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Mari

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  • Curtain: Poirot's Last Case: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly harmless to Captain Hastings: There was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr. Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara, Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked when Poirot declared that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the detective was ageing, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?

    Mari says: "A Wonderful Finale."
    "A Wonderful Finale."
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Poirot of course.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    As always excellent.


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

    Yes it was, but I didn't!


    Any additional comments?

    Whilst many of the later books in this series were disappointing this was an excellent ending to an overall wonderful series. It was fantastic to have the pairing of Poirot and the gentle Hastings for the last mystery. If you have enjoyed Poirot you will not be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (887)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "John Ceepak Rules!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, great fun, good mystery and the introduction of the wonderful John Ceepak.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not so much the mystery but I absolutely loved the two main characters. It is not so intense as many other mysteries, certainly not as graphic as most, but it is very enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first and he was a great narrator.


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

    Absolutely. It was SO easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this when it was on sale and immediately purchased the next three in the series. Thanks Audible and all the reviewers for introducing me to this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1132)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Wonderful book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have recommended this book to everyone!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realistic story telling. The many voices telling the story.


    Which character – as performed by various – was your favorite?

    I loved them all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry and then cry some more.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally start a new book as soon as I finish one. It took me nearly a week before I could even think about my next audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With No One as Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When the Metropolitan Police fail to realise a serial killer is at work, London ignites over the fact that the killer's victims are young black and mixed race boys. Institutionalised racism is claimed by the community's activists and tabloids alike. Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley is given the case, and his Scotland Yard task force is soon handling more killings and a looming tragedy.

    Chris says: "Great Listening"
    "Inspector Lynley at His Finest."
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    What made the experience of listening to With No One as Witness the most enjoyable?

    I think the story. I have read most of the 'Inspector Lynley' series and really enjoy the books. This book continues the storyline of Havers & Lynley, combining the murder investigation with their personal stories seamlessly. The ending of the book has left me eager for the next chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (896)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "A Fantastic Novel."
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    Would you listen to The Woodcutter again? Why?

    Absolutely. Great story, characters and narration.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I would not hesitate to buy anything where he is the reader.


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

    I enjoy taking my time with books. Listening and then reflecting.


    Any additional comments?

    I came to Reginald Hill via his 'Dalzeil & Pascoe' series. So glad I found this book - to date it is the book of the year for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2856)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2409)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Very enjoyable historical romance."
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    Where does The Winter Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first 'romance' novel & I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot combined the past and the present seamlessly. Some of the current day characters were a bit bland - but it is the 'historical' portion of the story that really held my attention.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No spoilers - but the best scenes for me are towards the end of the book. Warning - bring your tissues!


    If you could rename The Winter Sea, what would you call it?

    A Highland Fling - I know not very original! This is why I read & not write.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance of the narrator was amazing. I honestly thought that the male Scottish roles was performed by a male narrator. Props to Rosalyn Landor for an excellent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

    Anne says: "Totally unexpected ending"
    "A Wonderful Poirot Story"
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    Where does The Murder of Roger Ackroyd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly recommend this audiobook to all Poirot fans. Great story read by the wonderful Hugh Fraser.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Classic Christie!


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    Think he does a wonderful job conveying Poirot


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No - just solid old-fashioned mystery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7604)
    Performance
    (6623)
    Story
    (6614)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Excellent!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Wonderful characters, beautifully narrated and it will make you cry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth Finch - a brave 16 year old who matures into a wonderful woman.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic - I would not hesitate buying a book if she is the narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Murder, Love and Redemption.


    Any additional comments?

    My first Nora Roberts novel. Will definitely be buying others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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