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  • Evan Blessed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    Two weeks before the big day, Welsh Constable Evans is ready to be done planning for his wedding. Just as he's unloading the last boxes into the new home he and his bride, Bronwen, have chosen, he runs into a teenager whose girlfriend has gone missing on Mt. Snowdon. Despite his apprehensions about getting involved in a new case, Evans cannot resist helping the worried hiker.

    Laura says: "welsh accent"
    "Evan Blessed just plods along."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have really enjoyed the "Royal Spyness" series by Rhys Bowen, so I hoped "Evan Blessed" would be as good, but it isn't. The story is predictable and plodding, and the characters are ordinary, as is the narration. Not bad, but far from good. Choose something else.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1527)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Embarrassed to have bought this one!"
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    Story

    My curiosity about people's behaviour in dire circumstances led me to this mistake. It's a dreadful mix of casual slaughter, down-home cozy dinners and gun/gear worship. It's awful, and I'm astonished that it is the first of a series. If you too are interested in "what if's" then "One second after" is a much better book. I can't find anything to recommend "Going home".

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dance Hall of the Dead

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tony Hillerman
    • Narrated By Michael Ansara
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    A Zuni Indian boy dies in a bizarre ritual slaying - and his best friend, a Navajo youth, is missing. Navajo police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn tracks the friend from Zuni village to Navajo hogan, from anthropological dig to hippie commune, across the desert of New Mexico and Arizona.

    James says: "Pace was off"
    "More Tony Hillerman"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tony Hillerman weaves together the complexities of Navajo metaphysics and murder mystery with great skill and produces a fascinating story of a different world. The character ofJoe Leaphorn is so well defined that he almost seems like a friend.

    I have read all of Hillerman's books, and it is a great pleasure to now listen to them on audible. Well written and well read. The perfect combination. My only complaint - that all the rest of the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee books are not yet available on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (329)

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    "Entertaining story, but bad narration"
    Overall

    Obviously, in an audible book, quality of narration is vital. We were taught, as children, to pronounce our "t"s, but this narrator seems to actually trip over them. Furthermore there are many laughable mispronunciations, and by the time you have stopped laughing the story has moved on, so that you have to rewind. If you are a Brit I don't recommend this audible, which is a shame because the books are enjoyably entertaining and quite well written. I'll be taking the rest of the series off my wish list. Pity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noah's Compass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

    Eileen says: "Low key and thought provoking"
    "Read the reviews first!"
    Overall

    I agree that if this had been the first of Anne Tyler's works, she would not have succeeded in a writing career. It's a dreary boring story, peopled by tedious characters. The lesson learned is to read the excellent and knowledgeable reviews before wasting money on such tripe. I'll know in future.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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