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  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

  • By: O. Henry
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

When it comes to the holidays, no story captures the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". And in celebration of the season, Audie Award® winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis bring to life this timeless Christmas tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s holiday gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Three well-narrated classic tales

  • By Jim Hall on 12-22-13

O'Henry at His Best

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

The narrators were easy to listen to. Classic O'Henry short stories with themes of unselfishness, generosity, love, hope and a lot of humor!

  • The Nonesuch

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Eve Matheson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple pleasure

  • By Carl Smith on 10-28-09

Good romance but a little too long

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I enjoyed the beginning story lines of the nonesuch, Miss Trent and Tiffany; however, writer spends at least 5 chapters too many resolving issues. I've actually tried to listen to this three times but got bored. I wanted more of The Nonesuch and his world, less of bratty Tiffany's 800 tantrums. I finally skipped from chapter 12 to 18 and enjoyed the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,577

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a gentle mystery

  • By Sydney on 08-26-07

Doesn't get better than this!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Excellent characters, vivid descriptions of a unique setting and a magnificent narrator. He positively purrs when pronouncing French Quebec names and locations. Great detective story with heart. (I prefer not to read light romantic novels nor novels with graphic violence and sex. This has none of those.)

  • The Prime Minister's Secret Agent

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narration spoils the book

  • By Margaret Vance on 07-06-14

Author Mixes Her Genres

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

The first two Maggie Hope Mysteries were lighter-style mysteries, which was exactly what I was looking for. I deal with serious human circumstances on a daily basis and like to listen to light mysteries in my car or while exercising. This book's blurb/description doesn't come close to describing the style of book that would follow....a narrative of the horrors of the Holocaust. After a couple years, I decided to give MacNeal another shot but, in Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante, the exact same thing happened....rather than a book about Eleanor Roosevelt and intrigue in the White House during World War II (as advertised), it became a book about racism in America;;;and, in my opinion, a POORLY researched one. I have read plenty of historical non-fiction on both of the subjects mentioned here, and I do not object to learning about these issues.. THE OBJECTION IS THAT YOU ADVERTISE THESE BOOKS AS ONE GENRE AND THE BOOKS ARE ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. MAKE UP YOUR MIND, MACNEAL and editors! Mixing your styles leaves no one satisfied nor better informed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Bad Kitty Christmas

  • By: Nick Bruel
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Williams
  • Length: 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring... Except for BAD KITTY." A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not. Nick Bruel's newest Bad Kitty audiobook is full of rhyming mayhem... and Christmas cheer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but Fun

  • By Sue on 12-07-15

Short but Fun

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

I listen to Audible with my granddaughter. Some children's books don't translate well to audio. This one does thanks to Vanessa Williams. The story is Bad Kitty with Christmas spirit thrown in. We like it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Longbourn

  • By: Jo Baker
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 929

In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary book (even w/o Pride & Prejudice)

  • By MP on 10-13-13

Slow and Wordy

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

Reviewed: 11-20-13

This book borrows the situations and characters from Jane Austen but that's where the similarities end. This rendition is full of adjectives but slow on action. Unfortunate, because the concept was intriguing.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,122

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

Addictive Series

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

Reviewed: 12-24-12

I listened to this book out of sequence and fell in love with the characters and the narrator. I listened to the first six books as fast as I could....now I'm sorry! More please!!!

  • 7th Heaven

  • The Women's Murder Club
  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

A terrible fire in a wealthy suburban home leaves a married couple dead and Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin searching for clues. And after California's golden boy, Michael Campion, has been missing for a month, there finally seems to be a lead in his case - a very devastating lead. As fire after fire consumes couples in wealthy, comfortable homes, Lindsay and the Murder Club must race to find the arsonists responsible and get to the bottom of Michael Campion's disappearance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • too complicated

  • By Melinda on 05-29-17

Not the best

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

The quality of WMC is slipping. I continue to listen in hopes that it will improve AND I want to know what happens to Lindsay. I suggest that Patterson should take more time on each book instead of cranking out book after book. Books 1 and 4 were super thrillers....wish the others were that good.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-29-06

Suchet is Super

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

Reviewed: 10-02-11

David Suchet's normal, and rather lovely, voice is quite different than the voice I identify with him, that of Poirot. His excellent voices helped to bring the many characters to life....

Movies made of the Orient Express generally leave out a lot of the book's setup, so it took me awhile to warm up to the story itself...until they reached the train. After that, Suchet and Christie provided me with many enjoyable hours of sleuthing (and I already knew who did it!)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful