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  • One Corpse Too Many: The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    When the castle of Shrewsbury is taken during the war between Empress Maud and King Stephen, 94 prisoners are taken, 94 are hanged. When Brother Cadfael arrives to perform the burial rites, he finds one corpse too many among the bodies stacked about the fortress.

    CatBookMom says: "A Must-Listen!"
    "A Must-Listen!"
    Overall

    This, the second of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, introduces Cadfael to Hugh Beringar, who becomes a valued friend and the under-sheriff of Shrewsbury.

    In the summer of 1138, the two contenders for the throne of England have brought civil war to Shrewsbury as King Stephen battles the Empress Maud for the throne of England. Two murders have happened, both related to Stephen's conquest of the town and the flight of Maude's chief supporters. Two young people, both important to Maude's cause, are caught in the town, in hiding from Stephen. Cadfael shelters them and plots their escape, follows the clues to the murderers, and finds Hugh Beringar first a worthy opponent and eventually a staunch friend. Along the way Hugh meets the love of his life.

    Wonderful story, top-notch characterizations, and some thoughtful discussions on the nature of friendship and love. I've become convinced that Patrick Tull has a perfect voice for Cadfael, regardless of my love for Derek Jacobi from the PBS TV adaptations.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Terra-Cotta Dog: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tête à tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for 50 years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into a family's dark heart.

    Lehua says: "It just gets better"
    "Better than I thought at first"
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    This is my first Montalbano book, after many recommendations from friends. I'm a huge fan of Grover Gardner's narration, so, while the dialog seems a bit silly and overly dramatic in places, the voice is excellent. The rhythm and style of the dialog are unlike most English-language mysteries, which I have to think is due to the book having been written in Italian and then translated.

    The attitudes toward Ingrid's rape by her F-i-l are shocking, but at least Montalbano has an effective solution. And Montalbano isn't fighting active obstruction by his superior officers, as Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti has to do in that series.

    I can't give this 4 stars, but it is 3+; I think I'll listen further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Snowglobe 7

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mike Tucker
    • Narrated By Georgia Moffett
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Set on Earth in 2099, when global warming is devastating the planet. In a desperate attempt at preservation, the governments of the world have removed vast sections of the Arctic and Antarctic and set them inside huge domes. But a hidden threat has been preserved beneath Snowglobe 7.

    CatBookMom says: "OK story and narration"
    "OK story and narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator is OK, but I didn't think there was enough differentiation between Martha's voice and that of the Doctor. Interesting interaction between the Doctor and Robot Twelve, possibly better than Martha's role in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Taking of Chelsea 426

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Llewellyn
    • Narrated By Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    The Chelsea Flower Show - hardly the most exciting or dangerous event in the calendar, or so Doctor thinks. But this is Chelsea 426, a city-sized future colony floating on the clouds of Saturn, and the flowers are much more than they seem. As the Doctor investigates, a familiar foe arrives, and the stakes suddenly get much higher. The Sontarans have plans of their own, and they're not here to arrange flowers.

    Elizabeth says: "Fun listen, well worth a credit"
    "Interesting story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting premise, and a different take on the Sontarans, somewhat better than most, in fact. Loved the kids - very bright, and the Doctor actually acknowledged their help with things he didn't know. How often does that happen?

    Didn't greatly like the narrator, though he did a good job; just didn't find that his voice/phrasing, etc for the Doctor was as good as it could have been. But part of that is just his voice. He gets 3 stars, the story 3+. (from my Goodreads review)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Malcolm Hulke
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    The Doctor and Sarah arrive back in the TARDIS to find London completely deserted: except for the dinosaurs. Has the return of these prehistoric creatures been deliberately planned and, if so, who can be behind it all?

    carl says: "Unexpectedly bad story."
    "Not the best story, but good narration"
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    Bog-standard Doctor Who Three and Sara Jane adventure, this time with dinosaurs, being used by a bunch of crack-pots who want to take Earth back in time. Well read by Martin Jarvis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Jackal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (350)

    One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

    Darwin8u says: "Tight & fantastic political/cat-and-mouse thriller"
    "Excellent, holds up very well"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really, it's amazing how well this holds up from 40 years ago (pub 1971 or so). Set in 1963, it's a straight-forward narrative, the step-by-step tale of how the Jackal planned the assassination of Charles de Gaulle and how he was stopped by a police officer who just wouldn't give up and who checked everything. Very good story for knitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Methuselah's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (218)

    After the fall of the American Ayatollahs as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land and chronicled in Revolt in 2100, the United States of America at last fulfills the promise inherent in its first Revolution: for the first time in human history there is a nation with Liberty and Justice for All. No one may seize or harm the person or property of another, or invade his privacy, or force him to do his bidding. Americans are fiercely proud of their re-won liberties and the blood it cost them; nothing could make them forswear those truths they hold self-evident. Nothing except the promise of immortality…

    Rey says: "Another brilliant work by RAH"
    "This old favorite holds up pretty well"
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    I don't know that an audio edition really adds much to this book, a long-time favorite. But this was better, in the sense that it didn't seem as silly/outdated, than *The Number of the Beast*, which was my first RAH audiobook attempt (returned that mess to Audible).

    The narrator used more of a corn-pone/hick sort of accent for Lazarus than I would have preferred, but overall he did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything ... until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: 'I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting, nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

    Craig says: "Yes, yes, yes!"
    "One of Christie's most clever plots"
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    Performance
    Story

    Much as I love Suchet, I don't think he's got his best voices going for all the characters in this book, particularly Col. Race (who has a sort of wet lisp) and Miss Van Schuyler (whose voice is the least consistent, and quite harsh, a croaking rasp). The character of Jacqueline is given very dramatic lines, and a lot of them, which may be a large part of why this very familiar tale came off as just a bit too dramatic, too fraught.

    Nonetheless, this is an ingenious plot, and so clever; despite knowing who did it and why, I still found myself puzzling about just how the deed was done.

    So, for this recording, I give Suchet 3+ stars, the story 5, and overall it comes out to 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (439)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "Decent narrator, but oh, those misspoken words!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the Lady of Devices stories in print and looked forward to an audio version. By and large, the narrator does a decent job, and she has some nice voice differentiation for the various characters, but she does mispronounce some fairly common words very badly - Hors d'oeuvres had the s sounded, viscount wasn't vy-count, etc. They're just enough of a bobble to throw the listener out of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2649)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1988)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "What took me so long?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This has been a favorite book for many years, but I never seemed to get around to listening.

    Ralph Cosham is really outstanding. As an example, when he's reading the part of the dog, Rowsby Woof, he uses a sharp speech pattern that almost sounds like short, sharp barks. And a perfect Scandinavian accent for the seagull, Kehaar. I'm sad that I took so long to finally listen to this old favorite, and I'm sorry that it's over. It will definitely be a favorite re-listen.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Melody Malone
    • Narrated By Alex Kingston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This was one of the other days... Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It's movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the 'kiss of the Angel', she takes the case. Angels are Melody's business...

    Tabitha says: "Loved it!"
    "It was fun, and pretty much OK"
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    Story

    This is a scant 3 stars, though it was cute, and I do like listening to Alex Kingston. There is pretty much less than zero involvement of Doctor Who or any of the characters therefrom (though I haven't watched the last season or so of DW, so I may be missing some connection). But Alex K did a great job of the fun and innuendo of the story, and managed more-or-less enough voice differentiation; it's a story entirely from that character's POV, so the limited differences are OK. It's short, but I think that's about all the story there was. Not something I expect I'll re-listen. But it put a small smile on my face, and that's good. (GR review)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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