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  • The Mermaids Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Graham Roberts
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (336)

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    Barbara says: "Not for the squeamish"
    "Not for the squeamish"
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    Would you listen to The Mermaids Singing again? Why?

    My brother-in-law recommended Val McDermid to me, so I downloaded this, the first in the Hill-Jordan series. I almost stopped reading it because of the graphic descriptions of gruesome and sadistic tortures. I did finish the book, though, and even bought another, in the hope that maybe the author would realize that she didn't need to make her murders so graphic in order to write a gripping thriller. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to seeing whether the author gets better.


    What about Graham Roberts’s performance did you like?

    Very skillful performance -- almost too much so. Hopefully without giving too much away,...the performance made it easy to guess at the identity of the villain.


    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (382)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "I had no idea what to expect from this old woman"
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    Outstanding narration brought to life the many characters who cross Olive's path in the autumn of her life. The book is a meditation on aging, loneliness, love and death. Not for the fainthearted, and not for the young, but worth every minute. (or maybe that's just because I'm from New England, and the daughter of a flinty old crone).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (996)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Sherlock Holmes meets Jack-the-Ripper!"
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    Very accomplished novel by a young writer. She evokes perfectly the sights and smells of turn of the century London and humanizes the Ripper's victims. Told from the perspective of Dr. Watson, this is an enjoyable, well-paced read. Highly recommended to Holmes fans and general crime fiction readers alike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Place to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Malla Nunn
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Unfolding in 1952 South Africa, A Beautiful Place to Die is a riveting international mystery that flows from the pen of author Malla Nunn. Police officer Emmanuel Cooper is dispatched to a remote town after a police captain is found murdered in a creek. Even though Cooper judges the crime open and shut, the government's feared Special Branch is summoned, making for an intrigue that will titillate any mystery fan.

    Amazon Queen says: "Excellent"
    "Wonderful new historical crime fiction!"
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    Malla Nunn has undertaken to set crime fiction in the complex and dangerous era of 1950s South Africa, just as apartheid was made national law. Her hero, a detective of English extraction, moves in and aroundAfrikaner, "colored" and black society. This book is exotic, illuminating, totally fascinating, and very assured and competent. The narration is superb, carefully delineating the differing accents. Looking forward to more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Niccolo Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Nicholas van der Poele rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the love of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. Niccolo Rising combines history, adventure and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

    Theresa says: "A Classic Favorite Returns"
    "More Dorothy Dunnett, PLEASE!"
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    Complex, rich, vivid historical fiction set in 15th century Bruges, Geneva and in Italy with wonderful characters and ingenious plotting. I am devastated that more of Dunnett's novels - the rest of the "Niccolo" series and the Lymond Chronicles -- are not available on Audible. If I have one tiny quibble, it's that the Italian pronunciation, while generally spot on, is a little off on certain names, like "Tommaso" and "Acciaiuoli." Understandable, but distracting in a minor way. Overall, I loved the book, and look forward to the rest of the series (please).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coroner’s Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

    Jane says: "a splendid story"
    "Delightful find!"
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    An elderly French-trained communist Lao doctor pressed into service as the national coroner in the years just after the Vietnam war sees ghosts and cleverly untangles mysteries both personal and political. Who'd a thunk it? This protagonist is sly, mocking, lucky, cynical and ultimately an absolute delight. I was so glad to see that it's a series!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Carry the One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Carol Anshaw
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen's wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidently hits and kills a girl on a dark, country road. For the next 25 years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, connect, disconnect, and reconnect with one another and their victim. As one character says, "When you add us up, you always have to carry the one."

    Melinda says: "Carry On...Without Me"
    "Saga of a Damaged Family"
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    This is the story of 3 siblings who as young adults are involved to one degree or another in the accidental death of a 10-year-old child. They all carry her with them ('carry the one') as they grow into their lives. One, an artist, does her finest work painting "portraits" of the child as she grows through the life the artist imagines for her. Another, an asrophysicist, plunges deeper and deeper into drug abuse and despair. This was a richly imagined tale, and the narrator was superb. (She has a charming little lateral lisp, not always present, which gives her a youthful adorable-ness).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (387)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "I didn't realize this was a "young adult" book"
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    What would have made The Age of Miracles better?

    The gimmick is that the earth starts revolving more slowly, so that days and nights become unnaturally elongated. The wobbling of the earth becomes a metaphor for middle school, where kids become aware of time, see the cracks and tensions in their parents' marriages, feel thre first pangs of love, etc. The emotional life of an 11-year old was not enough to sustain this dystopian apocalyptic novel.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (365)

    It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

    Frobertimus says: "The Character who brought me back to Cozy Mystery"
    "the perfect Christmas "cozy""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Half-Sick of Shadows to be better than the print version?

    the narrator does a superb job of conveying the precocious eleven-year-old protagonist, Flavia. the plot was predictable, rather like vintage Agatha Christie or Nancy Drew, but the setting in a mouldering English country house and the first-person narration by the exasperating and delightful Flavia made this a captivating bit of holiday escapism.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. Almost did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26620)
    Performance
    (13262)
    Story
    (13305)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Stunning Performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    This performance was so vivid that it brought the story, set in the 1960s, absolutely to life. The book was not perfect; the ending was a little unsatisfying, and some of the characters were cutouts or not realized as fully as they could be, but the narration of the roles of Skeeter, Celia, Aibilene and Minny was outstanding. I am probably the last woman to read this book, but now I want to see the movie to see if the actors could possibly be as good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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