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  • Dead as a Door Knocker

  • A House-Flipper Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Diane Kelly
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Meet Whitney Whitaker. A hopeless romantic when it comes to real estate, she knows what it takes to find - and flip - the home of one’s dreams. A fixer-upper is like catnip to Whitney: She can’t resist the challenge of turning an eyesore into a priceless work of art. So when one of her clients decides to liquidate a crumbling property, Whitney seizes the opportunity to purchase it for a song. But soon a curious incident of the cat in the night-time leads to a change in tune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the characters!

  • By DiAnn on 02-08-19

Unfortunate narration

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I enjoy this author, and have happily read her IRS and Dallas PD series. The narration on each of them is spirited and fun. Not so w this book. The narration takes the joy out of the story. The pace is plodding, the characters unremarkable. I have not returned an Audible purchase in years, but I had to send this one back. I would rather read it than hear the tortured audio version.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,941

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-18

Overly edited, losing much of the Austen original

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I do understand that this is dramatized, and is necessarily abridged from the original; however, the editing resulted in characters that were much different than in the original work. Mr Woodhouse, for example, is more assertive than Austen wrote him to be. Miss Bates is completely different. Her constant running commentary is almost entirely lost, but is vital to her character. Even Mr Knightly is somehow less handsome in this production.

This won’t be an audiobook that I will repeatedly return to, the way I do my unabridged Emma.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in]

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Possible Version of the Classic Whodunit

  • By Brian Abel Ragen on 11-10-17

Stunning! My ears were at the edge of my seat!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

Most readers of a certain age (or lovers of murder mysteries) know "who done it" on the Orient Express. The ending isn't the point of this book. Ms. Christie's prose is fabulous! Like Jane Austen, she's a master of dialogue. What there is of narration doesn't get in the way of the "voices" of the story.

Add to that genius the vocal talents of Kenneth Branagh, and you have a feast for your ears. Does his Poirot speak in a true Belgian accent? I couldn't tell you. But, Poirot speaks in the PERFECT over the top French accent to fit the character. The same can be said for the other characters - the Italian's voice is a caricature of an Italian immigrant's voice, the Russian contessa's voice makes it clear that she's shimmering in her jet beads and jewels, the American missionary (or not) and the salesman are SO "American." The characters are SO strongly performed that the listener's mind can see them, each unique.

Overacted? Oh, most certainly, but PERFECT for this edition of the classic story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Georgie is back!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

Let's get one bit out there early: Queenie barely factors into the book. Amen! Thank you, Author, for saving us from THAT plot distraction.

Georgie is on another mission for HM, Queen Mary. And yes, it involves her son, the Prince of Wales, and that twice-married American. What could go wrong? Nazi spies? A German industrialist? Aides to Mussolini? Clandestine meetings with HRH to encourage England to side w Italy and Germany when war comes?

Add in naughty photos of Mummy, blackmail, and a pregnant Belinda, and Georgie is up to her neck in it. At least she finally has an efficient maid looking out for her. Or does she?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out

  • The Poor Relation, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,599

Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure

  • By Clare on 05-04-12

The Poor Relations succeed

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

What s a poor relation to do? One can visit wealthier relatives and glom off of them for only so long, then one is on one's own again. Here several band together, commune-sty,e, to make their way together.

A pleasant read, perfect for distracting a weary international traveler trapped for eight hours in the window seat. ::shudder::

I do have a gripe, though. It is one thing to visit wealthier relatives to live for a bit. It is quite another to steal from them. In this case, the Duke is getting shafted. He is knowingly supporting the band of relations at the end, but what he doesn't find out is that he has been all along. I hope the Poor Relations make it right with him in one of the later books in the series. Otherwise, in my mind they're common thieves.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808

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

Entertaining Cotswold mysteries

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

A book of three mysteries set in the Cotswolds. Each is not so long that one finds it tiresome. Longer than a short story, shorter than a full novel. But just long enough for the complexity of the stories.

Sarah is a 30-something divorced mother of two, who owns a web design firm. Jack is an American, widowed, mid-50s, retired NYPD detective who lives on a barge at the edge of the village. Both are somewhat at loose ends. The relationship begins when Sarah's friend Sammi is found dead near Jack's boat, and she visits to ask if he saw anything the night Sammi died. From there, the series has the two becoming friends, and sleuthing in the village. For such a small place, there sure are a lot of suspicious deaths! But that's how these mystery towns are, I suppose.

