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  • Summer of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The opportunity to spend some time at an archaeological dig on an Arizona ranch was everything a young graduate student trying to prove herself might want. And it was...until another guest suffered an accident, then disappeared. Suddenly, the guests were eyeing each other with fear and suspicion.

    Aryn says: "Readers can sometimes make the book. Or not,"
    "Dragons? In Arizona?"
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    If you could sum up Summer of the Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, intelligent, engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the interplay between DJ and Tom.


    What about Grace Conlin’s performance did you like?

    She did a wonderful job with the character of DJ.


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

    It's hard to find when you don't know what you're searching for.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cards on the Table: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's "private collection". Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge is to turn into a more dangerous game altogether.

    Calliope says: "this is a great Christie mystery"
    "A Tiger Did It"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cards on the Table to be better than the print version?

    I haven't yet read the print edition, but I very much enjoyed Hugh Fraser's performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The limited pool of suspects made for an interesting whodunnit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end of a Christie book is always a favorite.


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

    I chuckled in a few places, mostly due to Mr. Fraser's charming voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises in Death: In Death, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (640)

    Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

    Erin says: ""Promises" Delivers!"
    "When death hits close to home."
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    Would you listen to Promises in Death again? Why?

    I would, as it's a well-written and well-performed example of a compelling series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Promises in Death?

    Pretty much every scene with Morris in it is memorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The brainstorming at the bridal shower scene was memorable.


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

    No, but it did make me feel much sympathy for Morris, who has always been one of my favorite characters of the series.


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  • Strangers in Death: In Death, Book 26

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (562)

    Technology may be different in 2060 New York, yet the city is still a place of many cultures and great divides. And as ever, some murders receive more attention than others - especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman found in his Park Avenue apartment tied to the bed - and strangled - with cords of black velvet.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent series"
    "Don't trust a stranger"
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    Where does Strangers in Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a solid example of the story and pacing of all the "In Death" series books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eve, of course. She and Roarke are wonderful characters.


    What three words best describe Susan Ericksen’s performance?

    Polished, interesting, lively


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

    Not really, but I thought the suspect interviews at the end were very well done.


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  • Seduction in Death: In Death, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (446)

    Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars.

    Kellie says: "Where'd Peabody go??"
    "Love can be a killer"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If I knew someone liked the "In Death" series, I would definitely recommend this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of tension and a good cat-and-mouse plot.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    I really enjoy her as Eve Dallas. She does a nice job of capturing both her good and bad sides.


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

    No, but it was an enjoyable story and one I'd listen to again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (614)

    The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

    Mary says: "Bad Narration"
    "Love in Focus"
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    What made the experience of listening to Vision in White the most enjoyable?

    I was very impressed with Emily Durante's performance. Her character voices were individual and lively and made the whole book a delight.


    What other book might you compare Vision in White to and why?

    Check out the rest of the Brides quartet. Nora Roberts does it again.


    What three words best describe Emily Durante’s performance?

    Warm, personal, engaging.


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

    Sometimes it's hard to see what's right in front of you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treachery In Death: In Death, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1293)

    In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

    Jean says: "Treachery in Death"
    "Sometimes the Enemy is Within"
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    Where does Treachery In Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's hard to compare as this is part of a series and all of the JD Robb books on audio are captivating and well-performed.


    What other book might you compare Treachery In Death to and why?

    You really can't go wrong with any Eve Dallas/Rourke book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Towards the end of the book, Eve's team really comes together and that sense of "family" was really nice to have.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it took me a bit as I was listening on a commute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scales of Justice

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in a beautiful stream which winds past their homes. Then one of their small community is found brutally murdered; beside him is the freshly killed trout. Both died by violence - but Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn's murder investigation seems to be much more interested in the fish.

    PJ says: "Cumberbatch is a great narrator!"
    "Of Fish and Friction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. The story was interesting but it was the performance of the great Benedict Cumberbatch that makes it such a great listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn is such a great character, both on the pages and in this audio version. He's charming, intelligent, witty, and a man of great character.


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

    He really brought out the humor in some of the interchanges between the feuding families. The tones of voice, inflection, pacing, all added to the light touch.


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

    Fishing for the truth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cards on the Table (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt, Stephanie Cole, Donald Sinden
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot with Stephanie Cole and Donald Sinden. Hercule Poirot, along with three other luminaries from the world of crime detection, is invited to dinner by the renowned London socialite Dr Shaitana. Also on the guest list are four members of what Shaitana calls his Black Museum - a collection of murderers who have each succeeded in 'getting away with it'. After midnight, when the guests prepare to leave, they make a terrible discovery.

    Linda says: "Cards on the table."
    "One murder, two spades, three diamonds"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good "cozy" mystery without any gore or intricate plotting. It's a nice, light read, perfect for a road trip.


    What other book might you compare Cards on the Table (Dramatised) to and why?

    The BBC adaptation of "Death in the Clouds" was similar in terms of strong performances and engaging plot.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The performances were all quite good and very well cast. Each fit well with the character.


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

    No extreme reaction, but it was nicely enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evil Under the Sun: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    The beautiful bronzed body of Arlena Stuart lay face down on the beach. But strangely, there was no sun and Arlena was not sunbathing - she had been strangled.

    Ever since Arlena's arrival the air had been thick with sexual tension. Each of the guests had a motive to kill her, including Arlena's new husband. But Hercule Poirot suspects that this apparent "crime of passion" conceals something much more evil.

    DJDecca says: "No Vacation from Evil"
    "No Vacation from Evil"
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    What made the experience of listening to Evil Under the Sun the most enjoyable?

    David Suchet's excellent performance of all the characters really brought the story to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Evil Under the Sun?

    I really enjoyed the lead-up to the murder, meeting all the characters and finding out all the motives people might have.


    What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

    He has a wonderful knack of creating believable and individual voices for each character and has a very light touch with the more humorous bits.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to savor it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (365)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "History that Reads Like a Thriller"
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    If you could sum up The Johnstown Flood in three words, what would they be?

    Whose to blame?


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the perspectives shifted from the people in the valley and the rich folks at the fishing & hunting club.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the build up to the flood for its fascinating insights into class differences and the mistakes that lead up to the weakness of the dam.


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

    The people on the mountain. The people in the valley.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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