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  • The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries Box Set Collection I

  • Prequel + Books 1 & 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

"Scones, a tea shop in England, a kitty and a murder...yes, please!" Enjoy the first three books in the Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, in one handy collection! Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice little mystery bundle

  • By Julie on 03-07-18

Good book, annoying animal sounds....

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I enjoyed this book...this is cute series.

However the narrator strikes a very grating tone with her sound effects...very shrill, unpleasant and distracting. When she reads shouting and meowing it’s just awful. I appreciate her efforts and her narration is fine but please stop with the vehement shouting and meowing!

  • After Anatevka

  • By: Alexandra Silber
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Silber, Sheldon Harnick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

In After Anatevka, Alexandra Silber picks up where Fiddler on the Roof left off. Second-eldest daughter Hodel takes center stage as she attempts to join her socialist-leaning fiancé Perchik at the outer reaches of a Siberian work camp. But before Hodel and Perchik can finally be together, they both face extraordinary hurdles and adversaries - both personal and political - attempting to keep them apart at all costs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great sequel to Fiddler on the Roof

  • By S. Beach on 11-19-18

If you are looking for what happened to the family this isn’t it....

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I guess I had hoped that although the story focused on Hodel and Perchick we would get news of the rest of the family through letters etc. Got through the first half before giving up on this book. One reviewer said the book was a mix of ups and downs....I disagree and found the book to be all down. There was so much effort put into political speeches etc that it really seemed to have little or nothing to do with the original story. The flashbacks did not seem to me to match the original characters.
The narrator just didn’t have the Russian accent down and to me her effort made the characters sound like they had an Asian accent. Her delivery was often flat and monotone.
I’m sorry this book did not meet my expectations and I hope others will not be as disappointed as I was.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,823

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Tedious details wrapped in drug and alcohol haze.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I agree with other reviewers about the tedious, overly descriptive nature of this book. The main character is not likable (a traumatized doctor who drinks wine constantly, and who is totally irresponsible about taking strong medications....she tells her doctor she is not drinking and is taking her pills correctly while at the same time pouring a glass of wine and popping pills haphazardly). The book was almost nightmarish in the time spent dwelling on alcohol and drug abuse. It was (for me) 80% tedious detail and at most 20% actual story. Not for me.

  • Lights Out Super Boxset: EMP Survival in a Powerless World

  • By: James Hunt
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Soresen, MIkela Drew
  • Length: 25 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 379

What happens when all means of transportation and communication suddenly vanish? What happens when you can't call for help? What happens when the only person you can rely on is yourself? Captain Kate Hillman is about to discover those answers after an EMP sends New York City, and it's nine million residents, back into the stone age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best of the genre

  • By Thaddeus on 12-21-17

Good ideas but needs editing and better narrator....

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

The plots for both sets of books is great....I had really hoped to like this series. I am all for strong female characters, but found both female lead characters in these books unlikable because instead of being strong they tended to be stubborn to a fault, arrogant, and pushy..much of the series is spent on their self pity etc. what a shame that these characters weren’t developed in a better way. I agree with others who have commented on the ridiculous detail the author puts in to injuries and pain and suffering. This is where I think a good editor could reduce some of that, and have offered suggestions on how to developer likable characters.
Lastly the narrator of the second set...yikes. A flat monotone that puts little emotion into the reading, and makes no attempt to differentiate between the characters. She puts every sentence in the same tone and rhythm...almos

  • The Borough Treasurer

  • By: Ella Porter
  • Narrated by: J. S. Fletcher
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

"The Borough Treasurer" is a mystery novel by J. S. Fletcher. Excerpt from the book: Kitely took another sip from his glass and set it down. He gave Cotherstone a sharp look. "Yes," he said, "yes - five-and-twenty years. You and your partner, both. Yes - it'll be just about thirty years since I first saw you. But - you've forgotten." Cotherstone, who had been lounging forward, warming his hands at the fire, suddenly sat straight up in his chair. His face, always sharp seemed to grow sharper as he turned to his visitor with a questioning look.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light listen, a little slow

  • By Sue K on 01-10-18

Light listen, a little slow

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Found this to be a light mystery....not too much action, not too much gore, obvious solution, but quaint setting and likable characters.
The narrators lovely alto voice tended to be very flat and monotone though, and made for a bit of a slog at times.
Overall an easy listen.

  • The Unwomanly Face of War

  • An Oral History of Women in World War II
  • By: Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear - translator, Larissa Volokhonsky - translator
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin, Yelena Shmulenson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

In The Unwomanly Face of War, Alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories. These women - more than a million in total - were nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners, and snipers. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be compulsory reading

  • By Neeraj S. on 12-20-17

Amazing historical book - well done!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Unwomanly Face of War to be better than the print version?

Yes - hearing the Russian accented narration made the stories even more realistic.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen! The Soviet Union payed a terrible price in lives in that war and it is seldom recognized. These ladies are an amazing part of that story that is even less known. Their descriptions of wanting to fight, how poorly prepared the male dominated military was for women in their ranks, and how females in combat were treated during and after the war are both tragic and inspiring. Hats off to the author for bringing these stories to light, and hats off to the women who shared their stories and what they sacrificed during that war.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cyclops Road

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Evan Portin is at a sad, scary place in his life. While taking a long walk to compose himself and figure out where to go from here, he encounters a young woman being mugged in a park. When he tries to intervene, he discovers that she doesn't need his help. At all. Her name is Harriett. She is very, very good at defending herself. Everything she owns is in a large backpack. She's never seen a cell phone. She's never been in a car. She's never really ventured into the outside world. And she says she's traveling across the country to slay a Cyclops. She's crazy, right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 04-11-17

Lots of fun....a light listen...

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Really enjoyed this book....the writers style is humorous and direct....no long drawn out boring dialog. He finds the good in his characters and delivers a good story. Thank you!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,755
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,751

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

Fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

What a wonderful book....Mr. Massimino describes what it is like to fly in space, and the hard work, determination, and perseverance to do it. Loved his narration, and emotions he had when looking down at the earth. Thank you Mr. Massimino for sharing so much of your time and experience with us!

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,634

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

  • By Elina on 11-13-17

Just too slow for me

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

I really liked his book except that it just totally bogged down for long periods on unnecessary conversations, thoughts and detail. I think if this book could be edited down it would be a real page turner....one you couldn't put down. Overall good book for its genre, well narrated. I retuned this book. .it was just too slow and detailed for me....

  • Mordacious

  • The City Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in. Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse

  • By LD on 09-25-16

Fun book but main character is a bit of a whiner

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Overall this is a fun book...good action, moves along for the most part. The narrator does a good job making voices distinct. No outrageous gore for the most part, and no ridiculously evil characters that are always over the top like so many books.
My only complaint is that the main character is very self centered and whines about her alcoholic mother and therefore has all kinds of personal issues. This comes up a lot. Seemed out of place in a zombie book and got tiresome very quickly.
But the book is fun if you want a good zombie romp!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful