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  • Hardcore Twenty-Four

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,629

This Jersey girl hits hard - 24/7. The blockbuster Stephanie Plum series continues with Hardcore Twenty-Four from number one New York Times best-selling Janet Evanovich.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sign

  • By Kimberly on 11-27-17

A sorry End (I hope) to a great series

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

It’s a testament to Lorelei King that I did, after all, listen to this all the way through. But the book was beyond disappointing. Like a chef with a fine recipe that has been served too many times, she tried to spice it up with characters and themes (the whole paranormal schtick) from a different cuisine. The result was an indigestible mess. Janet, it’s time to close this restaurant.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,457

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Find

  • By Marie on 10-29-16

Neil Dudgeon could read the phone book to me.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

What sets this series apart from a ton of other mild-mannered mysteries is Neil Dudgeon's narration. First, his voice alone makes you take the stories more seriously: deep, clean, unselfconscious and sure of his reading. Second, he doesn't try do those fake, squeaky, syrupy, "women's voices" that make you cringe; he just reads the book and does it beautifully. Third, his American accent for Jack is spot on. (I wish the authors' idioms were that accurate; by and large is it Australians who say "no worries", while Americans say "no problem".) I'm glad Dudgeon has some good stories to read, but frankly I'd buy the Audible version of the dictionary if he were the narrator.

  • The War That Saved My Life

  • By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,691

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute - she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Powerful Wonder

  • By Sara on 02-07-17

Quietly Perfect and Not Just for Kids

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

This is going to be a classic. The author does have a fine grasp of the earliest period of WWI in Britain. But her really stunning accomplishment is in portraying the intensity and ambiguity of emotional turmoil in a way that keeps listeners attached, rather than driving them away. I have never read anything else that portrayed the effects of emotional abuse so accurately. Yet the book is filled with light and hope and understanding. Although the narration is from the point of view of the emotionally damaged girl, it is decidedly not "just" a book for children; it is one that should inform every adult's understanding of damage, resilience, growth and human attachment. So, to Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, "You go, girl!"

  • Damsel in Distress

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

In spring a young man’s fancy will turn to love, and the Honorable Phillip Petrie is no exception. Daisy’s chum is totally smitten with Miss Gloria Arbuckle, daughter of a millionaire Yank. But before the enthusiastic suitor can pop the question, his beloved is abducted. As a distraught Mr. Arbuckle begins assembling the ransom, Phillip enlists Daisy to help him recover his missing sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Cozy Read

  • By paula on 06-25-15

Painful

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Where to begin. Were the cardboard characters worse than the dreadful narration? I wanted to care about them. I really did. But there is only a certain amount of energy you can spend on suspending disbelief before you throw in the towel. The story had a decent premise: the kidnapping of an American heiress. But so many of the characters (Gloria, Arbuckle, and the Dalrymples, Philip, Binky, and Ernest, just to name a few) might as well have been hand-puppets. Both British and American slang were laid on far too thick, and got harder and harder to tolerate. With really horrible accents. I don't know whether the narrator was British with a dreadful grasp of American accents or, worse yet, American with a really dreadful grasp of both British and American accents. The auto tycoon from Detroit sounded like he came from Oklahoma, or was it Appalachia? His daughter took elocution lessons from Betty Boop. Really? This is the best we can do? Maybe Ms. Dunn was aiming for P.G. Woodhouse, but if so, she missed the parody, the fun, and the Master's impeccable plotting. Too bad. I believe that this narrator was replace, along the way, with another one. I'll try again, but my patience is wearing thin.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Days of Anna Madrigal

  • A Novel (Tales of the City)
  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters - Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane - as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past. Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter, Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Life In Review

  • By Keith on 01-26-14

Narrator is a huge mistake

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

Reviewed: 02-15-14

I'm a long time fan of Maupin and the Tales of the City family. But this narrator is a terrible blunder. Everyone comes across as vulgar and not very bright. Mrs. Madrigal, in particular, has none of her dry wit and dignity, but other characterizations are just as bad. The voice is so jarring that it's hard to really judge the quality of the story. The author is the perfect narrator of his own work, and in this possibly last book, we should have had the gift of his own voice. If you love the series, buy the book itself instead of the recording.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Pirate King

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 834

As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite Mary Russell

  • By chris on 10-01-11

Witty, literate, and just plain fun

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

Reviewed: 11-20-12

OK whiners - get over it. It was time for King to have a bit of fun. This is a splendid romp -- a happy-dance through two iconic British set pieces that beg for satire: the world of Conan Doyle, and the world of Gilbert & Sullivan. King has earned the right to do something unexpected with her characters, in this case to let Russell do something just a little less grand (and stuffy) than saving the empire. And to do it on her own. On every page, King is asking us to bring a little more to the table as readers -- to contribute our own brains and education and sense of fun. Do we really have to care that Holmes isn't the big man in this? Isn't that what the series is about anyway? Russell? So, gentle readers, get over yourselves and dance this little gig -- just for fun.

  • As the Pig Turns

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 494

The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Penlope Keith is perfect !

  • By Madison on 07-08-12

Penlope Keith is perfect !

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

Reviewed: 07-08-12

Agatha is a breath of fresh air, and Penelope Keith knows her inside and out. The whole Raisen series is a British sit com in written form, and from "Good Neighbors" to "Agatha Raisen", no one portrays a cranky, bitchy, opinionated, reckless goodhearted. British upper class busy-body better than Keith. This is strong hot tea with lemon, thank you, not with warm milk and sugar. The plots are roughly Brit-Sit, too -- who needs to believe them? In the diet of Brit Myst readers, P.D. James may be the hearty main course, but don't forget some Beaton for dessert.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Jane and His Lordship's Legacy

  • By: Stephanie Barron
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

It is July 1809, and Jane is just beginning to emerge from her grief over her lost love, Lord Harold Trowbridge. When, moving with her mother and sister into a cottage on her brother's estate in Chawton, Hampshire, she begins to revise one of her first manuscripts, determined to honor Lord Trowbridge's confidence in her work, a corpse is suddenly discovered in the cellar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book

  • By Laurin on 10-29-05

OK, Good, and Great.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-10

It's OK with me if a good book is the step child of a great one. The Jane series is very satisfying. Although I'm not crazy about the narrator, I love the pace and language, and I will be delighted when another comes along.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful