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  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,613

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Shirley on 04-16-17

More than a Cozy . . Awesome Female Detective!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

What an enjoyable listen! Not only was the book well written, it was expertly narrated as well. And the story was a perfect detective tale that kept me engaged and listening carefully. Lved the Victorian-era setting and the descriptive "people and places" Saunders employed. A delightful few hours in Wishtide! Hope there will be more.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,296

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

And the point is?.....

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

IQ is certainly an interesting story -- and introduces listeners to the rough side of the "hood." But although I enjoyed it, in the end, I felt it was little more than a mish mash of "tales from the hood" that were supposed to offer moral guidance (or something.) Yes, in the end, IQ worked hard to atone for his misspent youth. But still, it was just that. . . . a series of tales that didn't make me empathetic to the main character(s) of the book.

Still, I'm glad I bought it and listened. BTW, the narration is outstanding.

  • The Constant Gardener

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest love story of the last fifty years

  • By Darwin8u on 06-30-13

Beautifully Crafted Story

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

What is Africa but a laboratory for big pharmas discoveries and mistakes? That is at the heart of this story. If you love stories about the Brits and how they pursue dominion over "third world" countries, this is it. If you love stories of how American capitalism rides roughshod over anything that might stand between it and profit, this is it. If you love stories about loyalty, love and devotion, this is it. Enjoyed every minute, although I still wish for a happier ending.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deliverance

  • By: James Dickey
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262

The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "A river runs through it..."

  • By karen on 11-01-13

Better than the movie!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This is an oldie but a goodie. And so much better than the movie. The descriptive narration transports you to a place you really don't want to be. . . and tosses you into the raging river and into the heinous crimes -- man against man -- that transpire there. Difficult to listen to at times but even more difficult are the decisions made on the river. Morality questioned at its core.

  • Sourdough

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her - feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious!

  • By Lylo on 11-13-17

Ugh! Too Outrageously Improbable

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This one isn't my cup of tea. A woman who goes from high level robotic programming to making sourdough bread to using a robot in an experimental kitchen. . . none of it caught my fancy. It was just drudgery listening. . . although I LOVED Robin Sloan's "Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore." Both are reality-turned-science fiction tomes, but this one was just too offbeat for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Doll's House

  • A Detective Helen Grace Thriller
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Scott Joseph
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Ruby wakes up in a strange room. Her captor calmly explains that no one is looking for her. No one wants her. Except him. When the body of a woman is found buried on a secluded beach, Detective Helen Grace is called to the scene. She knows right away that the killer is no amateur. The woman has been dead for years, and no one has even reported her missing. But why would they? She's still sending text messages to her family.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • so bad

  • By Zendegy on 04-12-18

Gripping Detective Story for Sure!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I have enjoyed all the Helen Grace thrillers to date and this one was no exception. A deranged man; serial murders; virtually clueless cases. . . . until Helen Grace uses her gut instincts to search out the clues no one else seems to see. Great story, lots of action, and really good narration.

  • All the Pretty Horses

  • The Border Trilogy, Book One
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550

Sixteen-year-old John Grady Cole's grandfather has just died, his parents have permanently separated, and the family ranch, upon which he had placed so many boyish hopes, has been sold. Rootless and increasingly restive, Cole leaves Texas, accompanied by his friend Lacey Rawlins, and begins a journey across the vaquero frontier into the badlands of northern Mexico.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful writing

  • By LMS on 05-21-15

A Worthwhile Classic

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I had started this one some time ago and left it. . .just couldn't get into the poetic descriptions that are so Cormac McCarthy. But then, I started again, and this time, was able to enjoy the prose and the story of a young man's journey in the late 1940's. I enjoyed it so much that I have even downloaded the sequel -- just because the story is so good.

Narration is sometimes a bit stilted; but the story shines through.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everything You Told Me

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,422

You went to bed at home, just like every other night. You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away. You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last 10 hours. You have no phone, no money, just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing. You know you weren't planning to kill yourself. Your family and friends think you are lying. Someone knows exactly what happened to you. But they're not telling....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over the top but still held my attention

  • By Lizzystick on 04-25-17

Twisted! So Very Twisted!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

OMG! This one is a psychological thriller that will leave you speechless. Just a story about an ordinary young mother struggling to manage a newborn and a toddler-- without going crazy. But then she thinks she did. But is it just a plot against her? If so, by whom? Her brother's movie star girlfriend with whom she's never had a good relationship? Her parents? Her mother-in-law? Her husband? Her old classmate/ex? This is a great listen and the narration is spot on!

  • You Sent Me a Letter

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

What if your worst enemy discovered your darkest secret? At 2:00 a.m. on the morning of her 40th birthday, Sophie wakes in the darkness of her bedroom and finds a stranger watching her from the foot of the bed. The intruder hands Sophie a letter and issues an ultimatum: the message is to be opened at her forthcoming party, in front of family and friends, at exactly 8:00 p.m.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me interested the whole time

  • By Listening Queen on 05-16-17

Incredible! Great Mystery Plot & Humorous Too!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Wow! This was a true page turner! I had no idea it would such fun to listen to and such arduous work to unravel a mystery of extraordinary proportions! Sophie is turning 40 and there is lots of humor in that as she looks forward; but the sinister things going on around her are mind boggling! Is Marc blackmailing her? His ex-wife? Her ex? Someone else? Who? Who? Things get really interesting in this story and you won't be able to put it down once you get into it. I had to finish it the second day after just listening to 1 hour the first day!

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,765

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept Me Coming Back Every Day

  • By Dewese on 02-28-18

Terrific Tale!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I REALLY liked this podcast! Not only is it a mesmerizing story, but the way it was put together kept my interest throughout. The only thing I didn't like (because I listen to multiple sections of the podcast at a time) was the minute or so intro between each, citing the producers, authors, etc. But I just hit the advance 30 second button twice and that took care of the issue. True crime, small Irish village, gossip, rumors, quirky folks, incompetent police, and more. Would love more of this type of offering.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful