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  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

  • By: Winifred Watson
  • Narrated by: Frances McDormand
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 920

Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • such a cute story

  • By bebe on 04-17-10

Love the movie, love the book

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I got this because I have become so enamored of Frances McDormand's performance in the movie, and she does not disappoint as an audiobook narrator either. I usually enjoy English romance novels of this era (between the Wars) and this was no exception.

Having become so fascinated with the movie, and having it so fresh in my mind, it was really interesting to see what was kept, what was condensed, and what was altered. Stuff was changed, characters altered, but the spirit was the same.

All in all, a very enjoyable few hours.

  • Burn Bright

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736

Charles Cornick is the son of the leader of the North American werewolves - and his father's enforcer. Anna Latham, a rare Omega wolf with a calming presence, is his mate. They go where they are needed, handling problems in werewolf packs throughout the country. But this time the danger is closer to home, as an enemy armed with witchcraft threatens Charles and Anna's own pack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You cannot trust anyone it seems.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 03-07-18

Building Character(s)

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I have been a fan of Patty Briggs' werewolves since I first read Alpha and Omega in 2008. In this book Ms. Briggs takes that world, in conjunction with the Mercy Templeton world begun with Moon Called, and fills in the backstories. She also tells an exciting story all of its own.

With all the best intentions I intended to listen to Burn Bright over several days. I devoured it in a day and a half. I tried to take it slow but once the plot started to spool out I had to find out what happened. The full story of the peanut butter. Leah becomes a real person. More than one reason Bran sent Mercy away.

If you haven't read about these characters before, I would recommend at least reading the novella Alpha and Omega and Moon Called for context. But maybe that's just me.

I look forward to a new Patty Briggs book every Spring, and this one did not disappoint.

  • Play

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world-famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast - at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn't plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn't count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she'd ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls - especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn't end well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really fun style of writing!!

  • By Edyta on 04-13-14

Fun

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

This is definitely my favorite of the Stage Dive novels- which is one of my favorite series. It is funny- quotes flew back and forth at my Book Group for months. It is moving. There is an unforced depth to the emotion. Mal has got to be one of my favorite heroes ever. Anne is an average woman caught up with an extraordinary man in the midst of crisis. Loved, loved, loved it. In the series, this, then Lick and Lead are my favorites. Deep is pretty good, but the first 3 are excellent.

  • The Coroner’s Lunch

  • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,062

Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Satisfying Listening Experience

  • By Elizabeth on 09-11-11

Dr. Siri - part Maigret, part Buffy

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Where does The Coroner’s Lunch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top

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

Never knew what was going to happen, only that Siri, Dtui, Mr Geung and Pavilai would probably be okay at the end. Personal note: I looked up the names. One of the few downsides for me of audio books is that I don't know how things are spelled. On the other hand, I at least know how they are pronounced.

Which scene was your favorite?

The end when the bad guys got what they deserved. And the part with the Hmong. And the part where Mr Geung bawls him out so he promotes Dtui. And most of his interactions with Pavilai. And the part where he tells off the chicken counter. There were a lot of good parts.

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

No, but I listened to it in 2 days.

Any additional comments?

The paranormal parts sort of reminded me of the same sort of thing in the Longmire books. Stuff that would be nifty to believe is real. I also really enjoy books where the author's obvious wealth of background knowledge supports the story rather than becoming the point of the book.

  • First Frost

  • By: Sarah Addison Allen
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271

Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever. But the Waverleys have enough trouble on their hands. Quiet Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley's Candies, but it's nothing like she thought it would be, and it's slowly taking over her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Garden Spells

  • By Spirit Wandering on 02-15-15

Sequel to Garden Spells

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

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

Yes. I read Garden Spells several years ago, and enjoyed revisiting Bascom and the grumpy apple tree.

What was one of the most memorable moments of First Frost?

Henry's observation about Tyler's two different shoes.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

Everything. I have been listening to her for many years with the J.D. Robb books- she doesn't inject herself into the stories, but enhances them.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,670

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Would you listen to A Man Called Ove again? Why?

