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  • In a Dry Season

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (106)

    In a Dry Season, winner of the Anthony Award, is an outstanding example of mystery fiction. Peter Robinson's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks conjures up memories of classic detectives like Philip Marlowe and Sherlock Holmes. An insufferable drought ravages the Yorkshire countryside, depleting the Thornfield Reservoir, revealing the remnants of the flooded town of Hobb's End and the terrible secrets kept safe within its watery tomb. Amongst the ruins, the remains of a woman's body are discovered.

    Hallie says: "Well Constructed Mystery"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I think that the poetic quality of Robinson's writing really comes through in the narration ... especially the parts where the story is told by the main character from the past (who turns out to be an author in the book's present day). The combination of the narration, the writing style and the story really moves me ... to the extent that I've listened to this book more than a few times. I love the WWII history, the way the story moves between the present and the past, and of course, I love the Alan Banks character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1593)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "Performance, place and character"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is only my second Walt Longmire mystery but I am totally hooked. The thing I'm liking most about the books is the way the author makes you "feel" the place and how the characters in the story relate to each other and their surroundings. I love how the main characters, Walt Longmire and his best friend Henry Standing Bear, are both so very well educated and so down to earth. i also like the fact that the author brings in humor in small but significant ways throughout the narrative. The humor I noticed most this time took the form of Walt Longmire's self-deprecation and also in his description of Dog's (Walt's other best friend) behaviors. The writing is sophisticated and poetic but very approachable and a joy to listen to. The story line was great and George Guidall is the best ever narrator for this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4960)
    Performance
    (4513)
    Story
    (4503)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "A good listen and interesting historically"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the way that the story switched voices back and forth between the perspective of the slave owner and the slave and it was good hearing Jenna Lamia again who I first heard in "The Help". The narrator for the slave voice was good as well... her delivery was a bit flat which bothered me at first, but as I think further about it, this was probably very deliberate and served to illustrate the dismal plight of the slaves all the more. The historical backdrop was insightful ... the details about slave life and life as a slaveowner, the role of white and black women, the distinction between the ideas of abolition and racial equality and how the abolitionist movement eventually dovetailed with women's rights issues.

    Overall, I thought the prose was well written, but I the biggest draw for me in this book was the history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Journey: My Political Life

    • ABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tony Blair
    • Narrated By Tony Blair
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    This is Tony Blair’s firsthand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death to the war on terror. He reveals the decisions necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues including Gordon Brown, the negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services in Britain since 1945, and his relationships with leaders on the world stage.

    W. J. Young says: "History can only ever be accepted judgments"
    "Credible, Honest, Superbly Written"
    Overall

    What a wonderful opportunity to hear first hand what it is to be a world leader from the world leader himself. The book is many things. It is a study in the qualities of leadership. It is humorous and at times painfully personal and touching. It provides an intimate glimpse of the personalities other important world leaders. It is a lesson in the recent history of british politics and world affairs.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband's presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, "almost in opposition to itself."

    jennifer says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "An interesting insight"
    Overall

    First of all, I'm always impressed when a male author can write so well in a woman's voice. This book also presents a plausible picture of what it might have been like being the wife of a well-known, recent president and also a believable characterization of the personality of that president. I felt like Sittenfeld did some thorough research and created a really believable story. For my taste though, there was a little too much graphic sex ... athough some might argue that it was important in establishing the nature of both the husband and the wife.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Is the Grave: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    The Inspector Banks novel In a Dry Season was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won an Anthony Award. Cold Is the Grave won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. It takes the aging, solitary inspector from his cozy Yorkshire cottage into the dark underworld of London. The assignment is a favor asked by Banks' boss and greatest enemy: Chief Constable Riddle.

    Colleen says: "Very Solid"
    "Beautifully Written"
    Overall

    Aside from the intriguing storylines of the Inspector Banks series, there are two things about Robinson's writing that make me want to come back for more. He is one of the best authors that I've read in his ability to get the reader inside the head of a character. It's amazing to me how a male author can so succinctly describe the complexities of the conscious and subconscious of a character like Annie (Banks' co-worker and sometimes love interest). By the time you get done with the books, you really know who these characters are. Robinson also just writes really really well. His descriptions of the locale in which his stories take place make you feel like you are right there. For instance, when he is at home in his cottage, you are right there with him, listening to his classical or jazz music, having a smoke on the balcony or a sip of fine whiskey, and listening to the rush of the falls outside the cottage. The kind of detail that's required to get the reader so close to the characters and immersed in the story takes time, and some readers may enjoy a faster pace. As for me, I'm ready for another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Hosp
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Lawyer Scott Finn is caught in the middle of a touchy case. A policewoman is left for dead in an alley, and when she recovers she points the finger at an El Salvadorian immigrant with gang ties. But all the evidence is pointing the other way. And as Finn digs deeper, he finds a thin line between guilt and innocence.

    Grayv says: "Difficult to turn off"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    This was my first Hosp book. I liked the detective,Finn and the private eye, "Koz" although the young associate that works for Finn was a little bit unbelievable ... a little too rough around the edges. The story was interesting with some twists and turns, some great love "scenes" and some tense violent sections, but like another reviewer, I guessed the ending too. It didn't really matter though. I still found it hard to stop listening. I even brought my MP3 Player out of my car and into the office one afternoon so I could continue listening. Georg Guidall, the narrator, is one of my favorites and is one of the reasons I decided to listen to this book. He's great. Listen to the Tony Hillerman books for more of his work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    Joanna says: "Definitely Recommend"
    "A very human detective"
    Overall

    This was the first Kurt Wallander story I'd listened to and I like this character. He has so many bad habits and flaws ... he's just a regular guy. He's got great intuition but sometimes it takes him awhile to pull the intuitive thought from his subconcious. I like the way the author describes this process. The storyline was captivating. The translation was pretty good, but I wasn't all that thrilled with the narrator's over-annunciated style. I'll probably listen to another one of these.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By James Grippando
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    Best-selling author James Grippando is back with another innovative and action-packed thriller featuring the ever-popular Jack Swyteck. Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck guards his own family secrets as closely as anyone, and while his father's two terms as Florida's governor made some family rifts public, things are finally better between the two men. Whenever Harry Swyteck asks for Jack's help, he gets it, and suddenly he needs it more than ever before.

    mspoet says: "Good story, but ...."
    "Good story, but ...."
    Overall

    The more I listen to audiobooks, the more I think that there are some books that just don't lend themselves to being read out loud. I think this book falls into that category. It was a unique plot and exciting to the end. However, when it was read out loud, the dramatic prose got even more dramatic and at times made me cringe hearing it. I think that having a narrator trying to give voices to these characters who are already a bit over the top on the written page was just too much. Personally, I think I would have enjoyed this particular book more if I were just reading it on a long airline flight.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22963)
    Performance
    (9601)
    Story
    (9673)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Satisfying"
    Overall

    I disagree with others who said this book got off to a slow start. I was intrigued by the characters and the Swedish setting from the beginning. (Although, I will say that if one were reading the book, instead of listening to the excellent narration, it might have been a different experience!) The storyline was excellent ... and there's a secondary storyline that is set aside for awhile and then resurfaces after the first storyline gets resolved. It's like you get two endings. How satisfying is that? After the first plot winds up, there are still two hours of listening to go. All in all a great "read" and I will look for the next book. The translation, by the way was excellent. I didn't get the sense at all that I was listening to a translated work.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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