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  • Greenglass House

  • By: Kate Milford
  • Narrated by: Chris Henry Coffey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

It's wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler's inn is always quiet during this season, and 12-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo's home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly delightful experience!

  • By Lori on 02-19-17

Well written, but was too long and confusing

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I enjoyed the characters and the quality of the writing and performance - but it was just too long and too juvenile for my taste. It was also confusing, particularly the part that involves role playing games. I loved the Inn. I would like to go stay there a week or two in the winter.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,077
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,070

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A decent short short story

  • By All for Him on 10-05-18

Only okay

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Not much of a ghost story. Rather predictable and tired story of haunted house. The parents were idiots to bring the baby back to the house after the enduring the harrowing experience which led to the baby being hospitalized. Pure idiots.

  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

This turned me against pot pies - great book!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Fantastic addition to the Virgil Flowers series. Virgil is working a shooting case in a very small dying town where tourist are now pouring in to see the Virgin Mary appearance in the tiny Catholic church. After the appearance of Virgin Mary, courtesy of the mayor, his teenage buddy and a young lady friend, the town is enjoying an economic upturn, which was the mayor's plan all along. Bad news is that a sniper has now shot and wounded two tourist and Virgil is assigned to catch the shooter. The town has only one restaurant and the food is terrible. As we all know, Virgil loves his restaurant food, so he is sorely disappointed and is forced to eat microwaved pot pies from the convenience store, owned by the mayor. He eats pot pies until he is absolutely sick of them. Things get worse when a third person, a local citizen, is shot and killed by the sniper. Other murders of local citizens also occur. Virgil is totally stumped and cannot find a motive or a suspect.

Jenkins and Shrek come to the town to help and one of them is seriously wounded by the killer. The books introduces loads of enjoyable and interesting characters including the mayor and his buddies, the hairdresser, and the bumbling Nazi gang. It was a pleasure listening to this book and the stories of the characters. Virgil's personal story also expands as Frankie is pregnant. I am still not quite sold on the Virgil/Frankie relationship but am hoping that I can start liking Frankie. At this point in time I just cannot connect with her, nor do I feel warm toward her.

This was one of the best Virgil Flowers books in the series and I listened nonstop until the very end, which was very satisfying. Eric Condor did his usual excellent narration of the book. He has a wonderful voice and truly understands the story and the characters, which is evident from his performance. He makes the book even more enjoyable and NEVER gets in the way of the story. Sandford is a master story teller and manages to always be interesting. He is a great descriptive writer yet, in my opinion, he is NEVER too descriptive. Just enough details to make the story interesting and realistic.

  • Rumours & Recklessness

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Nicole Clarkston
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate. Finally confronted with a woman who ignites all his hopes, he agonizes over the cruel trick of fate which placed her in a situation beneath his notice. The morning after the Netherfield ball, he resolves to put as much distance between himself and her as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Fabulous Mrs B on 04-27-16

Excellent Pride and Prejudice variation

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

A little tangled toward the middle and end, but still a very good variation of one of my very favorite books, Pride and Prejudice. This starts after the disastrous Netherton Ball. Instead of Bingley and Darcy leaving for London, they stay in the neighborhood because Mr. Bennett falls from his horse and the sickening Parson Collins tries to take over Longbourne. Darcy can not allow Collins to have Elizabeth and he intervenes. Other things involving all the P&P characters, but alll ends well with the big wedding. Quite satisfying.

  • The Breakers Omnibus

  • Books 1-3 and Prequel Novella
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 42 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202

Books 1-3 and the prequel novella of the Breakers series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad I downloaded this one.

  • By Stevie Havoc on 11-16-15

I was not impressed

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I was not very impressed.

Over all I give this series a 2. First, please listen to this on at least 1.25 speed, or higher. The narrator, even if fairly good, is very slow.

The first book 0 was fairly short and described how the first responders reacted to the new flu outbreak. The main characters, Elle and Chip are former lovers. He has a young daughter, Dee. I did not really connect to any of the characters. Chip was whiney and Elle was abrasive. Dee was antagonistic. It was a far-fetched story that really did not explain where the virus started. It ended abruptly and badly. I rate it about 2

Book one was a little more interesting. It follows two couples. One is in New York. Walt is the male and he is a very likeable person. His girlfriend is not likeable, but he absolutely adores her. She dies early on from the flu and Walt decides to walk to Los Angeles because his dead girlfriend always wanted to live there. Walt wants to die there. He has many close calls and adventures on his trip and becomes a tough man. The other couple, Randolph and Mia is in Los Angeles. I liked them a great deal. They are very good to one another. They are immune to the flu, as is Walt, but tall become extremely challenged by the aliens. They realize the aliens sent the virus to soften up the inhabitants of earth so that the aliens can easily take over Earth. As is quite predicable, Walt, Randolph and Mia meet up, along with a tough ex-Viet Nam Vet named Otto. They fight the aliens. Speaking of Aliens, this really is a stupid plot line in my opinion. I give this book about a 2.5

Book 2 is called Meltdown and follows two sets of siblings. Two brothers, Shawn and Ness are losers and hate to work. They live with Mom in either Idaho. I did not find either one of them very relatable or likeable. The other set of siblings is a teenage boy Aldan and his sister Tristan. They became very tough and able to defend themselves. I like them. They live in northern California. Both sets of siblings have many adventures, set backs and separations. They also tangle with the aliens. An Alien named Sebastian comes into the story and he is one of my favorite characters. This book was extremely long, and very boring in many parts. It was also very unbelievable, even for an alien/apocalypse story. I give this book a 2.

