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  • Tomb of the Golden Bird: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (214)

    Convinced that the tomb of the little-known King Tutankhamen lies somewhere in the Valley of the Kings, eminent Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson and his intrepid wife, Amelia Peabody, seem to have hit a wall. Having been banned forever from the East Valley, Emerson, against Amelia's advice, has tried desperately to persuade Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter to relinquish their digging rights.

    says: "They're back"
    "Such a wonderful series!"
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    It's so sad that the end of this story indicates everyone is going off to live their lives and ends the stories of this entertaining family. Book 18 is the end of this series as book 19 is a story in the past prior to the marriages of Amelia and Emerson's next generation.

    I so loved this series! Elizabeth Peters (real name Barbara Mertz) was such a clever writer and wove great tales about this family that drew us all in as if we really knew them. Since the author has passed on to the great writer's haven in the sky, it is sad that there will be no more tales.It has been so much fun listening to these books!

    I will miss Amelia and Emerson and all their family's antics. R.I.P. Barbara Mertz (1927-2013)! Thank you for so many enjoyable hours of listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1063)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    Jack says: "Good Story But Surprise Narrator"
    "Overall very good"
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    What about Jonathan McClain’s performance did you like?

    I really like Jonathan McClain's performance. I am listening to the books in order and have enjoyed the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Law enforcement certainly has its share of jerks and power-addled people. There are undoubtedly FBI agents who are as belligerent and full of themselves as these were but, dang, it makes the story annoying! There were times when I didn't think I could see this one through. My need to find out who did it kept me going but, really, did the FBI people need to be THAT obnoxious??? It was a good story line but those FBI people made it a tough listen at times!

    The story line was fine but the annoyance of those agents is what made me give this 3 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (327)

    Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.

    karen says: "Nothing like a classic....."
    "Really wonderful!"
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    I had never read this prior to listening to it and I was enthralled! This is so well written and such an exciting book! This book had my attention every moment and I enjoyed every minute. What a totally scary bad guy! The scariest part is that this kind of person could really exist. There is nothing more scary than a normal looking and sounding person who is really a horrible sociopath!! It didn't matter that it is set in the early 1950s. The story could just as easily be today.

    It was a really great book! It's no wonder Ira Levin went on to be such a success!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (215)

    Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends: but dark deeds are afoot at the deconsecrated abbey, and a murderer roams the ancient cloisters.

    Judy says: "Wrong narrator listed"
    "What an annoying narrator!"
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    I do not know who read this book but it was NOT Ellen Archer! Ms. Archer's voice is more refined and she does the voices of the English characters with what could be her natural English accent.

    Whoever read this book was American and her interpretation of Italian accents was laughable and terribly annoying! Count Fornacci sounds more like Count Dracula than a member of Italian nobility!

    The story is fine but the characters are either stuffy or rebellious and the March heirs are all quite spoiled. Julia has flashes of depth and caring but she is still self absorbed. Understanding that these characters are probably a decent representation of gentility of the time, I understand that the time period shapes the personalities but there are moments when it's just too much.

    Still the book is worth the listen but this series is not one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Rebecca Lowman, Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (532)

    On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father—and possible suspect—now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

    Erin says: "Live To Tell - 3.5 stars"
    "Another great, suspenseful story!"
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    Again I like the multiple narrators. That is really a nice part of this whole audio book experience. Live To Tell is another good, suspenseful story that made me want to listen straight through from beginning to end, without taking a break.

    While this book's basic storyline is about a very sad subject, no story about crime is a laugh a minute. One reader said it was too depressing but I would disagree. It's another crime thriller and, yes, the story is features a children's acute care psych ward as a main thread and, yes, there is another thread revolving around child abuse but the story threads are not tole distastefully. In fact the underlying theme was handled in such a way that it was an effective part of the story with any sensationalizing about the topics.

    This is a crime/detective/thriller and that genre is not meant to be a light-hearted, happy read. I almost passed on this one because of the "depressing" review from one of the readers but I am really glad I read a bunch of reviews and ignored that one. The story was good and I enjoyed the book while, at the same time, mentally acknowledging that the underlying storyline was and is a sad fact of life.

    The one thing I have to say (again) is the D.D. Warren character is getting on my last nerve! Her rush to judgement, her sexual obsession, her overall bad attitude is getting to be so annoying I fear it will start to take away from my interest in this series. If male, main character detectives in other authors' books can be somewhat annoying characters but still likable, why can't this female, main character detective be at least a little likable? If I were reading these books instead of listening to them, the parts with D.D. Warren's dialogue would be the parts I would skim over quickly. She is SO annoying to the point of distracting from the stories.