Yes. I enjoyed the characters and the story and would enjoy visiting both again.

What did you like best about this story?

Most of the men over the course of my life have had some aspects of Ove- the really irritating parts and the really admirable best parts of being men and so different from women. The unwillingness to appear sentimental with a huge heart and capacity to love and nurture.

The story was both hilarious and heartbreaking, but without pathos and without caricatures.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Ove rallies forces to save Anita and Rune (Roon? I didn't read it I listened.)

Who was the most memorable character of A Man Called Ove and why?

Ove. There was nothing false about him.

  • These Old Shades

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

Society believes the worst of Justin Alastair, the notorious Duke of Avon who is clearly proud of his Sobriquet, Satanas. It is he who buys Leon body and soul from a scoundrel in a Paris backstreet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The epitome of romance

  • By Sharon on 04-19-09

Wanted Alan Rickman, got a deaf Lady Bracknell

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

Reviewed: 11-29-14

This is a favorite book of mine, and I could not listen to it. I have listened to other books narrated by Cornelius Garrett, and had no problem with his interpretation, but just could not get over his reading of His Grace, the Duke of Avon. I don't know how many times I have read this book in the last 40 years, but never have I envisioned Avon as peevish and slightly hard of hearing. I don't like giving negative reviews, but just wanted to warn other fans of this novel.

  • Thirteenth Child

  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,673
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,524

Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance

  • By Erin - Audible on 07-12-13

Fun alternative history

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

Reviewed: 05-25-14

A wild west infested with woolly mammoths, dire wolves, dragons and smilodons? Lewis and Clark failing (probably because there was no Sacajawea)? Thomas Jefferson and Ben
Franklin such geniuses that their spells still can't be replicated? Thoroughly enjoyable.

Books 2 and 3 in the series are equally good.

  • The Fair Miss Fortune

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Jane Fortune causes a stir when she arrives in the small community of Dingleford. She has bought an old cottage and plans to open a tearoom. Old friends Charles Weatherby and Harold Prestcott both fall for the newcomer, but her behaviour seems to vary wildly – she encourages first one then the other and at other times barely recognises them. Is there more to the fair Miss Fortune than meets the eye?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Humorous Look at 1930s English Village Life

  • By Pam on 09-13-12

A Humorous Look at 1930s English Village Life

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

Reviewed: 09-13-12

This is the second D E Stevenson that I have never read, but have discovered on audio. It is an almost P G Woodhouse type book. It has hapless young men, mistaken identities and one very nasty woman who is thoroughly thwarted. There are some very funny character summations by other characters, and the book pokes fun at a lot of English village "types". It is not a big book. It is a rather frothy book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Emily Dennistoun

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Emma D'Inverno
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Emily Dennistoun lives alone with her elderly tyrannical father at Borriston Hall on the Scottish coast. Her mother died many years before, and her younger brother is at Oxford, presented with opportunities that Emily can only dream of. She has few friends and lives through her writing. Then she meets Francis, and despite vicissitudes of fortune, despite uncertainties, loneliness, and unhappiness, Emily holds steadfast to a love she knows is true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An early example of Stevenson's works

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-09-12

Promise of things to come

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

I have been a HUGE fan of D,E. Stevenson since I read my first "Mrs. Tim" book many years ago, so it was a pleasure to finally get to enjoy her first book. This has everything. An unloved and unappreciated young woman growing into spinsterhood. A lost heir. A despotic father and dead mother. A scheming harpy. Okay, maybe a little too much of everything.

BUT, it has what I love about Ms Stevenson's work. The depiction of everyday life in post-WWII Britain, Redemption through hard work, compassion and friendship.

The reality of life in a fishing village is well drawn, as is the isolation of Emilie living in Bouriston Hall as the unappreciated drudge of her tyrannical father.

I have enjoyed other books of hers more, but this has all of the themes that have made me a fan for so long. There is also the pleasure of an audio book in having the narration in a lovely Scots accent.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful