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  • Busman's Honeymoon

  • The Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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    5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Society's eligible women are in mourning. Lord Peter Wimsey has married at last, having finally succeeded in his ardent pursuit of the lovely mystery novelist Harriet Vane. The two depart for a tranquil honeymoon in a country farmhouse but find, instead of a well-prepared love nest, the place left in a shambles by the previous owner. His sudden appearance, dead from a broken skull in the cellar, only prompts more questions. The honeymoon is over, as Lord Peter and Harriet Vane start their investigations.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last!

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-20-18

More Peter please

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Reviewed: 01-21-19

Every time I sign on to Audible the first thing I check for is a new Dorothy Sayers release. So I was delighted when Busman's Holiday appeared with Harriet and Peter. My tradition will not change however--now I am waiting for Nine Tailors, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, Five Red Herrings and more. Read by Ian Carmichael of course.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Inventing the Middle Ages

  • By: Norman F. Cantor
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
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    4 out of 5 stars 30
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    4 out of 5 stars 29

In this ground-breaking work, Norman Cantor explains how our current notion of the Middle Ages—with its vivid images of wars, tournaments, plagues, saints and kings, knights and ladies—was born in the 20th century. The medieval world was not simply excavated through systematic research. It had to be conceptually created: it had to be invented, and this is the story of that invention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historian's History

  • By Troy on 04-03-13

Subtitled History and/or Historians

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Reviewed: 10-16-18

I found this book fascinating even though it was not at all what I had expected it to be. Medieval historians are a mixed bag—politically, socially and intellectually as you will find in Norman Cantor’s book. But you are not just exposed to their areas of expertise and their foibles, but to their place in the exploration of this era and their influence on their contemporaries and students. Added to this potpourri are glimpses of the historical periods they studied. I was sad to finish the last page when the twentieth century of historians ended.

  • The Big Questions of Philosophy

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

We have all pondered seemingly unanswerably but significant questions about our existence - the biggest of all being, "Why are we here?" Philosophy has developed over millennia to help us grapple with these essential intangibles. There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world's greatest minds have analyzed these questions, defined the terms, and then reasoned out potential solutions. Once you've compared the arguments, the final step is always deciding for yourself whether you find an explanation convincing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No easy answers, just easy questions

  • By Gary on 03-17-16

Fascinating and thought-provoking!

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Reviewed: 10-05-18

I ran across this book while watching a lecture series by Dr. J. on Science Fiction and Philosophy. This book is intriguing not only because the discussion of questions is challenging and engaging, but because it forced me to re-evaluate my own answers to those questions and to justify or modify my responses. By the way, the lecture series was excellent and the homework was lots of fun.

  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Carlo Rovelli
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
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    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

In seven brief lessons, Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli guides listeners with admirable clarity through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the 20th and 21st centuries. This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, already a major best seller in Italy, explains general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role of humans in the strange world Rovelli describes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for the scientifically curious

  • By Brad Yeary on 03-25-16

Mental push-ups--but definitely worth the effort!

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Reviewed: 10-05-18

I always reread my favorite books--I just finished the sixth reread of Nine Tailors. This book required three readings to grasp some of the concepts and their entanglements. But I look forward to more books by Carlo Rovelli and I will be reading this book a fourth time!

  • The Game of Rat and Dragon

  • By: Cordwainer Smith
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wayne Selznick
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    4 out of 5 stars 29

Future humanity has found the secret of faster-than-light travel, but it comes with great dangers. To minimize these dangers, man can pilot ships through the up-and-out with cats as their partners. Underhill shares his mind with his cat-partner, the Lady May, and must travel to the terrible open places between the stars. Only by working together can they defend themselves and the ship's passengers against the dragons in the emptiness of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to meet the love of your life

  • By Nothing really matters on 02-15-16

What a future!

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Reviewed: 10-05-18

I fall in love with authors who surprise me on the last page--or in this case the last paragraph. I will be searching for more.

  • Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Goong An)

  • An Authentic 18th-Century Chinese Detective Novel
  • By: Robert van Gulik
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Stefan Rudnicki, Lorna Raver, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Long before Western writers had even conceived the idea of writing detective stories, the Chinese had developed a long tradition of literary works that chronicled the cases of important district magistrates. One of the most celebrated of these was Judge Dee, who lived in the seventh century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Judge Dee Please!

  • By Elizabeth on 04-30-12

More porridge, please!

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Reviewed: 10-05-18

Having read all four of van Gulik's Judge Dee books, I can only ask for more so I can listen. They are all so fascinating in so many ways--historical, psychological, and mysterious.

  • The Aunt Paradox

  • Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Chris Dolley
  • Narrated by: Paul J. Rose
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

H. G. Wells has a problem. His Aunt Charlotte has borrowed his time machine and won’t give it back. Now, she’s rewriting history! Reggie Worcester, gentleman’s consulting detective, and his automaton valet, Reeves, are hired to retrieve the time machine and put the timeline back together. But things get complicated. Dead bodies start piling up behind Reggie’s sofa, as he finds himself embroiled in an ever-changing murder mystery. A murder mystery where facts can be rewritten, and the dead don’t always stay dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wack and then some!

  • By JaneN on 10-05-18

Wack and then some!

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Reviewed: 10-05-18

An amusing melange of Sherlock Holmes, Isaac Asimov and P.G. Wodehouse with hints of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and Poe.

  • The Unpleasantness at Baskerville Hall

  • Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Chris Dolley
  • Narrated by: Paul J. Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

An escaped cannibal, a family curse...and Reginald Worcester turning up on the doorstep. Could things get any worse for the Baskerville-Smythe family? As the bodies pile up, only a detective with a rare brain - and Reggie's is so rare it's positively endangered - can even hope to solve the case. But...there is the small matter that most of the guests aren't who they say they are, the main suspect has cloven feet, and a strange mist hangs over great Grimdark Mire. Luckily, the young master has Reeves, his automaton valet, and Emmeline, his suffragette fiancée, on hand to assist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun P.G. Wodehouse writes Sherlock Holmes

  • By Bethany on 02-18-18

Such fun!

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Reviewed: 10-05-18

An amusing mixture of Sherlock Holmes, Isaac Asimov and P.G. Wodehouse with hints of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and Poe.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,720
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    5 out of 5 stars 28,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,814

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun nonsense

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

I've got my guide and I'm ready to go!

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Reviewed: 08-14-18

This was my second or third trip through the guide. I've read all the books in the "trilogy" but this is the only one that I travel again and again. The whimsy and creativeness are such a delight. I find myself laughing out loud as I run into one joyous surprise after another. And to hear the guide read--no performed--by Stephen Fry makes me look forward to my next journey down this rabbit hole!

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,082

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Even better the second time!

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Reviewed: 05-12-18

I was steered to this novel by a fellow Star Trek enthusiast and enjoyed it immensely the first time through several years ago. When I ran across the title again and reread it I found it was even better. Now I'm looking forward to a third time. . .