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Calliope

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  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2586)
    Performance
    (2251)
    Story
    (2222)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "not as good as the first ones"
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    I still love the character and the narration, but the aviation parts (and character) were reaching, I thought. I hope the next in the series is better, or I'll probably stop - which would be a shame.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Ideal Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Jacqueline Bisset, Paul Gutrecht, and others
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    A tender love story, a serpentine villainess, a glittering setting in London society, and a showering of Wildean witticism are only a few of the reasons why this play has enjoyed hugely successful revivals in London, in New York, and on the silver screen. This 1895 drama is eerily prescient, as it examines the plight of a promising politician, desperate to hide a secret in his past. With empathy and wit, Oscar Wilde explores the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us.

    Caitlín Mitchell says: "Almost perfect"
    "a classic Wilde"
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    Although this is one of Wilde's "society plays" and often described as a comedy, there's some very real dramatic elements in addition to the expected satire and wit. There's blackmail, insider trading, and scandal, but there's also a strong thread of loving imperfections and a person's flaws.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2676)
    Performance
    (2366)
    Story
    (2369)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    David says: "And now for the kitchen sink...."
    "too preachy - not as good as the first"
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    Well, Maberry's managed to make the Nazi's villains even though WW II was over 70 years ag0 - there's got to be some credit in that. This is not nearly as good as the first in the series (Patient Zero), but I still like the larger-than-life Ledger and his team of bad-asses. However, this one gets too preachy about the evil work of the evil genius. I think it's kind of unnecessary to have everyone repeatedly say how horrible eugenics and white-supremacy ideas are. We get it, already. I think without the wonderful narration, I wouldn't have enjoyed this nearly as much and would have skimmed a lot of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All My Sons

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Arthur Miller
    • Narrated By Julie Harris, James Farentino, Arye Gross, and others
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    World War II is over and a family, mourning a son missing in action, plants a memorial tree and tries to go on with their lives. A storm blows down the tree and a devastating family secret is uprooted, setting the characters on a terrifying journey towards truth.

    Lisa says: "HAD TO READ FOR ENGLISH LIT ... SO GLAD I DID!"
    "terrific play, great performances"
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    This was not a title I knew anything about, but since I've enjoyed many Arthur Miller plays, I decided to take a leap - and I'm so glad I did. Emotional turmoil, secret and lies, in a family and a neighbourhood after World War II, and many of the ideas come up in future plays.

    0 of 0 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
    (584)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (542)

    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
    (469)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (410)

    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
    (3143)
    Performance
    (2862)
    Story
    (2872)

    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
    (2294)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1883)

    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
    (888)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (813)

    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
    (555)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (506)

    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

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