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  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By Kimberly on 10-21-18

The Clockmaker's Daughter

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I really enjoy Kate Morton's books. There are a couple of suggestions I used in order to completely enjoy this book.

1. Pay attention, this is not a book that you can have on as background noise. The plot is very intricate.
2. I started a list of characters and their intersections.
3. Some of the transitions between characters is easy to miss and will leave you confused. (KM could have done a better job of that.)

The narration by Joanne Froggatt is excellent!!

The story begins in 1862 in an artists studio but quickly moves to 2017 in an archivist's office. It travels through time and residents of a house in Oxfordshire. All of them impacted one way or another by what happened there in the 1800, and current events in each characters time.

Highly recommend, though I have to say, I lost a weekend to this.

122 of 122 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,758
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,368

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Loved This Installment - But

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I really like this series. The stories are typical who done it, but the characters seem well developed to me. Of course the twists and turns are always interesting, and I can honestly say I didn't figure it out - maybe I'm off my game a bit.

The one thing that kept niggling in the back of my head was Cormoran Strike's voice. I don't remember it from earlier narrations, but Robert Glenister sounded A L OT like Hagrid in the Harry Potter series. LOL! I'm afraid once I made that connection I could not let it go.

I recommend this book, Hagrid or not.

  • Suddenly You

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

She was unmarried, untouched, and almost 30, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible . . . but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much sex

  • By Sue on 07-20-18

LK Does It Again!!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I'll take care of what I didn't like about the book right up front; the narrator. She had a really hard time with men's voices; BUT she could not ruin this story!!

I find it refreshing that LK is writing more about women with careers, ideas, talents, and the ability to take care of themselves, and men who don't seem to mind. This is so refreshing - though they are still wearing corsets - that I'm going to listen to this again, poor narration and all.

At the age of 30 Amanda hires a man to relieve her of her virginity since she was convinced (probably because of her two older sisters) of her homeliness and inability to inspire men to want her. She built a comfortable career as a novelist while caring for her sick parents until they passed, over 5 years by herself. She has an inheritance and a book deal, and moves to London.

It is well worth a listen or two!! (Even with the narration)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • November 9

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate you soo good, Colleen!

  • By Meraline on 11-11-15

Poor Narration Really Hurt This Book

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Good premise, interesting twist (excellent actually), but I have to say that Angela Goethals narration was horrible. I kept listening to it and replacing her overly angsty performance. It really is a good story if you can get past the female narration. Zachary Webber was very good and I kept waiting/praying for his part.

Girl/actress injured in a fire has to find a new path. Young man with many untold stories (parents died - but how, when, why). An annual meeting on November 9th to catch up with each other - only that - no emails, phone numbers or social media. So they meet each year and tell each other their progress or what they wanted - one 24 hour period a year. They each had their reasons.

These are very young people, 18 - 23 years old so it is interesting how the fascination with each other is maintained. It is a good story, but like I said, I had to mentally replace Fallon's narrator with better reading. I don't know if I recommend listening to this, but I'm sure reading it would be a great experience.

  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 10-01-13

Struggling Here - Spoiler Alert

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This was so highly rated that I struggled through - twice - to figure out why.

So one has to assume the Duke, Christian, had a stroke - I'm only saying this because no other option was offered and it happened so early in the story I honestly struggled with what was wrong with him. I get that mental/physical health was limited in "those days." The treatment was horrific!!

Maddy was a Quaker/wanton woman, no surprise there since nature cannot be overcome by nurture, I don't care who you are.

I actually listened to this twice to give it a chance, many many months apart BTW, and still was frustrated with Maddy's angst - ALL OF IT - even when she knew her feelings! Christian I got, and if she were so understanding/pious/etc. then either walk or stay. She had choices, and she didn't like the choice she made? Her angst was so difficult for the Duke I wanted to shake her!!

It was a frustrating read and it is to late to return - so in my library it stays.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,995
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,001

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Four Friends - Hard Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This was a long HARD book to listen too. It is also a REALLY REALLY good. It is well written and thought out. If you need to: feel good about your life, need a good cry, want something large - this is it. This is a big story, very credit worthy.

The synopsis is good enough - I don't need to delve further into the plot.

Get it.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This book is so good. If you like regency romance you must listen to this one. It is very funny, along with heart wrenching, uplifting, and on and on. The Duke was seriously injured in a battle - Waterloo? - the woman he was engaged to could not stand his appearance but the Duke needed an heir. In comes Emma. You know how it is going to go, but it is so worth the journey!

Very worth the credit! It won the Romance Audio-book of the year!

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,214

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians

  • By Linda on 01-26-15

WOW!! What a Ride!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

This installment is quite a departure on the established theme. It is difficult to explain except to insert the Time Police, a time line rule broken, a parallel universe...all with the ability to draw me in and make it real.

This installment is quite suspenseful, energizing, and exciting. I dare you to give this a listen! After 4 books I'm still hooked.

Credit worthy unless you can get it on sale!

  • A Second Chance

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series is just gettihg better and better.

  • By MJ on 09-06-14

Observing History in Contemporary Time

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Not time travel. The author posses an amazing imagination. Just when you think they couldn't get better, it gets better.

This one meets Sir Isaac Newton, a new character - an elderly Physicist - completely delightful, an interesting take on Jack the Ripper, tragic deaths, (more than one), and on.

These stories are hard to categorize, but I suppose fantasy/science fiction is the closest. They are humorous, there is romance, suspense, they have it all. So far so good.

Ms. Taylor may run out of ideas, I hope not.

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book

  • By Sires on 04-27-14

Enjoying This Series

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I just read that Jody Taylor self published her first book and had 60K downloads from Amazon, I get it. This book is also excellent.

There is history, si-fi, fantasy, suspense, mystery, romance, the whole lot. Oh I forgot humor. These people are completely hilarious!

The premis is that they travel around in pods of observe historical events in contemporary time (they don't call it time travel) and always get into difficulties. Character development is excellent.

I recommend it, and think these books deserve more listens.

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