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  • Mind Tryst

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 454

Still reeling from her young son's death, Jackie Sheppard retreats to a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Comforted that no one knows of her tragic past, she's thrilled to take a job at a family law firm, where she meets Tom, the local carpenter. Jackie's distrust of others hinders their relationship, but they slowly build a budding romance. However, as she begins to settle into her new life, disturbing things start happening to Jackie...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Normal Robyn Carr Book!

  • By Klehan on 12-09-13

I was completely absorbed

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I wish Robyn Carr would write lots more of these!!! Every time I listen to this I am completely intrigued. I think this was my third listen, and I was still carried away by this slowly evolving and unravelling mystery. Not only is the story full of unexpected twists, but the characters are complex, all very unique and different from each other. We get to see into their lives to understand their motivations, especially of course, the heroine. Must have been well researched, both for insight into abnormal psych, and law enforcement.
Robyn Carr brings all her understanding of women's experience to creating a crime story that has a unique human quality. It sheds light on the impact of these events on real people and the communities they live in.
Christina Traister's cool, smooth delivery was perfect for the story, providing that slight undercurrent of suspense hinting that all was not quite as it seemed - Like Rod Serling introducing an episode of Twilight Zone.

  • Too Good to Be True

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don't happen. But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from faraway Shetland when his ex-wife, Sarah, asks him to look into the case. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A short novella but a good story

  • By Grete on 10-21-18

A short novella but a good story

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

All the ingredients for a crime novel are here but Ms Cleeves chose to write it as a short story or novella. There are lots of characters I wish we knew more about, and elements of the plot described in a sentence that could have been a chapter in themselves. A little more insight into Perez and his first wife. I bought it, so I didn't use a credit for it.
Kenny Blythe is a very good narrator.

  • A Noble Radiance

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

A macabre grave is found at the foot of the Italian Dolomites. The body is found to be Roberto Lorenzoni's, only son and heir of one Venice's oldest, most aristocratic families. Commissario Guido Brunetti must move in the highest circles of power and corruption to unravel the mystery behind the young man's disappearance and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Brunetti mysteries

  • By Grete on 08-20-18

One of the best Brunetti mysteries

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Lots of insight into the Brunetti family, as well as his relationship with his brother and his father-in-law, and even a little glimpse of his father, made this book especially interesting. The contrast between this family and the one involved in the murder plot, as well as how all, even Brunetti's father, have been shaped and their character revealed by the events of history, with consequences that continue to shape each generation. Lots of philosophical argument too, often supplied by the insightful Paula.
As always a flawless, rich reading by Mr. Colacci.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Acqua Alta

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

In Leon's fifth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, the beating of renowned art historian Dotoressa Brett Lynch draws the contemporary Venetian police detective out of his warm and loving home and into the yearly onslaught of acqua alta, the torrential winter rains. Brett, an American who spearheaded a recent exhibition of Chinese pottery in Venice, lives with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of La Scala. With his open mind and good sense, Brunetti finds himself more fazed by Flavia's breathtaking talent than by the nontraditional relationship between the two women. Brunetti's deliberate and humane investigation to uncover a motive for Brett's beating takes him to dark, wet corners of Venice and into a sinister web of art theft, fakery, and base human desires. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful reading!

  • By Grete on 08-16-18

Another wonderful reading!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

This is an earlier Brunetti mystery and I found I missed a stronger presence of his family: the colourful and often justly angry political observations of Paula, as well as stronger roles for Chiara and Raffi, who give us such a tender side of Brunetti. The picture of Venice, that other main character in the Brunetti mysteries, drowning and decaying under high water is one I haven't encountered before. There was much information about art and antiquities theft. The scale of the theft worldwide is indeed disturbing. The ending seemed more just than Donna Leon usually allows. Definitely another good listen in the Brunetti stories with that cozy, flawless narration by Calacci.

4 of 4 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 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961

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

Well Read and fun

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Not my favourite Heyer Regency Romance, but even a lesser Georgette Heyer story is lots of fun. There's an appealing hero, a heroine supposedly 'on the shelf', as well as a number of other well-drawn, very funny characters to add to the rollicking adventure. The final scene brings everything to a head with all the principals coming together in total misunderstanding. Siam Philips reading makes it well worth a listen.

  • Black Sheep

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Barbara Leigh-Hunt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent entertainment

  • By Hilary on 04-10-10

A Superlative Reading!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

A very entertaining story - I love Georgette Heyer's 'older' heroines the best. (Abigail is all of 28.) The account alone of her first meeting with Miles is very funny.
The reading by Barbara Leigh-Hunt - She played Lady Catherine de Berg in Pride and Prejudice - is one of the best I've ever heard. Such a performance! Timing, interpretation, intonation - everything was perfect. I think it would be a far superior experience to reading the book. Don't miss it.

  • They Found Him Dead

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

The sixtieth birthday party of Silas Kane was marred by argument and dissension among his family. And then, the morning after the celebrations, Kane is found dead at the foot of a cliff. The theory that Silas accidentally lost his way in the fog is confirmed when the coroner returns a verdict of death by misadventure. But then Kane's nephew and heir is murdered and threats are made on the next in line to the fortune, throwing a new and sinister light on Kane's death. All clues point to an elderly lady of eighty as the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heyer's classic mysteries are ripe & delicious

  • By Toby on 11-19-14

The narrator is growing on me

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

When I started this series I had trouble with what felt like a lack-lustre, flat narration, however, I'm coming to appreciate the level tone. Right from the first book, the narrator has done an exceptional job of any dialogue, in fact this is so well done that it enlivens the characters and creates either sympathetic or villainous images of them in the mind as one listens. They are very well enacted.
This volume has a large cast of characters, complex family ties, and some wonderful eccentric personalities. There are any number of suspects, but I did have my suspicions as to the murderer about halfway through the book, and in the end was proved correct. Very satisfying!

  • Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

In the dead of the night, a man is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green. Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members. The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction. The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Wrong Narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-10-14

I'd forgotten how much I enjoy Georgette Heyer!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

So good to be listening to Georgette Heyer again! It's easy to overlook her masterful story-telling and character development, it's so cleverly done. The characters walk on without much back story, but as the plot develops we learn more and more about them, and start to care about what happens to them.
The narrator is excellent at dialogue, but in between the pacing is very slow and I wonder about her intonation and emphasis sometimes. Nothing at all like the marvellous narrators of Heyers historical romances, such as Richard Armitage and others. It would be wonderful to hear these mysteries really well read - they deserve it - but the books are nevertheless well worth listening to with the current narrator.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 4-6
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 4 - 6: THICK AS THIEVES, LAST TRAIN TO LONDON and THE CURSE OF MABB'S FARM.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive series!

  • By Deb on 10-30-16

Delightful cozy mysteries

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

These stories just keep getting better! With each short story, we come to understand Jack and Sarah more deeply, and meet more characters from this seemingly idyllic Cotswold village - where people keep getting murdered. Some readers dislike the intro music, but I find the village church bell sets up the mystery very nicely. And the narration continues to be 'spot on'!

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Find

  • By Marie on 10-29-16

Wow, these stories are absolutely perfect!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Well-developed characters, intriguing plots and an English Village setting! What could be better! Well, how about Neil Dudgeon's rich voice narrating? Don't miss these, very well written mystery collections. Each story is a discrete mystery of its own, while there's a longer arc of character development that grows from plot to plot.