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  • Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (474)

    The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

    Sparkly says: "My favorite science read this year."
    "Simon Winchester phage"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I am reminded of Simon Winchester. It is like an assembly of the foot notes that populate the Winchester books. That is a matter of personal taste. If you read and enjoyed those dense footnotes, you will love this.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10659)
    Performance
    (9638)
    Story
    (9724)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "I can't believe I finished it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I must have checked my brain at the door. With all the great titles on Audible, I am embarrassed that I invested time on this . It will be forever, my weekend of shame.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death and Judgment: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (111)

    A truck crashes and spills its dangerous cargo on a treacherous road in the Italian Dolomite mountains. Meanwhile, in Santa Lucia, a prominent international lawyer is found dead aboard an intercity train. Suspecting a connection between the two tragedies, Commissario Guido Brunetti digs deep for an answer, stumbling upon a seedy Venetian bar that holds the key to a crime network that reaches far beyond the laguna.

    Anne says: "Escape to Northern Italy if you dare..."
    "through choppy seas"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not a happily ever after. Sometimes life is not fair, only punctuated by delicious morsels of Venetian cuisine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Execution of Sherlock Holmes:: And Other New Adventures of the Great Detective (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Donald Thomas
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    Drugged, manacled, condemned to a dank cell in the depths of London's infamous Newgate prison, the world's greatest literary detective awaits execution by a vengeful crew of formidable enemies. Escape is impossible; death, a certainty. But not for Sherlock Holmes, who, in a stunning display of intellect and derring-do, will elude his hangman's noose and live to fiddle, spy, and ratiocinate another day.

    J. Waggoner says: "Not the "real" Holmes, but reasonably close"
    "canon fodder"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sir Arthur would be proud and pleased that modern writers do a better job than he did with the Holmes canon. Clearly he has given his readers both roots and wings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kim Newman
    • Narrated By Tom Hodgkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

    Amazon Customer says: "Newman at His Best"
    "close shave"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This work employs the plot devices and style of the Flashman stories in all respects but date of writing. A modern Doyle cover can be a lot of fun. There are several authors in your collection who out- Doyle Doyle. What is the point of out- MacDonald Fraser-ing MacDonald Fraser? This work is too close a shave. I am exhausted and and left pining for the real thing -- Flashman.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3610)
    Performance
    (1991)
    Story
    (2003)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Not for the faint of heart"
    Overall

    A dystopian future with plot lines like clock work. Simple choices made in support of orthodoxies result in grave changes.Gene-ripping fuels the law of unintended consequences. I wish the narrator had asked for help in pronouncing Mandarin words. Considering the size of the production staff some one should have red-flagged the foreign language words. This one is not to be missed

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1836)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1409)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "good writing goes un punished"
    Overall

    Johnson writes with polished prose. In places, the narrative passages have the texture of short poems. His use of language suggests a skill long forgotten by many authors. The major plots are carefully braided and crafted into a rope that binds one to the story. Once started, you can not put it down. This author deserves every penny of his royalties -- and more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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