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  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2488)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (523)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Absolutely"
    Overall

    Jeffrey Archer writes with the experience of one who has been "inside". His accounts are credible even to one who has worked in court and jail.

    It's fun to pick out similarities and differences between the British and American legal systems. I myself read for fun, and fun is what I found throughout A Prisoner of Birth, unabridged. Highly recommended reading.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruby in the Smoke: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (191)

    In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

    Bonita says: "A Must Read For All Ages"
    "For Teenagers, take note."
    Overall

    I believe this story is meant for adolescents. Audible should make mention of this. Adults will likely spot foreshadowing and subtleties which reveal the plot, thus spoiling the adventure. But for kids it is exciting and I would offer four stars in that category.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (326)

    The cloistered grounds of the convent have traditionally represented a place of faith and peace. Now, that peace is shattered as two nuns are found, one dead, one mortally wounded. The killings appear to be without motive, without an obvious suspect, and are further complicated by the murder and mutilation of a third woman. Together, medical examiner Maura Isles and intense, moody homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters.

    Margaret says: "Outstanding"
    "Five stars:"
    Overall

    The humorous passages are hilarious, Dr. Gerritsen's imagination covers even more ground in this novel, and you won't guess the resolution as all the parts come together thoughtfully. I only regret that I did not "read" this novel in order of publication.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Apprentice: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: "The Surgeon," serial killer Warren Hoyt, known for his partial dissection of his victims, and recently thrown behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Good Read"
    "Story excellent; narrator not up to par."
    Overall

    Sadly, I find that when the narrator attempted to interpret dialogues between two voices, if one or both of them were male, she became confused. The accent or intonation of one of the voices overlapped onto the other. But happily, Ms. Gerritsen has written an excellent novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (677)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Fun to 'read'"
    Overall

    If you are not in a hurry when you listen then you can enjoy each character. Although the plot is intensely gripping the story is not a downer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (578)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    A. Jack says: "Vintage, Mature SK"
    "Ads? Please!"
    Overall

    There are commercials inside the story: cigarette brands, brands of sodas, even plastic bag brands. A work that one purchases should not contain advertisements!

    I had never read King. Yes, really. Based upon this novel, I must say that I do not enjoy his style. "It came as no surprise to her...", "She was not surprised to learn that...", are interspersed from beginning to end.

    The writing is painfully detailed as to the characters' actions. Mundane actions which turn out to be of no consequence in the novel. I find no pleasure in that.

    I do not intend to invest in other works by Mr. King.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Lake of Sorrows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Jennifer McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    American forensic pathologist Nora Gavin has been called to an archaeological site in the bleak midlands west of Dublin to assist at an excavation where a well-preserved Iron Age body has been found buried in a peat bog. How many hundreds or thousands of years ago was the man killed? Was his a ritual death, some kind of human sacrifice? These academic questions are intriguing, but of much more urgent interest is the second body found nearby, of a man wearing a wristwatch, hardly an Iron Age accessory.

    Kathy says: "Wonderful!!"
    "Unravelled"
    Overall

    Ms. Hart begins writing very well, with rhythm and good style. But near the middle or just beyond the plot becomes weak. A bottlenecking of details through to the resolution did not satisfy this reader.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David M. Buss
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    As acclaimed psychological researcher and author David Buss writes, "People are mesmerized by murder. It commands our attention like no other human phenomenon, and those touched by its ugly tendrils never forget." Though we may like to believe that murderers are pathological misfits and hardened criminals, the vast majority of murders are committed by people who, until the day they kill, would seem to be perfectly normal.

    Ellen says: "Stays with me"
    "Simplification."
    Overall

    Psychologist David M. Buss offers "logical" reasons for murder based upon the evolution of man. He states that today we are still driven by impulses which were useful to the survival of our species millions of years ago. The author uses the gene-centered view of evolution (Richard Dawkins' "The Selfish Gene", 1976) to say that the genes of our ancestors who murdered are the ones which made it through the eons and live in us today.

    Perhaps these theories have validity. Nevertheless, it is this reviewer's opinion that this is an oversimplification of complex behavior. One is hard pressed to believe that the widely differing circumstances surrounding murders can somehow all be explained in this narrow context.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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