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  • Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride

  • Jason Crane, Book 1
  • By: Richard Gleaves
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

He's a Star Wars fan and a history geek. He doesn't believe in ghosts or the afterlife. He doesn't believe in psychic powers or tarot cards. He doesn't believe in the Headless Horseman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “I don’t know you, do I?”

  • By factsnotwishes on 03-29-14

Highly Entertaining Visit to a Beloved Classic

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

This book was in my wishlist for some time before I purchased it and downloaded it. I am sorry I didn't download it sooner, because I was unable to turn it off. If you are a fan of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow you will enjoy this story. The author and narrator take the listener on a thrilling adventure with several twists and turns not all of them are expected either. After finishing it, I eagerly downloaded the two follow up novels and am enjoying them very much.

  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

On a spring morning in 1951, 11-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite series: try it!

  • By Margaret on 02-01-14

Ahhh roooo!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-14

I've seen some mixed reviews of this novel, but I feel that it is was the best one yet. Many questions were answered and the stage was set for a new chapter in Flavia's story. This story had so many things going on. Flavia starts a very macabre quest and is interrupted. The denouement where the murderer tried to flee was the finest bit of action in the whole series so far. Flavia's sister Daphne (and to some extent Ophelia) got so much more depth revealed.

I can see how some people might be put out by Flavia's personality at times, mostly in the other novels, but she was perfection in this one. There were so many character revelations or hints at revelations in this book, I was sad that there was not a new one to download immediately, a luxury I've had up until now. I intend to start over and see what I might have missed in the first listens.

I will end my review with nothing but praise for Jayne Entwhistle. She truly brings this series to life. There are many good narrators, but Jayne as Flavia is astounding and I will look forward to the next listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,199

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 Lively and Refreshing Heroine

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

Reviewed: 11-02-13

A well deserved Debut Dagger award for Alan Bradley. Flavia DeLuce is an unusual character, but she is full of life and this is conveyed perfectly by Jayne Entwistle. Her thoughts about the goings-on as well as the pleasure she takes in tormenting her older sisters is deftly portrayed, I found it hard to not believe the story wasn't being told by an 11 year old.

The story was enjoyable as well as entertaining. I am looking forward to reading the others books in this series. If you enjoy an English mystery and don't mind an unusual narrator voiced by a talented reader, give this one a try.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Naughty in Nice

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,800

Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder mystery for the delicately nurtured

  • By Marie-Anne on 11-11-11

Lady Georgie Comes Into Her Own

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

Reviewed: 07-29-13

This series has definitely become my guilty pleasure. I have listened to all of the previous editions in the Her Royal Spyness series, and they were all enjoyable, but in this one, Lady Georgiana really hits her stride as a character.

I won't give any spoilers, but some of the best parts of this story include the inclusion of Coco Chanel and Lady Georgiana's mother, who has a more inclusive role in this story. I am not very familiar with the life of Coco Chanel, but if she was anything like the way she was portrayed fictionally, I would be eager to learn more about such an icon. Rhys Bowen has previously portrayed real life persons as characters and they were very like their real life personae to the knowledge I have of them.

I don't feel the perceived absence of Darcy O'Mara detracts from the story, because it is really a non-issue, he is still present in the thoughts of Lady Georgiana, and it was nice to have the introduction of someone who could possibly take his place. [I can not believe I am commenting on romantic complications between two fictional characters, I suppose I will be reading Regency Romances before long (no offense to lovers of that genre).

I will not end this review without mentioning that Katherine Kellgren does a wonderful job as she has in all the previous version. Her voice and characterizations are spot on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,836

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

I hated that it was over...

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

Reviewed: 07-27-13

This isn't the type of book I would normally read, but I am glad that I did. It was thoroughly entertaining and I found myself making time to listen. As soon as I had completed it, I felt the urge to listen to it again. I can truly say that I have not felt that way about any audiobook I have ever listened to. I finished it a week ago and today I was actually sad that I had finished it.

The story was well done. The author displays knowledge of the pop culture of the Eighties, that had me doing web searches for some of the more obscure references just to check his accuracy, and I was never disappointed. I've seen a few complaints that these references are just made for the sake of referencing things, but it did not feel forced, at least to me. The characters and their motivations were believable and interesting.

Wil Wheaton was an excellent narrator. He read the book, and even if he didn't do specific voices for each character, there was no disconnect from the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story, even if the genre may not be one they would normally read. I do not regret choosing this title.

  • A Royal Pain

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,453

The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Royal HOOT!

  • By AudioAddict on 03-08-14

An Enjoyable Second Outing with Lady Georgiana

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend who was interested in the period of time between WWI and WWII who also had an interest in the Royal Family of Great Britain and who also loved mysteries.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It did in a way that kept me guessing on who I suspected to be the villain as well as where the plot was going. It is by no means a hardcore mystery, but enough clues and red herrings are set out to where it is fair in the grand tradition of English mysteries.

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

She is very expressive and to my non-native ear good at the various regional and societal dialects. I

Any additional comments?

I recommend this audiobook for the story as well as it's performance. This is especially recommended to someone who is interested in light mystery without criminal procedural bogging down the story. I believe mystery novels set in or written during this time place are more entertaining as novels because many modern criminal detections were not yet invented or widely used.

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,228

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ve Been Charmed

  • By Em on 06-11-12

For any mystery lover or Anglophile

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

Reviewed: 02-13-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a light-hearted and fun mystery. Though while fictional, it has an historical accuracy concerning some of the real life characters (i.e. Mary of Teck and Wallis Simpson) which were nice little touches to make the setting.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I wouldn't say that it was a pot-boiler, but it was intriguing enough to keep my interest and cause me to finish it faster than I normally finish audiobooks. I did pick out the culprit pretty early on, but there was enough doubt and believable red herrings to make me question myself, which as a mystery lover, is paramount. I am anxious to see if the second book of the series does the same, I have already downloaded and started it.

Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. I felt before responding to this section I should learn more about Katherine Kellgren so I read a post about her on the Voices blog.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Lady Georgiana by George!

Any additional comments?

I seldom read mystery series novels (since being a teenager), but this book has awakened a new interest in the genre for me, and I am thankful I did. I would like to thank the other users who wrote reviews.

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle audiobook cover art
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,832
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,886

The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! Love Alan Cumming

  • By Katheryne on 01-03-13

A Pleasant Christmas Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-05-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle to be better than the print version?

I can't imagine the print version being better even though I have read it. Alan Cumming brought life to the infamous characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?

The clever but logical solution to the mystery.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The solution put forth by Sherlock Holmes.