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  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,255

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

Jejune

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I would have quit listening but I was traveling and had nothing else. The characters were light on content and the story was riddled with anachronistic phrasing. It reads like a first novel: plot driven, lacks character development, unfinished lines of thought. Capably narrated.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Villa on the Riviera

  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Absorbing and escapist, The Villa on the Riviera is perfect summer listening for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore. Polly Smith is struggling to make a living as an artist when her friend and patron, Oliver, invites her to the south of France. But her world is unexpectedly turned upside down when she digs out her birth certificate to apply for a passport. Her parents are not who she believed them to be - even her name is different.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, too many characters not completely developed

  • By Lorriee on 07-16-15

It's a bit of fluff

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

I liked the first of this series but on hearing the second, the formula becomes very apparent. Predictable, tied up in a neat bow, improbable relations and relationships. The author does give us lovely settings and a peek at life in the late 1930s. The narrator is terrific with appropriate accents and inflections. I won't rush to another of these but will remember them for a time when I need something cozy and light.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,514

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Wonderfully atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

An elegant and beautifully written novel. The author uses the house arrest of a Russian noble gentleman as a conceit to tell the story of St. Petersburg, and Russia, during the mid-20th century. The narrator did a fabulous job with all the characters; I will look for more of his work. I highly recommend this work.

  • The Traitor's Story

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,563

When fifteen-year-old American Hailey Portman goes missing in Switzerland, her desperate parents seek the help of their neighbor, Finn Harrington, a seemingly quiet historian rumored to be a former spy. Sensing the story runs deeper than anyone yet knows, Finn reluctantly agrees to make some enquiries. He has little to go on other than his instincts, and his instincts have been wrong in the past - sometimes spectacularly wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated but pretty well done

  • By cristina on 09-12-16

Ripping good spy story

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Really had me riveted. The author artfully moved between "history" and present day. While a contemporary story, it had the feel of old Cold War intrigue and duplicity. Well done, I'll be looking for more from this author.

  • The Coroner’s Lunch

  • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051

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

Enchanting!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

A wonderful tale of Southeast Asia, magical realism, and could temporary history. The characters are well drawn, the atmosphere is palpable, and the mysteries are both fun and complex. The reader imparts the gentle teasing and sly wit of the doctor while imparting unique characteristics of the other members of the story. Glad to have found a new author/reader combination.

  • The Patriarch

  • Bruno, Chief of Police
  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

A beloved village, a renowned family, a suspicious death - it's the latest adventure in the Dordogne for police chief Bruno. When Bruno is invited to the lavish birthday celebration of World War II flying ace and national icon Marco "the Patriarch" Desaix, it's the fulfillment of a boyhood dream. But when the party ends in the death of Gilbert, Marco's longtime friend, it's another day on the job for the chef de police. All signs point to a tragic accident, but Bruno isn't so sure.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Big disappointment

  • By Lawrence on 10-31-15

Great for atmosphere-disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

Love the author's obvious regard for this region of France. I listen to these for the description of life in Perigord and to follow the characters to which we've been introduced. This novel ended abruptly with loose ends that didn't quite fit together. A lackluster effort on the author's part.

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  • The Quiet Game

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,178

When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and Good Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-09-15

Great start

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-15

First by this author and first in the series. The story was complex--sometimes too much so. There were many tangents that helped to drag the story a bit and muddy the story line. I am confident that the series will only get better, and it has a great foundation,
The reader is stellar, with terrific accents and voices. I'll be ordering the subsequent titles.

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,868

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Great - Especially for literati

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

Each chapter begins with the title and review of a short story. The list is very comprehensive and well done. The novel is also a compelling story, with love and loss, a mystery, and a lovely setting.
The narrator has a tough guy, newscaster quality that I've heard before. It doesn't fit the story but isn't envy of a distraction to deter the listener.

  • The Blood of Flowers

  • By: Anita Amirrezvani
  • Narrated by: Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 on my lifelong list

  • By Cheryl on 09-14-07

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

The narrator could not have been better! Her exotic accent and cadence were the perfect accompaniment to this culture treasure. The story of a young woman in 17th century Persia who must rely on distant relatives after her father dies. The insights to the history of that part of the world are detailed and well described. The author is to be commended for her research. Richly adorned with descriptors and ancient tales, this is an intriguing and enthrall in story that goes right into my top ten list.

  • Red Gold

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

In Red Gold, Jean Casson returns to Paris under a new identity. As a fugitive from the Gestapo, he must somehow struggle to survive in the shadows and backstreets. He is determined to stay clear of trouble, yet, as the war drags on, Casson begins, inevitably, to drift back into the dangerous world of resistance and sabotage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Continues the saga of Jean Casson

  • By Darwin8u on 07-21-13

Terrific, as always

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

A bit hard to follow, several characters, several story lines but Furst is a master of spy-noir and his history is perfect. Guidall is a master. I'd listen to him read a phone book. Accents, voice levels, genders and nationalities are all spot-on.

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