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  • Tombland

  • By: C.J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle, Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Edward's regent and Protector. In the kingdom, radical Protestants are driving the old religion into extinction, while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland has led to hyperinflation and economic collapse. Rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the lady Elizabeth. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book- download in parts

  • By Oh Good Grief on 02-11-19

And then I walked left to watch the paint dry...

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

I, too, have loved this series but found the writing very redundant this time. Matthew Shardlake goes to the same characters over and over again to ask them the same questions and gets the same answers. As far as I can tell this is a time filler so that the author can cover each event of Kett's Rebellion. The result is a fair amount of tedium without the story moving forward. The civil unrest of Edward's reign is a generally ignored area, so spending some time on the rebellion is interesting, but this bleeds over into boredom. I also question the evolution of Shardlake from gentleman lawyer to enthusiatic rebel.

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,931

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

This is a superb novel read by a supremely talented interpreter

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Juliet Stevenson brings this novel alive. All the characters have a depth and resonance that sets the standard for interpretative reading.

  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer romance

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

A bit dull and leaden

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

This rendering lacked the witty dialogue and sparkle of the better Heyer novels. In fact, it was often dull and repetitive. I'm not sure if it was the novel itself, or the reader.

  • False Colours

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

The honourable Christopher Fancot, on leave from the Diplomatic Service in the summer of 1817, is startled to find his entrancing but incorrigibly extravagant mother on the brink of financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed that his identical twin, Evelyn, Earl of Denville, has disappeared without trace. Christopher, or Kit, the respectable brother, is forced into an outrageous masquerade by his wayward family's tangled affairs. But in the face of Evelyn's continued absence, even Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! A great listen!

  • By Gentle Reader Jill on 04-11-13

Not Heyer's most engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

This story is very well narrated, but the underlying tale is repetitive and boring. It's a shame because Heyer has created some interesting characters including a narcissistic mother who sells herself to a corpulent gallant, but the plot does little with them.

  • Earthly Remains

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

A good man who loves his family and his city, Commissario Guido Brunetti is relentless in his pursuit of truth and some measure of justice. In Earthly Remains, Brunetti's endurance is tested more than ever before. During an interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break, needs to get away from the stifling problems of his work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmm... Had To Change 4-Stars Ultimately To 3...

  • By Gillian on 01-31-18

One of the ten most boring books

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I've been reading this series faithfully for years, but this book is simply awful. Listening to paint dry would be more exciting. Guido gets bored rowing and wants to go home and so do we! Don't waste your credit.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,171

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By oc_artist on 10-08-16

Great book with excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

I'm surprised by the negative comments on the narrator. I thought she was excellent. The reading was well paced and suited the story

  • Freedom of the Mask

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 6
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982

The year is 1703, and Matthew Corbett, professional "problem solver", is missing. Last seen by his friends in New York before he departed on a lucrative, seemingly straightforward mission for the Herrald Agency in Charles Town, he's been too long absent. His comrade-in-arms Hudson Greathouse has an increasing sense the young friend he thinks of as a son must have met with some unexpected peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whew! Again what a story!

  • By james on 06-05-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

The first Matthew Corbett story was fresh and interesting. It did not rely on outrageous happen chance and caricatures to advance the plot. Each subsequent book has been less thoughtful and less based in the time period. The last one seemed cartoonish and ludicrous. If Eduardo Ballerini were not narrating, it would not be bearable to listen. I doubt I will buy the next book.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,427
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,845

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

An interesting insight into abuse

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

As an actor, Alan Cumming is particularly well qualified to read his own book. He is less-gifted at writing a trustworthy narrative of his own life. We are left wondering at his complete exculpation from blame of his mother who witnessed the child abuse visited on him and his brother by his father and the lack of explanation for the breakdown of a 7 year marriage. Nonetheless, his descriptions of his childhood abuse and the impact they had on his life are well done and thoughtful. There's also enough humor and name-dropping to keep the account from getting too overwhelming.

  • Warriors of the Storm

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,108

A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia, and East Anglia. King Alfred's son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule the kingdoms. But all around, the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms' greatest warrior, controls Northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cornwell gets still better!

  • By NW on 01-19-16

Worst Female Vocalization Ever!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

A lot of sexist drivel in this one. The good women are all beautiful and the bad ones are ugly and made to sound like they migrated from an Audible Western. The vocal characterization of Brida was awful, but so was the assumption that any woman that no longer wanted to be in bed with Uhtred must be ugly and crazy, as well as a castrator. As for the rest of the story, there was a lot of recap and a sense of deja vu from previous books. This was definitely a mail-in from Cornwell.

  • Payment in Blood

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

The producer of a troubled play invites the cast to spend the weekend in his remote Scottish Highlands estate to hash out the problems. When the housemaid finds the playwright murdered in bed, Thomas Lynley and his partner must unmask the villain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fair for Elizabeth George

  • By Jennifer Pineiro on 05-09-16

Enjoyable, but dated

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Generally, I love Davina Porter, but I found her characterization of both Havers and Lynley to be discordant and her male voices not to be as good as usual. Her Helen was delightful.

As a modern police procedural, this seems very dated with no cellphones and limited computer usage. Finding clues by going through trunks for old theatre programs seems very hit or miss now.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful