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ratings
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  • Ratlines

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    Ireland 1963. As the Irish people prepare to welcome President John F. Kennedy to the land of his ancestors, a German national is murdered in a seaside guesthouse. Lieutenant Albert Ryan, Directorate of Intelligence, is ordered to investigate. The German is the third foreigner to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey wants the killing to end lest, a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men were all Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government in the years following World War II.

    Susianna says: "Complex Crime Tale in Compelling Time and Place"
    "Good Story-Disappointing Narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a good story and Stuart Neville is a very good author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise that the Protestant Irish and the IRA collaborated with the Nazis and Nazi sympathizers.


    What didn’t you like about Alan Smyth’s performance?

    Flat voice with some characters, stilted sentences. Not enough change of voice/accent between the different people in the story.


    Was Ratlines worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood in the Cotswolds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tope
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Thea Osborne and her spaniel, Hepzie, are house-sitting in the quiet village of Temple Guiting. Detective Superintendent Phil Hollis is looking forward to visiting for a night or two and celebrating the couple's anniversary. A few days into their stay, a pile of human bones is discovered at the base of an uprooted tree. The locals all have their theories about their identity and rumours abound. Thea and Phil discover that the village turns out to have more than its fair share of secrets.

    Shaliali says: "Enjoyable, but Not Exciting"
    "Too confusing!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I probably would have eliminated a couple of characters.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Too many characters and plot lines for listening, although to read the physical book probably wouldn't have been as much of a challenge since once could flip back through the pages for clarification on various points.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Caroline Lennon?

    Possibly.


    Was Blood in the Cotswolds worth the listening time?

    It was "okay".


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the previous books in this series and enjoyed them (4 stars) so this story was rather a disappointment. I am not sure if it was the plot, the characters, the narrator or a combination of all 3. Just possibly changing the voices would have made this book more enjoyable and easier to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2nd Chance: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (328)

    Master of suspense James Patterson continues the Women's Murder Club series with this nail-biter of a sequel to 1st to Die. Four women - a police detective, an assistant D.A., a journalist, and a medical examiner - combine their efforts, risking everything, to catch a serial killer. "As with Patterson's best novels," Booklist says, "the surprises keep coming until the final pages."

    Jean says: "Painful pastime"
    "Good Story, Disappointed with Narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I enjoyed the characters and story


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She spoke in a monotone, to my way of thinking. There was no emotion, she just was reading the words on the page. She didn't really change the pitch of her voice to indicate a different character was speaking. She was the main distraction to listening to


    Was 2nd Chance worth the listening time?

    Yes, because I like the series


    Any additional comments?

    I will think twice before I listen to any other books with Ms. Leo the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3204)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1378)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall
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    Story

    I loved this book, have recommended it to everyone I know-in audio format- and will listen to it again and again. I laughed and cried with the characters, fell in love with Guernsey, and felt I had known these people my entire life. Wonderful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sign

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    In Antarctica, a scientific expedition drops anchor for a live news feed. As the CNN journalist begins her report, a massive, shimmering sphere of light suddenly appears in the sky, enveloping the ship in luminous white light before disappearing as mysteriously as it arrived - the entire event witnessed by an incredulous world audience.

    Daniel says: "Good adventure, but too political & anti-religion"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance

    I had to really force myself to finish this book. First, the narrator's voice grated on my nerves! As to the actual story line--slow, predictable, and very disappointing. I have also read Khoury's latest 'Templar' book. First one was good, this one was awful. I wanted to bump off the main character. If all our FBI agents are as stupid and inept as Sean Reilly, this country is in big trouble. I will not read another book by this author no listen to another audio book with Ferrone narrating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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