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  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Heartbroken

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

...over the death of the narrator of these books, Katherine Kellgren. I’m not going to review the book, which I LOVED, so much as her work on this and so many others. Narrators are so important to the experience of listening and Katherine Kellgren was as closely linked to the listening experience of the Her Royal Spyness series as, say Grover Gardner is to the Andy Carpenter series. It’s rare to find the perfect match. Her accents, sense of humor, ability to make Darcy sound like a real romantic hero or Belinda like a lovable airhead made the listening experience delightful. I don’t think I could enjoy another book in the series without her. I am just so sorry at the passing of this extraordinary talent and someone who must have been an extraordinary person as well. Rest In Peace.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shift

  • One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives
  • By: Theresa Brown RN
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 827

In a book as eye-opening as it is riveting, practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day in a hospital's cancer ward. In the span of 12 hours, lives can be lost, life-altering medical treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Appreciation

  • By Susan on 03-07-17

I want this woman when I need a nurse!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This book was a surprise for me, as I bought it as a Daily Deal and might not have otherwise chosen it. It chronicles a 12-hour shift of an oncology nurse. I could only imagine what a day in the life of a nurse might be like, but this book gives you insights you might never otherwise have. Granted, the author seems to be born to the profession- she is so empathic and kind, as well as competent, but she gives you an idea of how mistakes can be made under enormous stress and also how important it is for a patient to be listened to.
I listened to it over the course of one day. You will learn a lot, and feel a lot. Not much more can be asked of a memoir.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girl Waits with Gun

  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,679

In 1914 collisions between motor cars and horse-drawn carriages are an everyday occurrence on the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. But when an out-of-control driver smashes into a buggy driven by Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp, their lives change forever. Constance, the oldest, demands payment for the damages but quickly realizes that she is dealing with a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slice Of Life From Another Time

  • By Sara on 11-09-15

Was expecting so much more!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

From the reviews, I was sure this was going to be a pleasure to listen to. I am obviously in the minority, but I am having trouble finishing it! I hate to use the word "boring", but really, it is. I don't care about the characters. The narrator is at times cloying, at times, strident, and over-articulates so much that there is no naturalness to her reading. Again, I am in the minority, but I can't wait until it's over! Sorry...

24 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,165

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

Missed Opportunity

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

The story of Chinese immigrants and their horrendous treatment in America is a story definitely worth telling. However, this telling of it was so melodramatic and mediocre that all I could think was that is was a huge missed opportunity. There was precisely one decent person (besides the lead woman, who was so long-suffering and lacking in personality that I rolled my eyes a lot every time she DRAGGED herself anywhere). I'm not unsympathetic, I just wish her story had been more artfully told, I think the author did a lot of in depth research, and I credit her for that, but she did not build it into a good story with dimensional characters. I'm not sure if the narrator was hampered by the melodrama, but she was so "precious" in her narration that I really couldn't wait for the book to end. Sorry, wish I had better news...

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,685

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

Dan Stevens is genius

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

This Is Agatha at her best! Very intriguing, very wicked...but I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it nearly as much with a lesser narrator.
I knew Dan Stevens was a good actor, but I had no idea he was a GREAT actor. Clearly he has worked on his voice and vocal characterisations so much so that he has become incredibly facile and believable as so many diverse characters in this book. I might go so far as to say he is the best I have ever heard.
This was worth a credit, even though I got it on sale.

69 of 73 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Escape

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Shannon Cochran
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good story but narrator ruined it for me

  • By Linda on 07-14-12

I wanted to like it...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think this book might be for people who have never read an earlier book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Has The Great Escape turned you off from other books in this genre?

I was never a big Romance Novel fan but I was pleasantly surprised by the wit, humor and fun characters in the SEP books my girlfriend had recommended to me. Listening to this made me feel embarrassed if anyone came into the room when it was on.

What didn???t you like about Shannon Cochran???s performance?

She had a coarseness to her reading that made all of the characters so unlikeable.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Escape?

Honestly, I would make it a page one re-write.

Any additional comments?

This was such a disappointment. The author seemed to have no insight into human nature, her characters didn't earn any of the virtues she attributed to them. The lead woman was 31 years old and acted like a pre-teen. The male lead put on a bravado that was laughable. It was as if the author had someone else write this book, someone VERY young. I would have bailed after the first half, but my computer was in the shop and I couldn't download another book. I was trapped! Sorry to have to leave such a bad review, but I don't want SEP fans to expect a fun book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,289

Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Witness

  • By Wilhelmina on 03-18-10

Good story, mediocre writing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-10

I think Sandra Brown never met an adverb she didn't like. Patiently, sarcastically, warmly, ruthlessly, sexily... egads, I began to count them. It's as if she writes with a thesaurus, not at all like real people talk or think. The narrator doesn't help...she lays into every word and is not natural. Also her male characters all sound like Colonel Sanders or Rooster Cogburn, old or young, so it began to take on an unintentionally comical sound. I gave it three stars because there is a story that is fairly compelling. I didn't realize that Sandra Brown was a romance writer, I guess I thought it was going to be more of a crime story, so maybe my expectations were skewed.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,634

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Less Believable Than the Earth is Flat

  • By Jeffrey on 07-30-18

Stephen King and Raul Esparza--PERFECT!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-09

I had a wonderful time with this book--it is classic Stephen King. No one does twisted small town like he does. Even though there were 100 characters, I was never disoriented.
Thanks to Raul Esparza's amazing narration I couldn't have hated the bad guys more feverishly and pulled for heroes more completely. He is remarkable and perfect for this book. I was sorry when it was over. Get it, you won't be sorry!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,080

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

No...seriously

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

Reviewed: 05-05-09

...this is far and away my favorite listening experience since starting with Audible.com some 125+ books ago. The combination of writer and narrators is perfect--each reader is at the very top of their field. There was not one moment of the 18 hours when my mind wandered. I can't pretend to know what life was really like for these women in the 60's, but I feel as if I got a glimpse. The experience has definitely changed me a little and I am having trouble listening to anything else in the wake of this gem of a book. I hope we hear much more from Katherine Stockett.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fearless Fourteen

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet. Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one. Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom's sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Listen

  • By Rod on 06-19-08

Well I liked it!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-08

Yes, The Stephanie Plum series is semi-formulaic, but it is a formula that works. I like that Stephanie is becoming a little better at her job, still falls for Lula's unwitting traps, still loves two men, still likes birthday cake and still steps in it all the time. Familiarity can be comforting. Janet Evanovich introduced some fun new characters this time and I enjoyed the ride.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful