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  • All by Myself, Alone

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship - the Queen Charlotte. Onboard she meets 86-year-old Lady Emily Haywood - "Lady Em", as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise. Three days out to sea, Lady Em is found dead - and the necklace is missing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Easy read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-04-2017

Not vintage Clark

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

Reviewed: 09-04-2017

Would you listen to All by Myself, Alone again? Why?

Probably not as it was not the most engaging of Mary Higgins Clark stories. The characters were underdeveloped and flat.

What did you like best about this story?

I guess the only reason I read the story was because Mary Higgins Clark wrote it and as she is nearing 90 I hate to think that she may stop writing soon.

What three words best describe Jan Maxwell’s performance?

Predictable. Maxwell reads all of Clark's works and there is little deviation in her style and performance.Flat. The characters were flat and therefore it must have been hard to try and imbue them with some life.Boring. Same reason as before.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Death at Sea.

  • The Distant Hours

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a 13-year-old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the Distant Hours

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-01-2016

Persistence needed

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

Reviewed: 12-03-2017

Slow start but once you get over that hump very enjoyable. Not quite up to Morton's previous books.

  • The Midnight Watch

  • By: David Dyer
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

On a black night in April 1912, fifteen hundred passengers and crew perish as the Titanic slowly sinks beneath the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Charting the same perilous course through the icebergs is the SS Californian, close enough for her crew to see the eight white distress rockets fired by the Titanic. Yet the Californian fails to act, and later her crew insist that they saw nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting, beautiful, human story that surprises.

  • By Attila on 28-04-2016

Historically intriguing

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

Reviewed: 09-01-2017

Where does The Midnight Watch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an excellent perspective on the Titanic story. It is not the best book I've read this year but it is one that I enjoyed immensely.

What other book might you compare The Midnight Watch to, and why?

I would have to say A Night to Remember by Walter Lord. This is the flip side of that night in the Atlantic.

What does Robert Fass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I always get more by reading books myself. As I was sick I found the audible reading less of a strain on my eyes.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. When the wife of Herbert Stone tried to give her husband a legacy by telling Steadman what a beautiful man he was.

Any additional comments?

If you like the story of the night the Titanic sunk you'll enjoy this story. Stanley Lord, captain of the California comes across as a self-centred jerk till the end when Dyer allows Steadman to give the elderly captain an out for his culpability on that night.

  • Eligible

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

From the best-selling author of Prep, American Wife and Sisterland comes this brilliant retelling of Pride & Prejudice, set in modern-day Cincinnati. The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good daughters. They've come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Massive disappointment

  • By chickybabe3 on 06-05-2016

Jane Austen's worst nightmare

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

Reviewed: 09-01-2017

As an avid Jane Austen and in particular P&P fan, this adaptation grated on every nerve in my body. The author appears to have made a list of all modern aspects of life in the 21st century, then ticked them off as he forced them into the story. The ending with Mary was just ridiculous. Shame on you Sittenfeld.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book i've read in a long time!

  • By Anne on 11-01-2015

Unforgettable

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

Reviewed: 06-12-2016

A beautifully crafted and moving story of a man who wants to die but keeps finding reasons to live. A joy to read.

  • The Shakespeare Secret

  • By: J L Carrell
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McNenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

A modern serial killer - hunting an ancient secret. A woman is left to die as the rebuilt Globe theatre burns. Another woman is drowned like Ophelia, skirts swirling in the water. A professor has his throat slashed open on the steps of Washington's Capitol building. A deadly serial killer is on the loose, modelling his murders on Shakespeare's plays.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Wordy

  • By Librarian on 08-04-2016

Boring and Wordy

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

Reviewed: 08-04-2016

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who don't read Agatha Christie and know what a good murder story is all about.

What was most disappointing about J L Carrell’s story?

There were too many words…..she went on and on. I found the plot did not grab me and was all over the place. The author obviously does not know that a good thriller is a fast thriller. I actually just wanted to finish the book and be done with it. Very disappointing as the premise sounded exciting.

What didn’t you like about uncredited’s performance?

Her voices were irritating.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, boredom and frustration.

Any additional comments?

I would not read the sequel.