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  • The Stranger from the Sea

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1810-1811: Poldark, Book 8
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

The Stranger from the Sea is the eighth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1810. The Poldark family awaits the return of Ross from his mission to Wellington's army in Portugal. But their ordered existence ends with Jeremy Poldark's dramatic rescue of the stranger from the sea. Stephen Carrington's arrival in the Poldark household changes all their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where are all the Poldark books

  • By Sharon on 12-11-16

my favorite so far

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Of the entire series I believe this is my favorite although I have the rest of the series to go.

In this edition Jeremy and Clowance are coming of age trying to find their way in life, at least the direction they think they want it to go. They suffer the pangs of romance although nothing gets settled in this book. Ross and Demelza are pretty solid in their relationship now and enjoying life and their kids growing up.

Their is a stranger from the sea in this book but I'm not sure why the book was named as it is. The stranger does play a part in the book but isn't the central part of the story, maybe in future books he becomes that.

I enjoyed the historical perspective in this book. The British are still fighting Napoleon and France in Europe and most Brits are tired of it and want it to end. But hearing about the war, how the people at home feel, learning how the elite and common folk feel, and how they all interact with one another makes for an interesting backdrop.

As usual, I'll look forward to the next bok in the series.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,689

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Jane Austen lives

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Jane Austen died in 1817 at age 41 in Winchester, England. She wrote her books between 1800 and the time of her death. She wrote about the society she lived in, the landed gentry of England of the time while focusing on a female perspective of what she considered important in life, her station, economic security, finding the right man for those so inclined, and all the social interactions there in. 'Emma' was the last book published while she was alive following her more famous books. She did have a couple of books published posthumously and even had a couple of unfinished books.

It seem the author has had a lot of staying power in the popularity of her books as they stay famous some 200 years later.

Audible has taken this book and added to its Audible Original productions adapting it as a drama with multiple narrators reading the book while adding sound effects. I like the way Audible is doing this. It is still important to like the subject matter. I'll look fodrward to this new way of listening to stories of all kinds.

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,462

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

my first audible original drama

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

First time author for me, actress Sharon Washington, who wrote and preformed this drama for Audible Originals.

This is a quick, easy listen, just over an hour. When I first looked at it I came away thinking it was a story about a young girl who spent a lot of time in a library doing a lot of reading, and it was the reading that was 'Feeding the Dragon'. Rather, it's a story about a young black girl growing up on New York City in the 1970.s. Her father worked at a NYC library and the family did live in an apartment above the library where she did have lots of access to lots of book of which she read many. The 'Dragon' was actually the furnace in the library that her father scoped coal as part of his job, which she likened it to feeding the haws of life.

But the story is about her growing up black in NYC and her own personal story which she says in the play can't be found in a typical library. But now her story does exist out in the matrix in short story form.

I enjoyed it.

  • The Kremlin's Candidate

  • The Red Sparrow Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,144

Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler, Nate Nash, for over seven years. In the dazzling finale to the Red Sparrow Trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed US administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears a whisper of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole inside a high intelligence position.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Torn from today’s news

  • By Gary on 02-15-18

the trilogy ends

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

The end of the Red Sparrow trilogy was brought to a definitive end, to say the least.

This was an entertaining and interesting trilogy. With the author having a clandestine background you believe that the strategies employed, the techniques used and products described are fairly realistic, set in a present day setting. The combatant countries are for sure realistic.

Sometimes the Russian phrases and the recipes at the end of the chapters got be be a bit much, a bit contrived as the plot unfolds in a fairly predictable manner. Still, the book is just a work of fiction.

If you enjoyed the first two books of the trilogy you'll want to listen to this end to bring the story full circle.

  • Savage Run

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896

An Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Award winner, C. J. Box delivers the second pulse-pounding installment in his critically acclaimed series. While investigating a string of bizarre murders, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is forced to flee across treacherous terrain with a deadly tracker on his trail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Box brings the West alive!

  • By Kelly on 01-30-14

what to say

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Joe Pickett is going to be one beat up guy if he takes the beating in every book that he gets in this one, the second book in the Poe Pickett series.

With the what I assume is the beautiful backdrop of Wyoming, Joe finds himself caught in the middle of an environmental versus rich rancher battle. A secret rancher association hires bad guys to get rid of the environmentalists.Joe comes along and finds himself smack dab dab in the middle of having to deal with the hired guns running on foot to safety dragging along two people to safety.

