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Booksmith

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HELPFUL VOTES
42

  • The Meaning of Night: A Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Cox
    • Narrated By David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and a chance discovery convinces him that he was right. Greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

    Angie says: "Boring and predictable but great narrator"
    "Almost but not quite...."
    Overall

    It is true, this story is compelling and richly blessed with suspence. As a huge fan of Wilkie Collins, I loved this authors reach for Collins' sublime.. although it fell just short of its mark. In places it was tedious and several characters were abstract and distracting. The plot was wonderful, though a little predictable, and kept my attention enough that I found myself lurred into the main characters revenge. I was even coming up with ideas of my own!

    Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fans of Dickens and Collins or anyone who likes a good, deep, complex plot. Cox did a bang-up job and I look forward to listening to other books by him.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Bones

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated By Tom McKeon
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    A woman's charred body has been found inside a burned car perched atop a hill in Knoxville. Is it accidental death, or murder followed by arson? Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton's quest for answers prompts an experiment straight from Dante's Inferno: In the dark of night, he puts bodies to the torch, researching how fire consumes flesh and bone.

    Christie says: "The Devil's Bones"
    "Nice easy listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Bones?

    Change in direction, twist.


    What does Tom McKeon bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice voice and lends himself to the reserved nature of the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I find many of Bass's books any easy listen. I like to refer to books that don't grab and shake you or have too many complications as "sleepy reads." Meaning they are a good story, delivered in good way and are not speckled with so much bad language my grandma would cringe. However, I do find his more recent books (this is an earlier one) a little more gritty in terms of topic and descriptions of scenes, so expect a more "grit and grime" as you travel up the series. This book was nice for a short car trip and had me wanting to listen to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Louis Bayard
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Dr. Hector Carpentier leads a very quiet life, until he meets legendary police officer Vidocq, who has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance and his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld to capture some of the most notorious and elusive criminals.

    Booksmith says: "Truly Engaging and Clever"
    "Truly Engaging and Clever"
    Overall

    I loved this book! Colorful, intriguing characters that come to life. You feel as if you are there in the middle of all this. And the twists!!! You never see them coming! I hope the author writes more with these characters as they are sure to become a favorite among those that adore historical, clever, intelligent detective novels. My ONLY eyebrow raise is the narrators attempt at a woman's voice, it falls a bit flat, but he is a perfect voice for the story overall.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dead Know

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters.

    Cayce says: "A page turner"
    "What the confused know"
    Overall

    I really had a hard time grasping the main character of this novel. Her reflections and feelings were abstract and too loose to hold on to. Hmmm...am I being vauge? Well, that sums up my impression of this book. Too staged, too predictable, too much trying to write a good book instead of actually doing so.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Observations

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Harris
    • Narrated By Jane Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In this novel, set in Scotland in 1863, Bessy Buckley attempts to escape her past by taking a job as a maid in a big house outside of Edinburgh, where she works for the beautiful Arabella. Bessy is intrigued by her new employer, but puzzled by her increasingly strange requests.

    Angela says: "Great book!"
    "Vivid and Alive"
    Overall

    I will keep this simple: A colorful, lively, humorous story that lends itself to the classical masters of storytelling. You will fall in love with the unlikely heroine. I would love to see the author bring her back in other adventures. My new favorite!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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