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Sandy

Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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  • Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
    • Narrated By Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of life's seven ages, from childhood to old age. Within the framework of Shakespeare's speech, "The Seven Ages of Man," performed by Sir Ian McKellen, are 150 great poems from all ages, from Chaucer to Emily Dickinson to Walt Whitman and many others. The poem are presented by the finest cast ever assembled on one recording and includes Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Caine, and more.

    ESK says: "The Anthology of 'Music-Makers'"
    "Surprising"
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    I was really not expecting so many favouites so well read.

    Some not read or heard in many years.

    Even if you are not so interested in the Seven Ages aspect, this is a very good selection.

    Thanks reviewer 'ESK' , for the list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Causes: An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Oswald
    • Narrated By Ian Hanmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore. A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

    Sandy says: "Read well by Ian Hanmore"
    "Read well by Ian Hanmore"
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    Waiting on Audible to release 'dead men's bones' . book4.

    There are a couple of stories running through this series and they can be read or heard separately.
    Not brilliant 5 stars at this time, though I expect that if the series continue with the same reader, the series may rank high 4 or 5.

    Forget any Ian Rankin references from the reviewers/publishers.I am beginning to think quite a few reviewers are illiterate. (And have no idea why there will only ever be one Ian Rankin.) I get a tad sus whenever I read silly remarks like,,the new ,, etc.
    On the surface there is a fairly preictable plot, a current day Batman with an Alpha and a few good fellas and girls. Then read on.
    No shrinking rooms or damsels tied to railway tracks yet,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By R. D. Wingfield
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A serial killer is terrorizing the senior citizens of Denton, and the local police are succumbing to a flu epidemic. In uncertain charge of the investigations is Detective Inspector Jack Frost, crumpled, slapdash, and foul-mouthed as ever. Trying to cope despite inadequate backup, but there is never enough time; the unsolved crimes pile up and the vicious killings go on.

    Sandy says: "really poor production"
    "really poor production"
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    hardly serious. with silly superiors. lots of crime, graveyard shifts in graveyards. granny slasher, greasy midnight meals and new partners.
    Just for fun, a low 3 star foggy frosty tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Colin Bateman
    • Narrated By Stephen Armstrong
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    If you found the person who brutally murdered a loved one, what would you do? Forgive and forget? Or take the law into your own hands? Detective Martin Murphy is the law and he's back with a vengeance.... Someone has started killing the killers - who just happen to have been under the surveillance of 'Confront', a support group for relatives of murder victims who believe that therapy conies through empowerment. Suspecting the group of revenge killings, Murphy goes undercover and joins them.

    Sandy says: "a lingering thinker of a story"
    "a lingering thinker of a story"
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    well 'no'
    I did not like this one too much and
    it is a very very good story

    After hearing this I wonder if I need to re listen to, re read my other Bateman stories.
    It is a well read provocative story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a True Light

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Harvey
    • Narrated By Stephen Greif
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When Sloane, a successful forger, is released from prison after taking part in a high-profile art scam, he finds a letter from the woman with whom he had a passionate affair in his youth. She tells him that years ago she gave birth to his daughter, Connie. She implores Sloane to find her and make peace between them. Sloane agrees, but when eventually he finds Connie, she is locked into a highly charged relationship.

    Sandy says: "Moody, Bluesy and well read"
    "Moody, Bluesy and well read"
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    There is not a lot of jazz in this story and I can still almost hear it behind the voice of Stephen Greif all the way through .

    It is a story set in the world of painters, poets crooks and thugs.

    Maybe a little trendy with Tuscany and Sav Blanc and maybe a jump to right into a willing suspension or maybe just an odd surprise here and there.

    My first John Harvey and a great change of pace from my other mysteries, so I now have a couple more JH on my wish list.

    But how did John Harvey convey Jazz through prose?and voice?

    This is a 'second listen story' for me as I try and discover how he did that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bury Your Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Adam Sims
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the strangest case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city’s oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries... a mystery Gamache must solve if he’s to catch a present-day killer.

    Qwerty1 says: "Did not live up to expectations!"
    "O My Gum shoes!"
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    There is so much going for the series and after 4 books Louise really could have hit her stride.

    It ia painfully repetitive.

    A good editor would help..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wet Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Corris
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Someone's trying to cancel Cliff Hardy's licence, and he needs to find out why. He also needs to find out why the case of missing schoolteacher Brian Madden keeps leading him back over 50 years to the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Finding the answers takes all his contacts - police, underworld and press - and keeps Hardy moving across Sydney, asking questions, probing the past ... and finding the bodies.

    Sandy says: "more Cliff Hardy read by Peter Hosking please"
    "more Cliff Hardy read by Peter Hosking please"
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    Dino Marnika just does not provide the ambiance that is given by Peter Hosking.

    Love the Cliff Hardy stories read by Hosking more than me reading the hard copy. His performance makes the stories great.

    Peter Corris has won the Australian Ned Kelly Award for his crime writing.
    Set in a Sydney and streets I have known I have enjoyed all I have heard and I would love to hear more. with Hosking telling it.

    Lots of Australian idiom and references that place each story in an historical time.

    More please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinner's Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated By James Bryce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    As head of Edinburgh’s CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all…but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer on the rampage. But when the lawyer’s fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest.

    Sandy says: "series starts here"
    "series starts here"
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    do check the UK reviews.

    Police procedural, more at the higher end and involving different departments.

    It reads a little like a series intended for a tv show as the story does have natural breaks where there is a resolution and then kicks off in a new direction.
    Skinner is an over the top hero who is not really lovable.

    There are a few plot weaknesses, when the whole story is considered. The introduction of the diplomatic and secret service is actually quite good as it does highlight the difference between English and Scotish law.

    Not a bad listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By James Henry
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    May, 1982. Britain celebrates the sinking of the Belgrano, Jimmy Savile has the run of the airwaves and Denton Police Division welcomes its first black policeman, DC Waters -- recently relocated from Bethnal Green. While the force is busy dealing with a spate of local burglaries, the body of fifteen-year-old Samantha Evans is discovered in woodland next to the nearby railway track. Then a fifteen-year-old boy is found dead on Denton's golf course, his organs removed.

    Sandy says: "The 'Ghost' writer is better"
    "The 'Ghost' writer is better"
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    James Henry does a decent Frost story and Stephen Thorne is the better reader..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dance of the Seagull

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Inspector Montalbano is awake at dawn, sitting on his porch, when his attention is caught by a seagull that falls from the sky, performing a strange dance, before lying down to die. Montalbano is perplexed by what he has witnessed and the scene hangs over him like an omen. About to depart for a holiday with his girlfriend Livia, Montalbano makes a quick trip to the police station to tie up loose ends. But when his dear colleague Fazio is discovered missing, Montalbano instead launches a desperate search for his lost friend....

    Sandy says: "Thanks to Oakhill Publishing and Daniel Philpott"
    "Thanks to Oakhill Publishing and Daniel Philpott"
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    I may prefer Sean Barrett as the narrator, as he does have a real skill with European stories, however having read and enjoyed so many of Camilleri novels my ear still hears the humour. And Daniel Philpott does a fair iob.

    An inspector of police based in Sicily must have a sense of humour. Our aging Inspector is growing weary of the horrors he encounters and still needs to manoeuver around and through the endemic political corruption to achieve a just result. True to form when one of his men goes missing his plans for a few days and nights with Livia are forgotten.

    A good story well read.

    I do hope Oakhill continue to publish more Camilleri

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pyramids and the Pentagon: The Government's Top Secret Pursuit of Mystical Relics, Ancient Astronauts, and Lost Civilizations

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nick Redfern
    • Narrated By Peter Jude
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    The Pyramids and the Pentagon is a detailed study of how and why government agencies have, for decades, taken a clandestine and profound interest in numerous archeological, historical, and religious puzzles. Focusing primarily upon the classified work of the U.S. Government, The Pyramids and the Pentagon invites you to take a wild ride into the fog-shrouded past.

    Sandy says: "misleading"
    "misleading"
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    With Redfern as author I was expecting so much more.And Why? an American reader?

    Miost of this is a series of statements of 'the bleeding obvious'.

    If you have been in a coma or solitary confinement for 50 years then this a quick expensive update
    To be fair, I did learn a little more about Radar in the 50's and the ET request to have British minders.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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