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  • Phantom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (580)

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    Fran Murphy says: "Jo Nesbo hates Harry Hole"
    "Great performance lifts Nesbo's latest."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Nesbo is great at transporting you to the scene. This was a very taut and nicely paced thriller.


    What other book might you compare Phantom to and why?

    The others in the series featuring Harry Hole; however, this was unique in that it dealt with the drug underworld.


    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Wonderfully paced. I think Sachs made the book more enjoyable for me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Great from beginning to end. Never a lull in the action.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1620)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1483)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "An odd hybrid that didn't quite work for me."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This sounded like an interesting premise and I really thought I had stumbled upon something quite fabulous after reading the reviews but, in the end, this was simply not for me. I think the whole fantasy/police inspector hybrid was just too unbelievable as written. Aaronvitch just went too far. I thought the "I see dead people and they guide me in my job" was a great concept but then when he started mixing in mythology I think he overplayed his hand.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Aaronovitch again?

    Nope.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was actually the best part of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator! Sexy voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8677)
    Performance
    (7268)
    Story
    (7275)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "The performers MADE this book great."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl on the Train the most enjoyable?

    The actresses/narrators made this better than it actually is. Don't get me wrong - it's a good book - I actually enjoyed it more than Gone Girl. But the narrators are spectacular and they really made it great. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I had simply read it. There were many instances where I simply couldn't stop listening to it because I was so drawn in. Amazing job by this trio. Very well cast.


    What other book might you compare The Girl on the Train to and why?

    Gone Girl, of course, for the "unreliable narrator" angle but this was done much better in my opinion. But, also like Gone Girl, no one in this book is likeable so it's hard to feel empathy for any of them. And it also "jumps the shark" at the end.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - but they were all spectacular.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great example of how much narration impacts an audible book. This was perfectly cast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones Beneath: Thomas Thorne, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Billingham
    • Narrated By Mark Billingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In The Bones Beneath, the latest addition to the internationally best-selling Tom Thorne series, Thorne once again must confront Stuart Nicklin, a master manipulator and ruthless murderer. When Nicklin announces that he wishes to reveal the whereabouts of one of his earliest victims and that he wants the cop who caught him to be there when he does it, it becomes clear that Thorne's life is about to become seriously unpleasant. Thorne is forced to accompany Nicklin to a remote island off the Welsh coast which is cut off from the mainland in every sense.

    Margaret says: "Billingham is fablous as both author and narrator."
    "Billingham is fablous as both author and narrator."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bones Beneath to be better than the print version?

    Mark Billingham is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers and it's especially a treat to have the author narrate his own work. He really understands these characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    Rachel says: "HEY AUDIBLE!!! Get more Ann Cleeves!! good stuff!"
    "Decent book ruined by a bad narrator."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Cleeves' writing style is apparently just not my cup of tea. Long on figuration, short on action. But what really killed it for me was the narrator. It reminded of the original "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" narrated by Boris Karloff. Not good. :) I made it through 10 chapters and then threw in the towel. My attention span simply requires more action and/or a different pace.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    An editor and a different narrator. Even turned up a notch in speed it was too slow and plodding. And with her writing style, a narrator who can really grab you is required because she really drags everything out. Maybe her stuff just doesn't translate to spoken word well.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gordon Griffin?

    I think it was simply a bad narrator/material match. He read too slowly. When the material is slow and plodding, the narration needs to be more energetic or it's a snooze.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (338)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "A really SLOW moving procedural."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Hill is a good writer but she needs editing. It is almost tedious to listen to. In fact, I upped the speed to 1.5 just to get through it quicker. I was on chapter 20 and wondering when something was going to happen. At chapter 44 I was still wondering.


    What was most disappointing about Susan Hill’s story?

