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  • The Mysterious Howling: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (896)

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "ALL BOOKS ARE JUDGED BY THEIR COVER UNTIL THEY ARE"
    "Classics in the making!"
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    I had planned to write to encourage any adult who likes Joan Aiken, E.Nesbit, Monty Python (the videos), & T.Pratchett to try this superior series. It's not particularly like any of their works - well maybe Aiken's "Serial Garden" - but plays to the same part of the brain through its overall sense of the absurd and superior wordplay. Not sure how it would plan with most YA readers, but seems great for the 7-12 year old set - and their parents - since it works extremely well at both levels.
    I'm afraid to give any details because almost anything I would say would be a spoiler - just trust me that by piling hackneyed formula upon formula, and throwing into this in a set of totally recognizable stereotypical characters, and a great deal of slowly unfolding - and growing as it unfolds - mystery, the author creates an amazing and extremely amusing jumble. The reader is perfect - ordinarily I prefer deeper-voiced narrators, but I can't imagine this book without her rendition of the heroine's thought processes and the wonderful "voices" of the children themselves. Can't wait for the next one in the series!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Next of Kin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Tucker
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    A New Year's Eve celebration begins with the pop of a champagne cork - and ends with the bone-chilling screams of a killer's victims . Ten-year-old Ben Brook is the lone survivor of the brutal murder of his wealthy family at their upstate New York compound. But from the moment he evades death, Ben's life is in constant danger. Can NYPD detective Buddy Lock keep the boy safe from a killer intent on wiping out the entire Brook clan?

    shelley says: "Great Excellent Loved It - Just Get It"
    "Finally a "thriller" that's a true thrilller"
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    The word "thriller" is used liberally for lots and lots of definitely in-thrilling books. Generally their covers are more thrilling. However, this one delivers, from the very first sentences through to the end. Thrilling in the sense that it makes you tense up, makes your heart beats a bit faster, and keeps you listening when you should be doing a lot of other more important things.

    There was a bit more gratuitous gore than I generally can deal with, but hey, you have already seen the plot summary.

    Another note: I had the kindle version and read the author's biography. All "first time authors" should put as much work into perfecting their writing as Mr. Tucker did.




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13926)
    Performance
    (12627)
    Story
    (12586)

    Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

    Charles Atkinson says: "The Best Thing? It Really Happened!"
    "Should be classed as YA"
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    This was sold as a dramatic story of WWII Italy. I'm over two hours in and its still mainly about the adolescence of one young man, recounted in what feels like real time. Although I'm greatly disappointed and may return it if it doesn't get better soon, I would recommended d it as a YA book. But maybe in an abridged version.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Left Hand of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1603)

    A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

    kwdayboise (Kim Day) says: "Almost 50 and still amazing"
    "I'm so sorry"
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    I loved this book, along with everything else Ursula LeGuin wrote, 50 or so years ago.

    I loved, and still love, George Guidell in the Longmire books and mostly anything else he reads.

    I expected to still love the book, and was looking forward to having it read to me, but the combination of not knowing which character is speaking and the interminable and somewhat pointless treks just aren't working for me. There is apparently a 1.5 hour dramatized version - suggest trying that or getting the hard copy - you can leaf through the treks, which will let you get more benefit from some of the interesting concepts that the book puts forth. .

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Rachel McAdams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5335)
    Performance
    (4933)
    Story
    (4908)

    With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

    nascarchvy88 says: "Great Book! under impressed by the reader"
    "Destroyed by narration"
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    Don't assume good actresses make good narrators. Reading varies from trying too hard to be sweet to just plain reading with misplaced inflections; set in PEI, Canada but no Canadian accent within hearing; and worst of all, Anne sounds like a late-teen or twenty something, not an 11 - 14 year old. Don't know if any other readers are any better so plan to finish with print.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Lady Jane

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (693)

    At 16, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren't for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

    JGillespieSt says: "Hysterical Alternate History"
    "Lives up to the very best 5 star reviews"
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    Historical fiction/romance is not my thing, but this was on sale, read by K. Kellgren, and had a lot of good reviews.

    I almost returned it in the first half hour as too cute, trying too hard, just not interesting - how could I ever get through a few minutes more much less the full 13+ hours?

    THEN the magic happened - could hardly put it down for the next two days and intend to listen to it again when I need something absurd and cheerful. Also wonderful and weird.

    Yes, Python, FForde, Adams, Pratchett fans, and probably quite a few serious history scholars and English lit majors are likely to enjoy it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Magpie Murders: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (4804)
    Performance
    (4420)
    Story
    (4398)

    When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

    Sara says: "A British Whodunit"
    "WHAT A COMPLETE AND UTTER TREAT!"
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    This is a really long books that doesn't cry out for editing. It also has a red herring to actual ratio far in excess of most mysteries, and a great plot trick about 2/3 of the way through.

    Much of it is a good old-fashioned solid mystery - off-scene violence; lots of characters each of them with something to hide, great readers, and a traditional village and country home setting. Lots and lots of homage to past writers - I got some of the Christie references, but look forward to listening to it again to pick up others - and to pay closer attention to the clues this time around.

    My overall reading is quite varied, but I'm currently on my second time through Midsomer Murders (courtesy of Acorn); at least six times around with a dozen or so Agatha Christie BBC stories (courtesy of Audible); and my favorite Dickens is Bleak House, so if you fall anywhere near that profile, you are likely to like Magpie.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Disco for the Departed: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (265)

    Dr. Siri Paiboun is summoned to the mountains of Huaphan Province, where for years the leaders of the current communist government hid in caves, waiting to assume power. Now a major celebration of the new regime is scheduled to take place, but an arm is found protruding from the concrete walk laid from the president’s former cave hideout to his new house beneath the cliffs. Siri must supervise the disinterment of the body attached to the arm, identify it, and determine the cause of death.

    Patricia says: "Life goes on"
    "Life goes on"
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    it is hard to explain why a series about a 72-year-old French-trained physician working under repressive conditions for a regime he gave his youth to put in power should be so life-affirming. It is hard to explain why the mysticism that underlies the stories and frequently moves the plot should work so well.

    So I won't try.

    Just be sure to start at the start of the series,The stories actually get better, but the first book helps ground you in the environment that Mr. Cotterill has created..

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4224)
    Performance
    (2736)
    Story
    (2749)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecarol says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Hoping for Comeuppance"
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    Chapter after chapter chapter the selfish, evil and loutish characters prevail. I kept hoping for their "comeuppance," and also thinking that whoever said "the snake has all the lines" was correct - without the wonderfully evil machinations of a few characters this wouldn't have been much of a book.

    I hadn't read Ken Follett in a long time, and was disappointed to find that there was so much "tell" rather than "evoke" in his style. On the other hand, it covered a great deal of ground with a fairly large number of characters - plastic though they may have been, they were easy to keep track of. Others have compared it to Forsythe Saga, I agree and was also thinking of a number of other BBC costume dramas.. I don't think it has ever been made into a series, but it would be a great one.

    Basically a good background or road trip book if you can get it on sale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Hajdu
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (404)

    In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created in the bold, pulpy pages of comic books. The Ten-Cent Plague explores this cultural emergence and its fierce backlash while challenging common notions of the divide between "high" and "low" art.

    Don M says: "Art can't hurt you"
    "I finally get why we had to hide them"
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    I was comic-book age in the 1950s and although I don't recall the lurid comics mentioned in this book, I do recall very clearly how negatively all comics they were viewed by my parents and by my teachers (except the ones who felt that for kids who weren't going to read books, maybe at least they would read comics).

    I also recall the "secret" stash in the tree house and under the bed (along with chocolate bars and a flashlight); sneaking into a corner store to buy (or sometimes just pore over) five-cent torn-cover comic books; getting the NY Herald with its very proper Sunday comics then going next store to catch up with my best friend's lurid NY News; getting a copy of Pogo from an aunt who was either not paying attention or who wished to shake things up a little; and best of all, my very first encounter with Mad Magazine - which if I recall was considered far more dangerous than mere comics.

    The book is a little dry in parts but in addition to being a memory lane trip for some of us, it presents very interesting and important questions about society and censorship.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2686)
    Performance
    (2136)
    Story
    (2130)

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "Bought it for Jim Dale; regret it"
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    I bought this because it was read by Jim Dale who I very much enjoyed hearing in the Harry Potter series. Even he couldn't save it. Plastic, pastiche, and silly - and not in a good way - are the words that spring to mind. There are many many other better kids books out there. Don't waste your credit, or your kids' time on this one or this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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