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Cheryl

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  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (906)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Fantastic series!"
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    It's cliche to say that you "can't put a story down, but in the case of this series, it's absolutely true. I had never tried any McCammon before I bought "The Nightbird" but I will most likely read everything available by him from now on. I love historical mystery from all settings, but this series is special. We get to see the fallible hero grow and change, make mistakes and do amazing things. Somehow McCammon has filled the tale with non-stop action but not made it seem unbelievable. I highly recommend this series to anyone, historical fans or not!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1150)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Rocks your world"
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    Story

    Louise Penny's intelligent and well-crafted mysteries are always thought-provoking and enjoyable, but this one reaches far down into the psyche and creates a building of dread and suspense that is far and above the previous installments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    The Five features a rock band skirting the margins of success while touring the American Southwest. Life on the road, however, takes a strange turn when they encounter an Iraq War veteran. Soon thereafter, violence descends on the group, and their lives are tuned to a terrifying pitch.

    Sean Dustman says: "This story flows like a river"
    "Amazing book from an amazing writer!"
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    I chose this book because I love Robert McCammon's early American series. Historical mysteries are my main interest, but he is such a good author that I took a chance on this story - and I am sure glad I did! This story is amazing. It takes a little while to get into the flow, but if you read McCammon, you'd best prick up your ears from the very first word, becuaue every sentence and scene is there for a reason.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last Good Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By A. J. Kazinski
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    According to Jewish legend, there are 36 righteous people on Earth at any given time. Without them, humanity would perish. But the 36 do not know they are the chosen ones, and many are dying. A monk in Beijing, an economist in Mumbai, a glassmaker in Venice and more have all perished under bizarre circumstances, with strange marks on their backs.

    cristina says: "I shouldl have known"
    "A good idea, but..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is the classic case of a good story idea that did not pan out. The problems are all left unresolved. Instead of ending, this story just stopped dead in its tracks.


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. J. Kazinski again?

    Not likely


    What didn’t you like about Simon Vance’s performance?

    I like Simon Vance; he is always good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Last Good Man?

    There is no point to having anything about the protagonist's wife in the book at all; she is just used to look up one of the murder sites and none of the marriage issues or travel issues is resolved at all.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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