    But I will push on with the next one in this series. Maybe the author tones down the acidity of this character as time goes on. One can hope!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (706)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Overall - Exciting"
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    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was really nice to have different voices by three different people for the major characters in this book. My experience with audio books up to this one were of the one actor/narrator for the whole book variety. This was a nice change and the three narrators are very good.


    Any additional comments?

    So this is book 3 from this author for me. I like to listen to them in order. The first story was good, the second story was incredible, and this third story was captivating. I really enjoy the way Gardner can tell these stories in such a mesmerizing way.

    My one, and really only, complaint is the D.D. Warren character. My favorite genre is detective stories and most of the lead detective characters are just that - characters - but they have something in their personality that, in spite of themselves, endears them to the reader. D.D. Warren has nothing that endears her to me and her negative attitude and the way she jumps to predictable conclusions, in spite of the facts that are right in her face, is now annoying. It's maddening how she delights in disturbing Bobby Dodge. Really? Let it go already and have some consideration for others, for heaven's sake! And could she not think of sex in every situation??!! I am sooooooo not a fan of this character!!

    What keeps me coming back, in spite of the D.D. Warren character and my growing dislike of that character, is the way Lisa Gardner can spin a tale. It's hard to break away once I get into one of her books. The stories have been fascinating. Now if we can just fix the Warren character...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (563)

    It was a case that haunts Bobby Dodge to this day - the case that nearly killed him and changed his life forever. Now, the gruesome discovery of six mummified corpses resurrects his worst nightmare: the return of a killer he thought dead and buried.

    Chuck says: "Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Fabulous!"
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    This was a great story with a terrific narrator!

    I listen to books to pass the time while I am at work, doing mindless, boring tasks. I started this book mid-afternoon and had to drag myself away from work as I wanted to sit there listening until the very end. The next day I could not wait to work on some mindless tasks so I could get back into the book again.

    This was the second Lisa Gardner book to which I had listened. While the first one was good and the narrator was okay, This story and Maggi-Meg Reed had me transfixed from beginning to end. The story was a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller/detective story and the narrator was sublime!

    There are not even words or descriptive words to say how highly I recommend this book! Since I like to listen to series in order, I look forward to the coming days, listening to Lisa Gardner's other books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1663)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Still a good Harry Bosch book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Black Box the most enjoyable?

    I just love Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch character and am glad a new one arrived. Yes, the story starts 20 years in the past and dwells a lot on the past but Harry is part of a unit that tries to solve old, cold cases so, IMHO, the past must be visited and recounted to us so that we know the back story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Bosch is a rather sad figure of a human being, having been permanently affected by his war experiences. He has such a hard time with personal relationships but he still is righteous and strong with solid moral standards and upstanding ethical code. The reader likes him and, at times, feels sorry for him.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Seriously??? I could have read this book better than he did! The best narrator for Harry Bosch has to be someone who understands the characters and has an acting background that has given that person a background of voices. Len Cariou is PERFECT for reading Harry Bosch books. His gravelly voice for Bosch is perfect. His accents for other characters and female tones are perfect. Why, for heaven's sake, would he not be hired each and every time to read the Harry Bosch series??? Unless he declined, the publisher is crazy for having changed narrators. If Cariou wanted more money to read the book then he should have gotten what he asked. He is the best! If Cariou declined, then the publisher needed to find a similar voice and skill to Cariou. This guy was the wrong choice and that is an understatement!


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

    I always want to listen to Harry Bosch books in one sitting. It never works out that way but it is a favorite listen of mine for sure!


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully the publisher will either hire Cariou for the next Harry Bosch book or, if Cariou is not interested, find a similar character to Cariou whose performance makes the character of Harry Bosch. If we wanted a bedtime story read to us, we would not be buying Harry Bosch books for a good listen. Next time change the narrator!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (748)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "Another wonderful story!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to the captivating Preston/Childs stories is always a treat! I enjoy the twists and turns of the plot of this story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick???s performances?

    IF there is one thing that almost made me stop listening to this book, it was the horrible sing-song style of this narrator. The story was compelling enough to force me to continue but unless one likes the sad and resigned style of speaking of Eeyore (a Winnie the Pooh fatalist character), then Scott Brick's "woe is me" kind of vocal inflection will grate on one's nerves and make this audio book less enjoyable!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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