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  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    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!"
    "The persistent Rebus"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As usual John Rebus plugs along trying to understand what really happened to a group of missing girls. Rebus is an old school in the extreme. He is crusty and has no patience for rules. He sees his job clearly - get the guilty punished. In this chapter in the ongoing Rebus saga, Rankin takes Rebus to more rural locations.

    The narrator is excellent, although Americans will have to adapt to the strong Scottish accent.


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

    Rankin is not an edge of your seat writer. On the other hand, I did not want to stop listening.


    What does James Macpherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Scottish pronunciations


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

    Missing women, not forgotten


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1008)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "More than an exploration of evil"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    The exploration of parents and offspring really dominates this book. It focuses on the nurture side of the nature/nurture discussion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gretchen - she has great complexity, fierce, and wants to make a difference if she can just stay out of trouble


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    As always, his pace, accent and several of his voices - especially Clete.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions


    Any additional comments?

    James Lee Burke writes novels that happen to focus on crime. This books is superficially about evil, but really it focuses on nurture as I state above, and class struggle. Burke uses evil as a construct to explore more fundamental concepts. He worries about abusive parents, absent parents, and a disregard for the unintended consequences of large business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Saladin Ahmed
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (176)

    The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings: Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, and Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "A welcome new voice in fantasy, read with aplomb"
    "A ghulish tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Throne of the Crescent Moon in three words, what would they be?

    Good against evil


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Throne of the Crescent Moon?

    While the book seemingly focuses on the fight of good against evil, really it is a book about introspection. The key characters in the book are all reassessing their lives during their struggle. Their inner struggles trump the outer struggles in my mind. Looking forward to their future adventures.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Cannot pick one


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

    I never want to listen in one sitting


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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