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  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant narration!

  • By Anonymous User on 11-09-18

A fun read

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Interesting premise, and you really cannot go wrong reading a selection by this author. Not the Clifton Chronicles, but entertaining nonetheless.

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  • The Art of Inheriting Secrets

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara O'Neal
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate - and a title to go with it. Raw with grief and reeling from the knowledge that her reserved mother hid something so momentous, Olivia leaves San Francisco and crosses the pond to unravel the mystery of a lifetime. One glance at the breathtaking Rosemere Priory and Olivia understands why the manor, magnificent even in disrepair, was the subject of her mother’s exquisite paintings. What she doesn’t understand is why her mother never mentioned it to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ‘The Art of Inheriting Secrets’ a fabulous story except for..one thing

  • By Donna Smith McG on 11-12-18

3.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I thought the book was an easy listen, but contrived. Fine to pass the time.

  • Somerset

  • By: Leila Meacham
  • Narrated by: Teresa DeBerry
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

One hundred fifty years of Roses' Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the "black waxy" promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love Roses so much-are here in abundance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Prequel done RIGHT!

  • By bonnie on 02-18-14

Almost as good as “Roses”

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I thought “Roses” was excellent and so I thought I’d listen to the prequel. At first I was disappointed, as it is not as successful at drawing in the reader and was difficult to identify as involving the same families. Once the reader accepts this, the book is very engaging, albeit darker than “Roses”, no doubt owing to the time period in which it is set. With that in mind, I would certainly recommend.

  • Titans

  • By: Leila Meacham
  • Narrated by: Casey Holloway, Brian Hatch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Texas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, especially if you are from Texas and love the land.

  • By Paige on 04-19-16

B+ for this one

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I have recently discovered Leila Meacham’s books, starting out with her best, I think, “Roses”. That and “Somerset”, the prequel, are 4 star listens. This selection, “Titans”, was good enough for an audible credit, however it did drag at times throughout. Narration kept me interested enough to finish, since there are two narrators.

  • Roses

  • A Novel
  • By: Leila Meacham
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scarlett O'hara meet Mary Toliver

  • By Rozette on 03-22-10

Thoroughly engaging southern saga

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I rarely read novels set in the south. Since this one had many favorable Audible reviews, I gave it a try (after all, who didn’t like Gone With the Wind?) Many hours of happy listening. All set to start the prequel next. Recommended!

  • Not Our Kind

  • A Novel
  • By: Kitty Zeldis
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

One rainy morning in June, two years after the end of World War II, a minor traffic accident brings together Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy. Their encounter seems fated: Eleanor, a teacher and recent Vassar graduate, needs a job. Patricia’s difficult 13-year-old daughter Margaux, recovering from polio, needs a private tutor. Though she feels out of place in the Bellamys’ rarefied and elegant Park Avenue milieu, Eleanor forms an instant bond with Margaux. Soon the idealistic young woman is filling the bright young girl’s mind with Shakespeare and Latin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters

  • By Barb on 11-13-18

Not what i expected

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I’m not sure why, but I had thought this book would probably be centered around one particular character, her feelings and growth as a person. Instead, the book largely was controlled by events, not particularly unpredictable, with little character development or growth. I gave it 3 stars since it was somewhat engaging, nonetheless.

  • The Fledgling

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Maddy Everington
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Narrated by the great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cadell! At Edmund Brooke's insistence, his 10-year-old daughter, Vitorina, leaves the closed world of her old and strait-laced great-aunts and their Portuguese mansion - complete with chapel - and journeys to a boarding school in England. Edmund readily accepts the offer of a golfing acquaintance to act as chaperone for Tory. Tory is called upon to let down her facade of meekness and to reveal her real nature: she is shrewd, imaginative and - as the situation calls for - brave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story and flawless narration.

  • By topcatrules on 05-15-18

An exceptionally good cast of characters

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This selection by Elizabeth Cadell is, in my opinion, one of her best. More depth to the characters (their feelings and thought processes) and an interesting story. Also, more a modern perspective than some of her others. Recommended.

  • A Quiver Full of Arrows

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

From London to China, and New York to Nigeria, Jeffrey Archer takes the reader on a tour of ancient heirlooms and modern romance, of cutthroat business and kindly strangers, of lives lived in the realms of power and lives freed from the gloom of oppression. Fortunes are made and squandered, honor betrayed and redeemed, and love lost and rediscovered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • These are short stories

  • By Robin on 09-05-18

These are short stories

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I’m not as much a fan of this author’s short stories as I am of his novels. Just getting to care about the characters and we’re done. I suppose I just enjoy getting lost in the book.

  • The Friendly Air

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Anna Guerrier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The friendly air describes the atmosphere in warm, sunny Portugal where young, beautiful Emma Challis finds herself as the temporary companion to Lady Grantly who has just bought a home there. She took on the task at the request of her fiancé, Gerald Delmont - brilliant, sophisticated and with a promising legal career ahead. A perfect husband for Emma - but would he be? Enter handsome local lawyer Robert Weybridge, a mysterious young woman with five small children who take up residence in a packing crate, and you have the ingredients for one of Elizabeth Cadell’s finest romances.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good reader; so-so story. . .

  • By I'dliketosay on 11-07-18

Entertainng listen

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Elizabeth Cadell was quite a prolific writer, and so some are very good and others not so much so. For me, this one was better than average for this author. Nice that much of the book takes place outside of England, and the characters were varied and well drawn. Recommended for a light listen.

  • Paths of Glory

  • A Novel
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong - their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend.But what if one man had such a dream, and once he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Archer Does it Again!

  • By Joel on 03-18-09

Only interesting if you’re into Everest history

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I hadn’t realized when I purchased this title that it is semi-biographical, about an Englishman who attempted Everest early on in climbing history. So, as Jeffrey Archer can pretty much write about anything, I did finish the book. However, 3+ stars as I had only limited interest in the subject matter.