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  • Away in a Manger

  • Molly Murphy Mysteries
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

It's Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: She and Daniel have a baby son, and 12-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing "Away in a Manger". Bridie is touched by the girl's ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely to listen to at Christmas time!

  • By Kathi on 12-09-17

Another Good Molly Murphy Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

Rhys Bowen has written another good mystery. I love the characters she has brought to life. Molly is as feisty as ever, and always wanting to help the under dog.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,713

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Geek to Wizard

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

Reviewed: 12-15-14

Cute story about a time traveling computer geek that becomes a wizard in medieval England.

  • Infinity Ring, Book 3: The Trap Door

  • By: Lisa McMann
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Dak, Sera, and Riq return to the United States in the year 1850 when the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. The Underground Railroad provides a light of hope, helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. But the SQ has taken control of the Underground Railroad from within. Now Dak and Sera are left wondering who to trust...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best In the Series So Far

  • By Crystal on 02-27-14

The Best In the Series So Far

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

Reviewed: 02-27-14

This story was exciting. Perhaps it was the time in history that was more interesting. It followed the Underground Railroad, and Harriet Tubman was in the story line. I loved the singing. It was short, but very appropriate. The narrator did a great job on this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Divide and Conquer

  • Infinity Ring, Book 2
  • By: Carrie Ryan
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Dak, Sera, and Riq might be in over their heads when they attempt to stop a Viking invasion! Hundreds of ships carrying thousands of warriors are laying siege to medieval Paris. The Parisians are holding their own, but the stalemate can only last so long. And that's bad news - especially since Dak has been captured, forced to work alongside the Vikings while Sera and Riq defend Paris from within. No matter which side wins, the kids lose!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Crystal on 02-25-14

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

Reviewed: 02-25-14

This book was better than the first. There was more action and dialogue, and less lecturing. I'm interested enough to try the 3rd book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Mutiny in Time

  • Infinity Ring, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel - a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring - they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course. Now it's up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak's missing parents while they're at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book

  • By Elisa on 12-25-12

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 02-25-14

Interesting story, but there was almost too much history. I enjoy time travel stories, but this was a little too much like a history lecture at times.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The 39 Clues: Unstoppable

  • Nowhere to Run, Book One
  • By: Jude Watson
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

The Cahill family has a secret. For five hundred years, they have guarded the 39 Clues - thirty-nine ingredients in a serum that transforms whomever takes it into the most powerful person on earth. If the serum got into the wrong hands, the disaster would rock the world. So certain Cahills have always made it their mission to keep the serum safe, buried, locked away. Until now. Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, are the latest guardians of the Clues. They think they've done everything right, but a tiny mistake leads to catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 7 After Cahills vs. Vespers Book 6

  • By Crystal on 01-07-14

Book 7 After Cahills vs. Vespers Book 6

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

Reviewed: 01-07-14

This was not easy to find. It is another story thread after the Cahills vs. Vespers book 6. The exciting story continues as Amy and Dan struggle against evil. The narrator did a good job.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Poyson Garden

  • By: Karen Harper
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

The letter came in secret, with a pearl eardrop from an aunt long thought dead, resurrecting the forbidden past. Banished by her spiteful half sister, Queen Mary, to Hatfield House in the English countryside, 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth cannot refuse the summons. The Boleyns are in grave danger. And Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, is marked for death by a master poisoner whose reign of terror may have royal sanction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Combination of History and Mystery!

  • By Paige on 01-28-14

A Spunky Queen Elizabeth I

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

Katherine Kellgren is my favorite narrator. When I am looking for a new book to listen to, I often check out her work. I love how Katherine brings the characters to life with her different accents so I can visualize each person as they speak. It is because of Ms. Kellgren that I discovered this series by Karen Harper. I really like historical fiction, so this seemed like a good fit.

Queen Elizabeth I is very spunky and resourceful in this book. She is not queen when the book begins, but as a plot to kill her is thwarted, she becomes queen by the end. There were some steamy parts that I could have done without, but they did not get explicit.

Now I want to listen to book 2.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Firebird

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Historical Fiction

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-06-13

A Compelling Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-25-13

I chose this book because it is narrated by Katherine Kellgren, and she is my favorite narrator. I loved her English, Irish, Scottish, and Russian accents. She really made the characters come alive. I liked how the author entwined two stories and two timelines. I love historical fiction, and learned about the Jacobites. I hope the author will continue the story of Nicola and Rob, and how they unravel future mysteries.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Myth-Fortunes

  • Myth Adventures, Book 18
  • By: Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Aahz falls for a literal pyramid scheme, selling it stone by stone as a burial site, while claiming the coveted pointed stone top for himself. But Skeeve wants to be know why the construction site is having so many accidents - before both he and Aahz end up in the afterlife before their time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Myth Fortunes was a Great Book.

  • By NovembersRain on 07-03-18

Pyramids & Curses

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

Reviewed: 06-23-13

Skeeve and Aahz have their hands full as bad luck plagues the new owners of a pyramid, and everyone else who buys into the project. I enjoyed the humor and characters once again, and the narrator did a terrific job. At the end of the audiobook I was sad to learn that Robert Asprin had passed away. I have enjoyed this series very much. The last six books were coauthored by Jody Lynn Nye. I wonder if she will pen another Myth Adventure. I’d love to learn of the further adventures of Skeeve, Aahz, and company. Thanks to Robert Asprin for making me laugh when I needed it the most.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Myth-Chief

  • Myth Adventures, Book 17
  • By: Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Skeeve has decided, at long last, to come out of his self-imposed retirement and get back into the problem-solving biz. He confidently expected to walk in and take his rightful place as the head of M.Y.T.H., Inc. He didn't expect to have to face off against Aahz for the job. With their friends lending help but showing no favorites, they start a not-so-friendly contest to see who will run the company by taking opposite sides of the next case to walk in the door. Will the legendary partnership survive the battle? Or will this be the end of a beautiful friendship?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeeve Vs. Aahz

  • By Crystal on 06-14-13

Skeeve Vs. Aahz

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

Reviewed: 06-14-13

Skeeve and Aahz compete against each other for president of Myth Inc. In the end there is a surprise twist when the president of Myth Inc. is announced. It was nice having the main characters back together along with a new cast. The narrator did another amazing of job of keeping the story moving along. There is never a dull moment when Skeeve and his crew have a goal in sight.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful