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  • The Perfect Couple

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,389

It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people - an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By RMS on 07-27-18

Couldn't get into it - never listened

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I couldn't get into this book although I tried several times. I never got past the first few minutes!

  • The Old Man

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,933

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 'old man' is not old!

  • By Wayne on 08-15-17

Didn't get very far...Too predicable!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I got as far as Chapter 14 (out of 40), by forcing myself to listen thinking I might get engaged and care about the characters. But alas, I give up. The author has tried to make the main character sympathetic and likable, but he has not succeeded with me. The entire premise of the story is weak and not believable. And I can already predict how it's going to go. So far the protagonist, Daniel Chase, has killed 3 people but they all happen to be Libyans, not Americans (because killing Americans would make him the bad guy!). The one American he encounters, a young black man that he believes to be 18 years old, who tries to kill him in a fake mugging, he does not harm and in fact he gives him money and tells him not to rob any more people. The next time he encounters him he just ties him up and doesn't harm him. This special operator for the US is then described as having years of experience in the middle east (and he looks 18?). I can see it now, he's going to end up believing and siding with Daniel Chase and helping him clear his name with the US government. All the while he will be Daniel Chase will be wandering around the US in hiding and evading the bad guys, and there will be an endless series of near misses, fight outs, and car chases. I don't need to listen to more. I will return.

  • The Tale of Hill Top Farm

  • By: Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

It's 1905, and to recover from the loss of her fiance, Potter moves into a small farmhouse in Sawrey. Populated by colorful characters, both humans and critters, her new life is full of promise. That is, until a villager dies and murder is suspected. Now it's up to this amateur sleuth to find a killer roaming the English countryside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun to read

  • By Richard on 11-29-10

Not my cup of tea...the animals talk?

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I didn't even get through the first chapter. This isn't what I expected. My mistake for not reading the description more carefully. I like a good English village mystery with a local sleuth, but my initial impression is that this is like a childrens book with talking animals. I am more inclined toward Louise Penney, Arnaud Gamache series (set in a Canadian village), or period mysteries by Georgette Heyer, Tasha Alexander, or Deanna Rayybourn. I will return.

  • A Crimson Warning

  • By: Tasha Alexander
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Best-selling author Tasha Alexander crafts compelling works that are equally celebrated for their intricate plotting and historical authenticity. A Crimson Warning features beloved character Lady Emily Hargreaves, who can usually be found waltzing or reading from the Aeneid when not fighting for women’s suffrage. Lady Emily’s enjoyment of the season, however, comes to an abrupt end when the red paint being splashed on doorsteps heralds ill - even deadly - tidings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect historical mystery

  • By Anna on 12-18-11

Narrator isn't nearly as good!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I really enjoyed the first three books in the series because I loved the characters. But the narration in this book isn't nearly as good and thus the characters are not nearly as engaging and likable. If this narrator had done the first couple books, I'm not sure would have continued with the series. I am very disappointed to see that this same narrator does the rest of the books in the series.
Otherwise, the story was good. (Although I think I would have loved it with one of the earlier narrators!)

  • 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 182
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

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

Terrible narration, story ok.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the first two books, mostly due to the narration which was terrible!. If this had been the first book, I wouldn’t have listened to any additional books in the series! As it is, I loved the first two books and the narrators were excellent, so I got to know and like the characters, so I wanted to hear this story. But the narration was an irritation the entire time. In this book the narration was totally different and the characters much less likable. The women sounded timid and insipid. Margaret, the American, was given a terrible flat nasal Bostonian accent. Colin Hargraves, the main male character was robotic and emotionless, except for the instances when he sounded angry and impatient. The villain who is murdered in early in the book was overly snide and rude and never spoke in a normal tone of voice. I will avoid any further books by this narrator.
The story was not as enjoyable as books 1 & 2 in the series, I think because there was a lot of political intrigue that was a bit hard believe, and many political figures that were hard to understand and keep track of.

  • Before the Frost

  • A Kurt and Linda Wallander Novel
  • By: Henning Mankell, Ebba Segerberg - translator
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend, Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Narration Style EVER

  • By Anthony on 10-07-09

Worst narration-made me dislike these characters!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This narration was different from the other Kurt Wallander books. The tone used for both Linda and Kurt Wallander continuously throughout the book was angry and impatient, making the characters disagreeable and at times very dislikable. I don't remember feeling that way in the past so I tried to listen thinking what it would sound like in a normal tone of voice. Even something like "where have you been?" can sound like an innocent question or an angry accusatory demand. I would never listen to a book by this narrator again.
In addition, in this book Linda Wallander has now completed the police academy and is starting work as a policeman. But she seems incompetent as a cop and is rude and disrespectful. In the book she calls both of her parents "fat", slaps her mother across the face, and tells her father he needs to get laid. She lives for free with her father but is totally disrespectful and judgmental. They get mad at each other for everything and are constantly arguing, and that isn't only the fault of the narration, although that exacerbates it. In addition Linda does thing like peeking in windows, picking locks and breaking in houses, walking into homes, and performing police activities without back up against protocol. A couple times in the book she trips and falls for no reason and is a bit of a klutz. I thought this might come into play later in the book as part of the story, like she trip and falls just as someone shoots at her and she just misses getting shot. But no, she just trips and falls a lot which adds nothing to the story. If she continues to be a big part of this series I won't keep listening.
I am returning this book.

  • The Last Hours

  • By: Minette Walters
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

When the Black Death enters England through the port in Dorsetshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is - or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church cites God as the cause, and fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness. But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. Educated by nuns, Anne is a rarity among women, being both literate and knowledgeable. With her brutal husband absent from the manor when news of this pestilence reaches her, she looks for more sensible ways to protect her people than confession.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is part 1! It’s a series!

  • By Eric K Doepel on 08-18-18

I was sad when it ended......

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Shades of Ken Follet and Pillars of the Earth series. It took me a couple chapters to "tune in" to the medieval language the accent, and to hooked iinto the story. But after that I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I stayed up too many late nights, not wanting to fall asleep, while I listened! The only consolation when it ended was that there would be sequels. I could tell that as the story developed, as I could see many story lines to be pursued.

  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,219

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

So glad I found a new series!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Loved it! A bright outspoken smart woman in the 1880's! A precursor to Amelia Peabody! Interesting story, and characters don't do stupid things. And it wasn't a soppy love story. Just fun and interesting.

  • 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 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

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

Good book but main characters were so annoying!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

The primary characters (who are the main suspects), were very unsympathetic and SO annoying, that I had a hard time listening. They were shallow, flippant, rude, and self centered. I was hoping they were all guilty and would be thrown in prison!

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Tried a couple times but just couldn't get into it

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I never got past the first chapter! It took pages and pages just for the person speaking to say she was going to settle in to read a book. I am too impatient and want something to happen, not just a lot of description.

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