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Mary

Port Pirie, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Himalaya

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    In his most challenging journey to date, Palin tackles the Himalayas, the greatest mountain range on earth. It is a virtually unbroken wall of rock stretching 1,800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to south-west China. Penetrated but never conquered, it remains the world's most majestic natural barrier, a magnificent wilderness that shapes the history and politics of Asia to this day.

    Martha says: "It took me far away from home"
    "Himalaya"
    Overall

    A great listen, full of so much detail that it still fascinates on the third listen. Lots of wry humour and interesting background information on the places visited.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SPQR V: Saturnalia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Maddox Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    This eagerly awaited fifth book in John Maddox Roberts's Edgar-nominated historical mystery series once again takes the reader back to the Rome of Julius Caesar and the Roman Senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger. Decius has won himself a reputation as both an investigator and, most unfortunately, a bit of a playboy. Having been banished by his family for sometimes embarrassing activities to a rather leisurely lifestyle on Rhodes, he is puzzled to be suddenly and unexpectedly summoned home to assist in an investigation.

    Mary says: "It just keeps getting better"
    "It just keeps getting better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they were a fan of historical detective fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    This series gets better with every book. I have just finished book 5. I love the historical detail and the characters are becoming more interesting as they are met in each book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    The death of a child and what seems to be a murderous puppet make a perfect case for Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit. As John May and his team interrogate the suspects, Arthur Bryant heads into the secret world of illusions and stagecraft. As a second impossible death occurs, the detectives uncover forgotten museums and London eccentrics. The stage is set for a race against time with a surprising twist...

    Roxalanne says: "What a treat - a new Bryant and May"
    "Another great tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Another great Bryant and May mystery


    What other book might you compare Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood to and why?

    The other Bryant and May books - all have mysteries that reveal themselves slowly, the wonderfully eccentric Bryant and all the odd information that comes with his character. The history and the love for the scene and the players is a constant in this series.


    What about Tim Goodman’s performance did you like?

    Using different voices for the characters, adds to rather than intruding into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Its one that I can't stop listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10482)
    Performance
    (9520)
    Story
    (9537)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Romance, mystery, humour and horror"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a great story. It was a tiny bit slow to start, then it unfolded through different stages with lots of interesting ideas and an undertone of suspense. It was very easy to visualise and would make a great mini series in the SF vein of Torchwood or Dr Who.
    It was also light and easy to listen to, with the interaction between characters providing lots of wry humour. I liked it and could not put it down towards the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (530)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am enjoying this first book of the series. Having been introduced to Miss Fisher by the Australian TV series, I am glad to have found the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonheart

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles de Lint
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    When Sara and Jamie discovered the artifacts, they sensed the pull of a dim, distant place, a world of misty forests, ancient magics, mythical beings, ageless bards...and restless evil.

    Vava says: "Enjoyable, different storyline"
    "Exciting and Original"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Moonheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the different characters and the way they each looked at what was happening from their own point of view. I liked the gentle philosophy. The characters were interesting and sympathetic. Each one developed through the story. The story moved from the real world into the alternate reality very smoothly.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought his performance was excellent


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

    I couldn't stop listening to it


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it to people who enjoy fantasy novels

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By R. L. LaFevers
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theoand only Theowho is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her fathers back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and protect her father and the rest of the museum employees from the ancient, sinister forces that lurk in the museums dark hallways.

    Grant says: "Girls Adventure"
    "Delightful and precocious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, educational, absorbing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos?

    The climax where Theodosia is facing the Serpents of Chaos in the pyramid.


    Any additional comments?

    I like good children's books, they usually have a level of humour that adults pick up . This one is just beautiful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2617)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2194)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "A bit drawn out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    Probably not


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Information about that period in Scotland's history was very interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rosalyn Landor?

    Probably not


    Was The Winter Sea worth the listening time?

    I ended up skipping a lot of it as the story seemed so drawn out. I was more interested in the modern day love story than the earlier one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a romance which is not my interest area. However the history was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels' Blood: The Guild Hunter Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she's the best - but she doesn't know if she's good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear - failure is not an option... even if the task she's been set is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad. The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other, and pull her to the razor's edge of passion.

    Rae says: "Loved It"
    "Not much to engage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is interested in erotic fiction laced with a very slight story line.


    Has Angels' Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO, I like most of the fantasy books I have listened to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Angels' Blood?

    The sex scenes


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carnage on the Committee

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ruth Dudley Edwards
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When the chairperson of a prestigious literary prize dies in suspicious circumstances, Robert Amiss (the token sane member of the judging panel) wastes no time in summoning Baroness 'Jack' Troutbeck to step into the breach. Speculation that a killer may be targeting the judges worries the baroness not in the slightest, it's the prospect of immersing herself in modern literature that fills her with dread.

    Joe says: "Welcome to Audible, Baroness Jack!"
    "Not to my taste"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this book did not hold together and the characters were shallow. I was expecting a witty satire, but had to stop listening after the first few chapters, as it wasn't holding my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten-Second Staircase: Bryant & May Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    An artist is found dead in a gallery with locked doors and windows. A television presenter is struck by lightning while indoors. Two seemingly impossible crimes that only Arthur Bryant and John May of the Met's Peculiar Crimes Unit might be able to solve. But Bryant has lost his nerve, and May is fighting to keep the unit from closure. Worse still, an unsolved mystery from the past has returned to haunt them...

    Mary says: "Enjoyable mystery"
    "Enjoyable mystery"
    Overall

    This is the third book I've listened to about the Peculiar Crimes Unit. There was just a bit too much history in this one, but apart from that it was compelling and I had to listen whenever I could to get to the end. I like the way the books are related and follow on from each other, and have become fond of the characters. The narrator is very good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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