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  • Elizabeth of York

  • A Tudor Queen and Her World
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 22 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry's mother and Elizabeth's grandmother, spanned one of England' s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NARRATOR SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO OWN VOICE !!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-15

Very good historical book

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Those truly interested in Elizabeth of York will find this book full of refreshing facts as well as descriptive settings of the period. I had no problem listening to the narrator and found it helpful in knowing what was actually written down by historians of the period. Very good book and I feel like I know Elizabeth better than before the book. My heart has grown, through this book, to love this amazing Queen.

  • Victoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Anna Wilson-Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749

Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died, and she is now queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!!

  • By Tommy on 02-06-18

Wonderful Listen

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This was really exceptional! The narrator was perfect and the story was compelling. My only downside is that I wanted more! Well worth a listen!

  • The Christmas Doll

  • By: Elvira Woodruff
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Long ago in London Town, at a time when the muffin man's cries began the day and the lamplighter ushered in the night, two young orphans lived together in the bleak, cold shelter of a public workhouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming Story

  • By W on 03-06-05

A beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

This is a heartwarming and beautiful tale for children and the children’s hearts of all adults!

  • The Phantom Coach

  • A Connoisseur's Collection of the Best Victorian Ghost Stories
  • By: Michael Sims
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Ghost stories date back centuries, but those written in the Victorian era have a unique atmosphere and dark beauty. Michael Sims, whose previous Victorian collections Dracula’s Guest (vampires) and The Dead Witness (detectives) have been widely praised, has gathered twelve of the best stories about humanity’s oldest supernatural obsession. The Phantom Coach includes tales by a surprising and often legendary cast, including Charles Dickens, Margaret Oliphant, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as lost gems by forgotten masters such as Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and W. F. Harvey. Amelia B. Edwards’s chilling story gives the collection its title, while Ambrose Bierce ("The Moonlit Road"), Elizabeth Gaskell ("The Old Nurse’s Story"), and W. W. Jacobs ("The Monkey’s Paw") will turn you white as a sheet. With a skillful introduction to the genre and notes on each story by Sims, The Phantom Coach is a spectacular collection of ghostly Victorian thrills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration and Great Selection of Stories

  • By Robert on 05-03-15

Scary yes!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

These stories had me jumping or turning round! They were all very good and enjoyed my time with them throughly! I have my favorites of course but all are worth a listen if this genre suits you.
I especially enjoyed the brief bio of each author at the beginning of their story as I was not familiar with all of them.
The narrator was wonderful, full of emotion and handled each character as it's own person.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,002

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Excellent performance!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

Lived Quinto's performance! First time I've listened to this author but will be anxiously awaiting next release! I think the ending was somewhat abrupt but overall the story was very good.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,794
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,788

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen... But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing but very good.

  • By CR on 02-18-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

It was a bit slow at first. The words seemed to be rushing by me, not quite capturing my attention so I went back and began again from the beginning. I realized, when I glanced down and saw I had 4 hours remaining, that I was holding my breath and impatiently waiting to know...I had to know what happened the day Bella went missing! Throughout these last few hours I relished every word, listening intently as if I were straining to overhear a secret. Looking back, I realize that was exactly what I was doing! When the book ended I was breathless!
If you find you cannot get a grip at the beginning, slow down, listen to it in a place and time without distractions. Eventually I came to hang on every spoken word. I think you'll find yourself there too. For days now, I kept thinking, what happened, where is she? Who? Why? I promise you that all your questions too, will be answered in good time, at the proper time. Much like real life, people come round to their reality slowly and sometimes we find we need others to help us get there and more importantly, be there for us when it comes crashing down upon our small, ordinary lives.
I throughly enjoy this book and as soon as I finish up writing this review, I'm going to search to see if the author has written any more novels. If so, I want to start listening right now!

  • The Fate of Mercy Alban

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Grace Alban has spent 20 years away from her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior - for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother’s unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter home, she finds more than just her own personal demons haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lifetime Movie

  • By Noreen on 03-29-17

Say it isn't over...

