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  • The Corpse at the Crystal Palace

  • The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Book 23
  • By: Carola Dunn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

April 1928: Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is visited in London by her young cousins. On the list of must-see sites is the Crystal Palace. Discovering that her children's nanny, Nanny Gilpin, has never seen the Palace, Daisy decides to make a day of it - bringing her cousins, her three-year-old twins, her step-daughter Belinda, the nurserymaid, and Nanny Gilpin. Yet this ordinary outing goes wrong when Mrs. Gilpin goes off to the ladies room and fails to return. When Daisy goes to look for her, she doesn't find her nanny but instead the body of another woman dressed in a nanny's uniform.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Daisy Book

  • By Christine Fife on 11-13-18

Oh it's good to be back!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Carola Dunn has created one of my most favourite cast of characters! Daisy and Alec are just fabulous and then she puts the into wonderful historical settings such as the Crystal Palace! Again, we are drawn back in time to the well-constructed world and the mystery unfolds. Daisy can't stop finding herself in the midst and I, for one, am very grateful! This is another great one, full of twists and turns, not to be missed

#AmateurDetective #Witty #PostWorldWarI #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Into the Fire

  • Vatta's Peace, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Ky beats sabotage, betrayal, and the unforgiving elements to lead a ragtag group of crash survivors to safety on a remote arctic island. And she cheats death after uncovering secrets someone is hell-bent on protecting. But the worst is far from over when Ky discovers the headquarters of a vast conspiracy against her family and the heart of the planet's government itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of those books you can’t put down.

  • By joe on 02-17-18

Pacy, exciting and an adventure

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I so enjoyed the first Vatta series by Elizabeth Moon that I dived into Vatta's Peace anticipating much of the same. Whilst I am attached to Ky as a character, the first book was a lot more survival and singularly focused. This one is the anthesis of that, Ky is back at war and Rafe is helping her solve the mysteries and strategize the win. It's exciting, fast paced and full of adventure! I can't wait for the next one!
#UnlikelyHero #Suspenseful #Space #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,507

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-18

Beautifully done and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Whilst I love the unabridged version of this story, and have read it several times, I enjoy its adaptations too! This is one of the best, worth listening to again and again! Each character is elegantly and accurately done and the narration is excellent, as one would expect from Emma Thompson, this one doesn’t disappoint!

#ComingOfAge #Friends #Witty #EnglishCountryside #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Cold Welcome

  • Vatta's Peace, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

Summoned to the home planet of her family's business empire, space-fleet commander Kylara Vatta is told to expect a hero's welcome. But instead she is thrown into danger unlike any other she has faced and finds herself isolated, unable to communicate with the outside world, commanding a motley group of unfamiliar troops, and struggling day by day to survive in a deadly environment with sabotaged gear. Only her undeniable talent for command can give her ragtag band a fighting chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful

  • By Jean on 11-22-17

Slow but interesting twist halfway!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Where does Cold Welcome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Average - Ky goes missing within the first couple of chapters and I'm not much for the survival storyline. Halfway through there is an interesting twist though that makes hanging in worthwhile!

Who was your favorite character and why?
Ky is still Ky, ever practical, logical and one tough cookie! Rafe is a close second and I would have preferred more of the two of them working together.

What about Brittany Pressley’s performance did you like?
Distinctive character voices make it an easy listen.

Any additional comments?
A slow building base for the new series. Aside from a bear tragedy (animal-lover beware to skip ahead), I'm glad I read it and look forward to the next one!

#Disaster #Suspenseful #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,374
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93,906
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93,469

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

So, this is an important book but a tough one!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I didn't appreciate the graphic nature of the book, a warning to the sensitive reader! There is a horrific, make-me-physically-sick, story about Trevor's cats and the violence of apartheid. Read with caution!

Would you be willing to try another book from Trevor Noah? Why or why not?

The history is alive in his writing, he's a skilled story-telling

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  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,579

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

Beautiful and full of monsters

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Beautifully written, this novel whisks the reader into a fully formed, completely strange world. The ending is a cliffhanger and it doesn't feel as complex a tale as DoSaB but gorgeous and enjoyable nonetheless.

#DarkFantasy #Clever #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

  • The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
  • By: The Countess of Carnarvon
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 500

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS series, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants: Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By jill on 12-09-12

Interesting and worth the read!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

It's an interesting read, more focused on the war than I expected. Lady Almina spends a considerable amount of her life as a nurse. A large chunk takes place without our lady lead and outside of England, but enjoyable!

#LivingThroughWar #LoveAndRelationships #Nostalgic #EnglishGentry #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Cast in Flight

  • Chronicles of Elantra, Book 12
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

Private Kaylin Neya already has Dragons and Barrani as roommates. Adding one injured, flightless Aerian to her household should be trivial. Sure, the Aerian is Sergeant Moran dar Carafel, but Kaylin's own sergeant is a Leontine, the definition of growly and fanged. She can handle one Aerian. But when a walk to the Halls of Law becomes a street-shattering magical assassination attempt on the sergeant, Kaylin discovers that it's not the guest who's going to be the problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC - WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE ???

  • By Marion M Miller on 03-31-17

Fantastic continuation of the story!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you love best about Cast in Flight?
It's a great adventure!

What did you like best about this story?
The characters, I love spending time listening to their adventures!

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Excellent, as always!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
In parts, laugh out loud!

Any additional comments?
Loved every minute of it!

#ChosenOne #MagicSystems #Witty #Magical #Mindbending #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Classic Love Poems

  • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,473

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage

  • By vc on 02-09-15

Exquisite!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Where does Classic Love Poems rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the best

Who was your favorite character and why?
Each writer's perspective is worth savouring, Armitage give voice to each

What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?
His ability to change his character to each poem!

#LoveAndRelationships #Poetry #Heartfelt #tagsgiving #sweepstakes


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It reminded me of my love for good poetry and finely crafted words!

  • Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil

  • By: James Runcie
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

It is the 1960s and Canon Sidney Chambers is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long. Our favourite clerical detective soon attempts to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting; uncovers the fact that an "accidental" drowning on a film shoot may not have been so accidental after all; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The PBS TV Show VS The Series Of Books Dilemma

  • By Sara on 08-26-17

Ok but not as good as previous ones

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

Beautifully written as always but the mysteries weren't as good or as interesting as the ones to which I've become accustomed

#AmateurDetective #Priest #SmallTown #PostWorldWarII #tagsgiving #sweepstakes