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  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

  • A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby alone. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way - my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a house party in the Italian lake country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still good fun!

  • By Dylan on 08-03-17

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Delightful continuation of the Royal Spyness series. Ms. Kjellgren’s performance was terrific.

I had read the book previously and really enjoyed the performed version.

  • The Lost City of the Monkey God

  • A True Story
  • By: Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Bill Mumy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,495
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,161

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danger and Discovery in the Jungle

  • By Jim N on 01-08-17

Fascinating intelligent tale

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I am not a big fan of non-fiction but this was an amazing and completely absorbing story. While telling the entire story factually, each facet of the story becomes more and more engaging.
The final chapters surrounding the health issues made my early resolve never to travel to the area (except through a book) pretty pointless.
I am amazed and grateful to the author and to all of the members of the expedition. Taking the risks they did and ensuring as much protection of the area as possible is beyond commendable.
Douglas Preston’s thoughtful clear fascinating writing is a treasure to me.
I ended up getting the paper Kindle and audible versions of the Bible as each brings an additional dimension.

  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,789

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked this one out of the park

  • By Anne on 02-22-18

Quite good

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Very enjoyable novel. The male and female readers were excellent- The differing voices adding greatly to the story.
Only the concluding chapters required a leap of belief. I was so wrapped up in the rest of the tale I didn’t really care.

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,598
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,684

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

Very Interesting View of a Different World.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

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

I am not normally a science fiction fan and this book was a selection of our Book Club. I was quite absorbed in the story. While it was written some time ago, it is surprising how much the author predicted the future. Aside from that, the story was very engaging; the characters sympathetic and the ‘ride’ exciting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow Crash?

I loved the telling of the ‘rat-things’. They were so compelling and grabbed my heart.

What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jonathan Davis was a very effective ‘teller of tales’. His voice tone is good; his pace on track with the story; the variation in character and portraying emotion very strong. He greatly added to the enjoyment of the story.

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  • The Best Land Under Heaven

  • The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny
  • By: Michael Wallis
  • Narrated by: Michael Wallis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Cutting through 160 years of mythmaking, best-selling historian Michael Wallis presents the ultimate cautionary tale of America's westward expansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched but performance is just mediocre

  • By T. Redwood on 07-14-17

Grim Tedious Recount

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure who would enjoy this reading. I imagine it is historically accurate, but the repetition detail, of names, and slow slog were not compelling.

What didn’t you like about Michael Wallis’s performance?

I found the author’s reading ponderous, overly dramatic and somewhat irritating. While his voice is very good - nice timbre, deep; his reading came across as amatuerishly dramatic.

Any additional comments?

This book was a selection for my book club - otherwise I would not have selected it. It tells a grim tale - and the final stages seemed to fall into an almost ‘Lord of the Flies’-version of humanity. Not for me.

  • The Face of a Stranger

  • A William Monk Novel #1
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039

A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • promising start to the series

  • By connie on 01-09-10

Great start to Mr. Monk

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Very interesting and compelling story. Mystery sustained throughout- almost unbearably.
Narrator was excellent
The characters of William Monk and Hester Latterly are vivid and I look forward to more of them

  • Trustee from the Toolroom

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454

Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hologram of a Decent Man

  • By Jim In Texas! on 05-28-12

Lovely story - great telling

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

What a warm and loving book. I fell in love with the characters. The emotion built as the story went along.

The author was fair in the differences of his characters- not glossing over human characteristics but showing their value

Terrific reading as well. What a joy!

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,044

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Great story

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Loved the book! Not my normal genre/ in fact I rarely read this kind of book. It was a absorbing story from the get-go.
I did think it dragged a bit at the 2/3 mark - but it picked back up again.
Looking forward to the next one.

Fun - very imaginative- very colorful- very exciting