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  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Should have been a crowning Glory

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I absolutely adore this series. I have been with Georgie through her days being excited about boiling an egg, her idea to work as a maid, to Hollywood, ghosts and every flavor of genteel crime-a-la-mode.

She is a spark shot from a brilliant cut of a rare gem. Her intended is a lovely match and ends up in the most interesting places.

There have been books that I loved more than others, but I really think this was my least favorite. I feel a bit cheated. I am a loyalist. I love the Spyness series. I really believe that after 11.5 books that a bit more about the wedding we have all been waiting for would happen.

I felt like the new narrator Jasmine Blackborow did a fine job. It was a heck of an act to follow, much like Michael Gabmon following Richard Harris as Dumbledore. Ms. Blackborow did a masterful job taking a role that already had a heavy stamp on it, and while providing continuity to Georgie, her family and her friends, managed to bring her own interpretation to the reading.

Back to the book. I don’t like writing what I feel are petty reviews, but I have read the book and listened to it and I still feel, like I missed a part, or if I just read it again there would be a bit more to it. Then again, I would hate to discourage the author from writing more. So with a deep sigh I give this book a less than thrilled review.

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

Where the Marble Arch stands today in London was once the Tyburn gallows - also known as The Hanging Tree. The walk toward those gallows along Oxford Street and past the Mayfair mansions has a bloody and haunted history as the last trip of the condemned. Some things never change. For both blood and ghosts have returned to those mansions of the super-rich. And it's up to Peter Grant - England's last wizard and the Metropolitan Police's reluctant investigator of all things supernatural - to get to the bottom of the sinister doings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Continuing Splendor of Peter Grant

  • By Tim on 02-01-17

Getting better and better

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Beginnings, the narrator is fantastic. When you are considering an audio book, the narration is very important.

I understand that the author had a hand in choosing Mr. Holdbrook-Smith. Outstanding is a good word for his work on this series.

The story itself. I feel like small things are being peeled away and it just gets more interesting. I have listened to each one of the River stories at least twice. I see Bill Nighy in my head whenever I think of Thomas Nightingale, just to give a visual. The stories are imaginative and delightful with enough daily hurdles thrown in to make you feel the potential for magic is balanced against a real life being lived.

I think the characters are strong and fascinating. I read a book called The Thirteenth Tale by Settlefield, and in that novel an author complains that minors characters do not all have an encyclopedic back story and people who read her books were just going to have to live with it; stop asking what happened to the scullery maid etc. There are probably a lot of authors who would agree with this, but I hope - yes I hope - that Ben Aaronovitch writes books or adds more details about all my favorite minor characters in his series. This being said, I like his characters and want to read lots more about them!

The series is a great deal of fun. I would recommend it to anyone with a slightly tilted sense of humor and a desire for a little magic in their lives.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,300

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Distraction

  • By A. Musser on 06-03-16

Don't let the Smoak get in your eyes

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

It is the little touches in this book that make it stand out. The actions that make the characters stand out.
This is a gritty anti hero thriller, do doubt, but the underlying man vs. self that is running like a riptide under the surface is outstanding. I thought the backstory gave a lot of credibility to the character's current actions.

Definitely recommend to anyone who likes a good thriller.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,330

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!

  • By Kent on 10-19-09

A classic delight.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I enjoy this story every time I listen to it. It is a delight. The story, the characters and the research are top notch!

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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,964

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Loophole just add-> patience, time and silence.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Would you listen to The Dispatcher again? Why?

I probably will listen to The Dispatcher again. There are nuances that can be gleaned from another listen I believe.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Valdez. He has a very 'paramedic' sort of approach to his work.

Have you listened to any of Zachary Quinto’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not audio no, but I thought he did a brilliant job. Top notch.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Good story. I think there could be more to the story, but perhaps that is because I liked it.
I enjoyed the new idea, that of dispatching. It is funny because dispatchers in my biz always complain they never see what happens, that they are under a kind of stress from never seeing what happens to the people they talk to on the phone.

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,174

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

Glad to see Amos back!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

Where does The Last Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story line was strong. I feel like if you were not familiar with the first book that you might not get as much out of the characters as those who have read it. I strongly suggest reading Memory Man first. Yes, the book can stand on its own, it seems to me though that it would have more depth if the listener/reader was familiar with the first book.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was excellent. I liked that Amos found a way to parlay his football knowledge with his hyperthymesia to solve the case.

