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  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back again

  • By LINN CANNING on 01-22-18

A delight

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I read The Shell Seekers some years ago for a book club and enjoyed it. I was delighted to see that Audible now has many of Rosamund Pilcher's novels in audiobook format now and purchased this one first. It was even more enjoyable to listen to than it had been to read. The slower pace gave me time to enjoy the descriptions and the beauty of the prose.

A complex tale of love and art and redemption. A delight.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in an English Village

  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214

The year is 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait For Next Book

  • By Sally W. Harris on 05-22-18

Cozy English Village equals murder

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is a better than normal murder in an English Village just after the war mystery. The two old school chums, ladies now of a "certain age" who haven't seen each other for years, meet again more or less by chance and end up solving a mystery together play well against each other as fictional characters. One a brash American who has traveled the world and seen life, the other lived a more conservative life in the same village after returning from school, but working for the war effort. Add a lovable little dog, and what more can one want for the start of a series.

I won't give away the plot, but Land Girls, fast cars, movie theaters and more figure in the puzzle. The narration by Barbara Rosenblat worked well, and I will be looking forward to the next entry in the series, expected out soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Case of Conspiracy in Clerkenwell

  • A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure, Book 3
  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The ladies of Clerkenwell Central Hall are none too pleased at having their temperance meetings disrupted by the rowdy communists next door, but for Miss Olive Stapleton in particular, the uneasy coexistence proves fatal when she is found stabbed through the heart with a paper knife. Enter Freddy Pilkington-Soames, who’s been recruited by British Intelligence to investigate a suspected communist plot to stir up a general strike. Freddy thinks there’s more to Miss Stapleton’s death than meets the eye, but as he delves more deeply into the mystery, it only becomes more puzzling. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freddy rides again

  • By Jerri C on 06-01-18

Freddy rides again

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Another fun romp of detection for Freddy. If you haven't read Freddy's previous adventures, this book should still stand alone just fine. But if you have, you will be delighted to meet Freddy again. This book also has a direct link to the 5th Angela Marchbank mystery, The Incident at Fives Castle.

We have mysterious Communist activities, a group of women promoting non-drinking, several pretty young women and lots of silly and/or self important young men. Readers of P. G. Wodehouse will recognize the type shown in Freddy and his friends as they would have fit in perfectly at the Drones Club with Bertie Wooster and buddies. This between WWI and WWII English mystery novel is a fun listen. Gethyn Edwards does a fine job with the various characters and the spirit of the book.

Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Young Clementina

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Charlotte Dean enjoys nothing more than the solitude of her London flat and the monotonous days of her work at a travel bookshop. But when her younger sister unceremoniously bursts into her quiet life one afternoon, Charlotte's world turns topsy-turvy. Beloved author D. E. Stevenson captures the intricacies of post-World War I England with a light, comic touch that perfectly embodies the spirit of the time. Alternatively heartbreaking and witty, The Young Clementina is a touching tale of love, loss and redemption through friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miss Dean's Dilemma

  • By Jerri C on 05-02-18

Miss Dean's Dilemma

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

The original US title of this novel was Miss Dean's Dilemma, which I feel fits the book better than The Young Clementina. It is one of the more challenging of D. E. Stevenson's novels, dealing with some complex issues, including Shell Shock (what World War I called what is now referred to as Traumatic Stress Syndrome or other names), divorce, etc.

But, all in all, it is the story of Charlotte Dean and her niece Clementina, two brave and honorable young women doing the best that they can to deal with some difficult situations.

And, as in all of D. E. Stevenson's novels, the result is a happy ending.

I had never before listened to anything read by Karen Cass, but I feel that she did a very outstanding job of giving a voice to this challenging and fulfilling novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Chance

  • A Mountjoy Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Aston
  • Narrated by: Dawn Murphy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Groom, best man, guests, even a bishop - but where is the bride? An orphan fresh out of convent school, Prue Pagan has no home and nowhere to go. Then a chance meeting with her worldly-wise friend Cleo lands her a summer job in the north of England at Mountjoy Castle, where generations of the Mountjoy family have loved, lusted, and scandalised their neighbours. Prue's innocence is no protection against the wickedness of the English upper classes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pru's life has dramatic changes

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-03-16

disappointment

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I had read all of this author's works under their other name (Elizabeth Edmondson) and enjoyed them, so was very much looking forward to her works using the Aston name, and the Mountjoy series seemed a good place to start. The novel started off well enough, but it went in a direction that I found distasteful. I will not be reading or listening to any more of the Mountjoy series. Dawn Murphy did an acceptable job of reading the story, but I disliked what she was given to read.

The main character, Prue, made some life choices that were both out of character as she was shown in the beginning of the novel and that were distasteful to me personally.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Prisoner of Limnos

  • A Penric & Desdemona Novella in the World of the Five Gods
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

In this sequel novella to Mira's Last Dance, Temple sorcerer Penric and the widow Nikys have finally reached safety in the duchy of Orbas when a secret letter from a friend brings frightening news: Nikys's mother has been taken hostage by her brother's enemies at the Cedonian imperial court, and confined in a precarious island sanctuary. Their own romance still unresolved, Nikys, Penric, and of course Desdemona must infiltrate the hostile country once more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but the pricing is off...