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

I was so hungry to hear the last bits and pieces of the tale! My hunger was satisfied! But now, I find myself struggling because I do not want to leave the company of these characters! Oh how I wish I could remain among them at the house, taking breakfast with them, chatting with Jane and developing friendship with all of them!
This is the third book I've listened to by this brilliant author and although I've enjoyed all of the, this may very well be my favorite! She is an amazing author, yes but some who write have a true gift for telling a story and I count her among the best! You can have anyone write a book, creating a story with a setting and characters to create the action, have a climax and an end. There is just so much depth here, detail, not so much feeling as it is pure emotion with that you experience with them! I could almost smell the coffee & hearty breakfasts, taste the wine, feel the warmth of the fire as I curled up next to Amity and her Mother. I want to go to this house and live out the rest of my days there!
Great story! So worth giving it a listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Tale of Halcyon Crane

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Ghosts don't exist in our world of today. Life is too pragmatic, too consuming, too busy for past lives to linger on longer than their allotted time, or so Halcyon had believed, until she received a letter from a lawyer claiming that her mother, whom she had thought long dead, had actually been living in another part of the country since Halcyon's early childhood. She had only recently passed away, leaving Halcyon heir to an unexpected fortune and an estate on an isolated island in the middle of the Great Lakes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmosphere plus

  • By S on 09-09-12

Wonderful book!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

This is my first time listening to this author and narrator. This book was fantastic! I just wanted to keep listening and listening! The characters have depth and the story left me hungry for more! I found myself not wanting to turn off Audible for night before going to sleep. Then I would lie in bed thinking about the ghostly goings on in the storyline and not be able to fall asleep without being fearful of ghosts myself!
The book was beautifully written and I felt like I was just another person living on the island, not so much watching it unfold as experiencing it firsthand for myself. I have her other books in my wishlist and can't wait to listen to the next one!
The narrator did a wonderful job conveying the feelings of all the characters, especially the main one, Halcyon. She did however, pose questions in an odd tone. They were expressed more as a statement rather than a question but maybe that's just something unique to the narrator herself.
All in all, I loved the book! Thank for a terrific listen!

  • Salt of the Earth

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

Joe Gere said he died on the afternoon his 12-year-old daughter Brenda disappeared. It was left to Brenda's mother Elaine to sustain her stricken family, search for her missing child, and pressure the authorities for justice. From the first minutes of the investigation, suspicion fell on Michael Kay Green, a steroid-abusing "Mr. Universe" hopeful, but there was no proof of a crime, leaving police and prosecutors stymied. Tips and sightings poured in as lawmen and volunteers combed the Cascades forest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling True Crime -portrait of a family

  • By Suzanne on 05-08-16

Well Written

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

I truly feel like Brenda and her family may have lived down the block from me while growing up. I can clearly see this beautiful girl being my best friend. Her light and spirit surpasses every dark and and evil act written within these pages. That is exactly how it should be when reading (listening) to a book of the true crime genre!
I want to thank the author for this amazing account of Brenda's life and those of her dear Mother and loving brothers. This is the first time I've finished a true crime book and felt desperate to write to the family of the victim. Brenda's mother and brothers are truly an inspiration to me. Certainly I would never wish this hurt upon any family. However, should something like this ever happen to someone in my family, I would look to these amazing people (and God) for strength. One could only hope to come close to emulating the courage, tenacity and attitude this brave family displayed throughout their their horrific ordeal.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Point of Origin

  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Convicted serial killer Carrie Grethen has escaped from a psychiatric hospital with plans for revenge. Wary and shaken, Scarpetta also has to investigate the death by fire of an unknown woman. The post mortem reveals that the woman was stabbed before the fire was started, and soon Scarpetta and her colleagues are called out to the scene of another fire and another murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good story, poor performance

  • By JR on 05-16-15

Just missing it...

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

The story did not include Marino as much as the previous books had done. At times I found myself wondering where he was during a scene or why he wasn't as involved. I've come to love his character and missed his presence in this book.
What didn't help was the change of narrator. I love Karen White and have listened to many books she's read. However, her narrative style is just not a good fit for this series. I hate to say it but I'm glad she does not continue to read for the Scarpetta series. Looking forward to listening to the new narrator in the next book.