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Cochise, AZ, United States
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  • 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 2,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs work.

  • By Mai on 09-09-18

seems like they only preserved the boring part

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Most of the voice actors are too life-like, that is they deliver the dialogue just as boring as it really is. It's more like a family drama then literature. If you already know where the store is going to go, I don't think you're going to enjoy this trip.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 1-3
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 1 - 3: MURDER ON THAMES, MYSTERY AT THE MANOR and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CLEAN AND FUN

  • By Janice Faught on 03-24-17

really don't care for dying up close and personal

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I suppose some people enjoy being with the victim as he/she dies but I do not. The second mystery was pointless; the solution was always there. It wasn't even a mystery. So sorry I can't give this a good review except to say that it is well read and well written.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Lord of Derkholm

  • Derkholm Series, Book 1
  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Mr. Chesney operates Pilgrim Parties, a tour group that takes paying participants into an outer realm where the inhabitants play frightening and foreboding roles. The time has come to end the staged madness...but can it really be stopped?    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • take down the corporate demon

  • By Ijw on 09-05-18

take down the corporate demon

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Another brilliant cast of characters from the creative mind of Diana Wynne Jones. If you forgotten what happy families are like, then Ms Jones is the antidote. Dragons and elves and griffins & gods and goddesses rather in the vein of Terry Pratchett.

Rather sly indictment of current affairs, although written two decades ago. The more things change...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Merging

  • An Ian Dex Supernatural Thriller, Book 1 (Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department)
  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: John P. Logsdon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Reese wants to rule the Strip. He's a demon-powered mage with a gang of mutated supernatural goons on his side. Oh, and he dresses like a Chippendales dancer. Ian Dex must stop him. With the fate of the Vegas Strip on the line, Ian and his crew battle vampires, werewolves, and fae. They have to crush the monstrous attacks before the casinos are utterly demolished. Preventing war is never a safe bet. Will the PPD get to Reese in time? Will Las Vegas survive the mayhem? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By Morgan on 09-08-18

fight, powerup

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

For people who enjoy : Fight, fight, power up - fight, fight, discover new power. talk about sex a lot and drink.

But I wonder how they going to manage to invent a new power everytime they invent a new bigger monster. I get tired of it because I'm not in it for the fighting but the story.

I bought this because I enjoyed the Platoon F Saga but could not enjoy this. It didn't make me laugh.

  • This Rough Magic

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The pioneer of romantic suspense, Mary Stewart leads her listeners on a thrilling journey to a Mediterranean island paradise in this tale of mystery, murder and intrigue, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym. Lucy Waring, a young, out-of-work actress from London, leaps at the chance to visit her sister for a summer on the island paradise of Corfu, and what's more, a famous but reclusive actor is staying in a villa nearby. But Lucy's hopes for rest and romance are shattered when a body washes up on the beach and she finds herself swept up in a chilling chain of events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PERFECT BEACH READ, rediscovered

  • By Susan on 08-02-18

Shakespeare, romance, intrigue

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

What starts out as an idyllic Greek holiday turns into romance and danger. The lazy start belies the mystery to come. Not saying that it starts out slow and boring but it lulls you into thinking things won't be too dramatic. But sit back, the excitement is coming and the pace will accelerate. Don't let the literary allusions fool you into thinking that the author can't write action scenes. Only wish she had set some background to prepare the reader for heroine's experience with yachts.

Only quibble is the colonialist tone of the middle 20th century is rather embarrassing.

  • Restless Spirits (Volume 1)

  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner. The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • too many cliches

  • By Ijw on 08-26-18

too many cliches

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Predictible and too pat. Soundly written but no surprises, like reading a hodgepodge of movie scripts.

Best part is performer can do Native American accent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunt for Red October

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,140

Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. The chase for the highly advanced nuclear submarine is on - and there’s only one man who can find her. Brilliant CIA analyst Jack Ryan has little interest in fieldwork, but when covert photographs of Red October land on his desk, Ryan soon finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek played by two world powers - a game that could end in all-out war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Michael Borg on 08-02-18

written when Americans had a president

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

it's about the Cold War so you might consider it a distant subject but read it again to remember what it's like to have a functional government that protected American from our enemies.

  • Stars Uncharted

  • By: S. K. Dunstall
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship - and its valuable record of unexplored worlds. His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer, and she is dragging along a rookie modder. Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hoping for more set in this universe!

  • By Alex on 08-19-18

an alternate universe to linesman

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I wanted to get that question out of the way because, yes, I'm looking forward to a third Linesman. That said, this is a worthy addition to the sci-fi genre. They have null space and the capacity to jump across the Galaxy but it's hard to evade the long arm of corporate greed. This book is more character-driven then the Linesman series . Who needs aliens when humans are so evil.

Personally I like the trope of separate stories destined to weave together to face a common enemy. The action is skillfully done and the consequences are dire. Everybody has their own story, even some of the villains (if not all). The technology is so so, designed to create drama, rather than to wow some specialists. The genetics angle is intriguing.

Narration is good. Sometimes she lacked inflection. I listen to all Dunstall books at .9 speed so that I can get all the detail.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reggiecide

  • By: Chris Dolley
  • Narrated by: Kieren Phoenix Chantrey
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Guy Fawkes is back, and this time it's a toss up who's going to be blown up first: Parliament or Reginald Worcester, gentleman consulting detective. But Guy might not be the only regicide to have been dug up and reanimated. He might be a mere pawn in a plan of diabolical twistiness. Only a detective with a rare brain - and Reggie's is amongst the rarest - could possibly solve this "five-cocktail problem".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book ruined by a very bad reading

  • By Scott on 12-19-16

fun romp on Guy Fawks day

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Short so a lot of the plot threads are brief. Nice distraction from reality. Don't miss the bloodhound with uncompromising goals.
Recommend " Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall" for better developed humor.

  • Sozo

  • By: Patrick Todoroff
  • Narrated by: Stephen Floyd
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In the not-too-distant future, a combat-scarred veteran returns to a broken nation and finds himself in ugly company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • we are what we eat.

  • By Ijw on 08-02-18

we are what we eat.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

A veteran is adjusting to the chaos he has returned to. The short-term future of the USA is clear. Civil War . The same kind of Destruction we have participated in the rest of the world has come home.

Excellent writing, filling in a believable picture in glimpses of the future. Everything is foreseeable given our current state of affairs, including the plastic gun. You could say ripped-from-the-headlines.