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  • Till Death Do Us Tart

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

When Oxfordshire tearoom owner Gemma Rose enters her little tabby, Muesli, in the cat show at the local village fair, the last thing she expects is to stumble across a murder. And when her meddling mother and the nosy Old Biddies decide to start their own investigation, Gemma has no choice but to join in the sleuthing. She soon finds there's something much more sinister sandwiched between the homemade Victoria sponge cakes and luscious jam tarts! Can Gemma solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Enjoyable

  • By Beatrice on 06-21-17

once again<br />

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I like her writing and I realize that it's fun to have a squirky character, but nobody it that stupid. the mother is written way beyond irritating. I want to stop listening because she is so self absorbed and clueless.
I like the mystery and the English town fun. but just because she's in her 50s, doesn't make her an idiot.

  • Devil in a Black Suit

  • By: Colleen Helme
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Ramos's job as the right-hand man to a mobster used to be easy, until Shelby Nichols, a mind-reading soccer mom, joined the organization. With all the trouble she gets into, he's constantly putting his life on the line just to keep her alive. When a government agent from his past shows up wanting a favor, she rekindles a flame they once shared. Ensnared in her scheme, Ramos discovers that there's more to her favor than he realized. Luckily for him, he has a few tricks up his sleeve that might save his skin...but what about his heart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Ramos Spin-off!! Loved it!!

  • By Melissa on 03-19-18

so-so

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Loved the Shelby stories so I expected to like this one as much. it was kind of flat but that could have been the reader.

  • The Roman Hat Mystery

  • By: Ellery Queen
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 446

Despite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds. A gangland spectacle, it's packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire. In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field. In a sold-out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats. The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder: Inspector Richard Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful "logic puzzle"--great listen, great fun!

  • By Kathi on 02-24-14

A dated story.

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I like the old mysteries generally, but the blatantly racist attitude is cringe worthy and it gets so wordy that I want to say, get on with it !

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,904
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,888

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

The characters are so real that I felt a bit sad when the book was over.

  • Mother's Little Helper

  • A Margie Peterson Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Karen MacInerney
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Private investigator/single mom Margie Peterson barely has time for breakfast, let alone to hit the gym. But when Austin Heights PTA president Pansy Parker hires her to find out who's been embezzling PTA funds, that's exactly where Margie ends up...finding Pansy dangling upside down from a Nautilus machine. But the PTA president's not alone: the dead body of a personal trainer is there, too. And now she's facing murder charges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please write more in this series!

  • By Sue An on 11-13-17

a lottle too much like the first books.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

If you've read the first two books I'd skip this one . The main character, Margie, is supposed to be fairly smart but makes the same mistakes over and over. Her mother and mother-in-law are stereotypes and don't have common sense. I find that frustrating.
The reader is great though and it is a funny book and a light mystery. But like most jokes, they get old after they have been told before.

  • Dead Cold Brew

  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

The perfect proposal leads to a chilling cold case. Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear. After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare's finger, Clare's eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. While the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this Series!

  • By Marcia L. Berbeza on 01-14-17

No more.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Would you try another book from Cleo Coyle and/or Rebecca Gibel?

Not any longer

What was most disappointing about Cleo Coyle’s story?

She cannot seem to get over explaining how to make coffee or how to cook this food or how to bake something else. It's like she has to preach on and on. One more description about how to make food or coffee and I want to stop listening. I don't even care about the story any longer.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reader is easy to listen to. She gets emotions correct and I can picture her as the character.

Do you think Dead Cold Brew needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. The story gets lost in her preaching and teaching that hinders the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strangers in Company

  • By: Jane Aiken Hodge
  • Narrated by: Casey Holloway
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Marian is in her mid-30s and trying to get over the shock of her 18-year-old twins leaving her to live with their father in the USA. As a distraction she takes a job looking after a younger woman, Stella, on a coach tour to Greece. It seems to be the answer to all her worries - financial and otherwise - although there is some mystery surrounding Stella's background. As the tour gets underway, strange things begin happen, including some serious accidents. People become suspicious, and nobody is at all sure whom they can trust. Marion becomes increasingly worried, both for her own sake and for Stella's....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, pity about the narrator

  • By Bernie Sammon on 08-28-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

I really like this story and author. it's a light mystery and a bit old fashioned. Quote fun. But the reader is so stilted. she has pauses in strange places and listening to her almost ruins the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Cupid

  • A Jaine Austen Mystery
  • By: Laura Levine
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91

Love is in the air as freelance writer Jaine Austen begins a new job at the Dates of Joy matchmaking service--but between juggling her boss's demands, deflecting theadvances of an eccentric suitor, and tracking down a calculating killer, she hardly has time to think about romance. . .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous and very enjoyable cozy

  • By Eve on 01-05-14

meh

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

The story is OK. but there are too many times she over-states something and then tells the truth. it was funny the first dozen times.
even the main character is not believable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Invisible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Ralph Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,444

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

  • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

What????

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The reader was great. The story may have been well written, but in the middle of chapter eight I could not stomach any more. The first chapters are a bit confusing and I was wondering what the point was but I was willing to keep listening to give it a chance. The descriptions were vivid. Too vivid. I found it far too disturbing. I'm guessing that the author wanted to be disturbing, but it just isn't my cup of tea.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Children Act

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,550

Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Troubled characters, elegant writing...serious

  • By AudioAddict on 02-18-16

touching

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

I loved the story. the reader does an excellent job. The combination brought me into the characters world and thoughts with empathy.