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  • The Quiet Gentleman

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love It....

  • By Sharon on 05-27-12

Well done!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I really like Cornelius Garrett's narration. Except - the Dowager Lady St Erth! Oh, my poor ears! In print, her monologues are difficult enough; in Mr Garrett's narration - while probably the right sort of penetrating, droning, upper-register voice for the part - she hurts my ears (it's a personal hearing issue). Too bad someone can't convince her to be quiet, just once - but that's not in Ms. Heyer's story.

Otherwise, Mr Garrett seems to have just the right sort of voices for the characters: Gervaise St Erth, the newly-arrived heir, is quiet, mannerly, patient; Martin (the spoiled 2nd son who thought he'd inherit) is young, resentful, ready to take offense. Even the other women's voices are well done; Drusilla is understated but competent, Marianne Bolderwood is young, eager, but with a sense of good manners over all.

  • The Reluctant Widow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Governess's New Position

  • By Joseph R on 02-28-10

Cornelius Garrett makes this even better!!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I wish Mr Garrett had narrated even more of Ms Heyer's books. This has to be my favorite - he gets the voices so very right. Nicky is an impetuous young man, Lord Carlyon is so calm, so proper, until he isn't. And the a-bit-over-the-top lisp of Francis Cheviot is just right, to show him as nothing more than a dandy, at least at first.

  • Unnatural Death

  • A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

The wealthy Agatha Dawson is dead and there are no apparent signs of foul play. Lord Peter Wimsey, however, senses that something is amiss and he refuses to let the case rest - even without any clues or leads. Suddenly, he is faced with another murder - Agatha's maid. Can super-sleuth Wimsey find the murderer and solve the case before he becomes the killer's next victim?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last! Sayers read by Ian Charmichael

  • By Alicia Czechowski on 10-25-12

A treat to hear Ian Carmichael narrate

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This isn't my favorite of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels, but I enjoy listening to Ian Carmichael narrating, since he played Lord Peter for the BBC series. It's nearly an undiscovered murder, but Lord Peter gets curious and begins finding little cracks in the story. Miss Climpson has a really good role in this, being the chatty and inquisitive spinster lady, and then goes boldly into some danger.

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  • Echoes in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,421

After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband - and walks into a brutal nightmare. Their paths are about to collide....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 02-18-17

Another good story; narration a bit slow-paced?

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I read the book the day it was released in February, but just finished listening to the audio version. I didn't see the plot twist coming at the end, though something early on - can't say what - gave me a clue about who the serial rapist was. I liked the continuation of the 'kinder, gentler Eve" that I've noticed in the last couple of books; she seems to be getting used to the idea of Roarke feeding her detectives or accepting a couple of doughnuts from a witness, even if she does keep putting her face into the path of someone's fists.

I had to listen to this at a slightly-accelerated speed (set my Android phone app to 1.25x, then backed off to 1.15x), because it seemed to me that Susan Ericksen's narration was a bit more slowly-paced than usual, and I found it just off-pace enough to be annoying.

  • Brotherhood in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 42
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,708
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,160

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather's magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent turnout by JD Robb. Loved it.

  • By Alexis Fox on 02-06-16

Good story about Dennis Mira; excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

Susan Ericksen has a wonderful voice for Dennis Mira, who has been a charming character in tiny parts for so many books. In this story centered on his cousin, we get a much better look at Dennis. There is one scene with Dennis and Eve that nearly had me in tears, it was so well-written and well-narrated.

This would be a good entree to the series for a person who hasn't read earlier books.

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story. The narration was ehh...

  • By Krista on 12-09-15

Better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

I was pleasantly surprised by the author's narration in this short story. While she isn't a professional narrator, she does a very decent job of it. (I've heard professional narrators do a worse job, though not in this series.) As with other stories in this series, it does quickly draw you in and keep you interested, but you do need to pay attention.

  • Devoted in Death

  • In Death, Book 41
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,551

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don't ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo's got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else's. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone - an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eve & Roarke face the worst yet

  • By Indydog on 09-19-15

Not as bloody as I thought it might be

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Not quite 4 stars, though Banner is a very nice new character, and the squick factor is less than might be expected. Some great lines for Peabody, near the end; and there's a side to Baxter we haven't seen before.

  • Murder of Crows

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Follow up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-22-14

Pretty good; narration is slow

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

The narrator reads very slowly, but I eventually got more-or-less used to the speed. Didn't try to transfer to my Kindle Fire, so as to have a speed adjustment. May try in future.

I do like this series, and this story. There's not a lot of action in the Lakeside(?) community, unlike Written in Red. But there are significant events.

  • The Virgin in the Ice

  • The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Civil war continues to blaze in the autumn of 1139. Amid the uncertainty and peril of the moment two noble children make their escape, headed for Shrewsbury. But for reasons no one knows, the young fugitives never reach their destination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Great Narrator

  • By Hedi on 09-11-12

Excellent narration; plot is a bit annoying

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

This is another great reading by Patrick Tull, but honestly I want to shake the boy Yves and particularly his sister until their brains kick in, and they sit down and stay in one place. So I guess it amounts to deducting a star (from 4) for the tedious part of the plot.

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  • St. Peter's Fair

  • The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

King Stephen's bloody siege against the town of Shrewsbury has reduced many of its stores and homes to rubble. The townspeople, busy preparing for the annual St. Peter's Fair, complain that the Shrewsbury monks have not shouldered their fair share of the burden. Cadfael, hoping to assuage flaring tempers, is drawn into a worse kind of violence on the eve of the festival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect listen - outstanding narration

  • By Hedi on 07-30-12

Patrick Tull is a wonderful narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

I've just finished a third listen to this book, and Patrick Tull makes it a delight.

Hugh Beringar isn't in Shrewsbury, so Cadfael has to deal with another of the Sheriff's men, one is looking for a quick arrest and easy solution to the murder of one of the merchants who have come to the annual fair. We begin to see how the new abbot will deal with Shrewsbury and with Cadfael, and how even the fair is affected by the conflict between Stephen and Maude.

Highly recommended.