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Michael

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  • The Lost Abbot: The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil.

    Judith A. Weller says: "A Great Medieval Mystery with humor"
    "A great historical mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book has the right balance of detail to dialogue to make it a truly enjoyable listening experience.


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

    Not quite on the edge of my seat, but definitely interested and wanting to hear more.


    What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

    The different tone of voices he chose for the different characters was dead on.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lost Abbot and why?

    The monk Michael, he seemed the most real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marc Morris
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought.

    Jefferson says: "A Balanced, Entertaining, and Informative History"
    "A great book for anyone interested in this period"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Norman Conquest the most enjoyable?

    Just the right amount of detail. Enough so you walk away with a thorough knowledge of what happened, when it happened, and why it happened.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Non fiction, so no characters, just real historical figures.


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

    The sound of his voice just matches the material.


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

    Yes, I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for anyone interested in the history of Britrun from the time the Romans left to the time directly after the Norman conquest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cater Street Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    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"
    "Mary Poppins and friends"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really time well spent. This book is more about the interaction between the members of a Victorian era upperclass family then about a Victorian era mystery. I would say 85% of the book has lillte if anything to do with the mystery.


    Would you recommend The Cater Street Hangman to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not reccomend this book to someone who is looking for a Victorian era mystery because that's not truly what the book is about. It's more about the relationships and prejudices of a Victorian era family.


    What three words best describe Christina Moore’s performance?

    Mary Poppins' sister


    Did The Cater Street Hangman inspire you to do anything?

    Be more careful in choosing my next audio book. Stop relying on listener's comments that simply say the book was "wonderful" or "marvellous" and start paying more attention to the listener's comments that take the time to actually describe why the listener so liked or so disliked the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Many people love Anne Perry's mysteries, so I tried this one, and I was very disappointed. I am going to try one more, just because so many others enjoy her books, but if it is another Victorian soap opera, that will be it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Paradise: An Inspector Faro Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alanna Knight
    • Narrated By Robbie MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It's 1860, and Inspector Faro has been transported back to one of the darkest moment of his career - the chase of notorious Macheath from Scotland to the Kent countryside. A chance encounter with an old friend leads to Faro's sojourn in William Morris's Red House while he continues his search. The tranquillity is disrupted by a burglary at a nearby mansion; the young maid who discovered the break-in has disappeared.

    George says: "Robbie MacNab may have saved this one."
    "A nice comfortable read"
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    What did you like best about Murder in Paradise? What did you like least?

    I liked best the character of Inspector Faro. He is a good old fashion plodding detective, without any of the modern detective idiosyncrasies, such as alcoholism, depression, etc...
    I liked least that the story dragged on at times.


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

    The most interesting aspect was the real life murder mystery it discussed in the body of the story. The least interesting was the background of the real life painters who were characters in the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end when the solution of the mystery is revealed.


    Do you think Murder in Paradise needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it is definitely a stand alone. Again, the story was too long, so you get to the point that you want it to end. I couldn't think of reading a continuation of this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy this series just as I enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning. Inspector Faro, the Victorian setting, a more polite time, all add to the reading pleasure of this series. The mysteries are good, not great, not seat of your pants, but good. The only true negative is they are too long. If the author would just trime about 25% off the length of the stories, it wold move from a three star to a four star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seal King Murders: An Inspector Faro Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alanna Knight
    • Narrated By Nick McArdle
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The year is 1861 and Inspector Faro is heading back to Orkney to enjoy some home comforts. However, his rest is disrupted when he is given an assignment from an old friend, Detective Superintendent Macfie. Macfie’s cousin-in-law, Dave Claydon, a champion swimmer, has drowned in mysterious circumstances. Was his death really an accident? Arriving in Orkney, Faro is met with rumours of missing artefacts, the myth of the seal king, a dead body, his first love, and a mother who is determined to find him a wife.

    Michael says: "Comfortable dialogue but not much detecting"
    "Comfortable dialogue but not much detecting"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It should have been shorter. It took way too long to get to the solution of the mystery, and then, when it did, the detective just sort off fell into the solution.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alanna Knight before, how does this one compare?

    It is the same as her other Inspector Faro mysteries. Perhaps a little longer than the others.


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

    The tone of his voice seems to just fit Inspector Faro. I would definitely listen to other audio books that use him.


    Could you see The Seal King Murders being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Too slow paced and too long. Wouldn't keep viewers' attention.


    Any additional comments?

    This was very disappointing for me because I wanted to like the book and the character. I keep searching for a replacement for Sherlock Holmes, but I find you either end up with very bad imitations or books like this one, which start well, have good dialogues , filt into a Victorian Police procedural mode, but they just fizzle out. I was hoping this series would be different, but it ended up just being disappointing. I would recommend you buy one and try it, you may disagree with me, but, if you do, don't say I didn't warn you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enter Second Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Alanna Knight
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Detective Inspector Faro has reopened the case of the 'Gruesome Convent Murders' for which one murderer has already been caught and executed, although he claimed to be innocent of the second murder. Faro's stepson Vince is determined to help with the detection. Behind the middle-class exterior of Victorian Edinburgh society lie betrayal and greed. The list of prime suspects is long because many had good reason for silencing the lovely, exotic, and amoral Lily Goldie, and even a police colleague is under suspicion.

    Michael says: "A mellow cup of coffee"
    "A mellow cup of coffee"
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    What did you like best about Enter Second Murderer? What did you like least?

    I liked the main character, the Scottish detective. Very likable and believable character. Does not have the flaws of most fictional detectives, he is not going through mental health issues or addiction issues, and he is not arrogant nor all knowing. You feel like he is someone you might meet on the street, if your street happens to be in Scottland.Didn't like the occasionall drifting of the story away from the main mystery to tangential domestic dialogues between the detective and members of his household. I guess the author thought it added to the realism of the character, I felt it just detracted from the main story.


    Would you recommend Enter Second Murderer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is a good mystery, not a great mystery, but a good mystery and a relaxing read. Like having a mellow, not a strong, cup of coffee.


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

    Never listened to his others. He was great in this one.


    Could you see Enter Second Murderer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this one a try. You will definitely enjoy it, if you like a good mystery. But I warn you, it is not a great mystery. It is a police procedural set in 1870s Scottland. Not a Sherlock Holmes type tale. Going to try another one, because I like the main character so much. More like a light book for a day at the beach, not one you are going to stay up late at night reading because you can't wait to find out who is the murderer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Empire of Gold: A History of the Byzantine Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    In this course, Thomas F. Madden offers a history of the culture that developed out of the ancient Roman Empire throughout the Middle Ages. The story begins at the end of the Roman Empire in the third century AD and continues over the next 1000 years. Professor Madden leads a discussion covering the aftermath and influence of this extraordinary empire. Europeans now saw a world in which nothing stood between them as the last remnant of free Christendom and the ever-growing powers of Islam.

    Kristopher says: "Solid Content, Great Presentation"
    "Rome didn't fall, it moved east"
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    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    concise understandable history


    Any additional comments?

    The Modern Scholar series is a great way to learn about the past. The lecturors give you a great overview of the topic in a very straight forward, matter of fact, way. They present the information in an ordinary everyday fashion that makes them a pleasure to listen to, easy to understand, and easy to retain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomist’s Apprentice: The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tessa Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (323)

    The death of Lord Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man - except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Lord Edward’s corpse.

    Sires says: "Gruesome but Deftly Plotted"
    "Wilkie Collins meets Quincy"
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    What did you love best about The Anatomist’s Apprentice?

    The way, just as you thought you knew where the story was going, it changed on you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book has the appropriate mixture of period information, without it becoming a largely historical fiction tale with only a slight dash of mystery. For a mystery fan, you want a true mystery, with a taste of history mixed in for fun, not the other way around. This book does it right.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Doctor Thomas Silkstone.


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

    The true birth of CSI !


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read Wilkie Collins and enjoy his stories, you will enjoy this book. It is a Wilkie Collins-ish suspense tale, taking place in the 1780's in England. There is some CSI like work done by the main character mixed in for interest. Simon Vance is outstanding as usual, with his characterization of all the players right on the money. There is just the right amount of period detail to let you feel as if you are in the 1700's, without the boring minutiae of detail that I find in some historical mysteries. I will definitely be buying the next installment of Dr. Thomas Silkstone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1333)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Still life Still The best"
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    Where does Still Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What other book might you compare Still Life to and why?

    A Beautiful Murder-same author-she is fantastic!


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

    yes, I have listened to three other performances, all Louise Penny mysteries, his reading is perfect!


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

    Laughed out loud at times, grew angry at characters at times, felt connection with main characters all the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading mysteries and listening to audio book mysteries for over 30 years. I am a former prosecutor in Miami, Florida.I love these Louise Penny audio books! can't wait for more. Please continue with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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