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  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,214

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Couldn't get past the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

Urgh. I cannot stand these types of female narrators. Guttural and nasal with an annoying chick-lit narration style. This short story could have been so much more. As far as the story, less romance and more history please. And please use an appropriate narrator that has a tone for the time the books are set in.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder at Lowry House

  • Hazel Martin Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Leighann Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166

When mystery novelist Hazel Martin receives a secretive letter from an old friend who suspects her relatives have murderous intentions, she packs her bags and heads to the country. Tampered medications, symptoms of poisoning, and suspicious accidents all add up to attempted murder, and it's up to Hazel and her Siamese cat, Dickens, to sniff out the clues. But with a house full of relatives who all have a motive, will Hazel be able to unmask the culprit before things turn deadly?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable cozy

  • By Kathi on 10-08-17

Simple who done it

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

This was okay enough to finish, but I found myself multitasking a lot. Mostly I stayed with it to find out if I had guessed the right person from early on. The cat was annoying, but hopefully others will find it endearing and cute.

  • The Royal Art of Poison

  • Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul
  • By: Eleanor Herman
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

The story of poison is the story of power. For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns, and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. Servants licked the royal family's spoons, tried on their underpants, and tested their chamber pots. Ironically, royals terrified of poison were unknowingly poisoning themselves daily with their cosmetics, medications, and filthy living conditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More fun than poison should be!

  • By Leslye Sinn on 01-21-19

Fantastic depth

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Great way to learn about the topic in an entertaining way. I couldn't listen to it as I would a novel, but enjoyed having it in the background while doing other tasks. Great research and narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Absolution by Murder

  • A Sister Fidelma Mystery
  • By: Peter Tremayne
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

In AD 664 King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to hear debate between the Roman and Celtic Christian Churches and decide which shall be granted primacy in his kingdom. At stake is much more than a few disputed points of ritual; Oswy's decision could affect the survival of either Church in the Saxon kingdoms. When the Abbess Etain, a leading speaker for the Celtic Church, is found murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting new (for me) series & great narrator!

  • By Yvette on 02-27-15

Takes a while

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

There are so many names and positions and so many set-up details needed to set the stage that it took me a while to get the rhythm of this story. The narration was good but I wish she had not whispered the text when it mentions someone is whispering.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,585

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-03-19

Lost interest quickly

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Despite reading the negative reviews, initially this book seemed interesting. I thought it would be unique and different. It quickly devolved into blow-by-blows of inane details and unnecessary filler and thoughts. It needed at least 20,000 words edited out. I found it difficult to bond with anyone because there were so many characters. All with difficult stories. I was curious enough about them, so I skipped close to the end to see how it all played out. Even then, I found myself playing it at 1.5 and skipping quite a bit. What really pulled the listening experience down for me was the voice of Marsha.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Katherine Wentworth

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Married at 19, Katherine had four years of happiness with her beloved Gerald. When he dies, she is left on her own to bring up a stepson, Simon, and her own little twins. She has known what it is to be loved and cherished, and without Gerald, all she wants is independence, and the freedom to bring up his children as he would have liked. When an unexpected letter arrives for Simon, offering him a very different life, Katherine is concerned that he makes the right choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love grows in Edinburgh!

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-01-13

Decent read

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Nice old-fashioned, clean story with a completely different storyline than what's out there these days. I appreciated the vintage approach. It's a good book to take your time with and not have modern expectations. A couple of plot lines kept me intrigued and wanting to know more. The voice of Daisy irritated me a bit but thankfully, she doesn't play a large speaking part.

  • Miss Buncle's Book

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

The scene of this entertaining story is laid in a charming English village. The plot centres round Miss Barbara Buncle, a maiden lady who was obliged to write a book because – as she naively explained – her dividends were so poor. Unfortunately, Miss Buncle had no imagination, so she wrote about her friends – quite kindly and truthfully, of course, for she was a benevolent and veracious soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good, I'll read them all!!

  • By Heather on 03-16-10

Delightful story

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

This book was so unusual, and I found it very entertaining. It's been awhile since I've heard something unique that gave me a few smiles and kept me listening without fast forwarding any parts. Makes me want to see what else this author has written.

  • Digging In

  • A Novel
  • By: Loretta Nyhan
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,081

Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade - and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig. As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. Something big is beginning to take root - both in her garden and in herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm glad I finished this book.

  • By KrsTea on 08-05-18

A decent nugget or two if you enjoy this genre

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I'm trying to finish it in case it gets better, but it's not hooking me in, and I can't seem to bond with any character. Just when I think there might be something interesting to look forward to, it starts going into uninteresting and predictable blow-by-blows. It also has a lot of backfill. On the positive side, it's got a few nuggets of insight/wisdom worth hanging onto. And the author has a talent for handling a difficult topic with some lightness without taking it too deep. I'll be avoiding this narrator in the future.

  • A Murderous Ride

  • Bunburry - A Cosy Mystery Series 2
  • By: Helena Marchmont
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

In "A Murderous Ride," the second Bunburry book, Alfie discovers that he has not only inherited a cottage from his late Aunt Augusta but also a 1950s Jaguar. He is dismayed: for reasons of his own, he no longer drives. Aunt Augusta's best friends, Liz and Marge, persuade him to get behind the wheel again - but that's just the start of his troubles. Alfie discovers it's a seriously bad idea to get on the wrong side of the local police sergeant. Especially when he finds himself at a murder scene and the sergeant decides Alfie's the murderer. There's only one thing to be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first book by far, but not bad

  • By FitMama on 03-15-19

Enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

This follow up to the first one was entertaining enough, though I liked the first one better. Nathaniel Parker, as usual, did an excellent job with the narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder at the Mousetrap

  • Bunburry - A Cosy Mystery Series 1
  • By: Helena Marchmont
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

Alfie McAlister has retreated from London to the peace and quiet of the country to recover from a personal tragedy. But an accidental death - which may have been no accident - reveals that the heart of England is far from the tranquil backwater he imagined. After arriving in Bunburry, he is co-opted as an amateur detective by Liz and Marge, two elderly ladies who were best friends with Alfie's late Aunt Augusta. And it is not long before their investigations take an even more dramatic turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • if you love the Cheeringham Series....

  • By Mckai on 03-07-19

Great cozy

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Entertaining and pleasant. i look forward to the next one in the series. Would love to have Nathaniel Parker narrate more books.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful