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  • A Matter of Time, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (222)

    Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life - except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart. Now Sam's back and he knows what he wants... and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn't know if he can survive another breakup or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger.

    Donald says: "It's not you..."
    "Almost but...."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I love Calme's books, but her dialogue is infuriating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Calmes again?

    Not sure. When I read her books, I love the concept's but her dialogues are so juvenile. Here you have mature grown men going through difficult situation but then the dialogue does not reflect what just happened. It is painful to listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scene where the two characters actually communicated a point.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The dialogue being better


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy.

    connie says: "as good as anything Rendell has written"
    "Distracted by Sideline story"
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    What did you like best about The Babes in the Wood? What did you like least?

    I liked the main story and how as usual the story unfolded slowly. What made me not give the story more starts, was the side story involving Wexford's daughter, The way the author chose to handle the situation was very disappointing and it totally distracted me from the rest of the story.


    What was most disappointing about Ruth Rendell’s story?

    Like I said the way she handled what happened to Silvia, was a bit confusing. Everyone acted like it wasn't a crime, and there was nothing they could do. The whole thing that happened after, was beyond annoying. I could not believe Wexford did what he did after all he had witnessed.


    What about Nigel Anthony’s performance did you like?

    He did great, loved him.


    Was The Babes in the Wood worth the listening time?

    Yes, overall it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henrietta Who?

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Aird
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Life for Henrietta Jenkins was a quiet, well-ordered affair - a home with her widowed mother and degree studies at university. But her life changed dramatically when, just before her 21st birthday, her mother’s body was found in a quiet road, apparently the victim of a hit-and-run driver. For not only did the simple case turn into a murder hunt, but the post mortem also revealed that Grace Jenkins had never had any children. In which case, who was Henrietta?

    HIII says: "Henrietta's humor"
    "Good story."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Henrietta Who?? What did you like least?

    I liked the character of Henrietta, I liked the way her she worked her way through the mystery. I of course also liked Inspector Sloan and his side kick constable Crosby. I love Crosby constant muttering, and the way response from Sloan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way the story progresses, keeping the solution a mystery till the end.


    Did Robin Bailey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I like Robin Bailey's voice, because having lived in London, his accent makes sense. The only issue I have with his narration is that it needs better editing, he had a terrible tendency to swallow loudly,and when he is speaking sometime it seems like he has false teeth. There is a wetness to his reading, like his mouth is constantly filling up with spit.


    Was Henrietta Who? worth the listening time?

    Yes, absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Silent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    In the tenth murderous case for Richard Jury, the New Scotland Yard superintendent witnesses a killing in a West Yorkshire inn called the Old Silent, while his highborn, amateur colleague, Melrose Plant wishes to he could perform one as he drives his impossible Aunt Agatha to the Old Swan in Harrogate.

    Fran Foster says: "Too Much Music, Not Enough Mystery"
    "Slow to getting to the point..."
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    What disappointed you about The Old Silent?

    I really wanted to like the story, but I have gotten used to Ms. Grimes love of pointless musing, irrelevant storylines, and flights of fancy of her characters. The dialogues in her stories can be frustrating at times, especially when you are not sure what this has to do with moving the story along. This story was 2 hours in and I was ready to pull my hair. All the internal dialogue, the witty repartee with no direction, and a whimsy that was very juvenile at times. It just took forever to get to the point.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not, sure. Having a hard time finding anything right now.


    Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

    I love Steve West, his performance is the only reason I kept reading


    What character would you cut from The Old Silent?

    Not so much the characters, but the dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am the Only Running Footman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    In a rainy ditch in a Devon wood, a hitchhiker is found dead. Almost a year later, on another rainy night, another murder; this time, however, the victim is found just outside a pub called I Am the Only Running Footman, near Berkeley Square in London’s fashionable Mayfair District. Devon policeman Brian Macalvie is convinced that the two murders are connected. And thus, in his eighth case, Richard Jury is drawn into the so-called Porphyria killings.

    Kathi says: "Another solidly good mystery in the series"
    "Review of last 3 books."
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    What did you like best about I Am the Only Running Footman? What did you like least?

    Ms. Grimes books are definitely growing on me, and I think more than anything the narrator really adds to the stories. I like the clever repartee and intelligent plot lines. What I am beginning to no like about this books, especially after 3 consecutive examples of this, is the dramatic endings, with the same outcome, It is almost as if she can't think of a way to end her books, or she feels the need to end with a twist. It is starting to get old, and a little predictable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am the Only Running Footman?

    In all of her books, I love how the stories are brought together,and of course my favorite character is Agatha...love her, love her, love her.


    Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

    Steve West is an excellent narrator, and as each story gets better so does his narration.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure, I'm not one for books turned to movies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (984)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "Dissaponting saga, underwhelmed."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had picked up the pace of the book. I think because this book was a follow- up from a very dramatic ending in the last book, the author was trying to slow down the pace. There was a lot of reflections, quotes, and aimlessness I felt to this story. The end was such a disappointment, that what redemption could have come out of the book was lost.


    What was most disappointing about Louise Penny’s story?

    I felt like she was a little to overindulgent, the book was a lot of phrases that kept being repeated over and over. There was a lot of reflections on things that were maddening to me, and to be honest I felt that book was longer than it needed to be. Once again, the end was a total let down. I can't get over it. Why redeem a character, just to treat him like that.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narrator was o.k, and he definitely marched the pace of the story which did not help, as the pace was really dull, and convoluted.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Long Way Home?

