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  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,153

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

And Then There Was Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

What a perfect audiobook experience! Dan Stevens has the most delicious, resonant, and yet somehow personable voice. He switched so deftly from character to character that it felt like there were truly ten (plus a few) distinct people acting the story. And what a story!

In my younger days I read this novel without truly appreciating the genius of it. This time I thought about all the careful, crisp, creative plotting that went into this little masterpiece, and am as awed by the brilliance of Agatha Christie as I should have been when I was too callow to know better.

The characterization is wonderful as each is confronted by, and accepts, denies, is haunted by, or resolutely justifies their crimes, according to his/her personality. The plot device of poem and china dolls is so cunning that I found myself both dreading and looking forward to each successive murder, just to see how it would correlate and how it would escalate the behaviors of the dwindling cache of survivors.

Thank you, Agatha and Dan for keeping my mind occupied while the rest of me completed the mindless, menial tasks of packing up my classroom for the summer. :)

  • The Game of Kings

  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

The Game of Kings: First in The Lymond Saga. It's August 1547, and unrest in Europe is rife. Scotland, nominally ruled by 4 year old Queen Mary, is heaving with intrigue - and hot gossip. The notorious rebel, Crawford of Lymond, is rumoured to be back in Edinburgh. The city is sealed, but such things never worry 'Lymond'. As usual, he leaves a characteristic trail of hue and cry, vanished contraband, and a drunken sow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last, the best in historical fiction!

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 08-14-15

To Arms!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

How wonderful to finally have a recording of this fabulous, exciting, intriguing book! The reader was excellent; the story superb!
I first read the entire series 20 years ago, finding that Game of Kings was the most dense with poetry and language, but worth the effort. It sets up a character and world of adventures like no other. If you like clever plotting, well-formed characters, delicious historical detail, twists and double twists, this is the series for you.

  • Winterfair Gifts

  • A Vorkosigan Adventure
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

In the festive season of Winterfair on the planet Barrayar, Lord Miles Vorkosigan is making elaborate preparations for his wedding. The long-awaited event stirs up romance and intrigue among his eccentric family and friends, particularly for bioengineered space mercenary Sergeant Taura and shy, diffident Armsman Roic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Enjoyed

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-30-09

Romantic Sweetness

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Wedding Day for Miles. With a bit of mayhem, of course. I love that Bujold hasn't forgotten Taura or Ellie, because we certainly haven't. She also helps us remember why Ekaterin is the bride. A charming story all around.

  • A Civil Campaign

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

Lord Miles Vorkosigan has a problem that all his new power can't solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But, as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won't do, go to subterfuge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bujold does Jane Austen--nicely

  • By David on 10-16-09

Bugs and Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

The story is more Austen-like than some others in the series. Here we have no military strategy, but rather political intrigue and comedy of manners. All the Koudelka daughters have grown up, giving us another wonderful Vorkosigan-world circle of life. Plus, bug vomit. Once again, Bujold delivers a delightful, layered story that is entirely satisfying. Yet leaves us wanting more... Not because of monstrous, manipulative cliff-hangers, but because the characters and the writing are just so good.

Grover Gardner was superb as usual. His nuanced voice is just so perfectly suited to this series.

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,703

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Sophy

  • By Carol on 10-17-13

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

There's nothing about this which wasn't fun. The reader (Sarah Woodward) was superb, giving each character just the right tone and thoroughly mining every ounce of humor. I chuckled all the way through.

  • Komarr

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

Komarr could be a garden with 1,000 more years' work, or an uninhabitable wasteland if the terraforming fails. Now, the solar mirror vital to the terraforming of the conquered planet has been shattered by a ship hurtling off course. The emperor of Barrayar sends his newest imperial auditor, Lord Miles Vorkosigan, to find out why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a set up book for the rest of the series

  • By Nathan on 03-25-08

A Woman for Miles

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

just love a book that gives me heroines of honor, courage, and intelligence. Probably why I'm obsessed with this series. Miles is fabulous as usual, but the fact that the Vorkosigan World is peopled with deliciously complex and admirable women keeps me happily spending my book budget at Audible again and again.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,437
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,390

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

You Know It's Great!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

Phenomenal combination of the creative genius of JK Rowling and the vocal genius of Jim Dale. It seriously doesn't get better than this series of audiobooks.

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  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Sally on 01-04-10

Memorable

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Would you listen to North and South again? Why?

Absolutely! This was my first experience with Elizabeth Gaskell and it was a thoroughly rewarding one. I love the way she handled both sides of the labor issues, creating a story so much more nuanced than Dickens's Hard Times, and consequently so much more powerful. Plus, Gaskell gives us well-developed characters and a gorgeous romance just as powerful as Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of North and South?

There are many but the ending was so passionate and sweet that it constricts my heart every time I think of it.

Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Juliet Stevenson is always brilliant, but in this case, she is particularly outstanding.

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702

In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading, disturbing book

  • By Tad Davis on 11-03-08

Despair and Redemption

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Anthony Heald is a truly wonderful reader. I've tried many times to read C&P, both on my own and via different recordings. Each time I failed, although I knew I was missing out on a classic and important piece of literature. Finally, I came to this outstanding performance and the story came to life in Heald's capable hands. He rendered each character with distinction and gave each sentence clarity. I'm so glad I own this recording, so I can appreciate it again and again. Bravo!