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Mark P. Helfant

Listener Since 2001

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  • Justice Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (375)

    A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

    Mary Twain says: "Best Holmes since Arthur Conan Doyle"
    "Do Get this one!"
    Overall

    Excellently written, excellently read. Darker, perhaps, than others of the Mary Russell stories (why doesn't Audible have more Laurie King?).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Letter of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (380)

    When an old archeologist friend gives Mary Russell a curled scrap of papyrus, Mary is startled to see that it is covered with Greek symbols. The writing may be a letter from an unknown - and female - apostle. Soon the old friend has been murdered, the Holmes' cottage has been ransacked, and Mary is faced with a particularly dangerous and painful investigation.

    Rod says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Great read, or a great listen with Jenny Sterlin."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Letter of Mary again? Why?

    I own most of Laurie King's works and always find them quite engaging, with gripping plots and well developed characters that appeal even to us male Tom Clancy fans but still atract my mom and sisters. If you're first getting into Laurie King, I recommend going for this and her other earlier works (of course, I'd recommend Beekeeper's Apprentice, this first in the series, for your first listen or read). As with others, I'm disappointed with her most recent works.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (258)

    In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure, a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the west coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of deadly virus.

    Daniel says: "Ya Gotta Love Him"
    "Really quite silly, but passes the time"
    Overall

    As an occasional student of microbiology, I must say that the "technical details", as they relate to microbiology, are unnecessarily contrived and fairly silly. Clancy was more believable in "Executive Orders". Like Bond in the movies, Pitt escapes time and again from unnecessarily contrived death traps (one, in fact, which appeared first in "Moonraker", if I remember correctly) - you have to wonder why the bad guys don't just shoot him...

    A pleasant enough listen, none the less.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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