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  • The Penguin Pool Murder: Hildegarde Withers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Palmer
    • Narrated By Julie McKay
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Although the Stock Market had crashed recently, it was too early for most people to predict that the Great Depression was about to get underway. For 39-year-old spinster schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers, it’s business as usual. And part of her usual business is taking her class for an outing to the aquarium to see the penguins. Instead, she spots the floating corpse of Wall Street broker Gerald Lester and quickly realizes that Inspector Oscar Piper of NYPD Homicide isn’t up to solving this tricky case.

    Kathi says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "Hildegarde Withers first adventure!"
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    If you could sum up The Penguin Pool Murder in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful Vintage Mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Penguin Pool Murder?

    A proposal to end all marriage proposals.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julie McKay?

    Yes, (she reads all the other books in this series) but I wish she'd work on her male voices, she's got the main male character in this book sounding like a teenager who is recovering from laryngitis. not pleasant.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Something fishy is going on at the New York Aquarium


    Any additional comments?

    I've loved this book since I first read it in my teens. I never dreamed it would be available on audible, I almost didn't think to search for it. The story is the same as it was in 1930, Hildegarde and Oscar Piper are together in their first mystery, where something awfully fishy is going on at the New York Aquarium. Where there are love triangles, puns, fish, hatpins, penguins, Piper's (pied and otherwise) and a marriage proposal to end all marriage proposals. My only gripe is that the narrator, who does a good job with most of the characters does NOT do what I consider to be a good interpretation of Oscar Piper, who sounds like a disgruntled 13 year old, not an inspector of police. In my head he always sounded like Gene Hackman (Or James Gleason once I got to see the movies).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Watch: Watch, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sergei Lukyanenko
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    Anton Gorodetsky is just getting a feel for his new powers, when his boss sends him to assist the Scottish Night Watch in a murder investigation. A young Russian man has been murdered - apparently by a vampire. But the mystery is more than it seems. The murderer appears to be someone with intimate knowledge of the Night Watch. Before long, Anton realizes that a plot is being hatched by the forces of both darkness and light that - unless he can intervene - may mean nothing less than Armageddon.

    Jared says: "Good end to a great series"
    "The watch books just keep getting better"
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    The "Watch" verse, where those who champion the forces of light "The Night Watch" and the darkness "The Day Watch" and the balance "The Inquisition" are as always, drawn into conflict in an eternal struggle for power that results, as always in balance of a kind. And perhaps in this case forgiveness?

    And Merlin. Who is very cool.

    A beautiful tight series of the three interconnected stories where the Dark Ones and the Light Ones once again prove that most the differences between them are semantics. The real barriers are the ones between the Others and the rest of us.

    I highly recommend the whole series, but this book in particular is top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (321)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "A great second book"
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    This story rejoins our characters a few days after the end of book one.

    Once again Moon, is found trying to findhis place within Raksura society as the troubled colony of Indigo Cloud moves to it's new home, also it's old home, in the reaches. Once again Moon, and the Indigo Cloud Colony find that things are not going to be easy.

    Another great story as Moon tries to work out what it means to be a Consort as well as a Raksura. The narrator does a good job of keeping the diverse characters straight and the wit of the characters comes through well.

    Second books are often a disappointment. This one wasn't. Martha Wells builds on book one, deepening our understanding of the world and the characters, along with a great adventure and exploration tale in a world still full of wonders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (453)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Gail says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "Great Start to a Great Trilogy"
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    A wildly imaginative world (or three worlds, sky, ground and sea) is introduced in this first book the Raksura. We meet Moon a shape-shifter in hiding who is just trying to get along with the humanoids he's hiding among just as things are about to go wrong for him, again.

    I really enjoyed this book, the characters are well drawn and interesting, the world is an extremely vivid one that seems to be truly alien and the story of a young man finding himself and his people is well told.

    The first book of a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Razor's Edge: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal. But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: The fierce marauders come from Leia's homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star.

    Rup says: "Good book, but wrong choice of narrator"
    "a good book, doesn't need the special effects"
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    I enjoyed this book. It's a good in-between story of Han and Leia between A New Hope and Empire strikes back, The characters we know are in character and the new ones are engaging a well told adventure story.

    My Quibble and why "narration" was only two stars, Apologies to January LaVoy, who did a good job, but the audio version comes complete with blaster fire (and other special effect sounds). I don't need blaster fire sounds, that's what my imagination is for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

    melrailey says: "Terrific Fun!"
    "Liked this story better than the movie"
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    Very enjoyable children's book well read by David Tennant.

    two minor quibbles,

    Quibble the first, somehow I never imagined vikings with Scottish accents (this is a quibble the reading of the book shares with the movie)

    Quibble the second, I wish there were some shield maidens, surprisingly few (human) girls in this.(Although flamingwyrm and horrorcow do OK).

    On the whole though the book is fun and funny balancing both witty and silly and gross humor well. Looking forward to the next book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (278)

    Retrieval Artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a Retrieval Artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "Sprint finish.."
    "Enjoyed this book"
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    A surprisingly good novel, The Retrieval Artist is a fairly well written meditation on law v custom extrapolated to truly alien cultures (and that the aliens are truly "alien" is something I appreciate).

    What happens when Humanity has to co-exist with creatures whose laws are alien who insist that while humanity is on their territory they obey them? And of course to "human" eyes most of the laws (a first born child to be surrendered to the Aliens is the judgement of choice for one species, a kind of execution by torture another's) aew extreme overreactions. How do human law enforcement officials follow these directives, what if any options do the "criminals" have? To disappear is one.

    The book is well written and plotted and I enjoyed it overall. The one thing I could have wished would be a little more from the aliens perspective, trying to deal with people who (pretty much universally of the cases presented in the book) seem to think that ignorance of the law should be a valid excuse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Element of Fire: Ile-Rien Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    The kingdom of Ile-Rien lies in peril, menaced by sorcerous threats and devious court intrigues. As the weak King Roland, flattered and misled by treacherous companions, rules the country, only his ruthless mother, the Dowager Queen Ravenna, guards the safety of the realm. But now rumors arise that Urbain Grandier, the dark master of scientific sorcery, has arrived to plot against the throne. And Kade, bastard sister of King Roland, appears unexpectedly at court. The illegitimate daughter of the old king and the Queen of Air and Darkness herself, Kade's true desires are cloaked in mystery.

    Tango says: "A Different Take on High Fantasy"
    "A long time coming to audio."
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    I read this book when it first came out about 20 years ago, It has been my go to long trip book since then. A detailed and fascinating world built around the golden age of France, filled with political intrigues of the human and fairy worlds and engaging characters. It never fails to hold my interest.

    Highly Recomended

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Night Train to Memphis: The Fifth Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    While on an all-expenses-paid cruise down the Nile, Vicky takes on a new case involving a plot to rob the Egyptian museum. With Sir John Smythe, reformed jewel thief and Vicky's lover, the prime suspect, she prepares for shipboard romance and a dash of intrigue.

    Judith says: "Vicky's Egypt trip is fun for Amelia fans"
    "Vicky Bliss in Egypt"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice reading of Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters, The story is a potboiler of archaeological intrigue that is witty and comes with some entertaining and attractive characters, I do prefer the version read by Kathleen Turner (not available on Audible) but Rosenblat does a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Borris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (327)

    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
    "Didn't need the music"
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    a nice reading of the Art of War, but fully half the download is just music. Which seems like a waste of time/space/effort to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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