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  • Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in]

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Possible Version of the Classic Whodunit

  • By Brian Abel Ragen on 11-10-17

Kenneth Branson is suberb

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-18

He reads so well doing all the different accents and intonations that it is new book. He makes even the production credits sound good.

  • A Desperate Fortune

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

For nearly 300 years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.... Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing - for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By Nancy Lindquist on 10-11-16

Wrong Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

The narrator for this book was just not the right one and it ruined the wonderful story. I read the book, that is the better way.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Frenchman's Creek

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: John Castle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Seeking peace of mind, Lady Donna de Colomb flees the stews of London and the Restoration court for remote Navaron. There she finds the boundless passion her spirit craves - daring to love the pirate hunted by all Cornwall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding...I loved every moment!

  • By Tara on 05-05-10

Better than Expected!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-14

The narration was wonderful and suited to the writing. The writing was so much more lyrical than I expected and made me want to hear every word. I will listen to this again. The story/plot is not complicated or complex but the writing makes you want to keep listening and the ending is not what I expected. Both du Maurier fans and romance readers will love this book.

  • The Five Bells and Bladebone

  • A Richard Jury Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

When a dismembered corpse is found in the compartments of an antique secretaire a abattant, Marshall Trueblood, recipient of the precious piece of furniture, is the first to protest: "I bought the desk, not the body, send it back" Who would want to kill Simon Lean, the greedy nephew of the wealthy Lady Summerston? Leave it to Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to suggest a connection to the murder of brassy Limehouse lady named Sadie Driver, found dead near Wapping Old Stairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By Cyd on 01-20-14

Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-20-14

Steve West has really captured the voice of Richard Jury and associates. This is a wonderful narration and I really hope that he continues to narrate the rest of the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Accused

  • Rosato & DiNunzio, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,721

New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling listeners with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another great Philadelphia tale with women

  • By Toby on 11-08-13

Great Story - overdone narrative

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

Reviewed: 12-09-13

This is a great story, fantastic plot and some great insights into people and relationships. BUT, the narrator overdoes the reading of some of the characters making them parodies of themselves, especially Mary's mother. If you are a Lisa Scottoline fan I recommend it anyway. I wish I had a Mary Di Nunzio!

  • The Company You Keep

  • By: Neil Gordon
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren, Hillary Huber, Kirby Heyborne, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Set against the rise and fall of the radical antiwar group the Weather Underground, The Company You Keep is a sweeping American saga about sacrifice, the ecstatic righteousness of youth, and the tension between political ideals and family loyalties. When Jason Sinai, one of the last Vietnam-era fugitives still wanted on murder charges for a robbery gone wrong in 1974, encounters a young newspaper reporter in search of a story, he must abandon years of safe underground life for the dangerous life of the road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook of the Year

  • By connie on 05-13-12

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-04-13

This audio version was wonderfully done. Using the multiple narrators echoed the book's written structure. I listened to it even after seeing the movie and reading the book, and it warrants multiple listens to completely follow all that is occurring in the various threads of the story.
I wish Neil Gordon's other 2 books which I have also already read could be recorded. They are all excellent

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dirty Duck

  • A Richard Jury Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

The Dirty Duck is a pub in Shakespeare's beloved Stratford, and in this pub Miss Gwendolyn Bracegirdle of Sarasota, Florida, fresh from a performance of As You Like It, takes her last drink. A few minutes later she is slashed ear to ear, the only clue: two lines from an unknown poem printed across a theater program. And Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury, just passing through Stratford for a glimpse of the intriguing Lady Kennington, instead takes a crash course in the bloodier side of Elizabethan verse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the novels, but the narrator!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-05-13

Miss the old narrators

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

Reviewed: 07-07-13

I love that you are doing Martha Grimes early books - love them all. But I do miss the narrating skills of Donada Peters and John Lee.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fortune of War

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N., arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Royal Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel, but the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant Tale

  • By Charles Atkinson on 04-13-16

Not a good place to start

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

Reviewed: 04-07-13

If you start here, you miss too much of the continuity of the story. If you're listening to them in order, after you hear Book 5, you won't be able to wait to hear this one. I couldn't. Book 5 is also 5 stars and you just can't stand it that it ends where it does. ps I am American

  • The Cloister Walk

  • By: Kathleen Norris
  • Narrated by: Debra Winger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

How can an understanding of celibacy strengthen a marriage? How does the mundane task of doing laundry become as sacred as ritual? Let Kathleen Norris explain. For over 10 years, thoroughly Protestant Norris has been an oblate at a Benedictine monastery. During this period, she has gained tremendous insight into the languages, customs, ceremonies, and sexuality of the men and women who have chosen the cloistered life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mark Bolgiano on 05-13-03

Poor Reading

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

I was surprised at the poor quality of the reading. I have read the book and liked it. But, for some reason, even though I love Debra Winger this reading was off. It was hurried and flat. It needs to be re-done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,585
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,195

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

  • By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

excellent in almost every way

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Truly very good. My only complaint is that Audible is so anxious to tell you that it is an audible production that you have no time to think about the last sentence. There should at least be a pause of a few seconds!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful