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Galadriel

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  • The Secret Speech

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    It is 1956. Three years ago, Leo Demidov moved on from his career as a member of the state security force. As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital.

    Galadriel says: "Love this author"
    "Love this author"
    Overall

    Wonderful to return to the characters and the world created in Smith's first novel, Child 44, which really rocked me. Not quite as strong as the first work, but still a terrific read. Hope he continues to develop this into a full character series - I'd jump on the next one, if there is one.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Did She Kill Him?: A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery & Arsenic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Colquhoun
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. The ‘Maybrick Mystery’ had all the makings of a sensation and cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability. Florence’s fate was fiercely debated on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country.

    Galadriel says: "Fascinating true story"
    "Fascinating true story"
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    This well- researched analysis of a much-celebrated case is well written and thought provoking, providing and in-depth look at the lives of the women of the Victorian age, their treatment under the rules of society and the rule of law. A really fine true crime document, and a great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (371)

    In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders with an elusive connection to the fifth woman.

    Rebecca says: "A new Henning Mankell fan is born"
    "Did I read the same book?"
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    What would have made The Fifth Woman better?

    Less repetition, better prose (or a better translator?) Maybe it's just me, but I don't get it.


    What could Henning Mankell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Seriously, I do wonder if the fault is with the translator. The same phrases are used over and over to express the same ideas seemingly without any creativity or inventiveness. The plot outline was intriguing, but the dialogue and descriptions are - I hate to say it - boring.


    Any additional comments?

    First I noticed that Kenneth Branagh was the star of the BBC series called Wallender. Then I read the glowing reviews, so I figured oh boy, a great new series. I'm halfway through the audio book and don't know if I'm gonna make it. The prose is so mind-numbingly simple and repetitious, that I want to scream. The same obvious statements are made again and again and again, and in exactly the same words: Yes "we must solve this case" and yes "the murders are related but somehow we're missing something" and yes "maybe a woman did it - or maybe not."

    Now and then we are reminded of how depressed Swedes are in general. Nobody exhibits a shred of the dark humor that keeps detectives from going nuts. That said, I'm still faintly interested to see if I'm right about who dunit and why, which seems so painfully obvious that I want to scream the answer at my IPad. This may put me off scandanvian Noir for some time. Back to the Irish and Scots I go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    Rachel says: "HEY AUDIBLE!!! Get more Ann Cleeves!! good stuff!"
    "Thoughtful and well-done."
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    Any additional comments?

    Quite a good mystery that kept me guessing til the end. Would love to hear more from Anne Cleves. Atmospheric and good characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8457)
    Performance
    (7087)
    Story
    (7092)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "Wow!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Gripping from start to finish. I'll be keeping an eye on this author. Oh, and if you listen to this one, don't plan on doing much else that day. You won't be able to put it down. Excellent.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial: The Prosecutors and the Marilyn Sheppard Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack P. DeSario, William D. Mason
    • Narrated By Elliott Walsh
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Marilyn Sheppard, four months pregnant and mother of a toddler son, was bludgeoned to death in her Bay Village, Ohio, home in the early morning of July fourth, 1954. The cause of death was 27 blows to the head with a heavy instrument. Who took her life so brutally has been the subject of much controversy and debate for nearly half a century.

    Galadriel says: "Fascinating case, but -"
    "Fascinating case, but -"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a fascinating case. It's unfortunate that the book was so poorly edited. There is a great deal of repetition and unnecessary detail to wade through, and it's the first time ever I wished I'd had an abridged version (which I normally avoid like the plague). The reader is careful to articulate clearly, but is pretty bland. This is, nevertheless, an interesting document of the case from the point of view of the prosecution. If this story interests you, you'll hang in there as I did just to sift through the facts, which are not organized for literary value, but do give you plenty of info with which to form your own opinion on whether the guy was guilty or not. And it is good to see someone step up and speak for the real victim of this awful crime.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Is God

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Colonial New Guinea, 1906: A small group of mostly German nudists lives an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.

    Carrie Arnold says: "Fascinating story!"
    "Fascinating! McKinty always blows my socks off."
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    Would you listen to The Sun Is God again? Why?

    I have listened to his two trilogies more than once already. I always find something new in a second listen if the book is well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Is God?

    Loved the twist in heroics near the end. No spoilers from me, just read it.


    Any additional comments?

    Of course this book sent me on a research binge to try to get a hint at what was or wasn't true, and what might have really happened. I can see how the sketchy clues in the true story must have fired McKinty's estimable imagination, and I'm so glad it did. Still one of my very favorite authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (528)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "A very good read!"
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    Well worth the credit. No spoilers here, and I hate reviews that spell out the plot like a book report. I'll just say that this is the author's best yet, and I'll be on the lookout for more. Great characters, good plot, suspenseful and not clichéd. Hope the missing book #3 in the series gets recorded soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (802)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    John S says: "Alternative to Nesbo/Harry Hole Novels"
    "Best yet from this author"
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    Very good page turner, far better than his previous work. I've long been on the fence with Adler-Olsen, but he gets better and better and this one really left me wanting more. Unlike some readers I have no issue with the use of a British reader, since the book was so clearly translated by a Brit: expressions like "mate" "blimey" and "bollocks" sprinkled throughout, would sound odd read any other way. He still manages to say a lot about the way each character is drawn by the author through his infections and various accents. A great story, well told, well worth the credit.
    On to the next Dept Q -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (938)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Outstanding in every way"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The fresh interpretation of this well-known plot, enriched with fully fleshed out characters and an absolutely terriffic reading by Richard Armitage.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Armitage – was your favorite?

    Loved all of them, but have a huge soft spot for Yorick.


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

    Yes, but it's (believe it or not) a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd read the author's treatment of MacBeth and was very impressed with the way that the modern novelization enriched my understanding of the play, humanizing the characters. This interpetation of Hamlet was even better, a very moving take on material I have read and seen performed countless times. What guts it takes to re-work Shakespeare in this way, and what a surprise that it not only works but reveals new layers within the original material. A VERY BIG 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (322)

    A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

    kelly says: "Intense, intricate story, superb narration"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    What would have made The Dead Room better?

    A bit more realism, character definition and a bit of humor. Humans have a way of dealing with the worst things they see with a bit of dark humor as a defense mechanism. The suspense authors I love best are able to include some of that as a way of humanizing their heroes and avoiding the pitfall of droning melodrama (see Stuart MacBride, Adrian McKinty, even Steven King).


    Has The Dead Room turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    What didn’t you like about Jim McCance’s performance?

    Rather one-note and melodramatic. Nice voice though.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Meh


    Any additional comments?

    I don't mind a story that gets a bit grisly if I love the characters and can identify with them, and if the crimes are anchored in some kind of reality. This book left all those qualiies in the rear view mirror and started to just feel silly at some point. I found the characters kid of flat. Like I said, it's just not for me, although I see that others have enjoyed it.

    40 of 46 people found this review helpful

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