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Rod

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  • A Letter of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (356)

    When an old archeologist friend gives Mary Russell a curled scrap of papyrus, Mary is startled to see that it is covered with Greek symbols. The writing may be a letter from an unknown - and female - apostle. Soon the old friend has been murdered, the Holmes' cottage has been ransacked, and Mary is faced with a particularly dangerous and painful investigation.

    Rod says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Overall

    Like others in this series, the author and reader offer tale and listening experience that draws you in and keeps you there. King's descriptions and development of the story team well with characters that seem real. My only criticism is that Ms. Sterlin's Holmes doesn't seem to quite hit the mark but, that might just be from watching too much Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett (smile). I heartily recommend the series. Now that more are available, try to follow the sequence if you can, starting with the Bee Keeper's Apprentice. You'll have many hours of listening enjoyment.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (435)

    Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet. Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one. Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom's sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.

    Patricia says: "Laughed out loud..."
    "A Wonderful Listen"
    Overall

    I have listened to the entire series. #14 is very,very cute and lots of fun. If you were a bit disappointed with 12 and 13, give this one a try.!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (946)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (536)

    Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great Story and Well Read"
    "A wonderful tale..."
    Overall

    If you are a devotee of Hercule Poirot, you will love it. David Suchet reads this masertfully, with great characters. I don't give 5 very often but suchet puts it over the top.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Patient's Eyes: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Pirie
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    As a young medical student at Edinburgh, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took classes with the remarkable Dr. Joseph Bell in forensic medicine. Dr. Bell exhibited many of the characteristics that Doyle would later synthesize into the personage of Sherlock Holmes: complete faith in human reason, meticulous powers of observation, and encyclopedic knowledge of the activities and methods of the criminal classes.

    Rod says: "A unique twist with a familiar flavor"
    "A unique twist with a familiar flavor"
    Overall

    The Patient's Eyes is a fine work. Good story line,interesting characters and a solid reader. While the description of the scenes might not compare to a P.D. James, the author really ties the reader to the main character, causing the reader to truly feel the character's emotions. A very enjoyable listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (251)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "A most unusual and enjoyable tale"
    Overall

    I selected this title by chance and was so glad I did. It was excellent, unique, wonderful narration. The only reason it's not a 5 is because I think it ended up being a little longer than it needed to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

    jb says: "Outstanding!"
    "Another solid effort"
    Overall

    There are few authors that describe a scene like James. You can almost taste the salt spray and smell the ocean breeze. I enjoyed the plot and especially the characters. While I don't find it to be "edge of the seat" it drew me in and held me to the end. Also, I love Charles Keating as the reader, especially over the other gentlemen who is on other James titles. Defintely a solid 4+.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanging in the Hotel: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    The Hopwicke Country House Hotel once hosted a rich clientele. But hard times have forced Suzy Longthorne to open her doors to the Pillars of Sussex, a group of elitist businessmen. Suzy recruits Jude to help out, but the next morning, Jude discovers the body of a supposed initiate of the Pillars hanging from the beam of a bed. The police rule the death a suicide. The Pillars deny that the victim was an initiate. Jude knows both parties have something to hide, and she's determined to uncover the truth.

    Beatrice says: "Not as much fun as the others"
    "Another Carol and Jude winner"
    Overall

    Simon Brett has penned another enjoyable story, albeit a little predictable. Having listened to all of the "Feathering" novels available on Audible, it's not the best place to start but, can stand on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (326)

    A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

    Susan says: "Best Holmes since Arthur Conan Doyle"
    "Another"
    Overall

    Ms. King provides us with another wonderful work Rich and engaging, it was a mst successful sequel to the Bee Keeper's Apprentice. The only reason I do not give it 5 stars is the reader. Although Ms. Sterlin does a master full job with most of the characters, her Sherlock Holmes role misses the mark and takes a little bit away from an otherwise excellent performance. It is, I think, her interpretation of Holmes that causes this and while Her Mary Russell is beyond reproach, her Holmes can be a distraction. A minor flaw in a most enjoyable experience

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1686)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1029)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "Great book but, the reader..."
    Overall

    I was very pleasantly surprised by Ms. King's work. I've read, listened and watched Sherlock Holmes for years and this has been a most excellent story. It kept my interest and kept me in the car after I reached home on more than one occasion. The only thing keeping this from being a 5 is the reader. Ms. Sterling does a fine job on all characters, save Holmes. Maybe I've just heard too much Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett over the years but, I found Ms. Sterling's Holmes to be a distraction.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Pilgrim's Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Bunyan
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (104)

    This is the enthralling account of a Christian's epic journey. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Interpreter's House, the House Beautiful, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains, and finally reaches the Celestial City.

    Tobin says: "A good Audio Book"
    "A classic that still finds relevance today"
    Overall

    One might say that I have a bias as I am a Christian but, I'm pretty critical. I certainly don't have a problem noting my objections or dislikes for any title. In a work such as this, I look for the relevance across the ages, the flow of the story (an important part given the language and references from 300 years ago)and the quality of the narration. The Pilgrim's Progress scores high on all three points. I very much enjoyed the title, even more so the second time through.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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