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  • A Matter of Time, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (191)

    Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life - except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart. Now Sam's back and he knows what he wants... and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn't know if he can survive another breakup or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger.

    Donald says: "It's not you..."
    "Almost but...."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I love Calme's books, but her dialogue is infuriating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Calmes again?

    Not sure. When I read her books, I love the concept's but her dialogues are so juvenile. Here you have mature grown men going through difficult situation but then the dialogue does not reflect what just happened. It is painful to listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scene where the two characters actually communicated a point.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The dialogue being better


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (276)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Jacqueline says: "Better Than Therapy"
    "Dissaponting saga, underwhelmed."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had picked up the pace of the book. I think because this book was a follow- up from a very dramatic ending in the last book, the author was trying to slow down the pace. There was a lot of reflections, quotes, and aimlessness I felt to this story. The end was such a disappointment, that what redemption could have come out of the book was lost.


    What was most disappointing about Louise Penny’s story?

    I felt like she was a little to overindulgent, the book was a lot of phrases that kept being repeated over and over. There was a lot of reflections on things that were maddening to me, and to be honest I felt that book was longer than it needed to be. Once again, the end was a total let down. I can't get over it. Why redeem a character, just to treat him like that.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narrator was o.k, and he definitely marched the pace of the story which did not help, as the pace was really dull, and convoluted.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Long Way Home?

    Oh, my where to start. Most of the conversations were a tad redundant. I get it, it was an exploration into art, but still It was too much detail. Too much detail that in the end had nothing to do with the conclusion, or the murder.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if her next book will be an automatic buy, this was so disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As the Pig Turns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (212)

    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

    G. Byrge says: "Beaton always delivers"
    "Slight Spoiler!!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is in the same vein as all the same stories. There is no real substance, but it is a good listen.


    Would you recommend As the Pig Turns to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like the light, easiness of the stories. Doesn't require a lot of concentration to follow.


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favorite?

    I love her portrayal of Agatha raisin and Roy.


    Was As the Pig Turns worth the listening time?

    Yes, I love Penelope Keith. She dramatizes the characters wonderfully.


    Any additional comments?

    This is where there is a spoiler...for those who have been following the stories...was surprised to find that Simon who was an orphan in the last book, now had parents. Surprising...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Reports of a haunted house soon have amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin snooping around, only to discover the victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. But then the old lady is murdered and, for Agatha, solving a crime is much more fun than ghost-busting. Very soon she’s up to her usual tricks, involving the villagers, local police, and, naturally, her handsome new neighbor.

    Mary says: "An amusing story"
    "Consistent, and confortable."
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    What did you love best about Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House?

    I have persisted on reading this series for one reason, Penelope Keith. I love her narration, and she brings her acting skills to bear with wonderful results. M.C. Beaton's books are simple and comfortable read. It took a while for me to get over the teenage reactions of Agatha raisin, but the author has done a good job explaining her behavior through Mrs. Blocksby.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am finally starting to enjoy Agatha Raisin's crazy lovesick antics, and can actually laugh. I used to get so annoyed, and avoided all the books that were based off her love life.


    What aspect of Penelope Keith’s performance would you have changed?

    Every aspect of Penelope Keith's performance is divine. I have stuck to this books just to hear her read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it does not require a lot of concentration.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I like M.C Beaton's take on battered women, there is definitely a pattern through both her series. In both her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books, she always makes them out to be people who like to be victimized, and without hope.
    To be exact I am not sure I like her take on women as a whole, she tends to make them very silly, and her habit of love cross lovers is getting old, but I love Penelope Keith. So, as long as she is reading I will be listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bird That Did Not Sing: A DCI Lorimer novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alex Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    2014: The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight, particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits. But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch.

    Kathi says: "Solidly good police procedural!"
    "Slow and tedious"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was slow and somber, maybe if he had been a little more animated, and had given each character some personality. The story is told in first person for every character, so it gets a little difficult to follow, as the many points of view grew. There was also so many things in the book that did not add up, I know she was trying to create suspense, but each close miss, started to get tedious and a lot boring. It was too long.


    Has The Bird That Did Not Sing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love murder mysteries, and I especially love British detective stories. I will just have to try another author.


    What didn’t you like about Joe Dunlop’s performance?

    He was too monotonous, with no real differentiation between characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Bore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    When John Heppel, a visiting writer to Lochdubh, first proposes forming a writers' circle, the idea is met with much enthusiasm from local residents. However, once the classes get underway, attendance quickly falters due to one undeniable fact: John Heppel is a long-winded, consummate bore. But is dullness a motive for murder? Hamish Macbeth wouldn't ordinarily think so. So when Heppel is found dead, Hamish begins looking for deeper meaning in the writer's stories.

    E.D. says: "Lochdubh rides again"
    "Narrator was a bore."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, the narrator ruined the story. He read to fast, and sounds sing-song. There is also no delineation between the characters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am not sure, but I do know I will not be starting a series again without checking the all the narrators.


    What didn’t you like about Graeme Malcolm’s performance?

    He is just not entertaining. He does not differentiate between characters, and everyone sounds hoarse, men and women. There is also not a real accent, and when he does use it is not clear.


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

    Agatha Christie meets Midsummer murders.


