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  • Mrs Pargeter's Principle

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst his many bequests, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people who ever worked for him, with details of their particular skill sets. This means that whenever Mrs P has a crime to solve, she can readily contact someone with the relevant expertise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs. Pargeter, my favorite Simon Brett character.

  • By Chris Geschwantner on 01-29-17

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Simon Brett is a great writer and narrator! I love his characters and he acts them all so well.
Delightful!

  • John Adams

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Read by History Channel host Edward Herrmann!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Thomas on 07-06-06

Wow! What a book!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Fantastic book! I learned so much about the beginning of our country. As stated about the Declaration of Independence, "Thomas Jefferson was the pen and John Adams was the voice"!
Kudos to the author, narrator, and John Adams.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Street Cat Named Bob

  • And How He Saved My Life
  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself - the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet, James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent, but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, never imagining that he would see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Three Cheers for Bob and James!

  • By Gillian on 01-27-14

Remarkable Tale of Bob's shepherding of his provider

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

What a moving story of moving from despair and addiction to recovery and hope! All accomplished by a street cat named Bob!
James feels that Bob came to him via Karma.
Kristopher narrates this tale so well, he makes you think you are listening to the author! Good work!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • To See Every Bird on Earth

  • A Father, A Son, and a Lifelong Obsession
  • By: Dan Koeppel
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

From well-known nature and adventure writer Dan Koeppel, whose work has appeared in Audubon and National Geographic Adventure, comes this true story of one bird watcher's incredible achievements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my all time favourites

  • By Phil on 06-29-10

Son, Dad, Birds

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

Would you listen to To See Every Bird on Earth again? Why?

The performer was very good. He made the story more interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

The son's quest to get to know his father.

Which character – as performed by John McDonough – was your favorite?

The son as narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Impossible, too long. I enjoyed the book in 1.5 hour segments with my blue tooth headset during my morning 4 mile walks.

Any additional comments?

I learned a great deal about birding and in particular, the world of the big listers.
I recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Racing the Rain

  • A Novel
  • By: John L. Parker Jr.
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Quenton Cassidy's first foot races are with nature itself: the summer storms that sweep through his subtropical neighborhood. Shirtless, barefoot, and brown as a berry, Cassidy is a skinny, mouthy kid with aspirations to be a great athlete. As he explores his primal surroundings along the Loxahatchee River and the nearby Atlantic Ocean, he is befriended by Trapper Nelson, "the Tarzan of the Loxahatchee", a well-known eccentric who lives off the land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just finished reading it again!

  • By Jonathan on 01-11-16

Terrific Growing Experience

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

What made the experience of listening to Racing the Rain the most enjoyable?

Quentin Cassidy becomes a young man and a star runner. It is fun to follow his development as a man finding his way in track. The narrator brought the story to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Trapper was Quentin's favorite and mine, too.

What about Jim Meskimen’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed the way he kept changing his voice to fit the different charcters. It seemed like there was a cast performing the story.

Who was the most memorable character of Racing the Rain and why?

I admired Quentin because he was so true to himself.

  • Bear in the Back Seat

  • Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Volume 1
  • By: Kim DeLozier, Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Carey Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 562

A hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the number one most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over 30 years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America - and the bears from tourists who get too close.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Funny stories - But not as funny as I expected.

  • By Kelly on 06-29-16

Sage Man

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found the author ,Kim, to be a marvelous wildlife manager and a true family man. His love for the Bears under his care was very evident. I feel fortunate to live in a country where wildlife is looked after so carefully. Happy new year!

  • The Corpse on the Court

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Jude's life has been turned upside-down thanks her new man, Piers Targett, who's keen to get her involved in his hobby – or obsession – of Real Tennis. But when one of Piers' friends dies on the court in suspicious circumstances, Jude finds herself caught up in the police investigation. Meanwhile, Jude's neighbour Carole is trying to identify the human remains known locally as the “Lady in the Lake”.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Cozy

  • By Tracy on 06-04-13

Wunder Bar

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

I do enjoy Carol & Jude so much. Simon narrates wonderfully!
Intriguing plot. I learned about Real tennis. Much fun!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

  • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • delightful!

  • By L on 04-18-10

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Flavia is at a peak of her detecting prowess. The narrator brings her to life in such a delightful way. What a complex plot! Bravo!

  • The Strangling on the Stage

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

When Jude agrees to lend her vintage chaise longue for the local Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple, little does she realise she’ll end up in a starring role. It’s an ambitious play, culminating in a dramatic execution scene: a scene that’s played for real when one of the leading actors is found hanging from the specially constructed stage gallows during rehearsals. A tragic accident - or something more sinister?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always dependable

  • By Anne on 03-30-14

Dynamic Duo

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

What made the experience of listening to The Strangling on the Stage the most enjoyable?

It's not Batman & Robin, it's Carol & Jude on the case. Simon Brett is marvelous at accentuating Carol's foibles, Jude's, too. Their banter is so much fun on my four mile walks. Simon's narration is right on. He's one of the few authors who narrates their own story. He's great at it!

What did you like best about this story?

Puzzling out the actor's death on the gallows.

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

Well, he's just the best.

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

He makes me laugh when describing Carol & Jude's relationship.

  • Mystery in White

  • By: J. Jefferson Farjeon
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175

"The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house." On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By CM on 09-17-15

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

I'm glad I got the Synch version. I started listening, but got confused by the characters on the train. Then I started reading on my Kindle. About chapter ten I went back to Audible. Patience captured my imagination with her acting the parts.
I was amazed that this mystery transcended so many decades! It didn't seem to be dated at all! Kudos!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful