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  • 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 172
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

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 356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

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 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

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 4,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,021

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 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it, loved it

  • By Glenda on 01-06-15

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 6,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,097

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Depraved Heart

  • A Scarpetta Novel, Book 23
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,883
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,710

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer-genius niece, Lucy. But how can it be? It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost 20 years ago. As Scarpetta watches she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece. That film clip and others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A train wreck you can't look away from.

  • By GH on 10-29-15

Annoying from the start

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I couldn't get past the first couple chapters. Scarpetta seems arrogant, bitter and always on the defensive. She bristles when a patrolmen calls her "ma'am" and in her mind lists all her credentials when the guy is just being polite. I can't follow her mind wanderings which are getting annoying.

Has Depraved Heart turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, I think I've given up on Scarpetta. She's getting old.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to return book and use my credit on a different series.

  • Orient

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Bollen
  • Narrated by: Michael Rahhal
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89

Orient is an isolated town on the north fork of Long Island, its future as a historic village newly threatened by the arrival of wealthy transplants from Manhattan - many of them artists. One late summer morning, the body of a local caretaker is found in the open water; the same day, a monstrous animal corpse is found on the beach, presumed a casualty from a nearby research lab. With rumors flying, eyes turn to Mills Chevern - a tumbleweed orphan newly arrived in town from the West with no ties and a hazy history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read and rear

  • By Cheryl on 02-27-16

Only in Chap 2, but will return

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I can tell already that I won't make it through this book, especially considering it's so long. Bigoted neighbor, long descriptions, nothing happening - no action to make me want to keep listening. At this point I don't care about these people and in fact dislike them. Not a good sign.

Has Orient turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not necessarily the genre but definitely the author.

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,761

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash - no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options.The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible--but not for the faint of heart

  • By Lesley on 01-11-15

Different and unexpected!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

Any additional comments?

This was really good. It held by interest. I appreciated that it was different. An interesting and unusual group of people end up living together in a rooming house and they end up doing things they would never have done on their own. Liked it a lot!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Night

  • The Flynn Brothers Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 769

Aidan Flynn, a private investigator and eldest of the Flynn brothers, scoffs at the haunted-house rumors - especially since Kendall Montgomery, a tarot card reader who has been living in the mansion, is the one to tell him the tale of a woman in white. But when he finds a human bone on the grounds and another by the river, Aidan delves into the dark history of the Flynn plantation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this. Need book 2!!!

  • By Wanda on 09-16-13

A romance novel, not a mystery!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story would help! This is basically a romance novel, not a mystery or an investigation. I made it through 7 chapters and it was all description about the personal lives of the main characters. Nothing happened with regard to any crime, mystery or investigation. If you want a romance novel, it will probably be ok for you, but a serious book it is not.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I just finished Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason. Since I didn't get far with the Flynn Brothers, I will move on to Kristina Ohlsson series.