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  • Paradox Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Libby Drew
    • Narrated By Dorian Greyhound
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Time-travel tour guide Reegan McNamara's job-taking eager tourists to whenever they want to go-is usually a breeze. A trip back to 2020 to watch a world-changing speech seems no different, until a woman runs away from his tour group before the jump home. Now her tycoon husband is demanding her safe return-or Reegan will lose more than just his job.

    T. Henry says: "Interesting! Future collides with the Past"
    "Original"
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    What did you love best about Paradox Lost?

    I loved the concept of the book. The whole time travel and paradox dilemma was well written, but what I loved best about the book was authors ability to explain a new world to me without getting bogged down in the description.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the love story between the two main characters, I am so tired of M/M stories reading like M/F stories, just with men. The story made sense, the progression easy and believable.


    Which character – as performed by Dorian Greyhound – was your favorite?

    I liked his portrayal of Reegan the best, he was just so much fun.


    If you could rename Paradox Lost, what would you call it?

    I think the title works.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of an Outsider: The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By M.C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    The most hated man in the most dour town in Scotland is sleeping with the fishes, or more accurately, has been dumped into a tank filled with crustaceans. All that remains of the murdered victim are his bones. But once the lobsters have been shipped off to Britain's best restaurants, the whole affair quickly lands on the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Easy charm"
    "Easy charm"
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    Would you listen to Death of an Outsider again? Why?

    Yes, the stories are simple, and easy to listen to. If you are looking for complicated and suspenseful, then this is not for you, but If you like Agatha Christie kind of mystery, a little more watered down, then you will like this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I actually like the main character Hamish, he is amusing and I also like the interactions of the villagers.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator is o.k. I like his characterization, but the voice he uses (I am guessing his own) when he is just reading, is a little boring. It feels paced too exactly, and maybe a little too slow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, extreme reaction. Just a pleasant read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    The body of a disgraced college lecturer is found on an abandoned railway line. In the four years since his dismissal for sexual misconduct, he’d been living like a hermit. So where did he get the 5,000 pounds found in his pocket? Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim's past may be connected to his death. Forty years ago the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten - or forgiven.

    Robert says: "Finally, another Banks novel + Simon Prebble"
    "Interesting story, but Really..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and No, the story was interesting, but Banks was mixture of contradictions. Here is a character that is supposed to have a chip on his shoulder in regards to the rich, but in this story he did not act as expected. In the end, his whole behavior for the last 50 minutes of the book was ridiculous. Why would he act like he did after what happened to him, was not realistic.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The hidden story that the suspects were trying to hide.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has definitely improved with each story, I finally think I can get back into this stories.


    Did Children of the Revolution inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This author fills the pages with too much conversation between characters, and sometimes it can be a little slow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Friend of the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    One morning in March, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, a woman named Karen Drew is found in her wheelchair with her throat slit. Back in Eastvale on that same morning, in a tangle of narrow alleys behind a market square, the body of Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled. Two towns...two murders....

    Greg says: "This time Book 4; Reader 5"
    "Improvement from previous narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I liked the story. It was very complex and there was a lot of other smaller stories going on in the background with the main character, which added a certain amount of color to the story.


    What other book might you compare Friend of the Devil to and why?

    It is in keeping with previous books by this author.


    Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Simon Prebble was definitely an improvement from the previous narrator, it took a little while to get used to the different take on the characters. I really enjoyed James Langton's narration, but this was definitely manageable. It was a little over produced, the music added at random times was annoying, and I am not sure why they felt they had to use that strange sound effect when Banks read Templeton progress note.


    Did Friend of the Devil inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, I think I might be able to continue with the series, I stopped when I listened to Ron Keith.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Is the Grave: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    The Inspector Banks novel In a Dry Season was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won an Anthony Award. Cold Is the Grave won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. It takes the aging, solitary inspector from his cozy Yorkshire cottage into the dark underworld of London. The assignment is a favor asked by Banks' boss and greatest enemy: Chief Constable Riddle.

    Colleen says: "Very Solid"
    "WTF...new narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If you had kept James Langston. I hated this narrator, he forgot to add the regional accent and he sounded awful. He did not even sound british...WTF.


    What other book might you compare Cold Is the Grave to and why?

    It is as good as previous books by the same author, just hated the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron Keith?

    Duh..James Langston, the previous narrator, anyone with a better reading voice.


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

    Anger...I cannot understand why anyone thought the book needed a new narrator...I am so mad right now. I am going to have to read the rest of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish audible would try to stick to consistent narrators for series, it really helps to have continuity In the voices of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanging Valley: An Inspector Banks Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Many who visit the valley are overwhelmed by its majesty. Some wish they never had to leave. One didn't: a hiker whose decomposing corpse is discovered by an unsuspecting tourist. But this strange, incomprehensible murder is only the edge of the darkness that hovers over a small rural village and its tight-lipped residents, who guard shattering secrets of sordid pasts and private shames. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that both the grim truth and a cold-blooded killer are hiding here....

    Milan says: "Another great Inspector Banks myster"
    "Did not see that coming"
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    Would you listen to The Hanging Valley again? Why?

    Yes, but I enjoyed the slow build up to the truth, and I really enjoyed the twist at the end, I just wished it hadn't ended on such a cliff hanger. The author normally does a little summary at the end, and I was a little disappointed, and felt a little cheated.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, because the truth was revealed slowly, and murderer was not who the author had led you to think it would be.


    Did James Langton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    James Langton did an ok job, it would have been excellent if not for the way he did the Yorkshire accents. It was good, but he kept ending certain sentences with a "th",like a tick. It was most annoying, and he would forget who was talking and add it to characters that did not have a Yorkshire accent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The inner dialogue of the character Katie, really moved me. It made me very sad, and showed how extremism in any form can be damaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dedicated Man: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    A dedicated man is dead in the Yorkshire dales---a former university professor, wealthy historian, and archaeologist who loved his adopted village. It is a particularly heinous slaying, considering the esteem in which the victim, Harry Steadman, was held by his neighbors and colleagues---by everyone, it seems, except the one person who bludgeoned the life out of the respected scholar and left him half-buried in a farmer's field.

    Kindle Customer says: "As good as the first"
    "As good as the first"
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    If you could sum up A Dedicated Man in three words, what would they be?

    The past matters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the build up, the way the author layered the story, slowly exposing you the characters surrounding the murder was very nice. I like this author work, because it takes the time to paint a local picture.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the bar, when Banks and his wife went to hear Penny sing. I could really relate to Banks annoyance with Barkette (might be the wrong name).


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

    Shadows from the past


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the first narrator, Mark Honan, and I did not hate the new author, but I felt like he struggled with the gruff voices he tried to portray. He sounded hoarse and strained, which tended to distract me from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brokenhearted: Hope Cove, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Cate Ashwood
    • Narrated By John Orr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Oliver Parrish has been alone in the world since he was born. So when Sheriff Owen “Mack” Macklin shows up on his doorstep to deliver the news that Oliver's sister has died, he's beyond surprised. Still, Oliver returns with Mack to Hope Cove, Maine, hoping to get to know the sister he never knew he had. As he tries to snap these new elements into his solitary life, he's not sure how they might fit.

    Riva says: "Lovely story, sweet romance and a great narrator"
    "A sweet romance story."
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    Where does Brokenhearted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It does not rank at the top, but it definitely falls close. It was not the most engrossing story line, but it had enough plot line to keep you interested. It moved along nicely, with good build up to the end. Nice HEA, loved it.


    What other book might you compare Brokenhearted to and why?

    It reminds me a little of the Home series by Cardeno C, it just had that same sweetness to it.


    Have you listened to any of John Orr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, He is not amazing but he carried the story without too much difficulty. He had a way of pacing himself, that after a while became a little rhythmical, not always following the peak and fall of what was going on in the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Brokenhearted and why?

    For me it has to be Hayden, he was a hoot and I also liked the little boy, very entertaining.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thrill of the Haunt: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    Alison Kerby's guesthouse is already crowded with spirits. The last thing she needs is a whole new batch of haunts settling in. As Alison's reputation as "the ghost lady" grows, so does her business - and not always in a way she'd like. Tourists may be flocking to her guesthouse for a chance to glimpse her resident spirits, but her special abilities are also bringing unwanted private investigation cases to her door.

    Marcus says: "Good series, though getting a bit drab"
    "Good story, tired dialogue."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish the author would rely on the strength of the story she is trying to tell. I love the story and the mystery involved, but after about 2 hours in the sarcastic wit, and constant one liners gets old. Especially because a lot of the lines make no sense and seem like they are only there for cheap laughs.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I love the authors take on murder mystery and detecting. I am a lover of all things Agatha, and I like simple old fashion murder mystery, without too much suspense or gore.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    I am not sure if it is her narration that makes it so snarky, or if it is the way it is written. I always love Amanda Ronconi's performance, but not sure if maybe her sarcastic way of reading is all together entertaining in this case.


    Was The Thrill of the Haunt worth the listening time?

    Yes and No, I loved the underlying story, but found some of the dialogue a little too much.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Than Chance: Better Than, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lane Hayes
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter's past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn't ready to take a chance on anything more.

    Kindle Customer says: "Narrator was off putting"
    "Narrator was off putting"
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    Would you try another book from Lane Hayes and/or Tyler Stevens?

    Not sure. I will have to read the story to have an opinion. Could not finish the book, narrator was too annoying.


    What was most disappointing about Lane Hayes’s story?

    Can't comment


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tyler Stevens?

    It was soo distracting and over exaggerated. I am not sure if the narrator is from the south, but the accent was just campy, it made the character sound like a joke.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Better Than Chance?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Damsel Under Stress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (336)

    To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve. At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda's timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI's rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company's secrets - and the very existence of magic itself.

    Catherine says: "Fun easy listen."
    "Dissapointing"
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    What would have made Damsel Under Stress better?

    If the author had kept track of events, instead of trying to be humorous. The story had so much potential and I have kept listening hoping that it would get better, but there is more sarcastic wit than actual believable storyline. Here you have a powerful wizard, and a witty female character, and they fall into one death defying situation after another, only to come out of it and start making silly jokes, and completely forget the fact that they are in danger.


    What was most disappointing about Shanna Swendson’s story?

    The most disappointing thing about the story was the need to make the lead character's only focus be dating, falling in love, and clothes. Here you have a story of supposed good v evil, but It reads more like a cheerleaders battle of the sexes. The lead characters are constantly facing danger, but are oblivious to strange when it is in front of them. They walk into situation that would make anyone suspicious, let alone people that are supposed to be in a battle against a magician. It just became too junior high for me, this is a grown woman, she should sound like a grown woman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am not sure, most of it would start with so much potential and end up sounding ridiculous. I can't say I have a favorite scene.


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

    Disappointment, and frustration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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