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  • The Short Stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    A superb collection of stories that will enthral both young and old. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the world's great storytellers, exhibiting astounding versatility in his narration, as he ranges between science fiction (in "When the World Screamed"), mystery and adventure (in "The Lost Special"), horror (in "The Leather Funnel"), action and heroism (in "The Croxley Master") and the ghostly occult (in "The Brown Hand"). This outstanding collection will keep listeners on the edge of their armchairs for 10 hours of breathless excitement and suspense.

    Christine says: "Great stories but hard for me to listen to"
    "Great stories but hard for me to listen to"
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    I loved the stories in this audiobook- typical Arthur Conan Doyle. However, the see-sawing lilting narration completed distracted me from the story being read. The narrator read the stories as one might read a story to a child. I cringed the whole time but persevered simply because of my love of Arthur Conan Doyle's writing. Listen to a sample of the narration before buying this. She may sound lovely to you and if so, you will enjoy the audiobook.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (740)

    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....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "Save yourself while you can!"
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    I seldom detest or do not finish a book but.... This one was so sickening and depraved that I could not help myself. Thinking that he could surpass Stieg Larsson's books for violence (whose books I loved) the author traded an actual plot for repeated animal killing and torture, gang rapes and termination of a pregnancy by a brutal beating.

    *Sarcastic spoiler alert* What's not to like- There once was a group of very mean boys and a mean girl. They were bad and evil. So very bad and evil that they maimed and killed over and over throughout the entire book. Then the mean girl got tired of getting raped and left. The mean and bad boys- they were really really bad and evil -looked and looked for her to no avail. I won't ruin the ending because I did not have enough Dramamine left to actually finish it. The plot of the book was - The main characters were really mean bad evil people- that's it!!. My guess is that the mean girl did get the mean boys in the end but who knows? Maybe one of the tortured animals escaped and ate them. One could only hope.

    Oh- and by the number of people that rated this trash 4 and 5 stars- I'm changing my career to psychiatry because these raters were either the author's close friends or there are a lot of people out there in definite need of some time on the couch. I liked his first book in this series but will nevedr read one of his books again after painfully slogging through most of this book because I naively thought it might get better or a plot would eventually be revealed.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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