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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 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

"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
  • My Favorite Series! Earns 5+/5 Posts of Fun!

  • By Kathleen C. on 03-07-18

Beyond cozy into treacle territory

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Bought this on sale and may return it. Just too sweet, w little tension between characters except the coy will they/won’t they of narrator and her college beau, reunited. I wanted the narrator to grow some and move out of her parents’ home — say, into the never-mentioned so apparently unused upper floors of her Tudor coaching inn/tea house.

  • The Cornish Coast Murder

  • By: John Bude
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

The reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside - but heaven forbid that the shadow of any real crime should ever fall across his seaside parish. But the vicar's peace is shattered one stormy night when Julius Tregarthan, an ill-tempered magistrate, is found at his house in Boscawen with a bullet through his head. The local police inspector is baffled by the lack of clues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Old Fashioned Who Done It

  • By C. Rosser on 05-12-16

whodunnit details are held back

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

One of those stories where the key clues are not revealed until the end, all at once -- for readers who like to detect along with the hero, very frustrating, Well read, but disappointing.

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  • The Shaman's Bones

  • A Shaman Mystery
  • By: James D. Doss
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

A women of the Tohono O'otam tribe has been savagely - and ritually - murdered in Wyoming, outside the jurisdictions of Granite Creek, Colorado, Police Chief Scott Parris and Ute tribal policeman Charlie Moon. But a brutal, unprovoked assault by the suspected killer on one of Parris's detectives - and the dark, unsettling visions of Charlie's shaman aunt, Daisy Perika - are pulling two dedicated lawmen and an aging Native American mystic into the hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting story, characters, great narration

  • By Jennifer on 04-27-14

Wanted a new series to like

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I hoped that this might be almost as good as Tony Hillerman -- alas. The text needed an editor, and the reader's voice is just too sweet; I half-expected her to break into baby talk. Also, she at one point says "CAR-toid" instead of "ca-ROT-id." How can you read a mystery and not know the carotid artery?! Really disappointed.

  • At Home in Mitford

  • A Novel
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

a snoozefest

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I am not opposed to quirky-small town books, but in this one...nothing happens. Three hours into the 16 hour text, the most exciting thing that has happened is a surprise birthday party for the main character.
The narrator is I think the same person who does some of the "Cat Who" mysteries by L J Braun; maybe the Minnesota setting of those stories subconsciously influenced me, but the speech patterns and accents of this (imaginary) NC town did not ring true to me.
I rarely give up on a book without finishing it, but I'm giving up on this one.

  • The Last Secret of the Temple

  • By: Paul Sussman
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

When the body of hotel owner Piet Jansen is discovered amid the ruins of an archaeological site by the Nile, it looks like a routine investigation for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. But the more he learns about Jansen, the more he is reminded of the brutal murder, some years earlier, of an Israeli woman at Karnak for which he always suspected the wrong man was convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker on 11-06-06

Long yet underdeveloped

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Had several promo elements-- international problem-solving, long historical backstory, lots of tension-- but unsatisfying finally bc character development and interaction seems superficial.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 251

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soppy stuff.

  • By Michele B on 02-19-16

Wanted to like it -- ah ha, a new series!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

BUT the plot was pretty predictable, and the "oh you're so cute when you're feisty" female lead (gag) never exhibits any real strength or gets developed as a character.

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  • New England White

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen L. Carter
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In the New England university town of Elm Harbor, a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the town's past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence. At the center is Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his wife, Julia Carlyle, a deputy dean at the divinity school - African Americans living in "the heart of whiteness".

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Uninspiring

  • By Tom Ross on 09-24-08

Big ... disappointment

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

I like big long books, big read at the beach books, long listen-in-the-car books. This was just long. Plot not compelling, characters not sympathetic, human dynamics not credible. Very disappointed.

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,018

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Adult fantasy, fun and frustrating

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I can't make up my mind about this book. Very well read; I have enjoyed LG's earlier work. After a while I enjoyed identifying the references to other works. (Oh there's Narnia, oh there's Arthurian legend.) but I was frustrated by the characters' behavior.

  • Dishing the Dirt

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

When therapist Jill Davent moved to the village of Carsely, Agatha Raisin was not a fan. Not only was this therapist romancing Agatha's ex-husband, she dug up details of Agatha's not-too-glamorous origins. Jill also counsels a woman, Gwen Simple, that Agatha firmly believes assisted her son in some grisly murders, although there is no proof. Not one to keep her feelings to herself, Agatha tells anyone who will listen that Jill is a charlatan and better off dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only thing missing is Penelope Keith

  • By Linda on 09-29-15

Complex, poorly narrated

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

This Agatha tale seemed more complex than others I've read, and I was pleased to see some characters (Charles, Mrs. Bloxby) developed more fully. BUT this narrator doesn't have a good range of varied voices, and pronounces MIRST-er as MIR-ces-ster. !!!!!!!

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  • Damn Straight

  • Lillian Byrd Crime Series, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Sims
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

After her narrow brush with death in Holy Hell, you'd think Lillian Byrd would have learned to keep her head down, but when a friend in crisis calls from California, Lillian jumps on a plane and wings her way from Detroit to Palm Springs - and danger. It's the long weekend of the Dinah Shore golf tournament, the wildest women's sporting event in the world, when thousands of lesbians descend on the desert and take over. At a prechampionship party, Lillian leaps into a slippery romance with a top LPGA star. But her superstar athlete has a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-04-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

I listened to the first two in this series, to give it a chance, but I won't be getting more. The plots both involve the narrator getting interested in/involved with someone and then that person being menaced. In both, the narrator behaves recklessly, and the lovers' dialog is laughably bad.

Some minor characters were well drawn, but I just didn't believe or like the narrator very much.

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