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  • A Deadly Brew

  • The Fourth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The fourth chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew continues the adventures of the 14th-century Cambridge physician when he is called to attend to two deaths from some poisoned wine. The opening of a new and very well-endowed college has created petty infighting amongst the academics as new appointments are made. The winter and spring have been appallingly wet, there is a fever outbreak amongst the poorer townspeople and the country is not yet fully recovered from the aftermath of the plague.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great female characters shine in this volume.

  • By Mary on 02-24-19

Great female characters shine in this volume.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

This has been my favorite in the Bartholomew mysteries so far. Edith, Matilde, and the introduction of Michael’s wily and brilliant spymaster grandmother, plus the unlikeable niece make the story much more rich and interesting.

  • 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 5,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,760

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

I returned this book

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Yuck. Boring, predictable female characters, who felt completely unrealistic. I work in a research library with archivists ... and this was just dumb. A huge disappointment. Returned after chapter 8.

  • Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an addict, I listened to this book. Very Helpfu

  • By Happy Husband on 05-15-18

Like a well-designed 101

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This is my first Great Courses listen, and while the information is thorough and well-presented, I found it less compellingly presented than similar information that I can find on good podcasts. It does follow a meaningful and well-constructed arc (some along the lines of a good undergraduate college course — so if you’re looking for the equivalent of a 100-200 level lecture, you’re in luck). I think I wasn’t sure what to expect ... and need to readjust my expectations.

Mark’s reading of his lectures is certainly adequate, and he’s likable, but It could be better edited.

  • Lost

  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 57

Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
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  • By Jan on 12-17-07

Yuck.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I couldn’t get past the third chapter. The main character is completely unlikeable, and even after listening multiple times, the narrative is disjointed and unappealing. A disappointment.

  • A Distant Mirror

  • The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 28 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

The 14th century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, once you get into it

  • By E. Smakman on 11-30-09

A historical balm for troubled times.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I love this book, and have now listened multiple times — it reminds me (in an enlightening and entertaining way) that things have been bad before, and though they’re bad again, we’re not getting worse as humans ... we’re just continuing to muddle through.

Barbara Tuchman is a wonder.

  • The Essex Serpent

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 626

When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at 19, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive 11-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Kind of 'Year in the Life of..' story.

  • By Midwesterner on 07-13-17

My new favorite book!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Strong, smart, funny, flawed, REAL female characters, who are the recipients of attention and love, and set their own boundaries and rules ... glorious poetic language ... science, religion, truth, love, and all the complexities of life. What more could one ask for?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Black Rabbit Hall

  • By: Eve Chase
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe, Katie Scarfe, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family's country estate, where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, of course, it does. More than three decades later, Lorna is determined to be married within the grand, ivy-covered walls of Pencraw Hall, known as Black Rabbit Hall among the locals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story in the Kate Morton school of writing.

  • By S.Edwards on 02-29-16

Stupidest story ever.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

This book was such a disappointment. The story is foolish, disjointed, unbelieveable. The reader is quite good, but wasted on this rediculous novel.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Mink River

  • By: Brian Doyle
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman who is addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer, and berries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique performance of literary art.

  • By Diane on 08-02-15

beautifully written, poorly read

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

How could the performance have been better?

I think this books needs a different narrator -- one who can bring a little more subtlety and humor to the reading. I'll go and find it in print, but won't listen further to this production.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The People in the Trees

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, William Roberts, Erin Yuen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 264

In 1950, a young doctor, Norton Perina, signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub "The Dreamers," who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A dazzling, fundamentally flawed excursion into the grotesque

  • By Danimike on 05-09-15

recommended by one of my students

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

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

I couldn't stand the arrogance of the main character, and so gave up a few hours into the story. It had just become a slog of a listen. I don't think I could read it either. Ug.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Death

  • A Post Apocalyptic Novel
  • By: John W. Vance
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

The Death will find you... Devin Chase was just living his life, when the world changed in an instant. In the matter of a week a deadly virus known as The Death ravages the world killing over 90% of those infected. After six months in a self-imposed quarantine, he emerges into a new world. As he travels, he discovers others like him who are immune, but he also discovers that the world he knew is gone. It has been replaced with a savage and brutal one where the only rule is kill or be killed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unintentionally hilarious!

  • By Steve Welch on 06-18-15

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Wooden descriptions and dialog by the writer, and terrifyingly bad women's voicing by the narrator. I had to stop listening.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful