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  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,567

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

Slow going in spots, but no fillers

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Unlike modern writing of regency romances, this one is not filled in with descriptions in minute detail of everything worn, or as in some books a lot of explicit sex. Don't try to listen to this book when you're tired or sleepy unless you just want something to put you to sleep. This book isn't boring, but some reader's voices can have a sophomore k, .,,....

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  • The Child Finder

  • A Novel
  • By: Rene Denfeld
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon's Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now - if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as "the Child Finder", Naomi is their last hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty and Brutality, Haunting and Healing

  • By Marisa on 10-03-17

Totally Engrossing, Sat Up All Night to Finish

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I was totally immersed in this world from the beginning. I literally couldn't put it down until the very end. If you have a heart for emotions from an author's story, be sure to have plenty of tissues at the end. ThereThere is both happy and sad in here, justice and injustice. But you will be hard put to find a better book with which to become involved.

  • The Vampire Bounty Hunter's Unexpected Catch

  • A Nocturne Falls Universe Story
  • By: Larissa Emerald
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Vampire bounty hunter Nathaniel Newburg follows his mark into Nocturne Falls, a place where it's easy for anyone to hide and blend in. At first it seems as though he has his prey cornered, only to confront a beautiful feline-shifter, Camille Nahuel, instead. She dances around the floor with sultry steps, instructing a ballroom class, and dances around his heart even faster. Oh, tango, the game is on. Can Nathaniel control his annoyance long enough to finish his job and save his love?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • very disappointed

  • By Gina on 10-14-17

Ended too soon, unfinished!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Nice enough story, but feels incomplete. You just get into the romance when the story abruptly ends. At the very least, there should be an epilogue to wrap up the romance following the completion of Nathan's task. Otherwise, a very satisfying bit of mystery and romance wrapped up in a bounty hunt.

  • Beneath the Water

  • By: Sarah Painter
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Devastated by a broken engagement, Stella Jackson leaves her old life behind for a new start in rural Scotland. But when she arrives in the remote coastal village of Arisaig, nothing is what she expected. At the edge of Arisaig sits Munro House; grand, imposing and said to be cursed by a string of tragic deaths. No less intriguing is its eccentric and handsome young owner, Jamie Munro, who hires Stella as his assistant while he pursues a seemingly impossible aim.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoy this author

  • By NMwritergal on 03-04-18

Feel like there should have been more

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

The mysteries presented within the story were interesting, even though the feeling was always there that there wasn't going to be a happy outcome. I was thoroughly involved in the story as it was suddenly revealing the bits that tied up the mysteries when the events of the end cycle began. Then suddenly the book was over. I wasn't ready for it to end just there. I wanted to know about Caitlin's baby. I wanted a bit more about Stella and Jamie and Esmé. Otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I know I'll reread it, probably several times.

  • In the Light of What We See

  • By: Sarah Painter
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Brighton, 1938: Grace Kemp is pushed away by the family she has shamed. Rejected and afraid, she begins a new life as a nurse. But danger stalks the hospital too, and she'll need to be on her guard to avoid falling into familiar traps. And then there are the things she sees....Strange portents that have a way of becoming real.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • overall captivating, but, to & fro hard to follow

  • By Diana M. O'Steen on 04-24-18

overall captivating, but, to & fro hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Reader did very well. The story created suspense in both time periods. However, I found the hopping around a little too frequent, making it a bit hard to keep track of what was going on with each girl, each time period. I did like both stories and most likely will listen again, maybe multiple times, until I know I've got it all straight.

  • The Garden of Magic

  • By: Sarah Painter
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Iris Harper has lived in Pendleford for decades. The local witch is mistrusted by the townsfolk, but that doesn't stop some coming to her begging for potions, spells and quick-fixes. As time has marched on suddenly Iris is aware that her days are beginning to fade. Her sumptuous garden is turning against her, the sweet scent of rot potent and now a young girl has come begging for a solution at her door. Yet, the problem she brings causes Iris to remember a man from long ago - the man she loved, the man she could never trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prequel Novella from Language of Spells

  • By Adriana B on 05-04-17

A clean story tells life as is, but with humor

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

its a very nice and clean story, starting out a bit slowly with all the necessary descriptions, but soon enough you can see and hear the underlying humor of everyday life. This is a very realistic portrayal of a slice of village life, telling of all the bumps, aches, and pains in daily life as one grows older. But, along with the realism comes delightfully sly humor in the telling. The matter of fact portrayal of the reader with the characterizations given each person allow the humor in daily life to sneak up on you. After all, it's better to laugh than to curse or cry when life isn't cooperating with expectations or plans. SPOILER ALERT: I really liked the sly old girl of a witch getting the truth out of the dirty not so old goat, but I think my favorite bit is how Bex has an inspiration which finally helps little Carly relax and give in to the expected on the potty.

  • Star Trek: Time for Yesterday

  • By: A. C. Crispin
  • Narrated by: Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The powerful, long-awaited sequel to Yesterday's Son. Waves of distorted time are crashing through the universe - destroying everything in their path. Federation scientists pinpoint the source: the Guardian of Forever, the portal to the past where Spock had once journeyed back to meet his son, Zar. Featuring a dramatic reading by Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan, and enhanced with sound effects and an original score.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat annoying

  • By Beverly on 04-18-08

very nice abridgement, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

This reading does bring you right into the action, expressing the emotions very well. But it's too short! I whole heartedly recommend reading the book for a more detailed and encompassing version of the story. Fans will be able to hear the voices of their favorite characters in their minds as they read. The more complete version of this story is even more satisfying than this well rendered audio version. Either way, it's easy to become emotionally involved and invested in Spock's reunion with his son. However, if you have only a limited time and need to be hands-free, this audiobook is a very good way to spend a little time in the Star Trek universe.

  • Dark in Death

  • In Death, Book 46
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,779
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,389

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just a bit too BORING for me.

  • By Elisabeth on 02-02-18

Very nice and thankfully fewer gruesome details

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I won't talk about the story line here as there is adequate detail provided in the preview and I don't want to spoil the story for those who have not yet read it. There is not quite the suspense as usually found in Ms. Robb's mysteries, but also not quite the usual gruesome details or choice of victims. I appreciated the mention of the halfway sort of house/boarding school Roarke is building (can't spell or even pronounce the Gaelic name it was given) in remembrance of the lost child found in the walls of a building he was upgrading/rehabbing ("Concealed in Death"). I also liked the appearance of Quilla (the brilliant teenager Eve met in that same story of lost children) whom Eve recommended to be Nadine's new intern.

I don't understand the complaints about confusion over which character was speaking. Susan Ericksen,the narrator, is excellent at giving the different characters different "voices" consistently throughout the series. Even if this is a reader's first book in the series, the differing voices should give away the different characters with a little thought as the book progresses.

For myself, I appreciated the quick pacing that did not have the same level of gruesome details as the last dozen or so books in this series have displayed. Don't get me wrong, there was no lack of detail or suspense, just seemed to me to have a lighter, faster, pace. I'd have to say that the fewer personal details included, fewer personal friends making appearances, was due to this quicker pace. Ms. Robb seems to like keeping the personal life of her characters to a certain level of balance in proportion to the business end of her stories in this series. Some of the details that were left out were of a repetitive nature, as in the processing of a dead body, the rights of the person being arrested, or detailing the actual murder. I'd had a surfeit of torture details for a good long time. For those who complain about fashion details or talk of the weather these were kept to relatively brief treatments. But then I'm the sort who hates to look and see what was making the mousetrap jump around so in the hall last night.

On the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this book after reading all of the preceding books in the series, most of them about six times through, beginning my collection with paperbacks then a few hard covers, more recently the audiobooks from the library led me to Kindle ebooks and Audible audiobooks. By now my collection is quite mixed up in format but complete in content. For me, this series is an automatic buy every time there is a new book available for pre-order.

  • St. Nick

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264

When Santa Claus is a cop, you better watch out. It’s not looking like a very merry Christmas for San Diego cop Nick Pappas. Suspended from his job, alienated from his family, and persecuted by the press, he’s sorely tempted to turn his gun on himself. Except for his first name, he couldn’t possibly have less in common with jolly old St. Nicholas. But when a local mall decides it needs a secret Santa to help collar some vicious muggers preying on its holiday shoppers, Nick’s persuaded to red-suit up so as to take the naughty punks down and avert a ho-ho homicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonder Christmas Cop Story

  • By David I. Williams on 01-07-15

wrote a great review, but tablet dropped it out.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

If you don't read or listen to this one, you will be missing out on a holiday treasure.

  • The Federal Witch

  • The Collected Works, Book 1
  • By: T S Paul
  • Narrated by: Francis Alais
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Imagine a world where witches, weres, and vampires work among us. The paranormals came out to the world during World War I. History as we know it took a left turn as world events changed. World War II never happened as we remember it. The Empire of Japan still exists. As does the British Empire. America is finding itself overwhelmed by magic. Particularly the FBI. Agatha Blackmore is a witch and she has all but been drafted by the FBI to help. Demons, dragons, weres, and fae are her opponents.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is bad!!!!

  • By Joanna on 07-01-17

premise interesting, but performance is stilted

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

The stories are interesting but there are places where lines are repeated which is irritating. There is no practical way to judge the grammar in an audiobook except for the stilted presentation which could be indicative of incomplete sentences. There are also places where it is difficult to know who is speaking. Some of that could be the limitations of the narrator's voices, but at least one instance is a clear case of the use of an incorrect pronoun in the third story. From other reviews I can be glad I was listening instead of reading print because poor grammar and editing are far more irritating in print than in audiobook. I will be interested in seeing where the future stories go.