ciparliamo on 02-18-18

Ive read and reread, listened and relistened

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I discovered this book 50+ years ago as a high school student. When I discovered it on Audible, I was beyond thrilled...but finding it narrated by Davina Porter is beyond wonderful. It is an old fashioned romance and I can listen to it over and over and never become sick of it. This one is my favorite if all DuMaurier's stories...but you must have the Divine Ms. Porter's version...she really brings it to life...

  • Where the Dead Lie

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

In the latest mystery from the national best-selling author of When Falcons Fall, the gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By Cheryl on 04-13-17

You can never go wrong with Porter or Harris

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

My recommendation is to start the series from book one. They are all wonderful, but I really thought a few were better than others....but you wont waste a credit on any of them! Ms Harris is a wonderful author albeit a little too geaphic at time....I absolutely live Davina Porter....she makes these books even more spectacular....She could make listening to an owners manual seem wonderful....Hurray Ms Harris, another wonderful book in the series!

  • Tuscan Rose

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Richly written, at times disturbing

  • By Jeni Tutwiler on 05-14-15

Hope I can complete the book

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

It isnt fair to review a book that Ive only just begun. But beware! The narrator's attempt at italian pronunciations is exaggerated and downright annoying.

  • Why Mermaids Sing

  • Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 3
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Murder has jarred London's elite. The sons of prominent families have been found at dawn in public places, partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed in their mouths. Once again the local magistrate turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help. Moving from the gritty world of London's docks to the drawing rooms of Mayfair, Sebastian confronts his most puzzling - and disturbing - case yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Brilliant Sebastian St Cyr Mystery

  • By Judith A. Weller on 12-05-15

Please reviewers-Review, don't give away the story

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

I love Davina Porter and anything she narrates is always good! I happen to be enjoying this series. I must say that this story is a bit more graphic, gruesome and descriptive of murdered bodies than I would prefer. But, my main reason for writing this is to please remind readers not to divulge information about the ending, characters, etc that tends to give away too much for those who have not yet read the book or have finished reading/listening to it. I would hope that there are people who review the reviewers content in order to prevent this...doesn't seem to be though...