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  • The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Box Set Collection I

  • Prequel + Books 1 & 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

"Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty and a murder...yes, please!" Enjoy the first three books in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, in one handy collection! Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice little mystery bundle

  • By Julie on 03-07-18

Characters are not credible

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

I thought this book would be enjoyable because of its charming setting. The prequel was fairly enjoyable, although the characters were not well developed. As I read on, I became more and more frustrated with supposedly Oxford educated characters who had the emotional range of 12-year-olds. The most interesting character is the cat.

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  • Death Distilled

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • By: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

It's been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep - all within the first 24 hours. Still, nothing's more stressful than murder....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flocks, Old Rockers, Bones and Blood

  • By Debbie on 01-22-18

Poorly developed second novel

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Unlike her first novel, this book did not engage me. The storyline was involved and was explained instead of played out. The characters were numerous and not developed, and I really didn’t care about what happened to them.Mullett’s First novel had a decent amount of humor in it, but humor was totally lacking in this. I have read a review of the third novel, which says that she is back on track, but I don’t know if I want to risk using a credit to find out.

  • The Franchise Affair

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No way out

  • By Janice on 10-05-17

A beautifully nuanced story and performance

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

With no graphic violence or sex, the franchise affair presents a story that is enthralling and captivating. The reader soon once what the middle-age solicitor, the protagonist, wants: to see justice done. The reader is really excellent and I would love to hear more books read by her.

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,109
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,055

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

Stephen Fry’s characterizations are superb!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

In our day, some of Arthur Conan Doyle‘s stories might become mired in their datedness. But Steven Fry rings so much life and excellent characterizations to the text! I have never enjoyed Sherlock Holmes as much before.

  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

  • Mitford Years, Book 10
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he's lost his passion. His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion - for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mitford Changes With The Times

  • By Sara on 09-26-14

Jan Karon: Always a Safe, Good Read!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Father Tim is long retired, but circumstances always present him with a new field of ministry. In this novel he tackles new responsibilities, but all our favorite friends from Mitford are there to support him--and we learn some new and surprising background information on a couple of them. Cynthia continues to paint, and longs for the adventure of a lifetime, but Tim's latest vocation seems to make it impossible. 'The kids' tackle more than their share of challenges for newlyweds. You will laugh and cry, but count on the end being extremely satisfying. John McDonough is absolutely superb in all the Mitford books, reading with energy and compassion, each voice easily distinguishable. Worth listening to every few years! #SmallTown #Inspiring #Heartfelt #Funny #FullofFaith #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Come Rain or Come Shine

  • A Mitford Novel, Book 11
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970

Over the course of 10 Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first featured in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls. Now, Father Tim Kavanagh's adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By Sara on 09-28-15

Jan Karon Shines Again!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Who would have thought that a dirty backwoods 12-year-old would have become a responsible young vet on the verge of marriage? We have followed these characters for so many years, laughing and crying with their joys and sorrows. There is plenty of joy in this book, which chronicles the often complicated and surprising events leading up to a long-awaited wedding. Unlike Karon's other Mitford novels, this one is written from a female point of view. John McDonough is absolutely superb in all the Mitford books, reading with energy and compassion, each voice easily distinguishable. Worth listening to every few years! #SmallTown #Inspiring #Heartfelt #Funny #FullofFaith #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • A Common Life

  • The Wedding Story
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: Dana Ivey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

Mitford's Lord's Chapel seats barely two hundred souls, yet millions of Jan Karon's fans will be there for the most joyful event in years: the wedding of Father Tim Kavanagh and Cynthia Coppersmith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in narrator

  • By Judy L. Luschen on 06-27-10

Winning characters, lacking liveliness

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Would you listen to A Common Life again? Why?

This novella was written to fill the curiosity of readers who wanted to know more about Father Tim and Cynthia's wedding. It falls chronologically between Mitford books #1 and #2, and as such cannot advance the story line very much. It is reflective, often humorous and sometimes poignant. The choice of narrator is less serendipitous, as Dana Ivey is not particularly good with men's voices. Her regional dialect is acceptable, but she makes a glaring error by giving heroine Cynthia a syrupy Southern voice--and, as all Mitford readers know, Cynthia is a Yankee! Ms Ivey should have ascertained that before creating her narration.

  • A Light in the Window

  • The Mitford Years, Book 2
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,101

His attractive neighbor is tugging at his heart-strings. A wealthy widow is pursuing him with hot casseroles. And his red-haired Cousin Meg has moved into the rectory, uninvited.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story of community

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

Joyous, sensitive reading

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Jan Karen‘s characters are gritty and real. John McDonagh reads with spirit, joy, and sensitivity. These are some of the most engaging books on audio. One small criticism: when transferring these books from cd to audible, brief pauses between descriptions of action have been Eliminated, and the sentences sometimes almost runs into each other.

  • All Clear

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis (introduction)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,255

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rescued by the second half

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-05-11

Poignant, Historically accurate, and greatly entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Listeners of this book have presumedly listen to Blackout first, An absolute necessity. Even if you are not a fan of science fiction, but enjoy period Novels, you will love this book. Just except the invention of time travel as a given, and everything else is a riveting, historically accurate story of individuals living through The perils and heart aches of World War II. It is beautifully read. I highly recommend it!

  • Grave Mistake

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Jane Asher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

A spa stay turns into a homicidal holiday.... A bit snobbish and a trifle high strung, Sybil Foster prides herself on owning the finest estate in Upper Quintern and hiring the best gardener. In fact she is rapturous over the new asparagus beds when a visit from her unwelcome stepson sends her scurrying to a chic spa for a rest cure, a liaison with the spa's director...and an apparent suicide. Her autopsy holds one surprise, a secret drawer a second.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wish Audible and author would agree.

  • By notlad on 05-03-19

Story marred by narrator's choices

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

This is one of my favorite Ngaio Marsh books, but I did not enjoy the narration. The narrator chose to pronounce Alleyn's name so that it almost sounded like Elaine. That was persistently annoying, but I also disagree with the Voice which she chose for Alleyn. It was hard and unsympathetic, and not suiting the attractive man as Marsh portrays him. Inspector Fox's voice was also, I think, inappropriate, occasionally exhibiting elements of Cockney. Neither man came across appealingly, and one of the unattractive characters, Dr. Basil Schramm--Who was born in England--was given a European accent.

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