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Joy

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  • The Family Vault

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    A Crime Club selection, this intrguing tale has been reviewed as "...the very best whodunnit in many a day...Not to be missed." It starts with plans to bury deceased Great-uncle Frederick in the family vault on Beacon Hill. When the vault is opened, there's someone already there that no one could ever expect-the skeleton of a burlesque queen who disappeared thirty years ago! It's up to young Sarah Kelling to hold the shocked family together, and try to find out what happened.

    Joy says: "A delightful start to the series"
    "A delightful start to the series"
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    Sarah's family is opening up their historical cemetary vault, where no one else was ever supposed to be buried. To the surprise of all present, much has changed since its official closing. The main change is the addition of an exotic skeleton with rubies set into her teeth. This is the start of a kaleidoscopic adjustment of Sarah's view of her compressed little world. Charlotte MacLeod's brilliant plot is sympathetically humanized. When I listened to my old favorite THE FAMILY VAULT, it started a whole reading and listening sequence of Charlotte MacLeod books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Buried for Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edmund Crispin
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In the sleepy English village of Sanford Angelorum, Professor Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books to run for Parliament. At first glance, the village he's come to canvass appears perfectly peaceful, but Fen soon discovers that appearances can be deceptive: Someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it for blackmail. Anyone who comes close to uncovering the blackmailer's identity is swiftly dispatched. As the joys of politics wear off, Fen sets his mind to the mystery but finds himself caught up in a tangled tale of eccentric psychiatrists, escaped lunatics, beautiful women and lost heirs.

    Coffee Lover says: "Not my favorite Crispin but still well worth it!"
    "Classic Treasure"
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    I hadn't forgotten what a treasure this book is, in the 31 years since I last read it, but my memory of the elements had cleared enough that the humor was totally fresh. Gervase Fen, professor of classic literature, has decided to clear the fog from his brain by running for Parliament. The characters of a forgotten mid-country collection of small towns, from the local socialist earl to the non-doing pig, work up a happy fizz that stays in your head. The vibrant, flexible reading of Philip Bird makes the effect even more long-lasting. From this page I'm going to follow the link and see what else Philip Bird might be offering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chains of Folly: A Magdalene la Batarde Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    That Nelda Roundheels had been murdered would have been of little interest to anyone - except that her body turned up in the bishop of Winchester's bedchamber with a letter to the bishop, from the king's most important enemy, rolled up in her breastband. The bishop and his knight, Sir Bellamy of Itchen, realize immediately that the purpose of putting the body in Winchester's bedchamber is to embarrass and discredit the bishop. And the reason for this attack on Winchester is his calling of a convocation to chastise the king for acting high-handedly against the bishop of Salisbury.

    Joy says: "Deserves more credit than it's getting"
    "Deserves more credit than it's getting"
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    I grabbed CHAINS OF FOLLY as soon as I saw it was available, in spite of the beating the new reader was taking from listeners. The Magdalene la Batarde series is a delight for medieval mystery lovers, and CHAINS OF FOLLY is no exception. I wish Gellis had continued the series after this.

    It is the rare reader who can produce both male and female voices faithfully, and this reader's voice is especially high. She shouldn't even try to sound male. The more successful strategy is to create the character by temperament, not timbre. However, her comprehension of the author's intention seems superior.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3553)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2548)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Deserves Awards"
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    John Perry's life starts over at age 75, with his induction into the army. In humor, tragedy, and everything in between, John fights for humanity against the universe. When I read the perceptive and moving OLD MAN'S WAR at the time of its release, I thought it should win the Hugo.

    I was dismayed when I fired up the audio of OLD MAN'S WAR and heard it was being read by the man whose superior drawl was such a poor fit for Rhennthyl of IMAGER. Fortunately, that voice is a much better fit for John Perry, who tackles his new life with experience and humor. The voice also has a flexibility it lacked in IMAGER. I laughed all the way through the pamphlet introducing John to his new possibilities, admired the insight of his relations with an enemy species, and hung on every word of high heroism.

    OLD MAN'S WAR has surged to the top of my 2013 favorites so far, whether print or audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Hot: Arcane Society, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (109)

    Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she's got zero field experience. She's from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She's a librarian, for heaven's sake.

    As for Grace, she's not expecting much either from Malone, who walks with a cane and isn't so good with a gun. Nice resumé for a bodyguard.

    Roberta Rothwell says: "Another Great Arcane Society story."
    "Go for it, fantasy romance lovers."
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    Great fun, both as a read and a listen. Grace and Luther are sent as operatives to identify a psychic serial killer, and find themselves in the midst of a convention of psychic criminals. To their surprise, it gives them a chance to sort out their ruined lives at the same time. Krentz writes about Grace, Luther and their friends with understanding and humor.

    I loved the performance, especially Sandra Burr's creation of Grace, so much so that I affectionately tolerated her attempt to sound masculine for Luther. She throws herself with contained, wholehearted enjoyment into every sentence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Singing in the Shrouds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    The police found the third corpse on a wharf in the pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. Once again, the killer walked away, singing. Within the hour he was safe at sea...and among his fellow passengers were four more potential victims.

    Lynne Phelps says: "A Psychological Suprise Ending"
    "Golden Age"
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    I'm a fan of Golden Age mysteries, and this is one of my favorite Ngaio Marsh mysteries. James Saxon made it just as much a pleasure to listen to as it has been to reread for most of my life. Nowadays it seems a mystery isn't a mystery unless it has a serial killer in it, but Roderick Alleyn's detection of his serial killer is psychologically consistent, a rational study of clues. The shipload of passengers he is traveling with are colorful and interesting, reacting in their different ways to the situation and each other.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Many-Colored Land: Volume 1 of the Saga of Pliocene Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julian May
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    This is a spellbinding tale woven of equal parts epic and myth - with a liberal dash of hard science fiction. When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past, specifically six million B.C., was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years....

    Jon says: "About time - I hope we get the rest of Julian May"
    "Let's start over, shall we?"
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    The Sage of Pliocene Exile is one of my all-time favorite series. It's been so long since the first book, MANY-COLORED LAND, came out in audio that it looks like no continuation is planned. In that case, let's start again from the beginning, with a different reader. Find a good reader and do all the books.

    I was amazed to find this reader has done so many Audible books. In this book she is hoarse, her reading has almost no dynamics, and I find it irritating that she invariably reads "metapsychic" as "metaphysic". Her phrasing and emphases often seem to indicate that she isn't paying attention to the author's meaning. Surely a professional should pay attention to what he/she is reading??

    This is my opinion after 5 hours of listening. Maybe later she learns what words Julian May is using, but even then, not correcting early mistakes would speak badly for the producers.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Imager's Challenge

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (365)

    Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the commander of the Civic Patrol doesn't want a liaison from the infamous Collegium and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city.

    Lydia says: "interesting concepts"
    "Overcomes its own flaws"
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    Renthyl, an unusually strong imager, is getting an unusually challenging training. Forced by his superiors to avoid making normal people frightened of imagers, Renthyl is fed up with defending himself and not retaliating. He is stationed in the police corps, where he is ordered to observe and no police officer is required to take orders from him. That should curb Renthyl's tendency to handle things his own way.

    As it works out, Renthyl has enemies to handle both in the neighborhoods of down-and-outers where he patrols, and in the police corps itself. Once he has learned just what hazards to image to stop his attackers and he has those enemies under control, Renthyl has no choice but to tackle (dramatically, as it turns out) the aristocrat who wants to destroy him and his family. By the end, the College of Imagers has to rethink its self-defensive policies.

    William Dufris wouldn't be my first choice as a reader. He can convincingly manipulate his voice into different characters, but he has chosen to give Renthyl a superior drawl. The disadvantage of listening to these books instead of reading them is that you can't skip over the incessant menu descriptions, which are obviously Modesitt riding his hobbyhorse. Fortunately the story as a whole is an excellent one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • That Hideous Strength

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (267)

    In this, the final book in C.S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom.

    Larry says: "Cloning, stem cell research, psycho-chemistry."
    "Couldn't 'put it down'"
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    This reading kept me short of sleep for several nights. After work I would come home and listen until I nodded off, and then take the print version to bed with me!

    In 1943 the Narnia author C.S. Lewis wrote this gods-on-earth fantasy for adults, including more dimensions of characterization, plus Arthurian mythology and social analysis. 70 years ago fictional writing styles were more leisurely than today. The reader's delivery in the descriptive sections doesn't slow them down, instead it keeps the story clothed in atmospherics. I'm sure Lewis would feel pleased with Geoffrey Howard's presentation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1952)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1024)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Scott says: "A Classic WWII Spy Thriller"
    "Surely this has won awards?"
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    Ken Follett wrote an outstanding novel about a German spy who discovers Britain's great secret leading up to D-Day, and the Britons who attempt to keep him from passing the news to his government. The dis-information campaign is here, but there's also the heroism of a few people who think of themselves as ordinary. Follett brought the story to life on the pages, and Eric Lincoln brilliantly brings it to life reading it for us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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