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Marie

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  • Viriconium

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. John Harrison
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Available to American readers for the first time, this landmark collection gathers four groundbreaking fantasy classics from the acclaimed author of Light. Set in the imagined city of Viriconium, here are the masterworks that revolutionized a genre and enthralled a generation of readers: The Pastel City, A Storm of Wings, In Viriconium, and Viriconium Nights. Back in print after a long absence, these singular tales of a timeless realm and its enigmatic inhabitants are now reborn and compiled to captivate a whole new generation.

    Max says: "Virocon, Virocon, still the ancient name rings on"
    "Only the first story makes any sense"
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    I will admit at the start that I have not finished listening to this book. I haven't been able to finish the third novella, In Viriconium, because I see no point to the story. In the second novella, A Storm of Wings, I don't think I can tell you what actually happened or why. The language is beautiful and haunting but it smothers a story that may or may not make any sense. I only listened to the second and third novellas because I did enjoy the first story, The Pastel City. It made sense, something actually happened, and plot took precedents over language.

    Simon Vance is wonderful. He is one of the reasons I selected this book. The main reason, however, was because Neil Gaiman recommended it. I really don't understand why.There is a difference between writing beautiful evocative language that takes the reader no where and a story that takes the reader into beautifully drawn places.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By Franis Matthews
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Way back during the Crusades, Richard I presented the Huntingforest family with the tiny Balkan state of Averna but since then the kingdom has been forgotten, until circumstances in Europe suddenly render it extremely strategically important to the British government. They hire unconventional detective Albert Campion to recover the long-missing proofs of ownership - the deeds, a crown, and a receipt - which are apparently hidden in the village of Pontisbright.

    Kristin says: "Funny and engaging Campion mystery"
    "A Campy Campion"
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    Sweet Danger is a campy sort of mystery, though the mystery really isn't much of a mystery. Campion is drool and amusing as he and a group of friends try to find the true heir to a piece of strategic property in a far off Balkan country. We get to meet the eccentric Finton family, in particular young Lady Amanda Finton, who scrape by running a mill. The Finton's hold the keys to the mystery. Lady Amanda likes to tinker with electricity, batteries, and radio. The bad guy and his cronies are obvious from the start.

    Francis Matthews is a wonderful narrator. I prefer him to David Thorpe, whose Campion I find grating..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanover Square Affair: Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ashley Gardner, Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By James Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey's search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld.

    Gash says: "Another damaged but honorable man solving crimes"
    "Interesting mystery but missing that flare"
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    I enjoyed the mystery but was left wanting more from the book. For me, it didn't merit being called "Regency." Except for a mention of the war with France and the Princess Charlotte's wedding and people riding around in carriages, there were few other details to bring the Regency to mind. Captain Lacey was also an odd character. His self recriminations often seemed more feminine than masculine in tone. For an army man, I thought it odd he never cursed. What little sex there is is implied rather than seen, which is a nice change of pace. I was amazed to see a reviewer on Amazon say she was going to delete the book because of its overt sexuality. I'm not sure we were reading the same book. The narrator is fine but I gave him only three stars because of Lacey's over the top, screechy dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rennie Airth
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    In 1921, the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two staff are found in a manor house in Surrey. The police have put the murders down to a violent robbery, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard has his own suspicions. In the meantime the killer is plotting his second strike.

    Nancy J says: "New Mystery Written in 1920's Style-What A Thrill!"
    "Exceptional Story"
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    This book kept me up all night listening. While seemingly a story of gratuitous murder, River of Darkness also explores the theme of how a person's psyche long after a war is over. War, in fact, is never over for some. Airth skillfully weaves together a police investigation, a love story, and a killer's narrative. I highly recommend this book. The narrator was excellent and his regional accents sounded authentic, at least to my untrained ear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    Rachel says: "HEY AUDIBLE!!! Get more Ann Cleeves!! good stuff!"
    "A New Discovery - More Please"
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    Raven Black is a moody, atmospheric story with twists and turns throughout. I was actually surprised when the killer was revealed. Cleeves is excellent at pulling the reader/listener into the story and her descriptions of the island culture hook you. Lt. Jimmy Perez is a character with substance, as in Fran Hunter. I understand this book was made into a British TV show called Shetland. I will be on the lookout for it.

    I concur with the other reviewers. More of Ann Cleeves please.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eventide: Tales of the Dragon's Bard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    When a traveling bard stumbles into a dragon's den, he is forced to tell stories or end up being eaten. Eventually running out of tales to share, he makes a deal: for his freedom, he will return with new sagas of adventure, romance, and bravery. Tales of the Dragon's Bard is the story of one man's quest to collect the most exciting stories he possibly can, and Eventide is the first town he encounters. With wish-women, gnomes, a centaur farmer, a resident Gossip Fairy, and a blacksmith dwarf, those living in Eventide have enough going on to keep the Dragon's Bard busy .

    Marie says: "Witty and Charming Fairy Tales"
    "Witty and Charming Fairy Tales"
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    This set of charming and witty tales, as told by the Dragon's Bard, is fun and amusing. I even laughed out loud a few times. If you are looking for evil dragons and vengeful fantasy, this isn't the book for you. If you like drunk pixies, sensitive dwarfs, and broken wishing wells, you will find them in Eventide. Good for the whole family.

    Simon Vance is at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fashion in Shrouds

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By Francis Matthews
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Georgia Wells had been designed by nature as a poster rather than a pen drawing - magnificent on-stage, but off-stage a little larger than life. It was to meet her that Albert Campion went to the dress-show in Park Lane. Only the day before he had finally located the dinner-jacketed skeleton of her barrister fiancee who had disappeared three years before. And Georgia Wells wasn't allowing it to be suicide, not at any priceā€¦.

    rtdb says: "Wish we could have other Francis Matthews readings"
    "Lots of twists and turns and a bit of new love"
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    Another great set of characters make the Fashion in Shrouds an intriguing listen. I loved the way Allingham mixed theater, fashion, and airplane design plots and subplots. It was great to see Lady Amanda Fitton reappear from an earlier novel. Her ability to handle Campion bodes for future encounters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything ... until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting, nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

    Craig says: "Yes, yes, yes!"
    "Suchet is the Best"
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    Having David Suchet read Hercule Poirot is heaven. He knows his character so well. Death on the Nile is a great listen. Even though I had the bad guy/gal figured out before the denouement, it was a fun ride getting there. Christie provides a great cast of potential killers and victims.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Look to the Lady: An Albert Campion Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery, others whose immense wealth and passion for collecting render them less immune to the practical considerations that must guide even the less honestly minded citizens.

    Meep says: "Love the start to this one, like the reader"
    "Kept me up listening"
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    A wonderful listen. Campion is in fine fettle in this story about a gang of art thieves and a holy relic. Plenty of plot twists will keep you guessing until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By E. M. Powell
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II's knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights' ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer.

    Pat says: "Tale of historical murder and unexpected love"
    "I wanted to kill the heroine myself"
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    It has been along time since I have encountered such an annoying, self righteous, prig of a heroine as Theodosia. I don't care if she is a nun/anchoress. If I had been Sir Palmer, I would have left her to the bad guys to steam alive. I am half way through and don't know if I can finish. I might throw my Kindle against the wall soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancers in Mourning: An Albert Campion Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Jimmy Sutane is London's favorite song-and-dance man, headlining at the Argosy Theatre, and beloved by all. Or almost all - someone has taken to playing increasingly nasty pranks. Albert Campion offers to poke around, but what he finds chez Sutane nearly overwhelms him. The far-from traditional household features a clutch of explosive egos, including a brooding 'genius musician,' and a melodramatic young actress who seems to delight in drawing others into her web

    Bodiccea says: "Spectacular reading"
    "Campion Revealed"
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    Unlike other Campion stories, the reader gets to see a new side of Campion. We get a glimpse into his heart and his struggle with a personal conflict. It adds a new dimension to his character, who usually gets by with a joke to cover his feelings. The story is peppered with intriguing secondary characters and plot twists abound. I gave the story itself only 4 stars because I don't think the motive given for the killers action was worthy of some of his/her actions. A great listen, though I do find David Thorpe's interpretation of Campion's voice a bit over the top.

    The book cover makes no sense. No one in the story was a ballet dance. Just a pet peeve of mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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