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Howard

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  • Day of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Brandon Walker, once the sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, no longer feels he has purpose. A reluctant retiree living in the long shadow of his wife, Diana Ladd, a successful author of true-crime books, he is bored with life. Salvation comes with an invitation to join The Last Chance, an exclusive fraternity of former cops and forensic experts who look into unsolved murders.

    Howard says: "Satisfying Read"
    "Satisfying Read"
    Overall

    I have read some of the Joanna Brady series books by J.A. Jance and although I enjoyed them, I found the characters a little too wooden. Although Day of the Dead seems to be an obvious attempt to recreate Tony Hillerman's works, that is fine with me. Although she uses so many characters it is hard to keep them straight for an audio listener, I thought her characterizations where much better than in previous works and the story seemed tighter. I do get a bit tired however of writers who always have children who are "straight A students," men who are "ruggedly handsome," or women who are so beautuful they put others "to shame." Although we know "who did it" from virtually the begining of the book, the enjoyment in this book is in the pursuit. I hope in her next book, she uses the geography of the southwest to greater effect. Hillerman does a much better job with that.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 2: Captain Cook and the Scientific Explorations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Paul Herrmann
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    As the 18th century approached its midpoint, commercial and military competition between the European states became fierce. And whoever obtained accurate information about distant lands would hold an advantage. Were there continental landmasses in the Pacific? Was there a Northwest Passage to Japan and China? What lay in the interior of Africa? Was it possible to cross the Sahara? Where did the rivers Nile and Congo originate?

    Aaron says: "Entertaining and moving"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Just as good as volume I which I will assume you have listend to. If you have not, you should. I liked the background music added in selected sections while the narration was going on. His discussion on the origins of the Polynesian culture is fascinating and the adventures of the early
    African explorers are more than worthy of Indiana Jones tales. It is too bad the are no additional volumes. This is a great listening experience.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Torso in the Town

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Simon Brett
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Grant and Kim Roxby had hoped that their first dinner party at Pelling house would make a favorable impression on their new neighbors. And the next day it's certainly the talk of Fedborough. Their guests, including the couple's old friend Jude, were rudely interrupted by a gruesome discovery: a human torso hidden in the cellar.

    Lawrence says: "a real treat"
    "Slow on Action"
    Overall

    I did not find this book particularly humorous although I was hopeful. The writing is good and so is the narration. It is kind of a typical English mystery and does focus on the class structure in an upper-class but small English town. That alone is interesting and more so when overlaid on a murder mystery. I am not unhappy with the book and English mystery fans will probably be happy with it but I prefer a bit more action.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 1: Columbus, Magellan, and the Early Explorations

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Paul Herrmann
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    In the space of 400 years, Western man methodically set out to explore and map the entire earth. During some of the most dangerous expeditions ever mounted, an extraordinary group of determined men forced passages through vast oceans, dark jungles, and withering deserts. Never has their like been seen since. What drove these soldiers, sailors, and civilians to leave the comforts of civilized life and face the horrors of shipwreck, starvation, cannibals, and disease?

    Howard says: "Discover this Book"
    "Discover this Book"
    Overall

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have had the pleasure to listen to since I joined audible. This is a rollicking rendition of the age of exploration. It covers the political, social and economic impact of the discoveries which in fact were profound but unappreciated today in the fog of history. It is also a fine high adventure tale told form the standpoint of the explorers themselves and relates numerous incidents and smaller figures involved in the events that are rarely related in standard texts. What's more, it is all true. The narration is superb. I can't wait for volume II.

    80 of 82 people found this review helpful

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