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  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,147

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Not too long for me...

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

To each her own, I guess, but it didn’t feel too long to me as it had to some others here. The personal relationships very much needed to have focus after the last book. As for the mystery, I was pretty sure whodunnit but not why. Even so, I enjoyed the story very much and can’t wait for the next.

Robert Glenister is a magician. His voices and accents are perfect, taking an already enjoyable experience to the next level. I’d still get future books in the series if he were not the reader, but I definitely wouldn’t enjoy it as much.

  • 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 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

"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

To each her own, I guess...

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I’m not sure why this is getting such good reviews. Gemma is incredibly stupid, her mother is ridiculous and the whole thing is frustrating to listen to. I’m also a bit offended that a relationship between two women, real or not, is described as “lewd” instead of just incorrect. Also the inspector is so ridiculously lazy it’s a wonder any crimes are solved in Oxford at all.

I’m so disappointed - I thought I’d found another great English cozy series, but this one is a dud. I’m going to try to get my credit back.

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  • Stranger Than Fanfiction

  • By: Chris Colfer
  • Narrated by: Chris Colfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Cash Carter is the young, world-famous lead actor of the hit television show Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime - but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he's been keeping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun reading for fangirls

  • By Sarah Becker on 03-25-18

Similes Galore!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

If you like similes, this book is for you. Everyone and everything does something like something else. Weird ones, too. Hmm what’s noisy?I know! A toddler with a hotel bell? Sure, why not. Happens all the time.

The story was fine, entirely predictable and somewhat juvenile, but I hung in until the end so I was invested enough for that.

The similes got to me, though, and I hate to say this but Chris’s voice and his consistently saying “ek-scape” made it a less than ideal listening experience.

Also, ***spoiler***


I did have a problem with the pronoun confusion. Using male pronouns for Sam throughout didn’t work when the POV was that of someone not in the know. Especially Topher. That was not well thought out.

Overall the story was very much like the fanfiction it semi-mocked, but I’m sure Chris Colfer fans won’t mind a bit.

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,413

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Unexpectedly wonderful

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Truly, I only had a small idea of what I was getting into, and this story was, well the word epic is so overused and maybe it’s not entirely accurate, anyway. So what do you call a story that’s both expansive, covering generations, and intimate?

Whatever the word is, the result is a really terrific journey of discovery and acceptance.

The wonderful words were only enhanced by the reader, who did an incredible job of bringing the characters distinctly to life.

Highly recommend!

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,290

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Entertaining, Willy Wonka style

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Look, it’s not perfect, but it’s very entertaining.

The story has a couple problems, not the least of which is the “nice guy” scenario that has a woman’s self-worth depending on a dude thinking she’s attractive. But the premise and execution, for the most part, were very fun. Enough so that I listened twice to catch references I might’ve missed the first time, and likely I’ll listen again.

Wil Wheaton does a fine job of it. I had a couple of quibbles with his choices (Mrs. Gilmore spoke like no person ever in the 21st Century and Og sounded possibly sinister instead of jovial and benevolent), but I do think he was the right one for the job.

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

I think the story was probably good...

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

It’s difficult to know because the reader was so awful it was distracting. Maybe she was going for “sedate” with Mrs Rodd, but she ended up speaking so quietly and sooooo slowly that I hardly kept my eyes open. Not only did she speak half the speed of an average human, there were many...
strange...
pauses in...
the oddest...
....
places.

Not the weird, mechanical, inserted after the fact kind that I’ve run into a few times, but actual pauses as she spoke. Like she too fell asleep while listening. It made for a terrible, halting delivery that was sometimes confusing.

I tried to speed it up, but everyone else spoke at a normal pace, so it was impossible. I don’t understand the choice at all. So bad in fact, I actually almost did something I’ve never even considered before: skipping to the end. Yikes. I stuck it out in the end, but it was a close thing.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Find

  • By Marie on 10-29-16

A lot more to like than not...

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

The episodes are entertaining and fairly well put together, enough to bring the characters and the location to life.

The reader is good, I like his voice, along with fact that he’s not really “performing” this, like trying hard to do an American accent for Jack or high-pitched voices for the ladies. It’s just nicely read.

I don’t think Jack was portrayed as “the ugly American” as one reviewer said, more like someone who’s keeping to himself, not sure if he’s ready to socialize (or even thinking in those terms yet). In any case, that’s over very quickly so it hardly matters.

I do think the the music is annoying. I understand it’s episodic, something I’m grateful for, actually, but the music itself starts out sort of “Pink Panther”, ends up very Bond-like and neither one is appropriate to the material. Having to listen to it at the beginning AND the end, then having episodes back-to-back is irksome at best. Not a deal-breaker for me though; I’ll continue to get the others in the series, as well.

  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out

  • The Poor Relation, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,505

Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure

  • By Clare on 05-04-12

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Absolutely delightful. I enjoyed everything about this. It was a bit unchallenging, but in a good way. Just a nice, fun Regency story, presented by a very adept reader.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,463

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Well done podcast...

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

...and not a little infuriating, as well. What an absolute mess the Garda made of this, with all their scheming and bumbling from the word go. And Bailey put himself in the frame at every turn, seeming to revel in the notoriety. And why wasn’t Mary Ferrell charged with contempt and perjury? What a nightmare for poor Sophie’s family - and with the way the French court handles things, how can they possibly know for sure what the truth is, when supposition, hearsay, rumors and innuendo are admissible and no evidence whatsoever still gets an indictment?

At the very least this was thought-provoking - I’m still reeling with it all, while forming my own opinions, but I’m sure we’ll never know the truth either.

I was prepared for it to be a podcast format, so I wasn’t bothered by the episode credits, and I especially liked Jennifer Forde’s voice. All in all it was good listening for a “true crime” reader.

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,858

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun New Characters

  • By SW Clemens on 03-17-17

I wanted to love this...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

This felt like it wanted to be a sweeping epic, but it really never got off the ground, if you’ll indulge the expression. Not only did I find myself constantly wishing that Pamela and Ben would be stronger, I also knew almost from the get-go who the dead man’s contact was. It was frustrating for them to be so blind to it. Maybe the characters are true to how things were back then, and I’m judging with the benefit of hindsight, but I don’t think it would have hurt the story at all if they'd been, separately and together, much more confident.