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  • Day 7: A Tranquil State

  • Meditation
  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Jade Alexis
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

Put everything you've learned thus far to use in your longest pre-sleep meditation yet. Feel the lasting benefits for releasing stress, tension, and trouble from your mind and your body.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wrong Performer/Narrator!

  • By Cynthia on 10-30-18

Wrong Performer/Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

As a relaxation recording this lacks the most important facet; a relaxing voice! The narrator is nearly strident and her accent garbles some of the words. Such as the word "come" is pronounced "calm" and the word "relax" is pronounced "realack". She uses phrases that are out of sink with acceptable relaxation recordings. For example, "let it go, it does not serve you now" that phrase "it does not serve you now" brings you out of your relaxed state wondering what she said. It is awkwardly put.

The music is nice and relaxing. It really doesn't need the annoying narrative.

  • The Religious Body

  • By: Catherine Aird
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Sister Anne may have been thrown down the convent's cellar stairs, shortly after dinnertime on a Wednesday evening. But who would want to murder a cloistered nun?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4+

  • By Beatrice on 12-26-05

Tedious and Predictable.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Tedious and predictable.
Found the main detectives unlikable. The whole plot was rather old and straightforward.

  • Why Kings Confess

  • A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

The gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades-old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian' s past puts him to the ultimate test. Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London' s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harris and Porter are a winning combination

  • By lisa on 06-23-14

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I find this series so well written and read that I've blazed through most of the novels to date; avidly enjoying Davina Porter's narration and the stories themselves.

The only character I think can be nixed from the stories is Kat Boleyn, the actress. She is too annoyingly typical of the heroins usually found in romance novels. Incredibly beautiful, smart, gutsy and desirable and, frankly, unreal! Every other character is interesting and diverse. I'm afraid that I skip through most of the scenes that involve her. Fortunately, that character seems to be fading out of the stories.

So even with Kat in the books I will continue to listen/read these excellent novels.

  • What Darkness Brings

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

C.S. Harris’ best-selling Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries transport listeners back to the elegance and courtly drama of Regency England. When a wealthy diamond merchant turns up dead, Sebastian sets out to prove the innocence of the man accused - his former lover Kat’s husband. A missing gem seems to be the key, but as Sebastian traces its origins, he discovers unsettling ties to black magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoy these - But I'm Really Sick of Kat Boleyn

  • By Lucy on 08-13-17

Very good; series grows on one.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I have tried to listen to Davina Porter perform other books and I'm afraid I didn't like her narration. When I tried the first in this series I persevered because the story really interested me. I was surprised to find Davina Porter's portrayal of the characters and her interpretation of the text excellent. Really one of the best performances that I have listened to out of the nearly 600 books I've enjoyed!

The stories are very interesting with much attention paid to historical accuracy in both the level of technology present at the time and the opinions and beliefs accepted by the people of the period.. A lot of historically-based fiction puts modern morals and viewpoints into the characters that should have a totally different outlook to ours in subjects as varied as faith to level of accepted science.

I very happy to have found these novels and have been listening to them all week.

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,619

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creative

  • By Sharey on 09-04-17

Terrible!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I can't believe this book won anything; it is so disjointed and poorly paced. It may be better in print; as a multi-performance audible production it is both annoying and uninteresting at the same time. I'm afraid this one is going back.

  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

Sophie's husband, James, is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart. Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it without a pause

  • By Nor Cal Books on 02-19-18

Could be half as long. Should be half as long.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

The story is fine, and the writing is very good. It is unfortunate that so much time is spent on each character's thoughts and feelings; it makes for very tedious listening. The repetition in the court scenes is also very annoying, so much so that I had to skip through some of the chapters just to keep myself interested.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,532
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,527

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

This book was not a waste of time even though it was predictable; I will say though that it could have been about 20% shorter. The main character repeats thoughts and dwells on the same issues which, while probably being accurate for her condition and mental state, does make the story over-long and meandering.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Parfit Knight

  • Rockliffe Book 1
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

When the Marquis of Amberley's coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds and is subsequently trapped there for a week by a severe snowstorm. Oakleigh Manor is the home of Rosalind Vernon who lives alone but for her devoted servants and an ill-natured parrot, cut off from the outside world by the tragic result of a childhood accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stella Riley + Alex Wyndham = Perfection

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-16-16

Found the performance over-done.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

The story was quite good. I, personally, found the narrator's style annoying. The entire novel was read in cadence. Even the dialogue was read in this way. The voices of the characters were well done, it was just the narration style that I found tiresome.

  • The Third Nero

  • Flavia Albia, Book 5 (Falco: The New Generation)
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Flavia Albia's day-old marriage is in trouble - her new husband may be permanently disabled, and they have no funds. So when Palace officials ask her to help expose a plotter in their midst, she is obliged to accept their commission. The plot could not be bigger. Ever since he died in AD 68, apparently by his own hand, Rome has been haunted by reports that Emperor Nero is in fact very much alive and about to return to claim his throne.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Female "Falco"

  • By Cynthia on 11-20-17

Female "Falco"

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Unfortunately a very good writer/historian has re-written her excellent "Falco" series with Falco's adopted daughter as the protangonist. The unfortunate part is that this is quite nearly literally a female Falco; following the same patterns the Falco series had including an unusual marital relationship, the same smart-aleck comments and swash-buckling action scenes. I'm no historian, but I don't see an ancient Rome that would accommodate Albia's very masculine intrusive personality. And, it's the same rollicking good time...if it wasn't the second time around.

I have given the series a try and I'll let the rest of the books, should there be any, a pass.

I will continue to read Ms. Davis' other novels as she is an excellent writer and I love historical stories.

Try "Master and God" or "A Course of Honour" if you want more of her writing without the boring attempt at a female repeat of the very enjoyable Falco series.

  • M is for Malice

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Kinsey Millhone's latest client is Malek Construction, a $40 million company still in family hands. It doesn't take an accountant to see that the four Malek brothers stand to inherit a fortune. But one of the brothers has been missing for 18 years, and Kinsey's assignment is to find him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Stanley on 05-12-06

Enjoyable stories.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I will only buy the Kinsey novels that are read by Mary Peiffer as her performance is much easier to listen to and the characters are easily recognizable. The male voices sound like men not adolescents. And the female characters are easily differentiated. When Ms. Peiffer is speaking as Kinsey she sounds about the right age and social-level as Kinsey is meant to be.

I much prefer this narrator to Judy Kaye. I find Judy Kaye sounds far too old to be in her thirties and the male voices are painful to listen to, like some good ole boy that's over 80 years and squeeky with it.