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Mary

Farmersville, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (306)

    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
    "Best Alan Furst novel!"
    Overall

    I've now read most of this series and I have to say this was without a doubt my favorite. Although it was lengthy, I didn't want it to end. Loved the history and the characters. I find myself pulling for Kristo and his BF comrades. I've listened to literally hundreds of audible books and this is the first time I've ever rated or reviewed. Thats how strongly I feel about this great piece of espionage literature. But, my main reason for submitting this is to heap praise--that's right - heap, on George Guidall. He's without a doubt the best narrator, especially for these works. Even his women characters sound believable, something I thought impossible. Amazing. His mastery of the various languages and dialects he employs is spot on and I've heard many others who could not pull this off. He and Patrick Tull are the best narrators. IMHO.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Christian Rhodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    It is midnight on 30th June 1860 and all is quiet in the Kent family house in Road, Wiltshire. The next morning they wake to find that their youngest son has been the victim of an unimaginably gruesome murder. Even worse, the guilty party is surely one of their number - the house was bolted from the inside. As Jack Whicher, the most celebrated detective of his day, arrives to track down the killer, the murder provokes national hysteria. This true story is the original Victorian whodunit.

    Margaret says: "The game is afoot..."
    "Outstanding listen!"
    Overall

    This was an outstanding book! The story is fascinating, and the author provides a good deal of history that is both pertinent and adds depth to the story. So many books are only half understood because readers of the modern day do not understand the customs and details of the time in which the book is set. This author has provided both a fascinating tale and enough historical detail so that the tale can be truly appreciated. I highly recommend this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Death at the Priory: Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Ruddick
    • Narrated By Alistair Petrie
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    It took three tortured days in 1876 for Charles Bravo to die from the poison that burned its way through his body. The subsequent investigation revealed many people with a grudge against the young barrister. The dramatic inquest was covered in sensational detail by the press, but no one was convicted of his murder. Over a century later, James Ruddick draws on new evidence to solve one of the most famous murders in criminal history.

    Mary says: "Good story but ..."
    "Good story but ..."
    Overall

    The underlying story behind Death at the Priory has everything that a good mystery needs -- sex, love, and murder. The first part of this book definitely draws you in. However, toward the middle to end, the focus shifts from the story of the murder to a first person account of the author's investigation and details about how he ultimately "solved" the murder! It ruined the whole book for me, and the author comes off sounding quite pompous! It is as if the book is no longer about the intriguing murder, but suddenly about the author! Particularly if you are a fan of these sorts of books and may have listened to The Suspicions of Mr. Wicher first, this book will disappoint.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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