    Oh, my where to start. Most of the conversations were a tad redundant. I get it, it was an exploration into art, but still It was too much detail. Too much detail that in the end had nothing to do with the conclusion, or the murder.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if her next book will be an automatic buy, this was so disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As the Pig Turns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (230)

    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

    G. Byrge says: "Beaton always delivers"
    "Slight Spoiler!!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is in the same vein as all the same stories. There is no real substance, but it is a good listen.


    Would you recommend As the Pig Turns to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like the light, easiness of the stories. Doesn't require a lot of concentration to follow.


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favorite?

    I love her portrayal of Agatha raisin and Roy.


    Was As the Pig Turns worth the listening time?

    Yes, I love Penelope Keith. She dramatizes the characters wonderfully.


    Any additional comments?

    This is where there is a spoiler...for those who have been following the stories...was surprised to find that Simon who was an orphan in the last book, now had parents. Surprising...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (87)

    Reports of a haunted house soon have amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin snooping around, only to discover the victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. But then the old lady is murdered and, for Agatha, solving a crime is much more fun than ghost-busting. Very soon she’s up to her usual tricks, involving the villagers, local police, and, naturally, her handsome new neighbor.

    Mary says: "An amusing story"
    "Consistent, and confortable."
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    What did you love best about Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House?

    I have persisted on reading this series for one reason, Penelope Keith. I love her narration, and she brings her acting skills to bear with wonderful results. M.C. Beaton's books are simple and comfortable read. It took a while for me to get over the teenage reactions of Agatha raisin, but the author has done a good job explaining her behavior through Mrs. Blocksby.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am finally starting to enjoy Agatha Raisin's crazy lovesick antics, and can actually laugh. I used to get so annoyed, and avoided all the books that were based off her love life.


    What aspect of Penelope Keith’s performance would you have changed?

    Every aspect of Penelope Keith's performance is divine. I have stuck to this books just to hear her read.


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

    Yes, it does not require a lot of concentration.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I like M.C Beaton's take on battered women, there is definitely a pattern through both her series. In both her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books, she always makes them out to be people who like to be victimized, and without hope.
    To be exact I am not sure I like her take on women as a whole, she tends to make them very silly, and her habit of love cross lovers is getting old, but I love Penelope Keith. So, as long as she is reading I will be listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bird That Did Not Sing: A DCI Lorimer novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alex Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    2014: The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight, particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits. But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch.

    Kathi says: "Solidly good police procedural!"
    "Slow and tedious"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was slow and somber, maybe if he had been a little more animated, and had given each character some personality. The story is told in first person for every character, so it gets a little difficult to follow, as the many points of view grew. There was also so many things in the book that did not add up, I know she was trying to create suspense, but each close miss, started to get tedious and a lot boring. It was too long.


    Has The Bird That Did Not Sing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love murder mysteries, and I especially love British detective stories. I will just have to try another author.


    What didn’t you like about Joe Dunlop’s performance?

    He was too monotonous, with no real differentiation between characters.


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

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Bore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    When John Heppel, a visiting writer to Lochdubh, first proposes forming a writers' circle, the idea is met with much enthusiasm from local residents. However, once the classes get underway, attendance quickly falters due to one undeniable fact: John Heppel is a long-winded, consummate bore. But is dullness a motive for murder? Hamish Macbeth wouldn't ordinarily think so. So when Heppel is found dead, Hamish begins looking for deeper meaning in the writer's stories.

    Nina says: "The usual fare:-)"
    "Narrator was a bore."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, the narrator ruined the story. He read to fast, and sounds sing-song. There is also no delineation between the characters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am not sure, but I do know I will not be starting a series again without checking the all the narrators.


    What didn’t you like about Graeme Malcolm’s performance?

    He is just not entertaining. He does not differentiate between characters, and everyone sounds hoarse, men and women. There is also not a real accent, and when he does use it is not clear.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Agatha Christie meets Midsummer murders.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame, shame, shame. I hate starting things, and not finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Village: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    The aromas of wild thyme and Highland heather waft through Lochdubh, home to M. C. Beaton's eccentric policeman, Hamish Macbeth. Yet what the irascible constable smells in his latest case is the acrid scent of fear as an entire town is entrapped in something dark and deadly.... Yet as he deftly investigates the summer's high crimes and misdemeanors, he attracts the attention of his superiors. They feel a promotion and transfer will give him a larger playing field than Lochdubh. That's the last thing Macbeth wants.

    Jessica says: "Comfort Reading"
    "Not impressed with new narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to Death of a Village the most enjoyable?

    I like M.C Beaton's stories about a group of Scottish villages, and I love the easy flow of the story. I have been slowly making my way through the books, and apart from a misstep in the case of "death of an addict", I have loved all the stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was not one thing in particular, it was just a nice return to Hamish being Hamish in the small village setting.


    What didn’t you like about Graeme Malcolm’s performance?

    The previous narrator has an alto tone to his voice, so when he was narrating the different characters it was more refreshing and distinct. The stories are also a little whimsical in their approach, and Mr. Grindell voice gave an air of innocence and easiness. Mr.. Malcolm's voice is a bass, and I cannot distinguish any characters, it is one long low bass for every character. The women and the men sound the same, and he also does not have much of an accent, when he is speaking, which I loved with the last narrator. Not sure I will continue to listen to this series, will see if it gets better. Sad, was really enjoying this.


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

    Yes, and No. I normally do, but with this narrator it was hard.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they would stop changes narrator in the middle of stories. It is most disconcerting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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