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Milton

Falls Church, VA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 273 titles in library
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  • Endangered Species: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 5

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Cindy Williams
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Marooned on Cumberland Island National Seashore off the coast of Georgia, Anna finds time weighing heavily as she waits out a 21-day assignment on fire detail. When the sudden plane crash in the inland palmetto thickets calls her and the other members of the fire crew to action, the flames are quickly extinguished. But suspicions smolder over the cause of the accident which killed both the pilot and his passenger, Cumberland's lone law enforcement ranger.

    Kate says: "badly abridged"
    "Lackluster uninspired reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is no performance here just a lackluster and uninspired reading. Unfortunate butchery of a good story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 'Crooked House' & 'Endless Night'

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Two standalone novels from the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie. From the sprawling Leonide family to dark moors, no one can spin a mystery quite like she can. In Crooked House, the Leonides are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection....

    Thomas says: "Typical VS Unexpected"
    "This is a twofer. Beware of bargains."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Crooked House is vintage Christi, and worth the time.
    Endless night is endless with a mundane and predictable ending,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Clowns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tony Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    A teacher is dead, a boy is missing, and a councilwoman has put a lot of pressure on Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee to find her grandson. Sitting on a rooftop watching sacred clowns perform their antics in a Pueblo ceremony, Chee spots the boy. Then, suddenly, the crowd is in commotion. One of the clowns has been savagely murdered. Without a single clue, Chee and Leaphorn must follow a serpentine trail through the Indian clans and nations, seeking the thread that links two brutal murders, a missing teenager, a band of lobbyists trying to put a toxic dump site on Pueblo land, and an invaluable memento given to the tribes.

    Kathi says: "Wonderful series--wonderful book!"
    "Delightful Chee and Leaphorn"
    Overall
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    The beginning of a great collaboration and a long term friendship. Much Tano, Hopi and Navajo culture.
    All in all a bang up good mystery with crackerjack detective work . This is a repeater!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And Then There Were None

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (542)

    Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

    Jill Johnston says: "One of the best Christie books"
    "Too Dark"
    Overall
    Performance
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    As a Agatha Christi fan I was not prepared for the darkness of this novel. I was thinking more along the lines of Poirot and Marple . I shall carefully read reviews from now on.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hardcastle's Actress: Hardcastle Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Ison
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The new Detective Inspector Hardcastle mystery - When the body of actress Victoria Hart is found in the early hours of Christmas Day, Hardcastle and Marriotts investigations lead them to the Beaux Belles revue, where a scantily clad Victoria persuaded young men to enlist with the promise of a kiss. It seems the alluring actress had many admirers, and when the recruiting sergeant is found dead, a link to the army can no longer be ignored...

    connie says: "good setting idea but novel didn't gel"
    "Ploddingly predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I want to like this series. I started with Hardcastle's Burglar. I wish I had saved my money on this one. I just do not think the author likes women. So far I have listened to four of this series, and the mystery always seems to revolve around whores. If you start with that premise you can soon figure "who dunnit"
    The performance however; is always spectacular . How the actor keeps track of the varied characters mystifies me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last King of Texas: A Tres Navarre Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    The adventures of Tres Navarre, P.I. and Ph.D., continue to attract fans who love their spicy humor and suspense. When two English professors are killed in quick succession at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Tres is asked to finish teaching the semester’s literature classes. All he has to do is keep his investigation of the murders quiet and stay alive long enough to grade the final essays.

    jaye says: "HOW CAN ANYONE ENJOY THIS BOOK??"
    "Not the Riordan I love"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am an adult, but I love Riordan's youth novels. This is too heavy, but I would not slam it except for the language. I get very tired of hearing the same word over and over.and over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Rent: The Thirteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    A late spring in 1142 has the Abbey monks dismayed, for there may be no roses by June 22nd. For three years, the wealthy young widow Judith Perle has rented her house to the monks for the price of a single rose each year. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and found murdered beside the hacked rose-bush.

    Milton says: "Ellis Peters in top form"
    "Ellis Peters in top form"
    Overall
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    Story

    This is a repeater. The narrator put me off at first, but she did a first rate job. Sister Magdalen is back with another of her spectacular rescues and Cadfael contrives a happy ending from very little cloth. If you like Cadfael this is a safe bet.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven in the Foregate: The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    After years of studying with the Bishop, young Father Ailnoth has come to take over the parish of Holy Cross. But soon Ailnoth's true nature surfaces - harsh, cold-hearted, and merciless - and someone lures him from his home and murders him. Who in Shrewsbury would kill a priest on Christmas Day?

    JRo says: "Love this series"
    "Not Thrilled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I usually enjoy listening to Cadfael mysteries over and over, but I found this formulaic and disjointed. The dialog which is usually close to poetry just plods, and the plot was predictable.
    The butter on the bun though was a mushy ending to a totally improbable story.

    The performance was dead on, just not much to work with.

    I Hesitated to write this so I listened again. It just isn't there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By John Little
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Best-selling historian and philosopher Will Durant devoted his entire life to studying the most significant eras, individuals, and achievements of human history. Here is a summation of Durant's work, as he presents the best of world history. Filled with Durant's renowned wit, knowledge, and unique ability to explain events in simple and exciting terms, it is a concise liberal arts education.

    Ted says: "Too Fast"
    "Kinda like Wagner " not as bad as it sounds""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this dispite the negative reviews. I am a total Durant fan. Read the History of the World, Yup that one.The first bit is great and engrossing, 100 greatest books does not make a great read. This might be better in hardcover. But have been through it twice and will plunge in again. I prefer books good for read after read, this qualifies , but you better like Durant.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monk's-Hood: The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Gervase Bonel, with his wife and servants, is a guest of Shrewsbury Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul when he is suddenly taken ill. Luckily, the Abbey boasts the services of clever and kindly Brother Cadfael, a skilled herbalist. Cadfael hurries to the man's bedside, only to be confronted by two very different surprises. In Master Bonel's wife, the good monk recognises Richildis, whom he loved many years ago before he took his vows. And Master Bonel has been fatally poisoned by a dose of deadly monk's-hood oil from Cadfael's herbarium.

    Milton says: "Good Stuff"
    "Good Stuff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great culture, great history of Cadfael and Remigus, (the Woman) Larriping good story
    and excellent ending. Prior Robert and Borther Jerome in the thick of things. A repeater.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Potter's Field

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    In October 1142, a landlord gives the clergy a field previously owned by a potter named Ruald, now a monk himself. Benedictine monks, plowing, uncover a body dead a year or more, setting off a mystery that Brother Cadfael, herbalist and student of medicine, cannot resist as it grows complex and involves the missing, beautiful wife of Ruald.

    Janie says: "Wonderful, as usual"
    "Tortured Plot"
    Overall
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    Excellent performance , but a tortured plot. I liked to listen over and over, but not with this one. Of course I am a prude.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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