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Derek

Retired and living in Spain, I am an avid reader. Audible has added a new dimension as I can experience excellent readers/actors too.

Member Since 2011

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  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1054)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Absolutely first class in every respect"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie in three words, what would they be?

    The heroine is an eleven year old chemistry genius who is a fine detective. The stories are excellent and the humour and tension are, in equal parts, superb.


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

    The plots are well crafted and believable, even though the heroine is young.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick one scene as a favourite as the whole book is wonderful in so many different ways.


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

    Suitable for all ages.


    Any additional comments?

    The author has a gift for writing a credible and edge of seat gripping yarn and enable us to put ourselves in the place of his heroine.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3527)
    Performance
    (2869)
    Story
    (2857)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Charley, Darynda and Lorelei a winning combination"
    Overall
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    Darynda Jones is new to me as is her heroine Charley, but I immediately became a fan especially as there is a strong resemblance to another pair of favourites of mine, Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Plum. To add gold to the mixture the stupendous Lorelei King reads the story with her usual skills at personifying the characters and making them come alive. So good writing and reading make a unbeatable combination. I look forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Lovin'

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie - and he's not taking no for an answer. Annie Hart is a "relationship expert" who is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie needs to find her, fast. Diesel knows where she is. So they make a deal: he'll help her get Annie if Stephanie plays matchmaker to several of Annie's most difficult clients.

    JM says: "Cute but flat"
    "Usual Plum perfection"
    Overall
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    Story

    The Audible version is not so much better as different. It speaks to a different mood. When I have time I love to read but I have become an addict of the writing of Janet Evanovich and the brilliant performances of Lorelei King. This is not just reading but truly theatrical - great stuff!

    This is a 'holiday' volume as it is not in the numeric Plum series, but it still has all the hallmarks of a rolicking good tale with a surfeit of humour and great characterisation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eight Days to Live: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    It all begins with a painting called Guilt. Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery. But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ know both the face and the significance behind it. They believe that Jane must die – when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price.

    Sharon says: "It was Ok"
    "A brilliant and stimulating read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Eight Days to Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very thought provoking thriller with a comprehensive series of twists.


    What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

    Very good reading both for emphasis and clarity.


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

    It made me think frequently.


    Any additional comments?

    Another excellent read from Audible and its excellent readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (2848)
    Story
    (2854)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Another great Jack Reacher book"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Affair the most enjoyable?

    The story is, as always with Lee Child, excellent and the reading is first class.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Affair?

    I especially liked the way the murdering 'militia' were dealt with, but there are so many good moments throughout the book.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    The Sheriff is a very sympathetic character and well portrayed both by the writing and the reader.


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

    The ending was realistic and yet left one feeling sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audible book and what a good advertisement for both the Audible-Kindle system and the excellence of the readers this was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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