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  • The Other Side of Midnight

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she's been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a final message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great 1920's Ghost Story!

  • By LilMissMolly on 08-26-15

Just what I wanted

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

To get me through some hard times, I wanted an escapist book that was well written and absorbing without being too dark or traumatising. I'm glad I found this one.

This book is unabashedly a period piece ghost story, pure entertainment, well written and wonderfully narrated. I was disappointed that Mary Jane Wells didn't narrate all the books in the series.

  • The Dog Who Could Fly

  • The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

An instant hit in the UK, this is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, joined in flight missions, and survived everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts-ultimately saving the life of his owner and dearest friend. In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey that would turn them into lifelong friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and True (mostly)

  • By Skipper on 08-09-14

Good story well told

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-17

My 90 year old mom is very picky about books. She wants nonfiction, lively, well written, well narrated, and not gruesome or depressing. It's surprisingly hard to please her. She loved this book.

  • Kingdom Come

  • The Elizabeth Harris Series 1
  • By: Jane Jensen
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,724

In Kingdom Come, the first in a new mystery series from Jane Jensen, an ex-NYPD detective seeks escape in Amish country and finds darkness instead. When a beautiful, scantily clad "English" girl is found dead in the barn of a prominent Amish family, Detective Elizabeth Harris knows she's uncovered an evil that could shatter the peace of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kingdom Come - excellent detective story

  • By Brain on 04-02-16

interesting premise

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

....but I could not believe in the main character, who acted more like a heroine out of a romance novel than a skilled detective. All of the characters lacked dimension to me. The story never had traction for me, although the writing was generally fluid and skilled. Narration was good. The author has promise and I'd try another, later book in this series.

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,134

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom

  • By Jessica on 05-15-14

unusual, dark, compelling and well narrated

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

interesting premise, good characterization, story moves forward briskly. It's a little darker and bloodier than I usually enjoy, but I'm still glad I found this series. I didn't immediately fall in love with the narration, but I came to like Jackson's handling of the story very much. He's skillful and unusual, like the story itself.

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  • The Devil You Know

  • By: Mike Carey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,020

Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pied Piper with a Conscience

  • By Tango on 07-27-13

Ugh, fake accent narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-16

t might be a good story - I dunno, I couldn't get past the first few minutes. Why, when you have a first person narration, do you choose a narrator whose accent is so completely inauthentic? Kramer is unambiguously American, and not only fails at his own northern English character's voice, he can't do any of the other British characters' either. I have to assume the rave reviewers have never heard a genuine Brit talk.

Good narration is not just the accent, it's the phrasing, rhythms of speech, naturalness of the idioms. Correct pronunciation of place names helps. I don't expect great narration with every audio book, but I'm not settling for less than good.

  • The Crossing Places

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,974

When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh

  • By Sara on 05-19-14

Interesting mystery, good narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

This book has much of what I ask of a mystery - wonderful factoids about interesting stuff (archeology, the iron age); strong, unusual, well-drawn characters, and a reasonably interesinteresting ing puzzle. The solution to the main whodunnit becomes unravelled fairly obviously, but there's an additional small scrummytuck mystery that is more surprising and contains aspects of homicide investigation new to me. The narration is mostly excellent, unobtrusive with unique voices and good British accents. The Scandanavian accent was awful - I've never understood why narrators don't brush up their accents when they clearly have a good ear and could do SO much better! Wonderful evocations of time and place - I feel like I've visited the salt marshes past and present. I hope to hear more books by this author and narrator.

  • The Ark

  • Children of a Dead Earth, Book 1
  • By: Patrick S. Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark's greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can't be beat. But when a crew member goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the center of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nearly there

  • By Michaela on 05-11-16

Nearly there

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

I wanted to like this book. I'll try the next one in the series. The concept is clever and the possibilities enormous. BUT. The writing needs tightening and editing, better character development,a stronger story arc and something I can only call heart. It kept almost catching fire, then fwizzle.Narration was decent, not enough to save it though.

46 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • The Frozen Lake

  • A Vintage Mystery
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

Fabulous family saga of secrets held through two generations, set against the atmospheric background of the Lake District at Christmas. The year 1936 is drawing to a close. Winter grips Wetmoreland and causes a rare phenonmenon: The lakes freeze. For two local families, the Richardsons and the Grindleys, this will bring unexpected upheaval, as the frozen lake entices long-estranged siblings and children to return home for the holiday season.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story, superb narration

  • By Michaela on 04-12-16

Enjoyable story, superb narration

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

I'd stongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys well-constructed 'tween wars British cozies. The characters are well drawn and the details of every day life in the upper class of that era are convincing. The descriptive writing and sense of place and time are excellent and occasionally beautiful. The plot is fairly predictable, but the writing and wonderful narration completely blotted out the book's flaws -- for me, anyway. McKenzie even gets the Welsh accent right, which is a painfully rare achievement .

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,339

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Captivating story and narration

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

This is one of the most unambiguously enjoyable books I've listened to. It's not just funny, it's wity. It's such a pleasure to find an old theme - well, several old themes, since this story entwines police procedural, magic, social commentary, and character sketches - handled so freshly and deftly. The narration is a joy, with unique voices for each character, flawless regional accents, and a complete absence of overacting. The overacting thing is a biggie for me; I'm thrilled when the narrator is so synced with the story and characters that you kinda forget s/he's there

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dyslexic Advantage

  • Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
  • By: Brock l. Eide, Fernette L. Eide
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics - including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs - their dyslexic differences are the key to their success. In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new brain science revealing that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has the system failed your child?

  • By Ethel on 10-17-11

Unlistenable for me

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

I'm just looking for ways to corral my unruly mind so that I can get through the mundane bits of life with less stress. I'm in my mid-50s, a self-employed artisan, moderately successful in life, an avid reader, and I am (sometimes painfully) dyslexic, although not in any outstandingly obvious way unless you know what to look for. I usually enjoy books about how the mind works, such as Mistakes Were Made but not by Me, How We Decide, The Willpower Intent, and My Stroke of Insight. I gave up on this book somewhere in the maze of words about Strengths. The constant ra-ra stories about genius dyslexics, the repetitive, pointless riffing on the Strengths, the paucity of detail about practical coping skillls -- aaargh! Although I'm not being fair about coping skills. They're probably in the bit I couldn't wade through to. I'm returning this to find a more phlegmatic but hopefully more pragmatic book on living with dyslexia. I appreciate the attempt to make me feel pride in my dyslexic heritage but shame isn't the issue for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful