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  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but listeners new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time heals old wounds

  • By wisconsinclark on 03-25-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Complex story, complicated characters drawn with intelligence and sensitivity, surprise outcome, outstanding reader. Couldn't ask for more!

  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • A Novel
  • By: Dominic Smith
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Story Definitely NOT a Forgery!

  • By KarKinz on 05-13-16

Gorgeous book!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Complex story, unpredictable ending, wonderful characters, fine reader. What more is there to be said!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gate Keeper

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this 20th installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Todd does it again!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

The best yet!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

The absolute best in the series so far. Ingenious plot, engaging characters, totally unexpected ending, skilled, engaging narrator. Hope there are many more books to come!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • An Echo of Murder

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 339

When a Hungarian immigrant is dismembered near London's River Thames, Commander Monk is called to the eerie scene, where 16 candles surround the corpse. As identical murders pop up around the city, Monk confronts the unsettling options: could it be the work of a secret society? A serial madman? Or is a xenophobic Brit targeting foreigners? A local doctor who speaks Hungarian from his days on the battlefield may be able to help, but his own struggles with post-traumatic stress have left his memory in shambles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing

  • By Jean on 09-28-17

Don't stop listening to Anne Perry

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

This book was not AP at her best, for sure. The plot was so thin and the characters not terribly interesting. The book went on and on and, by the end, I couldn't care less as to who did the crime. David Colacci sounded monotonous and pompous. Can't imagine what his friends and family would think if he spoke like this to them.

All said: Anne Perry is marvelous and Colacci has been better. Let's just be patient and wait for the next one. It's bound to be better, too!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out

  • The Poor Relation, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,365

Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Regency Fun - Romance & Adventure

  • By Clare on 05-04-12

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

An easy listen. Frothy. Stress-free. Fabulous reader. Written with care. Charming characters. No one is angry or mean. Enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Earthly Remains

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

A good man who loves his family and his city, Commissario Guido Brunetti is relentless in his pursuit of truth and some measure of justice. In Earthly Remains, Brunetti's endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm... Had To Change 4-Stars Ultimately To 3...

  • By Gillian on 01-31-18

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Kind of slow. Story a bit thin. Seemed to take forever to end. Characters fine. Looking forward to the next and hoping for the best.

  • A Manual for Cleaning Women

  • Selected Stories
  • By: Lucia Berlin
  • Narrated by: Thom Rivera, Dawn Harvey, Carol Monda, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers, and bad Christians.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A whole book of gritty true-life stories turned out to be a little too much

  • By Stephanie on 07-04-16

Dreary

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

What a dreary, depressing book. Dull. Dull stories, dull readers. What a mistake. Do think hard before buying this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy

  • A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
  • By: Irving Stone
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 33 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Historical Novels Ever Written

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-22-12

Dated

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

The dialogue is so, so contrived. The story drags. Would rather read a legitimate biography without the strained drama. Was nifty when I read this decades ago. Has paled since then. A truly dated book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Separation

  • A Novel
  • By: Katie Kitamura
  • Narrated by: Katherine Waterston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 146

A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: It's time for them to separate. For the moment it's a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart she's not even sure if she wants to find him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Thriller, but Still Great

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 02-09-17

Sorry

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

Monotonous reader certainly doesn't improve on the very, very long story. What a dreary protagonist: unloving, uncaring, self-absorbed, uninteresting. Save your credits.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Death in a White Tie

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Abridgment, Narration Highlight Weaknesses

  • By Patricia McBride on 01-09-13

Get the full version!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

The reader is brilliant but the abridged version is, well, too abridged. The listener sadly misses out on the delightful characters and complex story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful