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Cynthia Johnson

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  • The Art Forger

  • By: B. A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,723

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue

  • By D on 11-28-12

good story slow at some parts

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

the art aspect of the story was interesting. The main female character through the middle part of the book was was annoying and that part of the story was a little slow. The narrator was okay at the beginning and got better as the story went on. if there was an Abridged version of this book I would prefer that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crowned and Dangerous

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I always adore Lady Georgiana

  • By Dylan on 03-28-17

The story picks up.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

This book was very good. The story now engaging and it was nice to meet and get to know Darcy and his family more. loved that Queenie was not in it much and when she was it was only half bad. Looking forward to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,329

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 11-25-12

A nice twist

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

What made the experience of listening to The Twelve Clues of Christmas the most enjoyable?

The story was great. I liked Georgies family set up and the Lady of the house she went to. I like that the mystery was clever. This was more of an Agatha style mystery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

Undressing the gypsy, everything Sal, the good "uncle" gift from Noel Coward. Darcy fuming at Georgie and of course the last chapter!!!

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

She does a great job as usual

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of little laughs and wanting to slap Queenie when she came in interrupted.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Lay Dead

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Wealthy Sir Hubert Handesley's original and lively weekend house parties are deservedly famous. To amuse his guests, he has devised a new form of the fashionable Murder Game, in which a guest is secretly selected to commit a 'murder' in the dark, and everyone assembles to solve the crime. But when the lights go up this time, there is a real corpse....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Upper Crust Mystery

  • By Laurence G. Byrne on 02-25-16

great start to a series.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

I enjoyed this story. i like that there was a sub plot also. The narrator does a fairly good job. Got lost as to who was speaking a few times but overall very good. The solution was unique.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Birds of a Feather

  • Maisie Dobbs Mysteries
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By Shelly on 02-18-11

Enjoying the progression

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

I really enjoyed the story. These stories really being a new insight into life in England and the deep personal effects of the war. This story had a few red herrings but at the same time you had an idea. Loved the Joseph Pilates inclusion.
I mostly liked the narrator. She did a good job of the different voices but at times seemed rushed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,483

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

Can't wait for the next one.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

What did you love best about Maisie Dobbs?

Everything, how well the story was written, the research that went into the book, the character development.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They are all draw you in. I love how we learn bits about each character and the past that made them who they are.

What about Rita Barrington’s performance did you like?

She does a good job of not just different voices but also her timing and her inflection. It helps you see what the author has written.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I had some tears at Frankie going to the Compton house, and her going to school and a few other spots. There are some funny moments with Billie.

Any additional comments?

If you love historical novels, especially around WW1 and WW2 in England then this is a must.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Woman of No Importance

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the "best" houses, while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating drawing-room comedy, Oscar Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By Cheryl on 08-26-12

A most enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

This was so easy to listen to and follow. Sometimes plays are hard to follow in audio.
Witty, emotional and fun.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Love Detectives

  • A Harley Quin Short Story
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Mr. Satterthwaite and Colonel Melrose are comfortably ensconced in the Colonel's study when the phone suddenly rings. Someone has been murdered, and, as the county chief constable, the Colonel lets Satterthwaite accompany him to the scene of the crime. The two of them have opposing opinions on why Sir James Dwighton has been bashed over the head with a blunt instrument. Rumor had it that red-haired beauty Laura Dwighton and her guest, the very attractive Mr. Paul Delangua, were engaged in an illicit affair, and Paul was thrown out by the disgruntled Sir James. But the facts of the murder all seem to add up too nicely....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea

  • By GH on 12-30-12

A nice taste of our favorite characters.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

A good little story. It went too fast. It was nice to have a story with other characters that we have enjoyed in other stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girl Waits with Gun

  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,622

In 1914 collisions between motor cars and horse-drawn carriages are an everyday occurrence on the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. But when an out-of-control driver smashes into a buggy driven by Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp, their lives change forever. Constance, the oldest, demands payment for the damages but quickly realizes that she is dealing with a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slice Of Life From Another Time

  • By Sara on 11-09-15

Interesting but slow

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

Would you try another book from Amy Stewart and/or Christina Moore?

Christina was a very good narrator. I felt the story lagged and I wanted to quit at the beginning, but I'm not sure what would have been taken out to make the first half move faster.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was good. Wish maybe there had been a narration summery like they do in movies. So and so did such and such.

Do you think Girl Waits with Gun needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think it needs a short follow up book. With stories done the same manner as Agatha's couple Tommy and Tuppence in Partners in Crime.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 'Murder at the Vicarage' & 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

Enjoy the first novels that brought the world two of Agatha Christies’ most enduring detectives: Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Murder at the Vicarage is the first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction. In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beginnings of Marple and Poirot!

  • By E. Jensen on 07-14-14

Oh Agatha

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Wonderful. Nice to meet Hastings as a young man and learn about Poirots past. Wonderful narration as usual.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful