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  • Treasure in Exile

  • Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: S.W. Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

After her husband's plane goes down in a WWII battle, a poor nurse becomes the wealthiest widow in town. And she never leaves her mansion for 70 years. When estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon enters the Tate Mansion after the widow's death, she discovers nothing's been changed since the day the house was built. Why did the heiress and her maid eat canned soup and read used paperbacks surrounded by magnificent art and antiques? Why were the house and its contents bequeathed to a small local charity?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very enjoyable series

  • By J. Ricks on 05-24-18

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Where does Treasure in Exile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series is absolutely in the top 10 for me - I've listened to all 4 books at least twice now and can't wait for the next installment.

What did you like best about this story?

The character development throughout the series is great. You can feel the characters moving along in their lives. No one has stayed the same from one book to the next - they are all growing and changing.

Any additional comments?

Listen to the entire series - you won't regret it!

  • Murder on Pointe

  • A Fiona Quinn Mystery
  • By: C.S. McDonald
  • Narrated by: Maren Swenson Waxenberg
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

Fiona can't wait to attend the performance of Coppelia at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. Her old friend, Silja Ramsay, is dancing the principal role. They have dinner after the show, but when they return Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is down one dancer! Ballerina, Alexis Cartwright, has been found dead in the dressing room. Is this murder a result of hot tempers among the cast members? Or is it a random act of violence?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Book to Listen Too.

  • By Linda Taylor on 10-26-17

Take a Breath!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

I’m giving the story 3 stars because the narrator made it impossible to listen to it long enough to make an actual judgement. I assume that somewhere in the first 20 minutes is a period. Surely the whole story isn’t written as one unbroken narrative with no punctuation, but you wouldn’t know it from this narrator. She surely is a woman in a hurry. I won’t be trying anything else from her.

  • A Death in the Family

  • By: Caroline Dunford
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In December 1909 the Reverend Joshia Martins expires in a dish of mutton and onions, leaving his family on the brink of destitution. Joshia's daughter, Euphemia, enters service to provide for her mother and little brother. She is young and fit and assumes the life of a maid won't be too demanding. However, on her first day at the unhappy home of Sir Stapleford, she discovers a murdered body. Euphemia's innate sense of justice has her prying where no servant should look.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pathetic Heroine

  • By Caroline Breheny on 10-05-17

Pathetic Heroine

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

The performer did the best she could but the story is irritating. The heroine is dull-witted and naive to the point of being pathetic, most of the rest of the characters are one-dimensional cliches, and if there is any humor here I can’t find it.

  • Untimely Death

  • A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth J. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

A Catskills resort's production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet takes a wickedly ironic turn when the leading lady, Lauren Richmond, is first poisoned and then stabbed. Who would extinguish the life of such a beautiful young thespian? It seems like just about everyone had a motive to pull the ropes on her final curtain call. At the center of this Shakespearean tragedy is Charlotte Fairfax, formerly the costume mistress of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Caroline Breheny on 04-18-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Good premise but disappointing execution in both writing and performance. The writing is mediocre and could use the efforts of a good editor. Any one who spent even a little time in the U.K. will see the ending coming a mile away.

The narration is also disappointing. The narrator makes the 40ish main character sound like she's about 90.

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  • Everything We Keep

  • A Novel
  • By: Kerry Lonsdale
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,643

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents' restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James's funeral - a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Colleen on 08-17-16

Not worth the price, even when its free

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

What would have made Everything We Keep better?

A different author, perhaps? The writing is terrible.

What was most disappointing about Kerry Lonsdale’s story?

The emotionless characters, the encyclopedic writing. An hour in, I haven't heard anything that is not disappointing.

How could the performance have been better?

A performer that can put a little emotion into the performance.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,314

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Forgotten Garden and Secret Keeper

  • By Mark on 03-04-19

Not quite as good as the hype

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

There was a good premise here, but the story turned out to be lazy and predictable.
The narrator was good but got screechy when expressing emotion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder Most Malicious

  • A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Alyssa Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

December 1918: As a difficult year draws to a close, there is much to celebrate for 19-year-old Phoebe Renshaw and her three siblings at their beloved family estate of Foxwood Hall. The dreadful war is finally over; eldest daughter Julia's engagement to their houseguest, the marquis of Allerton, appears imminent; and all have gathered to enjoy peace on Earth, goodwill toward men. But the peace of Foxwood Hall is shattered on the morning of Boxing Day, when the marquis goes missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible historical mystery

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 08-31-17

Fun and distracting

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

Any additional comments?

As I've said in my other reviews - I listen to cozy mysteries to keep my mind off of how much I hate exercising. This one did the trick. Its a bit contrived, but not boring. The mystery is interesting enough.

  • Dead in the Water

  • A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

>In July of 1923, the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple travels to Henley-on-Thames to visit her aunt and uncle, as well as to work on her latest writing assignment: covering the Henley Royal Regatta for an American magazine. Daisy plans a simple trip researching her article, enjoying the races, and, come the weekend, having a pleasant time with her fiancé, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. But the tensions between the Ambrose team's coxswain, Horace Bott - a shopkeeper's son and scholarship student at Oxford - and rower Basil DeLancey - the younger son of an earl and all-around bounder - are constantly threatening to erupt into violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator doesn't know how to pronounce the words!

  • By consuelo on 07-06-14

Farewell Daisy

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

What was most disappointing about Carola Dunn’s story?

Each story in this series has edged downward and I'm finally done. Both the plot and the narration have done it in for me. In cozy mysteries, I'm not looking for great literature, only for something to keep my mind off how much I hate exercising, but this series has reached the point where I want to pitch myself off the back of the treadmill just to end the misery.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mia Chiaromonte?

I wish they hadn't changed the narrator from the first couple of books. Mia Chiaromonte should be banned from doing accents, or narrating books set outside the U.S.

  • Death Comes to the Village

  • A Kurland St. Mary Mystery
  • By: Catherine Lloyd
  • Narrated by: Susannah Tyrrell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

A wounded soldier and a rector's daughter discover strange goings-on in the sleepy village of Kurland St. Mary in Catherine Lloyd's charming Regency-set mystery debut. Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the tranquil faade of the village begins to loom sinister....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Happy Surprise!

  • By Sara on 03-27-14

Wanted: Better Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story is pretty good and picks up a bit from the middle to the end. The narrator, however, is dreadful. She reads like she's taking the audience through a meditation, and at times whispers so softly that even at full volume in a quiet room, I have no idea what she said. Kicking the narration up to 1.25 helped a bit, but even then it was too slow!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susannah Tyrrell?

Anyone else. Surely it couldn't get much worse.

  • Unleashed

  • The Kate Turner, DVM Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Eileen Brady
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Dr. Kate Turner is happy with her new life in Oak Falls in upstate New York. Working as a relief veterinarian at a small house-call practice, she truly enjoys helping her patients. All that changes when client Claire Birnham is found dead, an apparent suicide. A talented artist, Claire had everything to live for: a new job; a Manhattan apartment; her cairn terrier, Toto. As feisty as the Wizard of Oz's Toto, he and Claire were devoted to each other. Kate can't imagine Claire simply abandoning her pet. Was her death murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series

  • By Beatrice on 08-05-15

Nosy Vet

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Any additional comments?

This is a vast disappointment from the first book in the series. At least in the first book, Kate had a reason to be looking into the murder. This time, I spent the entire time trying to understand why Kate was investigating and frankly, she got more annoying with each passing chapter. She convinced from the first that a woman she hardly knows is murdered and gets annoyed when Claire's family, friends and police don't immediately give her all the information she needs. Then random characters just come out with important clues and decide Kate is the person they are going tell. The whole plot is illogical.

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