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  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 865

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-22-12

Fire the narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

I'm only an hour into the book, so I will update this when I actually finish... That being said, I read the reviews complaining about the new narrator but the first book was so good that I thought "how bad can it be?" It's bad. The new narrator makes Maggie Hope sound like an earnest teenager not an accomplished woman who had been accepted to an MIT graduate program.

In my limited opinion, I think a lot of the complaints about the dumbing down of the book are related more to the narrators little girl-like voice and may not be fully attributable to the writer's efforts.

Again, will update when I finish, but if I could go back in time I'd read this book in print than continue to slog through the Audible version.

  • Year of Wonders

  • A Novel of the Plague
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Awful Narrator

  • By Diana Dunn on 07-12-12

Good story - annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Would you listen to Year of Wonders again? Why?

Listen - no - really didn't like the narrator's tone of voice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Year of Wonders?

The strength and fortitude of the main character Anna Frith.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Geraldine Brooks?

Almost anyone; maybe Davina Porter?

If you could take any character from Year of Wonders out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Anna Frith, perhaps Eleanor as well. I'd love to hear more about Anna's experiences during the epilogue of the tale.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book, and the adaptation of this 'true' story of a plague year in Darbyshire, England. My only complaint; the narrator had the most annoying nasal, downcast quality to her voice. While this was not a happy story for the most part - each time I started up the recording my own mood would deflate to match the tone of the story. Once the book got going I could kind of ignore the tone of the narrator's voice - but ugh - not my favorite narrator by any stretch.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Farthing

  • Small Change, Book 1
  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: John Keating, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Couldn't Happen Here, Right? RIGHT?

  • By Nancy J on 05-29-13

Thought provoking and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-26-12

An interesting What if.

What if Britain 'negotiated' peace with Hitler? In this novel; events take place several years after the war ends in Britain; but the battle still rages in Kursk and other regions. This novel is both a mystery and a social commentary. However the social commentary is much more matter of fact than preachy. The author delivers his/her message in a way that doesn't so much beat the reader about the head; but allows one to explore their own response to the message in and ponder how they would react in a similar situation.

Definitely a worth-while read and I'll be reading the other two books in the series soon.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Everything We Ever Wanted

  • A Novel
  • By: Sara Shepard
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

A recently widowed mother of two, Sylvie Bates-McAllister finds her life upended by a late-night phone call from the headmaster of the prestigious private school founded by her grandfather where her adopted son Scott teaches. Allegations of Scott's involvement in a hazing scandal cause a ripple effect, throwing the entire family into chaos. For Charles, Sylvie's biological son, it dredges up a ghost from the past who is suddenly painfully present. For his wife Joanna, it forces her to reevaluate everything she's hoped for in the golden Bates-McAllisters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What happens when families don't talk

  • By Maggieck on 12-01-11

What happens when families don't talk

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

Reviewed: 12-01-11

Essentially this book is about a group of people who's most firm connection to each other is their lack of communication. No one 'really' speaks to anyone. It's an allegory of how assumptions and fear leads to barriers.

A decent read - but not all that 'enjoyable'.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dublin Student Doctor

  • An Irish Country Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Patrick Taylor’s devoted readers and listeners know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal - and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become. In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal O’Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the series all began!

  • By J. LaCroix on 10-21-11

Hated the beginning but it got better.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-11

I chose this book as it reminded me of the All Creature's Great & Small series - just for people. Initially I hated the arrogance/self-importance of the main character. However once the story focused more on his past as a student doctor - I got what I was looking for and became much happier with the story.

A decent read - but not good enough to seek out other titles in the series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Taker

  • By: Alma Katsu
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 342

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her...despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Left wanting something more...

  • By Jodie on 10-25-11

Egh - kind of a downer

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

Reviewed: 12-01-11

I read an article this week that defined happiness as "being satisfied with what you have" if that's true, then this book is the definition of unhappiness.

Based on the description; I did not expect the book I got. That being said - I'm not sure what I was expecting. I think clearer resolution might be it. I felt like the book "ended" as opposed to it being "finished".

I will say that I think Lanny did finally start to mature emotionally by the last chapter, I don't think it was enough of a leap to really make me feel like the journey was worth it.

I had been considering reading this book and then a book club I belong to selected it for this month's selection. I'm glad I had a reason to finish what was otherwise a pointless and dull book.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    1,088 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • The English American

  • By: Alison Larkin
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 443

When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Michael on 07-05-09

Great book, well worth reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-08

I chose the English American, mainly because my mother's maiden name is Larkin and she was always a very strong Anglophile, so I probably came to the book for different reasons than the average reader.

That being said, I found the book by turns heartbreaking and delightful. I so wanted Pip's (birth)mother to not be the woman she was. I wanted her (birth)father to be less impressed with his own self-importance. But I also cheered for Pip and her own journey of self-discovery which she wouldn't have taken otherwise.

Finally I think the unsung hero's of the story are Pip's (adoptive) parents. Not every parent has the love and faith necessary to let their child explore where they came from, without feeling rejected by that child. Bravo, to them for loving thier daughter so much they let her become who she truly is.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fallen

  • By: David Maine
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, enthralling portrait of a family driven (and riven) by familiar passions and jealousies. The result is a staggering achievement and intimate, hilarious, and utterly original telling of temptation and murder, and of exile and loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable!

  • By Jacob on 02-08-06

Could have been better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-08

Like others, I bought this title on a whim, and found myself a bit dissapointed. While the format of reverse chonology was interesting I found the writing rather superficial. The author seems to skim the surface of the aspects of the story he found less interesting. Delving more deeply only into the existential questions that interested him. I bought the book as part of Amazon's recent 100 for $10 sale - for that price it was mostly worth it.

  • A Prison Diary

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

On July 19, 2001, Jeffrey Archer is sentenced to four years in prison for perjury. He serves the first three weeks of his sentence in a high-prison that houses some of Britain's most violent criminals. Archer contemplates suicide; he is allowed out and followed by 100 reporters on the day of his mother's funeral; he's moved to the Lifer's wing because of the security; and he becomes a trusted confidant for fellow convicts. A Prison Diary is Archer's account of these events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Worthwhile Listen

  • By Jeffrey on 10-19-03

If only it was longer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-08

Regardless of Mr. Archer's guilt or innocence, I found this book fascinating and completly engaging. My only complaint was it's length. I would have much preferred to continue on the journey through the British penal system. Read this book, it's one you'll find unable to put down!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful