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  • Cop Killer: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Now head of the National Murder Squad, Martin Beck is called in to a sleepy Swedish town to investigate a woman's disappearance. When she is found already murdered, her body dredged from the bottom of a lake, suspicions swirl around arrest Folke Bengtsson, the killer Beck caught in the first novel of the series for committing a similar murder, and who has since been released. But Beck is beginning to doubt that Bengtsson is guilty of any murder at all.

    Barbara J. Anderson says: "Sooo Slowww"
    "Slow and Mundane"
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    What disappointed you about Cop Killer?

    It it so slow to develop. I finally quit after about 2 hours. I really tried to persevere and listen to the book. It is just plain boring.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    James R Benn - Billie Boyle series: Evil for Evil


    How could the performance have been better?

    Someone who could actually speak with something other than a monotone voice. It was like listening to a chemistry lecture in college.


    Any additional comments?

    If you think you have an interest, make sure to get the money back guarantee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1667)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Ever read a book 50 pages too long!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ever After to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most - Biz finally getting some print time. Least - Nick, just kill the guy and put us all out of our misery


    What does Marguerite Gavin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marguerite has the ability to play so many different characters. It is what keeps this overly long book interesting


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

    When Siri died.


    Any additional comments?

    We could save a couple hours of listening by just reducing the number of times Rachel says "I'm Sorry" and "Thank you" Most dramatic reflections (such as "do I trust Trent") are overdone. They are longer than they need to be. Even after that I will continue to listen. I like the characters. Hopefully Kim will not screw things up by significantly changing the three primary characters current living and work storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1007)

    Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

    Leanna says: "So long but not goodbye?"
    "Silly but really fun"
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    Where does Timeless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 1/4


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lady Maccon. She was the main character that kept everything together and moving.


    What does Emily Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices! She has an amazing ability to give each character their own voice.


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

    When Lord Maccon fell out of the balloon after being shot.


    Any additional comments?

    By the 5th book Carriger has really developed the characters into distinct people. I hope she comes up with another idea for these or other characters from The Parasol Protectorate. It felt like the ending was rushed though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Act

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.

    Cathy says: "The Book - 4 Stars; Narration - 3 Stars"
    "Boring and Predictable"
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    What disappointed you about Vanishing Act?

    It was so slow moving at the start. I fell asleep while listening, missed a chapter and 1/2 and woke up and feeling like I did not miss anything at all. It was so predictable I felt like shaking the main character and asking her how she can be so dim.


    Has Vanishing Act turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Limited character voices. Try not to make everyone sound the same


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It finally ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10655)
    Performance
    (9518)
    Story
    (9494)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Great narrator - Good story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    The narrators performance of Oberon's voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon. He brought a new and unusual idea to the mix.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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