These are wonderfully voiced radio plays of some of the original Sherlock Holmes stories - they are old (from the 1950s), so the quality of the recording is not up to the stereo, multi-track standards of some, but the quality of the actors make up for any such issues. It's obvious that the stories are episodes of a radio series, since they each start and end with theme music and a voice over. I like the episodic nature of these stories - I can listen to one or two of them in between longer audiobooks to kind of take a mental break before moving from one book to another. The stories are good fun, and the narration is wonderful.
This is a nice performance of a classic noir book, but unfortunately "noir" has been satirized and abused so often it's become a cliche for me. I'm sure it was terrific when it was originally written, but for me the abundance of imitators and satires have done it no favours over the years. I liked it, but it doesn't hold the punch it likely did originally.
This is twice as long as it should have been -- it would have been much better and more powerful if it had the benefit of tighter writing and a strong editing. Good characters, a good sci fi story, but overly long......by the time I got to the conclusion that should have been exciting and suspenseful, I was bored with it all.
I was a little disappointed with this installment........it seems far too repetitive and with an unsurprising resolution to the case. The best thing about it was the development of the characters (Ceepak and Danny) themselves. Terrific narration, as usual, which made the not-so-good story worth listening to.
OK, I'll admit that I've only gotten less than a quarter of the way through it so far, but I couldn't stand it any more. I've tucked it away, and may return to it when I'm in a different mood. I wish this was listed as a Young Adult book on Audible, because I might have been more prepared (or I might have avoided it all together). Or maybe it's not Young Adult, but it's just badly written......overwrought, cliched, and clumsy. Maybe it would be a better movie, with a well-written script, since the described story of an underclass and rebellion sounds like a good one - Like The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, which is what this book looks like it failed to be. But that was from Robert A. Heinlein, one of the classic names in science fiction and winner of multiple awards and honours, and this from someone who worked as a page in a Hollywood studio.
Yes, this is not a thriller - but it is a compelling listen. It's really more about the characters than the actions or crimes......in fact, in one criminal situation, I found myself wondering aloud, several times, about a key piece of information that no one in the book seemed to think was interesting or worth pursuing. Definitely not about the crimes, the prosecution, or the daily lives of the lawyers involved -- Turow or Grisham do that better, and I think I might download one of those next.
This book was a kind of impulse buy for me and I wasn't disappointed, but not thrilled either. The book is filled with flawed and damaged people who don't seem to realize they are either flawed or damaged. They go about their business thinking they are right and justifying their actions to themselves, and that's part of what is kind of compelling about the story (as well as the very good narration by David LeDoux). Even the characters that are supposed to be the saintly touchstones of the story. Whether they are lying, defrauding, blaming, cheating, committing perjury, or withholding damning information, they all think their "good" reason will cleanse them of the guilt others would place upon them. They convince others to buy into their reasoning, and blindly think it will lead them to the happiness they think justifies it all.
Fascinating, but not at all what the book purports to be about, and not what any publisher or marketer thinks will sell the book.
This is a good crime story written in a nicely set up future society, but the actual writing - the nuts and bolts of sentence structure and word choice - was pretty bad. I almost gave up on it because of the quality of the writing style (mostly the "he said/she said/I said stage directions), but my sister encouraged me to continue. I'm glad I did, because the story got better, but I still never did got used to the bad writing.
Amber Benson did a really good job of narrating, and I was glad I found this recording because I'd passed over this title before when I saw Wil Wheaton as the narrator (don't like his narration skills at all). The whole gender-neutral or gender switch situation is pretty much a gimmick, though, and too much was made of it. Listen to the samples and pick the narrator you prefer, and don't worry about whether or not Chris is truly male or female.
This is a classic story line and one of Agatha Christie's most famous, but I have never had a chance to enjoy it until now. Strangers all lured to an island house for a weekend, only to discover that they are all targeted for past misdeeds and are being picked off one by one by an unknown murderer. They face not only the fear of being murdered, but the paranoia when they realize that no one else is on the island, and so one of them is the murderer. Who to trust, and how to stay alive?
A fabulous story, not to be missed.
I am disappointed, because I have enjoyed reading several Kinsey Millhone books in the past, but I don't remember the long and dry descriptions of scenes. I just kept drifting off - the pacing was wrong and it just couldn't maintain my focus. To give Sue Grafton her due, it may have been because of the pacing and narration of Judy Kaye......This audiobook really has pretty bad narration. I can't figure out why so many people in California small towns have strong southern accents, and everyone sounds like they're in need of a drink of water to quench their dry throat. The bad narration could also be responsible for the bad pacing and overall drag of the story, because I don't ever remember that being a problem when I read Grafton's books.
I'm liking this series more with each book......this is a better mystery than the last and involves a little more character development too. The back-and-forth arguing that is often used as a cliche of old Jewish men was well portrayed and added a bit of humour as well. It's dated, but still kind of comforting, like watching an old episode of Murder She Wrote.
The narration is terrific, as expected. George Guidall is one of my favourite narrators, and he doesn't disappoint here.
This is a fascinating book that nicely weaves together the history of Korea and the creation of North Korea, with the stories of 6 defectors from North Korea who were interviewed in their new home of South Korea. Not just the stories of their defections, but of their lives in North Korea for decades before that......what their lives were like in the North Korea of Kim Il-sung and, later, Kim Jong-il. The book was published in 2009, a few years before the current leader, Kim Jong-un took control, though he is mentioned as Kim Jong-il's son. What really makes the book interesting is that it's a look at the lives of these average people (factory workers, students, teachers, farmers, etc) inside what is the most secretive and unknown country on earth. Their families, their homes, their jobs, the totality of how their entire existence was created, maintained, and shaped by the whims of the current leader. The continued existence of the repressive regimes well into the 22nd century remains a fascinating mystery.
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