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  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,842

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Highly Recommended

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

Reviewed: 04-25-19

I truly enjoyed EVERYTHING about this book. I have never written those words before. The story has a great twist at the end that I was not expecting. This is what I particularly loved. With so many characters, all with traits you can embrace and at the same time dislike, it was not easy to guess whodunnit. Magpie Murders is a must read, or in this case, listen. The narrators were both easy on the ears.

  • No Stone Unturned

  • A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book 11
  • By: Julie Moffett
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Getting engaged is supposed to be a fun, exciting time in a girl's life. But things are never that easy for Slash and me. Instead, someone is threatening to expose Slash's past - a past so secret, even I know very little about it. With a little expert-level hacking, I learn Slash is keeping secrets from me. Big ones. Dangerous ones. In fact, the more I dig into Slash's past, the more I discover things about him I never knew - things that eventually pit us against each other.    

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great book - lousy performance

  • By Janlyn on 01-17-19

Difficulty with Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

I love this series, but the narrator isn't right for Lexi. I'm sorry to say, its very difficult to listen to this narrator change Lexi's character into a shrill nag. I wouldn't put up with this tyrant in real life so why should I spend my leisure time enduring her vocal rants and raves, especially toward Slash. I don't think Slash's character would put up with it as well.

I don't like to post negative reviews, but it also sounds like the narrator just got new braces. I would really love to hear this series done by a really good narrator and include alot more about hacking! Sorry for the bad news.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Map of Bones

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469

During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior...a treasure that could reshape the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sigma Force phenomenon

  • By Dawitski on 02-26-10

Again, set the speed to .85 and you'll love it.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

As in the previous book of this series, I set the speed to .85 and the narration was great. John Meagher really mastered the women's voices in this second book as opposed to the first. The series is fast and OMG, there was a twist I NEVER saw coming. I never would have even imagined it.

I loved the history and information about the Vatican. I had to go on Google so I could better see some of the places Rollins writes about. Fun.

I wish I could afford to travel the world and see all these places, but at least with series like these, Google images & Google EARTH, I can get a prety good picture. Thank you, James Rollins.

  • Sandstorm

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,649
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,322

An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Liking James Rollins and his scientific mind!

  • By Michele on 12-15-11

Here's the key to enjoying this audiobook

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I really enjoyed this book after I set the speed down to .85. I don't know if the auther reads really fast or if the speed has been tampered with, but once it's set to .85 the narrator's s sounds aren't that noticible and he does a really good job. The women's voices were funny, but in the second book the narrator masters the ladies voices.

The plot had everything you could ask for in this type of genre. A fast pace with lots of twists and turns to keep you listening. Delightful writing created delightful characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Regrets

  • Lexi Carmichael Series, Book 10
  • By: Julie Moffett
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

When I agreed to stand by my best friend, Basia, on her big day, I had no idea what I was in for. Bouquets and unflattering evening wear I can handle. But between disgruntled dates, a beach venue, and suspicious packages, what else can go wrong? Oh, right - my parents don't know I've moved in with Slash. Oops? Thankfully, I've got everything semi under control, at least as far as Basia and Xavier know. They can leave for their honeymoon happy, knowing Elvis, Slash, and I will keep things safe at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By G. A. M. Starks on 01-09-18

I hope the next book picks up the intrigue

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

I like this series, mostly for the internet, government and corporate espionage. But this book was mostly about Bajzia's wedding. Boring. I am invested in the characters so I kept listening so I could be up to date when the next book, for which I have high hopes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Skeleton Garden

  • Potting Shed Mysteries Series, Book 4
  • By: Marty Wingate
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Texas transplant Pru Parke has put down roots in England, but she never dreamed she'd live in a grand place such as Greenoak. When her former employers offer Pru and her new husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, the use of their 19th-century estate while they're away for a year, she jumps at the chance. Sweetening the deal is the prospect of further bonding with her long-lost brother, Simon, who happens to be Greenoak's head gardener. But the majestic manor has at least one skeleton in its closet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Always, Interesting! A Great Book!

  • By Kathryn on 04-19-17

Memories of WW2 Create Mayhem and Murder

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

On a new job, Pru gets to spend more time with her long, lost brother who is also a gardener. I loved the addition of a nephew, who really brings a light to the story.

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place

  • Potting Shed Mysteries Series #3
  • By: Marty Wingate
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

After her romantic idyll with the debonair Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse culminates in a marriage proposal, Pru Parke sets about arranging their nuptials while diving into a short-term gig at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. At hand is the authentication of a journal purportedly penned by 18th-century botanist and explorer Archibald Menzies. Compared to the chaos of wedding planning, studying the journal is an agreeable task...that is, until a search for a missing cat leads to the discovery of a dead body....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I Want (and, then some)

  • By karen on 04-27-16

Set in Edinburgh, Scotland!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

I loved hearing the accents the narrator expertly performed. Listening to a narrator who has really taken the time to craft their art brings a lot of joy. I pulled up the Edinburgh Botanical Garden and Edinburgh in general to see the places the writer describes. It is awesome. Maybe someday I can go there. The internet expands the pleasure of an armchair traveler so much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Book of Primrose House

  • Potting Shed Mysteries Series, Book 2
  • By: Marty Wingate
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Pru Parke has her dream job: head gardener at an 18th-century manor house in Sussex. The landscape for Primrose House was laid out in 1806 by renowned designer Humphry Repton in one of his meticulously illustrated Red Books, and the new owners want Pru to restore the estate to its former glory - quickly, as they're planning to showcase it in less than a year at a summer party.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story. Too much on romance of main character.

  • By Anonymous on 01-17-17

Great Mystery Series

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This second book was a delight to listen to and now it feels as if Pru and Christopher are old friends. Pru is the head-gardener of quite a large project about an hour outside of London. I loved listening to the gardening ideas and her efforts and wished I could be in that garden too.

I was sad to see old Ned dead and gone, I quite liked the old fellow.

  • Prose and Cons

  • Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Amanda Flower
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe on the shop's front porch to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees. Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead in the shop moments before the event.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cute book with a nice plot

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-24-17

Great plot with lots of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I never saw the ending coming, or who the killer turned out to be until the very last. Most of all, I loved listening as the characters in the town came to life through the great narration. The pictures painted for me were delicious and it was hard to see the book come to an end.

  • Crime and Poetry

  • Magical Bookshop Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Flower
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother's bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn't need to read between the lines: Her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It's where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you.... Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson's poems from Grandma Daisy's shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Books, A Talking Crow, Great Easy Listen

  • By Debbie on 08-28-18

This author is wonderful

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

Listening to Crime and Poetry gave me many hours of pleasure. Amanda Flower knows just what her readers want and her series is fresh and lovely. The narrator is particularly gifted. I highly recommend this series. I can't wait to read the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful