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  • The Care and Management of Lies

  • A Novel of the Great War
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed, just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management - a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A reminder of the truth of World War I

  • By Hope on 07-06-14

A Different Kind of Book from Jacqueline Winspear

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I liked this book, but I felt it was very different from Ms Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series... it kind of took me by surprise. However, Ms Winspear is still a master story-teller and expert on WWI history, so if you like her other books, I believe you will enjoy this book as well. Cheers.

  • The Cat Who Tailed a Thief

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

In this latest installment, prize-winning reporter Jim Qwilleran - along with his lovable Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum - solves a mystery that arises when a local banker dies under suspicious circumstances, leaving behind a flashy young widow, an unfinished house-restoration project, and a trail of clues as elusive as a cat burglar in the night....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Story

  • By Chalis on 05-29-13

Great Book & Narrator, Occasional Poor Audio Qual

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I love ALL of Lilian Jackson Braun's, "The Cat Who..." series. This book in the series did not disappoint... except... Audibles audio version is really not very good. In at least 3 places the volume and quality would transition from good to bad, then back to good again. If I didn't love this author and this book series so much, I might not chance purchasing another poor quality audio version in the series from Audible. Also, Audible has so few books in this series available to Audible customers. I know ALL but "Tall Tails..." are available on great quality CD... I love Audible but, come on y'all, you can do better...

  • The Penguin Pool Murder

  • Hildegarde Withers, Book 1
  • By: Stuart Palmer
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

Although the Stock Market had crashed recently, it was too early for most people to predict that the Great Depression was about to get underway. For 39-year-old spinster schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers, it’s business as usual. And part of her usual business is taking her class for an outing to the aquarium to see the penguins. Instead, she spots the floating corpse of Wall Street broker Gerald Lester and quickly realizes that Inspector Oscar Piper of NYPD Homicide isn’t up to solving this tricky case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely delightful!

  • By Kathi on 05-04-13

So Predictable and Labored

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

What disappointed you about The Penguin Pool Murder?

How did this book disappoint me? Let me count the ways... It was so juvenile and predictable, I couldn't even finish listening to the book. Conversations and character development was probably written at a 4th-grade level.

What was most disappointing about Stuart Palmer’s story?

Again, it was totally predictable and excruciatingly laborious.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I think the narrator, Julie McKay, did a passable job with the book, she just didn't have much to work with.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Penguin Pool Murder?

I wouldn't have even published the book in the first place or I would have labeled it a book for adolescents.

Any additional comments?

I am not interested in listening to or reading any other books by this author.

  • The Cat Who Blew the Whistle

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

When an affluent railcar owner disappears with millions of dollars belonging to Moose County investors, the international police launch an intense investigation to find the fugitive. But journalist detective Jim Qwilleran and his feline crime-busters find a mystery to unravel that is closer to home. Who blew the whistle on the embezzler? And, why did they do it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RELAXING FUN

  • By Chalis on 04-21-13

I Love The Whole "Cat Who" Series

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Would you listen to The Cat Who Blew the Whistle again? Why?

I have listened to all "The Cat Who" books at least once and some of them twice. I do have favorites to be sure, but whether one starts with Book 1, "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards", or Book 29, "The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers", the books are a delight from beginning to end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cat Who Blew the Whistle ?

As usual, Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cat sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum, investigate various and sundry mysteries. This mystery involves the disappearance of Pickax's wealthy railroad buff--and alleged multimillion-dollar embezzler, along with his secretary. The cats weren't as involved in solving this mystery as they are Lilian Jackson Braun's other books, but I always love their crime-solving contributions and Qwilleran's realization of those contributions. Plus this one has an interesting twist at the end...

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I LOVE George Guidall's narrations. He is my favorite American male narrator. It was The Cat Who series that introduced me to George Guidall and he never disappoints. In fact, I have listened to books I wouldn't have picked up ordinarily simply because he is the narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A purrr-fectly executed million dollar heist, a disappearance, a train wreck and a murder... all confounded by "The Cat Who Blew the Whistle".

Any additional comments?

I have read reviews where The Cat Who mystery series is described as "cozy". I agree with that wholeheartedly. Lilian Jackson Braun started this series in 1966 and it ended in 2007, though she was working on the 30th book a few years before she passed away in 2011. Because of this timeline, her books are not filled with crude language or crude anything! In the days and years since 9/11 and the divisiveness of society these days, I have found great comfort in the gentleness and simplicity of The Cat Who series. They are, for me, quite literally a much-needed vacation from all of turbulence, complexity, and hatefulness of society today.

  • The Perfect Ghost

  • By: Linda Barnes
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Mousy and shy to the point of agoraphobic, Em Moore is the writing half of a celebrity biography team. Her charismatic partner, Teddy, does the interviewing and the public schmoozing. But Em’s dependence on Teddy runs deeper than just the job - Teddy is her bridge to the world and the main source of love in her life. So when Teddy dies in a car accident, Em is devastated, alone in a world that she doesn’t understand. The only way that she can honor his memory and cope with his loss is to finish the interviews for their current book....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's phony Noo Yawk accents is grating

  • By Wild Wise Woman on 01-15-19

A Shocking Ending

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Would you try another book from Linda Barnes and/or Hillary Huber?

I have read other books by Linda Barnes and I have liked them. However, I'm glad I didn't read this book first... I wouldn't have read any of her other works if so. Also, I found the narrator having trouble maintaining the correct accent. Sometimes it was a New York type accent then morph into a Southern accent, but mostly little to no accent. It was distracting.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

First of all, a different narrator would have been better. Also, the psychologically complex lead character was possibly too complex for me... on the other hand, because she was such a bundle of contradictions, fears, and insecurities, the ending was even more unexpected.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hillary Huber?

If either of these ladies were still alive, Betty Davis or Joan Crawford...

Could you see The Perfect Ghost being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe a psychological thriller and only as a movie... no sequels, please... The lead actress, either Betty Davis or Joan Crawford. Can't think of a modern day actress who could pull off the truly crazy hiding behind the mousy neurotic outside.

Any additional comments?

I think I will stick to Linda Barnes' Carlotta Carlyle Mystery Series, it's more my speed with its lighter touch and smattering of humor.

  • The Paradigm

  • The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times
  • By: Jonathan Cahn
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Prepare to be stunned, shocked, illuminated, and amazed. The Paradigm will reveal secrets and mysteries taking place all around you and show you what you never could have imagined. Jonathan Cahn, who caused an international stir with his New York Times best-selling book The Harbinger, will take you from the ancient Middle East to the news of the modern world on a journey you will never forget. As you open up The Paradigm, his most explosive book yet, you may never see your world the same way again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it but mispronouncing words....

  • By Moo'sMom on 12-05-17

Shocking, Sobering, Hopeful, Powerful

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

An amazing book... I now understand how America has turned into a country where wrong is now right and right is now wrong, why President Trump had to win the election, and what the future may hold. I also learned who I need to be in this day and this time in history. This is no time to be a lukewarm Christian—no compromising—no resting unless I am waiting on the Lord—quick to listen and quick to obey my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Trouble with Harriet

  • By: Dorothy Cannell
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Ellie Haskell aspires to live a perfectly normal life with her husband and children in their lovely old house. But bizarre events and outlandish characters keep landing on her doorstep in Chitterton Fells, the charming little village by the sea. Just when Ellie means to escape her hectic life by taking a vacation in France, her long-lost father shows up with the ashes of his lady love in his suitcase. Ellie becomes suspicious as Daddy recounts the details of his storybook romance with Harriet, the platinum-blonde ideal of English womanhood....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Haskell books better on the page

  • By H on 01-06-13

Tremendous Fun-Laughter is Good for Body & Soul

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

If you could sum up The Trouble with Harriet in three words, what would they be?

A complete delight!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Every single character in Dorothy Cannell's Ellie Haskell books has delightfully quirky personalities. I have read & heard about 4 of them and after the very first book, "The Thin Woman" which I laughed and loved from start to finish, "The Trouble with Harriet" has been as excellent as the first! Within 2 paragraphs she already had me guffawing with abandon. Besides Ellie herself, her long-lost father enters "stage right" with all the flourish of Laurence Olivier with a funny bone, e.g., regarding Ellie's mother-in-law, "...my mother-in-law has been in rehab for kleptomania!", her father, "...these modern women always insist on having a career, don't they..." :D Oh and the Vicar and wife... hysterical characters, e.g., "...my wife simply adores the cello... or is it compost... I can never remember which..." :D If life is getting you down and it's just a bit too serious for comfort, I highly recommend immersing yourself in a Dorothy Cannell book and most especially this one, "The Trouble with Harriet". Laughter is good for body and soul--get ready for renewal and a second wind.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I usually don't care for Barbara Rosenblat's performances when she is using her American English accent. It always sounds as if she is looking down her nose at everything and everyone. However, Ms. Rosenblat reading Dorothy Cannell with a British English Accent (plus Cockney, German English accents, etc) was WONDERFUL! I mean one expects the Brits to be looking down their noses at everyone including each other, so Ms Rosenblat's reading style was absolutely perfect. :)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes indeed... I would have loved to have listened to the book all day... right straight through to the end.

Any additional comments?

I really hope Audible can find more of Dorothy Cannell's books in the audible format. I would definitely purchase and listen to ALL of them. Alas, all I have found so far are 2 of her books here... more please... sirs/madams may we have some more? Cheers! :)

  • Your Guide to the Apocalypse

  • What You Should Know Before the World Comes to an End
  • By: Matt Hagee, John Hagee - foreword
  • Narrated by: Matt Hagee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

Deception has infiltrated every area of our society, from the daily headlines to the family dinner table. We were warned that this day would come - marking the generation that would witness the end of world as we know it. In this compelling, user-friendly guide, Pastor Matthew Hagee highlights how governments, technology, and world events are ushering in the terminal generation. You'll gain a greater understanding of the Master Architect's plan for humanity and his divine purpose for your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matt Hagee does a great job explaining everything!

  • By Jodie Johnson on 07-18-18

The Messiah Truly is Coming Again Soon--Maranatha!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you, like me, have tried to read the New Testament Book of Revelation with understanding but were left with more questions than answers, then, like me, this book will help bring a tremendous understanding of the current days and times.

What other book might you compare Your Guide to the Apocalypse to and why?

Honestly so far, I have found nothing comparable to this book in its revelation of deep spiritual truths with understanding and simplicity. Pastor Matthew Hagee was given some wonderful insight and knowledge into the signs of the End Times or the End of the Age.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are three areas of teaching I found most profound. First was King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream interpretation: A Story of Five Kingdoms (Daniel 2), where this current age is a kingdom made of Iron and Clay; which do not mix... a perfect picture of the world today. Second, this is the first time in history that ALL the predictions of the end times have been accomplished and all that is needed to precipitate the acceptance of the world of the anti-Christ. And third, the tremendous teachings and warnings provided to God's people in the letters to the churches of Asia Minor found in Revelation 2 and 3, He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several moments in the book that had a tremendous effect on me--Aha moments, conviction moments, joyful moments, and thankful moments. I learned so much from this excellent book. It truly is a guide to the apocalypse, just as its title announces!

Any additional comments?

Pastor Matt Hagee is definitely his father's son. His teaching style is dynamic, profound, thorough, yet very simple and easy to understand. Writing about spiritual matters can become so complex at times one ends up more confused than ever about Biblical truths. This book has been a completely different experience for me... instead of understanding 10% of the book, as usual, I have been able to understand at least 75% of this book and its content,...What You Should Know Before the World (as we currently know it) Comes to an End. I will be listening to this book again very soon because the time truly is short and I want to understand ALL of it. As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV) For he says, 'In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.' I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, NOW is the day of salvation. Maranatha! Even so, Lord Jesus Come!

  • Break In

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304

Dick Francis was a jockey and horse trainer for many years. His experience gives his questrian mysteries an authenticity that has attracted fans around the globe. To honor him, the Mystery Writers of America named Dick Francis a Grand Master for his impeccably crafted contributions to the genre. Jockey Kit Fielding has been riding the de Brescous horses in a succession of triumphs on the race course. But this winning streak is about to end. Kit’s twin sister, Holly, has come to him in desperation. Threatened by financial scandal, she and her husband may lose their training stables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really very good!

  • By Nancy on 01-15-14

I'm a New Fan of Dick Francis

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

If you could sum up Break In in three words, what would they be?

Not in three words... but to be complete the book can be summed up thusly: English Steeple Chases, Jockies, Family Feuds, Mystery, Intrigue, and Romance... perfect!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kit Fielding was my favorite character. He was intelligent, courageous, wise in the ways of human frailty, forgiving, kind, generous, and no one's fool... A great hero I'd say!

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

Again Kit Fielding, though Simon Prebble did a great job with all the characters, male and female alike.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was a kidnap scene at the track that got the adrenaline going.

Any additional comments?

I want to listen to the whole series now and take a look at some of Dick Francis' other novels/series. I'm now a fan. :)

  • Stormy Weather

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745

Stormy Weather centers on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The devastation of the storm has attracted crowds of voyeurs and impostors to Florida. Drawn by the chance to prey on Andrew's victims, misfits like the murderous ex-con Snapper and the dangerously seductive Edie find easy targets for their insurance scams. They're not prepared, though, when they meet their opposition, led by a hoary ex-governor who smokes toads.

Both hilariously funny and deadly accurate, Carl Hiaasen's novel will take you into a Florida that is far from the frilly palms and pink flamingos of its post cards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • But a sunny review...

  • By Laurie on 07-26-08

Could Not Listen To This Book-Very Crude Language

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

What disappointed you about Stormy Weather?

I was only able to listen to this book for about 15 minutes. The language was so crude and vulgar it made me recoil from the assault. I know Carl Hiaasen is a popular author but he is way too vulgar for me.

I confess I mistakenly left a review for this book on a Dick Francis book I haven't even listened to yet. I feel really bad about that... I'm not sure how to remove the bad review from the other book... But for me, "Stormy Weather" does deserve my bad review...

What could Carl Hiaasen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less cursing and less vulgar language would be a good start.

What didn’t you like about George Wilson’s performance?

I didn't listen to the book long enough to review the narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stormy Weather?

I only listened to the first 15 minutes or so... but I could have lived without hearing even that much of the book. So I would ask for a complete "do over" if given the choice.

Any additional comments?

I profoundly apologize to author Dick Francis for writing this review on one of his books.