    Any additional comments?

    Shame, shame, shame. I hate starting things, and not finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Village: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    The aromas of wild thyme and Highland heather waft through Lochdubh, home to M. C. Beaton's eccentric policeman, Hamish Macbeth. Yet what the irascible constable smells in his latest case is the acrid scent of fear as an entire town is entrapped in something dark and deadly.... Yet as he deftly investigates the summer's high crimes and misdemeanors, he attracts the attention of his superiors. They feel a promotion and transfer will give him a larger playing field than Lochdubh. That's the last thing Macbeth wants.

    Jessica says: "Comfort Reading"
    "Not impressed with new narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to Death of a Village the most enjoyable?

    I like M.C Beaton's stories about a group of Scottish villages, and I love the easy flow of the story. I have been slowly making my way through the books, and apart from a misstep in the case of "death of an addict", I have loved all the stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was not one thing in particular, it was just a nice return to Hamish being Hamish in the small village setting.


    What didn’t you like about Graeme Malcolm’s performance?

    The previous narrator has an alto tone to his voice, so when he was narrating the different characters it was more refreshing and distinct. The stories are also a little whimsical in their approach, and Mr. Grindell voice gave an air of innocence and easiness. Mr.. Malcolm's voice is a bass, and I cannot distinguish any characters, it is one long low bass for every character. The women and the men sound the same, and he also does not have much of an accent, when he is speaking, which I loved with the last narrator. Not sure I will continue to listen to this series, will see if it gets better. Sad, was really enjoying this.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and No. I normally do, but with this narrator it was hard.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they would stop changes narrator in the middle of stories. It is most disconcerting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of an Outsider: The Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By M.C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    The most hated man in the most dour town in Scotland is sleeping with the fishes, or more accurately, has been dumped into a tank filled with crustaceans. All that remains of the murdered victim are his bones. But once the lobsters have been shipped off to Britain's best restaurants, the whole affair quickly lands on the plate of Constable Hamish Macbeth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Easy charm"
    "Easy charm"
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    Would you listen to Death of an Outsider again? Why?

    Yes, the stories are simple, and easy to listen to. If you are looking for complicated and suspenseful, then this is not for you, but If you like Agatha Christie kind of mystery, a little more watered down, then you will like this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I actually like the main character Hamish, he is amusing and I also like the interactions of the villagers.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator is o.k. I like his characterization, but the voice he uses (I am guessing his own) when he is just reading, is a little boring. It feels paced too exactly, and maybe a little too slow.


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

    No, extreme reaction. Just a pleasant read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    The body of a disgraced college lecturer is found on an abandoned railway line. In the four years since his dismissal for sexual misconduct, he’d been living like a hermit. So where did he get the 5,000 pounds found in his pocket? Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim's past may be connected to his death. Forty years ago the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten - or forgiven.

    Robert says: "Finally, another Banks novel + Simon Prebble"
    "Interesting story, but Really..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and No, the story was interesting, but Banks was mixture of contradictions. Here is a character that is supposed to have a chip on his shoulder in regards to the rich, but in this story he did not act as expected. In the end, his whole behavior for the last 50 minutes of the book was ridiculous. Why would he act like he did after what happened to him, was not realistic.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The hidden story that the suspects were trying to hide.


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

    He has definitely improved with each story, I finally think I can get back into this stories.


    Did Children of the Revolution inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This author fills the pages with too much conversation between characters, and sometimes it can be a little slow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Friend of the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    One morning in March, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, a woman named Karen Drew is found in her wheelchair with her throat slit. Back in Eastvale on that same morning, in a tangle of narrow alleys behind a market square, the body of Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled. Two towns...two murders....

    Greg says: "This time Book 4; Reader 5"
    "Improvement from previous narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I liked the story. It was very complex and there was a lot of other smaller stories going on in the background with the main character, which added a certain amount of color to the story.


    What other book might you compare Friend of the Devil to and why?

    It is in keeping with previous books by this author.


    Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Simon Prebble was definitely an improvement from the previous narrator, it took a little while to get used to the different take on the characters. I really enjoyed James Langton's narration, but this was definitely manageable. It was a little over produced, the music added at random times was annoying, and I am not sure why they felt they had to use that strange sound effect when Banks read Templeton progress note.


    Did Friend of the Devil inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, I think I might be able to continue with the series, I stopped when I listened to Ron Keith.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Is the Grave: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    The Inspector Banks novel In a Dry Season was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won an Anthony Award. Cold Is the Grave won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. It takes the aging, solitary inspector from his cozy Yorkshire cottage into the dark underworld of London. The assignment is a favor asked by Banks' boss and greatest enemy: Chief Constable Riddle.

    Colleen says: "Very Solid"
    "WTF...new narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If you had kept James Langston. I hated this narrator, he forgot to add the regional accent and he sounded awful. He did not even sound british...WTF.


    What other book might you compare Cold Is the Grave to and why?

    It is as good as previous books by the same author, just hated the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron Keith?

    Duh..James Langston, the previous narrator, anyone with a better reading voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger...I cannot understand why anyone thought the book needed a new narrator...I am so mad right now. I am going to have to read the rest of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish audible would try to stick to consistent narrators for series, it really helps to have continuity In the voices of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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