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  • Bring Me Back

  • A Novel
  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone - never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is something happening here?

  • By Cassandra on 06-27-18

Its a thriller!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I liked this book! If you liked Gone Girl you'll enjoy this read. Suspenseful and believable, it had me perplexed until the very end.

  • The Mummy Case

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420

The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Leanna on 04-20-11

Barbara Rosenblat is amazing!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

These books are well written and very entertaining. And the narration is the best. It's amazing how effortlessly Barbara Rosenblat transitions from one accent and character to another. She is amazing and this series is fun.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,396

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Unique and Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I read this on the recommend of a good friend and I loved it! Not sure why, but the beginning didn't grab me quickly so I am thrilled that I came back and gave it another chance after finishing another book because it is a phenomenal read with sweet moments, twists and turns and a happy ending. The setting is unique, the characters are well developed and I absolutely loved the narration which can make or break an Audible book. I am amazed how good this narrator was at changing up the accents for each character. It was lovely and as an avid reader of ibooks and Audible books I highly recommend it!!

  • The King's Mistress

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Campion
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

History has not been kind to Alice Perrers, the notorious mistress of King Edward III. Scholars and contemporaries alike have deemed her a manipulative woman who used her great beauty and sensuality to take advantage of an aging and increasingly senile king. But who was the woman behind the scandal? A cold-hearted opportunist - or someone fighting for her very survival?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Rebecca on 07-05-11

Great Writing and Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I happened to start listening to another 'mistress' book by Anne Easter Smith before I started this book but had to stop because I found the writing lacked good dialogue to develop the characters and the narration to be so monotone that I struggled to keep engaged in the content. I flipped over to this book by Emma Campion which is narrated by Donada Peters (who is awesome) and have not been disappointed. The characters are well developed with good dialogue and the narration varies character to character with energy that will keep you completely engaged! I can't wait to make my commute everyday to find out what happens next. If you love historical fiction I feel certain you will enjoy this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Royal Mistress

  • By: Anne Easter Smith
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried. When Jane’s father finally finds her a match, she’s married off to the dull, older silk merchant William Shore. Marriage doesn’t stop Jane from flirtation, however, and when the king’s chamberlain, Will Hastings, comes to her husband’s shop, Will knows King Edward will find her irresistible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Pita on 08-28-14

I wanted to love it but...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I wanted to love this book based on the sample, but upon listening to a few chapters I realized what it was lacking: 1) more dialogue and 2) a narrator with more variety to her voice. I hate not completing books, but for kicks I started listening to the Kings Mistress by Emma Campion and narrated by Donada Peters and the difference between the two became clear. The King's Mistress drew me in immediately and the narration is spot on from character to character and full of energy. I felt like I was there and can't wait to get in the car for my commute to find out what happens next. Sadly I may be returning this one.

  • Wideacre

  • Wideacre, Book 1
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 26 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 205

Philippa Gregory's first story in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the 18th century. From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover. Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the 18th century, she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Ruth on 11-11-17

Its a Page Turner

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

As others have mentioned the subject matter in this book and lengths to which Beatrice goes to keep Wideacre for herself and her family becomes abhorrent but it is so well written and narrated that I still enjoyed it...especially the surprising ending when she got what she deserved. You just never knew what she would do next and that made it a page turner for me. This book is not for the faint of heart, but if you are looking for something different and a protagonist who stops at NOTHING to get what she wants and thinks she deserves you just might like this book. Just starting book 2 tonight and will be interested to see where Philippa takes us next with Wideacret!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,326

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

This is the first I have read of Elizabeth Peters and her grasp of Amelia's character is great. I laughed out loud when Amelia sad "That was exactly what I planned to do....until he told me to." That is a good example of Amelia's spunk and the writer did a great job of consistently writing that spunk into her character. The narrator was especially talented at bringing all of the characters to life. I don't know how she does it with such ease, but it must take a lot of practice to transition so seamlessly and make both the male and female characters so believable. I truly felt like I was there. If you like a light murder mystery set in a unique location, this series is for you!

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,852

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Mind blowing!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

I loved this book and highly recommend it. I didn't have any issues with the narration/narrators. It took me a bit to get the settings right between my phone and car amplifier, but other than that it made sense to me that the parts about Molly were narrated by Ann Marie Lee, with the chapters from the view of the FBI agents and the writer being narrated by men. That aside, the material will blow your mind. I am disgusted at the way the Osage Indians were treated and disappointed that although the FBI achieved some great things they didn't truly uncover the extent of the reign of terror. It makes me so sad that so many families are without closure on what happened to their loved ones and money and that so many guilty 'guardians' went untouched when it is so glaringly obvious what they did. That our government allowed it is also shameful and if there is a way to make this right now we should.

  • Sisi

  • Empress on Her Own: A Novel
  • By: Allison Pataki
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth - fondly known as Sisi - captures the hearts of her people as their "fairy queen", but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure. In mid-19th-century Vienna, the halls of the Hofburg Palace buzz not only with imperial waltzes and champagne but with temptations, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue. Feeling stifled by strict protocols and a turbulent marriage, Sisi grows restless. A free-spirited wanderer, she finds solace at her estate outside Budapest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Robin Johnson on 08-02-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

First, the narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden is very talented which makes this book much better than the first book. I could listen to her read a phone book her voice is so lovely. And she did a great job of changing voices to suit the character in the book. Second, the book is just as well written as the first and was a joy to learn more about beautiful Sisi. Highly recommend this book. To bad the first one can't be rerecorded using this narrator as it would make all the difference but sadly you'll have to suffer through the first one else you will be confused where this one picks up.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Empress

  • A Novel of Napoleon's Court
  • By: Michelle Moran
  • Narrated by: Adam Alexi-Malle, Emma Bering, Tanya Franks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the 18-year-old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war. Marie-Louise knows what she must do, and she travels to France, determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon’s reputation. But lavish parties greet her in Paris, and at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her husband’s affection....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor performance

  • By 2Ponds on 04-13-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

The story and the narration of this book are outstanding! The narrators nailed the accents and made the story come to life. Very well done!!