I can’t rate the last part of the Omnibus because I am now too bored and uninterested in continuing. I am returning this audible selection, Breakers Omnimbs.



  • In the Wilds of Derbyshire

  • By: Jann Rowland
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Rejected by a sister who has allowed her new status as wife to Mr. Bingley to make her proud, Elizabeth Bennet goes to her uncle's estate in Derbyshire, ostensibly to assist her cousin in her introduction to society. In reality, Elizabeth feels there is nothing left for her in the neighborhood of her birth. Her uncle's estate is small, and Elizabeth must work while there, and though she finds her tasks easy to bear. She quickly becomes close to her young cousin and uncle, though her aunt is a hard, demanding woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By KateB on 07-09-18

Interesting version of Elizabeth and Darcy

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

An almost totally different story from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice but fun to hear. In this version Elizabeth does not meet Darcy until after Jane and George Bingley get married and there is not the well known misunderstanding between them. They get to fall in love naturally but there are women out there who think Darcy should be theirs. Women such as Carolina Bingley, who is deliciously mean and haughty. Women such as the daughter of an Earle who thinks that her estate and title should be sufficient for Darcy to choose her.

Jane and Elizabeth are estranged due to Jane's apparent feelings of superiority since she married George Bingley. Darcy's sister Georgianna is wonderful and Elizabeth's cousin Oliva is also precious. They look up to Elizabeth and love her as a dear sister.

Fun book if you love Pride and Prejudice and even if you have never read it. This book can stand alone. I could dwell in the world of Jane Austencontinuously.

  • Junkyard Dogs

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,652

Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last! What took so long to get this book??

  • By Kathy on 06-23-10

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Extremely well written and performed.Graig Johnson's Walt Longmire is an extraordinary character. So are the many supporting characters in the series. Henry Standing Bear is my other favorite, along with Ruby, Vick and the other deputies. In this particular book three dogs share the limelight as great characters. First there is Walt's dog named Dog. He is a huge mixed breed dog that hangs out with Walt at all times. He has become a favorite of mine since he first appeared a few books ago. Then there are the two Junkyard dogs, named Butch and Sundance. All three of these dogs play a big part in this book.

The book starts off with Gramps being dragged along behind his granddaughter in law's Oldsmobile. He was tied to the bumper and up on the roof when she cranks up the car and heads into town. Then there is the mystery of the severed thumb the Sheriff's office found and then the murders begin. There are many twists and turns that all come to a satisfying conclusion.

I must mention that George Guidall is the best narrator possible for performing the Walt Longmire series. Guidall is fantastic. I can't explain why, but if you listen for three or four minutes, you will understand. He is so talented and it is obvious that he clearly understands the story and the characters. Speaking of story, Graig Johnson is a master storyteller. Couple that with his mastery of the written language and you have a winner - throw in Guidall's performance and you have a MEGA HIT. Junkyard Dogs is a great book in a great series.

  • West Cork: Aftershow

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde, Jesse Baker
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 552

Finished listening to West Cork? In this bonus aftershow, you will hear the latest from executive producer Jesse Baker with producers Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey on the burning questions sparked by their Audible Original about Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s mysterious murder. What it was like to spend a year of their lives with a suspected murderer? How might the investigation have been bungled? Where does the case stand now? Listen here for answers to all of the above, as well the newest developments in this as-yet-unsolved crime.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother

  • By Laura G. on 05-26-18

Very good follow up - I love these people

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

What a great follow up to a fantastic production of West Cork. Bungey and Forde are amazing people and I would love to have dinner and wine with them. They are so natural and cordial. I was interested in their opinions after listening to West Cork and this was a satisfying interview by Jesse Baker. She is a likable person too.

If you have not yet listened to West Cork - do not listen to Aftershow. Go directly to West Cork. You won't regret the time. It is a fascinating story of a murder and the main suspect.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,765

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Phonemically good - Very well done!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

What a pleasant surprise. This was an excellent production of a fascinating story. I don't know if I have ever listened to a better production of voices, particularly the interviews of the various people. Totally awesome and believably real. In fact, I still don't know if the voices were acted or if they were recordings of the actual people. If they were acted, then that was the best acting imaginable. If the dialog was actual recordings, then they were excellently elicited, selected and put together. I was glued to my ear buds for the entire duration - yep, stayed up all night!

This is the story of a murder in Ireland back in the 1990s of a young beautiful French woman. She was brutally beaten to death. The main suspect is an extraordinary character. Sometimes I liked him and sometimes I disliked him. He was majorly flawed but I am not sure if he is a killer. Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde - you are fantastically talented. Thank you for this marvelous production.

  • No Time Like the Past

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 5
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869

Jodi Taylor’s best-selling series The Chronicles of St. Mary is back with a bang…St. Mary’s has been rebuilt, and it’s business as usual for the history department. But first there’s the little matter of a 17th-century ghost that only Mr. Markham can see. Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London…and an unfortunately timed comfort break at Thermopylae, leaving the fate of the Western world hanging in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Taylor Does it Again!

  • By DarleneL on 04-22-15

Good but growing old

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I am getting burned out on this series. It is becoming very predictable and has a sameness about it. The worst about this book is that Max does such stupid and unnecessary things that cause herself and other great hardship. Could easily be avoided. Really stupid that she would not taze a group of hooligan kids who were stoning her to death because they were kids and she did not want to hurt them. Best thing was the Max and Leon wedding. I like Leon a great deal.