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  • The American Agent

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 444

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice - Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Jean on 04-07-19

Worth the wait!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

Another fine installment in the Maisie Dobbs series. Looking forward to the next one! Pls keep the stories coming!

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  • The Brutal Truth

  • By: Lee Winter
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 167

Australian crime reporter Maddie Grey is out of her depth in New York, miserable, and secretly drawn to her powerful, twice-married media mogul boss, Elena Bartell, who eats failing newspapers for breakfast. As work takes them to Australia, Maddie is goaded into a brief, seemingly harmless bet with her enigmatic boss - where they have to tell the complete truth to each other. It backfires catastrophically. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very surprising!

  • By Tracey on 05-19-18

Wow! Intelligent love story

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Okay I couldn't care less about the fashion world and I still love this story for the witty dialogue and memorable characters and depth of feeling generated between the main characters as the plot evolves. Excellent narration with a variety of accents that keeps the characters credibly distinct. Well done. Looking forward to more stories by this author.

  • The Red Files

  • By: Lee Winter
  • Narrated by: Victoria Mei
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Ambitious Daily Sentinel journalist Lauren King is chaffing on LA’s vapid social circuit, reporting on glamorous A-list parties while sparring with her rival - the formidable, icy Catherine Ayers. Ayers is an ex-Washington political correspondent who suffered a humiliating fall from grace, and her acerbic, vicious tongue keeps everyone at bay. Everyone, that is, except knockabout Iowa girl King, who is undaunted and unimpressed and gives as good as she gets. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good one

  • By Stephanie Culpepper on 11-07-18

Gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

I almost ditched the book in the first chapter cuz author seems trying too hard to make dialogue clever and witty. I was impressed though as plot grabbed me and unexpected twists surprised me. I'm a new fan of this author and hope more stories by her await me and more are yet to be written

  • Infinity + One

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She's rich. She's beautiful. She's impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die. Finn Clyde is a nobody. He's broken. He's brilliant. He's impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story

  • By Joan on 05-04-15

Implausible but sappy and sweet

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

Unlikely that a genius-with-numbers would also be built like an Adonis but it's fiction. Escapist road trip romance. Refreshing that more humor and romance and less sex than some other stories.

  • What the Wind Knows

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best story I've read in years...

  • By Beth N. on 03-04-19

Slow but sweet story

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

The patient reader or listener might enjoy this time travel and historical romance set mostly in 1922 Ireland.

  • Die Monogramm-Morde

  • Ein neuer Fall für Hercule Poirot 1
  • By: Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Wanja Mues
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

1920 erschien der erste Kriminalroman von Agatha Christie. Seither haben sich ihre Bücher weltweit mehr als zwei Milliarden Mal verkauft. Jetzt haben die Erben von Agatha Christie erstmals der Veröffentlichung eines neuen Romans zugestimmt, der die beliebteste Figur der Schriftstellerin wieder zum Leben erweckt.

Die Bestsellerautorin Sophie Hannah ist seit ihrem dreizehnten Lebensjahr ein großer Fan von Agatha Christie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the real Agatha Christie

  • By AZ Desert Gal on 03-14-19

Not as good as the real Agatha Christie

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Sophie Hannah tries too hard but the story is three times as long as it should be cuz too convoluted a plot and too much detail so story is mired in excess in attempt to be more clever than necessary to fool the reader with crossing and double crossing. Nice try but not as good as the one and only Agatha Christie.

  • Mord im Orientexpress

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Friedhelm Ptok
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Eigentlich muß Hercule Poirot rasch mit dem Luxuszug von Istanbul nach London, doch bleibt der Orientexpress im Schnee stecken. Als einer der Passagiere erstochen wird, bleibt dem belgischen Meisterdetektiv nicht viel Zeit, den Mörder zu entlarven. Die kleinen grauen Zellen arbeiten auf Hochtouren, denn der Zug rollt bald wieder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my fave Agatha Christie stories!

  • By AZ Desert Gal on 03-11-19

One of my fave Agatha Christie stories!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Well done on narration. I appreciate this story cuz it's about justice in an imperfect world .

  • Parker Pyne Investigates

  • A Parker Pyne Collection
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Mrs. Packington felt alone, helpless, and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in the Times that read: "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne." Equally adept at putting together the fragments of a murder mystery or the pieces of a broken marriage, Mr. Parker Pyne is possibly the world's most unconventional private investigator. Armed with just his intuitive knowledge of human nature, he is an Englishman abroad, traveling the globe to solve and undo crime and misdemeanor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a detective in sight

  • By ktkat1949 on 11-09-14

Short story Gems by Agatha Christie

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I'd never heard of Parker Pyne! Agatha Christie's sunnier and more romantic side! Glad I listened!

  • Bertrams Hotel

  • Miss Marple 11
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Gabriele Blum
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Miss Marple schwelgt in alten Erinnerungen und will ein paar ruhige Tage in Bertrams Hotel in London verbringen. Doch plötzlich verschwindet ein ehrenwerter Stammgast des Hotels: Kanonikus Pennyfather wollte zu einem Kongress nach Luzern, ist dort aber nie angekommen. Chief-Inspector Fred Davy bittet Miss Marple um Hilfe, hat sie doch den Verschwundenen zuletzt gesehen. Und schon bald sind sich die beiden Ermittler einig: die Idylle des komfortablen Hotels ist nur Fassade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Agatha Christie

  • By AZ Desert Gal on 03-09-19

Classic Agatha Christie

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I wish the narrator could differentiate more between the voices of characters yet she still does a good job with the narration in German.

  • Das magische Tor

  • Artemis Fowl 8
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Rufus Beck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Der große Showdown zwischen Artemis Fowl und Opal Koboi: Die bösartige Elfe will die Weltherrschaft an sich reißen. Dafür will sie das sagenumwobene magische Tor öffnen, das die gesamte Menschheit vernichten wird. Artemis hat natürlich einen Plan, wie er das verhindern kann. Doch diesmal handelt es sich um ein Selbstmordkommando. Holly Short ahnt, was Artemis vorhat. Und sie wird alles tun, um ihn von seinem sicheren Tod abzubringen. Aber auch das hat der geniale Meisterverbrecher einkalkuliert, und er täuscht Holly und seine Freunde mit einem brillanten Ablenkungsmanöver.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit more sinister and confusing

  • By AZ Desert Gal on 03-08-19

A bit more sinister and confusing

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

The same quirky and delightful cast of characters though the plot was more sinister and confusing to follow. Hope there will be another installment available on audible with Rufus Beck as narrator.