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Mike T.

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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (966)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Great book, good narrator,somewhat bad production."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Great fresh take on Sherlock Holmes. Mind you, the lead character is not Holmes, but a teenage girl befriending him and becoming his (sort of) apprentice. The development of the the characters is spot on. Thoroughly enjoyable story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene is great.


    Any additional comments?

    Pretty bad production. I use a pair of quality "over the ear" headphones when listening and since they dont let much noise in, some flaws in the production stands out. Most noticeable is a faint analog echo of the readers speech, that gets more and more pronounced as the book progresses. (At first I thought it was outside voices form a poorly soundproofed recording studio). It's a very annoying immersion breaker.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1564)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Agatha Christie-esque manor murder mystery."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Bowen takes a stab at creating an Agatha Christie-esque manor murder mystery, and does a fairly good job of it. A whodunit with a slow build up and a satisfying albeit abrupt finish. Not the best of the series, but as always Kellgren is a delight to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End: Zombie Fallout, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1873)

    As the world spirals even further down into the abyss of apocalypse, one man struggles to keep those around him safe. Michael stands side by side with his wife, their children, his friends, and the wonder Bulldog, along with the Wal-Mart greeter Tommy, who is infinitely more than he appears. Whether Tommy is leading Mike and his family and friends to salvation or death remains to be seen.

    Mike Naka says: "best book of the series so far"
    "Done with this series."
    Overall
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    Less humour. More gore. The writing is technically good but an endless sense of doom without ever letting up, makes listening not at all enjoyable. And the title is a huge joke. There is no ending to this book (either). Some revelations but even more questions and unresolved storylines. Done with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • August: Osage County

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tracy Letts
    • Narrated By Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Rosemarie DeWitt, and others
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (98)

    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring members of the original Steppenwolf Theatre and Broadway productions: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Deanna Dunagan (Tony Award®, Best Leading Actress), Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Scott Jaeck, Ron Livingston, Robert Maffia, Mariann Mayberry, Rondi Reed (Tony Award®, Best Featured Actress), and David Warshofsky. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded by L.A. Thetare Works before a live audience.

    Mike T. says: "Funny and gut wrenching drama."
    "Funny and gut wrenching drama."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sometimes outrageously laugh out loud funny, but the laugh sticks in your throat as often as not. This is at it's heart a gut wrenching family drama. All the more harrowing due to a great cast of actors that know and feel their characters. The emotions really comes across.

    I hesitated when buying this. Do I really want to give almost three hours of listening time to a live audience play? Let me say, I did not regret it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Trouble with Templeton: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By E. Jack Neuman
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Booth Templeton is a Broadway actor nostalgic for his youth and his late wife. During rehearsals for a new play he inexplicably finds himself back in time - only, for some strange reason, no one seems to want him there.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good"
    "Thin and somewhat cunfusing story."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Good voice acting make up for a somewhat thin and confusing story - even by Twilight Zone standards. Good ending though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decaffeinated Corpse: A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    When an old friend of her ex-husband develops the world's first botanically decaffeinated coffee bean and smuggles it into the country, Clare Cosi believes it's a business opportunity she needs to investigate... at least until the first dead body shows up. With casualties piling up and a complicated blend of old and new loves muddying the waters, it's up to Clare to find the murderer before one of her near and dears takes the fall. Otherwise, her latest addition to the menu will prove to be a real buzz killer….

    Nancy says: "This is becoming a great cozy mystery series!"
    "Want to read about coffee? Look no further!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you want to know more about the complexities of growing coffee trees (yes, trees), you're in for a treat. A lot of coffee trivia in this book. So much so that it actually gets in the way of my enjoying the story at times. Good thing that I like reading about coffee then... ;)

    The pace of the story sags a little halfway, but picks up speed in the last two hours.

    Not the best of the coffeehouse books thus far. Good ending though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2172)
    Performance
    (1828)
    Story
    (1831)

    Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

    Ducky says: "GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!"
    "More complex than Skinwalker, but very satisfying."
    Overall
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    Great second Skinwalker book. Continues more or less where the first one ended. A more complex story, but very satisfying. The vampire lore part in this book is nothing short of amazing. As in the first, lots of blood and gore, but no graphic sex. Liked the first book? You'll love this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2391)
    Performance
    (2110)
    Story
    (2100)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Clever and fun whodunit. Masterful narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Kellgren! Her narration makes the characters come alive. Her mastery of accents is unbelievable. The book is worth it just to marvel at her performance, But there's a book here as well... And it's a very good one. A fun Christmas whodunit, without any feeling of predictability. Well done Bowen. But let's face it - the real star of this book is Katherine Kellgren.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Montgomery Pittman
    • Narrated By Don Johnson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Two opposing survivors of a world war learn to put aside their differences and start a new and better world together.

    Mike T. says: "Likeable."
    "Likeable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don Johnson is good, Oksana Fedenuschen is very good. The story is surprisingly likeable (for a T Z story). Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (985)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Good light fun."
    Overall
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    I'm a cat person myself. And I enjoyed this book a lot. Can't think of a higher praise than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2418)
    Performance
    (2237)
    Story
    (2245)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Shawn says: "Tufo does it again, briliant!"
    "Great book, with one reservation."
    Overall
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    Great book. Love the way the story flows and the degree of unpredictability (and doom) that Tufo instills. Also some great self derisive gallows humor from the lead character, brilliantly delivered by Sean Runnette.

    One thing I did not like though - Minor SPOILER: There is no ending to the book. Nothing is resolved. Absolutely nothing! It isn't even a real cliffhanger. If Tufo does the same thing with the next book (yes I will read it), I may well quit the series. Great book with an annoying ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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