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  • The Library Book

  • By: Susan Orlean
  • Narrated by: Susan Orlean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 956

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was good-bye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had To Turn It Off

  • By Meg on 01-17-19

Couldn't get past the AWFUL narration

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Why was the author chosen as narrator? She's a perfectly good writer but her narration is monotonous, dreary, and just about as uninviting that you can get. She drones on as she reads her own book. Ouch.

  • A Noble Radiance

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

A macabre grave is found at the foot of the Italian Dolomites. The body is found to be Roberto Lorenzoni's, only son and heir of one Venice's oldest, most aristocratic families. Commissario Guido Brunetti must move in the highest circles of power and corruption to unravel the mystery behind the young man's disappearance and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Brunetti mysteries

  • By Grete on 08-20-18

Leon and Brunetti get better and better!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

The characters are multi-dimensional; the story is mesmerizing; the ending, as always, is a total surprise. Can't beat David Colacci as the perfect narrator. May the series go on and on!

  • 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 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

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!

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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 1,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298

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 522
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

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!

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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 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 375

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 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,509

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 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

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 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

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 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

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.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful