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  • To Dream of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Late December and the river is rising. The Herefordshire village of Ledwardine has not been flooded in living memory but in these days of climate change nothing is certain. Merrily Watkins, parish priest and diocesan exorcist, has learned that one of the incomers is an author who is a figure of hate for religious fundamentalists. Meanwhile, the Hereford police make a gruesome discovery linked to the Dinedor Serpent, a unique prehistoric monument.

    Diane says: "A Murder Mystery Wrapped Up in Rational Mysticism"
    "A flood, a haunting, & murder all for Christmas!"
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    This is a good mystery enriched with many characters & subjects but be advised & read the "Merrily Watkins" series books by Rickman in reading order. This is not what I did but wish I had. The books are not yet identified as a series on Audible. You may refer to Rickman's author's page on Amazon.com for the correct order. This was my first encounter with Rickman's books but won't be my last.

    "To Dream of the Dead" is a sign of rain & the weather is character in this book. The book is #10 in the series & is complicated with many characters & details of local history, geography, weather, & current political/social interests in England. It is beyond good fiction, it is involving. Many contrasts are involved in the plot, such as between Christianity & other beliefs like paganism & atheism and between traditional & modern police work. It is a detective, amateur sleuth (a female Anglican priest), & supernatural murder mystery. It took awhile for me to catch up to the story all the while feeling a like an outsider. I put some of my confusion down to the narration which I found at times monotone but acceptable. The effort to stay with it was worth the trouble as the story is a well written adult themed but not explicitly graphic novel.

    After finishing the book, I did some research on the author, Phil Rickman. I discovered he has quite a following. Some interesting examples of his fans' attentions are; a discussion group on yahoo, a link on his author page to a tour of places in the Merrily Watkins series, & folk music for sale & sung by a book character. All the attention may be deserved as I enjoyed the mysteries & intellectual questions posed in "To Dream of the Dead". I may start back at the first or switch to his Middle Ages series but I look forward to experiencing more of Rickman's books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1383)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "Good adventure "
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    Good adventure with good. Understanding of British navy in 1800's. Only 2 story lines need follow. Sometimes seemed to dwell overlong on psychological aspects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Hewson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. When the sins of the past echo the crimes of the present... When British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa suspects more than a simple accident. Nic is sure Malise's family are hiding vital information. As the investigation deepens, Rome’s seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery and corruption. The key to the truth lies with the Gabriels.

    Dan says: "A thriller to the last page"
    "Twists and turns"
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    Keeps you guessing. Excellent descriptions of people, places and history. Never sure where we are going or how we will solve it... If there was a crime and what crime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2153)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1892)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Convoluted story"
    Overall
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    Interesting story. Full of surprises and twists. Several story lines. Good details on Germany in Frankfurt am main area. Sometimes more detail on individual lives not really concerning the murders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7114)
    Performance
    (6451)
    Story
    (6519)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Quick paced"
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    Quick paced not action. Keeps you guessing. Once I got started I wanted more! Take a good mystery and skip the fluff but leave the essentials. A quick light read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    With millions of copies of his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries in print across the globe, Alexander McCall Smith is one of the most popular novelists and humorists in the world. Starring the brilliant but bumbling Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs is a wonderfully entertaining showcase for Smith's award-winning wit.

    Deanna says: "So disappointing."
    "Witty caricature with dry humor"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Witty and all to valid a caricature of certain people. First part not funny if love dogs but then does turn cute. Usually I like a mystery. This makes for light reading and fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (477)

    A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

    Michale says: "Haunting"
    "Different but interesting"
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    Interesting and held my attention. It is quite different from Heinlein and classical science fiction. This was my first encounter with the writer or story and took awhile to understand. I will try other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    It is 1560, and Elizabeth Tudor has been on the throne for a year. Dr John Dee is her astrologer and consultant in the hidden arts…a controversial appointment in these days of superstition. Now the bookish Dee has been sent to Glastonbury to find the missing bones of King Arthur. With him is his Robert Dudley, a wild card…and possibly the Queen’s secret lover. The town is still mourning the gruesome execution of its abbot, Richard Whiting. But why was he killed?

    Madeleine says: "Historical Fiction with a Wicked Hint of Evil"
    "Interesting period piece"
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    Recommended to anyone liking historical fiction. A mystery but not a murder mystery. At times overly long in description but still held my interest. Excellent reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cosi Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    Neopolitan businessmen, politicians, and eminent mafiosi are assassinated as someone takes literally the job of cleaning up the city's tarnished image. In this mystery, Aurelio Zen discovers that in '90s 'New Italy', things are still the same.

    Lee Chemel says: "Wonderfully entertaining"
    "A mystery that isn't"
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    This was entertaining and sometimes funny. It was very well read. Very interesting descriptions. It is a mystery but also many other plots. The jumping around was sometimes confusing. Recommend for the investigative inclined.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1202)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "Cute comedy"
    Overall
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    A series of quick short stand alone stories. Each story with the same main characters. Fast dialogue and witty. Clean language, I enjoyed it, l feel it is suitable for all ages that enjoy comedy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    After a particularly bad streak of luck in Vegas, Charlie has retreated to Venice, having vowed to give up a life of crime to write crime fiction full-time. But inspiration has yet to strike. And to make matters worse, Charlie's agent, Victoria, shows up at his door just as his prized first edition of The Maltese Falcon flies out the window with a femme-fatale burglar. Blackmailed into committing a dastardly crime in order to get his book back, Charlie is catapulted into yet another adventure, this one even more explosive than the last.

    Janels says: "A joy to the ears!"
    "Excellent entertainment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent story with many suprising twists. Never sure. Good performance of the next move by anyone

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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