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  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,925

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By Kimberly on 10-21-18

Confused! But Loved the book! What a story!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I don't know what to say about this book. I preordered, couldn't wait to read but am so confused I don't know what to do. I read the reviews, someone said the download was out of chapter order so I decided to delete and download again. It didn't help, my chapters are all over the place! Now I'm listening to this Ada person in India, what does she have to do with the anything! I'm so confused. I'm at chapter 13, I think, it reads chapter 13 but the narration tells me chapter 5. I've never had this happen. I'm thinking maybe I should return the book, buy the hardback. I even called audible, they told me to download in multi instead of standard. That was a mistake. Has anyone read the whole book? Maybe I'll just skip to the end!
Now that I've redownloaded the book twice, started again, went back several times to re-read some chapters I understand the happenings, I was confused and I have to say couldn't remember some of the characters until I thought about it for a while. The ending confused me (guess just couldn't get it together). Who ended up with the necklace? I don't want to re-read the book, someone please email me and let me know? deb49horses@yahoo.com.

94 of 98 people found this review helpful

  • The Guilty

  • Will Robie, Book 4
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,621

Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous next installment, Robbie &Reel are back

  • By GH on 11-18-15

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I love Baldacci and The John Puller series. I also love the Will Robie Series. This book is a little different with Puller trying to find out what happened to his Mother but the same investigative work.

  • Wild Lavender

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Kate Hood
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provencal lavender farm at the age of 14 after the accidental death of her father. Forced to become a maid at the boarding house of her Aunt Augustine in Marseilles, Simone's life is hard and impoverished. But one of her aunt's boarders, the beautiful Camille Casal, a star at the local music hall, gives Simone a dream: that one day she too will be a famous singer and dancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extrodinary Story

  • By Wade on 08-16-08

NOT SURE

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

What did you like best about Wild Lavender? What did you like least?

I liked the book, I didn't love it. To long for me. To much dialogue. Seems like it went on and on and on. I enjoyed it and couldn't believe what happened. I would like more books like Iona Grey.

  • The Olive Tree

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Lucinda Riley, Harry Whittaker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

It has been 24 years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, Pandora, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family. At the difficult age of 13, her son, Alex, is torn between protecting his mother and learning the truth about his real father. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same once Pandora's secrets have been revealed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but not my favorite

  • By Jake L. on 08-16-16

To Wordy

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was not what I would say mysterious if your that kind of person, more about they're problems, on and on and on. I'm not going to suggest it to my friend who enjoys the same kind of books I do.

What was most disappointing about Lucinda Riley’s story?

Just goes on and on about feelings, you just want them to get to the point which when you did wasn't that interesting.

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

Disappointment, I enjoy Linda Riley books, just no this one.

  • The Light Behind the Window

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438

THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia. THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic historical story... loved it!

  • By Maria on 07-13-15

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

What made the experience of listening to The Light Behind the Window the most enjoyable?

The narration was great! You felt like you really were there and could feel their heartbreak, yell out loud when you didn't agree!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emilie of course! You could feel her pain, it was so comforting listening to her grow up.

  • Banana Cream Pie Murder

  • By: Joanne Fluke
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 343

After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah's eager to settle down in Lake Eden and turn domestic daydreams into reality. But when her mother's neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, reality becomes a nightmarish investigation. Victoria Bascomb, once a renowned stage actress, was active in the theater community during her brief appearance in town...and made throngs of enemies along the way. Did a random intruder murder the woman, as police claim, or was a deadlier scheme at play?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If it ain't broke don't fix it!

  • By Judith on 03-04-17

DISAPOINTED!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have read all the Hannah Swenson books and was so happy to see this book come out. I am so disappointed I don't know if I'll read the rest of the book. I'm on chapter 7 and can hardly get through it. Why did Hannah need to get married, Ross is such a disappointment. To much dialogue, it goes on and on, to many recipes, I feel like she needed to fill more pages so created all these recipes! I fast forward through these.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'll try again with Hannah, just hope the next book is better!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Toren?

Narrator is good, no problems there, she's not at fault for the wordy dialogue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,849

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the John Grisham I know

  • By William Moritz on 11-01-15

loved it

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

loved it. love all his books! can't wait for the next one. I've read all the books. need another

  • W Is for Wasted

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth waiting for....

  • By karen on 10-09-13

Long and Windy

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

What would have made W Is for Wasted better?

I have always been a fan of Sue Grafton, have read all the Kinsey Milhone books. "W" is for Wasted is the longest, windiest book of hers I have ever read, so much so I'm about ready to quit and do something I have never done----stop listening and fast forward to the end! The story is "OK", you do want to know what happens but the on and on and on gets to you!

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

Disappointment.