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  • Locked Rooms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (375)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

    Melanie says: "Don't miss this jewel!"
    "Mary Russell in San Francisco"
    Overall

    I live in San Francisco, and I often look for books that use the City as a setting. Sometimes they are disappointing, but Locked Rooms was just stunning for its research. I know Laurie R. King lives in California, and perhaps she has fallen in love with the romance of San Francisco history. She did a great job with this book weaving in details of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. Also her characters were walking down streets I know so well I think I could conduct a walking tour of Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell in San Francisco. The whole book added wonderful depth to Mary Russell's character (if you're a series fan). Plot twists weren't excessively obvious, either. Brilliant.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (459)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "Been waiting for this one a long time"
    Overall

    This may be my favorite book. When it was on the best seller's list (in the go-go 80s) I made all my friends buy and read it and then of course we read everything else Helprin ever wrote (including the New Yorker stories).

    When I saw it was finally on Audible, I actually did a little happy dance. Wonderful to "read" it again after so many years. Who writes like this these days?

    If you love New York, or if you just love beautiful images and very interesting characters rendered in prose, then this is the book for you. What if time really could be conquered by courage and love?

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Abyssinian Proof: A Kamil Pasha Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jenny White
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The Ottoman Empire is plagued by thefts of antiquities from mosques and churches. Within days, the lost objects appear for sale in Europe. Among them is a reliquary presumed lost for 400 years and around which an elaborate, mysterious sect has grown.

    Madeleine says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Love these Ottoman mysteries"
    Overall

    I didn't know what to expect when I first purchased the Sultan's Seal, but I loved the descriptions of life in and around Istanbul, palace intrigues and the complicated nuances of culture and gender mores. And I love the narrator's voice also. I was very happy to see this newest Abyssinian Proof which did not disappoint. Wonderful descriptions of the village and the ancient well and the tension between old and new. Great plot twists. Very enjoyable listen.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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