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Galadriel

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  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (308)

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "Only Jake Weber kept me listening"
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    What disappointed you about Ghostman?

    The lack of character development. The idea of someone living this strange life was interesting for awhile, but the main character was way too much of a cypher for this reader. There was nowhere near enough info or inner dialogue to explain why he is the way he is, so he came off as just another creepy criminal. The only humanity I attributed to him came from Weber's reading, which kept me going for some time. Ultimately realized I didn't care enough to finish and returned it.


    Has Ghostman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I expect more from the genre.


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

    Likeability, warmth. I love the sound of his voice and his interpretation of the books he reads for Audible. Really, I only chose this book to begin with because Jake Weber was reading it, having just heard his mesmerizing work on "Night Film." Hope to hear more from him with better material.


    1 of 1 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
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    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
    (86)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    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
    (262)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    "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.

    Pamela says: "Well...I really liked 50% of it"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3027)
    Performance
    (2604)
    Story
    (2617)

    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
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Morgan Llywelyn
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

    connie says: "more than the year 1916"
    "Very moving"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1916 the most enjoyable?

    What a magnificent story of idealism and bravery.


    What about Fiacre Douglas’s performance did you like?

    The reader is quite good. My only nitpicky thought is that I wish he (or the editors) would have paused for a moment when venues, viewpoints, or subjects changed, without running them together. Otherwise great job.


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

    I did get very choked up, and found myself searching YouTube and Wikipedia for more information and images of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully rendered, tragic chapter of Irish history, very moving. Wish the next chapter was available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (145)

    In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark - until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

    Lora says: "The Ridge--I Loved It!"
    "Very very cool story!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Another wonderful production and a terrific job of storytelling by Michael Koryta. Lots of surprise moments and wonderful characters made this a great read. I love that this author researches the heck out of his subjects, always pulls me in to the story and offers a whole new fascinating subject to frame and support the ghost story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (202)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "What a beautiful production"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of So Cold the River?

    Anne putting on heels on her way to see . . . can't spoil it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one mentioned above, along with the curious interview Eric has with the bedridden elderly gentleman early in the book - again, no spoilers here.


    Who was the most memorable character of So Cold the River and why?

    Anne, so graceful in her old age and so brave in the face of her losses, threats of violence, and primal fear of storms. She'll stay with me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good ghost story made even better by the unique location and well-drawn characters. Very different than the other books I've read by Koryta, and what a difference a reader makes. (I wish Petkoff read the Lincoln Perry series as well - I get tired of Scott Brick very quickly). Anyway this was extremely well read and the unusual production integrated music and sound effects beautifully, in a way that greatly enriched my experience of the story. Also must mention the poignant violin piece "Short Trip Home" played by Josh Bell which haunts the reading throughout. I had to download it from Itunes as soon as it was identified in the authors' acknowledgments. I became a fan of Koryta's with "Those Who Wish Me Dead" and this one sealed the deal.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    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
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2841)
    Performance
    (2642)
    Story
    (2635)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Go Jo!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Jo Rowling that is (the woman behind the Galbraith name). Great series, great characters, intelligently written - keep it up J.K. More Strike and Robin please!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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