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London, United Kingdom

  • 7 reviews
  • 115 ratings
  • 97 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Death in Holy Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

    Jannice says: "Death in Holy Orders - good PBS"
    "Architecture and Mortality"

    In her later books, P. D. James tends to Adam Dalgleish away from contemporary London to investigate some gothic murder in a closed environment, chipping away slowly at the warped psychology of a small group of suspects. In many was it is in such quasi 'locked room' mysteries that she is at her best - her books have never been procedurals, more meditations on human iniquity with Dalgleish as a flawed Gabriel. Though this is not quite as good as "Original Sin", James slowly weaves a dense, suspenseful narrative - unpeeling the onion layers of secrets, lies and sinfulness which bind the characters. The denouement is a little abrupt, but Michael Jayston, as always, is a magnificent narrator

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Certain Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Venetia Aldridge QC defends young Gary Ashe, accused of the brutal murder of his aunt, this for her is just one more case, one more opportunity to triumph in a distinguished career as a criminal lawyer. But Regina v. Ashe sets in motion a chain of events as terrifying as they are unpredictable.

    "The teller not the tale"

    I love P.D. James (Phyllis to her friends) - this is not one my favourite (The Murder Room, The Lighthouse, Devices and Desires contest that title), but it is finely wrought and well told, best of all Michael Jayston (who has recorded most of her work) is a wonderful narrator

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane

    Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

    Jane says: "Excellent advice and examples for better writing."
    "Genuinely inspiring"

    Sol Stein (whose editorial credentials are impeccable) brings to this guide to writing are real humility in the face of the authors with whom he has worked, and a real understanding of the dynamics of creating characters, developing plot and fleshing out themes and ideas. He manages to be precise without being pedantic, structured without ever being formulaic. For the novice writer, his insights, ideas and principles are invaluable

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Teach Yourself Turkish Conversation

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sultan Erdogan

    This audio course features 20 realistic dialogues in conversational situations likely to be encountered on holiday or on business abroad, providing all the words and phrases you'll need to know, and lots of practice in listening and understanding.

    Frank says: "Excellent as ever"
    "Excellent as ever"

    Routledge's language series (and I've previously used the Dutch and Portuguese books/tapes) are intelligently composed. This introduction to Turkish offers a quick command of basics but - more importantly - also gives a real insight into how the language is constructed, how to build sentences - rather than simply parrot phrases, and therefore sets you on the road to creating and articulating ideas

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scold's Bridle

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Minette Walters
    • Narrated By Geraldine James

    Mathilda Gillespie's body was found nearly two days after she had taken an overdose and slashed her wrists with a Stanley knife. But what shocked Dr Sarah Blakeney the most was the scold's bridle obscuring the dead woman's face, a metal contraption grotesquely adorned with a garland of nettles and Michaelma's daisies. What happened at Cedar House in the tortured hours before Mathilda's death?

    Frank says: "Abridged rarely works"
    "Abridged rarely works"

    What I enjoy most about Minette Walters books is the depth of characterisation - often (Fox Evil, Dark Room) the plotting or the payoff has disappointed me - but her precision in drawing characters, her dialogue and her insight into human emotion is excellent. This is well plotted and very well read - the three stars merely indicates that I feel that, unabridged, it would be richer and more resonant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More Than Night

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael Beck

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation. Also available uabridged.

    Andrew says: "Entertaining and intelligent"
    "If you like Connelly..."

    I rather liked The Poet but Conelly's books have left me rather cold since then - there's something ersatz about everything - the characters, their problems, the dialogue - most of all the overly contrived prose and plotting. If he's trying for modern day Chandler, he's not making it. For those who like his stuff, I have nothing against the audiobook - it's very well read: it's the underlying book I found tedious

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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