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  • The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood...somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story with Lovable Characters

  • By Maryalice Davis on 02-03-18

Dull

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I was disappointed that the end was so obvious at the start. I stuck it out hoping to be wrong, but no.

  • The Next Always

  • Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,593

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You need to Set your MP3 Playback to FASTER!

  • By Lynne Phelps on 05-04-12

Beyond predictable

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

I kept listening, in hopes of anything I didn't expect and ended feeling the only surprise was I kept hoping.
This is likely to be my first and last by this author.

  • Theodore Boone: The Fugitive

  • Theodore Boone
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Richard Thomas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

On a field trip to Washington, DC, Theo spots a familiar face on the Metro: Duffy, who jumped bail and was never seen again. Theo's quick thinking helps bring Duffy back to Strattenburg to stand trial. But now that Duffy knows who he is, Theo is in greater danger than he's ever been in before. Even when everything is on the line, Theodore Boone will stop at nothing to make sure a killer is brought to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another stellar book

  • By Matt Pechey on 08-03-15

surprised

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

What disappointed you about Theodore Boone: The Fugitive?

I was so bored I gave up after the third try, and I do mean try. It was totally unexpected, because this author is generally one who keeps me awake during long drives. Not this time however; i was snoring throughout.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Psmith in the City

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Psmith and his friend Mike are sent by their fathers to work in the City. But work is the last thing on Psmith's mind; surely there are more interesting things to do with the day than spend it in a bank? Unfortunately the natives aren't conducive to his socialising within work hours, but all's fair in love and work as the monocled Old Etonian, with a little grudging help from Mike, begins to rope in allies in order to reform the bank manager and make him A Decent Member of Society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Master of the English Prose

  • By Ron L. Caldwell on 03-20-08

Fun

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

Reviewed: 07-25-12

What did you love best about Psmith in the City?

How can you not like Psmith??? It is such a checkout from reality to spend time with him.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Leave It to Psmith

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Problem with Audio Books Is...

  • By John on 08-22-13

Just Fun

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

Reviewed: 04-19-12

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leave it to Psmith?

It wasn't a single moment, just a few hours of enjoyable fluff.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Half and half. It was one I wanted to go on longer. It isn't a page turner, like some mysteries, but a pleasant escape, like a picnic on a perfect Spring day.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,467

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

Enough

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

Reviewed: 04-19-12

What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

I enjoyed the Game of Thrones, thought the second book was OK, but maybe was burnt out by this one. I found it predictable, and the characters I wanted to know about were basically gone. I didn't even finish it.

Has A Dance with Dragons turned you off from other books in this genre?

Probably, unless I go back and finish it in a few years

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrator was fine

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor's Tomb

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 942

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull

  • By Eva Gannon on 12-11-10

enough action

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-11

I liked the effort to present a feel of the significance and vastness ancient Chinese culture. It was an excellent foil to a straightforward "guns and badguys" book.

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,820
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,023

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • irritatingly engrossing

  • By David on 03-16-10

too bad

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-11

"The Girl" books sets the bar so high. I think it will be a while before I find a story as amazing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Rainbow

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke

  • By John M. Smith on 07-23-10

oh well, no one is perfect

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-11

It is likely I have read or listened to all of Burke's books. In my opinion this is not his finest moment, but still better than many other in the genre. It would not deter me from reading another.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Friday Night Knitting Club

  • By: Kate Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to like it but constantly disappointed.

  • By flimfrik on 10-24-09

pretty good

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-10

Interesting twists for a light read

0 of 2 people found this review helpful