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barbara

Chiswick, Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • The Big Four

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Framed in the doorway of Poirot's bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man's gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure four, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the truth about "Number Four".

    barbara says: "unusual agatha"
    "unusual agatha"
    Overall

    This story takes Hercules away from his usual local murders into the world of espionage. I loved it. Lots of little surprises keeping the pace moving along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Postern of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of The Black Arrow, Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings.

    barbara says: "just too old"
    "just too old"
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    I am a great agatha christie however this one was just too old on many levels..constant conversation between the husband and wife sleuths..and in the end there was no point trying to work out 'who dun it' as agatha just introduced a random person in the end who was the murderer...very hard to stay involved

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael Brandon
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    When Mickey Haller is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to prosecute a case for him, he knows something strange is going on. Mickey's a defense lawyer, one of the best in the business, and to switch sides like this would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house.

    PAOLO says: "Master orchestration of Connelly's best characters"
    "Never enough Connelly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think now I have read all of Michael Connelly books - sometimes the authors just don't write quick enough. I loved this book, two of my favourite characters together with lots of tension throughout the story so you could not stop listening. Michael Brandon is excellent with his amazing ability to depict each character so exactly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1655)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1436)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "If you like American dramas....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reason that I don't like American dramas is that the characters are predictable in many ways: heroines and heroes are always 'beautiful' - tall, slim, muscles etc. they always have an offsider who is not 'tall, slim, muscles etc in fact they are the opposite and are always shorter then the hero/ine with a slave devotion to their master/mistress.
    So predictable I don't want to even bother writing anymore...even the story line is predictable....this sums up Delusion in Death - end of review.
    PS
    The narration by Susan Ericksen was impressive - she does so many voices and characters - quite amazing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Night

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Gipsy's Acre was a truly beautiful upland site with views out to sea, and in Michael Rogers it stirred a child-like fantasy. There, amongst the dark fir trees, he planned to build a house, find a girl, and live happily ever after. But as he left the village, a shadow of menace hung over the land, for this was the place where accidents happened. Perhaps Michael should have heeded the locals' warnings: "There's no luck for them as meddles with Gipsy's Acre."

    Roxalanne says: "Twist in the tale"
    "A very different Christie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having read most of Christie's detective books I found this one a major change. Still a mystery though with no detective taking the lead. Written in first person the husband takes us on a journey with a great twist - just loved it. Hugh Fraser is amazing. So may characters I had to keep reminding myself they were all the work of one man.
    I had no idea Agatha Christie had written books such as this, so it is with excitement I head back into the Audible catalogue to search for more of her unexpected and unusual works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (324)

    Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Most exciting by Todd Yet"
    "too much too fast"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not particularly, I liked the setting - just after WW1 - the author created a very interesting setting and it was also very interesting to hear how England life was affected by the war.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Confession?

    Not one particular moment


    What aspect of Simon Prebble’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm sorry but Mr Prebble just reads too fast. He does all the characters beautifully but I found I had at times needed to 're wind' to hear what he had said. It made it particularly difficult as there are so many characters and it was quite difficult to keep up with who they were and where they fitted into the story.
    I was a bit more used to it by book 2, but still quite difficult to keep up with all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Best read on long drive when you won't have any interruptions - very hard to keep up with the story otherwise

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7296)
    Performance
    (5367)
    Story
    (5343)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Book I and 2 a surprisingly good scary read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Fool Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fool Moon ranked highly among all the audiobooks I've read so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the character who is telling the story - although a 'wizard', he presents as a very nice person - simple as that - you appreciate his skills, his humour and his need to earn money to pay his bills like the rest of us,


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Marsters voice makes this story - it could have been just yet another story about vampires, magic and werewolves..but James makes the main character a sane, likeable, down to earth type person - you gotta love him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A scary book - great fun


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe a few too many werewolves in it.........and a bit too much emphasis on stunningly beautiful naked females....tho this is so typical of male writers........they dream....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.

    Richard Delman says: "Early Stuart Woods; early Southern Gothic."
    "murder plus ghost story"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Under the Lake in three words, what would they be?

    mystery plus plus


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Lake?

    when the lake disappears showing what is underneath


    Which scene was your favorite?

    looking down into the valley


    If you could rename Under the Lake, what would you call it?

    It was never meant to happen......


    Any additional comments?

    loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2572)
    Performance
    (1901)
    Story
    (1939)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Unbelievable......"
    Overall
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    What would have made Heaven Is for Real better?

    The story itself was too unbelievable ...there is no saving this book. Perhaps if the experience had happened to a muslim or buddist family i.e. a direct experience with Jesus, it would have been more credible, the family were strongly christian in the first place.


    What could Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book may have been more enjoyable if it was more believable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dean Gallagher’s performances?

    There are no problems with the reader, I would happily listen to his voice with other books.


    What character would you cut from Heaven Is for Real?

    I would never edit anothers book..apparently all the characters were 'real people' anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing, but I am sure fundamental christians would love it.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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