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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
    (267)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    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!"
    "Return to solid form"
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    A very solid "Rebus" story, confirming Ian Rankin very much back to form after the somewhat disappointing Malcolm Fox books. A well constructed plot, with some interesting new villains emerging - seeds for future stories? - and two well-past-their prime main characters including of course Rebus himself. He's the scruffy character steeped in IPA and cigarettes, in his element in the thick bluish smoke haze of bar rooms in old British pubs. James Macpherson's narration is superb, although some may find the Scottish brogue a little thick - I thought it was 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1180)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "A bitter disappointment"
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    I am a fan of Tana French and have enjoyed all her books, especially as Audible versions - until this one. This is really two books in one. Book one is the grindingly boring story of a school murder, populated by a cast of intensely irritating, two dimensional school girls. Plodding through this is made even worse by the narrator Lara Hutchinson - although I do sympathize with her about the material she had to work with. In sharp contrast, Book 2 is classic Tana French - superbly drawn characters (Detectives Stephen Moran, Antoinette Conway and Frank Mackey) and the complex psychological interplay between them. The narrator for this book, Stephen Hogan, really enriches the experience. However, Book 1, which frames the plot such as it is, drowns out Book 2 to such an extent that I was left with a sense of bitter disappointment after a long wait to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2324)
    Performance
    (2077)
    Story
    (2085)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "A little bit too run-of-the mill"
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    Reasonable read pitching bad guys (coal this time) against small time lawyers, but a little too formulaic. I also thought it ended so suddenly I had to check if I had missed part 3 somehow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5659)
    Performance
    (5006)
    Story
    (5002)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sandy C. Jourdain says: "Not interesting"
    "Great characters, compelling story, 5 star narrator"
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    First book my wife and I have read by Liane Moriarty. We both found it a wonderful Audible experience with authentic characters and a well written story which successfully weaves together humor with a darker side. Caroline Lee is the perfect choice for narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (615)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Great premise - weak execution"
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    The plot set up has so much potential - disgraced former criminal investigator exiled onto a Russian factory ship in the Bering Strait, murder, Americans, spies, snow and ice, lots of fish - but somehow it doesn't really grip as well as it should. 3 star overall and in my case, one of those stories that just holds you just about enough not to give up, but no more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (607)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "Pedestrian ........."
    Overall
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    A weak beach read if you have nothing better to do, I would say. Tensionless plot, two dimensional characters, average narration. I kept going solely because I'd bought it (as did my wife) but this is the first and last Daniel Silva for this reader. A two star effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4602)
    Performance
    (2998)
    Story
    (3031)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Contrived, reads like a B-movie script"
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    Without wanting to spoil "plot" details, this reads as a highly contrived story with cardboard characters, and it's almost as if the authors were primarily aiming for a movie deal. There were several points in the story where you just have to say "..ah, come on.. give me a break!". Also, the worst Scottish accent effort by the narrator you are likely to hear. But light listening if you have something else to do at the same time.....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1843)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1602)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "A test of your listening stamina..."
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    What was most disappointing about Jussi Adler-Olsen’s story?

    The hopelessly implausible plot


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    Really irritating attempts at Danish accents. Rather amusing in a perverse way at first, then they just begin to grate.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in both the story and narrator


    Any additional comments?

    The lead characters were actually quite interesting and had great potential for development - but this was simply undermined by the implausibility of the plot and the decision to go for ridiculous Danish accents

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Footsteps

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By David Bauckham
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton never-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifetime, to disappear and reinvent himself in another country. Five years later the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman's body in a storm drain in Brighton, leads Detective Superintendent Roy Grace on an enquiry spanning the globe, and into a desperate race against time to save the life of a woman being hunted down like an animal in the streets and alleys of Brighton.

    Lesley says: "Bewdy bottler bonza Ozzie accents - mate :)"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    A satisfying read - fast paced and with largely credible characters. It's a story with several narrative threads that the author takes time to weave together but works well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood 12 years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home. Now Amanda is sixteen - and gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, and more....

    Richard Delman says: "A brilliant book. His best by far."
    "Credibility is lacking"
    Overall

    A rather ponderous story which lacks both a credible plot and real characterization. Takes a long time to get going but is well grounded in its Boston area location at least.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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