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  • New Corpse in Town

  • Secret Seal Isle Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lucy Quinn
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

FBI agent Cookie James is enjoying her extended leave from the agency on Secret Seal Isle, managing her quaint inn, and flirting with the oh-so sexy-handyman, Dylan Creed . . . until her 60-year-old mother goes skinny dipping and is almost drowned by a corpse. A phone call to the sheriff should mean the end of Cookie’s involvement, but when it’s clear the sheriff has no interest in the investigation, Cookie calls in reinforcements - her ex-partner Hunter O’Neil.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Laura Collins on 05-08-18

Laugh your sox off!

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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: 01-19-19

The FBI agent is hiding out from the mob with a new name, a new job running a small inn on an island in Maine, and her unrepentant hippie mother making her nutz. Then a body washes up on the shore in at the back of the inn but the lackluster deputy just blows it off as an accident with no evidence or interest. So she gets in touch with the hottie who is her former partner who speeds to the rescue looking all Men In Black taking charge and the sparks begin to fly, especially as she had been getting friendly with her contractor.
Lots of laughs over the antics of the mom who has absolutely no filters. This is a fun book, not a police procedural.
Traci Odom manages to accomplish the narration without totally cracking up!

  • Murder with Peacocks

  • By: Donna Andrews
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. In her small Virginia hometown, she's the maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones - each of whom has dumped the planning in her hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony while another wants live peacocks on the lawn. But when an offensive newcomer, who hints at skeletons in the guests' closets, is found dead under suspicious circumstances, level-headed Meg's to-do list extends from flower arrangements and bridal registries to catching a killer - before the next event is her own funeral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG a must read

  • By Sandra Parsons on 01-10-19

The blacksmith wins the day!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Maid of honor for three weddings in less than two hot summer months complete with Bridezillas, a body on the beach, attempts at murder, and what else?!?
Meg Lanslow is about to lose her mind in the Commonwealth of Virginia!
The audio is delightedly performed by Bernadette Dunne.

  • Legends of the Ancient World: The Life and Legacy of Constantine the Great

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

It would be hard if not outright impossible to overstate the impact Roman Emperor Constantine I had on the history of Christianity, Ancient Rome, and Europe as a whole. Best known as Constantine the Great, the kind of moniker only earned by rulers who have distinguished themselves in battle and conquest, Constantine remains an influential and controversial figure to this day. He achieved enduring fame by being the first Roman emperor to personally convert to Christianity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done

  • By Jan on 01-19-19

Well done

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I think that this condensed biography achieved its goal of combining the military records with the ecclesiastical ones. It is the record of a man of his time with all the bloodthirsty aspects of war and politics as well as his ability to unite the people by declaring all religions legal. The author seems less than convinced that Constantine was a Christian than that he could intuit the way that the wind blew.
The audio is narrated by Dan Gallagher.

  • The Battle of the Ironclads

  • The Monitor & the Merrimac
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Joseph Chialastri
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

On March 8, 1862, the newest era of naval warfare began. That day the CSS Virginia, an ironclad created out of the hull of the scuttled USS Merrimac by the Confederates, sailed down the Elizabeth River to Hampton Roads, where a Union blockade fleet was anchored. The wooden ships of the North were no match for the ironclad, which quickly rammed and sank the USS Cumberland.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mediocre

  • By Jan on 01-19-19

mediocre

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

As a thesis it probably rates a C, if Publish or Perish not even that. The material is good, especially since they shared only one battle which each declared victory but never really fought again and each vessel began and sank within the year 1862. Much quoting from records and correspondence, sometimes the same material twice. The importance of the development of the ironclad ships and their role in future shipbuilding is only hinted at.
The audio is narrated by Joseph Chialastri

  • American Legends: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: James Weippert
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

For a man who grew up to become the "Bull Moose", Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child, suffering from asthma and other maladies. But his physical weakness actually drove him to be more active, which also fostered an interest in nature. It also helped that Teddy's family was wealthy, allowing him privileges including home school and the ability to attend Harvard, where he was an athlete and took an interest in naval affairs. After finishing at Harvard, Teddy entered politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great life condensed

  • By Jan on 01-19-19

A great life condensed

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Some think of hunting, Rough Riders, and a man whose life fell apart when his wife and mother died the day his daughter was born. I think of the NYC police commissioner, Asst Secretary of the Navy, founder of the National Park Service, and aggressive trust buster. He was all that and so much more as evidenced by this brief but intense recounting of his life. Truly a Good Read.
The audio is narrated by James Weippert.

  • Your Guide to The Hobbit

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." So starts one of Western literature's most epic journeys, The Hobbit, a fantasy novel that has delighted adults and children alike since it was published in 1937 by professor J.R.R. Tolkien. Ostensibly, The Hobbit is an adventurous tale about hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who leaves the cozy comforts of his home to try to win a share of a treasure guarded by a dragon named Smaug.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • About the author and the book for those of us who.

  • By Jan on 01-19-19

About the author and the book for those of us who.

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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: 01-19-19

This book is great for those of us who have never read The Hobbit and know less than nothing about the creation of the book. It seems that the author was a Beowulf scholar known as the Father of High Fantasy and originally wrote it for children. This thesis points out the many earlier works by the Norse and the Germanic tribes that influenced Tolkien and his penchant for creating languages.
If you are familiar with The Hobbit you can skip this one, but if you've only been exposed to snippets you really would benefit from reading this.
Once again the narrator is Colin Fluxman who always is remarkable.

  • Westminster Abbey

  • The History of England's Most Famous Church
  • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

It almost goes without saying that Westminster Abbey is one of the foremost sites in Europe when it comes to being steeped in history. Dating back to the reign of William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest, Westminster Abbey has traditionally been the site of royal coronations, royal weddings, and royal burials, and anyone who enters can instantly feel that they are walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, from Henry III to Queen Elizabeth I.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capsule history at its best!

  • By Jan on 01-19-19

Capsule history at its best!

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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: 01-19-19

I admit that as an American my eyes were crossing at the lengthy lesson in British history. However, as an Episcopalian I was entranced by the detailed description of the building, changes in administration and nomenclature, practice of honoring selective persons of note, and the honored dead of International wars. I found it extremely well done and useful, much more than I expected from a Publish or Perish.
The audio is performed by Colin Fluxman who managed to spark life into the dreary parts.

  • Uncle Sam’s Devil Island

  • The History and Legacy of Alcatraz Island
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In a sense, it was fitting that Alcatraz became the most famous prison in American history, because hundreds of years before the penitentiary was located there, it was being used by Native Americans to banish members. Uncle Sam’s Devil Island: The History and Legacy of Alcatraz Island chronicles the history of the island before, during, and after it became America’s most notorious prison. You will learn about The Rock like never before. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read previsit!

  • By Jan on 01-16-19

Excellent read previsit!

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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: 01-16-19

The publisher's blurb does a pretty good job, and even mentions the Photos, online and print resources the reader can use. As a historical thesis, I hope she got and A!
The audio is narrated by Jim D. Johnston who does very well.

  • Live Free or Tri

  • A Collection of Three Short Mystery Stories
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Kate Tyler
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Death and deception: Appearances are often deceiving and that is the underlying premise in this collection of short crime fiction. In "Live Free or Die" naive 21-year-old Emmy falls hard for 31-year-old Jack, an efficiency expert from New Hampshire who is not all what he seems. In "Murder in the Marsh" cyclist Carrie Anne Camack discovers more than she bargained for in the fertile farmlands of Ontario's Holland Marsh. In the final story, "The Cycopaths", a triathlon team's open-water swim training in Collingwood, Ontario, has deadly consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Mysterious Fun

  • By Big Cheese on 06-18-18

Enjoy!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Ahhh, Toronto! Where the people are fun, imaginative, and the humor is subtle. The three very short stories are summarized in the publisher's blurb and that's good enough, but the skill employed in crafting good character exploration and a devious plot are the important stuff! Great length for short waits or rides.
I have the audio narrated by Kate Tyler whose audio interpretation really adds good things!

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  • Queen of the Lakes (Great Lakes Books Series)

  • By: Mark L. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

This book is an account of ships that have borne the name Queen of the Lakes, an honorary title indicating that, at the time of its launching, a ship is the longest on the Great Lakes. In one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the maritime history of the lakes, Mark Thompson presents a vignette of each of the dozens of ships that have held the title, chronicling the dates the ship sailed, its dimensions, the derivation of its name, its role in the economic development of the region, and its sailing history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of great info!

  • By Jan on 01-14-19

Lots of great info!

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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: 01-14-19

Not just a history of an appellation given to the finest ship of its time, this is a detailed history of the development and progression of the ships, canals, passenger or cargo functions, and docking within the Great Lakes waterways. The technical information is somewhat daunting yet fascinating. Beginning with the early sailing ships and historically progressing to the ore carriers of today including their designers I found this book fascinating until it was commandeered by a visiting relative who was born along Lake Michigan, went to college at the point of Lake Superior, and now lives along Lake Erie. He did give it back when he went home and I continue to entertain myself in it.
I have the audio narrated by Bill Nevitt who really excels in the clear presentation of arcane and technical matters.