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  • O Jerusalem

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107

It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • O Jerusalem! What fun!

  • By pdxAlexa on 05-06-09

Why Did I Wait So Long To Read This!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Want to know more about the Middle East and feel like you are there with the British negotiations and a better understanding of Lawrence of Arabia 's cause? This King book goes into my top ten list! There is something for everyone to enjoy in this novel, Highly entertaining, the ending somewhat predictable which doesn't matter with the new escapades Sherlock blindsides Russell into engaging. It is worthy of multiple listens!!

  • Hunting Unicorns

  • By: Bella Pollen
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Rory, the youngest son, runs a business that rents out the grand mansions for weddings and tours to help the owners pay upkeep on their dilapidated estates. Enter Maggie, an American TV journalist sent to London to do an expose on the aristocracy. She hires Rory to get her access to the most private families. The two immediately clash, bickering until a romance springs up where it seemed least likely.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wish it had all been as good as the best parts

  • By Jody on 09-18-08

A Real Gem!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This book is finding that diamond in the rough! Contemporary, well written, entertaining, humorous and worth a reread!
Pollen has written 5 other books, unfortunately not available on Audible. I recommend as an enjoyable experience.

  • The Children's Book

  • By: A. S. Byatt
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 30 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

Taking us from the cliff-lined shores of England to Paris, Munich, and the trenches of the Somme, The Children's Book is a deeply affecting story of a singular family, played out against the great, rippling tides of the day. It is a masterly literary achievement by one of our most essential writers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A wandering story that goes on forever.

  • By Sara on 09-18-13

Excellent !!!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

A . S. Byatt 's books tend to be a bit complicated, but isn't life? One of Audible's reviewers hit the nail on the head.....This was set in Victorian England ...not a contemporary read. If you are a fan of lengthy narratives with much detail of thoughts, feelings, mores of the times, art, history, relationships, family dynamics, and an understanding and/or empathy for change, you will enjoy this book immensely.

  • Four Fires

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352

The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His very best!

  • By Dave on 08-26-10

Most Favorite of Courtenay's!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I was impressed with The Power of One years ago and have since read most of his books. Humphrey Bowers make you fell as if you were right there in each book. Four Fires is my favorite with Brother Fish running a close second. His characters seem so real, the stories are historical ,educational and in some, quite humorous.
Through Bryce, I learned to appreciate the sport of boxing and why some are drawn to it; admire and thank all men who have been to war especially those who experienced prisoner of war camps. Bryce is a positive spirited writer about humanity!

  • Secondhand Souls

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,032

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone - or something - is stealing them. No one knows where they are going or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a snarky slapstick sequel to A Dirty Job

  • By withherownwings on 09-24-15

A MUST Listen to Sequel!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Wasn't as bowled over as Dirty Job but that changed as I listened to it a second and third time. There is so much more to Moore's novels than the silly goofy things he comes up with his characters and themes. His use of mythology and philosophy is brilliant. All I kept thinking with this series is,"how does he create such feelings and credibility from words!"
Fisher Stevens' timing in his narration is unparalleled!

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,336

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Initiation By Fire into Fantasy! Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

What a book! What an author! I have read Colin Cotterill 's Dr. Siri Paiboun series and honestly didn't consider it fantasy because of many reasons.... But Dirty Job was my first really fantasy experience and goes to my top ten faves including its sequel. I have listened to both 3 times since May. Unbelievably funny and totally enjoyed Fisher Steven's narration!
Each time I read them, I enjoyed more and more than the first time. A must for Christopher Moore fans.

  • Island of the Mad

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital...better known as Bedlam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a little let down but still worth the listen.

  • By Victoria L Snyder on 07-03-18

I relish Laurie R.King's indefatigable prose!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This is one of my favorites of the series. My age demographic probably will enjoy the Cole Porter character and description of the Lido in the time setting more than some younger listeners...who is Cole Porter!?
Regardless of the setting or story line I could listen to King's writing and Jenny Sterlin's narration endlessly. I will be listening to the entire series again and again!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Runaway Wife

  • A Laugh Out Loud Feel Good Novel About Second Chances
  • By: Dee MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Diana Croft
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

One evening in early August, while mashing potatoes for dinner, Connie McColl decides she’s had enough. Sixty-six-year-old wife and grandmother, Connie packs a bag, gets in her little green car and drives off on a journey from England to Scotland to rediscover lost friends and herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By JEYCEE on 07-12-18

Feel Good Tutorial for Young to Old Marrieds!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

A light funny listen you won't want to pause! Soooo true to life! Some aspects of this life story line are seldom written about and are well appreciated. Every married person will identify with something in this novel; it is well written at a good pace, narration is excellent story telling. Her second novel is not in audio format. Too Bad...

  • The Song Dog

  • By: James McClure
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The year is 1962. Young Lieutenant Tromp Kramer of the Trekkersburg Murder and Robbery Squad has been ordered up to Jafini, a small, dusty town in northern Zululand, to investigate the "hero’s death" of the town’s chief detective, Maaties Kritzinger - another Afrikaner maverick, and one with many secrets. Kramer finds himself increasingly identifying with the victim as the investigation proceeds. And then his path crosses that of Bantu Detective Sergeant Mickey Zondi, who is trying to locate a multiple killer whose summary execution will quiet the spirits of his ancestors. Despite the racial differences, the two men sense a kinship.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start With Song Dog in This Series!

  • By Sparkle on 08-20-18

Start With Song Dog in This Series!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Terrific African mystery series written in the 70's during Apartheid. It is not about Apartheid directly but the characters and situations portrayed reflect the attitudes of racism, social conventions,personal opinions and bonds of these police procedurals as a sign of the 70's...not unlike contemporary society regardless of politics and or being politically correct (PC).
The story lines are unique mysteries, the writing superb; you are there in Africa!
Song Dog explains the gaps in details of the partnership of detective and his sergeant. It was written in 1991 and McClure's last
novel due to his unexpected death at age 66.
I happen to enjoy Steven Crossley's narrations and was not disappointed.
Audible does not have McClure's complete series but what is available, will whet your appetite to read the others! I ordered used paperbacks and will listen again to the five in my library!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Great Setup For Hilarious Honeymoon!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Very enjoyable with Georgie 's niavete improving and looking forward to more of her spontaneous adventures.
I think Jasmine Blackborow did a remarkable narration! I wish her great
success as becoming a favorite narrator! Our much missed Kate Kellgren is a hard act to follow.