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  • An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By J. B. Priestley
    • Narrated By Toby Jones, David Calder, Morven Christie
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft - a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet, just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl.

    ESK says: "Make a confession to a Ghost?"
    "Very disappointing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you want a ripping good detective story, this is not it. If, on the other hand, you enjoy an author beating you over the head with a moralistic two-by-four at the expense of an actual plot, you'll really enjoy this one.

    I listened to half of it then gave up in disgust. The story seems to be merely a vehicle for the author's pontificating on the Evils Of Class in British society. Even a very good cast of performers was not enough to save it.

    Needless to say, I will not be picking up anything by this author again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (770)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "Fascinating."
    Overall
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    Story

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. History and anecdotes, perhaps. I certainly wasn't expecting to be as fascinated as I was.

    Ms Blum gives us a bit of history on the actual chemical elements used in various murders in addition to the details of the murders and how they were dealt with. The office of coroner, too, is followed from its beginnings... and there are a few "raised eyebrow" moments in that as well. Things have certainly changed since then.

    All in all, the book actually made me regret my 12-hour shift wasn't a little longer so I could listen to the end in one go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nelson Johnson
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna, Terence Winter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reachinghistory offers a riveting account of its past 100 year, from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era.

    Frances says: "I love stories steeped in History"
    "Who's who in the city"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Atlantic City, perhaps more than most others, seems to have little history other than its politicians. Boardwalk Empire is well-researched and well-presented, but is far less the history of a city than of the politicians in charge of it.

    Slightly disappointing, though not the fault of the author or narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1017)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "We need more stars"
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    There aren't enough stars to rate this one properly.

    This is Sherlock Holmes in every detail, every nuance. It sounds right. It feels right. It's a terrific addition to any Holmes fan or collector's library. There have been many theories on the Jack the Ripper mystery; to have Holmes take a crack at it is a fabulous treat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (550)

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "A fascinating book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Michio Kaku is a rarity: a scientist who can take the most complicated theories and somehow let the layman without any scientific training at all understand them. His style is easy and engaging, well-read by Mr. Vietor.

    This book is well worth the investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garson Krebs, Private Eye

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Larry Weiner
    • Narrated By The Radio Repertory Company of America
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A tongue-in-cheek private detective with all the answers...and all the problems! This hilarious sleuth show combines the best of old-time radio acting with modern sound effects, music recording and editing.

    Jason says: "Some Genuine Laughs"
    "Delightfully flaky"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had no idea what to expect when I purchased this title. I hoped for a good detective story. I got a hardboiled detective with puns galore, terrific casting and more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. If you like both Miss Marple and Monty Python, this one's for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kate Black-Regan
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    Accepting employment as a governess after hard times hit her family, medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is surprised when she learns that her mysterious employer has no children and only wants her to read to him through a speaking tube.

    Chelyn says: "Great story, poorly presented"
    "A favourite of mine"
    Overall

    I'm an unabashed Lackey fan and re-read both the Valdemar and Elemental Masters series on a regular basis. This, my first audiobook by Lackey, is just as satisfying as the printed version. The narrator is not the most skilled I've come across, but has a pleasant voice. I'm off now to download more of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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