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Karen

Loomis, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 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
    (1340)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (952)

    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?

    Susan says: "Ms. Penny writes a wonderful mystery story"
    "Penny Has Done It Again!"
    Overall

    I waited with huge anticipation for "Bury Your Dead" to be released. The minute it was on audible.com, I downloaded it and listened to it three times. Louise Penny is by far one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. My only regret is that we can't get her books faster; I could read about Chief Inspector Gamache for the rest of my life and never tire of his character and the beautiful village of Three Pines. This book exceeded my expectations. I hope Ms. Penny is hard-at-work on her next book or I will suffer great separation anxiety from my favorite crime solver and the band of characters that have wend their way into this reader's heart. An amazing triumph!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Colors of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Once on the investigation of a murder case involving a costume designer and his older and wealthier lover, Detective Alan Banks finds himself plunged into a case where nothing is as it seems. More and more his own words about the victim's latest production, Othello, are coming back to haunt him, for "jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge: all the colors of darkness" are quickly becoming his world as well.

    Lehua says: "Good story damaged by producer"
    ""Just keeps getting better""
    Overall

    This is the second book by Peter Robinson that I've listened to. His character development is masterful, the plot completely intriguing and surprising. I found myself caring about the characters, as if I knew them personally. I could listen to Mr. Prebble's (the reader) voice for an eternity. The combination of brilliant writing and a fantastic performance by the reader produces a "not-to-be-missed" book. I just downloaded my third Robinson book. I'm hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Templar Salvation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (135)

    Constantinople, 1203: As the rapacious armies of the Fourth Crusade lay siege to the city, a secretive band of Templars infiltrate the imperial library. Their target: a cache of documents that must not be allowed to fall into the hands of the Doge of Venice. They escape with three heavy chests, filled with explosive secrets that these men will not live long enough to learn. Vatican City, present day: FBI agent Sean Reilly infiltrates the Pope's massive Vatican Secret Archives of the Inquisition....

    JerryL says: "Not one of Khoury's best..."
    "No Salvation Here"
    Overall

    If you are looking for an alternative to Dan Brown's books, skip this one. Frankly, it was just plain silly. And, the narrator becomes most annoying after a while - his voice comes from his nose. Being used to John Lee and Simon Preeble's performances, I found this narrator's reading more of a distraction than attraction. I think even the Templars would be disappointed in this one!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (843)

    Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.

    Scottie in TX says: "Finally! The Book that Started it All!"
    ""Holy soft porn, Batman!""
    Overall

    While there is a plot to Ms. Laurens' book, most is made up of one quite explicit sex scene after another. I would have preferred more substance, less sex. Having noted this, I am not a died-in-the-wool fan of genuine romance novels. To her credit, the author creates great, believable characters that draw the reader in. Mr. Preeble's narration could make any maiden relinquish her virtue; his performance is - as always - masterful. I so wanted to like this book, but one can only read the same terms ("exploding, imploding, exciting, delighting") for lovemaking so many times before they become tedious rather than tantalizing.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Michael Pennington, Terrence Hardiman, Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her 18th birthday, her suitor Franklin Blake brings the gift to her. That very night, it is stolen again. No one is above suspicion, as the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and Franklin piece together a puzzling series of events as mystifying as an opium dream and as deceptive as the nearby Shivering Sands.

    Joseph R says: "A Novel of Misdirection and Surprise"
    "Exceptional mystery"
    Overall

    I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. While it took a few chapters to get used to what we might refer to as "stiff, perhaps even artificial" language (after all, this book was written before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated), I found it a captivating and spellbinding mystery. As a result of the sheer enjoyment, I just purchased another Collins audiobook. This was a writer who truly knew how to hook readers in and never let them go. A great read if you are looking for some wonderfully British escapism with plenty of twists, turns and invention.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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