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  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

    Jen says: "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    "Great Start, Poor Finish"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sutton to be better than the print version?

    I got hooked on audiobooks after a hospitalization and I've never gone back to print books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I loved the writer's concept, but he seemed to run out of steam in the last quarter of the book. I was really caught up in the story but the ending was so sudden. It left me with some questions about previous sections of the story.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn't experience if you just read the book?

    A good reader makes the story seem like a movie in your mind. Dylan Baker is an amazing reader. I love it when a reader is so good that you forget who he is and see only the characters.


    If you could rename Sutton, what would you call it?

    I think "Sutton" was an apt name.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Copper River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (160)

    Part Irish, part Native-American, Sheriff Cork O'Connor serves the remote territory of Tamarack County, Minnesota. But big trouble is brewing: a powerful man believes O'Connor killed his son. Now there's a price on the sheriff's head and a bullet in his leg. He finds refuge with his cousin, Jewell, and her teenage son, Ren, in their tiny Michigan town. But when Ren and his friends are threatened, O'Connor must risk his cover to find out why.

    Roger says: "Great Book"
    "A Twist on the Usual"
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    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I would be happy with a WKK book that left out most of the usual characters and was not set in familiar Minnesota but of course I shouldn't have worried. There was still the same suspense, albeit with mostly new people. Actually, I kind of wish Cork could have stayed with his cousin and her son and that Dina would become his assistant. The story has such interesting characters that I might miss more than the Aurora citizens,. But I I assume we'll be headed back to the Boundary Waters area and I'll love that too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    After 17-year-old Charlotte Kane, the beautiful, brilliant, and brooding daughter of a rich widower, disappears on a drunken New Years' Eve snowmobile ride, a raging blizzard soon snuffs out all search efforts. When her body is found during the spring thaw four months later, preliminary evidence implicates her ex-boyfriend: Ojibwe bad-boy Solemn Winter Moon. But then a second Charlotte Kane turns up dead, and Cork isn't sure of anything any more.

    Ronna says: "Winter snows leave a body in the spring thaw!!"
    "One of The Best"
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    If you could sum up Blood Hollow in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, Mesmerizing, Addictive


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Krueger's characters form a great ensemble and each is important and interesting. The townspeople, the Native Americans, the kids - I enjoy the stories told be all of them.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    He has one of those wonderful narrator voices: easy to follow and just enough character variation.


    Any additional comments?

    This series was recommended to me by a friend a few weeks ago. I'm starting Book 5 now and I don't see an end to my addiction. I started reading the first book because I am a Minnesotan and my husband grew up on one of the reservations up north. Now I'm so hooked! I've never read books that kept me on the edge of my achair as much as these do. If you like good stories with a mystery twist, try one of these.

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  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (840)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    C. Telfair says: "Crackerjack Beginning to a Great Series"
    "A Great Start to a New Series"
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    Would you listen to Iron Lake again? Why?

    Maybe - in several years. I don't usually re-read books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was a wonderful ensemble of characters. It's difficult to choose a standout.


    Have you listened to any of David Chandler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is the first time I have heard him read, and he is absolutely perfect for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read primarily mysteries since my first Nancy Drew a long time ago, so I'm suspicious when starting a new author. It's a good thing I'm retired, because my eyes are bleary from trying to read the book in one sitting. I'll be reading the series til the end. Living in Minnesota, and being married to a man who grew up in O'Connor's territory (his family still lives there) there was the familiarity of home. Although "home" has never been as threatening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (537)

    It is 1648, a small village in the Alps: In the thick of a blizzard,a town priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength and scratches a sign in the frost that will lead the town hangman, his daughter, and the town physician in pursuit of a treasure of the Knights Templar. But the priest’s murderer is already on their trail, and he’s not the only one after the legendary fortune: a dark monk is not far behind,and a band of thieves is roving the countryside, attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

    Snoodely says: "The Real Discovery of Penicillin!"
    "Not My Style at All"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Unfortunately there's no way to know about a book until you read it. Reviews give you some idea, but the book may still be one you don't like. That's the case here.


    Has The Dark Monk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of the genre, no. Of this series, oh my yes! I was going to ask that someone send me the name of the villain, but after a few more chapters, I just don't care.


    What aspect of Grover Gardner’s performance would you have changed?

    I would not have chosen Mr. Gardner to narrate, but as he was chosen, I wish he had decided between just reading the book and providing voices. I didn't think his voice fit with the heavy Germanic characters.


    Do you think The Dark Monk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    For those who like it, sure. For me, this is my first and last.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the book very slow moving with a bizarre cast of characters. I listened for several hours, so I think I gave it a fair trial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2165)
    Performance
    (1904)
    Story
    (1876)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "The Best Yet"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's the funniest "Royal Spyness" book I've read.


    What other book might you compare Naughty in Nice to and why?

    It can be compared only to the other "Royal Spyness" books.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Georgie's mother, or maybe Coco Chanel (yes, that one) or maybe Noel Coward (yes, that one too).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh a lot. The interaction between Georgie and her mother is priceless, and one-upping her snobby sister-in-law, Fig, is delightful. Georgie's maid continues to be totally incompetent, and her grandfather comes running when he thinks his beloved granddaughter is in trouble - which she is, most of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgren does a fine job of narrating the book, except for those characters with a French accent. Some of her pronounciations really reminded me of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. (If you know the movies, you'll recognize "rheum".)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Yesterday

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - had forgotten.

    Sharron says: "Like visiting an old friend"
    "Death of My Interest"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The whole story would have to be scrapped and started over. Hamish was more boring than I ever knew him to be, and the lack of participation by Loch Dubh citizens was very noticeable.


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    Hamish's assistant, Dick. His furnishing of the station, his cooking and cleaning, made me chuckle. He's not much of an assistant, but he's a heck of a wife. Graeme Malcolm is the real bright spot in this book. He is an awesome reader. He makes a good book better and a less than good book readable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Heavens no! This is the first time I haven't read a Marion Chesney book in one sitting. But having a cranky Hamish as the central character really changed the tone of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to read the Hamish Macbeth books because this is the first I have not liked. Ms. Chesney has so many series going, I don't know how she keeps the characters straight, much less tell a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highgate Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (87)

    The Victorian mystery series starring Inspector Thomas Pitt and Charlotte Pitt reaches new heights. When Dr. Stephen Shaw's fancy Highgate Rise home is burned to the ground with his wife inside, the Inspector and his wife must solve a baffling mystery.

    Jennie says: "Incredible Reader!"
    "Another Good Anne Perry Story"
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    What did you love best about Highgate Rise?

    I enjoy Anne Perry's description of London in an earlier time, and I love her detective couple Thomas and Charlotte Pitt.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all the characters, especially some of the people who are only in this story. Charlotte tends to get on my nerves a bit, but I still like her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't have a favorite


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Although this is a good story, Ms. Perry is a bit long-winded. By the time I got to the last chapters, I was honestly thinking about fast-forwarding to get to the solution. I was also surprised that Thomas wasn't more prominent. He's there, but just. Charlotte and Dr. Shaw eventually made me want to scream, "Stop it or run away together!"

    I will continue to read Anne Perry books because this is the first I've had any complaint with, and the stories are always wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New York Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain's Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding - a grand affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy families, titans of the international financial world. But Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion.

    mysteryjoart says: "Another great Ann Perry Christmas"
    "Anne Perry Light"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Anne Perry is always worthwhile reading, even in a shorter book like this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jemima Pitt


    Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

    Jemima Pitt


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was less Christmasy than I expected, but it still was a good read. Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, visits New York and almost instantly becomes involved in a murder. As good as any other Anne Perry book, just more compact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miser of Mayfair

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Is Number 67 Clarges Steet the unluckiest house in Mayfair? Every season the beau mondes of the Regency would hire a house in the heart of London’s fashionable West End at disproportionately high rent for often inferior accommodation and yet Number 67 Clarges Street, a town house complete with staff, remains vacant from year to year. Could it be that it is associated with ill luck and even death? Something must be done so that the servants of this house don’t lose their livelihood.

    Patricia says: "Love this series!"
    "A Favorite Author/A Different Series"
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    If you could sum up The Miser of Mayfair in three words, what would they be?

    What a surprise!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rainbird


    What about Lindy Nettleton’s performance did you like?

    A very good narrator. I'll look for more books she's narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but there were a few that made me laugh, particularly the carriage chase. It was a perfect vehicle (no pun intended) for the cast of characters to once again remind you of their parts in the tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I started with Hamish Macbeth and progresed to Agatha Raisin, loving every book of both series. I just found the "House" series and can't believe I actually read and liked a romance! Mysteries are my favorites, but Beaton/Chesney captured my attention once again. I don't know if I'll continue with the series, since I found so many others that she's written, but I'm really glad I read "The Miser of Mayfair". I met some delightful new characters and found myself enjoying a genre I have shied away from for many years. It must be the writer, right?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes. In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."

    Christopher says: "Great for a long country drive."
    "Funny + intelligent = Keillor"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Liberty to be better than the print version?

    I don't read printed books and I wish this question would go away..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clint Bunsen, of course. He is the perfect person on which to build this story. He is put upon by most of the town, but suffers in silence and always gets at least a bit of revenge. I especially liked the reactionis of the usual participants in the parade when Clint outsted them. Mr. Berge and the bachelor farmers are priceless.


    Which character – as performed by Garrison Keillor – was your favorite?

    See above answer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course. All Keillor books keep you engrossed. I not only read it in one sitting, I read it twice. And I laughed just as hard the second time.


    Any additional comments?

    "Liberty" is the story of the 4th of July parade in Lake Wobegon. Clint Bunsen has had the job of putting the parade (and the living flag) together for many years, but this year may be his last. His ideas for updating the parade are not welcomed, but without his help, the committee finds itself in trouble quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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