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  • The Darkling Thrush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller

    Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword's Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches' grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries' old murder.

    Tony Squared says: "A Magical Story"

    Highly enjoyable. I really liked the ebook and hearing it read is a real treat. Max Miller's voice is just perfect for the character of Collin and his handling of the Gaelic used throughout the story sounded authentic to this untrained ear.

    All of the characters came to life as they do when the writing is excellent as it is here. I find the idea of using a type of psychometry (the ability to "read" the past of an object) to track down the history of a book a fascinating one. There's always a curiosity about where a book has been or who used it last and Collin is one who has the ability to do this. When he's hired to use his skills to hunt down an ancient tome of dangerous spells, Collin takes a vacation from his job in London and heads north to Scotland and straight into danger.

    There is a male-male relationship within the pages of this story, but its well written and understated, as Josh Lanyon's skill at giving us the underlying emotions between the pairing (especially during the intimate scenes) is subtle and wonderful to read/hear.

    On the whole, well worth the money. And I look forward to hearing another book read by Mr. Miller.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Audio Archive Presents: Candy Matson, Yukon 28209, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Audio Archive
    • Narrated By Natalie Parks, Bill Mills, Jean Marie Stine

    Candy Matson, Yukon 2-8209, which ran from 1949-1952, is considered the best of radio's female private eyes. Bright, sparkling and witty, Candy Matson (whose home was "on Telegraph Hill overlooking Monterey Bay" in San Fransisco) features the sharpest dialogue this side of the William Powell-Myrna Loy "Thin Man" movies.

    Kirsten M. Crippen says: "Charming with great wit!"
    "Great fun and educational too!"

    I love old radio shows. They're full of humor and wit and timely dialogue which still rings true, even 65 years on (at one point in the first story it's mentioned that the economy is in a recession and Candy offers her friend Rembrandt Watson $50 and tells him to "go stimulate the economy" [sounds familiar ...]).

    What's cool is having a female in a role which is usually limited to males, and she's every bit as capable, intelligent, tough and interesting as Sam Spade or any of the others of the era. And she has better dialogue!

    What came as a delightful surprise with this recording was the interesting and informative history presented by Bill Mills who not only gives backgrounds on the players, but also gives us a frame from which to understand some of the, what are to us, historical tidbits which would have been recognizable references for the audience during the show's run. Sadly, according to Mr. Mills, only 14 recordings from show are still in existence and the rest are only in script format. Maybe someday, with the right group of people, they can be revived, because I would love to hear the entire series at some point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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