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  • The Music Coming from the House

  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Daniel Francis
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

The Music Coming from the House by Paulo Coelho is a story of human values and the Christmas spirit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Have faith

  • By IreneMBBT on 12-12-18

cute short story

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

nice short story for the holidays to give u the feels.. would love a compilation of these.

  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,351
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,345

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. An epic drama starring Adrian Scarborough, Claire Corbett, Freya Mayor and Jamie Glover, The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • spooky audio drama / sex & violence crime fiction

  • By Paul on 04-07-19

Tolerable performance; horribly messy storyline

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

Most disappointing abt the story was the stupidity of all the characters including the namesake Bride character. If ever I had come across a fictional ghost too stupid to haunt properly, this was it.

The living characters were intolerable and annoying and at some point you wanted them all dead. Making fumbling mistakes and every turn and then by luck not getting what they deserve.

The acting was a few shades overdone and at many points you wonder how it would look if this really was a movie... having all the characters visibly overreacting when they shouldnt.

Sad because the premise of the story could have been truly excellent. I don't know why the writer fudged this so bad - as if he wanted it to fail. As if he hated all his characters in turn and wanted them to be ridiculous.

Luckily this audiobook was free.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wishes and Wellingtons

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,827

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t want it to end

  • By Julia on 10-05-18

Overall good but at some point, Too many mishaps

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Enjoyed fhe performance and the high spirited yarn. started out very well and got me hooked but at some point the many mishaps and well the daftness of Maeve got on my nerves. I just wanted the story to be done by then. I guess I should remind myself that it's a YA or children's novel so I should taper my expectations.

  • The Little Shop of Found Things: A Novel

  • Found Things, Book 1
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine, she has to know more. It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the 17th century, where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • unavoidable disappointing ending

  • By Adam Tobi Smith on 11-12-18

excruciatingly slow moving

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

The story premise had so much promise. But the author took it in a dissapointingly slow and anti-climactic route. At least 10 chapters and 8 chracters could have been cut out and it wouldn't have made a jot of difference to the overall story line. It was as if the writer had a 3 chapter story but wanted the novel tag so spun nonsense for another 20 plus in hopes no one would notice.

I don't know who I would recommend this to but evidently frm the reviews some ppl like it. I am so so sad because the book well and truly could have been spectacular.

  • Beauchamp Hall

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Beauchamp Hall is a spellbinding new novel from Danielle Steel, whose countless number-one New York Times best-sellers have made her one of America's favorite storytellers. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One her best

  • By S. Zapata on 11-21-18

Feel good chick-lit at it's finest

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

It's not new; it's not unique; it's not compelling; nor profound but it is such good, sweet fun, you can't help but feel upbeat after listening to it. The characters all got what they deserved and a nice, cosy happy ending to boot. If you're feeling down in the dumps, I would highly recommend you give this a listen!

  • Daughters of the Lake

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents' home on Lake Superior to pull herself together - only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman's curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She's seen her before. In her dreams...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery with ghosts and romance

  • By Melonie McMichael on 11-03-18

One of Wendy Webb's better stories

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I really enjoyed this one much better than the last book of Webb I listened to. The story had just enough mystery, love, feel good drama, and fairytale. It is a little Grimm, a little chick-lit, a little murder mystery all rolled into one. It's not mind-blowingly unique but it's a decent story and I felt like I really wanted to know how it end.

Can't put my finger on why this narrator annoys me but she just does. I nearly gave up on the book because of her but thankfully persevered.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House on the Shore

  • By: Victoria Howard
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Terror haunts a remote Scottish Glen. Heartbroken Anna MacDonald leaves Edinburgh to find peace at the edge of a Scottish loch. Safely ensconced in her late grandmother's cottage, she can finally heal her heart and write the novel that has burned inside her for years. Her peace is short-lived. When debonair artist Luke Tallantyre's yacht gets stranded in the loch, he seeks help at the nearest residence - Anna's croft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The house on the shore

  • By MeDi on 12-27-14

Decent white noise mindless romance

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Nothing unique or hard hitting here. But if you like your romances and plots predictable, this makes good white noise when you fold the laundry.

The heroine is annoying, bordering on stupid, and quite uselessly oblivious through most of the book so if you like feisty, intelligent Lizzy Bennett types - this isn't the book for you.

All the characters truly stayed wondrously 2 dimensional and I found it hard to really care about any of them. But that's why I say: good laundry soundtrack.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fate of Mercy Alban

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Grace Alban has spent 20 years away from her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior - for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother’s unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter home, she finds more than just her own personal demons haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Anonymous User on 04-19-18

Don't think abt it and you'll be fine

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

If you want nice, mindless listening for an afternoon, this will do the trick nicely but if you expect actual sense and nice rounding up of loose ends, you will be sorely disappointed. The side love story is cute and I found the characters at least likeable if not greatly interesting.

If I had a dime for everytime 'icy cold spines' were mentioned, I'd be as rich as the Albans.

SPOILER... Don't read further unless you want the ending ruined for you! (more than was already ruined by the author herself).
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The entire story hinges on a batty old lady that everyone appears afraid of... is she possessed? is she batty? is she just mean and bitter? It sounds almost stupid that a heroine can be so afraid of her aging aunt and even if the author wanted us to believe the aunt was supernatural in some way, she rather fell short of doing anything supernatural at all. Other than being really rude by eavesdropping, laughing at importune moments, having bad makeup skills and being somewhat smarter than everyone else in the story, she really didn't do anything supernatural at all.

The story never explained why her brothers died, if there really was a curse, and lots of other seemingly pointless drama that was thrown in probably for atmospheres sake.

But as I said, don't think, and don't question and you just might enjoy this yarn.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • More from Marple's Casebook

  • Full-Cast BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, June Whitfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 176

June Whitfield stars as Miss Marple in seven full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. The stories included are: 'The Moving Finger', 'They Do It with Mirrors', 'Nemesis', 'Sleeping Murder', 'Tape-Measure Murder', 'The Case of the Perfect Maid' and 'Sanctuary'. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too little of good thing

  • By Diana on 09-21-18

Too little of good thing

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I love these dramatised adaptations that bring ACs books to life. These are spectacularly done but too short!

Would love to have them longer because that is how good they are!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Blackwood House

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 841

Could you survive a week in a haunted house? Mara is the daughter of spiritualists. Her childhood was filled with seances, scam mediums and talk of ghostly presences. When Mara finally left her family's home, she vowed she would never allow superstition or false religion into her life again. Now she's ready to start over with her fiance, Neil, in a world based on rationality and facts. But her past isn't ready to let her go just yet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What's with the accent going in and out?

  • By st965 on 11-02-16

Soppy love story in a haunted house

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

The heroine is irritating but I found myself rooting for her because the ghost was equally if not more irritating.

The story line was good but character development was nil and characters often make or break a story. The couple, Mara and Neill, sound like right out of a cheap 20c romance from the 1950s. Romantic encounter descriptions are painstakingly described in cliched, limited vocabulary which makes one wonder if the writer is single and a virgin... or just terrible at writing abt intimacy.

Either way, a pretty decent ghost story was ruined by the writer's fumbling attempts at a romantic subplot. You could cut all of it out and have a much better, tighter ghost story. So maybe it's the editor who needs the chop.

The narrator was good though and tried her best to make Mara sound human and likable but there's just so much tone can do with a thin, ridiculous script.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful