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Linda

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11358)
    Performance
    (10223)
    Story
    (10316)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Raises Some Heady Issues"
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    Overpopulation? Plague? Terrorism? Art History? What's not to love in this novel. Dan Brown is brilliant in his appreciation of art and his ability to draw the reader into a thriller in such a unique manner.

    Overpopulation is most definitely a serious issue with no real solutions. It is interesting to me that our world is so entrenched in denial when it comes to the longterm existence of our own species. All one has to do is look around us to see animals going extinct due to a loss of habitat. We too have a finite habitat. Why do we refuse to see the consequences of our own birth rates and longevity?

    This book really made me think - I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Innocents: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (994)

    Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As Caldan and his companions flee the city, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda's mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan is forced to disobey the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors if he is to have any chance of healing her. But when one of the emperor's warlocks arrives to take control of him, he begins to suspect his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing.

    Joe says: "Must consider to read!"
    "Another Magical Adventure"
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    This series is just fantastic. There are many layers to Hogan's characters and that's what makes them feel so real. The narrator was outstanding. If you are looking for a series packed full of magic, intrigue, action and deception, this is for you! Another winner! Thanks audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (588)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "Jussi Adler Olsen Keeps Department Q Busy!"
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    The Marco Effect is another superb story from Department Q. I love the guys that work this department. They are so ordinary but yet so interesting I just can't wait to hear what they are investigating next.
    This is a terrific detective story with excellent narration. The whole series is excellent if you are a fan of this genre. It is smart and fun.
    Another win! Thanks audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3371)
    Performance
    (2985)
    Story
    (2990)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Wow! There is no other way to put it!"
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    Ken Follett has knocked this one out of the park! I loved this book for so many reasons. The characters, the stories, the narration.....everything. If you have followed this trilogy you will love this instalment. If you haven't explored this series or this author and historical fiction interests you, this is a must read!!
    Big win!! Thanks audible!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evil Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie, Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
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    (1)
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    (1)

    It's never easy to face the fact that a man you once loved passionately has found the girl of his dreams, as Alice discovers when Joe introduces her to his new girlfriend Ginny. Jealous, Alice is repelled by Ginny - an ethereal beauty with a sinister group of friends. Then Alice finds an old diary hidden away in Ginny's room and reads about a mysterious, bewitching woman, Rosemary Virginia Ashley, buried in Grantchester churchyard half a century ago - buried but far from forgotten.

    Linda says: "Can't Do It"
    "Can't Do It"
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    I have tried twice to listen to this book but I just can't do it. Joanne Harris is one of my favourite authors with the Chocolat series but this story doesn't interest me at all. It has plenty of intrigue and the characters are fleshed out well but it is the general theme that I just don't like. I feel like this story has been told a million times and I am sick of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sworn to Secrecy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary A. Larkin
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    1971. With the troubles in Belfast at their height, a happy domestic life is something that Tess Maguire yearns for. Yet the political and social unrest are sending ripples of uncertainty through every aspect of her life. Whilst her partnership with her friend Theresa Cunningham in a dressmaking firm is successful, it's beginning to affect her romantic interests. Theresa's boyfriend Bob always seems to be near Tess. Near enough, one night, to declare his true feelings for her....

    Linda says: "Caroline Lennon sold it for me."
    "Caroline Lennon sold it for me."
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    I was looking for an author similar to Maeve Binchy when I came across this book. Although no where close to the caliber of Maeve (in my opinion) it was a nice read. If you want something entertaining but aren't looking for anything deep, this is a good listen. The characters are fun and relatable and although the story was kinda fluffy, the narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantress: Evermen Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Maxwell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (211)

    Ella and her brother, Miro, are orphans, their parents killed long ago in the ongoing struggle against the mad Emperor. From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save Miro from drowning, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy of Enchanters expects tuition fees and knowledge. Determined, Ella sells flowers and studies every book she can. Meanwhile, Miro dreams of becoming one of the world's finest swordsmen, wielding his nation's powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland.

    Coral says: "Just missing some spark or link to me"
    "Nice Surprise"
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    This book was an enjoyable listen for sure. Simon Vance is one of my favourite narrators so I was happy with the telling of the story. I felt like I was on an adventure when I was listening so it was a nice surprise to find this series.
    Thanks for the recommendation Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (547)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    Cora Judd says: "Original and gripping..."
    "Loved then narration but the story wasn't for me."
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    I don't know if I'd have continued listening to the end of this novel had it not been narrated so well. The story was good but not at all what I was expecting I suppose. I have another title in my library from this author so I haven't given up on him. This story just didn't do it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinderella Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carin Gerhardsen
    • Narrated By Candida Gubbins
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Three-year-old Hanna wakes up to find she has been abandoned. Her family is gone. The house is locked. She is trapped. Meanwhile, a teenage girl has been found murdered aboard the Cinderella, a cruise ship which sails between Sweden and Finland. Detective Chief Inspector Conny Sjoberg visits the girl's home to deliver the tragic news. But as he investigates, it becomes chillingly clear that the girl's younger sister will meet a similar fate - unless the police can crack the case and trap this elusive and vicious killer.

    katie says: "loved it"
    "I Wanted to Jump In"
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    This was a fantastic book. The story was nail-biting and frustrating and made me want to jump in and help the characters. I had a hard time turning off my earphones during this one.

    This was a detective story with some depth. If only there was a third book in the series - in English!!

    It's a win for me! Thanks Audible!!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

    Martha says: "Predictable Plot, Annoying Narrator"
    "Vague Feelings"
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    This book is one I am not certain of so writing a review is difficult. It may be that I don't really know if I cared for the lead detective and some of her conclusions seemed like a leap to me.

    The story itself was good enough but I am also unsure of this particular narrator.

    This review is so vague but so are my feelings about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (305)

    It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    Rachel says: "HEY AUDIBLE!!! Get more Ann Cleeves!! good stuff!"
    "Small Town Secrets"
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    If you've ever experienced small town living you can appreciate the idea of everyone knowing everybody's business. There are no secrets...or are there?

    I really liked the characters in this book. They made me feel something and I love that about this story.

    The narrator was excellent. Another win!
    Thanks audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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