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    • The Devil's Novice

    • The Eighth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Outside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peters and Saint Paul, in September of the year of our Lord 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive 19-year-old novice. Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation. Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname the Devil's Novice. Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priest's dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet's innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before a boy's pure passion, not evil intent, leads a novice to the noose.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Poor Narration Detracts from Story

    • By Steven on 11-10-03

    Regular price: $19.57

    • The Love Match

    • The Waverley Women, Book 3
    • By: Marion Chesney
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Waverley women pursue their aspirations no matter what the obstacle. They may marry if the cause seems to suit the purpose, or they may flirt until their heart is content - or, perhaps, until the gentleman who has proven to be the most elusive of all is clearly within reach. No matter what the obstacle, none is too big for a Waverley woman. These are books of dreams, lessons, fanciful thoughts, and, most of all, tales of girls grown now to women who won't settle for anything less than their full dream, impossible as it may seem at the outset.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The First Rebellion

    • The Waverly Women, Book 1
    • By: Marion Chesney
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    The Earl of Tredair has had his fill of balls, routs, and silly misses, and he despairs of finding someone extraordinary - that is, until he meets Miss Fanny Waverley. Most unique and intriguing, Fanny and her two sisters are the adopted daughters of the reclusive bluestocking Madame Waverley. They have been raised as her disciples to spread the word of women's rights and to encourage poor oppressed females to stand up against the iniquities of the male sex. The beautiful and farouche Miss Fanny, however, finds it quite difficult to think of all men as cruel and lustful beasts....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not up to Chesney's Usual Standards

    • By Nancy J on 07-29-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Raven in the Foregate

    • The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Christmas, 1141 A.D. Abbot Radulfus returns from London, bringing with him a priest for the vacant living of Holy Cross (known as the Foregate), a man of presence, scholarship and discipline, but neither humility nor the common touch. When he is found drowned in the mill-pond, suspicion is cast in many directions, not least toward a young man who came in the priest's train, sent to work in Brother Cadfael's garden. For he has little obvious priestly calling. Indeed, he soon attracts the friendship of a girl both beautiful and formidable. To Brother Cadfael, once wordly, now dedicated, if gently cynical, is left the familiar task of sorting the complicated strands which define guilt and innocence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brother Cadfael saves again...

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-25-07

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Turn of the Screw

    • By: Henry James
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 182

    One of the world's most famous intellectual ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. A governess at a country house claims that Miles and Flora, two orphaned children in her care, are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. Are they being dominated by spectral forces, or are they hiding something? Is the governess simply paranoid, or is something else going on?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling, creepy and rich in its ambiguity

    • By Darwin8u on 03-12-13

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Virgin in the Ice

    • The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    The winter of 1139 will disrupt Brother Cadfael's tranquil life in Shrewsbury with the most disturbing events. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an 18-year-old girl of great beauty, and their companion, a young Benedictine nun...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story, narrator a bit rough

    • By Pixie Spritely on 01-07-10

    Regular price: $19.57

    • Forsaken Soul

    • A Medieval Mystery
    • By: Priscilla Royal
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    The summer of 1273 is peaceful for most of England, except in the village of Tyndal, where Martin the cooper has been poisoned at the local inn. Martin had plenty of enemies; the killer could be anyone. Prioress Eleanor grieves for her friend, the newly bereaved Crowner Ralf, and offers what help she can. But then her own problems multiply.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Okay

    • By Wadie on 10-03-10

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Chambers of Death

    • A Medieval Mystery
    • By: Priscilla Royal
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    When one of her company falls ill on a return journey to Tyndal, Prioress Eleanor accepts lodging at a nearby manor. There, Master Stevyns's wife is having an affair with the groom, while a local widow acts more like the lady of the manor than the lady herself. The master's eldest son and spouse are obsessed with sin and heaven, while his youngest son, bound for the church, unexpectedly returns with more interest in lute playing than the priesthood.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • For Such a Time

    • By: Elyse Larson
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    While the France they have known is crumbling around them, two courageous women face danger and betrayal under Hitler's tyranny. Giselle Munier and Jean Thornton are more like sisters than cousins, having spent many of their summers together, but with the outbreak of World War II, both women's lives take a dramatic turn.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too Much head-hopping

    • By W on 04-25-06

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Silken Bonds

    • The Waverley Women Series, Book 2
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Though Frederica chafed at the restricted life she lived as the adopted daughter of an infamous bluestocking, she did agree with the philosophy. Until men learned to appreciate intellectual equals, Frederica was better off without them. But her sister’s elopement has sparked fires of romance in Frederica’s well-educated head, making her ripe for the considerable charms of Lord Harry Danger, who has saved her from a pack of drunken thugs. Now if he would only treat her as an equal and stop the silly flirting.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Lessons in Love

    • The Regency Intrigue Series, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    Lady Lucinda Esmond's swine of a father, the Earl of Sotheran, was forever fleecing young bucks in London's gaming halls with impunity - until he cheats Captain Mark Chamfrey, who kidnaps 10-year-old Lucinda for ransom. But when Chamfrey has a change of heart and returns the girl, Earl Esmond nonetheless exacts his own price: Chamfrey can only redeem himself and save his skin by marrying his little victim nine years hence.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

    • By: Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    London, 1958: It’s the eve of the sexual revolution, but in Juliet Montague’s conservative Jewish community where only men can divorce women, she finds herself a living widow, invisible. Ever since her husband disappeared seven years ago, Juliet has been a hardworking single mother of two and unnaturally practical. But on her 30th birthday, that’s all about to change. A wealthy young artist asks to paint her portrait, and Juliet, moved by the powerful desire to be seen, enters into the burgeoning art world of 1960s London, which will bring her fame, fortune, and a lifelong love affair.

    Regular price: $20.76

    • The Sanctuary Sparrow

    • The Seventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    On a spring evening in 1140 Shrewsbury, the midnight matins at the Benedictine abbey suddenly reverberate with an unholy sound—a hunt in full cry. Pursued by a drunken mob, the quarry is running for its life. When the frantic creature bursts in to claim sanctuary, Brother Cadfael finds himself fighting off armed townsmen to save a terrified young man

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By John H on 02-26-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Center of the World

    • By: Thomas Van Essen
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Paul Michael, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Alternating between nineteenth-century Europe and present-day New England, this tale follows the great British painter J. M. W. Turner - and his scene of artists, intellectuals, and lovers - and Henry, a middle-aged family man whose otherwise mundane existence is disrupted by the discovery of The Center of the World, Turner’s controversial painting of Helen of Troy that had been thought lost forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very good portrayal of a compelling story

    • By JANET GORDON KENNEDY on 09-23-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Nature Notes for 1906

    • By: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Exactly 100 years ago, a sensitive woman naturalist, nature lover, and accomplished artist began to chronicle all that she encountered while walking and cycling around the countryside of her native England and neighboring Scotland.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Natural History Tapestry Woven with Poems Et All

    • By E. Murdock on 12-30-15

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Lady Margery's Intrigue

    • The Royal Series, Book 13
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    At age twenty-three, the petite Lady Margery has alreadygraced the rows of wallflowers for many a season. With the one exception ofCharles, the Marquess of Edgecombe and the only man who ever dances with her, Lady Margery will have nothing to do with men; what's more, she does not evenparticularly like Charles. Bored beyond words, she firmly decides this is the end of itall and returns to the comfort of her only love, her home at Chelmswood. Butshe does not find comfort even there.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great storyline

    • By Annette on 07-29-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Wild Designs

    • By: Katie Fforde
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    Althea Farraday, a 38-year-old divorced mother of three, has a teenage son who’s a Buddhist, a hypercritical sister who knows how to push all her buttons, a job on the endangered species list, and a love life to match. Just as she’s settling in to a comfortable level of chaos, a near-perfect man enters her life. Equipped to steal her heart and help turn her passion for designing gardens into a new career, Patrick Donahugh may be too good to be true.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Awful and boring. Bad narrator.

    • By Regina Lee on 11-13-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Women in Love

    • By: D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Lawrence explores love, sex, passion, and marriage through the eyes of two sisters. Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen are the two intelligent, incisive, and observant sisters whose temperamental differences spark an ongoing debate regarding their society and their inner lives. The two very different sisters pursue thrilling, torrid affairs, but their search for more mature emotional relationships reveals some startling information about themselves as well as their lovers, Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Facinating unsettling view male and female

    • By P. Carson on 02-07-05

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Princess Pochahontas

    • By: Virginia Watson
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Every schoolchild knows the story of how Pocahontas saved the life of Captain John Smith, but that's not the whole story. The Native American princess Pocahontas was born near the end of the sixteenth century as the daughter of Powhatan, chief of the Powhatan confederacy. It was Pocahontas, known as Matoaka by her clan, who interceded on behalf of John Smith in 1608 and then persuaded her father to bring food to the starving colonists at Jamestown.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The French Affair

    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    It was true. The lovely young widow Lady Charteris - Delphine to her friends - had agreed to abide by her parents' wishes and marry the Comte Saint-Pierre. Delphine's parents had long since died in the Terror, but when she learned of their wishes for her, she believed it her duty to respect their wishes. Delphine would marry, but it would be a marriage in name only. But when Delphine saw Jules Saint-Pierre, she got the shock of her life: he was the same man she had seen juggling in the streets at a local fair.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Bait and switch

    • By Laurie S on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $24.47

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