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Darja

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  • No Mark Upon Her

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Olympic rowing hopeful and senior Metropolitan Police officer DCI Rebecca Meredith trains alone on the river in Henley one dark afternoon - and doesn't return. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Detective Inspector Gemma James are called to investigate and find that the answers lie closer to home than they could have imagined. Now more than one innocent life depends on their ability to track down the killer.

    Maria says: "Great crime fiction novel"
    "Great, enchanting mystery from Deborah Crombie"
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    If you could sum up No Mark Upon Her in three words, what would they be?

    Deborah Crombie, along with Louise Penny, is certainly on the list of my favourite detective writers - and she does not disappoint this time. Each of her books usually has a new theme, a twist, a focus - opera, antiquities, history of London Docks etc. In this case, it is rowing. Narration is very pleasant as well, no criticism here. If you are a fan of cosy British mysteries with flavour of local history, I highly recommend this book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (936)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "not audiobook material"
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    First of all, let me say that I adore the actor who read it. This is the first time that I could identify every single character simply by the way they speak, even before 'XXX said' would come (and there are a lot of characters). Mark Meadows does a great job of impersonating different people, men as well as women, and it is not ridiculous or annoying as such 'voice change' can get sometimes when you hear grown men trying to do a woman's voice. The reading was exquisite.

    That said, I almost gave up on the book. It feels like a sort of book I would like, but in the end I decided that it was simply not audiobook material: the plot and writing are to complex to perceive without having the text in front of your eyes. Especially in the last chapters, where action happens very quickly and almost exclusively in very complicated sentences in form of chapter summaries. The plot jumps back and forth, there are a lot of descriptions, philosophical reveries and flashbacks, and it's simply too hard too follow by ear. There were a lot of spots where I thought, I love this quote! Wonderfully said! but the story was already moving forward, and I could neither enjoy the turn of phrase properly, no catch up to the stuff that happened in three seconds past.

    So all in all, I recommend you to buy the paper version of the book, or alternatively, really concentrate on listening (not next to cooking/running as I usually do, and definitely not in bed, because you'll surely fall asleep and miss a million of plot turns)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10170)
    Performance
    (9307)
    Story
    (9326)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Amazing book, not so amazing reading"
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    Donna Tartt is wonderful: I love how the story dips in and out of the past, relating the plot not in a linearly manner, but also not through simple old flashbacks. It's much more complicated than than, woven into a perfect canvas just like a real memory.
    But please, dear producers, was it so hard to find a reader with a rudimentary knowledge of Russian, or even ask a consultant to explain the pronunciation? If it were a sentence or two, I'd understand, but a good deal of conversation in the book is supposed to be Russian! It doesn't occur to anyone to give Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books to a reader who speaks no word of French; why did poor Goldfinch deserve to be slaughtered that way?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crossing Places

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (224)

    When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

    Sara says: "An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh"
    "yet another forensic anthropologist story"
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    You will enjoy the book if you like reading about the north of England landscapes and if you're looking for something similar to Simon Beckett or early Katy Reichs. The story is not nearly as suspensful as Beckett's, but you will find all the usual gory medical details, and a bit of campus romantic thrown in. All in all a decent read, although I wouldn't list it as a 'best of' anything.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (896)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "I was not impressed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I cannot say that I enjoyed the book. It is not gripping or particularly well-written. The performance is fine, but the actor, whose voice is very well suited to the character, cannot save the lukewarm story. There is a fair amount of chasing, killing, climbing the cliffs, chopping off hands, and other thriller elements; and yet they utterly fail to excite the reader. I would've given up listening after the first couple of hours, but this was the only audiobook available to me this month and I really need something to listen to while I jog, so I finished it. I'm sorry to say the rest was just as bland as the beginning.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It's not possible to write a spoiler because nothing remotely surprising happens in the second half of the book. First half is not particularly inventive either, but at least the reader is still getting to know the characters so he is not completely bored. I've fallen asleep listening to this book more often than with any other audiobook ever before.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By F G Cottam
    • Narrated By Peter Wickham
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Fischer House was the scene of a vicious crime in the 1920's-a crime which still resonates as the century turns. At its heart was a beautiful, enigmatic woman called Pandora Gibson-Hoare, a photographer of genius whose only legacy is a handful of photographs and the clues to a mystery. Paul Seaton was lured to the house 10 years ago and escaped, a damaged man. Now three students will die unless he dares to go back. But this time he has ex-soldier Nick Mason at his side.

    Robert says: "Not a bad book"
    "A good solid scary story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The House of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?

    A thriller which is based on the theme of devil possession but will also appeal to a reader who is not religious. In fact, the protagonist himself is presented as an atheist who struggles to reconcile his world view with the terrible events that keep hinting at church teachings. This storyline, however, is more subtle and not so in-you-face as in Cottam's other book, and not irritating at all. The novel is dynamic, expertly interweaves the past and the present, and keeps one on the edge of his chair. The characters are likeable enough, but not so very much that you would get depressed for days when they die :) The narrator does a really good job, too. On the whole, I recommend it to those who like fairly easy reading, but good quality and with a thrill


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Payment in Blood

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to a rather abrupt end on an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands when someone drives an 18-inch dirk through her neck. Called upon to investigate the case in a country with virtually no authority, the aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, grapple for both a motive and a murderer.Emotions run deep in this highly charged drama, for the list of suspects soon includes Britain's foremost actress, its most successful theatrical producer, and the woman Lynley loves. He and Havers must tread carefully over the complicated terrain of human relationships, while they work to solve a case rooted in the darkest corners of the past and the unexplored regions of the human heart.

    Miriam says: "praise with reservations"
    "Bad recording quality"
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    Any additional comments?

    I cannot really say anything about the story since I could not bear to listen to it for longer than 10 minutes. The quality of the recording is bad, as if it was poorly digitized from an old tape. Admittedly English is not my mother tongue, but I never had any problems understanding audiobooks; and with this one I couldn't catch half of what the narrator says!
    And for some reason return does not work. My first bad experience with you, Audible :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By John McCormack
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods one day with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened. Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He's changed his name. No one knows about his past.

    Amazon Customer says: "Don't miss this one, literary crime lovers..."
    "very suspensful story, annoying voice"
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    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best criminal thrillers, definitely. Keeps you on the edge of your chair and does it by elegant psychological means, not by resorting to guns and chases


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John McCormack?

    pretty much anyone. He takes some getting used to so that you even concentrate enough to understand what he says - Text-to-Voice in Kindle would be about as good. It gets better later in the book, though, so bear with him. The story is worth it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Not to Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    Kate Cypher is revisiting her childhood home to care for her Alzheimer's-afflicted mother. She's avoided the place for years, fearful of childhood memories of her friend Del - dubbed Potato Girl by cruel classmates - whose murder 30 years prior was never solved. On the night Kate arrives, an eerily similar murder occurs, forcing Kate to confront her haunting memories.

    Darja says: "another mystical thriller about little girls"
    "another mystical thriller about little girls"
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    If you could sum up Promise Not to Tell in three words, what would they be?

    Ghosts among us


    Any additional comments?

    McMahon is great, as always. The book keeps you in suspense, and the interweaving of two storylines, the past and the present, is very well done. It is another scary story about terrible things that happen to little girls who live in small towns... I highly recommend Don't breathe a word by the same author, it is a masterpiece!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (256)

    They're out there...waiting...watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed - or cursed - by Twilight Eyes.

    Joe says: "Highly Entertaining"
    "not the best book by Koontz"
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    What would have made Twilight Eyes better?

    I usually like Koontz's thrillers, but everything gets old after a while. I wish he stepped away from the 'global conspiracy theory' plot for once! Also I think th ebook is too long for this story - I wish it were faster paced


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    It failed to catch my interest. Not a page-turner at any point


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    nothing against audible or the actor - the performance was great! it is story that I found disappointing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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