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  • The Hollow of Fear

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 3
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective", Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. When the estranged wife of her dear friend Lord Ingram is discovered dead on his estate, all signs point to him as the murderer. With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to find out the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Jane on 10-02-18

Must Listen Carefully

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Perhaps it's the voices and vernacular of the time period, but to follow the story, I had to listen very carefully. However, it did not interfere with the enjoyment of a most interesting and intelligent tale. This is Book 3 in a series by Sherry Thomas where the Sherlock Holmes characters greatly differ from the Conan Doyle series. Sherlock is Charlotte Holmes, with the same incredible powers of observation and deduction. She steps outside society's norms and makes her way (with great difficulty) in a man's world. Mrs. Watson, Charlotte's assistant, is a surprisingly colorful woman. The narrator, Kate Reading, does an outstanding job with so many different voices and the accents of the aristocracy. I feel I truly know the characters and can recognize them easily. I recommend listening to Books 1 and 2 before this one. I'm hoping for a Book 4 !

  • The Ocean Liner

  • By: Marius Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest of their family. America offers a safe haven, but to reach it they must survive a hazardous Atlantic crossing. Among their fellow passengers fleeing the war, each with their own conflicts, secrets, and surprises, are the composer Igor Stravinsky, making a new start after a decade of tragedy, and Rose Kennedy, determined to keep her four children from harm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Fiction--Compelling Characters

  • By Linda on 04-05-18

Distinguished Cast of Characters

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

The last to leave Europe before Nazis overtake Poland and France, families are separated and make their way onto an over crowded ocean liner into dangerous Atlantic waters with German submarines.
Friendships are formed as survival becomes tenuous. How the immigrants finally land on American soil, and how their lives unfold makes for a most enjoyable read.

  • The Widower’s Two-Step

  • A Tres Navarre Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

Rick Riordan’s first book in the Tres Navarre series, Big Red Tequila hit the mystery market like a Texas tornado. Readers couldn’t get enough of its hero’s offbeat combination of academic degrees, tai chi skills, and nose for danger. When the second adventure, Widower’s TwoStep, was published, it quickly earned an Edgar Award.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fav Tres Navarre Story so far!

  • By Robert on 04-09-13

Country Western

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

A lost demo tape starts an investigation into the business of Country Western. Tres must meet with old friends to enter the scene.

  • The Seagull

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent and now inmate John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a key part in his downfall. Now Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-'90s, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This might be the best Vera Stanhope book so far!

  • By Kathi on 11-26-17

Vera's Past

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

More about Vera's father and the Gang of Four is revealed and tangled into the present. Two sets of bones are discovered when a former police detective in prison tells Vera where a body is buried. Things get complicated. For me, this is worth a second read after some time.

  • Thunderhead

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245

Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Mystery

  • By Catherine J. Pondozzi on 03-20-13

Nightmare-Horror Story

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I couldn't get through it. Glad it was a sale item. Didn't like the character development and the long drawn-out lead up to the nightmare creatures. Ghoulish descriptions of what the monsters do. Maybe someone who likes horror stories would enjoy it.
From the description, I thought it would be an interesting description of archeologic digs. NOT!

  • Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

  • By: Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

Auntie Poldi, sassy, brassy, and 60, moves to Sicily for a quiet alcohol-fuelled retirement. A murder spoils her plans. This is the first novel in a charming new mystery series set in Sicily and laced with Italian sensuality and humor. It features an amateur sleuth, the sassy and foul-mouthed Auntie Poldi. Recently widowed Poldi moves to Sicily in order to quietly drink herself to death with a sea view, but fate intervenes. When she finds the corpse of a young man on the beach, his face blown off with a sawn-off shotgun, she becomes a potential suspect in his murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Auntie Poldi Rocks!

  • By Lynn on 04-01-18

What FUN!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I loved this book and learned so much about Sicilian everyday life and culture. However the character of Auntie Poldi is the STAR. Not often does one find a book where a 60 year old woman solves a murder (actually two murders). The beginning is all about Poldi and why/how she came to Sicily, but soon picks up the pace when she finds a young man she knows lying dead on the beach. How I wish I could adopt Poldi's outlook on life, her enthusiasm, courage, and bright mind. You go Auntie!
Hopefully there will be another Poldi book . I liked how the tale unfolded with the nephew as the narrator. Well done!

  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

The Beginnings for Charlotte

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I loved how "Ms Sherlock and Mrs Watson meet. This is a story of how very creative women in the Victorian age in England made their ways outside society's norms. (Not easily). Charlotte was definitely not meant for lady-like behavior with her active brilliant mind. I would listen to another book in the series.

  • Secrets of a Charmed Life

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,137

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year

  • By Joyce BZ on 06-19-15

Bombing London

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I got a clear and detailed description of what the British people suffered during the Blitz and other bombing of London.
Oh my! Two young girls are traumatized by it and must endure the PTSD into their adult lives. However, this is not a "downner" story. It's written so well as a 90+ year old woman shares her experiences of the war with a young history major who will write her story..
I highly recommend it. Loved the narrator too.

  • Proof

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

With this New York Times best seller, Dick Francis creates an intoxicating blend of the good life, fast horses, and nail-biting suspense. After a shattering accident plunges a society soiree into chaos, an unassuming wine merchant is left with the bitter aftertaste of suspicion and fear. While catering an outdoor party for a prominent horse trainer, Tony Beach hears rumors of inferior whisky being sold under premium labels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of Francis' Best: An Entertaining Story

  • By R. Pontiflet on 06-03-17

A Gift for Tastes and Details

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Similar to Sherlock Holmes, the main character, Beech, has an outstanding eye for noticing anything and everything about people and places with perfect recall. He also has an extraordinary discerning taste for wines and spirits which lead him into a secret chase for alcohol thieves. I loved the ending!
Dick Frances writes another winner. Simon Prebble is the perfect reader for his stories.

  • Not Alone: Second Contact

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

When a massive meteor lights up the sky over the remote island of Kerguelen, the world holds its breath. In Birchwood, Colorado, Dan McCarthy gets to work. Following his incredible experiences of the previous year, Dan knows this was no natural occurrence. The Messengers are back - to finish what they started - and they didn't come all this way for nothing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up

  • By Nik on 08-06-18

Another LONG Tale

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

It was good to hear from the characters we met in Not Alone: One.
(Dan, Clark, Emma, and all the politicians and journalists.)
Second Contact is more direct than the first. I recommend listening to the first book before trying this one, as so much in Second Contact will be familiar. You will already know so much about the characters, and this is the fun element of the book. You'll also understand the politics and deceptions.

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