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I.

San Francisco, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Ruling Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Brian Glover
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Peter Pascoe is in shock. A weekend in the country with old friends turns into a nightmare when he finds three of them dead and the missing fourth a prime suspect in the eyes of the local police. They want his cooperation. Superintendent Andy Dalziel wants him back in Yorkshire where a string of unsolved burglaries are turning nasty. But it is all getting too much for Pascoe?

    Kathy says: "Good Grief !!"
    "Really good story, really bad audio"
    Overall

    I've recently discovered the Dalziel & Pascoe series, and was at first excited to find so many of the novels on Audible. Unfortunately, the older ones from the BBC (of which I've heard 2 so far) have AWFUL sound quality. Overall, the audio is muffled, but there are also bursts of background noise, and several dramatic changes of speed & pitch. In addition, while I enjoyed the narrator's accent, he inexplicably chose to use a high-pitched nasal whine for Dalziel, and his method for adding drama to a passage is to ascend into a near-shriek. I enjoyed the story nonetheless, but very much in spite of the narrator and the audio. I hope the author can get the audio rights to his earlier novels back and have them re-recorded -- preferably read by Shaun Dooley!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1213)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Pretty good story, weird narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Worst thing: the narration. I don't understand why all the people involved with this production made the baffling choice to have the narrator read the 3rd person omniscient narration in standard American English and the dialogue in (bad?) Danish-accented English. I mean, director, producer, narrator - they ALL got together and decided this was a good idea?! No. It was weird and distracting and got terribly silly when a character of Syrian origin was introduced. His dialogue was read in something like bad Transylvanian - but of course, once you've committed to that creative choice, how are you going to render Syrian-accented Danish *in American English* via an accent?

    If the Danish accent was so important to the production, they should have hired a Danish actor.

    The story kept me engaged. It built and built, and there were some interesting characters. The author fell into plenty of tropes and cliches, and then tried to dig his way out again with mixed success, but the plot had enough compelling elements that I stuck with it despite the weird narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holmes on the Range

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    1893 is a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar-VR cattle spread, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harper's Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes.

    Fred says: "For Holmes Sake"
    "A little goofy, but satisfying & well-paced"
    Overall

    So I would actually give this 4 1/2 stars if I could, but rounded up as I enjoyed the story very much. Obviously, it's a humorous novel with a premise that requires a bit of suspension of disbelief. That said, I prefer that historical novels not have too many obvious anachronisms. There were definitely some moments that veered into silliness and improbability, but the characters, the story, the narrator, and the excellent pacing smoothed them over quickly. It's a lively and fairly original story with plenty of action and plot twists.
    If you like humor, the old west, and Sherlock Holmes, this novel is for you.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gramercy Park

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Paula Cohen
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Mario Alfieri, the world's most famous tenor, is preparing to make his debut at the Met. As he rents a house facing Gramercy Park, he discovers a pale young woman hiding in its music room. Her love and secrets soon mesmerize the great man. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, this is a tale of passion, intrigue, and murder.

    I. says: "A romance, not a mystery"
    "A romance, not a mystery"
    Overall

    I love mysteries. I do not love romance novels. This novel has been mis-categorized by someone, which is too bad, because by the standards of romance this probably would be one of the better ones. Hey, if you like florid, cliched writing, goopy sentimentality, and stock characters, you will love this. Like most if not all romance novels, it's a re-hash of the Jane Eyre archetype. Like most romances, it's a poor imitation of the original.

    I kept hoping it would get better or at least more suspensful (I DID find it in the "Mystery" section), but so far that hasn't happened. I feel like I'm stuck with it, because I'm not sure how one goes about returning digital merchandise.

    I don't feel like the summary or the publisher's blurbs adeqately conveyed the character of this novel.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Birdman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Greenwich, southeast London. The Met's crack murder squad is called out by nervous CID detectives to a grim discovery. Five bodies have been found, all young women, all ritualistically murdered, dumped on wasteland near the Millennium Dome. When a post-mortem examination reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realize that they are on the trail of the most dangerous offender known to the force: a sexual serial killer.

    Dionne says: "great! get it now!"
    "Flat characters, gruesome violence"
    Overall

    I was really disappointed with this book. Most of the characters are caricatures -- I kept waiting for the author to surprise me and reveal some depth to one of them, but no. The plot was predictable until the last couple of chapters, when things go all haywire. I will give the guy points for throwing in a few things that I didn't see coming.

    The author seemed to save his powers of imagination to make the villain and the crimes as grotesque and profoundly disturbing as possible. This was probably the most horrifying, graphic thing I have ever read.

    I know some people are into the "sick serial killer" thing, and I have nothing against a good serial killer plot, but the nasty stuff was SO over the top, and everything else was SO flat -- I was really disappointed and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

    I wish there were more Le Carre titles available on Audible. For anyone reading this review, that should give you a little context about what I DO like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (994)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Wonderful story & narrator"
    Overall

    I've heard this one and Tears of the Giraffe -- first of all, the narrator is perfect. I'm so glad I got these from Audible, because the accents and pronounciations add so much to the story. They are about Botswana as much as anything, so the voices are very important. Other than that -- great stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2668)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (900)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "If only it had been longer!"
    Overall

    Smart & hilarious. I really enjoyed this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Last Car to Elysian Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    When Dave Robicheaux, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he returns to New Orleans to investigate, if only unofficially.

    Joseph says: "Another winner."
    "Great writer, unfortunate narration"
    Overall

    I have read and loved almost all of James Lee Burke's books, so I went ahead and downloaded this one despite the poor reviews of the narration. I thought "it couldn't possibly be that bad, SOME people liked it!" Well, I was pretty horrified at first -- I was wondering if I could get my money back, even. Eventually I got used to the guy's voice, about two-thirds of the way through the first part. I'm really enjoying the story now (I've been following Dave Robicheaux for a long time), but I don't think I would ever get anything by this narrator again -- just too difficult to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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