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  • Hunting Prince Dracula

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By dhouses on 10-23-17

Excellent murder mystery with s touch of folklore

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

The second book in the series, following Stalking Jack the Ripper, raises the bar that much higher. Like SJTR, this book offers plenty of plot twists and suspects to keep you guessing without ever feeling forced or convoluted. Add in the infamous castle setting and an undercurrent of Romanian folklore, it's the perfect mix of Victorian horror and clever intrigue. Nicola Barber's performance is once again spot-on too, making the characters' danger feel truly terrifying.

  • Till Death Do Us Tart

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

When Oxfordshire tearoom owner Gemma Rose enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds there's something much more sinister sandwiched between the homemade Victoria sponge cakes and luscious jam tarts! Can Gemma solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Enjoyable

  • By Beatrice on 06-21-17

Another delightful entry in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

The fourth installment of the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries continues the adventures of Gemma & the old biddies with the same standard of fun and intrigue, with plenty of suspects to keep the reader guessing. And Pearl Hewitt's delivery is perfect.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,113

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Very compelling, vivid story

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

This story is well written, with an easy pacing that manages to be tense without being frantic. It definitely conveys the atmosphere of the North Carolina setting. The Marsh Girl's story is alternately heartbreaking and inspiring, and overall I enjoyed it. So why not 5 stars? First, without giving anything away, I'll just say I found the ending a little disappointing. Just my opinion - many of my friends loved it. Second, the reader's voice was frustratingly soft and meek, by the end it was really annoying me. At first it seemed fine, a little girl's shy voice, because Kya is so young in the beginning but as she ages, the reading never changed and then it just felt a little wimpy for such a strong female character.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. Audrey's work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags her into the investigation of a serial murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By lauren on 10-03-16

Great story with clever, fun protagonist

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

This is listed as a YA novel but it's a smart, fun read for anyone who loves a good Victorian mystery - or unique theories on the Jack the Ripper crimes. The book's protagonist (Audrey Rose) is very likeable (if a little unlikely during this era) and the way Nicola Barber brings her and the story to life is absolutely delightful.

  • Two Down, Bun to Go

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

A sinister phone call in the middle of the night throws tearoom owner, Gemma Rose, straight into the heart of a new murder mystery - this time with her friend, Seth, arrested as the key suspect! The mysterious killing in the cloisters of an old Oxford college points to a bitter feud within the University - but Gemma finds unexpected clues popping up in her tiny Cotswolds village. Meanwhile, her love life is in turmoil as Gemma struggles to decide between eminent doctor, Lincoln Green, and sexy CID detective, Devlin O'Connor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two Down,bun to Go

  • By Pat Kuhn on 05-08-17

Delightful 3rd Installment in Series

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

HY Hanna's Oxford Tearoom Mysteries are quickly becoming my favorite cozy series. This book, like the others, has a perfect mix of humor and intrigue, with enough complexity to keep you guessing on the whodunit. And the heroine's feline companion is written very believably - not in an anthropomorphic manner but in a way that real-life cat owners will recognize. And, while reading the series in order is ideal, I think it's written in a way that it won't hurt a reader to get a little out of order - at least at this interval. Overall this book is another fun, cozy read!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 88,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80,092
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79,638

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Intimate and Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Loved this book - insightful, inspiring, intimate peek behind the curtain. The stories were personal and feel honest, delivered with more humor and positivity than most political biographies. And hearing it told in her own voice really brought the narrative to life. Her narration is natural & you can hear the emotion in her voice. Absolutely wonderful all around.

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

Good but Jarring

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Overall, I liked the book and the performance was scary-good. The protagonist is caustic and initially not very likeable (purposefully, it seems) but by the end I found myself cheering her on & the ending was quite satisfying. It's blunt and unsentimental (like the main character) so it's not an easy listen but it is compelling. Not my usual type of book but I'd recommend it to those who like a good psychological thriller.

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  • The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Box Set Collection I

  • Prequel + Books 1 & 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

"Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty and a murder...yes, please!" Enjoy the first three books in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, in one handy collection! Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice little mystery bundle

  • By Julie on 03-07-18

Perfect set of English Cozy Mysteries

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Great introduction to the series. Likeable characters and great mysteries with enough possible suspects to keep you guessing.

  • A Place for Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Fatima Farheen Mirza
  • Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia, their headstrong eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Started on Audible, finished with a book in my hand

  • By CO Mom on 09-17-18

Confusing - I couldn't finish it.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

The book opens beautifully: a lavish wedding, a hint of intrigue around the bride's estranged brother. Then it flashes back to an earlier moment in their childhood. But then it continues to bounce around, erratically between random points of time and various points of view. By the middle of the book, it felt pointless. It was hard to follow who did what and when, and it didn't seem to be going anywhere of interest. I've seen where a lot people liked this, but it's not for me.

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

Charles Dickens' ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen

  • By Donnie E Porter on 11-30-18

Fun Multi-voice Performance of Classic Story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

It was so much fun to hear the classic novel performed by an incredibly talented cast. We listened to it in the evenings leading up to Christmas. Loved it.