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  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series + this narrater = great entertainment

  • By Rugbysmom on 04-12-12

AMS is such a wonderful storyteller

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

Reviewed: 01-01-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection to be better than the print version?

I enjoy the accents and the voices, but would never even compare an audio book to a print book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

These questions have nothing to do with how I would review a book. If you have enjoyed any of the other AMS books in this series, you'll enjoy this one also. The characters are so natural and endearing that I invite them into my day often. I would choose these quirky women to be my own "actual" friends if I encountered.

Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

AMS's books always cause me to marvel that they are written by a man. He has an uncanny insight into the character of women and a great sense of humor about them also.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Again, I dislike the questions of this review. Who cares what I would tag a film of this book to be? Really?

  • Ties That Bind

  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new - and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise! Christian Fiction

  • By Carol on 07-11-12

a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 01-01-14

Would you try another book from Marie Bostwick and/or Bahni Turpin and Xe Sands ?

I've thoroughly enjoyed all of Marie Bostwick's previous books, but was disappointed by how little this one was like the others. The story line was very limited to one person in the story. I missed the other characters, the quilt shop and their functions in one another's lives. This book was a downer, with an OK ending. Sad but true

What do you think your next listen will be?

One of the Elm Creek Quilters books

Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin and Xe Sands – was your favorite?

The cast of characters that were presented in any depth was so limited that if you didn't like Margo.... you lose!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment in the author.

Any additional comments?

Prior to this book, I've anxiously awaited each purchase of the Marie Bostwick books. Now, I'm not thinking of purchasing anymore. Her character development of the group of ladies has been very encompassing. This book left me missing my friends at Cobbled Court Quilts. If they don't reappear in force in another book very soon, they may be missing me :)

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,311

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

What's all the hype about?

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

Reviewed: 12-22-11

Would you try another book from Sara Gruen and/or David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ?

I probably wouldn't read another book by this author simply because I didn't enjoy this book. The story was well developed, the characters also, but I just didn't like the story line. I didn't care for the various characters. Perhaps the circus just isn't my thing.

What about David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s performance did you like?

The readers were fine. Rather harsh vocals, but they fit the characters and setting.

Was Water for Elephants worth the listening time?

Not in my book.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,741

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

Pictures painted with words

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-09

Kate Morton epitomizes "my kind of writer". She had innocence, and evil, without delving into depravity.
She painted beautiful pictures with her words. It was such a pleasure to visit the cove, the maze, the paths of the garden, and to meet Christian and Eliza, Nell, and Kass.
I'll be checking out more Kate Morton if I find it.
I generally know what's going to happen in a story very early on, but Kate kept her secrets well hidden until the end. It was good to be kept guessing, and even to be wrong in my assumptions as I listened.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Civil Contract

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very very good

  • By bebe on 04-19-10

A delicious read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-09

This was my first Georgette Heyer book, and I now have all of her 'audible listed' books in my wishlist or my shopping cart. Her style of writing is very slice of life. She develops characters with character. Without being preachy, she definitely supports making morally sound decisions.
I once had an instructor who said American writers oversimplified peoples lives by not allowing their characters to have complex and sophisticated relationships. His point was that American Writers didn't write about affairs, and people making sexually immoral choices.
Being moral is not simple, and Being unfaithful isn't 'sophisticated'. Georgette Heyer, although British seems to make my case.
One of the things I appreciated about this book is that it shows how complex characters can be without crossing the line of marital fidelity.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Apothecary's Daughter

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

After enjoying London's sophisticated society and the attentions of wealthy suitors, Lilly returns home to help her ailing dad. Determined to resurrect his apothecary business, Lilly labors tirelessly - praying her family's secrets and her rivals' schemes won't cloud her future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A really sweet story

  • By susan on 04-17-15

A well told tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-09

This book was a sweet story with characters that grew in complexity throughout the tale. For a few days, I escaped into the garden, and the shop, and the village. A couple of characters were developed, and left hanging, as one situation was minimalized too simply after having so much time and concern devoted to it throughout the book,but over all, I really enjoyed this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sprig Muslin

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!

  • By A on 10-21-08

good entertainment

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-09

This was a continuously entertaining book. The journey was a bit convoluted, but enjoyable. Georgette Heyer is a delightful story teller who seems to lean toward complex situations for characters who prefer simplicity.
Sian Phillips reads well, without over emoting. I recommend the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Right Attitude to Rain

  • An Isabel Dalhousie Novel
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Isabel's life is thrown for a few loops when her cousin Mimi arrives from Dallas with her husband Joe. Through Mimi and Joe, Isabel meets Texas hotshot Tom Bruce, who is about to marry someone Isabel suspects of gold-digging. Further complicating matters, Tom seems to have an unusual level of interest in Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own feelings to deal with, not to mention those of her beloved niece Cat, whose romantic interest may not be up to snuff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brain candy

  • By Marija on 02-05-07

Another AMS victory

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-08

Thanks for another wonderful character study.
This was a delightful read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Friday Night Knitting Club

  • By: Kate Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to like it but constantly disappointed.

  • By flimfrik on 10-24-09

entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-08

This book was entertaining. The target reader will have to be into the fiber arts. Cancer deaths are getting very cliche in contemporary writing, and the author could have found some other creative ending.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Firefly Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,358

Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

  • By Lisa on 12-29-10

slow read

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-08

This audio book should have been about 1/3 the length. Although the story is OK, it just dragged on so long the reader gets tired of the characters.
I wouldn't recommend it for a long car drive, as it may put you to sleep.

30 of 37 people found this review helpful