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Galadriel

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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8968)
    Performance
    (8085)
    Story
    (8092)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Sorry, but I'm disappointed in this one"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Grisham is still a good storyteller, but halfway through I started to think there wasn't enough of a story to tell.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    Sure. He's written some good stuff.


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

    Michael Beck is quite a good reader and I'd certainly listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    Well-read, pretty good characters but the repeated buildup to nothing much became tiresome. I got impatient with the lack of plot, and I'm a very patient reader. Halfway through my mind wandered and I decided to save time and read the spoiler provided by another reviewer. This one will get returned I'm afraid.

    9 of 12 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
    (249)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (220)

    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
    (751)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    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. Body and soul - they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho.

    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
    (74)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    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
    (131)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    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
    (537)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (487)

    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    (3124)
    Performance
    (2686)
    Story
    (2704)

    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
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    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.

    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
    (192)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (150)

    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
    (425)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    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

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