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  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-22-12

Entertaining Story; Painful Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Susan Elia MacNeal's series about the young spy, Maggie Hope, during World War II are entertaining enough. Maggie Hope is a likeable character and the books are enjoyable, light reads.

What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

Susan Duerden's narration of this book is downright painful. The cadence is monotonous. Please bring back Wanda McCadden for future novels.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,850

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Author Brought These Characters to Life

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Any additional comments?

This was an amazingly well told story about two teenagers living with cancer. The book masterfully captured their struggles causing the reader to care very deeply about them.

  • Speaking from Among the Bones

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the best Flavia yet!!

  • By Donald on 03-17-13

Another Great Flavia de Luce Mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Which character – as performed by Jayne Entwistle – was your favorite?

Flavia de Luce is such a delightful and complex young girl and Jayne Entwistle does a great job bringing her to life.

Any additional comments?

Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce mysteries are always entertaining. This particular books leaves you anxiously awaiting the next installment.

  • Pirate King

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 833

As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite Mary Russell

  • By chris on 10-01-11

Generally Love this Series....Hate the Book

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Any additional comments?

I eagerly await the release of Laurie R. King's books that are part of this series. Were it not for the solid ending, this book would have only received 1 star. I powered through it because I remain hopeful that the next book will be better.

  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

  • A Novel
  • By: Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473

When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Basic Story Interesting, But...

  • By Monica on 06-04-13

Wonderful story about enduring love

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

Reviewed: 05-10-12

What made the experience of listening to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats the most enjoyable?

This is a wondeful story of enduring love that I would highly recommend. There is nothing to which it easily compares. I loved it so much I had to buy a physical copy of the book.

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