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  • The Knowledge

  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Robbie Parsons is one of London's finest, a black cab driver who knows the city by heart. In his backseat is a man with a gun in his hand - a man who brazenly committed a crime in front of the Artemis Club then jumped in and ordered Parsons to drive. As the criminal eventually escapes to Nairobi, Detective Superintendent Richard Jury comes across the case. He knew one of the victims, a professor of astrophysics and an expert gambler. Feeling personally affronted, Jury enlists his whole gang of merry characters to contend with a case that involves Tanzanian gem mines, a closed Reno casino, and a hidden pub.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drought over!

  • By Yankee Bookworm on 04-05-18

a romp down memory lane

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. it is puzzling, funny, sad and has memorable characters and a strong story line, but while i think it stands on its own, i also think it would be most appreciated by those who have followed the stories and characters over the years.

What did you like best about this story?

new adventures for old friends

What does Steve West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

solid narrator but in my opinion the best narrators "disappear" in the narration and he seems to do just that. also, just as an editorial note on a pet peeve, he speaks English correctly. i don't think i heard a single word mis-pronounced, which is something I hear all too often, especially on books produced by audible (which this one is not).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

many of them

Any additional comments?

I had the feeling that this might have been written as a "last book". While it could serve well in this capacity, I truly hope that I am wrong.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Katherine

  • A Novel
  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896

Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful the 2nd time around, forty years later!

  • By Patricia S. on 06-01-11

This book is as timeless as the story it tells

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

Reviewed: 01-15-14

I first read this book nearly 50 years ago and have just listened to it for the second time in the last year or so. It is neither a bodice ripper, nor an adventure story, nor is it fast paced.

It is, to me, a richly textured, deeply researched, historical novel which also happens to be one of the great romances of all time. It is a book which needs to be read quietly, with minimal distractions, in order to keep the complex interrelationships of both people and politics sorted out, and to appreciate and enjoy the cultural and literary subtexts which have made the book an enduring pleasure.

I'd really like to hear some more Anya Setons - I read most if not all of them many years ago, and would enjoy the opportunity to "read" them again.

The narrator does a very creditable job and I only wish that there were more like her.

  • The Crime at Black Dudley

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 379

When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKE this narrator quite a lot!!!!

  • By Meep on 11-16-13

great story, horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-22-13

As always the story and the characters hold you completely in thrall, but the new narrator, David Thorpe, makes virtually everyone sound like a complete idiot. Once you screen out the voices, the book comes through fine, but the previous narrator, Francis Matthews, did an infinitely better job.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Daughter of Time
    
    
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        Josephine Tey
    
    


    
    
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        Derek Jacobi
    
    


    
    Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    529 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • The Daughter of Time

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very interesting

  • By Sheila on 06-07-09

Great Story, Great Series

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

Josephine Tey like Margery Allingham writes a great big story with exceptional depth of character in a small beautifully crafted book. This one is exceptional, even amidst an exceptional oeuvre, because of its original plot format and depth of the historical research that lurks unobtrusively in the background. It is particularly timely right now due to the recent discovery of the body of Richard III. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the mystery!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles.

  • By Barbara on 11-06-12

Unexpectedly compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-25-12

I hesitated to buy this book because, although I love the Vorkosigan series and Bujold, Ivan had never been an especially interesting character to me and I saw him largely as a fairly simplistic foil to Miles. But, I couldn't find anything else I wanted to read, and Bujold is a wonderful writer, so I thought what the hell, I'll give it a shot.

Boy was I surprised! It was terrific. I laughed, giggled, smiled and just plain enjoyed the whole enterprise. I will say that in all honesty it is (in my opinion) not as deep and layered as Miles as his best, but it is a truly fun read.

Enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Arrows of the Queen
    
    
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        Mercedes Lackey
    
    


    
    
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        Carole Edie Smith
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    555 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Arrows of the Queen

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Carole Edie Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-18-07

More Valdemar!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-12

This is a great listen with the all the story telling talent and character building that I love in Mercedes Lackey tales. But it is just one of a couple of dozen books in the original Valdemar series and in fact comes late in the world building chronology. It is a fine stand-alone read but is even better when read in the context of the rest of the series (which for some unknown reason is not available on Audible) So read it and enjoy but please keep asking for the rest of them - they are all worth the effort!

I should add that although the "collegium" books take place in the Valdemar world and are pleasant they are not of the same sophistication or caliber as the original Valdemar books.

  • Mystery Mile

  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: Francis Matthews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

Judge Crowdy Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Simister gang. After four attempts on his life, he ends up seeking the help of the enigmatic and unorthodox amateur sleuth, Albert Campion. After Campion bundles Lobbett off to a country house in Mystery Mile deep in the Suffolk countryside, all manner of adventures ensue. It's a race against time for Campion to get the judge to safety and decipher the clue to their mysterious enemy's name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightfully Different Kind of Mystery

  • By John on 01-14-14

Where are the other Albert Campion mysteries?

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

Reviewed: 09-23-12

Margery Allingham is a jewel, her books are jewels - small bright and glittering with color, and the Albert Campion series is her crown jewel. NEVER read one unabridged! But where are the Campions? (PS - read them in order if you can!)

10 of 10 people found this review helpful