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Elizabeth

Mystery hound

United States | Member Since 2010

ratings
59
REVIEWS
18
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
3
HELPFUL VOTES
10

  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files.

    susan says: "Rebus is back!"
    "Happy to have Rebus back"
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    What made the experience of listening to Standing in Another Man's Grave the most enjoyable?

    The Scots accent for Rebus that I cannot reproduce in my head if just reading


    If you’ve listened to books by Ian Rankin before, how does this one compare?

    Top 10, but maybe the mystery itself isn't as developed and tangled as he usually does it, so not a top 5. But the joy of having Rebus back and exploring another stage of his life (retirement) make this definitely worth a credit if you are already a fan.


    Any additional comments?

    Much better than Rankin's recent Complaints books; he is on firm ground with his old characters here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (284)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "character development superb"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the protagonist is a likeable low-key heroin addict trying to convince himself he can keep it all under control while doing white-knuckle heroics. It is a deeper, more reflective book than the usual thriller, but delivers on that front as well.


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

    He is great for all of McKinty's books


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

    Character's reflections on addiction and his rising above it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1029)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Another winner from McKinty"
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    Would you listen to Falling Glass again? Why?

    A ripping no-stop thriller that goes so fast you can go around again.


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

    Yes, he brings McKinty's books alive and worth having Audible, instead of just reading the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sophisticated thriller from Ireland...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (538)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Wow noir from Ireland!"
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    Where does Dead I Well May Be rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It may be my favorite. It cannot be read in print because the Irish accent is so appealing, and the storyline is top flight.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead I Well May Be?

    Irish character's impressions of NYC.


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

    Excellent Irish accent for me, I am no expert though.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Irish noir storms NYC underworld


    Any additional comments?

    It is the first book of a trilogy, and is the best one, although completing trilogy highly recommended. Caution on violence, it is not gratuitous but pretty harrowing.

    7 of 7 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
    (1156)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (848)

    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!"
    "Unputdownable!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Woodcutter the most enjoyable?

    Strong, new characters and mystery from Reginald Hill best known for his Dalziel/Pascoe series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Who is good? Who is bad?


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

    Top flight.


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

    Yes, very suspenseful.


    Any additional comments?

    Great character development with well structured suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cure for All Diseases

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Convalescing in Sandytown, Dalziel befriends Charlotte Heywood who is researching the benefits of alternative therapy. With much in common, the two soon find themselves in league when trouble comes to town. Sandytown's principal landowners have grandiose plans for the resort -- none of which they can agree on. One of them has to go, and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate -- with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support.

    Ellen says: "Excellent!"
    "Especially funny"
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    What did you love best about A Cure for All Diseases?

    You spend lot's of time in Dalziel's mind, whereas in other of the series it leans towards his more serious partner Pascoe. What goes through Dalziel's head and in that accent is hilarious.


    What other book might you compare A Cure for All Diseases to and why?

    Dalziel a totally original creation--so incomparable.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful addition to a strong series. Literary, lewd and suspenseful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (714)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

    Judy says: "Another great tale!"
    "Major entry in the Gremache series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bury Your Dead the most enjoyable?

    We finally spend time inside Gremache's head as he psychologically recovers from another mystery. We are also introduced to the atmosphere and history of Quebec City.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bury Your Dead?

    Walking in a snowstorm...towards whom??


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    He owns this series as he does French accents well and gives sensitivity to the lead character, Gremache.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great addition to a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wife of the Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kwei Quartey
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, a good family man and a remarkably intuitive sleuth, is sent to the village of Ketanu---the site of his mother's disappearance many years ago---to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. While battling his own anger issues and concerns for his ailing son, Darko explores the motivations and secrets of the residents of Ketanu.

    Shaliali says: "Engrossing Mystery in a Fascinating Setting"
    "Original and compelling!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it brings the police procedural to African belief systems for a really original read.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The lead character--you get inside him.


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

    Yes, there are many complex elements you desperately want the author to bring together. And he does!


    Any additional comments?

    An occasion when a mystery introduces you to new cultures and mores, so you take away more than a mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (631)

    In Tripwire, Reacher is settling into lazy Key West when his life is interrupted by a stranger who comes looking for him. When the stranger turns up beaten to death in the Old Town cemetery - fingertips removed - Reacher knows whomever the man was working for is not a friend.

    Mark says: "OK...but..."
    "Just better in print"
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    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I enjoy Lee Child in print, but feel he becomes slow and amateurish on Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher is a great creation, a believable and intelligent "he man" for the job.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Slows it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Get in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (188)

    What really happened to Miss Quested in the Marabar Caves? This tantalising question provides the intense drama of racial tension at the centre of Foster's last and greatest novel.

    Diane says: "Extraordinary!!"
    "A must read classic rendered very well"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Passage to India the most enjoyable?

    Author's ability NOT to interfere with the writing if that makes sense. He has to do an Indian accent but if not perfect it isn't too bad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is great, lyrical writing; it is still topical in terms of colonialism /imperialism and race relations; part of it is a gripping legal thriller.


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

    No, it is the kind of book you want to draw out slowly to appreciate the writing.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorites written, well done by Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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