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  • A Banquet of Consequences

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 884

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrible Letdown

  • By Augusta on 11-05-15

What a mess!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I have happily read all most all of Elizabeth Peters books because of the richness of detail and character development. However this book was a perfect storm of writing problems. The mystery takes forever to get started, there are WAY to many subplots, not nearly enough Linley, and the narrator, who I generally like, isn't up to that many character voices. All in all, totally confusing..

  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

  • By Chuck on 03-12-18

Lavender is always fun

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I love the Detective Lavender series. This is not the best of them, but is a pleasant listen. I could often predict what was going to happen, but when it did, it was so interestingly written that I didn't feel cheated. Michael Page's narration is a bit over the top to me, so many overly gruff voices and the women sound odd, especially Magdalena who sounds like a female impersonator with a Spanish dialect. However, the characters and the relationships are lots of fun and I especially enjoyed the scenes with Lavender's sidekick, Constable Wood, I think the name is. The family life of this lovable and well written character is a loving look at a "lower class" family that seems to defy the general rough stereotypes.

  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back again

  • By LINN CANNING on 01-22-18

Beautiful Writing about A Woman's Difficult Life

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I am an avid listener of British novels of any sort. It took me some time to decide to purchase this book and I am so glad I did. The main character, Penelope, is many faceted, and always surprising, full of love, vinegar, and some dark sides as well. The other characters are not all equally developed, but they are clear, and the subject matter concerning the true nature of 'family' is treated with an unsparing eye. The English countryside is beautifully and elegiacally described. The book takes place over several generations and Pilcher's ability to put the reader in the time period is so vivid that at times I worried about just who was going to win the war! I found the narrator to be good, but there were times when I didn't know who was speaking. However, she has a beautiful voice and is an actress of real sensitivity.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,163
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,958

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Excellent treatment of the Circe/Oddyssey Myth

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

This book is one that I will listen to again. The narrator is nuanced and easy to listen to, the characters are vibrant,and the stories familiar but treated in a new and exciting way. Highly recommend.

  • Black Ships

  • By: Jo Graham
  • Narrated by: Gigi Shane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The world is ending. One by one the mighty cities are falling to earthquakes, to flood, to raiders on both land and sea. In a time of war and doubt, Gull is an oracle. Daughter of a slave taken from fallen Troy, chosen at the age of seven to be the voice of the Lady of the Dead, it is her destiny to counsel kings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Black ships

  • By MeDi on 02-15-15

Decent Story, Fake narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I almost finished listening to this book, but couldn't take it any longer. The story meanders into meaningless romance and I am not sure about the author's research into the subject matter. Also, the narrator was endlessly annoying with an affected vocal tone and mispronunciations.

  • The Knowledge

  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Robbie Parsons is one of London's finest, a black cab driver who knows the city by heart. In his backseat is a man with a gun in his hand - a man who brazenly committed a crime in front of the Artemis Club then jumped in and ordered Parsons to drive. As the criminal eventually escapes to Nairobi, Detective Superintendent Richard Jury comes across the case. He knew one of the victims, a professor of astrophysics and an expert gambler. Feeling personally affronted, Jury enlists his whole gang of merry characters to contend with a case that involves Tanzanian gem mines, a closed Reno casino, and a hidden pub.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drought over!

  • By Yankee Bookworm on 04-05-18

Martha in Great Form

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

If you could sum up The Knowledge in three words, what would they be?

Martha Grimes is such a wonderful story teller with such amusing characters, full of heart and life, but never boring, never stupid, and rarely too silly. Love Jury and Plant and all the crowd.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I listen in bed

Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Gambling is not a good hobby

Any additional comments?

I particularly enjoy Grimes portrayal of children.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,440

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read This if You're Very Sick and/or Thinking About Ending Your Life

  • By Derek on 07-21-15

Required Reading for Humans

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Would you listen to Man's Search for Meaning again? Why?

I have listened to Man's Search for Meaning several times and will do so again. For me this book should be required reading for all citizens of whichever country. Not only does it reveal the horrors of genocide, it is also an uplifting tribute to human determination and undaunted search for freedom of mind, body, and soul.

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  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's new legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fellowes is a Brand but the Narrator is a Marvel!

  • By M. T. Mirabile on 08-14-16

Wonderful Writing, Wonderful Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

What made the experience of listening to Julian Fellowes's Belgravia the most enjoyable?

Juliet Stevenson is an amazing narrator! She know the difference between explaining a book and experiencing it. I was sad to finish the book and searched for more by Fellowes, but alas,Snobs, doesn't seem of the stature.

What other book might you compare Julian Fellowes's Belgravia to and why?

This book felt like Jane Austen meets John Galsworthy.

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

All of them.

  • To the Grave

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 2
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655

A curiously dated child’s suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun. In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile listen!

  • By RavidReader on 07-22-14

Plot is fun but lead character not very interestin

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Would you try another book from Steve Robinson and/or Simon Vance?

NO

Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Robinson? Why or why not?

no

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Simon Vance is always wonderful, nuanced, and his character work is exceptional.

Was To the Grave worth the listening time?

NO

Any additional comments?

Having read the first book in this series, I decided to give this one a try as well. I am a genealogist and so the idea was interesting to me. However, the book reads like a police procedural with little time spent on character or relationships beyond the necessary. I won't read another in this series because the main character despite obvious descriptions of his personal problems doesn't develop further.

  • A Case of Blackmail in Belgravia

  • A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure, Book 1
  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

It's 1929, and Ticky Maltravers is the toast of London high society, adored by everyone - or so it seems, until somebody poisons him over dinner. Now it turns out that numerous people with secrets to hide had every reason to wish him dead. But which of them murdered him? For Freddy Pilkington-Soames, newspaper reporter and man-about-town, the question hits a little too close to home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freddy is Back

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-07-17

A trip back in a time that probably never was

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

If you could sum up A Case of Blackmail in Belgravia in three words, what would they be?

Charming, fun, and clever with lots of interesting characters and a surprising depth. The narration is superb. If you are an anglophile and want to get away from the day to day, this trip into supposed upper class British life between the wars is first rate.

What about Gethyn Edwards’s performance did you like?

Gethyn Edward's performance is so strong that my husband asked if there were two narrators, a woman and a man. Top notch.