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  • A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder

  • Countess of Harleigh Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Dianne Freeman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

 

Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York - for her first London season.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional blending

  • By tzinnamon on 07-01-18

Horrible narrator???

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

The narrator was so difficult to listen to??Very distracting??
Ending every sentence like a question??
It sounded as if everything was a question??
See how hard this is to read??
Try listening to that from beginning to end. This audio book would be alright if the reading wasn’t such a mess!! The author had some good characters who could be more completely developed as the series goes on. But the narration was so bad, I couldn’t give her performance but ONE star. And that was pushing it for me! Her reading, everything as if it were a question, was awfull!! The story and characters would have been okay to read but not to listen to with this person. No distinction between voices made it confusing!! I might give this author another chance, but NOT this reader — and that’s really all she did, read all of it as one big question!!! I’ll give a wide berth to anything this woman “reads”!!????

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Witches of New York

  • A Novel
  • By: Ami McKay
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women - some possessed of true intuitive powers and some gifted with the art of performance - find work as mediums.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of weird

  • By Ameleh on 11-05-17

So mote it be...

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

What a wonderfully told story!! Of a time and place not that far removed from where we are today.
Ami McKsy’s writing has such a beautiful and steady flow. She brings New York to life in the 1880s and one can see the sights and hear the sounds surrounding it. They are so heart wrenchingly real and yet, her principal characters offer true friendship and fulfillment to each other and others as they reach out to find their true paths in life.
It must have been such an exciting, and, at times, hazardous period, especially for women. And with the things happening now, there are so many parallels.
I can’t wait for the next adventures of Adelaide, Eleanor and Beatrice!!
Julia Whelan does a beautiful job narrating this book.
Thanks 🙏🏽 to Ms. McKay — you are an incredible storyteller!!

  • The Stonemason's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mystery Series, Book 6
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Oxford, Spring - 1354. When the series of accidents to the building of the chapel at Queen’s College begin, they do not appear a cause for concern, but they grow more serious, and stonemasons are injured. Nicholas Elyot becomes involved after it is discovered that an intruder has reached the college by way of his garden. When Jordain Brinkylsworth’s youngest student goes missing, it seems at first that his disappearance is unconnected, yet he is one of the ‘poor boys’ supported by Queen’s. Surely this serious and studious boy cannot be responsible for the troubles? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • With heavy heart...

  • By N. Brown on 09-19-18

With heavy heart...

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I write this last review of the final installment in the Oxford Medieval Mystery series. Ann Swinfen died unexpectedly, just after this book was published.
This book met all my expectations and more. It was bittersweet reading, first, then listening to Philip Battley’s wonderful narration of the story.
All of the excitement, intrigue, and heartwarming storytelling she put into every book I’ve read by her, was present. She must have been an incredible lecturer because every one I’ve read, always teaches me something about Oxford during the 1500s, just after the pestilence. I swear she could make instructions for changing a flat tire interesting!! And this time it was building such structures as Churches, Castles and other large buildings.
Her characters came to life for me with every book — filled with excitement and intrigue. What a wonderful writer and gifted storyteller she was!!
If you love Medieval mysteries, like Cadfael, you’ll love Ann Swinfen ‘s books. Her enthusiasm for whatever time she was writing about came through time and again.
My heartfelt sympathy to her husband, family, and friends.
And my thanks to Ann Swinfen for sharing these wonderful tales with us.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Penhallow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91

Hated for his cruel and vicious nature, ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered the day before his birthday. His entire family had assembled for his birthday celebration, and every one of them had the ways and means to commit the crime. As accusations and suspicion turn in one direction and then another, the claws and backstabbing come out, and no one is exempt from the coming implosion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not typical of Georgette Heyer

  • By Townsend on 06-01-15

Whhaaatttt???

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

What in the world was Georgette Heyer thinking when she wrote this one?? It’s like she couldn’t be bothered to even finish it.
I’ve read all of her mysteries and romances, but this one...what was going on in her own life when she wrote it?
We needed Hemingway to resolve it. But, it took sooooo damn long for the old man to finally get bumped off, that the book should have ended chapters before the crime even happened.
I’m flummoxed, I truly am. What a deadly, cancerous old man....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • N or M?

