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  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,125

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

A formidable lepidopterist

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

The protagonist, Veronica Speedwell, hunts butterflies as her vocation, though she never gets round to it in the book. She is smart, strong willed and one who speaks her mind. Some may find her too much of those traits, but I enjoyed her. She reminded me of Lady Sherlock in the Sherry Thomas' series. The story is interesting and it keeps you wondering what the chase is about.

  • Evan Blessed

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Two weeks before the big day, Welsh Constable Evans is ready to be done planning for his wedding. Just as he's unloading the last boxes into the new home he and his bride, Bronwen, have chosen, he runs into a teenager whose girlfriend has gone missing on Mt. Snowdon. Despite his apprehensions about getting involved in a new case, Evans cannot resist helping the worried hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • welsh accent

  • By Laura on 10-18-12

Great series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

A small Welsh town with a cast of wonderful characters and a good mystery I suggest starting with the first books in the series.

  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

WWII in Paris, a different take

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Excellent book, wonderfully narrated. I've read numerous WWII novels set in Paris or elsewhere in France. This one has a slightly different take in that the protagonist is very reluctant to help Jewish persons in hiding, and when he does, he does for less than honorable reasons. But, as you expect, he changes over time. That change is well choreographed by the author; it's not dramatic, very believable. The moral I took from the book is that one cannot say how one would have reacted in the same or similar situation. One might say, "of course, I would have been a revolutionary in the American Revolution or, if living in the South during the Civil War, that one would have been a spy against the Confederacy, or had I been non-Jewish French man or woman, I would have joined the resistance or at least not worked in any way for the Nazis," but one really can't know.

  • The Winter King

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565

The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Might be my favorite take on Arthur

  • By Allen Young on 06-12-16

I love Bernard Cornwell's book but

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I have listened to many Bernard Cornwell books and enjoyed them immensely. This book, however, for me, is filled with too much detail, too many names of Saxon and Briton tribes and kings, etc. Several other reviewers note this and suggest the story picks up after about 2 hours of narration. I tried. I went to 9 hours, almost half the book, but I just couldn't take it.

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  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,073

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

listen to audio sample before buying

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I could only listen to a little bit of this book. The narrator sounded, to me, as if he was reading to a group of young children. Others may not be troubled, but check the audio sample.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Serpentine

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

When Thomas Pitt is summoned to Queen Victoria's private chambers, he hardly knows what to expect. When she tells him that the body of one of her closest confidants - Sir John Halberd - has been found in the Serpentine, he knows he is facing his most daunting and dangerous investigation yet. Sir John was a man who kept many secrets, moving within a circle of the most powerful and prominent members of London society. And the more Pitt learns about Sir John's past, the more he puts himself and his loved ones at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • murder on the serpentine

  • By karin lund on 04-26-17

A good book but needed editing

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

This is the first Anne Perry book I've read. She writes well but I found a great many repetitious descriptions, e.g., "Lord Halbert (the guy whose death spurs the investigation) was a man who knew a great deal about a great many people," over and over again. It would have been a better book if cut down by 2 hours.

  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating book

  • By Mark J. Lura on 07-12-11

critics say "greatest forgotten novel"

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Google the book and you will see reviews such as “One of the great forgotten novels of the past century” and “topped best seller lists all across Europe” in 2013.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,999
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,886

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Surviving a survivalist family

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-18

It is difficult to imagine life in a family led by parents who are religious extremists. While Westover's family is Mormon, the story isn't one of Mormonism. Like Islamic extremists who misinterpret Islam, Westover's parents misinterpret Mormonism, developing their own paranoid worldview. The author, with understandable reluctance and difficulty, escapes an abusive environment to succeed in the world's most rigorous academic institutions. The narrator is perfect.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,301

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

good book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

A "good book" is, for me, a positive recommendation. No book is perfect but this is a good one. It is painful to listen to parts of it as it deals with the difficulties and dangers of having children. The narrator is top drawer.

  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At long last...Barbara Pym!

  • By Holly on 05-07-16

reminiscent of Seinfeld,

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Seinfeld was famously a show about nothing. This 1952 book is a bit like that without the humor. It is a slow, pleasant story of a woman in the immediate post World War II interacting with neighbors and fellow congregants of her church. The fact that she isn't married is important to those she deals with and to her as well. She is an unfailingly polite and intelligent woman who does good works but allows others to demand to much of her. It is well written and well narrated; pleasant but not exciting.