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Pennington, NJ, United States
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  • Treachery at Lancaster Gate

  • A Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Mystery
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

The world is poised for social and political change, but England holds tight to its traditions, classes, and prejudices. When an explosion in London kills two policemen and seriously injures three more, many believe that anarchists are the culprits. But Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, knows the city's radical groups well enough to suspect otherwise: that someone with decidedly more personal motives lit the deadly fuse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A suggestion

  • By Carolyn on 06-14-16

One of her best stories

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

What did you love best about Treachery at Lancaster Gate?

I liked how the story slowly unfolded, and how Pitt and Telman had to face some disturbing facts.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Telman was my favorite. His idealism was tested. It was nice to see something about his relationship with Gracie also.

Any additional comments?

My only disappointment with the book was the ending. It was a little too pat and not quite believable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Heroes' Welcome

  • A Novel
  • By: Louisa Young
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Only 23, former soldier Riley Purefoy and his bride, Nadine Waveney, have their whole lives ahead of them. But Riley's injuries from the war have created awkward tensions between the couple, scars that threaten to shatter their marriage before it has truly begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great sequel to My Dear I wanted to tell you

  • By Judith on 04-30-15

A great sequel to My Dear I wanted to tell you

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

What did you love best about The Heroes' Welcome?

It was a very realistic picture of the recovery from WW1. It shows how different people react to peace. Peter can't cope, while Nadine and Riley manage to cope and prosper

What other book might you compare The Heroes' Welcome to and why?

I would read My Dear I Wanted to tell you first.

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

Dan Stevens is an excellent narrator. He doesn't get in the way of the story, but carries you along.

If you could take any character from The Heroes' Welcome out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It would have to be Riley.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Ones

  • By: Stef Penney
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he'd been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he's been chosen more for his blood than his investigative skills.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration! Slow story that plods along.

  • By Robyn on 03-25-12

A very interesting and unusual story

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

What made the experience of listening to The Invisible Ones the most enjoyable?

The narration is first rate. I really enjoyed the story about modern day gypsies and the problems small communities have with too much intermarriage. The story is engrossing, and the ending surprising.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked J-J. His story was so personal and interesting

Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

Dan did a great job with both J-J and Ray.

  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

  • A Novel
  • By: Louisa Young
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

The lives of two very different couples - an officer and his aristocratic wife, and a young soldier and his childhood sweetheart - are irrevocably intertwined and forever changed in this stunning World War I epic of love and war. Moving among Ypres, London, and Paris, this emotionally rich and evocative novel is both a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of war on those who fight - and those who don't - and a poignant testament to the enduring power of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just read it!! Or rather, listen!

  • By Annie M. on 08-31-14

A Powerful book with a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-15-14

What made the experience of listening to My Dear I Wanted to Tell You the most enjoyable?

The author paints pictures with her stories. You feel like you are there experiences life in the trenches and life as a nurse on the frontline.

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

Dan Stevens is simply a great narrator. He never distracts from the story.

If you could take any character from My Dear I Wanted to Tell You out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Riley is a great character. You follow from when he is a working class boy, growing up with a higher class, in the war, and then recovering from his wounds.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Angel's Game

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 714

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book!

  • By bluebelle on 02-24-12

Interesting, but also baffling

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The first half was very good, but I found the second half strange and baffling. I was not sure what was going on.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The picture of Barcelona was the best part of the story, and the language was beautiful

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes where Isobel comes and takes care of him were the most beautiful.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Dan Stevens is a terrific narrator. I could listen to his voice anytime.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,987
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,299

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

Great Version of a classic

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

Reviewed: 09-19-13

Would you listen to Murder on the Orient Express again? Why?

It has been many years since I read this, and I had forgotten much about the story. I really appreciated this version

What did you like best about this story?

A classic tale with a very interesting outcome.

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

This is the first audiobook I have heard Dan Stevens narrate. He has a terrific voice and does a great job.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
  • Length: 35 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary Lives; Extraordinary Circumstances

  • By Wendy Lohse on 10-01-12

A great version of this classic tale

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

Reviewed: 05-17-13

What did you love best about Bleak House?

The two narrators worked really well. It really felt like reading the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bleak House?

Dickens always has such varied and interesting characters. This book is particularly filled with them.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Esther and Mr. Bucket chase after Lady Dedlock was very exciting, and ultimately sad.

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

What a wonderful man John Jandyce is, but some of the characters take advantage of them.

Any additional comments?

I would say that this is an excellent version of Bleak House, and I would highly recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beguiling the Beauty

  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

When the Duke of Lexington meets the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg on a transatlantic liner, he is fascinated. She’s exactly what he’s been searching for - a beautiful woman who interests and entices him. He falls hard and fast - and soon proposes marriage. And then she disappears without a trace.… For in reality, the "baroness" is Venetia Easterbrook - a proper young widow who had her own vengeful reasons for instigating an affair with the duke. But the plan has backfired. Venetia has fallen in love with the man she despised - and there’s no telling what might happen when she is finally unmasked….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherry Thomas is the best!

  • By SparkyGirl1012 on 10-06-13

A very good book, but...

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Beguiling the Beauty to be better than the print version?

I actually liked the audio version better than the print version

Any additional comments?

I liked the book and the audio up to the last chapter. The way Sherry Thomas finished the book felt abrupt and somewhat unbelievable. I would say this is an excellent the book except for the last book. This is however a great lead-in to the next two books in the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unlocked

  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

A perpetual wallflower destined for spinsterhood, Lady Elaine Warren is resigned to her position in society. So when Evan Carlton, the powerful, popular Earl of Westfeld, singles her out upon his return to England, she knows what it means. Her former tormenter is up to his old tricks, and she's his intended victim. This time, though, the earl is going to discover that wallflowers can fight back. Evan has come to regret his cruel, callow past. At first, he only wants to make up for past wrongs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great short story

  • By Karen on 01-21-12

A gem of a book

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

Reviewed: 06-15-12

Courtney Milan is a terrific writer. This short story is well done, and what a wonderful surprise to have Simon Prebble as the narrator. He is my favorite.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue

  • A Cynster Novel
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster... but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge. Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree. But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simon Prebble - come back!!

  • By L. Reiner on 10-03-11

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-06-11

The first half is fine, but the second half is so boring - who will admit that they love the other first. It went on forever.

The near death scene was really not believable.

I hope the series gets better, because I didn't like this one.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful