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  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,606

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes). This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Has All the Hallmarks of a First Book

  • By Paul on 06-06-16

Wildly entertaining, with serious undertones.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This Mycroft may not be the one that Holmes fans recognize, but this is an adventurous young man, full of fun and idealism. Plus, he's in love. Younger brother Sherlock is still in school, and Mycroft has yet to move into the secretive upper echelons of the British government. An avid amateur detective himself, Mycroft goes to clever lengths to face down discrimination hiding in all levels of 19th-century society and finds himself tackling the slave trade head-on. Could encountering such evil in painfully unexpected places, be the seed of a colder, more distant older man? Who can say?

I had no idea when I ordered this book that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was already a widely published author. The writing is delightful, and the story thrilling. And the performance was perfect.

  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

  • How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
  • By: Margareta Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, meaning "death" and städning meaning "cleaning." This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner rather than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs listeners to embrace minimalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Home like story, very vivid. I found it practical

  • By Natalie on 01-05-18

Gentle and wise

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

A helping hand for when we are faced with the accumulation of a lifetime, written with grace. Juliet Stevenson lends a comforting, gentle style, so we are not overwhelmed with what can be a difficult stage of life.

  • Death Around the Bend

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 3
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238

When Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are invited to Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate for a week of motor racing and parties, they both agree it sounds like a perfectly charming holiday. But when one of the drivers dies in a crash during the very first race, they discover that what seemed like an uncharacteristic error in judgement may have a more sinister explanation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done you, T E Kinsey!

  • By stefani on 06-10-17

Another delightful adventure.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Even better than the first two in the series. and Elizabeth Knowelden is simply marvelous.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51,617

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

Thrilling and clever

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

It takes a bit to get into the story, but the adventure excitement continues to build. Rosario Dawson is perfect for such a spirited, sassy heroine. Great fun all around.

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,498

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

Delightful. <br />

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Fun and fascinating. Full of historical details written with great wit. Michael Kitchen's performance is perfect.

  • Christmas Past

  • A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 354

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I could give more stars than 5

  • By D on 12-26-17

Heartwarming.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

One of the best St. Mary's short stories. Zara Ram is as wonderful as ever.

  • Once a Crooked Man

  • By: David McCallum
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

Crime pays. And pays well. Sal, Max, and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old, and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly a good romp

  • By Laurie Gore on 03-05-16

Original, suspenseful, and very funny

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

An intelligent and funny suspense story, with plot twists every which way. Another display of talent from the modern Renaissance man, David McCallum.

  • How to Train Your Dragon

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Fun!

  • By melrailey on 02-02-14

Possibly the most fun audio series ever

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

This review actually applies to the complete series. The stories are witty and clever, with just enough gross stuff that kids love, as well as inside jokes for grown-ups like me. David Tennant's performance is brilliant, with a vast array of voice characterizations that made me laugh out loud. The stories start out with Hiccup much younger than the movies, and a far different storyline, but tons of fun. After 5 years with Audible, these might be my absolute favorites.

  • How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573

Follow the further adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as his Viking training continues and his father leads a stranger and the Hairy Hooligans to the Isle of Skullions in search of a pirate's treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GOBBER THE BELCH

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-05-17

Love the whole series.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

Fun story. David Tennant is brilliant. Rollicking good time to listen and laugh out loud.

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

  • By Wayne on 09-03-17

Richard Armitage is amazing.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. The well-known story has been dramatized so many times that I had forgotten parts of the novel that are often left out on screen. Dickens' language is so vibrant, and the Richard Armitage's performance is extraordinary. I have already raved about it to all my friends.

What was one of the most memorable moments of David Copperfield [Audible]?

Hearing the voice of Miss Betsey Trotwood for the first time was great fun.

What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

He usually plays such serious roles, who would have thought that he had such a treasure of voices. Not a one of them didn't sound authentic...men or women, from regions all over Britain. His characterizations were brilliant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At 35 hours long that would have been a struggle. But I did listen for long stretches, without wanting to stop.

Any additional comments?

The audio really breathed new life into this classic story.

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