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Sassy Sidekick

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  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society

  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,286

Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. And, if none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent: prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Bookwyrme on 11-10-17

Very Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This wasn't a complicated murder mystery, but it was entertaining. The characters are well developed. The real interest here isn't the murder, but the way these characters relate to one another. I enjoyed it and would listen to another in the series.

  • Death Around the Bend

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 3
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274

When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done you, T E Kinsey!

  • By stefani on 06-10-17

Waiting Impatiently for the next installment!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

We've come to love these characters. The writer has done an excellent job of creating characters who are intriguing, endearing, lovable and are full of depth. We especially love the clever banter between Lady Hardcastle and Armstrong, her Ladies maid. These stories are an absolute joy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Market for Murder

  • Lady Hardcastle, Book 2
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever intertwining of three fun mysteries

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-09-17

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

This series is delightful, and the narrator rally brings it to life. Can't wait for the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,628

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the sequel

  • By Nothing really matters on 07-21-16

EXECELLENT!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

The story is brilliantly written, the performance is expertly done, and it's become our new favorite!

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,742

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

Great Fun

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Such a wonderful listen. I found it hard to pause it. The banter between the characters is very humorous. I've already purchased the next two installments.

  • Medicus

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,176

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Susan on 08-31-07

Very Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I found this book exceeded my expectations. The writing was descriptive and engrossing. The narration was good, but I did have to get used to some of the character choices. That being said, there was strong continuity. It's been one of the most entertaining books I've listened to on Audiable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

  • The Forgotten War That Changed American History
  • By: Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
  • Narrated by: Brian Kilmeade
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history - terrible narrator

  • By School Nurse Cindy on 12-08-15

Very Engaging

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

My husband and I enjoyed listening to this part of our country's history with which we both were unfamiliar. It was, at times, difficult to hear the mistakes made, but also thrilling to hear the heroism of our nation's very young naval force.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,936
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,789
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,865

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

My family listened to this during a long road trip. We were riveted by it, even the non- history buff daughters. It was really an excellent book! I couldn't recommend it enough.

  • Guardian of the Republic

  • An American Ronin's Journey to Faith, Family, and Freedom
  • By: Allen West, Michele Hickford
  • Narrated by: Allen West
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104

Over the course of the past few decades, Allen West has had many titles bestowed on him, among them Lt. Colonel, U.S. Representative, "Dad", and Scourge of the Far Left. He rose from humble beginnings in Atlanta where his father instilled in him a code of conduct that would inform his life ever after. Throughout his years leading troops, raising a loving family, serving as Congressman in Florida's 22nd district, and emerging as one of the most authentic voices in conservative politics, West has never compromised the core values on which he was raise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and heartfelt.

  • By Josh on 05-07-14

There's Hope

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

It's beyond refreshing to listen to a man of principle and honor speak sound logic and reason about the condition of our government, and how to redeem it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jesus, the One and Only

  • By: Beth Moore
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

In Jesus, the One and Only, Beth Moore introduces you to an intimate God in an up-close and personal portrait of the life of Jesus the Messiah. This is far more than just a work on the life of Christ. Jesus, the One and Only is a romance, and you are invited to become part of it. As He has done in the past, God will use Beth's words to woo you into falling in love with Jesus of Nazareth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent

  • By Elizabeth on 05-19-15

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

Such a powerful book, and yet so easy to digest. It's definitely one I'll listen to again and again!