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  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Not the book I wanted but the one I deserved

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

If you’re looking for a very cozy English mystery, like I was, this is very much not it. Other reviews might have told me this to begin with, but I didn’t read them before I bought it, honestly.

This book turned out to be a relatively suspenseful and even somewhat chilling (in the loosest sense of the word) mystery with only some very mild elements of the whodunnit mysteries I am accustomed to. What I can say about it is that it in general has a very bittersweet tone from the beginning to the end, and a satisfying ending. I felt very attached to every single one of the characters, no matter how minor they were. I suffered and celebrated with them. The narration was beautiful and seamless. It wasn’t what I expected, but it scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had. If you’re a fan of mysteries and some mild suspense, I can’t recommend it enough. Kudos to Kate Saunders and Anna Bentinck on this one!

  • The Rook

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,103

Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tale of Two Myfanwy's

  • By Tango on 03-18-13

A lot of fun

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I’m not going to lie, I bought this book because it was on sale, and I ended up really enjoying it! It’s pretty funny in places, it’s got an interesting story line, plenty of intrigue, and a lot of potential for more books. It’s not serious reading by any means, but I had a lot of fun reading it. The narrator’s Belgian accent leaves something to be desired, and she did tend to end all of her sentences as if they were a question, but apart from that I thought she did a pretty good job. If you’re looking for a few laughs and some light reading, this is the book for you!

  • Man in the Brown Suit & 4:50 From Paddington

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Joan Hickson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Romance, adventure, and train travel can all be a little bit dangerous, especially in the hands of Agatha Christie. The Man in the Brown Suit: Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her - and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. 4:50 From Paddington: For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two mysteries

  • By Bebe on 06-10-15

Now I know why these two were bundled together

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Man in the Brown Suit:

An excellent story, if just a tad bit sexist in places. I suppose I can’t ask too much of an author from the 20s and 30s. Emilia Fox isn’t my favorite narrator, but she did an admirable job. The audio quality was just a tad subpar on this recording.

4:50 from Paddington:

Absolutely unreadable. I barely got a few minutes in. The audio quality is horrible. I suppose they had to stick it with another Christie in order to sell it at all.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,513
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,606

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

A classic for a reason

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

In print, I found these novels absolutely unreadable. As an audiobook, they are positively delightful! If you’ve ever wanted to read them but found them a bit too dense, give them a listen. I know a lot of people complain about the songs, but I feel the narrator is talented enough that he can be given a pass for not quite being a singer—and also, I thought it almost added a bit of flavor!

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,979
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,982

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

More than a murder

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

The story itself seems simple enough: a beautiful French woman, brutally murdered outside her holiday home in rural Ireland. But it quickly becomes more than that: there’s amateur espionage, perjury, and potential police corruption. There’s a battle between suspect and public opinion, and there’s international intrigue. What I appreciated was that, despite all of this, the creators of the series did their best to continually remind listeners that this is about the death of a woman, a woman who had a brother, parents, nieces and nephews, a husband and children and, eventually, grandchildren. I appreciate the astonishing amount of work the creators put into this; they organized it in the most cohesive way possible. All in all, an engrossing listen!

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,060

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

The Great Train..............Robbery

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

This is the first Michael Crichton book I’ve read, and I wasn’t disappointed! It melded historical nonfiction and fiction incredibly well; parts of it were dramatized, interspersed with explanations of certain aspects of Victorian England to provide context for the dramatized bits. The writing itself was engaging, and even through the recounting of historical events and facts I was never bored.

My lone complaint is the narrator. His voices were really very good, with each character distinguished well from another. But he would often pause inexplicably in the middle of a sentence as if for emphasis when no emphasis was required, while other times he would move so hastily through between dialogue and prose that his words blurred together. I would definitely suggest listening at the regular speed rather than the 1.25 to avoid this last problem.

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  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,947

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Entertaining but Extra

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

First, let me start by saying that nobody reads James Patterson and expects hard literature, but I forget every time I start one just how Extra it is. It’s classic beach book material.

Second, the book was extremely entertaining. It was funny, there was intrigue, there were twists. However, there were times when I had to pause it and think for a moment just to keep everything straight. Every twist seemed to multiply into ten more twists. Third, the narrator was amazing! He was a perfect fit for this book.

All in all, it was pretty classic Patterson.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic

  • A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,939

Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. As such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not another lame female character

  • By Friday on 06-23-15

A great jumping point

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

This very much feels like the beginning of a series. It has a pretty decent plot on its own, but it seems like the kind of thing that’s going to get much, much better in future installments as the universe expands and the characters mature. Delilah Bard is a GIFT. My biggest problem is that I didn’t really like the narrator all that much, but he did his job admirably and I’m pretty sure my dislike was more of a personal preference. I’ve noticed that the future books are narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, who are excellent, so even if you share a distaste for this narrator with me, don’t be deterred from finishing this book and reading the other two. All in all, a really good introduction to a very cool world full of excellent characters!

  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

I’m gonna suffer but I’m gonna be happy about it

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Oh boy, have I suffered with this book, in a thousand different ways.

First: the writing itself is exquisite, if a little flowery. The narration is sublime. I would listen to other books Steve West narrates just because he narrated them.

Second: the entire story, from start to finish, took everything that’s raw and uncertain inside me and poked it, and prodded it, and drew it out. I felt every kind of way it’s possible to feel while listening to it. It’s full of beauty and monsters. This is, without a doubt, the best impulse decision buy I have ever made.

And, with that being said: I cannot wait for the sequel!

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,370

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Everything it’s hyped up to be

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

First of all: this book was SO MUCH FUN. It was fun to listen to. I’m a big fan of fast-paced heists, and it did not disappoint. There’s a lot of Martian-style scienc-y stuff thrown in for flavor as well, if that’s your thing! It was pretty funny as well.

Second of all: Rosario Dawson deserves an award. She didn’t try to vary her voices all that much, but her accents were flawless, and it was never difficult to determine who was speaking. A+ performance.

My ONE AND ONLY COMPLAINT, and it isn’t even really a complaint, is that Jazz wasn’t QUITE believable as a woman. Not to me, anyway. I mean, she was pretty much Mark Watney with boobs. Which isn’t a problem at all, especially if you like Mark Watney, which I do! But yknow, if you read about Jazz being a young Saudi Muslim woman and expect that to affect her character in any way, it doesn’t.

All in all, one of my favorite reads ever!