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PamDemonium

Pam

brisbane Oz | Listener Since 2010

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  • Sylvester

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (218)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

    Marcheta says: "Georgette Heyer and Richard Armitage - love it!"
    "romantic period drama"
    Overall

    I'm usually a crime buff so Sylvester came as a welcome change. I haven't read a Georgette Heyer since I was a teen. It was wonderfully romantic. The accents and tones of the characters were perfect and I lost myself in the drama almost forgetting that it was Richard Armitage whispering in my ear........sigh.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    November, and evening is closing in as DI Jack Caffery arrives to interview the victim of a stolen car. The man who's stolen the car has also taken an eleven year-old girl. And she's still missing. Sergeant Flea Marley has heard about the car-jacker. He's done it before, she tells Caffery. Twice.

    Sandy says: "Winner of Edgar Award for 2012"
    "Gripping"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of those rare books that I couldn't put down and had to listen to at the expense of everything else.
    Very emotive especially to anyone who has a child. The narrator was great at the different accents.
    I like that the romance didn't take over the novel. It's a crime novel first and foremost.
    Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys British crime novels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learning to Swim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sara J. Henry
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore towing a tiny passenger. Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He'll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he's resolutely mute.

    Howard says: "A Worthwhile Suspense/Mystery"
    "Gripping read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The opening scene is guaranteed to reel you in. A young boy is deliberately thrown overboard and without thinking, our heroine jumps in to save him. She must now discover who the boys parents are and the circumstances that led to him being thrown into the lake.

    The romance appeared to have equal importance with the mystery but the ending was surprising. I realise now that this is to be the first book in a series so I guess leaving some things up in the air is appropriate.

    Loved the heroine Troy. Thoroughly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Retribution

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jilliane Hoffman
    • Narrated By Martha Plimpton
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    One rainy night in New York City, law student Chloe Larson is savagely violated in her own bedroom. It is a nightmare crime for which no one is brought to justice. Twelve years later, she is working in the Miami Dade State Attorney's Office while a vicious serial killer, nicknamed Cupid, terrorizes Florida. When the police capture the man they think is responsible, it is Chloe's task to prosecute the suspect. But she soon realizes that this case will be far from easy.

    PamDemonium says: "Would've preferred unabridged version."
    "Would've preferred unabridged version."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There's a lot packed into this abridged version and I can't help feeling ripped off that I didn't get the entire story. I didn't know the characters as well as I should.
    Despite that it's a gripping yarn with the romance as important as the crime mystery.

    One word of warning......The crime scenes are graphic and frankly creative. Not for the faint hearted.

    Now I'm off to find another Jilliane hoffman book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (409)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "gripping yarn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have done little else for the last three days but listen to this great story.

    I'm australian so dialect is wasted on me though I did assume the narrator was using a 'rural accent'. It takes me a while to get used to any american accent and perhaps this one took longer than others. Certainly I was reminded of someone getting over a speech impediment by enunciating every syllable slowly and clearly. I've never heard the word 'ambulance' pronounced the way it did in this book.

    But 5 stars for a very entertaining read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say You Love Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (196)

    Her parents' death has left Kelsey Langton penniless - and responsible for the well-being of her younger sister, Jean. Kelsey knows that the only way to avert their doom is to allow herself to be sold at auction. Resigned to becoming the plaything of a well-heeled gentleman, she gets more than she bargained for.

    XYZPDQ says: "Something Different"
    "a farce"
    Overall

    An unbelievable regency romp. If you're a romance writer you should stick to that genre. The "crime' was unbelievable and the evil caricatures of the bad guys were ludicrous.

    As described by others, the narrator has a pleasant speaking voice but when it came to his characters, it was abysmal. The men all sounded like buffoons and as for the women, I kept hearing the Little Britain boys saying "I'm a lady! That's what I am, a lady!"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood from Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Frances Fyfield
    • Narrated By Rula Lenska
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Marianne Shearer is at the height of her career, a successful barrister, respected by her peers and revered by her clients. She has successfully concluded her latest case and she's just paid £1million for a new flat. So why has she killed herself?

    Margaret says: "Gripping ..."
    "Gripping"
    Overall

    My first reading of a Frances Fyfield novel but it won't be the last. Some great characterisations, especially the manipulative, unconscionable 'bad-guy'. And I'm almost inspired to take up sewing after the descriptions of the beautiful costumes and workshop.
    The narration was wonderful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pray for Silence: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (135)

    New York Times best-selling author Linda Castillo delivers an electrifying thriller in which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family. The Plank family moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join the small Amish community of Painters Mill less than a year ago and seemed the model of the Plain Life—until on a cold October night, the entire family of seven was found slaughtered on their farm.

    betty says: "Awesome!!! Betty from Butler, PA."
    "Recommend but don't expect surprises"
    Overall

    I recommend this book if you're looking for a fairly routine crime thriller with an Amish slant. Actually the Amish slant is probably the most interesting part of the book though I feel like a voyeur at a circus. I quite like the 'gutsy, with angst', police captain though a tad too emotional for the job. There's a bit too much 'mills and boon' for a crime novel.

    The narrator wasn't bad at all. At first I found her 'girlish' high pitch irritating but I got used to it and she does a great job with the different character voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sugar House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Laurence Bouvard
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Private Investigator Tess Monaghan has good reason to be pleased with life. She's back in Baltimore, where she likes to be; she's beginning to make a name for herself as a P.I.; and she's even banking good money. She can relax. Almost. Then her father asks a favour: to investigate the prison death of a friend's brother, jailed for the killing of an unidentified girl known only as "Jane Doe".

    Lia says: "Just OK"
    "poor narration"
    Overall

    I'm 1.5 hrs into the book and I'm finding it a real struggle.The narrator's voice isn't at all appealing and the character voices blend together so it's difficult to follow at times.

    I realise now just how compelling some narrators are and how much they've contributed to my enjoyment of a book. Unfortunately that isn't the case here.
    I think I'll do what a previous reviewer suggests and check out the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blacklands

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Belinda Bauer
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to lay to rest the ghost of his uncle, who disappeared aged 11 and is assumed to have fallen victim to the serial killer Arnold Avery. Only Steven's Nan is not convinced her son is dead. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks in his family before it's too late. And if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son, he'll do it. So the boy takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison.

    Paul says: "Suspense, character, mystery"
    "Riviting stuff."
    Overall

    I usually only listen to audio books when I go for my daily walk but with Blacklands I had to listen to the end. If you like a good thriller this one is for you.

    Twenty odd years ago a child disappeared. It was believed he fell victim to a serial killer though his body was never recovered. The nephew, Stephen, lives in the shadow of that tragedy, and he dreams of finding the body of that child to give peace of mind to his family. He writes to the serial killer who is in gaol and there begins a sinister cat and mouse game between the killer and his new prey.

    I got goose bumps listening to this. I also found it quite moving. Thoroughly recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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