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  • Airframe

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995

Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Try it, you'll like it.

  • By Robert Solomon on 04-04-03

Perfect for "Mayday" Fans

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Fans of the TV show Mayday will recognize many episodes in this fictional agglomeration of true events.

The typical Michael Crichton style does not always translate well into audio format because narrating check-lists is very tedious, but in this book it really wasn’t so bad.

  • Heidi

  • By: Johanna Spyri
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

This classic tale of a remarkable, unaffected five-year-old orphan will charm you, just as Heidi charms her fierce, hermit grandfather when she comes to live with him in the Swiss Alps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST-HAVE!!

  • By Julie Tucker on 08-29-07

Charming

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This book is a feel-good, charming, heart-warming tale. I'm glad I read it again as an adult; it's great for all ages.

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let's discuss the narration!

  • By Wayne on 08-08-18

Congratulations to Jasmine Blackborow!!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Ms Blackborow had some huge shoes to fill as the narrator of the series following the untimely death of beloved Katherine Kellgren.

I am pleased to report that she was a smashing success!

The story was a fun romp with Georgie, an entertaining instalment in a most enjoyable series.

  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I enjoyed the book in general; I thought it was an interesting “cat-and-mouse” story albeit with a little too much gratuitous sex.

  • Promised to the Crown

  • Daughters of New France Series, Book 1
  • By: Aimie K. Runyan
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

In her illuminating debut novel, Aimie K. Runyan masterfully blends fact and fiction to explore the founding of New France through the experiences of three young women, Rose, Nicole, and Elisabeth, who, in 1667, answer Louis XIV's call and journey to the Canadian colony. Known as the filles du roi, their duty is to marry and bring forth a new generation of loyal citizens. Despite their different backgrounds, all three women believe that marriage to a stranger is their best, perhaps only, chance of happiness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disapointing

  • By Simone on 08-05-18

Disapointing

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I’m 80% done with this book and I sincerely doubt there is anything between this point and the end of the story that will change my opinion.

What drew me to this book was the idea of reading about “Les Filles du Roi”. I learned all about it in school of course, due to the fact that I live in Quebec, but I thought a historical novel set in those times would paint a more emotional or personal picture of what it was like. More about the social conditions and less about the general politics.

For me, the book did not deliver. The setting felt like a mere detail. These people could have settled in wilds of Norway… or on Mars! and the storylines could be the same except for very few “anchoring details”.

What perplexed me the most about this book was the choice of narration. The book is about French people settling in Quebec – so we know everyone speaks French fluently and we can conclude there is no language barrier…. So WHY ON EARTH are the characters speaking with farcical accents? It’s distracting… there was no need for accents or inflections or deliberately miss-pronounced words. Frankly, it drove me nuts.

So why read the book? Well, I suppose if you approach it as a saga and grow to like the characters you will be genuinely interested in what happens to them, and would be please to read more in Book 2; but I’m not.

I’ll finish Book 1 but that’s it.

  • Murder in Morningside Heights

  • By: Victoria Thompson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Abigail Northrup of Tarrytown, New York, was her parents' pride and joy. After graduating from a prestigious women's college in Morningside Heights, she took a job there as an instructor. She also joined the ranks of the New Women, ladies planning for a lives without husbands in which they make their own decisions and make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, her murder ended all that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good listen!

  • By Kathi on 09-08-17

Lukewarm

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I wasn’t particularly impressed with this installment, the premise of why the murderer did what he did was hard to go along with. As far as motives go, it was pretty flimsy.

I do like the latest turn in Frank and Sarah’s storyline, so I am looking forward to the next episode!

  • Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue

  • Gaslight Mystery, Book 18
  • By: Victoria Thompson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O'Neill was delighted when her daughter, Una, wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn't wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O'Neill has a problem. Pollock's servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death, with Una cradling his body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supporting Cast

  • By Simone on 08-02-18

Supporting Cast

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

This installment featured the entire supporting cast without the 2 principal players and it was just as good.

I would tune into a spin-off series!

  • The Woman Next Door

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Bea Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,123

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder. Everybody needs good neighbours.... Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa's daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven't been so close. Hester has plans to change all that. It's obvious to her that despite Melissa's outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester's help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biting, Beguiling, Will make you smile AND shudder

  • By MarisaReads on 01-07-17

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I really enjoy Psychological Thrillers, especially the British genre. They do tend to be a little cliché, and sometimes you can predict the ending as of page 3, but the journey is always a page-turner.

Another plus for me is that the stories tend to contain a small cast of characters and therefore I never have trouble following the plot.

This tale was yet another exciting ride; an easy 5 stars!

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,937

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEN STARS

  • By JOHN on 08-23-09

I just wanted it to end

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I think I have developed literary A.D.D. I find that I just can’t focus on the story anymore when the book is too long – my mind just wanders away.

Wolfe does a very good job at describing the thoughts and lives of the characters, but for me, it’s too deep. I DO see how it adds to the story and helps draw the reader in to the world in which these characters live, ensuring that we are invested in them, but I can’t help but feel impatient and just want him to get to the point already!!!

Really, it’s a stupid complaint – there is no gun to my head, I can put it down and take breaks from it with other books, but I am too impatient to get to the end.

As a result, my option of the book suffers, and therefore my somewhat low rating should be interpreted as my experience with the story as opposed to the story itself.

Did any of that make sense?

  • Contact

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194

The future is here...in an adventure of cosmic dimension. In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who - or what - is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future - and our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, significant differences from the movie

  • By A. Ferguson on 01-25-13

Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I was an interesting and thought provoking story; it makes me want to watch the movie again.