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  • 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 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

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.

  • 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 4,728
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,203

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 4,491
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,973

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 2,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129

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 3,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,433

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, Book 2
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867

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 243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

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 245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

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.

  • Born in Death

  • In Death, Book 23
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,600

Technology has advanced in 2060 New York City, but childbirth has been the same since the beginning of time. And despite the brutal double homicide on Lieutenant Eve Dallas' caseload, she has to be there for her pregnant friend, Mavis, even if it means throwing the dreaded baby shower. But Mavis needs an even bigger favor now. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in her class, has gone missing, just days before her due date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it.

  • By Sandra L. Jacob on 08-23-09

Great Story, problem with sound

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

This is one of my favorites in this series, such a good mystery, with Mavis' pregnancy and new baby to add to the fun. But there's an odd hollowness to the sound through the entire recording - nothing to do with Susan Ericksen's narration - just something different in the production end.

  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles.

  • By Barbara on 11-06-12

Regency Romance and Ocean's Eleven, all in one!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-14

Grover Gardner's reading brings a lot of nuances to the story. I've recently read a few more of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances, and I have to say that the first 2/3 of the Alliance story (up till Tej's family arriving on Barrayar) is very much like a Regency romance. After that, it's a high-stakes caper all the way. Delightful.

And to top it off, it won the 2014 Audie Award in the Sci-Fi category.

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