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  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

  • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,312

It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal!

  • By 'Nathan on 03-03-10

A marvellous little mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Enjoy this book for what it is, a joyful romp of a mystery starring an 11 year old sleuth. It is well written, fun, and lively. I was initially thrown off by the narrator's voice, but soon found it fit well with the story. I will definitely try the next story in the series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,022

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Waters Run Deep

  • By Sara on 04-13-16

A delightful read

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

If you are seeking an action packed thriller, you might want to pass on Excellent Women. This is a gentle, pleasant stroll through a mundane life. But it is so well written and read that I was drawn into that life. I was sad when the story ended, and I will look for more from this author-reader duo. A delightful read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where Are the Customers' Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street

  • By: Fred Schwed Jr., Peter Arno
  • Narrated by: Mark Moseley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Humorous and entertaining, this book exposes the folly and hypocrisy of Wall Street. The title refers to a story about a visitor to New York who admired the yachts of the bankers and brokers. Naively, he asked where all the customers' yachts were? Of course, none of the customers could afford yachts, even though they dutifully followed the advice of their bankers and brokers. Full of wise contrarian advice and offering a true look at the world of investing, in which brokers get rich while their customers go broke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight

  • By NEEL KANASE on 07-13-15

A Great Investing Book

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

Reviewed: 10-18-16

What a great book. Could Fred Schwed actually be his real name? I recommend you buy this book, though Schwed would probably advise you not to. This is a well written, very funny piece of investing advice disguised as light humour. It is extremely well read, and the narrator perfectly translates Schwed's facetious intent. Read it the first time for pure enjoyment, then read it again and recognize it is full of pertinent investment wisdom. Jason Zweig's introduction is a bonus.

  • 2001

  • A Space Odyssey
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,125

It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration - Great Book

  • By Venu on 07-04-09

Science Fiction Classic

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

This is Clarke at his very best. It makes much of the current SF writing pale in comparison. Once you've listened to the book, then watch the movie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Big Data Baseball

  • Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak
  • By: Travis Sawchik
  • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was old school and stubborn. But after 20 straight losing seasons and his job on the line, he was ready to try anything. So when he met with GM Neal Huntington in October 2012, they decided to discard everything they knew about the game and instead take on drastic "big data" strategies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Science of Baseball Choices

  • By Me & My Girls on 06-03-15

Better than $Ball

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

This book could be described as a thinking man's version of Moneyball. It is well written, well read, and well paced, with lots of interesting anecdotes and personalities. If you are interested in better understanding the game you'll enjoy this read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Horizon

  • By: James Hilton
  • Narrated by: Michael de Morgan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love this story, performance not so much

  • By Jennifer Knight on 02-28-14

An excellent tale, well told

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

Lost Horizon is a classic tale of a mystical land where people live long lives and believe in "moderation" in most everything. I couldn't put it down. It is extremely well written, and the narrator's quiet voice fit the tale perfectly. Well worth a credit.

  • Red Moon Rising

  • Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age
  • By: Matthew Brzezinski
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By Thomas on 06-25-09

Better than fiction

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

This is a great story of the early space race told in the form of a political thriller. One of the most exciting non-fiction books I've ever listened to.

  • The View from Saturday

  • By: E. L. Konigsburg
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Did Mrs. Olinsky choose the four members of the sixth grade Academic Bowl Team, or did they choose her--and one another? Four stories-within-in-a-story, interspersed with the ongoing narrative of the team's triumphant march to the state championship, introduce each member of the team in his own her own voice, and bring the dynamics of the group into focus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for kids. Konigsburg is ageless.

  • By Fay on 07-09-12

A delight to listen to

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

This is a delight to listen to. It works for both kids and adults. The writer is less well known than I would have thought, given the quality of her books. This one is also very well read, and the reader fits the work. I give The View From Saturday 5 stars.

  • Constable Beats the Bounds

  • By: Nicholas Rhea
  • Narrated by: Nick McArdle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When Constable Nick leads the long-established procession of villagers around Aidensfield's ancient parish extremities, he realises his duty as a rural bobby comprises lots of boundaries over which he should not cross. Nonetheless he must occasionally ignore such restrictions to fulfill his role as village constable satisfactorily. Far beyond the call of duty are his efforts to get a bride to the church on time and the occasion he finds himself defending a youth charged with a public order offence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story telling

  • By Noel on 05-28-15

Delightful story telling

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

The whole Constable series is an experience in gentle, fun, delightful story telling. This reader, Nick McArdle is a perfect fit for the tone of the tales. Audible, please get more of the Constable books on audio!!

  • The Demon Under The Microscope

  • By: Thomas Hager
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152

The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic book

  • By Sara on 09-02-08

Well Worth Reading

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

This is a true story about the discovery and development of sulpha drugs. It is extremely well written, surprisingly interesting, and the reader Stephen Hoye is a favorite of mine who does a great job. I would highly recommend.