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  • Angel with Two Faces

  • By: Nicola Upson
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

Exhausted and disillusioned with the world of theater in May 1935, Josephine Tey has traveled to Cornwall to spend the summer with her friends, the Motleys, at their run-down but beautiful country estate. Ready to begin work on her second mystery novel, Tey finds much to inspire her in the landscape and its legends. Meanwhile, the Motleys have become involved in an amateur production at the nearby Minack Theater. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose has returned to his roots in Cornwall to attend the funeral of a family friend, a young estate worker....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but...

  • By Maine Knitter on 08-22-16

Good Story telling

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

This was a well written story. I wonder however, is the author OK? The story contained what seemed to be every possible malady or problem in the human experience: adultery, murder, incest, closeted homosexuality, suicide, child abduction, rape, spousal abuse, police brutality, hypocrisy, greed, cynicism, anger, depression, loss, despair, all with a strong foundation of pride. Just hoping this is not coming from an author who herself is feeling hopeless. All in all a well told of severe dysfunction and pain.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Audley's Secret

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Lady Audley is universally adored: Beautiful, kind and charming, she enamors all whom she meets. It is not until the strange disappearance of widower George Talboys that her behavior takes an odd turn. George's friend, Robert Audley, Lady Audley's nephew-in-law, is on the case; an upper-class layabout turned detective, he is determined to get to the bottom of things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book with a Great Reader!

  • By Yvette on 05-29-16

Bravo!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

What a great story!! It’s the best story I have listened to since the Woman in White! It is exquisitely written and the narrator’s performance is fantastic! I strongly recommend this book!

  • An Expert in Murder

  • By: Nicola Upson
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 893

Revered mystery writer Josephine Tey is traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes that resonate in a world still haunted by war. But joy turns to horror when her arrival coincides with the murder of a young woman she had befriended on the train ride - and Tey is plunged into a mystery as puzzling as any in her own works.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite good!

  • By Maine Knitter on 08-12-16

Bravo!!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

This is my first time to listen to Nicola Upson. The only reason I did so is because of Davina Porter! This was an extremely well told story. I was intrigued the entire time! The end was spectacular! Davina Porter made the mind’s eye see what the author wants to impart to the listener! Thanks for a great “read”!

  • A Purely Private Matter

  • A Rosalind Thorne Mystery
  • By: Darcie Wilde
  • Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

Rosalind Thorne has slowly but assuredly gained a reputation as "a useful woman" - by helping respectable women out of some less-than-respectable predicaments. Her latest endeavor is a tragedy waiting to happen. Desperate Margaretta Seymore is with child - and her husband is receiving poisoned pen letters that imply that her condition is the result of an affair with the notorious actor Fletcher Cavendish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery most wonderful

  • By GrannyGoose on 05-11-17

Well done indeed

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

I really enjoyed this story! Well layed out, well told and well narrated! Was glued to it from start to finish!

  • Blind Fury

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

A service station on the M1: dimly lit, run down, poorly supervised, flickering lights, dark corners; a favorite stopover for long-distance truck drivers on their way up north from London. Behind it, a body is found in a ditch, that of a girl barely out of her teens. She appears to have no family, no friends, no connections anywhere. Other girls have gone missing in the vicinity, and no one has stepped forward to claim them. Anna Travis is assigned to the case. Her blood runs cold when she receives a letter from a lifer she arrested....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish you had the entire series!

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-25-15

Held my interest

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Good story telling! I enjoyed it! I did not think it would end as it did though. Will get more of her books.

  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance

  • By: CA Belmond
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235

This is your life Penny Nichols...Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the south of France when she gets an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will. With only a slim recollection of her eccentric aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she the bona fide heiress - but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Story with Excellent Narratation

  • By AnJoMom16 on 01-13-15

flowery story

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

The story was unlikely but fun. love the characters. I plan on following this series.

  • Heirs and Graces

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,580

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourites in the Series

  • By Dylan on 03-14-16

Great Series

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

When I first saw the title and description of the Royal Spyness series I thought it would be boring and improbable. Well, I was wrong!! The narration is so well done and the story so well woven it's hard to resist listening!

  • Divorce Can Be Deadly

  • Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Emma Jameson
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Divorce Can Be Deadly is the long-awaited second book in Emma Jameson's wartime cozy mystery series. Return to Birdswing, a tiny Cornish village, in the bitter winter of 1939 and revisit old friends as they embark on more amateur sleuthing. Irrepressible Lady Juliet is taking a correspondence course in private detection and is vexed by the return of her soon-to-be ex-husband. Meanwhile, not only has Ben failed to realize the depth of her feelings for him, but his obsession with Lucy, the Fenton House ghost, grows stronger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely charming!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-17

Well Done.

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

I love the inter-woven stories. these characters are wonderful! looking forward to the next book series.

  • Marriage Can Be Murder

  • Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Emma Jameson
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

Leaving his home and shelving his career ambitions aren't the only sacrifices Ben faces. His unfaithful wife, Penny, is accompanying him to Cornwall in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. But moments after their arrival, Penny is run down in the street, and Ben is almost fatally injured. And while the villagers assume Penny's death to be an accident, Ben quickly deduces it was murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bland Dr. Bones

  • By Marie on 10-04-15

I liked This!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Gladly this story was not all about the crime. It was filled with peripheral characters with their own stories. Also, it made me laugh!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cambridge Murders

  • By: Glyn Daniel
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

Fisher College at Cambridge lies between St John’s and Trinity Colleges. Here one morning the bed makers and gyps, clamouring for admission on the last day of term were admitted to find, lying across the path, the body of one of the College porters. The murder of the porter begins a mystery which deepens when it is found that the unpopular Dean of the college is missing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but overlong and repetitive

  • By Marie on 10-29-16

Good Story Very Long Winded

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

so this was a VERY unnecessarily complicated story. they told and retold the story which I found tedious. otherwise I liked the characters and when they FINALLY got to the end it all seemed so simple.