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Galadriel

Member Since 2008

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  • A Song for the Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stuart MacBride
    • Narrated By Ian Hanmore
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (61)

    A heart-stopping crime thriller from the author of three consecutive No. 1 bestsellers, including Birthdays for the Dead and the DI Logan McRae series. He's back... Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just … disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.

    Galadriel says: "MacBride knocks it out of the park."
    "MacBride knocks it out of the park."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Hooked me from the first chapter and never let up. Amazingly, I almost read this in one sitting.


    What about Ian Hanmore’s performance did you like?

    Excellent reader, moves seamlessly through various dialogues, male/female voices without overacting. Wonderful with the author's sprinkling of dark humor.


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

    Dunno, but I'd cast Sean Bean as our hero.


    Any additional comments?

    This author has almost ruined me for other mystery writers (with a few exceptions). MacBride never settles for stock characters,TV movie dialogue or tiresome plot conventions. On the contrary: his characters are eccentric, the dialogue gritty and true to each character and the plot twists each and every familiar mystery formula into a neat pretzel. Every time I thought I had something figured out, the plot took a turn that gave me whiplash. Ash is King of the Anti-Heroes, very damaged, full of dark impulses but still somehow moral, someone you like and root for. His continuing bond with the fragile, empathy-driven profiler Alice is unique in mystery novels. Again, MacBride's books are not for the squeamish, but so rich and well-written that they leave me wanting more.

    9 of 9 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
    (2918)
    Performance
    (2507)
    Story
    (2521)

    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
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    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
    (63)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    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
    (183)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (142)

    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
    (419)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    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
    (92)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (80)

    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
    (2057)
    Performance
    (1913)
    Story
    (1909)

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "What a find this author is!"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost did. In 24 hours anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent, shows what the best of this genre can be. An outstanding thriller with well-drawn characters that kept me glued to my headphones. Eye-popping suspense, starting with a real grabber of an opening and leaving me choked up at the end. Ready to chew through this author's whole catalogue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (1985)
    Story
    (1982)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "A pleasant surprise - very well done!"
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    What about Steven Brand’s performance did you like?

    Read with great skill and subtlety, excellent job.


    Any additional comments?

    To be honest this was an accidental purchase, and I thought I'd give it a chance before returning it. Yep, it is in the vein of Game of Thrones, but it stands just fine on its own, not at all the disappointment I expected it to be. Very well-written and engrossing, this book got better and better as it progressed and left me wanting more. I was ready to move on to the next entry in the series right away, and was sorry to see that it hasn't been released on audio yet. Will be on the lookout -

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3354)
    Performance
    (3152)
    Story
    (3154)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "Another expertly written page-turner from the King"
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    Any additional comments?

    Great characters that I really came to care about and clockwork plotting made this a great read. King is known for his supernatural work, but apparently he also knows how to hook the reader into a straight-up tale of suspense, and how to ooog you out with a very very creepy bad guy. Made me wish he'd write more in the "police procedural" genre. Also have to give another huge thumbs-up to the wonderful Will Patton who seems to be born to read for Stephen King.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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