It makes for a suspenseful novel.

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it WAY more than I thought I would

  • By ~Portia on 07-25-18

a good one

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

First time author for me.

Most of us know someone(s) that have been adopted or have been adopted themselves. For each one it's a different situation. Many of the adopted want to meet their birth parents, some of the parents want to meet them, some don't. This story is a work of fiction and is just one story in the many instances that exist. So, keep that in mind with this story, it's not the end all and be all of adoption stories but it is a good one with a lot of good points about families and family relationships.

  • A Lesson in Secrets

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101

In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government". She soon finds herself investigating a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy edition to the series

  • By Jeanette Finan on 03-25-11

Maisie in transition

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I'm a fan of the Maisie Dobbs series. I started with book #1 and have methodically worked my way through the series in sequence and will continue on until caught up with the most recent book.

I wouldn't call this book terribly exciting as a crime thriller. Rather it's starting the transition of Maisie to being a spy. How do I know this? Being a fan I've looked at the summaries of books in the series that I have yet to read.

In this book, 'Special Branch' approaches Maisie for the first time to go teach at a college in Cambridge to see if she can find any activities that would be against the good of the Crown. Maisie agrees as she knows her mentor, Maurice, would want her to and she's interested on her own. She, of course, has a murder occur while at the school and helps solve that while doing her main task. She learns that in this line of work telling lies and keeping secrets is part of this new world and she accepts that, hence the book title.

Now, on to the next book...........

  • Trickster's Point

  • A Cork O'Connor Mystery, Book 12
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger has won numerous accolades for his books, including the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. In Trickster’s Point, the 12th suspenseful installment in Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series, Cork is framed for the murder of Minnesota’s first Native American governor-elect, Jubal Little. As Cork fights to clear his name and uncover the truth, he discovers that events from his own past may hold the key to the real killer’s identity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Just Saying...

  • By Carole T. on 09-04-12

Cork keeps on, keepin on.............

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I've really grown to like the cork O'Connor series. The stories and accompanying mysteries area always different. And we listeners are always learning something new about the geography of northern Minnesota and other spots where the books take place.

Trickster's Point was especially interesting to me as I'm from a small Iowa town where the friend and family relationships are like those in and around Aurora, MN. Ties that are bound as children stay relevant even into adulthood and most people doesn't understand this but the author does. Hardly any of us have all the trials and tribulations you find in this series but the human relationships described are real.

I know I've got a lot of books to go in this series but I already know I'll be sad when I get caught up.

  • Deadly Secrets

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 6
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep? Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim - they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating murder mystery; great detective work!

  • By Wayne on 04-15-18

another good one

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

The author puts some good twists and turns into this crime thriller. There are some especially cruel things happening. And, there are many current days issues to spice it up.

Usually when you find a crime series you really like you empathize with the detective even with all their flaws. Erika has had her share of tough breaks but she keeps trucking on.

I'll look forward to the next installment in the series.

  • The Things They Carried

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,653

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy Load

  • By Mel on 10-28-13

one man's Vietnam experience

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

First time author for me. Each war seems like a Rubik's cube, you twist it around a bit and you get a different perspective. From this view, this book is like many others. Still it has its own unique stories to tell, some I've never heard before.

The author served right in the middle of the worst of the Vietnam war and its effects never left him.

I suppose I bought this book as it was narrated by actor Brian Cranston. And, he does a good job. l suppose actors make good narrators with their voice training and learning of different accents. Still, I don't know that having a celebrity makes a big difference as a narrator, if they are good they bring life to story, still it's the story that makes a book enjoyable. I did enjoy Cranston as a narrator but after awhile in the book you forget that it's him narrating, you just get caught up in the story.

Many vets get caught up in the meaning of life after being in combat with its loss of life. O'Brien in this book is no different. I'm a vet, spent two years in Germany and knew many who had served in Vietnam. Even though I never served in combat you do wonder how you would have reacted, would you have been strong, would you have had courage when required? OBbrien calls himself a coward but was he? He did what he was asked to do. Most soldiers have an overarching desire to stay alive no matter what the circumstances.

One truth life has taught me is that 'Life is for the Living" and this book attests to that.