LISTENER

A. Raymond

  • 12
  • reviews
  • 8
  • helpful votes
  • 59
  • ratings
  • 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 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

"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

Very light

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

These are enjoyable to listen to. The story is total fluff, but fun and the narrator is excellent.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash - and hope is nowhere to be found. Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King. The pieces are set, and the game has already begun.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Satisfying Conclusion

  • By Books, Vertigo and Tea on 07-19-17

Remarkable story

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

These 2 Alice books are surprisingly satisfying. They are both tales of growth, good, and evil. The voices are well done by the reader. In fact, her voice is one of the reasons I enjoyed both novels so much.

  • Alice

  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 949

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls that echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird, yet captivating...

  • By kansas on 02-25-16

Odd, but riveting

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I really enjoyed this Alice. She was such an unexpectedly strong personality. The story was addicting and I have a feeling of loss that I can’t follow the characters further in their story.

  • The Wind in the Willows

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorate read version of the willows!

  • By J. Glemby on 09-18-14

Wonderful performance of a true classic.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

The Wind in the Willows is a story perfect for all ages and the language is just lovely. This particular version is perfect. Mr Hordern' voice, theatricality, even the speed which he reads is spot on for this classic. I honestly cannot think of anything that would improve the hours I spent listening.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace

  • The Poor Relation, Book 3
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Poter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Lady Fortescue reminds the others that, to be fair, Mrs. Budley has no relatives on whom she can call. Gentle Mrs. Budley thinks she has escaped her fate until Sir Philip comes up with a plan: He has heard that the elderly Marquess of Peterhouse is senile, a widower, extremely rich, and unlikely to remember whether Mrs. Budley is a relative or not. So off Mrs. Budley goes. But the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and, in fact, quite handsome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good series, but predictable

  • By Marie on 03-29-13

Totally predictable, but entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

I've been listening to the Poor Relations series in order and must admit there are no surprises, but the characters are sweet and one wants to hear the happy endings to their travails. On to book 4.

  • Smith of Wootton Major

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Tolkien's acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tale, read by Derek Jacobi. Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Babbi on 01-18-17

A lovely and hopeful story.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

I really enjoyed hearing this story read aloud. I had read the story myself years ago, but this was a real treat. In fact I listened to the last 5 minutes sitting in the grocery store parking lot😉😉.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973

When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. However, she soon discovers an arched doorway into an overgrown garden, locked shut since the death of her aunt 10 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Secret Garden

  • By ELLEN POAGE on 04-04-16

Delightful!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

I hadn't read The Secret Garden in many, many years. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. The narration was perfect. I truly looked forward to getting in the car🙂

  • Hiss and Hers

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 23
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pity for the narration but story also lacking

  • By Maureen on 03-06-13

Not liking this narrator....

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

This's is the first narrator of the Agatha stories that I have disliked. The voice she uses for Agatha grates on my ears. I really loved Penelope Keith's version much better.

  • There Goes the Bride

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Although she has set her sights on a handsome and beguiling new Frenchman, she can't quite stop obsessing about James. Her best intentions to move on with her life are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying "I do" and Agatha is named the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agatha always makes me smile

  • By Susanne on 05-29-11

Best yet....

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

I really enjoyed this Agatha story so much. It just kept going and going. The characters were well fleshed out and Penelope Keith is the best of all narrators!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Venom House

  • An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
  • By: Arthur Upfield
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

An Inspector Bonaparte Mystery. The Answerth family's mansion seems to deserve its nickname of "Venom House". Perhaps that's because of its forbidding setting, an island in the centre of a man-made lake, its treacherous waters studded by the skeletons of long-dead trees. Perhaps it's because of the unquiet ghosts of the Aborigines slaughtered by Answerth ancestors. Or perhaps it's just because the Answerth household is such a strange one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good listen. Makes you regret leaving the car.

  • By A. Raymond on 07-27-15

Very good listen. Makes you regret leaving the car.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are true bush folk. I missed the anxiety Bony exhibits in other books about his ancestry and he does not use his extraordinary skills to the same degree. The family and story seem like it could be anywhere, but the outcome is pure Bony style Australia.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful