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  • A Familiar Tail

  • Witch’s Cat Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Delia James
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble. Suddenly saddled with a witch's wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first in a new series

  • By Dawn on 07-11-17

A good beginning.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

What a great beginning for a series. I look forward to getting to know all of these characters better!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paws and Effect

  • Magical Cats Series, Book 8
  • By: Sofie Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Kathleen is excited to meet three old pals of her beau, detective Marcus Gordon, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cut short when one of the friends is killed - and the evidence points toward Marcus as the murderer. Though it seems she doesn't know all of Marcus's secrets, Kathleen is sure he's no killer. With his suspect status sidelining him from investigating the case, it's up to Kathleen and her feline partners-in-crime to find whoever is framing Marcus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Addition to A Fun Series

  • By Beatrice on 12-15-16

Gentle humor, complete character

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

This series of books gets better with each new book. The characters are richly drawn -- from cats to people. Her gentle humor makes me chuckle out loud. Unfortunately the ending was another main character in a dangerous situation. I think that's a little overdone. But overall a book I'll listen to again.

  • Ripped from the Pages

  • A Bibliophile Mystery
  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents' commune - and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry...and a perfectly mummified body. A closer examination of the murdered man's possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • you never know what's going to happen

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-18-18

Plot problems

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

The author needs a better editor to catch discrepancies in the plot and to keep from making her intelligent characters stupid just to further the plot. This would have been an interesting story even without the 2nd murder. Kudos to her for an ending without the main character in danger, tho.

  • Faux Paw

  • Magical Cats, Book 7
  • By: Sofie Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Normally the arrival of an art exhibition at the Mayville Heights library would be cause for celebration. But thanks to the overbearing curator and high-tech security system that comes with it, Kathleen's life has been completely disrupted. Even Owen and Hercules have been affected, since their favorite human doesn't seem to have a spare moment to make their favorite fish crackers or listen to Barry Manilow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kathleen and Marcus

  • By Louise on 11-03-15

Kathleen and Marcus

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

The author has found a way to create an interesting story and have the main characters work together instead of against each other. And the ending was dangerous in the tradition of her stories, but not. Well done.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Fatal Waltz

  • Lady Emily, Book 3
  • By: Tasha Alexander
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

At her friend Ivy's behest, Lady Emily Ashton reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of a man she finds odious. But the despised Lord Fortescue is not to be her greatest problem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story- if you can get past the narration

  • By Oh Good Grief on 05-20-15

A good story poorly read

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

I'll need to read the book to see if the story is as insipid as this reader makes it sound.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

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 Elizabeth on 12-10-14

Interesting, but annoying.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

Thank goodness for Giles, or this would have been unbearable with all the unpleasant characters that inhabit this book. I'm going to try one more in this series, but if unpleasant people is the main stock for this author, it'll be my last.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent on the Moor

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family: the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling romance continues

  • By M&M on 06-30-09

The best book

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

This is my favorite of the series so far. Not usually a harlequin reader, the characters are well developed and the plots are twisty enough to be quite interesting. I've listened to this book a couple of times now and do not tire of it.

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,413

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

The First and Best

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

I love Amelia Peabody and this first book sets the scene for everything to follow. The narrator is perfect for Amelia's acerbic character.

  • Defend and Betray

  • A William Monk Novel #3
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Ten people gather together for an elegant London dinner party. By the end of the party, only nine are alive. Sometime after dinner, General Thaddeus Carlyon is brutally murdered in the hallway. Who had the strength - and motive - to murder the distinguished military hero? Nurse Latterly and Inspector Monk find the answers in a nightmarish legacy of evil.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Anachronistic, repetitious, annoying.

  • By Michele on 01-15-14

Too drawn out

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

The main characters took too long to figure out what was going on. I understand that children were "invisible" in this period of time, but still it seemed too long and drawn out as they finally tumbled to the problem. The courtroom scenes were excellent and it was very moving once the story got to go forward.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Road to Darjeeling

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

Lady Julia Grey travels through India, accompanied by her sister, Portia, her brother, Plum, and occasionally her husband - Brisbane. Along the way, Portia becomes convinced of a murder, and all four are pulled into the dark underbelly of 19th-century India....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!

  • By Nereida on 10-23-10

The first truly good Julia Grey novel.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-12

I've enjoyed listening to the other Julia Grey novels, but they often didn't complete the mystery to my satisfaction or it was too obvious who the culprit was. This one fleshes out all the characters marvelously and the mystery is much better written. I didn't know til three-quarters of the way thru, who had probably done it. I'm looking forward to the next novel in which, I hope there will be as much cooperation between Julia and Brisbane as stupid misunderstandings (which is an artless way of continuing the plot).