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  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,609

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Ripping

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Mrs Queen Takes the Train to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Queen - historic, complex, sympathetic

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes - many of them. Simon Prebbles is one of the very best book performers ever. Love him.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't know what this question means

Any additional comments?

I wandered into this book because of the place, subject and mostly the narrator. What a wonderful story. Beautifully woven. Loved it.

  • Game of Crowns

  • Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne
  • By: Christopher Andersen
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

One has been famous longer than anyone on the planet - a wily stateswoman and an enduring symbol of a fading institution. One is the great-granddaughter of a king's mistress and a celebrated homewrecker who survived a firestorm of scorn to marry her lover and replace her archrival, a beloved 20th-century figure. One is a beautiful commoner, the university-educated daughter of a self-made entrepreneur, a fashion idol, and wife and mother to two future kings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, interesting, love the narration

  • By louise on 04-28-16

Fun, interesting, love the narration

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

What made the experience of listening to Game of Crowns the most enjoyable?

Have really enjoyed the author's work on other stories - this is also fun.Simon Prebble - couldn't have chosen a better voice for this book.

What did you like best about this story?

Learned a lot about the history and expectations of the British royal family

What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Fabulous voice - have enjoyed him in the Winemaker Detective Series - elegant

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - really ruined all my plans for the week-end! Couldn't stop listening!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Hearts

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908

Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing!

  • By Wendy on 08-24-14

Inspired performance

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Would you listen to Queen of Hearts again? Why?

I have really enjoyed this series. The stories and characters are well developed and the author does an excellent job of setting the scene. Katherine Kellgren is an incredibly talented narrator. Her range of character voices is truly super-human. Indispensable to the success of the series.

  • Late Harvest Havoc [Vengeances tardives en Alsace]

  • By: Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen, Sally Pane - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Disaster strikes the vineyards in Alsace. Vintners are tense and old grudges surface. The Winemaker Detective's reputation is on the line as he must find the cause before the late harvest starts. Winter is in the air in Alsace and local customs are sowing trouble, piquing the curiosity of the famous winemaker from Bordeaux, Benjamin Cooker. While the wine expert and his assistant Virgile settle into their hotel in the old city of Colmar, distinguished vineyards are attacked. Is it revenge?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • vineyard villany

  • By louise on 04-14-16

vineyard villany

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

What did you love best about Late Harvest Havoc [Vengeances tardives en Alsace]?

This series places the reader/listener at the scene. The narrator is perfect.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The more I listened to the story the more I wanted to know what was next.

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

Of course, Benjamin Cooker. But Virgil is a terrific counter to him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final pay-off at the end - the resolution of some key deaths and crimes was very clever.

Any additional comments?

Very worried about Benjamin Cooker. He seems to have too many fainting spells and cold sweats. He can't keep eating those rich foods and smoking those Cuban cigars forever!

  • Royal Blood

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,477

Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Adventurous Fun

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Crikey - character voices are dashed grating

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

Good story but the voices of Queenie and Fig are too too irritating. No more of this series for now.

  • Treachery in Bordeaux (Mission à Haut-Brion)

  • By: Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen, Anne Trager (translator)
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 29

Benjamin Cooker is a renowned winemaker and critic turned gentleman detective who sets out to find who is trying to take down the prestigious grand cru Moniales Haut-Brion. Is it negligence or sabotage? Who would want to target this esteemed vintner? Cooker and his assistant Virgile Lanssien search the city and the vineyards for answers, giving listeners and inside view of this famous wine region. Treachery in Bordeaux is the first of the 20-book Winemaker Detective series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By louise on 12-11-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The stories in this series, starting with this first book, are beautifully told and narrated. The descriptions are vivid and the characters well-developed. So glad there are 20 of these!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunted Season

  • A Max Tudor Mystery
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Lord and Lady Baaden-Boomethistle have been in residence for some weeks now, and the villagers are hoping for a return to the good old days, when the lord of the manor sprinkled benefits across the village like fairy dust. Father Max Tudor's invitation to dinner at the Hall comes as a welcome novelty; it will be his first time meeting the famous family that once held sway in the area.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another enjoyable story of Father Max

  • By Sally on 12-02-15

Another wonderful story by G.M.Malliet

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

What made the experience of listening to The Haunted Season the most enjoyable?

The author's reading of this book, like all the other Max Tudor mysteries, is great.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The Max Tudor mysteries are excellent, taken as individual books, but the greatest fun is in reading/listening from the first book, in succession. The author has fabulous twists and turns and the characters are well developed.

What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Michael Page - I can really envision the characters by the way he uses his voice.
Although - there are some recording edits called for in the first few chapters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I think it's an 8-hour book, right? impossible.

Any additional comments?

These books are terrific to listen to while driving on a long work commute, to end the day, while doing chores, or just hanging around. Fantastic. Always sorry when they're over.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Hen of the Baskervilles

  • A Meg Langslow Mystery, Book 15
  • By: Donna Andrews
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Molly is terrified that she may lose her farm because her idle husband has left her for a rich hobby winemaker and is demanding his half of the land. Meg enlists Mother's help to find Molly a divorce lawyer, which Mother is all the more willing to do because the unfaithful husband's new girlfriend is the bete noire of the wine pavilion. She is so universally disliked that Meg begins to worry about her safety. But it's the unfaithful husband whose murdered body she and Michael find that night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Cluck of a Story - Get It

  • By Kathy on 07-30-13

Not at all boring

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

I really like this series.
Lots of fun, great character and setting development.
Very entertaining not too heavy.
Good job everyone!

  • Murder Al Dente

  • Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer L. Hart
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Cerreta
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 867

Andy Buckland has always dreamed of being a chef. But after a live studio audience is stricken with food poisoning during her debut cooking show, she finds herself blacklisted in the culinary community. The only job open to her is working in her family's southern pasta shop, and, to make matters worse, her first assignment is serving baked ziti to her former lover and his spoiled bride-to-be at their engagement party!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb writing and a fantastic narrator

  • By Judy C on 06-07-15

Lots of fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-15

Good story! Not deep or disturbing, just entertaining. Enjoyed the narrator - good job. I would recommend this to light mystery lovers.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Eleven Pipers Piping

  • A Father Christmas Mystery
  • By: C. C. Benison
  • Narrated by: Steve West, Jean Gilpin
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Father Tom Christmas, the recently widowed vicar adjusting to life in the English village of Thornford Regis, would do almost anything to avoid attending the annual Robert Burns Supper at the local hotel. But as chaplain to a traditional Scottish pipe band, Father Tom must deliver the grace - and contend with wailing bagpipes, whiskey-laced parishioners reciting poetry, and the culinary abomination that is haggis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Multi-layered, character-driven mystery

  • By Constance on 10-29-13

Fabulous winter mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

If you could sum up Eleven Pipers Piping in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, atmospheric, engrossing

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Unlike other mysteries where someone dies (is killed) in the first ten pages, this author takes time to develop the surrounding characters (and eventual victim.) By the time the victim is killed, the listener/reader already has suspicions about what actually happened.

Have you listened to any of Steve West and Jean Gilpin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No - but this one is great.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A snowed-in Rabbie Burns dinner in a quaint English village goes terribly wrong when a reveler is found dead in the hotel watchtower: heart attack or poison?

Any additional comments?

I never read (or listened to) any works by this author before but I was looking for a UK-setting for a Christmas/winter mystery. So glad I stumbled upon this. If you have a lot of driving to do over the holidays, plug this in and forget the radio - something to look forward to every time you click on the ignition.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful