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  • A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (240)

    Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer.

    Marie says: "The best in the series"
    "Grim but gripping"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Although the story is dark and rather sad, the narrator was convincing and largely invisible (a good quality, as opposed to a narrator who is distracting).


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, a good "Whodunnit?" murder mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I bought this title because I loved Mr Prebble's performances in the Detective Kubu books by Michael Stanley. This one is almost as good as those.


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

    No.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A New Kind of War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Anthony Price
    • Narrated By Dominic Mafham
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    A New Kind of War takes us back to the Greece and Germany of 1945 - as the old kind of war comes to its official end. Why has David Audley broken the British-Greek truce? And furthermore, why did his brigadier order his actions? Is it just coincidence that Audley is surprised near Delphi by Captain Fattorini of the Royal Engineers?As a result of that unfortunate encounter, Fattorini finds himself in occupied Germany as the newest member of TRR-2: a special intelligence unit engaged in a dangerous and brutal game.

    Cookie says: "just about the perfect book"
    "Challenging listen and subtle storyline"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about A New Kind of War? What did you like least?

    The characters were fascinating and believable, the plot was subtle, the story involved a time in history about which I knew very little. I call this a "challenging listen," however, because at times I had a hard time following the story. It was a bit more work than entertainment for my rather unsophisticated taste.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Agreeable.


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

    Narration was delightful and captured a variety of accents that enhanced the characters.


    Do you think A New Kind of War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'd be interested in following the characters in further adventures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "New Favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Angelmaker again? Why?

    Both story and narration were superb.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Unusual characters portrayed by narrator with humor and gusto.


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

    My mind's ear would not have voice the characters so colorfully.


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

    It was a "page turner," but fun to listen to over a course of weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look for more audiobooks by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1927)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Blistering"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    Yes, if I would still be surprised by the twists and turns.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the complex plot kept me guessing.


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    The Irish accents were remarkable but almost transparent; very convincing and consistent, identifiable characters.


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

    The autopsies were gripping, not just gruesome.


    Any additional comments?

    Another fantastic story in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Compelling listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Polar Star in three words, what would they be?

    Spies meet detective


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The setting (almost entirely aboard ship) requires extra attention from the listener, and it makes the action more vivid.


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

    The various Russian and American accents bring the characters to life.


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

    No, but I couldn't wait to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Just about as good as it gets for an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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