    Hill weaves many plot lines together. That's usually not a bad thing but her characters have such similar names - Sharon, Simon, Serrailler, Sandy, Sloane, etc., etc. that it gets a little hard to follow. Maybe this isn't an issue when you're reading, but when you're listening it gets tiresome. And it unwraps itself SO slowly. TOO slowly. Maybe I just prefer more action-packed police procedurals, i.e. Hayder, Robotham, Billiingham, etc. This is my first and last Hill.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    Was The Various Haunts of Men worth the listening time?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Hill is a good writer. She reminds me of Louise Penny in with her gentle, figurative writing style. But even Penny's books have more action than this snoozer. Pacey's performance was better than the material he was given.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ritual

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Even more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed. DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hands belong to a young man who has recently disappeared.

    Margaret says: "Narrator is so awful I had to stop."
    "Narrator is so awful I had to stop."
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    What would have made Ritual better?

    A different narrator! Wincott is so sing-songing and "posh" it's grating. I got through about five chapters and then had to stop. I'll skip the next Hayder too simply to avoid his performance.


    What was most disappointing about Mo Hayder’s story?

    I didn't get through enough of it to judge.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mr. Wincott's voice is lovely but ill-suited to the material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birdman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Birdman showcases Hayder at her spine-tingling best as beloved series character Jack Caffery tracks down a terrifying serial killer. In his first case as lead investigator with London's crack murder squad, Detective Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, southeast London.

    Amazon Customer says: "Graphic, that seemed a little gratuitous."
    "Edge of seat thrilller."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but I would be very selective about who I recommended this to. This was my first Hayder and I was frankly surprised that Mo Hayder is a woman. Her books are very violent with a large helping of gratuitous sex thrown in. Some of her situations are downright cringe worthy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't stop listening. I had to get to the end. Every time you think you have it figured out, something else gets thrown in.


    Have you listened to any of Damien Goodwin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he's spectacular. I was really annoyed that I got to Hayder #3 and she switched narrators on me. He's just so good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I just love a damaged leading man! And Jack Caffery is the perfect protagonist in that regard. He's f'd up, for sure. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Not for the faint of heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Munster's Case: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Håkan Nesser, Laurie Tompson (Translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    For Waldemar Leverkuhn, a retiree living with his wife in a small unit in an unassuming block of apartments, the day couldn't begin more auspiciously. He, along with three friends, have won the lottery. It's a modest but healthy sum of money and the old men toast to their good luck with a celebratory dinner. The day ends, however, with Leverkuhn drunk, belligerent, and eventually dead in his bed, stabbed 28 times in the chest. After a cursory investigation, Leverkuhn's quiet, weary wife incredibly confesses to murder.

    Kathleen says: "An excellent edition to the Scandinavian mystery g"
    "Van Veeteren takes a break and it's a good thing."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I thought it was so interesting that Nesser completely set his main character aside (Detective Van Veeteren) and focused on Munster. It literally is Munster's Case. The story is really good and the narration superb.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just an opportunity to see Munster fully developed. This is a really good series.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I've read all of Nesser's work on my Kindle. This was my first Nesser audible download I believe. Vance does an amazing job of moving between characters. I look forward to his future work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (910)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Warren says: "Great story, great characters, wrong narrator"
    "Adler-Olsen my new favorite Nordic crime writer!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Absent One to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narration is simply that good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Carl Mørck is a great character. He is not AS flawed as many of the detectives in other Nordic crime series. I would call him a less messy Harry Hole (Jo Nesbo).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any time Mørck interacts with his co-workers. He's hysterical.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31553)
    Performance
    (24470)
    Story
    (24656)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Weak narration makes story unlistenable."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I couldn't even finish it because the narrator sounded too mature for the role of Katniss and basically seemed miscast.


    Has Catching Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I purchased it because I liked the movie treatment of the first book (I actually hadn't read the first book). I don't think I'll be buying any more YA fiction - either for my Kindle or on Audible.


    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    After seeing the movie version of the first book, I was expecting the narrator to sound more youthful.


    What character would you cut from Catching Fire?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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