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Toby

paulandtoby

Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2678)
    Performance
    (2392)
    Story
    (2377)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Loved this book!"
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    If you are a fan of the Mary Russell books, you will really like this one as the lead character is like a young 'Sherlock Holmes'. The story was well-paced, fun and suspenseful. I had a tough time putting this one down! A good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1035)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "Great sequel to the original."
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    I'm 'hooked' on the Matthew Corbett books, that's for sure! I loved the first book and really enjoyed the second. Matthew is like a young Sherlock Holmes, except more likeable. The story was interesting and a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Follow the River

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (283)

    Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

    Marie says: "Amazing tale of survival"
    "Unforgettable story of a woman's fight to get home"
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    I thought that the story seemed a bit far-fetched at first, until I read that it was based on a true story! That is almost impossible to believe, but apparently this woman did survive this trek across the wilderness. Can be a little hard to read at times (i.e. the descriptions of the hardships she faced), but it is an amazing story of this woman's fortitude and sense of direction! :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1650)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Interesting story of vengeance and compassion."
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    I enjoyed listening to this book. Good story with the ability to make you think of the human race as a tiny little speck hurtling into an unknown future. I would recommend it for lovers of sci-fi!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (672)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "A great read"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I liked the story and the writing style. The narration was well done as well. Interesting to get such a wonderful insight into Japan at the start of the 19th century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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