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Liz W.

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  • The Stationmaster's Farewell

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Guy Fawkes Night, 1857. Joel Heygate is the popular stationmaster at Exeter St David's railway station - an impressive figure of a man replete with frock coat and top hat, bushy eyebrows and walrus moustache. But when the charred remains of a body are discovered in the embers of the town's annual Bonfire Night celebration, everyone is horrified when it becomes clear that they belong to Mr Heygate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great entry in the series!

  • By Liz W. on 01-05-19

Another great entry in the series!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I was a little apprehensive about listening to this one since I am a HUGE fan of Sam Dastor. Two minutes in, I was thoroughly enjoying Cornelius Garrett's rich, plummy narration. As usual, there was no shortage of excellent suspects, so I had no idea who the murderer was until the end. Colbeck and Leeming are a great team. This series keeps getting better.

  • Dear Mrs. Bird

  • By: AJ Pearce
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed but gamely bucks up and buckles down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully Serious Historical Fiction

  • By Candace Loftus on 01-11-19

I really enjoyed this!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Written in the style of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this book follows a girl who secretly sets herself up as an advice columnist. Fun listening, well narrated. #Epistolary Style #Working Girl #Quirky #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Coming Home

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 40 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769

Set against the backdrop of an elegant Cornwall mansion before World War II and a vast continent-spanning canvas during the turbulent war years, this captivating story tells of an extraordinary young woman's coming of age, coming to grips with love and sadness, and in every sense of the term, coming home.... In 1935, Judith Dunbar is left behind at a British boarding school when her mother and baby sister go off to join her father in Singapore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best enjoyed as an audio book

  • By amazonbuyer on 06-08-18

Nice Coming of Age Story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is a sweeping story of an English house and it's various inhabitants before and after WWII. The story follows two girls as they grow up and make choices - good and bad - that change their lives. It won't change your life, but it was a great listen on a long car trip. #Family Saga #WWII #Feel Good #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • A Picture of Murder

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 4
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell. Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colorful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another. One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Historical Mystery

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 10-23-18

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Another great adventure for Lady Hardcastle and Flo. This time they take on a theater troupe. These are light, enjoyable mysteries set in the Edwardian English Countryside. I look forward to each new installment. #Domestic Mystery #Light Mystery #Quirky #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle

  • By: Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by: Peggity Price
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Mildred Kilgore and Earlynne Biddle are planning to open a bakery on the square - if they can come up with the right recipes. Charlie Dickens faces two of the biggest puzzles of his career as an investigative reporter, and one of them involves his wife. Cute little Cupcake's talent as a singer and dancer makes her a tempting target for an unscrupulous exploiter. Lizzy must enlist the Dahlias to protect her while she herself is confronted by a romantic puzzle. And Sheriff Norris is forced to reopen a puzzling mystery that the town thought was solved. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I looooove this series. ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-02-18

Love This Series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

If you love Fannie Flagg, then you will love this series as well. The series revolves around a small town in Alabama during the Depression with a mystery to unravel in each book. The characters are all people that you would want to have as neighbors - even the obnoxious ones. This latest entry has a more serious mystery than usual, but the author manages to keep it from getting too dark. #Small Town #Depression #Nostalgic #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • The Amateur Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

They seemed like the perfect couple: young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother's grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Lisa on 01-25-04

Classic Anne Tyler

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Another wonderful examination of the nature of families and the things that bring them together and split them apart. She is really good at putting you in each person's shoes while telling the story objectively, letting each reader identify with the character that speaks to them. Beautifully written. #Family Relationships #Nostalgic #Hopeful #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Murder on the Brighton Express

  • By: Edward Marston
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

When the engines finally met, there was a deafening clash and the Brighton Express twisted and buckled, tipping its carriages on to the other line. It was a scene of utter devastation. October 1854. As crowds of passengers rush to make the departure of the London to Brighton Express, a man watches from the shadows nearby, grimly satisfied as the train pulls out of the station. Chaos, fatalities and unbelievable destruction are the scene soon after when the train derails on the last leg of its journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Narrator

  • By Virginia Waldron on 08-30-10

Another Wonderful Entry in the Series

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I've loved every book in this series so far. The plot was ingenious and combined with Sam Dastor's lovely narration, I listened almost straight through. Just one tiny complaint - please stop allowing Sgt. Leeming to get clunked on the head in every book. It's going to cause permanent damage if you aren't careful. #Train Mystery #Victorian #Suspenseful #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A House for Mr. Biswas

  • By: V.S. Naipaul
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

A House for Mr. Biswas, by Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul, is a powerful novel about one man's struggle for identity and belonging. Born into poverty, then trapped in the shackles of charity and gratitude, Mr. Biswas longs for a house he can call his own. He loathes his wife and her wealthy family, upon whom he is dependent. Finding himself a mere accessory on their estate, his constant rebellion is motivated by the one thing that can symbolize his independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful story, WONDERFULLY narrated

  • By Liz W. on 12-11-17

Thoughtful story, WONDERFULLY narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

This is a long, funny, sad, sometimes frustrating story about a man who dreams of something better. It's not an easy listen, but well worth the time invested in the end. As always, Sam Dastor brings the story to life with his narration. I could honestly listen to this guy read the phone book. He interprets the author's words beautifully.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-06-13

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

This book was so good that I dropped everything to finish listening to it. As usual, Fannie Flagg was spot on with the narration, making all of her characters come to life. The book was funny and entertaining and incredibly sad. I was happy/sad bawling under the covers with my headphones on, trying not to wake my husband by the end. The WASPs were an incredibly heroic group of ladies that you never hear about. After finishing the book I was moved to find out as much as I could about them. #SmallTown #FeelGood #Nostalgic #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Past Imperfect

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 815

Damian Baxter is hugely wealthy and dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, England, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern--his fortune in excess of 500 million and who should inherit it on his death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read Snobs instead

  • By cristina on 02-14-13

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

The characters were written with such a depth and kindness that each person's story was like a little novel in itself. Lovely, funny and sad. The narrator was perfectly suited to the story. #Redemption #Self Examination #Societal Rules #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful