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Galadriel

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  • 80 reviews
  • 361 ratings
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  • The Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    Adam Austin hasn't spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman. Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered.

    Ronna says: "More than just a mystery"
    "A Good Read"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Koryta before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as his latest, "Those Who Wish Me Dead" which knocked me flat, but still a good read. Similar themes are evident: brotherly conflict and devotion; sacrifice; the trick of revealing character via a personal discipline. All are even better developed in the later work, but this is a heck of a good debut.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm no football fan myself, but I wasn't at all put off by the game descriptions, which serve to deepen our understanding of the main characters. In his lastt book he turns a similar trick using forest survival training. In both cases the author has researched the heck out of his subject, which I really appreciate. Will definitely read more of his work.

    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
    (519)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (487)

    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.

    Madeleine says: "The Devil's In the Details"
    "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
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    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.

    Jennifer says: "Wow! Refreshingly Different!"
    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

    Tracey says: "The Guinea Pig Did It!!"
    "I needed that!"
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    Any additional comments?

    So refreshing to be back in Chet's head again, which is what I love most about this series. For me it's never about the plot, always about Chet's world view: if something is bad, he's good at forgetting it - ooo look! A squirrel! Smell that! Isn't life awesome?

    Now if I can just master his thought process I'd be a lot happier. Oooo guinea pigs!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Dublin's Fair City: Molly Murphy Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (242)

    Molly Murphy's beau Captain Daniel Sullivan may be out of jail on bail, but he's still a ways from clearing his name, and his foul mood has Molly in search of a little breathing room when providence steps in in the form of a proposition from New York City's renowned theatrical impresario Tommy Burke. America has been very good to Tommy, and now that he's getting on in years, he'd like to pass some of that good fortune on to his family back in Ireland.

    Simone says: "Such a Fun Series!"
    "I Surrender!!! Best yet."
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Got choked up near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I'm not a fan of so-called "cozy" mysteries. My tastes run to darker writers in the Celtic Noir vein: Stuart MacBride, Adrian McKinty, Stuart Neville, Tana French, etc. I gifted my sister a McKinty novel, she gifted me the first Molly novel. I thought I wouldn't like it, and the reading of male voices annoyed the heck outta me so I kept thinking I'd read one and say thanks and stop. or two and stop. Or maybe three or four. But the central character is so bleeping engaging (and well read) I'd even say inspiring that I can't stop reading these. And now that she's gotten into the Irish fight for self-rule . . . This is her best yet. Sooooo hooked, despite the "light reading-ness" of the books, I do find something more substantial lurking in the writing, in the main character's bravery, her choice of friends, her open mind . . . A lot to admire and aspire to!!! So I surrender. I'm officially a Molly Murphy fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (739)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Very smart, funny and entertaining"
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    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This young actor couldn't be better: wonderfully convincing as so many characters, sliding effortlessly from accent to accent and making the most of the author's stylish wit. It just wouldn't be the same without his warm cockney baseline narrative as Peter, the fledgling magician/cop or his plummy professorial tones as Nightingale, his mentor.


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

    Laughed out loud a number of times.


    Any additional comments?

    Very witty writing, very human hero and wonderful descriptions of the darker corners of London (not for kids - sort of like Torchwood was to Dr Who, same DNA but meant for a mature audience) make this a fast and furious read, even better than the first of this clever series. Great fun! I'm a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Workshop: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    London, 1890: Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family.

    Kandi says: "Violent and Lacks Coherence"
    "Good page turner."
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    Any additional comments?

    Too creepy to be called a "cozy" murder mystery - maybe that's why so many reviewers seemed rattled by this entry into the series? I thought it was just fine, in the tradition of many other macabre Victorian murder mysteries. Well done. Still a fan of Alex Grecian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Bag

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tony Parsons
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Can a narrator make a good book great?"
    "Excellent"
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    Any additional comments?

    Really well written page turner. Left me wanting more. I would love to read a series featuring the lead character. A credit well spent!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (873)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "Not perfect, but still well worth the credit"
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    Any additional comments?

    Not her best book, but this is still Tana French and has much to recommend it. The descriptions of the teen's woodland mystical experiences, real or imagined are delicately rendered, and so much about that indefinable, oh-so-perishable shared experience of adoolescent wonder is captured beautifully. That said, I was horrified to learn that 80's Valley Girl Speak has now traversed the globe and polluted Ireland, land of witty,exquisite language. (And OMG, I hear enough of it here in the states!) I though the reader did a fine and sometimes hilarious job of mixing the Irish and ValSpeak dialects. I was very happy to have Frank Mackey back in the mix again,one of French's most interesting characters. The structure was intriguing as well, with the detective's view of the story starting the book from the miiddle of the tale, and the girl's story being told from the previous year and ending with the start of the book. Conclusion? Not my favorite of French's work, but worth the credit. Dying to see what she does next. After the brilliance of books like Faithful Place there's no way I'm taking her off my list of favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3268)
    Performance
    (2807)
    Story
    (2829)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Wonderful, haunting."
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    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully written and read, a wholly character-driven mystery and love story that was full of surprises, little jewels that I never saw coming. This one will stay with me. Well worth the credit - you won't be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tabula Rasa: Roman Empire Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, this time helping to tend the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge. Then Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing. A native boy thinks he sees a body being hidden inside the wall's half-finished stonework, and a worrying rumor begins to spread. When soldiers ransack the nearby farms looking for Candidus, Tilla's tentative friendship with a local family turns to anger and disappointment.

    C. L. Ortiz says: "Love Downie as usual, but ANGRY with Vance"
    "A new entry in this wonderful series at last!"
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    Any additional comments?

    When I read the first in this series, "Medicus," I just had to binge on all the rest of the Russo and Tilla books in a row. Creating wonderful characters and carefully researched settings, Ruth Downie combines mystery with history in a most satisfying and entertaining way. The clash of ancient Celtic and Roman cultures provides a background to her stories that I find endlessly fascinating, and this was no exception. Always beautifully read by Simon Vance - Only bummer is waiting for the next installment. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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