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  • The Crown Jewel Mystery

  • A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Anna Elliott, Charles Veley
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A young American actress arrives in London hoping to learn her identity, just as Sherlock Holmes is closing in on a master criminal. Their worlds collide, and not even Holmes could have foreseen the impact!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beginning of the story..How <br />they first met.

  • By Marilyn on 01-20-18

Pretty Good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Mr. P can get 5 stars from me anytime, for anything. Ms. King is good, doing accents and voices well. I was not enchanted by her intonation and expression but she did all right. The story itself seemed somewhat simplistic. Perhaps the full length novels in the series will appeal to me more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cricket on the Hearth

  • A Fairy Tale of Home
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In the 1840s, Charles Dickens wrote five short stories with strong social and moral messages. "The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home", is the third of these stories. Following the home life of John Peerybingle, the story introduces the many people in John's family and life, along with a cricket that acts as the guardian angel of the family. Like its predecessors, this story also contains heavy social and moral implications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahh, That's Right!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-19-16

Ahh, That's Right!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

Delightful, heartwarming tale, complete with it's last scene which does indeed add a twist to the story, making this truly "A Fairy Tale Of Home". I have also the 2013 version, read by another popular narrator, which is missing the last scene. This 2016 Simon Prebble version is infinitely better than any previous! Not only does it have the missing last bit, but Mr Prebble, the best of all when it comes to Dickens, gives it a wonderful, warm read, and gifts us with his trademark living characters.
Come, sit by the fire and be warmed by Simon Prebble and Charles Dickens.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Highwayman

  • A Longmire Story
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,904

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half century ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Walt and Henry Standing Bear tale yet

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 08-16-16

Haunting, Clever, Engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

This bears hearing more than once. It gets more rewarding with each repetition, tho it is, as always, wonderful from the first words of the first listen. Nothing I'd rather hear than GG performing Henry and Walt for me. Great little mystery, who was it that did all that?

  • Reykjavik Nights

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

The loner, Erlendur, has recently joined the police force as a young officer. The beat on the streets in ReykjavIk is busy: traffic accidents, theft, domestic violence, contraband.... And an unexplained death. When a tramp he met regularly on the night shift is found drowned in a ditch, no one seems to care. But his fate haunts Erlendur and drags him inexorably into the strange and dark underworld of the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brings Back Memories of Reykjavik

  • By Leonard on 06-08-15

Very Good Story, Well Told

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

Reviewed: 08-17-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Reykjavik Nights to be better than the print version?

Oh my yes, George Guidall is a master story teller, and he conveys every nuance and does it in such a way that I am not really listening to his beautiful voice, something I usually try to do. I am simply at one with the story.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a prequel to Indridason's Inspector Erlandur series, featuring a young Erlandur, a new police constable on traffic duty and his persistent drive to uncover the truth about the life and death of the street person, Hannibal. It was Hannibal's story and Erlandur's development.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Guidall tells a story like no other can. It is wonderful to hear him. His characters feel real and I felt that I would have missed much about how the character felt in any given situation without his help.He improves any book he reads, and this one has certainly benefited from his performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Perhaps. It would have been nice to have that luxury.

Any additional comments?

I understand there is another in this prequel series, I do hope I will get to hear Mr Guidall perform that one too. I would not be able to listen to anyone else do it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Emily Finfeather

  • The Feathernail and Other Gifts
  • By: E. E. King
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Feathernail and Other Gifts (or The Adventures of Emily Finfeather), is a tale of altruism and magic for mature children and immature adults. Emily Finfeather is an orphan who lives with her angry and silent grandmother in a dark, windy, old house. On a field trip to the zoo, Emily is locked inside the aviary by evil classmates. What she discovers there will change the shape of reality forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-02-15

Unique

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

What did you love best about The Adventures of Emily Finfeather?

It is a freely imaginative parable, or rather collection of parables. It shows good vs. evil, how a person can be deceived by evil which can be attractive and charming. It even examines the concept of revenge and guilt. It would be good for 7 or 8 years on up, but as is frequently the case, would be best when appreciated with the guidance of a loving adult, an intelligent, perceptive, loving adult, willing to ask "Is this right or wrong? Is there a better way?"

To this adult it is a delight.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Oh yes! He is always wonderful! He hits just the right tone and expression.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I certainly could enjoy it that way. A child might want to have it broken up.

Any additional comments?

It is for enjoying, not for over analyzing. Though I did not always agree completely with the values, neither did I find them too unfortunate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wait for Signs

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487

Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award-winning "Old Indian Trick". This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s best-selling, award-winning novels and the A&E hit series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • read after “Hell Is Empty” and after/before "Crow"

  • By Mark on 06-23-17

A comfort listen for me

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

Between Craig Johnson and George Guidall they have created a book I want to keep on my kindle so I can listen again and again. These short stories are every bit as charming as the rest of the Longmire series, they are funny, touching and revealing gems. He really knows how to write a short story! George Guidall is as always absolutely wonderful! I've heard the entire series so far, and am familiar with the characters, but George always finds a way to delight me with his depiction of an emotion, or of something funny. I listen again to these when something has upset me, or when I have finished a tense book. It is wonderfully distracting.


17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Very Best of Dylan Thomas Reading

  • By: D. H Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, and others
  • Narrated by: Dylan Thomas
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Dylan Thomas made several recordings in the early 1950s of other poets' works. Here, he reads the poetry of D. H Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats and Walter De La Mare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Recording

  • By Tupring on 02-16-15

Rerecording of his performing other poets' work

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

Reviewed: 03-01-14

It was a wonderful experience to hear Dylan Thomas performing other poets. He is unique and his take on the work enlightening. The recording was a bit tunny sounding and at times not real clear. Still a great pleasure.

  • The Confusion

  • Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 34 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Confusion

  • By Mr on 11-07-10

Long Awaited!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

Finally! After more than a year's delay, I have a device that can access this in Audible! The volume, though long at 34 + hours, is really 2 books, and was exciting and a very entertaining listen. In The Confusion, scenes from 2 books alternate. Junco tells what is happening in the political intrigue and finance ridden life of Eliza, Bonanza relates Jack's journeying around the world to many places, including India, California and Mexico, gaining and losing treasure and searching for more. Both Jack and Eliza have many adventures and many narrow escapes. Their lives remain entangled and heavily affected by each other's events, though many years go by without their meeting again. We meet the mysterious Enoch Root again, and many other characters mentioned in Quicksilver and many new ones. The volume ends with a cliffhanger as Jack sets out on a dangerous mission motivated by threats to Eliza and her children.

It is wonderfully acted by Simon Prebble who brings the characters so much to life that they are vividly real, and very entertaining. He makes scene, action, mood and emotion just as vivid as are his delightful characterizations. Jack Shaftoe is ever my favorite character/characterization in what I have heard ( 1st 5 books) of this series. Eliza is next, as performed by Mr. P. He conveys more personality and more feelings than does the completely competant Katherine Kellgren, who was, nonetheless, very enjoyable.