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  • Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Orson Welles
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    Here are 12 acclaimed, exciting, fully dramatized performances of Conan Doyle classics. It's elementary that any Conan Doyle fan will want this splendid set of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, 12 timeless tales performed as radio theater and linked by violin-music interludes.

    R. Compton says: "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud"
    "series of 30 minute radio plays, wonderfully acted"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens, Kelly Burke, Barbara Barnes, and others
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away.

    JAMIE says: "WARNING: NOT THE COMPLETE NOVEL"
    "Rather clicheed, not my cup of tea"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (528)

    The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.

    Shawna M says: "A Good Ending to the Series"
    "good story in need of a good editing"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (408)

    What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered—and others from being threatened with the same fate.

    BSquared67 says: "Ceepak and Boyle are worth waiting for"
    "Not my favourite in the series"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (2750)
    Story
    (2760)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "childish and overly dramatic"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2282)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1872)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Miss Irene says: "Excellent - Deserves More Than 5 Stars"
    "an interesting mix of flawed characters"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (780)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "Good story, but badly written"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And Then There Were None

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (477)

    Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

    Jill Johnston says: "One of the best Christie books"
    "Wonderful story, wonderful narration"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Q is for Quarry: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (152)

    Sue Grafton is back with her quirky, quintessentially cool detective Kinsey Millhone. Two retired detectives bring a quandary to Kinsey: identify the victim in a cold case murder. When she takes on the quest, it turns into a high-risk hunt for a killer.

    Kindle Customer says: "Always A Great Simple Listen"
    "Couldn't maintain my interest, and lousy narration"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    As Rabbi Small and his temple congregation solemnly prepare for Yom Kippur, a non-practicing member is found dead behind the wheel of his car - in his own garage. The police call the death an accident, and the insurance company insists that it’s suicide. But Miriam, Rabbi Small’s wife, believes the mishap could only be cold-blooded murder. With his congregants splitting over the possible cause, the young rabbi must discover the truth, or forfeit all hope for peace in the temple.

    Kathi says: "Great book and the narration is the BEST!"
    "the series is getting better........"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1753)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1155)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Fascinating!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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