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Clarice Borio

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  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (1008)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "New to MacDonald, and Hooked"
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    This was my introduction to the work of John D. MacDonald, and I can't believe I've been unaware of this man's work all these years. I liked this first novel enough that, long before I'd finished it, I'd ordered the six other McGee books released to date.

    I think Robert Petkoff is a perfect narrator for this book. I particularly like his range of voices for female characters. He avoids the common pitfall of many male readers of resorting to high-pitched squeaky voices for the women.

    Other reviewers, some very familiar with the Travis McGee series, have mentioned being disappointed in Petkoff's reading. Perhaps because I'm new to MacDonald and McGee, I've no preconceived idea of what McGee should sound like, and Petkoff's treatment is now the perfect voice for McGee in my head.

    There are 14 more Travis McGee books, and I hope Audible is recording them with Robert Petkoff as the narrator and an imminent release date. When that's done, there are 50 additional MacDonald books to look forward to. Get a move on, Audible: summer is coming and I want to vacation with as much MacDonald as possible!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Sherlock Holmes Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This wonderful collection of Sherlock Holmes' adventures, performed by David Ian Davies, includes "Mystery Of The Noble Bachelor," "The Darlington Substitution Scandal," "The Adventure Of The Golden Pince Nez Doyle" and more.

    Jason says: "Horrible"
    "An Unusual Achievement"
    Overall

    It's hard to ruin the Sherlock Holmes stories, but this reader has managed it. He gallops through the text with barely a pause. His attempts to differentiate one character from another are ineffective. And in case this wasn't sufficiently annoying, every once in a while brief passages are rendered with the hollow, echoing sound of someone yelling down a pipe.

    Don't waste your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death at the President's Lodging: An Inspector Appleby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Innes
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Inspector Appleby is called to St Anthony's College, where the president has been murdered in his lodging. Scandal abounds when it becomes clear that the only people with any motive to murder him are the only people who had the opportunity - because the President's Lodging opens off Orchard Ground, which is locked at night, and only the Fellows of the College have keys.

    connie says: "must love brit academe 'tween the wars"
    "Tedious Muddle"
    Overall

    The first novel by Michael Innes, set in an Oxbridge-type college. The characters, mostly college faculty, are very similar to one another. The plot is slow-moving and confused. I didn't care much about the victim or the cast of possible killers, and the ending is entirely unbelievable.

    Fortunately, Innes became a better writer and devised much better plots. Skip this one.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Appleby File: An Inspector Appleby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Innes
    • Narrated By Andrew Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    Available to download for the very first time, the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.There are fifteen stories in this compelling collection, including: Poltergeist - when Appleby's wife tells him that her aunt is experiencing trouble with a Poltergeist, he is amused but dismissive, until he discovers that several priceless artefacts have been smashed as a result

    Clarice Borio says: "A Poor Reader Can Ruin a Good Book"
    "A Poor Reader Can Ruin a Good Book"
    Overall

    Fifteen often-intriguing stories are marred by a poor reading. Although Andrew Timothy has a good voice, he stumbles through the text. Sometimes he corrects himself, and sometimes he doesn't. It's puzzling that none of this was fixed in the recording studio. If you prefer a smooth delivery by a trained actor, this book is not for you. If you'll put up with anything just for more Appleby stories, well, you've been warned.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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