  • By M. Warren on 05-23-18

Penric returns

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

At 5 hours and 25 minutes, this is one of the longest of Bujold's novellas about Penric and his demon Desdemona. It starts soon after the ending of Mira's Last Dance. I don't want to go into plot details, as it is too easy to get into spoilers, but this book has Penric meet some new friends, have some adventures, tie up some loose ends and more. One of the new characters is an engineer, possibly a tribute to Bujold's late father who was an engineer as well as weatherman.

If there are no more Penric novellas in the future, this can serve as a conclusion to the series. But plenty of room is left for future tales if Bujold is inspired to write them (as I hope she is). And, if she writes more, I hope Grover Gardner narrates them also. Listen and enjoy. (But, I think you will enjoy it more if you have listened to earlier works in the series first, starting with Penric's Demon.)

  • Penric's Fox

  • A Novella in the World of the Five Gods (Penric and Desdemona, Book 3)
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation, and they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Penric solves a mystery

  • By Jerri C on 02-02-18

Penric solves a mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Penric is enjoying a relaxing day fishing with his Shaman friend Inglas, when they are both requested by law man/Locator Oswyl. A temple sorcerer has been found dead from arrow wounds. Who killed her? What happened to her demon? And why?

Penric, with assistance from Inglas and others, especially Pen's Demon Desdemona ultimately solve the mystery. And I found it an entertaining mystery/fantasy story. But the real deep joy of the story is to watch the evolving relationships between Penric, Desdemona, and all the rest of the very real characters, including the Princess Arch Divine. I have grown to love these characters.

And, as always, Grover Gardner does a great job of reading the tale. The entire Penric/Desdemona saga is a delight. In internal chronological order, at time of publication this novella comes third, after Penric's Demon and Penric and the Shaman, and before Penric's Mission.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Striding Folly

  • Three Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Three perplexing puzzles - and three inimitable Wimsey solutions - told with wit, humor, and suspense. Narrator Ian Carmichael, the quintessential Lord Peter, provides great entertainment with his talented performance of these three stories. In "Striding Folly", a frightening dream provides a haunting premonition. A house numbered 13 is in a street of even numbers, and a dead man was never alive in "The Haunted Policeman." And "Talboys" sees Lord Peter's own children accused of theft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lord Peter as a Father

  • By Jerri C on 01-08-18

Lord Peter as a Father

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

This is a collection of three short mystery stories about Lord Peter Wimsey, the last works about him, completely written by Sayers to be published. (Not counting the continuations by another author.)

The title short story in this collection, Striding Folly, is my least favorite. I find it confusing and not very appealing. However, I love the other two. They tell the reader/listener what happens after Lord Peter's marriage and honeymoon, with Harriet Vane.

The Haunted Policeman tells the story of the birth of their first child, complete with a mystery for Peter to solve.

Talboys is set some years later, and has the family staying at Talboys, a modest country house. The mystery, concerning some stolen peaches, is minor, but the interplay of the Wimsey family with their neighbors and a guest who doesn't fit in is priceless.

Highly recommended as a whole, and Ian Carmichael does a fine job of reading the tales. Now, if Audible could get the rest of the Lord Peter works, unabridged! Please!

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Riddle at Gipsy's Mile

  • An Angela Marchmont Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Lost in the mists of the Romney Marsh, Angela Marchmont stumbles upon the body of a woman whose face has been disfigured - presumably to prevent recognition. Who is she, and what was she doing out there in the middle of nowhere? The search for answers will take Angela from a grand stately home to London's most fashionable - and disreputable - nightclub, and into a murky world of illegal drinking, jazz music, and lost souls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Angela to the rescue

  • By Jerri C on 12-19-17

Angela to the rescue

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I have been reading the Angela Marchmont mysteries since near the beginning, and enjoyed them all. They are even more fun to listen to than to read. Elizabeth Klett does a good job of portraying the characters and spirit of the period. Each book can stand alone, but the overall story arc is more rich if you follow along in order. While Clara Benson is the pseudonym of a modern author, she does a much better job than most modern authors of writing in the spirit of the English Golden Age mystery.

In this story, Angela and her driver, William, find the hidden body of a dead woman when her car has a minor accident. Of course, in the end it is Angela who solves the mystery. I don't want to give away the plot.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Case of Murder in Mayfair

  • A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure, Book 2
  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

When Hollywood star Dorothy Dacres plummets six floors from her hotel terrace on the night of her greatest triumph, it initially looks like a tragic accident. But her death is so very convenient to her many enemies that press-man Freddy Pilkington-Soames, who was there on the night she died, begins to suspect foul play. And when cocaine is found in her room, it only complicates matters further. Soon, Freddy is chasing across London on the trail of drug dealers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Fun Freddy mystery

  • By Jerri C on 12-19-17

Another Fun Freddy mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Freddy is back. He attends a party filled with folks from the world of theater and one of them falls from the terrace/roof of the hotel. Or was she pushed? Theatrical rivalries and drugs are both issues: was one or both of these a motive for murder?

Freddy wants to get a scoop for his newspaper reporting job, solve the crime, and yet do the Right Thing as an English Gentleman.

A fun read and even more entertaining as a listen. Gethyn Edwards does a fine job reading this story.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful