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  • Resistance Women

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

From the New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, an enthralling historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of an era and brings to life one courageous, passionate American - Mildred Fish Harnack - and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Book!

  • By Rebecca Crockett on 06-11-19

Excellent Story of Unsung Heroines!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-19

Listening to this novel was not a struggle. The research and perfectly written prose were a joy to listen to. Miss Chiaverini is a very talented writer whose stories I have read in the past and plan to read more in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Assumptions & Absurdities

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Cinnamon Worth
  • Narrated by: Nikki Delgado
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Shortly after leaving Hertfordshire, Darcy receives word that one of the Bennet sisters is engaged to the obsequious Mr. Collins. Darcy, a rich and powerful landowner, knows Elizabeth is not a suitable match, but having already lost the battle with Cupid, he finds himself rushing back to the countryside. He is relieved to discover it is Mary Bennet who is destined to become Mrs. Collins. But his path to happiness is still far from assured. Darcy may have resolved his internal struggle to accept Elizabeth as she is, but he must now overcome a rival....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration was the start ….

  • By Morgana on 01-30-19

Poor narration was the start ….

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I have read a lot of P&P variations, it is a great way to leave the 21st century behind and live in a gentler and refined era. This story has far too many touches of our time to recommend it. The narrator spoke rapidly, so much so I had to lower the speed and she only spoke in only one voice. The men sounded like the women and vice versa. The plot was amateurish even by soap opera standards. Does this woman know her characters? Jane is guarded, Georgiana has a backbone and Charles Bingley is Mr. Darcy's rescuer and advisor? Also Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam never materializes and George Wickam's name is never mentioned Although it was great to see Ann DeBurgh get away from Lady Catherine to lead a life of her own. I was told the last ten chapters everything would come together which is why I kept listening, but the ending was just as bad. Please stay away! I will never read anything by this writer again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Man She Married

  • By: Cathy Lamb
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

When Natalie Shelton thinks back to how things were before the car accident, she remembers a great marriage. She and her husband, Zack, seem as strong and dependable together as the houses he builds. They live in Portland, Oregon, and Natalie is co-owner of a successful accounting firm. They're happy, she's almost sure of it. Yet as Natalie lies trapped in a coma, unable to communicate though aware of everything around her, she realizes that her husband is hiding something.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quirkly, but delightful!

  • By Morgana on 01-21-19

Quirkly, but delightful!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

The story starts out with a heated argument between Natalie and her husband Zack. But as the story continues, we meet a number of interesting characters who are a happy part of their lives. The stories within the story are attention grabbing. I can easily recommend this book for people who are tried of the usual chick lit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Without End

  • By: Alistair MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. The all-time classic. An airliner crashes in the polar ice cap. In temperatures 40 degrees below zero, six men and four women survive. But for the members of a remote scientific research station who rescue them, there are some sinister questions to answer – the first one being, who shot the pilot before the crash?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense thriller from 1959

  • By Wayne on 06-10-18

The Master of Suspense!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Read this story forty-five years ago. Despite the massive changes in technology, it is still a crackling good story. The characters have to survive in one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet.

Pull up your chair in front of a roaring fire, wrap yourself in a warm blanket and prepare to be entertained!

  • A Study in Treason

  • A Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Leonard Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

When an executed original of a secret treaty between England and France, known as the French Treaty, is stolen from the country estate of Lord Halifax, Scotland Yard asks Joanna, Dr. John Watson, Jr., and Dr. John Watson, Sr., to use their detective skills to participate in the hunt for the missing treaty. As the government becomes more restless to find the missing document and traditional investigative means fail to turn up the culprit, Joanna is forced to devise a clever plan to trap the thief and recover the missing treaty. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance- Easy to Solve Case

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-29-18

The daughter needs her own personality

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

The plot was interesting and very different. The narrator was passable. But sadly, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes seems more like a female clone of the great detective with no true personality of her own. It would be great if in the next installment she is a little warmer, I have to wonder how the woman managed to marry, not once, but twice!

  • The Ladies of Rosings Park

  • A Pride and Prejudice Sequel and Companion to The Darcys of Pemberley
  • By: Shannon Winslow
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Chapter by chapter, these ladies of Rosings Park take turns telling the tale from the moment Elizabeth Bennet sets foot in Hunsford, changing everything. Is Anne heartbroken or relieved to discover Mr. Darcy will never marry her? As an heiress, even a sickly one, she must have other suitors. Does Lady Catherine gracefully accept the defeat of her original plan or keep conniving? Will Anne’s health ever improve? And what really happened to her father? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too fun

  • By GC on 08-28-18

At last Ann DeBurgh has a voice!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This story tells about life at Rosings Park! It made so much sense and was beautifully written. If you are a fan of the Pride and Prejudice variation books than this one will make you smile. There are no hot and heavy romance scenes, which Jane Austen would have disapproved of, just a gentle view of what Ann's life would have been like if she found the right doctor.

  • The Courtship of Edward Gardiner

  • A Pride and Prejudice Prequel
  • By: Nicole Clarkston
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Edward Gardiner has just been refused by the lovely young woman he had intended to make his wife. Heartbroken and eager for a diversion, he accepts an invitation from his brother-in-law, Thomas Bennet, to accompany him along with his two eldest daughters to the north on family business. Gardiner's pleasure tour is interrupted, however, when his eldest niece falls ill and is unable to travel farther.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Gardeners

  • By Morgana on 12-06-18

The Gardeners

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Here we get a glimpse at a different courtship from Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam. Edward Gardener must remain in the town of Lampton while a very young Jane Bennet recovers from an illness. There he meets Miss Madeleine Fairbanks and the story grows more delightful with every turn of the page!

  • The Glass Ocean

  • A Novel
  • By: Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson, Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766

This is a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century - two deep in the past, one in the present - to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.... Her finances are in dire straits, and best-selling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Quick Exit

  • By Luna on 11-17-18

An interesting little mystery ... until

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This started out very different and I found myself drawn to the main character. But as the story and mystery progressed it fell into a standard story. What potential this had!

  • The Ice Limit

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,402

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner

  • By Lyn on 08-10-10

Good but ...

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

This story began as a cracklin’ good read, but as it progressed the plot became convoluted and annoying. Be warned that the writers do not like women very much. All the main women characters died. That seems to be a trademark of the authors. So they won’t have to worry about me wasting another credit on a story written by them.

  • Particular Intentions

  • By: L. L. Diamond
  • Narrated by: Leena Emsley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Who is this Mr. Darcy and what are his intentions? Like much of Meryton, the Bennets of Longbourn anticipate the arrival of Mr. Bingley and his friends to Netherfield, yet an unexpected visitor is not a part of Mr. Bingley's or Mr. Darcy's plans. While the two gentlemen attempt to control their uninvited guest, Elizabeth Bennet arrives to tend to her ill sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recency intrigue

  • By Morgana on 08-13-18

Recency intrigue

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

It was not a struggle to finish this book, but I wish Georgianna was not always painted as the victim. Considering Wyckham's behavior towards her it is a miracle Darcy and Richard did not kill him outright.

The subplots were a refreshing change from the usual and everyone will enjoy reading about Darcy's family. Miss Bingley's life is properly upended, while Lidiya is restrained at last.

The narrator was monotone, making it very difficult to understand who was speaking at any given time. My favorite narrator for Pride and Prejudice was the amazing Flo Gibson. An accomplished actress from the 1950s, the lady gave me the audible impression of entering a ballroom during the time of Regency England. Delightful narration!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful