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  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    Gail says: "Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow"
    "This is 1 reason I'm a fan of historical fiction."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, and it's predecessor, to anyone who enjoys well written, thought provoking historical fiction. Although obviously not alive during the time in which this novel is set I felt when listening to this book that I was there, smelling the rain on the cobblestones and the smoke wafting over from the window where Stevie Taggert sat smoking yet another cigarette. The narration and writing were of a quality that at times inspired me to imagine I could hear the background noises in the streets as the characters progressed from one scene to the next. The dialogue and story were both so well done I couldn't read quickly enough and felt almost as though it was me sneaking into a cellar or hiding from an unruly mob. If you haven't yet listend to this novel I recommend you do so now, you won't regret it


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was well written and cohesive. The characters were all very unique and the narrator did an exceptional job giving each one a well defined personality and manner of speech. The narration was key to keeping the level of suspense consistent and relateable; this in combination with the Author's story telling ability makes this a book I will likely read and/or listen to again just for the enjoyment of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes involving the brothers Isaacson made me smile. Their sibling rivalry coupled with the fact that they could set it aside to get the work done added to the realism of the novel for me. I have an older sister with whom I do not always agree but when the going gets tough that's all put aside, just as it was for Marcus and Lucius Isaacson. Very 'human' characters. P.S. Heath, Mum still loves me more :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It wasn't so much a single moment which moved me the most while listening to this novel; Dr. Kreizler's coming to terms with the suicide of the young boy in his care at the institute during the opening chapters of this book developed into an ongoing issue throughout the story and somehow became as big a part of the plot as the abduction of little Anna. It was impossible for me to listen to this book and not be affected by the pain and inner struggles the doctor goes through despite his attempts to keep it hidden from the other characters


    Any additional comments?

    I had read The Alienist many years ago and enjoyed the story very much despite believing it was a stand-alone novel; I was exceptionally pleased to find the characters making a second appearance in The Angel of Darkness and hope there will be another in this series sooner than later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1703)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1556)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Great choice of narrator for this novel."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Midnight Riot to be better than the print version?

    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith can be credited with elevating the audio version of this book above the print version, he brings Peter Grant to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Riot?

    There were so many interesting elements to this novel but I think the most memorable moments revolve around Molly and her interactions with Peter Grant. Molly is a side character in this story but when he writes a scene with her in it Ben Aaronvitch makes you believe there is a sense of importance to Molly that you haven't yet seen. Not having read or listened to the other four books in the series I'm hoping Molly will be given a larger role as the story lines unfold.


    Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first audio novel I've listened to narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith but I'm looking forward not only to finding others but also listening to his turn as Peter Grant in the rest of this series.


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

    Definitely! If I could have sat back with headphones and no interruptions for twent-four hours I'd definitely have done it.


    Any additional comments?

    I know there are at least four more books in this series but I'm hoping by the time I reach book five a sixth will be in the works!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5351)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2198)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Pleasant surprise!"
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    Where does The Thirteenth Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was such a pleasant surprise and has become one of my favourites, chiefly due to the stellar performance of the narrators.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thirteenth Tale?

    I enjoyed following the evolution of the relationship between the main characters and was disappointed to reach the end of this novel.


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've listened to a performance by Bianca Amato and Jill Taylor but I'm looking forward to finding other collaborations by this amazing duo.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Thirteenth Tale and why?

    The most memorable character for me is Vida Winter. This character went from petulant author to a figure I would have loved to sit and talk too. Kudos to Diane Setterfield for creating such an amazing character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts slowly and at first you may wonder if it's a story you want to invest time in reading/listening to but please do. The writing in this book draws you in and the narration keeps you listening, I can honestly say I will be listening to it again just for the pleasure of it. Thank you, Ms. Setterfield.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (436)

    A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

    Yvonne says: "Loved it!"
    "Good story line but...."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I normally enjoy Iris Johansen's work but the characters in this novel were truly annoying and although the story line was an interesting one it was difficult to make it through due to the constant whining and holier-than-thou main character and two dimensional supporting cast. Not one of Ms. Johansen's better efforts.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    The narrator gets all the credit for keeping me interested enough to listen to this book to the end. She is a talented narrator and it is easy to differentiate between the characters as they are speaking/thinking.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The story line is an intriguing one but if the dialogue was the same as that which is in the audio book I don't think I could sit through a movie version.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Johansen's writing style and her ability to put together a sentence are still a-one; perhaps she shouldn't collaborate with any other authors, that could be the problem here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender in Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2473)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1361)

    Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

    Joshua says: "A Change of Perspective"
    ""Ender in Exile" did not disappoint."
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    Where does Ender in Exile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought "Ender's Game" couldn't be surpassed as one of my all-time favourite books but "Ender in Exile" was just as exceptional. I felt like the first book in the series had simply carried on, uninterrupted and that is a very rare thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the character development of Ender, his sister Valentine and their strange relationship & co-dependance. Orson Scott Card's characters are beautifully flawed, which draws you even deeper into their story & you can't help but begin to care about what happens to the people who come and go through Ender's orbit.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    My favourite character has to be Valentine. Her dry wit and deep desire to understand her little brother and protect him from himself are things any sibling would recognize in one form or another.


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

    As with "Ender's Game" it was difficult not to listen to "Ender in Exile" in one long session. I listen to my audiobooks mostly on my two hour drives back and forth from work but I found myself throwing in my earbuds to continue the story while working around the house.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't ever want to find out there is an end to Andrew Wiggan's story. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (797)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Excellent story, well written and read!"
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    For a first book, which I understand this is, the author has done an amazing job and I hope he changes his career to author permanently. The story weaves back and forth through seemingly unconnected events which gradually intertwine into a story you won't want to put down; I agonized every time I had to stop listening and couldn't wait to get back to it.

    The narrator does an excellent job and the only improvement I think he could make on his read would be to have a greater difference between the accents of some of the gruffer, male characters as I found myself having to concentrate on occasion to determine who was 'speaking' as he went from one character to the next.

    The depth the writer provided to his characters and the life given them by the narrator was a great combination and I can't wait for another book, hopefully the second in a series.

    Some of the reviews ask which character you'd like to speak with in real life if you could, hands down I would choose an afternoon with the author so I could hear his mind at work.

    Well written, Mr. Hayes! Thanks for the great read. : )

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Disappeared Twice: Forensic Instincts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (214)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Andrea Kane brings fans a brand new series with her romantic thriller The Girl Who Disappeared Twice. Forensic Instincts—a team of independent maverick investigators comprised of a techie-genius, a former Navy SEAL/FBI agent, a psychic, and a retired FBI dog—must rescue a kidnapped five-year-old girl. But with so many people who could have benefited from the girl’s abduction, tracking down the culprit will push the team to the limit.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Breath of Fresh Air!!!"
    "Narrator not right for this book."
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    Good writing which held my interest throughout but the narrator ruined this book for me. It was like listening to Captain Kirk with dramatic pauses in the middle of sentences where none was needed; very little enthusiasm coming through in the reading. This book deserved better narration. : (

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4318)
    Performance
    (3135)
    Story
    (3179)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "More for tweens than adults."
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    I'm a fan of well written books. It doesn't matter what the topic, whether it's long or short, if it is well written I'll enjoy it. Regrettably, and despite what might have been a promising story line, this is not one the of the better books I've listened to.

    This book is defintely directed at Tweens who love novels written in the mould of Twilight and Beautiful Creatures; teenage heros & heroines, multi dimensions, demons, vampires, etc. I've enjoyed many series directed at non-audult audiences, Harry Potter not the least among them, but this novel seems to have been written more as a coming-of-age, boy-meets-girl, I'm-not-a-kid story which, unfortunately, never makes it up out of the teenage point of view. Sadly the choice of narrator didn't help either; whether it was the author's intent to have a narrator who sounded as though she were the 15 year old protagonist of the novel I do not know but it was the wrong choice. I actually couldn't wait for this book to be over but am hopeful for fans that other novels in the series may be better, the author having learned from this foray into the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cater Street Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.

    Jean says: "Victorian England Mystery"
    "Loved reading the first in this series."
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    Having read so many of Anne Perry's novels in which Thomas & Charlotte Pitt figured predominantly I truly enjoyed going back and reading this, their first encounter. Davina Porter is the quintessential narrator for Ms. Perry's books; she imbues each character with unique traits, qualities and patterns of speech which help bring them to life as you listen. This combination of author and narrator is one of the best on the market.

    Not only is this the story a wonderful period piece of detecting, it is also the background for the entire series of books involving this crime solving duo and through this novel you come to understand a bit more about how each of these individuals became who they were and how they were destined to become so much more together.

    You will notice almost immediately that part of Ms. Perry's writing style involves the inclusion of mundane, day to day happenings such as problems with the tweenie or cook and how the lives and expectations of society during that era are very much removed from those of today. Far from slowing down the novels these references give the story line a better sense of context, allowing the reader/listener to understand the situations and perceptions as they would have seemed to residents of Victorian England as opposed to the impressions we, living in 2013, might entertain.

    If you are a fan of Ms. Perry's books and haven't done so you definitely need to read the Cater Street Hangman. If you have yet to experience the writings of this talented author you are in for a treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anatomy of Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Award-winning author Imogen Robertson continues the acclaimed series she began with Instruments of Darkness. Set in London during the Revolutionary War, Anatomy of Murder follows unlikely forensic investigator Mrs. Harriet Westerman and reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther as they try to solve the mysterious death of a man dragged from the murky depths of the Thames River.

    LHF says: "I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series"
    "I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series"
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    If you could sum up Anatomy of Murder in three words, what would they be?

    Three words only? Characters are real! The fictional hero and heroine of this book aren't perfect, which is what I think makes the novel better than most; whether the reader is male or felmale they are able to empathize with Ms. Westerman, the reluctant sleuth who simply wants her husband and her quiet life back.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harriet would have to be my favourite character, both from an emotional and entertainment perspective. She is a woman living in a time when wives/sisters/mothers stayed at home and ran the house; they did not keep company with men other than a relative for prolonged periods of time nor did they engage in "unladylike" pursuits, regardless of the reason. Our Heroine finds herself in the position of behaving in a way society finds unacceptable yet she is not afraid to continue, believing the benefits outwiegh the deficits and uncaring as to how her reputation might suffer so long as she is able to keep her husband, children and way of life safe from harm. I admire this character as she has been written by Ms. Sterlin.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not yet had the pleasure of listening to any of Ms. Sterliin's other novels but will definitely be dowloading the remainder of this series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As to what moment in the book moved me the most I cannot say without spoiling the end for those readers who have not yet experience this well written, entertaining novel. Those of you who have read the book, or listened to it, know the moment to which I am referring and doubtless have been moved by it yourselves. Suffice it to say I was moved to tears, whether those tears were brought on by sadness or joy I will leave to future readers to determine for themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    Only one additional comment; please, please, please find a way to include the first volume of this series in your list of available titles There were so many references to the first adventure in this second installment I would love to be able to listen to the original.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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