  • A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

It is World War II, and while the RAF struggles to keep the Luftwaffe at bay, Britain faces an even more sinister threat from "the enemy within" - Nazis posing as ordinary citizens. With pressure mounting, the intelligence service appoints two unlikely spies, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. Their mission: to seek out a man and a woman from among the colorful guests at Sans Souci, a seaside hotel. But this assignment is no stroll along the promenade - N and M have just murdered Britain's finest agent and no one at all can be trusted....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Continuation of Tommy and Tuppence

  • By ButterflyRose on 09-26-14

Great story—-

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This has always been one of my favorites— especially since it’s one of the Tommy and Tuppence mysteries.
I think it also gives a pretty accurate picture of what was going on in Britain during WWII—
attitudes, atmosphere and people’s reactions to being in another war so quickly after WWI. It must have been mind numbing to the Brits, finding themselves in this situation again. I’m sure there was a certain amount of denial for some.
I’ve learned enough over the years of the different political factions that cropped up during this time, to see how some reactions could have occurred.
Agatha Christie keeps the story moving along at a good pace and throws in a few surprises that tie up nicely at the end.
And, Hugh Fraser, as always, is wonderful.

  • Cat Among the Pigeons

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

A revolution in the Middle East has a direct and deadly impact upon the summer term at Meadowbank, a picture-perfect girls' school in the English countryside. Prince Ali Yusuf, Hereditary Sheikh of Ramat, whose great liberalizing experiment is coming to chaos, knows that he must prepare for the day of his exile. He asks his pilot and school friend, Bob Rawlinson, to care for a packet of jewels. Rawlinson does so, hiding them among the possessions of his niece Jennifer Sutcliffe, who is bound for Meadowbank.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cracking Christie

  • By Mary on 05-12-16

Ahhhh...

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Another wonderful Christie story. Full of twists and turns. And Hugh Fraser comes through with his usual style and flair.
Never a dull moment.
Thanks again to Audible for making this available.

  • It Takes a Witch

  • A Wishcraft Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Heather Blake
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 679

Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder.Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting start to the series

  • By K. April Holgate on 11-02-15

Interesting...

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

The story was good. Took awhile to get started. Anyone who likes cozies with a supernatural twist , will enjoy these.
My problem was the narrator. Som e of her characterizations were hard for me to take.
This being said, I will try the next title in the series .
💫✨

  • 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 3,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865

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

Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is great story by a very good author, Kate Saunders.
It’s set in Victorian England and moves along quickly. There are twists and turns that keep you interested as the story moves forward. Great characters—many likable, some not so much of course.
Anna Bentinck does a wonderful job elucidating each character and moving the story along.
Looking forward to to the next installment in this series, and seeing how the characters develop and interact with each other.

  • Psmith Journalist

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Meet Psmith, with a silent 'P' as in psychic. A gallant, charming individual, Psmith has a gift for getting into awful scrapes, and when he takes over a gentile journal known as Cosy Moments with the aid of Billy Windsor, its sub-editor, he turns it into a radical publication...with alarming and hilarious results.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible quality

  • By Kevin on 03-14-08

So entertaining!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Psmith is one of Wodehouse’s best characters (in this listener’s humble opinion) and Jonathan Cecil is an incredible narrator. This is a fun story with Psmith up to his rather unorthodox antics in NYC. It’s full of twists and turns and very colorful characters that only P. G. Wodehouse could create.
Great way to spend the afternoon or evening. It will bring a smile to your face....

  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case

  • By: Anthony Berkeley
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Graham and Joan Bendix have apparently succeeded in making that eighth wonder of the modern world, a happy marriage. And into the middle of it there drops, like a clap of thunder, a box of chocolates. Joan Bendix is killed by a poisoned box of liqueur chocolates that cannot have been intended for her to eat. The police investigation rapidly reaches a dead end. Chief Inspector Moresby calls on Roger Sheringham and his Crimes Circle - six amateur but intrepid detectives - to consider the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Murder, Six Detectives, Nine Solutions

  • By John on 01-24-19

This made me tired....

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I like the narrator—I’ve heard him do other books. But I will never listen to, or read anything else by Mr. Berkeley. He’s just too convoluted for me. I was so sick of the characters and their theories by the end, I didn’t even care or want to know who, what, when, where, and why!!