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  • The Deadliest Sin

  • By: The Medieval Murders
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

In the spring of 1348, tales begin of poisonous clouds fast approaching, which have overwhelmed whole cities, with scarcely a human being left. While some pray earnestly, there are those who hope that God's wrath might be averted by pilgrimage. When a group of pilgrims are forced to shelter at an inn, their host encourages them to tell their stories of sin, so that it might emerge which one is the best. And the worst...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So boring I don't know if I can bear to finish....

  • By Robert on 05-17-18

So boring I don't know if I can bear to finish....

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I've loved all the Medieval Murderers stories until this one. This one is like a poor imitation of Canterbury Tales. Worst of all is the narrator, whose rambling story of the English in France after Crecy is rivaled in dullness only by the dullness of his telling, full of odd pauses and a monotonous voice. The reader sounds like someone who is trying to put expression into his read aloud without any idea how to do it. Really wish I'd read the bad review before I bought this.

  • Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Sharon Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Seven weeks ago, a young American woman, Amanda Pym, faced down hijackers on board a flight to the Middle East and saved the lives of more than two hundred passengers. In a blaze of celebrity, she stepped off the plane in Damascus and was whisked away in a waiting car. Since then, NOTHING. The CIA believes she was kidnapped and murdered. Whose plans has the apparently ordinary young woman interfered with? The machinations of the mukhabarat, Syria's dreaded police?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the performance we are used to hearing.

  • By Lucille 1978 on 02-24-15

New narrator ruined it.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

The other reviewers who complain about this new, young-sounding, girlie narrator are spot on. Barbara Rosenblat is the voice of Mrs. Pollifax, and all her male colleagues. This new narrator makes all the characters sound like giggly girls, even the male ones, and is surely no Mrs. Emily Pollifax. What a disappointing end to an otherwise fun mature Nancy Drew-ish series. Audible, will you PLEASE re-record with the real voice of Mrs. Pollifax!!!!!!

  • Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

  • A Collection of Outlander Fiction
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie, Allan Scott-Douglas, Davina Porter, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911

The author presents a collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories and featuring beloved character Jamie Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two new works and five previously published

  • By Mary R on 07-03-17

beware SPOILERS at the beginning!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

I'm sure I will thoroughly enjoy this book (as I have all other things Outlander) and have therefore filled in the star-max provisionally (I'll change them later if I'm adversely surprised) but I wanted to warn my fellow spoiler-haters right away that at the beginning, Diana Gabaldon herself (whom I normally enjoy listening to) is included giving a synopsis of every book and short story in the Outlander universe. I've read most everything but missed a few, so now--sigh...........--I have spoilers for the ones I've inadvertently missed. So if you've missed anything and hate spoilers as much as I do, skip over those first couple of bits and just figure out where the novellas themselves begin. Sorry, guys, bad practice to put that at the beginning!!!

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Mystic River

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car drove up their street. One boy got in the car, two did not, and something terrible happened - something that ended their friendship and changed the boys forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay - demons that urge him to do horrific things. When Jimmy's daughter is murdered, Sean is assigned to the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Punches you in the face!

  • By DaWoolf on 11-11-14

phenomenal edge-of-your-seat horror murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

I've only read one other Lehane book--The Given Day--which was great but didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. This book combines enough characterization to make us care about the characters as individuals with horror/murder and the classic whodunit mystery to avoid being cheesy and to get me to clean house until the book was finished. Narration was perfect for this book. Don't think I'd care anything about seeing the movie--it couldn't improve on this book with this narrator. (Someone mentioned bad stuff happening to children--a good caveat, since even The Walking Dead doesn't gratuitously off kids--but in this case the lives of the children in the story are an integral part of the story and actually constitute some of the most important tragic elements. Without spoilers let's just say bad things do happen to kids, but not indiscriminately and not like they would in some sort of sick Halloween-horror flick.) This book could perhaps best be classified as a suspense-filled Greek tragedy.

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  • The Empty Throne

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076

Britain, early 10th century AD: a time of change. There are new raids by the Vikings from Ireland, and turmoil among the Saxons over the leadership of Mercia. A younger generation is taking over. Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Athelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Aethelred. Widely loved and respected, Athelflaed has all the makings of a leader - but can Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uhtred ages gracefully

  • By Drake Zimmerman on 01-11-15

The best in the Saxon series

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

I've been reading and listening to B Cornwell's Saxon series for a long time now and expected the series to get tiresome, but this was the best yet. It recalls and brings my knowledge of Britain's history to life. Old and new characters are quickly and thoroughly fleshed out for their roles in this completely new phase of Utred's life and times. I truly enjoyed this book. Can't say more--even if you know your history to say more would risk spoilers. And the narration made the story superb--perfect voices, perfect pace.

  • The Splendour Falls

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 711

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you. As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • adventure, mystery an a touch of the supernatural

  • By Donna A on 05-13-14

Not up to Winter Sea or Rose Garden standards

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

I was eager to enjoy this one as I have enjoyed Winter Sea and Rose Garden more than once (and will do so again--like the Century Trilogy by Follett and the Medicus series by Ruth Downie and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and even Les Miserables, some things are worth the time it takes for this woman to experience them again and again). Sadly the story just never grabbed my interest the way Winter Sea and Rose Garden did. Too much in the present, and not terribly interesting at that, at least not to me. And while Rosenblat makes a truly wonderful and hysterical Mrs. Pollifax, her voice is indeed too old for this character, and it really is difficult to distinguish the various characters. With neither distinctive voices nor memorable characterization, they all sort of blur together. I did make it through the entire book, and I didn't hate it, but neither did I enjoy it. Both by comparison to Winter Sea and Rose Garden and on its own "merits," I found it disappointing.

  • Naughty in Nice

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,900

Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder mystery for the delicately nurtured

  • By Marie-Anne on 11-11-11

Still going strong!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

The author took a few different directions in this one and spun a dandy yarn. Enjoyed the listen. The right mix of romance, mystery, and comedy for light entertainment.

  • Royal Blood

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,543

Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Adventurous Fun

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Every series needs one of these

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

Every series needs its token Transylvanian connection and this one does not disappoint. Love Queenie!

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  • Royal Flush

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,858

With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit

  • By Marie on 02-09-13

venturing into the more unbelievable but still fun

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

This one does strain credulity a bit more than the first two but still entertaining. Not my favorite but not a disappointment. Moving on to the next one soon.

  • A Royal Pain

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,609

The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Royal HOOT!

  • By AudioAddict on 03-08-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

The narrator and the series continues without disappointing. I will definitely continue this series. Just the right mix of comedy, mystery, and romance. Nothing heavy--just a light listen for when I want to be entertained without having to think too much.