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Maura

New Haven, CT, United States

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  • The Falls: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    A missing student, a six inch coffin containing a wooden doll, and mysterious role-playing games on the Internet are the intriguing elements of the latest case to challenge Inspector Rebus. The missing student comes from an influential family, and Rebus begins to get a bad feeling about the case in Warsaw. While Rebus follows up a link with the distant past, his DC, Siobhan Clarke, tackles the Internet challenges set by the mysterious Quizmaster.

    Maura says: "Good Rebus book"
    "Good Rebus book"
    Overall

    If you like Rebus, you'll like this book. As the first Rebus book I've heard, it took me a while to get into the story, but was well worth the patience. The characters are nicely flawed and interesting and the story is quite enthralling as well.

    The narrator was solid with the accents, but some of the different voices I found a bit irritating, thankfully these were just sideline characters.

    The last few hours I couldn't stop listening, quite suspenseful, although the impetus for the murders I found a bit stretched. Try Naming of the Dead as well.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Calling of the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Simon Beckett
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    ‘At first glance it could have been anything – a stone, a knotted root – until you looked more closely. Thrusting out of the wet earth, its bones visible through rags of flesh, was a decomposing hand…’It was eight years ago that they found the body buried on the moor. They were certain that this was one of psychotic rapist and multiple murderer Jerome Monk’s teenage victims. Which left just two more bodies to find.

    Cheryl Waters says: "A Course in Forensics"
    "adequate, unlikely I'll get another Beckett"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There was very little character development causing ambivalence toward the main characters.I did like Monk probably due to his detailed description, even though the character was relatively uninventive for a serial killer, hulking, abnormally strong, and seemingly stupid. The lack of interesting characters slowed the plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Beckett again?

    It is unlikely that I would listen to another Beckett. While not bad, it was unsatisfying.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Keeble’s performance?

    Jonathan Keeble was animated in the read. Hindered though, because I didn't much like the writing or the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    While I didn't like the book, I did listen to the end and I wanted to find out what happened. Bit tedious and hollow of an ending though, because I found the twist relatively obvious and I didn't care about the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1915)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1295)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Miss Marple type mystery"
    Overall

    The Three Pines mysteries reminds me of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series. I love this type of story, the slow, thoughtful, British mystery type. Little to no action, so if you don't look forward to the new Miss Marple on PBS/BBC, this is not for you. If you do, however, you will love this series. I bypassed this writer for a while thinking that a Canadian series couldn't possibly live up to what I hoped it would be, but I was very happily mistaken. If you are new to the series, go in order and start with Still Life. I have listened to this book 3 times already and get something new each time. I have also listened to Agatha Christie's A Mirror Crack'd more times than I care to admit, so take that for what it's worth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Taste for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew's Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next to a neighborhood derelict of the lowest order? Challenged with the investigation of a crime that appears to have endless motives, Dalgliesh explores the sinister web spun around a half-burnt diary and a violet-eyed widow who is pregnant and full of malice.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Classic PD James"
    "Good PD James book"
    Overall

    Long and slow in parts, but if you like other PD James books, you'll like this one. It's very character driven, which I like. Good story, but the end is a bit unsatisfying and out of nowhere.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4653)
    Performance
    (2712)
    Story
    (2712)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Good story-driven mystery"
    Overall

    The story is very well put together. I found there was too much detail in some parts. I also didn't really like the characters. Took me a while to get into the book because of this, a third or half way through it began to peak my interest. Even by the end I didn't like the characters much, but the story was very good and warranted my rating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (141)

    The Pyramid is the long-awaited addition to Henning Mankell's critically celebrated and internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of five short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here are the stories that trace, chronologically, Wallander's growth from a rookie cop into a young father and then a middle-aged divorcé, illuminating how Wallander became a first-rate detective and highlighting new facets of a now canonical character.

    Corinne says: "Pyramid story is extraordinary"
    "Great early Wallander insight!"
    Overall

    This is a great collection of stories. I was a little put off by the short story setup, but it works really well. I thought it started a bit slow with his first case but once ensconced in the mystery, I was hooked.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Blood: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    When a former soldier murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye. Links between the killer and a local group of "Goths" begin to surface just as Rebus finds himself threatened with suspension from the police force. Now Rebus must get to the root of the school killing as he tries to clear his own name.

    Maura says: "Great book, best Rebus I've heard"
    "Great book, best Rebus I've heard"
    Overall

    Great listen! Of the seven Rebus novels I've heard, this one is best. It keeps you glued over the span of 12+ hours and it has a very good ending. Quintessential Rebus and a great one to get yourself stuck on the series, although in time, this one is further along. Highly recommended!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Set in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (40)

    For the first time in 300 years, Scotland has its own Parliament, and to go with it, its own newly developed Parliament buildings. Detective Inspector John Rebus views the whole thing through a rather jaundiced eye, given that he's been chosen to liaise with the restructuring of the whole building.

    Maura says: "solid Rebus novel"
    "solid Rebus novel"
    Overall

    This novel is a bit slow starting, compared to say Fleshmarket Alley, but is a good, solid representation of Rebus. The characters are well defined and nicely flawed and the reader does a decent job at separating the various voices. This book meanders a bit during the story going off on seemingly random tangents, but I enjoy how the characters deal with the underbelly of Edinburgh enough to see it through. If you are needing a solid Rebus fix after hitting the more drama/story driven books, this will do it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. D. Wingfield
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    The discovery of two teenage girls' bodies and a video of a snuff movie showing the death of one of the victims leaves Detective Inspector Jack Frost in a race against time before the killer can strike again.

    Loreen says: "This is a favorite"
    "Great Frost book"
    Overall

    Having read the entire Frost series by R.D. Wingfield and seen many of the episodes of the Frost BBC series, I found this audiobook a great addition.

    The characters are well-rounded and thoughtfully described. Completely in the genre of police procedural in Britain and a great listen. You are pulled into Frost's many dilemmas and urge him to pull it out. Wingfield writes this story keeping to Frost's character, where luck or the lack of it and his innate detective ability, creates a great, enthralling story. Frost adds a touch of reality and human failing to the British detective that I find refreshing and charming.

    I only wish there were more Frost books on audible.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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