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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
    (1013)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (907)

    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."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (1939)
    Story
    (1911)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "Inspector Clouseau?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A light and entertaining romp as usual by Bowen. The story and the mystery part is good. If you are this far into the series you know what to expect. And you get it - no disappointment there.

    Kellgren does a fabulous job as usual, with one exception. She reads the bumbling french policeman Inspector Lafite with an overly heavy accent, rivaling Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies.

    Also, I wish Bowen would have the courage to write Queenie (the maid, not the actual queen) out of the series. The comedy relief character is not fun any more - just annoying. Kellgren does her voice marvelously though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NYPD Red

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (936)

    It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

    Ann M. Lambert says: "one of the best, if not the best audio books ever"
    "B-movie book..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting story idea almost ruined by thin (almost nonexistent) character development and a huge need for suspension of disbelief. Really stupid decisions and oversights by the lead characters for dramatic effect (think B-movie script and you get the idea). Some very good action sequences. OK narration.

    Not bad, just passable entertainment without substance. Story gets an extra star for some originality. All in all entirely forgettable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What You Need: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (35 mins)
    • By Lewis Padgett, Rod Serling
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach, Bruno Kirby, Bruce Kirby
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this episode, a two-bit thug thinks he's found the key to a better life in an old sidewalk salesman who has the uncanny ability to tell people what they need the most.

    Mike T. says: "This is what you need!"
    "This is what you need!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stellar story combined with VERY good voice acting. If you want to sample radio drama at it's best this is what you need...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (499)

    Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

    Surf City Swami says: "The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"
    "Daddy, boyfriend, ex-husband, badass hitman."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is for the most part a series of long flashbacks about the rise a mob hitman in particular and about mob history in general. Sounds boring and done to death before? Not at all! It's a fun and interesting backdrop for a very well written story. The characters feels like real people, not like mob cliches or caricatures. Story sags a little in the middle but picks up big time the last two hours. Great ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (2856)
    Performance
    (2593)
    Story
    (2609)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "A very well written freebie."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Surprisingly well written freebie. A sort of a long epilogue to Steelheart with a new fun epic thrown in. I just hope Sanderson does away with the overuse of his invented expletives and bad metaphor "jokes" for his next book. Gets old pretty fast. Still, highly recommended at the price... Just remember NOT to read this before you read Steelheart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10170)
    Performance
    (9352)
    Story
    (9383)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Sparks!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great fun and inventive use of "evil superphero powers" terrorizing the world. Top notch narration. But i simply have to deduct a point for the incessant use of the three invented expletives (you'll know them, trust me), as well as the overuse of the "bad metaphor" gimmicky joke. Overall though, a well spent credit. And the end is, ah well...epic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2538)
    Performance
    (2207)
    Story
    (2178)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "Enjoyable fluff."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Light reading indeed. But pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable. Top marks (as always) for narrator Kellgren.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Immortal in Death: In Death, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2167)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1514)

    She was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted - even another woman's man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder.

    Yuriko says: "so I had to buy the 3rd "
    "Good narration - sloppy writing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ericksen doing a good job narrating as usual. Sorry I can't say the same about Robert's writing. It feels like half the book is about the upcoming wedding. And the story? The crime story I mean. Well, there is one, but it's weak and sketchy. Pretty sloppy writing as far as Robert's normal standards go. Typical "series writing". Characters are good though. Book as a whole - disappointing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2755)
    Performance
    (2390)
    Story
    (2369)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Not as good as the first book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first book was fresh and funny (if still a bit of a fluff read). This one is not as good. The story is thin, almost nonexistent at first and doesn't pick up until the end. About the ending though (No spoiler) - It's not a bad ending but to say that it's rushed is an understatement. Characters are still enjoyable to listen to thanks to Kellgren's excellent performance. If not for Kellgren I'd say, give this one a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2038)
    Performance
    (1474)
    Story
    (1486)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "OK read (just), but way too long."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Roberts clearly did some research in smoke jumping, but what she did with it left me wanting. It just wasn't as exciting as it should/could have been given the setting. The narrator did a good job though. A lesser performance might have made me quit the book before finishing it since it is way too long. The story (and main romance) just rambled on and on. Not recommended I'm sorry to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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