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  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,301

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Ms. Harper

  • By green ice cream garden on 11-30-17

Light entertainment and very nice BUT

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

it cuts off midsentence at the end. While I don't imagine there was THAT much more to say, I find this terribly annoying. Maybe it's because I got switched to the "enhanced" version, mysteriously.

  • You Belong to Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Colin Harrison
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

Paul Reeves is a successful immigration lawyer, but his passion is collecting old maps of New York, tangible records of the city's rich history in an increasingly digital world. One afternoon he attends an auction with his neighbor Jennifer Mehraz, the beautiful young wife of an Iranian financier-lawyer, but halfway through the auction a handsome man in soldier fatigues appears in the aisle and whisks Jennifer away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's a man's book

  • By E. on 07-08-17

It's a man's book

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

More a thriller than a mystery. Plenty of action, written with "this will REALLY gross them out!" glee, which this middle-aged lady found a bit overwhelming. Characterization of women was flat. He was smart, using brains while the action took place around him. It was not really to my taste.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Raven Black

  • Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,847

It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to series, no audio problems anymore

  • By Mark on 03-28-17

Defective Production

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

Reviewed: 02-23-15

Good story, excellent reader, problems with the audio, as has been noted by other reviewers. I'll probably just read this somewhere, and return this book, as it is much too disconcerting to hear "Chapter 29" in the middle of a description of our protagonist reeling from a punch in the face -- this defect is at 1:05 and I have already heard several of these recorded overlays, which are interfering with the actual story.

I even deleted this from my library and downloaded again, in case Audible had decided to fix the problem. But they haven't as of 2/23/15.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden

  • By: Catherine McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings, Angela Dawe, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 317

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: His wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff's estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company's behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Voice of Claire

  • By E. on 05-15-14

The Voice of Claire

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

Reviewed: 05-15-14

I do not know if this is part of the character herself, or is a vocal tic of the woman reading her, but the intonation of a bored valley girl's complaint infects the end of EVERY SENTENCE or phrase spoken by "Claire." It is making it very hard for me to progress in the book or comment on the story. I'll come back and revise the review if there is something in the character herself to warrant the narrator applying such an appalling whine to every sentence. At least, if I can stand it that long.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Down Home Murder

  • Laura Fleming, Book 1
  • By: Toni L. P. Kelner
  • Narrated by: Gayle Hendrix
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 397

When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite cousin is a nice young boy in the KKK!

  • By Natalie on 04-19-14

Oddly choppy transitions

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

The reader is engaging, but the production/editing is a bit odd, as if somebody just scissored out six inches of tape here and there to speed things up. I thought it might be an amateurish abridgement, but this is supposedly unabridged. It sounds from time to time as if it's being cut off suddenly at the start of a word, then abruptly picks up (with a bit of a pop) on a different word. I suspect it's just bad splicing, although surely this is all digital now and this could have been corrected.

Oh, and the story is okay but nothing particularly original, IMO.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Telling Lies

  • A Maggie MacGowen Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Wendy Hornsby
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

When Maggie MacGowen was a girl, her sister Emily lived the life of a leftist radical on the run from the FBI. Twenty-two years after the FBI finally caught her, Emily lives in Los Angeles, a doctor at a free clinic that tends to the city’s down and out. When one of her old radical buddies comes out of hiding and surrenders to the police, their long-ago crimes become front-page news.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Midwestern Narrator Makes It Hard To Listen To

  • By E. on 03-12-13

Midwestern Narrator Makes It Hard To Listen To

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

The story's interesting, but not compelling enough to overpower the narrator's machine-like preformance. She seems to be working so hard to pronounce every letter of every word that she is rather expressionless. She also either misreads from time to time, or simply ploughs through obvious typos, which leads me to believe that she is not paying as much attention to the context or plot as she is to the individual words. This method of reading may be efficient -- I'll bet there are very few breaks or repeats required -- but seems little different than being read to by a machine.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,683

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Who knew? A riveting performance.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-12

I remember, years ago, finding Dune hard to get into and hard to stick with -- it's one LONG book, not to say interminable. This version is one of the best performances I've heard on Audible. It brought me through the book smoothly, allowed me to enjoy the details (did you know that the cone of silence in Get Smart is a clever reference to this book?) and made Dune absolutely riveting. The performers gave depth to the rather stylized characters and plots and let me thoroughly enjoy the book. Nice work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Load of Old Bones

  • By: Suzette A. Hill
  • Narrated by: Leslie Phillips, Simon Hurst, Grant Russell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The curious amd murderous exploits of the Rev Frances Outerard as recounted by himself with interspersions from his cat Maurice and his dog Bouncer. Leslie Phillips as a cat? Inspired casting! An enchanting tale full of fun, wit and insight. Set in a delightful 1950s mythical Surrey. The collusion between the cat and the dog to ensure their owner keeps out of trouble is hilarious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silly, but not offensively so

  • By E. on 01-23-12

Silly, but not offensively so

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

Reviewed: 01-23-12

Any additional comments?

This was a remarkably entertaining and relaxing read. Well read, and it did not overly tax my (admittedly high) tolerance of whimsy. Really, who can resist a murderous vicar?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Crazy School

  • By: Cornelia Read
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of life in backwoods Syracuse, New York, for work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean's bizarre therapies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration

  • By Molly on 08-13-10

Worth a credit

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

Reviewed: 01-23-12

Any additional comments?

The plot was rather more convoluted than necessary, but well executed and well read. I like the protagonists, who were rather less characterized than in the previous book, but I remain interested in seeing where they go next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glimpses of Paradise

  • By: James Bell
  • Narrated by: Alexandra O’Karma
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Doyle dashes his father's law-school dream by getting caught up in the maelstrom of World War I. Then Zee runs off to chase her dazzling dream of silver-screen stardom - devastating her pastor father. Soon the horrors of war sap Doyle of all hope. And the Hollywood mirage strips Zee of her virtue. But will Zee or Doyle turn to God before it's too late?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is difficult to listen to

  • By E. on 03-12-09

Narrator is difficult to listen to

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-09

I fell asleep in the first 15 minutes and seem to have missed an hour of narrative. I went back, but I don't seem to have missed much. The narrator reads VVVEEEEEERRRRRYYYY slowly, almost as if it is an old tape that stretched, and her voice lacks character. It goes up and down in the appropriate spots, but that's not all there is to expression. The pitch changes convey nothing.

I've never considered previewing the narration to be important, as, while some narrators are better than others, I had not (until now) run across one I couldn't listen to. Be warned! I do not expect to finish this book, and plan to see if there's a way to return it and get another.

As for the book itself, who knows? Thinking back to the content so far, I would say that it's rather mediocre but not offensive, and, as in Elsie Dinsmore or Tom Swift, things will happen. Sdaly, I feel no compulsion to find out. This narrator does the author no favors.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful