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Robert

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  • A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Stanley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour - no body, no case. But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

    Robert says: "Hot and Arid"
    "Hot and Arid"
    Overall

    The story moved along, was believable and the local color was nice.
    It's also good to see that race relations in Southern Africa are so improved at least as far as the police are concerned.
    The use of Shakespeare phrases was a nice touch.
    The description of orgasms could have been left out since it added nothing to the story.
    Maybe the obligatory sex was added to remind us this is a "modern" book.



    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2054)
    Story
    (2089)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Add Another Five Stars"
    Overall

    I thought the movie was good but the book is better. I don't know how I can say that about a story that's longer than "War and Peace". But the time is used for masterful character development and an historical viewpoint that's often lost when one is on the losing side.
    Linda Stephens is a superb narrator and doesn't lose her touch anywhere along the route.
    I'm glad I listened to other reviewers and downloaded this masterpiece.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under Enemy Colors

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    At the time of the French Revolution, one of Britain's most skillful naval officers, Charles Saunders Hayden, is a young lieutenant, the son of an English father and a French mother. His abilities and his loyalty to the king of England are beyond dispute, yet his career seems doomed by his "mixed" heritage and lack of political connections. Consequently, Hayden is assigned to an aging frigate, the Themis, under the command of Captain Josiah Hart, a man known as "Faint Hart" throughout the service.

    Blackmac says: "Perfect for first timer"
    "Top Yarn"
    Overall

    I was suspicious of all these five star reviews, but bought the book anyhow. Everyone was correct. This is a top notch story of the genre, made even better because of minimal use of square rigging terminology. The tension is not between the protagonist and the enemy, but among the protagonist, captain, crew, and the system. Much more interesting and realistic. The reader is a man of many voices and is one of my favorites. I can see more coming.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree County

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ross Lockridge
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life - from the battles of the Civil War to the politics of the Gilded Age, from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father.

    Kirk says: "A great American novel, seriously!"
    "An American Brigadoon"
    Overall

    I don't understand it! How can a 43 hour book keep my attention throughout? One reason is the "Above Excellent" rating I would give to the reader. Without him, the book would have been much less listenable. If the great American novel could be defined, this book would be it.
    If you get a chance to see the movie - please don't!
    It's very badly done and has only a nodding acquaintance with this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Night: A Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Cox
    • Narrated By David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and a chance discovery convinces him that he was right. Greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

    Angie says: "Boring and predictable but great narrator"
    "wonderful book"
    Overall

    This was a long story and I was sorry when it ended. It was very well written and even though there was a lot of detail, the story moved along. The reader was absolutely superb and of course that contributed to my enjoyment of the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Siamese-Twin Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ellery Queen
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    You might think you're hearing double after listening to The Siamese-Twin Mystery by Ellery Queen, incidentally the pen name of not one, but two, writers - Frederic Danny and Manfred B. Lee. The duo dishes out more detective work in The French Powder Myste

    Robert says: "Very Poor"
    "Very Poor"
    Overall

    The audio quality of this book is so bad that it cannot be listened to !!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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