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Locust Grove, GA, United States
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  • The Secret Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,388

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

Slow burner with brief flares

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

The Secret Place started slow, built up a good head of steam and then cruised to a quiet climax. I enjoyed the book because of Tana French's wonderful writing but found the setting of the girls school a bit jarring. I found myself longing for the characters of past Dublin Murder Squad books. All in all a decent read but lacking the verve of other Tana French books. Sadly it will probably be two more years before another will be forthcoming.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Lionheart

  • By: Sharon Kay Penman
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

From New York Times best-selling novelist Sharon Kay Penman comes the stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard the Lionheart. A powerful tale of intrigue, war, and diplomacy, Lionheart plays out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally Sharon Penman on Audio!

  • By jerelyn on 01-10-12

Epic

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

Reviewed: 06-15-14

A new Sharon Kay Penman book is like a fine wine-to be savored slowly and drawn out as long as possible to prolong the enjoyment. RIchard I definitely is a major player on the stage of Britain's monarchy. Penman creates a Richard that is sympathetic without being too unlike what we know of the real man.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Fatal Inversion

  • By: Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

In the long, hot summer of 1976, a group of young people is camping in Wyvis Hall. Adam, Rufus, Shiva, Vivien and Zosie hardly ask why they are there or how they are to live; they scavenge, steal and sell the family heirlooms. Ten years later, the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the Hall’s animal cemetery. Which woman? And whose child?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my!

  • By Jill on 06-15-14

Oh my!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-14

This story starts a little slow but when the mystery starts to unfold you cannot stop listening. The moral of the story I guess is you can never truly escape your past. The title is strangely apt. I do not want to say more due to spoiler potential.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Restoration

  • A Novel of Seventeenth-Century England
  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The award-winning Restoration is one of Rose Tremain's most popular works, and showcases her remarkable talent for capturing historical settings and personalities. Set during the English Restoration in the decadent court of King Charles II, the novel weaves a story of corrupted innocence, betrayal, love and hope against a fascinating historical backdrop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sucked me in

  • By Jill on 06-15-14

Sucked me in

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

Reviewed: 06-15-14

Here again I am not enamored of the king (Charles II) or the time period during which this novel is set but I took a chance and once more was very happily surprised. This story is told from the point of view of a commoner, Merivel, who is brought into the king's intimate circle. After falling from grace, he is cast out amongst the lower echelons of London society. The author runs the gamut of experiences through Merivel's eyes-from the Great Fire of London to an asylum for the insane. I loved the book and the narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Courtiers

  • Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace
  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

Kensington Palace is now most famous as the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, but the palace's glory days came between 1714 and 1760, during the reigns of George I and II. In the 18th century, this palace was a world of skullduggery, intrigue, politicking, etiquette, wigs, and beauty spots, where fans whistled open like switchblades and unusual people were kept as curiosities. Lucy Worsley's The Courtiers charts the trajectory of the fantastically quarrelsome Hanovers and the last great gasp of British court life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Social Overview

  • By Teadrinker on 08-05-14

Interesting history

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

Reviewed: 06-15-14

The Georges are not my favorite monarchs in British history so I was unsure as to whether I would enjoy this audiobook. I am very glad that I took the chance and used my credit. The author makes the time period come alive through the lives of the men and women who peopled the Georgian courts. I listened late into the night to finish it and ended up with tears streaming down my face at the death of one of the royal family members. Well written and narrated.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Sight for Sore Eyes

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Having published 45 books, Ruth Rendell is an internationally popular mystery writer. She has won four Gold Dagger and three Edgar awards. She has been presented with the Commander of the British Empire honor, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. In A Sight For Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell’s exceptional literary talent shines from each word. Teddy Brex is a handsome young man. Raised by parents who never loved him, he has grown to put his trust in objects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing labyrinth

  • By Yankee Bookworm on 02-13-17

Creepy

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

Reviewed: 06-15-14

Ms Rendell is a master at creating characters that are creepy yet strangely compelling. The protagonist of the story is completely unlikable and yet I kept wanting to read on to see what he would do. This story is loosely tied in with a later Wexford mystery-The Vault.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wicked Girls

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,983
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,978

On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing from beginning to end

  • By anne on 01-10-14

Good

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

Reviewed: 04-24-14

This story is fiction but reads like true crime. Two preteen girls are involved in the death of a small child. The circumstances of this event are slowly revealed as the author goes between the adult lives of the girls and the past they both want to forget. There is also the mystery of the seaside strangler intertwined with the other plot line. The writing is very good. The narration is well done.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Witch Walking

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,413

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wildly entertaining

  • By Patti on 09-27-07

Likeable

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

This story is engaging. I like the characters that Ms Harrison has created very much and I really like how she has thrust all the witches, vampires, pixies, etc. into relatively present day Cinncinnatti. The society she has constructed for them is interesting as are the interactions of these species with each other and their human counterparts. This is a great escapist reading just for the fun of it. The narrator is well suited to the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

  • By: J. R. R Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the first book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Jill on 09-22-12

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 09-22-12

All three of the titles in the trilogy are most excellently performed as a radio drama for the BBC. The actors do a splendid job, the effects are realistic. I felt as is I were watching the performance in my mind. Highly recommend this audio program.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Hangman's Daughter

  • By: Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,961
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,494

When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but graphic

  • By Margaret on 07-14-13

Surprised

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

Reviewed: 08-26-12

I really liked this story. The narration was a bit dry but I did appreciate the pronunciation of unfamiliar German words. I thoroughly enjoyed the character of The Hangman.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful