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Elizabeth Lyle

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  • The Dry Divide

  • Little Britches #7
  • By: Ralph Moody
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149

Ralph has just turned 20, and lands in Western Nebraska with only one dime in his pocket. Three months later, Ralph has formed his own harvesting crew, as he leads six men and eight teams of horses on the "dry divide."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • este fue un gran libro

  • By Sherrie Potter on 09-26-18

Moving Memoir of a Harvest Crew

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

When Bud Moody is thrown off the train near McCook, Nebraska with one thin dime to his name, his prospects don't look good. He lands a job with the meanest tenant farmer on the divide, but pity for the family and loyalty to a rag tag harvest crew lead him to risk everything to succeed. The Dry Divide transports readers to the end of the horse powered harvest in a triumphant homage to the work of the farmers and ranchers of the Midwest.

  • Home by Nightfall

  • A Charles Lenox Mystery
  • By: Charles Finch
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

It's London in 1876, and the whole city is abuzz with the enigmatic disappearance of a famous foreign pianist. Lenox has an eye on the matter - as a partner in a now-thriving detective agency, he's a natural choice to investigate. Just when he's tempted to turn his focus to it entirely, however, his grieving brother asks him to come down to Sussex, and Lenox leaves the metropolis behind for the quieter country life of his boyhood. Or so he thinks. In fact, something strange is afoot in Markethouse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By willow33 on 12-13-15

Best Lenox mystery yet!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

What made the experience of listening to Home by Nightfall the most enjoyable?

If you love small towns, or in this case, small villages and colorful characters, if you find good-hearted and aristocratic detectives irresistible, if you want your mystery to be astute and shrewd, but not sarcastic or fixated on gore, if you like intriguing bits of arcane history woven here and there, Home By Nightfall is just your cup of tea. I think one of the things I love most about Charles Finch's series is that his character does not solve mysteries in a vacuum- his books are a slice of life. They contain not only mysteries, but insights into class and family relationships, the mindset and social customs of the British upper-class and the workings of Parliament, to name just a few. If you love Jane Austen or Patrick O'Brian, give the Charles Lenox mysteries a try.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fair Miss Fortune

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Jane Fortune causes a stir when she arrives in the small community of Dingleford. She has bought an old cottage and plans to open a tearoom. Old friends Charles Weatherby and Harold Prestcott both fall for the newcomer, but her behaviour seems to vary wildly – she encourages first one then the other and at other times barely recognises them. Is there more to the fair Miss Fortune than meets the eye?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Humorous Look at 1930s English Village Life

  • By Pam on 09-13-12

Charming addition to the D.E. Stevenson collection

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

Reviewed: 05-02-12

I was delighted to find this little story- a gently wry and humorous tale of twin sisters and their confused beaus from the pen of the talented Dorothy Emily Stevenson.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,505

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

Fantastic Epistolary Novel

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

Reviewed: 02-07-12

Absolutely charming narration of the story of the plucky inhabitants of the island of Guernsey- the only English possession to be occupied by the Germans during World War II. Told in letters exchanged between columnist/writer Juliet Ashton and an interesting conglomeration made up of Juliet's publisher, friends, and a colorful cast of Channel Islanders who formed an impromptu book club under the noses of occupying forces to hide the crime of eating their own pork. This is a story I hated to see come to an end and will happily listen to again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,026
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,710
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,784

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

Thank You, Dear Veterans!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-11

What a story! If you only have time to listen to one book this year, don't miss this moving chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini. It blessed and inspired me, made me laugh and cry. We owe the joys of freedom to God's mercy and people like Louie who fought with everything in themselves and then something more. Laura Hillenbrand's prose is beautifully straightforward and Edward Herrmann's narration is superb.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Heartshot

  • An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #1
  • By: Steven F. Havill
  • Narrated by: Rusty Nelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

New Mexico Undersheriff Bill Gastner is presented with a case that appears to have brought big-time crime, including drug gangs, into Posadas County.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Start

  • By Ian on 03-05-09

A Believable Mystery Series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-11

I've fallen for crusty old undersheriff Bill Gastner. Author Steven Havill has done a marvelous job of developing a believable and intruiging set of characters living in Posadas County New Mexico, and reader Rusty Nelson's voice perfectly embodies the gritty, gravelly sheriff who lives for his job. I'm working my way through the series and enjoying every opportunity to know the folks of Posadas a little better.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story

  • By: Ree Drummond
  • Narrated by: Ree Drummond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

"I'll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn't looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I'd been struck with a lightning bolt... and I was completely powerless to stop it."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real Life Romance and Humor

  • By Elizabeth Lyle on 02-16-11

Real Life Romance and Humor

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-11

This is the story of Ree Drummond, a city girl with big city plans, swept off her feet by "Marlborough Man" to a home on a remote cattle ranch in Oklahoma complete with all the eye-opening moments such a major life change entails. I'm a big fan of Ree's Pioneer Woman blog- a delightful spot for country cooking, gorgeous photography, and humorous anecdotes. Her audio book is just as much fun as her blog, and best of all, it is read by the author herself.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Buncle's Book

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

The scene of this entertaining story is laid in a charming English village. The plot centres round Miss Barbara Buncle, a maiden lady who was obliged to write a book because – as she naively explained – her dividends were so poor. Unfortunately, Miss Buncle had no imagination, so she wrote about her friends – quite kindly and truthfully, of course, for she was a benevolent and veracious soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good, I'll read them all!!

  • By Heather on 03-16-10

A delightful comedy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-10

Here's hoping BBC makes a miniseries from the wonderful works of D.E. Stevenson. If so, the Miss Buncle books would be the place to start. They are charming tales that any fan of Austen or Gaskell would likely appreciate.
Barbara Buncle is a naive single woman of a certain age who must suddenly find a way to make a living for herself. Deciding that her only option is to write a book, but feeling herself to be sadly lacking in imagination, Barabara writes about her neighbors in the small town of Silverstream- first assuming the pseudonym of John Smith and politely changing the names of all who are mentioned in her tale. Rather than writing the lives of her neighbors exactly, Barbara allows each character to do what she believes they secretly wish to do.
Unfortunately Barbara does such a good job of describing her neighbors that they quickly recognize themselves. While some infuriated townsfolk begin a witch hunt for the slanderous "John Smith," others, including Barbara herself, take the suggestions of the story as an opportunity to embark on new adventures in this humorous tale of fiction becoming fact.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Sarah's Cottage

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Recently married to Charles, Sarah is furnishing a cottage in Scotland and starting on a life in sharp contrast to their wartime experiences. Their full entrance into village life is helped by Sarah's delightful grandparents, who have given them the land on which they have built their cottage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging old fashioned story

  • By Constance on 12-30-11

Charming and peaceful Scottish novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-09

D.E. Stevenson was a wonderful author. Imagine a small town series such as the Mitford novels by Jan Karon or the Miss Read books, but in this case the setting is the countryside of Scotland during the 1940's and 50's. The warmth of Stevenson's characters always leave me smiling and wishing them well. Well done, Audible! Please offer more.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful