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  • Meet Me in Atlantis

  • My Quest to Find the 2,000-Year-Old Sunken City
  • By: Mark Adams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still actively searching for this sunken city all around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Lure of Atlantis

  • By Diane on 01-15-16

Very interesting, but why not ask a few geologists

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Why didn't anyone ask a geologist/paleontologist about major geological events (volcanoes, changes in land elevation, seriously catastrophic floods, climate change that shows up in the geological record) that happened in the relevant time periods? Lots of archeologists, no geologists??? Geologists know about that sort of thing - it's their business!

  • The Incident at Fives Castle

  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

It is Hogmanay, and Angela Marchmont is at Fives Castle, the Scottish seat of the Earl of Strathmerrick, to see in the start of 1928. But when she finds out that the Foreign Secretary, the American Ambassador, and the Head of British Intelligence are also among the guests, Angela begins to suspect that something momentous is afoot. Before long, they are all snowed in and a body is discovered, and Angela soon finds suspicion directed against herself.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery that kept my interest

  • By Elaine on 09-23-18

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Another wonderful Angela Marchmont mystery! It feels so much like it was written in the 1920s that you might not believe that it was only written a few years ago. This was a well written mystery, read by a talented reader. Fun, and with many twists and turns.

More Clara Benson, please! (even if I don't know what her real name is).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Red House Mystery

  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: William Sutherland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Mark Ablett's stately mansion, the Red House, is filled with very proper guests when his most improper brother returns from Australia. The prodigal brother enters Mark's study, the parlor maid hears arguing and the brother dies...rather suddenly, with a bullet between the eyes. The study is locked from the inside and Mark is missing! Investigating the crime is wealthy Antony Gillingham, who rivals Sherlock Holmes in his remarkable powers of observation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • difficult listen

  • By Todd on 10-17-03

Great reading of a wonderful mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

A.A. Milne wrote a charming, funny, and puzzling mystery, and it was read very well by William Sutherland. I enjoyed it hugely! But be aware that the sound quality is iffy sometimes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bodies from the Library

  • Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age
  • By: Tony Medawar, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and others
  • Narrated by: Philip Bretherton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together a selection of rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922. At a time when crime and thriller writing has once again overtaken the sales of general and literary fiction, Bodies from the Library unearths lost stories from the Golden Age, that period between the World Wars when detective fiction captured the public’s imagination and saw the emergence of some of the world’s cleverest and most popular storytellers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • two stories missing

  • By Jerri C on 08-29-18

Great collection of stories!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This is a great collection of stories by really talented authors, and the reader did a great job. I enjoyed it immensely!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Murder at Ashgrove House

  • Rose Simpson Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Addison
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

When Sir William and Lady Withers invite friends and family to a weekend house party at their country home, Ashgrove House, they are faced with the arrival of both invited and uninvited guests, the consequence of which is murder. Set in 1930, Murder at Ashgrove House is full of intrigue, clues, and red herrings, with nearly everyone having a motive for wishing the victim dead. This is a classic country house murder mystery set during the golden age of crime and will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A real yawner

  • By notlad on 04-14-18

More Margaret Addison please!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This was recorded by a small production company, and I hope that they continue with this series. The mysteries are good, and so is the narrator! Thanks Circle of Spears Productions!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Whilton's Wedding

  • By: Barbara Metzger
  • Narrated by: Pippa Rathborne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Where was Uncle Albert? The day of Lady Whilton's nuptials was fast approaching, and the spiteful old lout had disappeared. Daphne Whilton, the bride's daughter, knew what happened. She had found him dead in his chambers and vowed to keep it a secret, fearing the miser's legacy would destroy her mother's glorious wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny where's-the-body romance!

  • By Yvette on 04-09-17

Funny where's-the-body romance!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I had such fun listening to this! The reader was great & the story was funny and creative. There is a mention in the plot summary of a body turning up at an inconvenient time, but there is sooo much more to it than that. The characters' stories wind in and around each other, and the center of the confusion is the person who dies, and what happens to his body. This was very funny, and you never knew what might happen next. The usual happy ending of a romance was almost the least important thing that the listener would watch for the resolution of. I loved it! More Barbara Metzger, please!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Audley's Secret

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Lady Audley is universally adored: Beautiful, kind and charming, she enamors all whom she meets. It is not until the strange disappearance of widower George Talboys that her behavior takes an odd turn. George's friend, Robert Audley, Lady Audley's nephew-in-law, is on the case; an upper-class layabout turned detective, he is determined to get to the bottom of things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book with a Great Reader!

  • By Yvette on 05-29-16

Great Book with a Great Reader!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

I found this book to be great fun, and read by a talented reader. The basic plot was already known to me (read the plot summary years ago - book published in the mid-1800's), but I greatly enjoyed watching it play out. This book was well written, and the characters well described. The hero made deductions, tried to find proof, and made errors of judgment that sometimes set him back, but then I knew who had done what when I started listening. I had heard of this as being published in the same time period as Wilkie Collins' early books, and was curious. Kim Hicks really brought it to life, and I'm glad that I listened!

5 of 5 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 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

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

Interesting new (for me) series & great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

Finding Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma mysteries appearing in the New Releases list in a great big bunch over a period of only a few days, I was curious. So I looked Peter Tremayne up on StopYou'reKillingMe, found out which was the first book, and listened to a segment on Audible. I was pulled right in by the story, and by Caroline Lennon's narration. The perfect match. Having listened to the first, and finding that Audible seems to have all of them, I'm a very happy camper! I think that this series of mysteries set in 7th century Europe (mostly Ireland???) would very likely appeal to Brother Cadfael fans and cozy mystery fans. I'm getting the next few books today!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Death in the Andamans

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Death in the Andamans is a masterpiece of mystery and romance from one of our most beloved authors. When a violent storm lashes the tiny Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, Copper Randal barely manages a safe return to Government House. She does get back in one piece with her hostess, Valerie Masson, Val's fiancé, and handsome naval officer Nick Tarrent, but one of the islanders is unaccounted for when the boats return to harbor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book. Less than stellar reader

  • By Pam K. Thomas on 02-27-13

Great book and good reader

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

This is yet another of MM Kaye's great mysteries. As usual, the characters are interesting, the storyline has tension, humor, romance, and many twists and turns. And MM Kaye describes the islands so well that you can see them clearly in your mind's eye. And, Soneela Nankani is a darn good reader. At first, it threw me off that this book full of British people was being read in an American accent. But I soon realized that Soneela's reading is clear, her characterizations are very good, she has a fine sense of the internal drama of each character as they are speaking and thinking, and (unlike some readers) she actually knew how to pronounce the words (with a very few minor exceptions). One of my pet peeves is the reader who has the right accent, but who keeps stumbling over the proper pronunciation of the words. Soneela is a very good reader, so I got over the accent pretty quickly.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lord of Scoundrels

  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes

  • By Marcheta on 01-30-14

Absolutely perfect!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

I love this book as much now as when I discovered Loretta Chase a few years ago. I kept asking myself "why is it that no one has recorded any of her books?". Well they finally have, and it was worth waiting for. Kate Reading is the perfect reader for this book, and I hope that she can be convinced to record more of Loretta Chase's books in the future. I suspect that I will listen to this again and again in the future. It is FABULOUS!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful