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  • The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (18)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    ASBOs may be the pride and joy of New Labour, but they don't cut much ice with Horace Rumpole - he takes the old-fashioned view that if anyone is going to be threatened with a restriction of their liberty then some form of legal proceeding ought to be gone through first. When one of the Timson children is given an ASBO for playing football in the street, Rumpole soon realizes something fishy is going on.

    vancouverquilter says: "Like visiting an old friend"
    "Like visiting an old friend"
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    Rumpole is my most favorite non-conformist. He never takes himself or his colleagues too seriously. Rumpole's sense of humor is high-browed yet universal so anytime I get a chance to hear one of his cases, I take it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Morgue Drawer Next Door: Morgue Drawer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jutta Profijt
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    As crime-fighting teams go, Dr. Martin Gänsewein and Pascha are an unlikely pair. Martin is a shy, scrupulous forensic pathologist who spends his days autopsying dead bodies, while Pascha is the gregarious ghost of a former car thief whose murder Martin reluctantly helped solve. After narrowly surviving that adventure, Martin wants nothing more than a little peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the good doctor is out of luck thanks to the arrival of Marlene, the spirit of a nun killed in a fire that ravaged her medieval convent and home.

    vancouverquilter says: "Good Story, Great Characters and..."
    "Good Story, Great Characters and..."
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    some very funny parts that made me stop what I was doing so as to give full voice to my enjoyment. I enjoyed the first book in this series, both story and performance and likewise this second book. Mr. Andrews makes Pascha sound like he's from Queens, NY with the attitude to go with it. He can be boorish, obnoxious and insensitive as well as single-minded and soft-hearted. In other words, he's lovable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loose Ends: A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terri Reid
    • Narrated By Erin Spencer
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Dying is what changed Mary O'Reilly's life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary's trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost's word just doesn't hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, don't think she's nuts.

    Karen says: "Great book bad narration."
    "Good Story but Lousy Narrator"
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    The storyline is entertaining but the narrator nearly ruins the it. I don't know if she's just too young, if she's just learning to read or if it is the producer's fault but Ms. Spencer hesitates too often, making the reading choppy and unprofessional.

    I will attempt to listen to the next in the series (Good Tidings) in the hope that she has honed her reading skills. If it's more of the same, I won't bother with the third.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    In Blind Justice, mystery abounds in London as Hester Monk, wife of Thames River Police Commander William Monk, questions Abel Taft - a charismatic preacher accused of extortion. Taft appears guilty as sin, but his trial explodes when a star witness drops a bombshell that has the Monks scrambling to save their dear friend Oliver Rathbone.

    Nancy J says: "Excellent Victorian Mystery /Legal Thriller"
    "Only one bad thing about this book!"
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    As always, an excellent story told by an excellent narrator - Davina Porter is one of my top five favorites - and only one problem. The end of this book sounds like and feels like the end of the series. I pray my instincts are totally off base. It is never pleasant to see the end of a leading character's career, though, Ms. Perry has allowed for career changes in earlier books in this series which broadened the scope of experience for those characters. I will be waiting for the next book in her Monk series and hoping she will write many more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You Slay Me: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (321)
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    (322)

    You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

    E. Moore says: "You Slay Me, With Dry Mouth"
    "Save your credits and/or money - Don't buy this!"
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    I could not get past the first chapter as it was incoherent and awkward. Or maybe I just fell asleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1783)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Plot twists are Ms. Gardner's signature."
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    I've thoroughly enjoyed all Ms. Gardner's books and like the fact that she maintains a character connection between each book. I also like the fact that the "good guy" isn't always good just as the "bad guy" isn't always bad. Justice might prevail but not always from a legal standpoint and this same justice is invariably just as short-sighted as the human exercising it.

    I will try to be patient for her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smoke and Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Tony, a former street kid, is now a production assistant on a TV series about a vampire detective. But the special effects wizard is actually a real wizard who's come from another dimension-along with a dangerous foe. And Tony will definitely need the help of vampire Henry Fitzroy if he, his friend-and the world-are going to stand any chance of surviving this invasion.

    Sires says: "Really Good Performance"
    "I thought I'd like Tanya Huff"
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    The Canadian-based TV show, Blood Ties was very appealing to me. I kinda fell in love with Henry Fitzroy (the actor is beautiful to gaze at) but then this series has him sexually involved with one male "friend" he turned/sired some centuries ago. This has fouled up my fantasy life. I'll fight to the death for others' right to write/publish/read what they wish but I really don't like such surprises.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Untamed: Medieval Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (209)

    A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has returned in glory and in triumph to claim his reward: the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him by the conqueror king. But Lady Margaret of the Blackthorne cannot yield to the bold Norman invader.

    Diana says: "Perfect!"
    "A Bit Trite and Juvenile"
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    While I listened to the whole book, I can't say it was worth the time or the credit. At best, it could be regarded as a way to "clean the palate" between two intense reads. Enough said.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (259)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Lia says: "A good listen"
    "Good Story and Terrific Narrator"
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    I love Elly Griffiths' "Ruth Galloway" series. "Nora Gavin" is a similar character and Ms. Hart's writing style bares some resemblance to Ms. Griffiths'. This book appeared to be listed as the first in the series but I suspect it is actually the second as I'm enjoying HAUNTED GROUND which is setting up for chapters in FALSE MERMAID. Since I have to wait a while for the next in the Galloway series, Ms Harts' series will do nicely.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (188)

    It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

    Sires says: "Elly Griffith Is Back in Better Form"
    "Worth the money and the time....."
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    I love Ms. Griffith's writing style. She continually moves the listener through the story by maintaining a present tense narrative. She has also given us a gifted heroine who is not gorgeous or self-assured, but who has a fulfilling life in each stage she grows through. Ruth Galloway is quiet, reticent, caring and respectful of her friends and associates who, in turn, are quick to help her with her investigations and sometimes her personal life. I've enjoyed all 4 books in the series and am now required to wait for the 5th to be published.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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