What didn’t you like about Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

I thought that Cassidy's performance was good. I wish I could separate the stars. I would give her 5. I felt like Brewer (gawd how I hate to criticize readers...I really do) made Amos sound like a 'small' man. He gave Agent Bogart a deep resonant voice and Amos the voice of a pre-pubescent boy. Perhaps I am to judgemental. Once I hear a character voiced by someone who I fell captures the character, as Ron McLarty did in Memory Man, it is difficult to take a switch.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That Amos might be finding a place to stand firm in his world.

  • Malice at the Palace

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,906

While my beau, Darcy, is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the queen - especially one that includes lodging. The king's youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace. My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London, and, above all, dispel any rumors about George's libertine history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Longtime Fan No More

  • By S. Hunt on 08-21-15

If you love the series, you will love Malice

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

If you could sum up Malice at the Palace in three words, what would they be?

Not sure that is possible.

Rollicking good fun? That will do.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that certain parts of the story are moving forward well. I loved the new Great Aunts - would definitely enjoy more from them.
I thought the background story in this one was very solid.

Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Ms. Kellgren was spot on for this series, as always.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Woman in curls, the boy and the last two minutes!

Any additional comments?

I love this series, but sometimes feel like it is the proverbial rabbit that never gets any Trix. For heaven's sake...just a little solution to help them along please! Oh, and less Queenie.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Archangel's Legion

  • Guild Hunter Series, Book 6
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York in ruin and Raphael's Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York . . . and on Raphael.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo good!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 11-05-13

Narration off on this one

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Would you try another book from Nalini Singh and/or Justine Eyre?

I have listened to other books by Nalini Singh and read by Justine Eyre. Not sure what was up, but the narration was just wildly different. It may not have been bad, but when you are expecting what you enjoyed in the other books of the same series, read by the same author - it was a disappointment.

Would you recommend Archangel's Legion to your friends? Why or why not?

I would say if you like the series to read the book, this audio rendition is not up to snuff.

Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

I have liked other performances by Justine Eyre, but if they sound like this one, I will skip it.

Was Archangel's Legion worth the listening time?

I just got the book and read it, I did not finish the audio version.

  • The Eyre Affair

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,486

In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • six stars

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-13-11

Flair in the Eyre

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

Reviewed: 09-30-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Eyre Affair to be better than the print version?


Any additional comments?

The Eyre Affair
Jasper Fforde
****.5

I have to say, I had a rollicking good time listening to The Eyre Affair.
I note that some reviews suggest that the names were hard to follow, I don’t agree. I found the names funny and individual enough to follow easily.
The story was a bibliophile’s delight. The allusions were terrific and showed a solid knowledge of some of my favorite books. The alternative universe was a delight. The main character was believable and interesting. I did think her romance with her ex was a ‘bit’ heavy handed, but it was not the center of the story.

The idea that a society exists that loves books as much as they do in Fforde’s novel was very appealing. His ideas and writing show a very original mind and voice. Fforde built enough tweaks in the system to make it interesting and yet it stayed believable.
I look forward to more Tuesday Next novels.

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  • Aftershock

  • By: Andrew Vachss
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

After a life in various war zones, Dell and Dolly have settled in this town, fulfilling Dolly's lifelong dream. Though she has given up her nursing career and moved smoothly into civilian life, Dell had been a mercenary, so they both have to sacrifice their prior identities. When the star of the girls' softball team shoots and kills the most popular boy in school, Dolly asks Dell to uncover the motive behind this inexplicable crime. It doesn't take him long to uncover a horrifying rite of passage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vachss hits a solid triple

  • By Sara R. on 09-02-13

Vachss hits a solid triple

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

Reviewed: 09-02-13

What made the experience of listening to Aftershock the most enjoyable?

The story was well developed and had a very tantalizing back story.

What other book might you compare Aftershock to and why?

I don't think anyone else writes like Vachss. There were some parallels to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series, but only because the subject matter covered some similar ground; built in system of violence against women.

Which scene was your favorite?

The flash backs to when the protagonist and his partner met.

Any additional comments?

A very well done story. The characters were interesting and the timeline flowed very well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful