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  • Death in Berlin

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Kate Udall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Miranda Brand is visiting Germany for what is supposed to be a month's vacation. But from the moment that Brigadier Brindley relates the story about a fortune in lost diamonds - a story in which Miranda herself figures in an unusual way - the vacation atmosphere becomes transformed into something more ominous. And when murder strikes on the night train to Berlin, Miranda finds herself unwillingly involved in a complex chain of events that will soon throw her own life into peril.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why these narrators

  • By Rhian on 09-01-13

Post War Berlin...

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Complex plot, re-creates British zone Berlin, army couples. Not my favorite M.M. Kaye. Probably somewhat autobiographical.

  • Death in Zanzibar

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Dany Ashton is invited to vacation at her stepfather's house in Zanzibar, but even before her airplane takes off there is a stolen passport, a midnight intruder - and murder. In Zanizbar, the family house is Kivulimi, the mysterious "House of Shade", where Dany and the rest of the guests learn that one of them is a desperate killer. The air of freedom and nonchalance that opened the house party fades into growing terror, as the threat of futher violence flowers in the scented air of Zanzibar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read don't listen

  • By Deanna on 07-17-14

Great M.M. Kaye

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Fantastic plot, great sense of place and time, and flawless performance. One of M.M. Kaye's best, and I'm hooked on Bahni Turpin as a narrator.

  • The Toll-Gate

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - reader only OK

  • By Yvette on 04-12-10

Fun Heyer

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Another crime mystery/ romance - fun and light, North England, Derbyshire, rural, Bow Street runner.

  • The Quiet Gentleman

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love It....

  • By Sharon on 05-27-12

Attempted murder mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Different story line than usual, romance on back-burner. Engaging lead character, subtle, and elegantly smooth.

  • Sylvester

  • Or, the Wicked Uncle
  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Rowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!!

  • By C. Mendez on 11-16-13

Count Uggolino

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

Great Heyer read about the oft cited, in other books, "Uggolino." I enjoyed it well.

  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer romance

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

Best Heyer book yet - Yorkshire main character

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Loved Hugo Darracott, reminded me of a friend from York. Her best male character so far.

  • A Civil Contract

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very very good

  • By bebe on 04-19-10

Heyer's Best - A Civil Contract

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

This is, I think, Georgette Heyer's finest work. It takes on the timely issue of an impoverished noble marrying a wealthy mercantile heiress to restore his estate and fortunes. All the class clashes and issues of romantic love vs. practicality are taken on here. Youthful dreams versus the practicality of daily love, and the way two people grow to love each other are highlighted. A very satisfying tale.

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  • Single & Single

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. It is also an intimate portrait of two families. Masterful and prescient, le Carré is writing at the top of his creative powers, and the central protagonist, Oliver Single, is one of his most fascinating characters.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Missing the magic

  • By Stef on 09-05-06

Filial piety meets Western money laundering

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

Having le Carre narrate is great, because you know the characters are coming through the way he intended them. Just a fun tightly woven drama about Western corruption and post-soviet Mafia, with le Carre's wonderful evocation of London inter-agency law enforcement. Same type of culture as in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

  • The Making of a Marchioness

  • By: Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years' time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford's favourite books, was considered 'the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote' by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Romantic Tale

  • By Curatina on 11-23-11

Very well narrated story, a bit macabre overall.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Scary in places, full of contrasts, with goid characterization. I couldn't put it down.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Reluctant Widow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Governess's New Position

  • By Joseph R on 02-28-10

Best Georgette Heyer I've read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-15

You have to listen to this book for the reader's depiction of Frances Cheviot alone, it's brilliant. This is a bit of a mystery, so unlike most of GH's Regency romances. It has great family appeal too.