The peripheral characters are fun, too. Sarah's parents, her two kids, personal assistant, and the various villagers we meet along the way. The stories are somewhat predictable, but enjoyable nevertheless. I do hope that the two of them become romantically involved at some point in the series, but it's not vital to the plot line.

The audio is annoying in some places. The narrator, while wonderful, raises and lowers the volume of his voice quite frequently. That's good for intrigue, and maybe ok if one is listening on headphones, it means that those of us listening in the car keep missing bits here and there when he gets really quiet. Rewind, raise the volume, listen again, lower the volume, and continue.

Yes, I already bought the second volume and am looking forward to listening some more.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Cruel Winter

  • A County Cork Mystery
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons - and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to Sheila Connolly's usual standard

  • By S on 07-01-17

So slow, iike reading the action in real time

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

There was a murder some years ago. The townsfolk and some strangers are snowed in.at Sullivan's, so they work on solving the crime to pass the time. Not quite a closed room murder, but that idea. Unfortunately, we the readers are snowed in with them. And we spend every minute of every hour doing what they are doing.

While interesting, the plot moved so slowly that I was almost willing to confess to the crime myself, if it meant I would get out of the pub at last. Had I been reading the book, I could have skipped pages. On the audio, all I could do was speed up the narration.

  • Scat

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Edward Asner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not just a kids book

  • By Vicky on 07-05-09

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

Hiaasen has put together another of his pro-environment stories, this one for young people. A crotchety teacher, two good students, a young alleged arsonist, and a monkeywrencher get together to save an endangered panther, and thwart an illegal drilling scheme. If you are familiar w the adult Hiaasen offerings, you know what they're like.

We have a few anxious moments, including whether a national guardsman injured in the Middle East is going to make it, but overall nothing too scary for the kids. A good save the environment story.

The problem is the narrator. Who doesn't love Ed Asner? I mean, he's Mr Grant, right? Unfortunately, it feels like he's phoning this one in. His gruff "reading" (not acting) style of presenting the story is, quite frankly, boring. There is little color to the performance. It is just endlessly flat. I ended up increasing the narration speed to 2x, just to finish the story. I don't want to listen to the other young person Hiaasen books, if they are like this. Sad.

  • Seeds of Deception

  • Orchard Series, Book 10
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

With the bushels of time they spent organizing their wedding, Meg and Seth didn't have a chance to plan a honeymoon. But now that winter has arrived, there's not much to do at the orchard. So with their shared love of history and all things apple, they pick Thomas Jefferson's orchards at Monticello as the perfect getaway. While they enjoy the beautiful sights, there's a rotten addition to the agenda when Meg's parents discover their handyman dead in the backyard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 10 Narrator

  • By Maureen on 05-18-17

S-L-O-W

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

Unfortunately, this is not one of the author's better series. You can read the summary for yourself, so you don't need a repeat here.

Perhaps the author's intention is to develop the individual characters and their interrelationships (read as "beat the reader to death with them"), using the murder mystery as a vehicle. The problem is, none of the characters, except perhaps Seth (and maybe the dead gardener) is particularly likable. And Seth has barely a role in the story, except to drive up and down the East Coast and say "yes, dear." So, we are left w Meg, her cold and distant father, and her doormat mother, and a dead gardener.

Nope, just couldn't work myself up to caring about any of them. By the time the author got around to "who done it," I was just grateful it was nearly the end of the book.

  • The Heist

  • A Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,228

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Amanda on 09-17-13

A terrific con!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

First, the narrator is perfect. PERFECT! His voice is dry, but expressive. The voices of the women are distinct, without falsetto or prissy affectation. His vocalization of a method actor pretending to be a drug lord, channeling Ricardo Montalban is out of this world!

I was pleasantly surprised by the story, as well, having lost interest in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series after the umpteenth "same stuff, different day" installment. If it didn't have Evanovich's name on it, I'd never think she was involved. There's no slapstick comedy at all, and the sexual innuendo is more grown up than I expect from her work. So, I'm going to give the credit to Lee Goldberg, who is the mastermind behind the Monk series (later adapted for TV).

The cons are well thought through, and always a dozen steps ahead of the mark. "This couldn't possibly work" becomes "OH!" Bring on the next volume, because I want more!