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  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kim Newman
    • Narrated By Tom Hodgkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

    Amazon Customer says: "Newman at His Best"
    "Interesting premise"
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    I was excited to listen to this 'take' on Moriarty and Moran and enjoyed most of it. I especially liked to pick out the parallels between Moriarty's life and that of the "thin man from Baker Street", ie: the hound, landlady, the Woman, wasps vs bees, etc. It was occasionally cumbersome, however, with so many details and characters who had no part in the story. My only other complaint was the author's treatment of Irene Adler. Added to that was the narrator's voice of The Woman as a whiney Jersey girl.

    Having said that, it did hold my interest. The ending was PERFECT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dummy Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (265)

    Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.

    Susan says: "Good and Fast Paced"
    "Unexpected WOW!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dummy Line the most enjoyable?

    In addition to the fast paced action, I enjoyed the character development; some a bit flawed, distinct personalities. Their motivations dovetailed into their actions which influenced the actions of those around them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dummy Line?

    One of them was when the cocky deputy realized he had forgotten to take the tape off the hostage and then that she was the wrong hostage after all.


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

    Mr. Arthur was incredible; without using exaggeration, he changed the voices of the men, sounded believable in the women and girls' voices and had a credible Alabama accent. He was the best narrator I have heard to this point.


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

    Anything involving Katie.


    Any additional comments?

    I had purchased this book quite a while ago, but kept postponing listening to it because it sounded only mildly interesting. After the first chapter, I was hooked. I have never stayed up all night before to listen to a book, but I couldn't stop myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.

    AudioAddict says: "Don't like westerns...LOVED this book!"
    "Texas history after the Civil War"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beginning to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. I suspect I would like some of it better because of the unusual male voices interpreted by the narrator. Buck, Chester and Chester's dad's voices were on target, but others were choppy with strange inflections.


    What other book might you compare The Beginning to and why?

    Hmmm, not sure.


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

    Never heard him before. I enjoyed his story narration and main character Texas accents a lot. He did the female and Hispanic voices well also. But his attempt to make the other male characters distinctive was distracting.


    If you could rename The Beginning, what would you call it?

    Don't think I would rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    Actually, I was exhausted after completing the book. There were so many tragedies emergencies and danger that I was cautious about starting each new chapter. That being said, the story was interesting and fast paced. The history of the cattle industry after the Civil War was well researched and fascinating. I did enjoy it, but maybe not enough to continue the series.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1493)
    Story
    (1476)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    Amazon Customer says: "A little predictable"
    "A romp in Transylvania"
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    What made the experience of listening to Royal Blood the most enjoyable?

    I love Georgie, can't get enough of her approach to life.


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

    The plot flowed well, always a new event or clue around the corner.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Queenie in the dungeon.


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

    In a way it was, but I also wanted to savor it and look forward to my next morning's walk.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pleasant series. I space out my listens to each book, but look forward to escaping into Georgie's world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bluegrass State of Mind: Bluegrass, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brooks
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (346)

    McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

    Ginny says: "OMG FANTASTIC book"
    "Disjointed at Times"
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    What did you like best about Bluegrass State of Mind? What did you like least?

    I like the story, the plot, the mystery. I couldn't understand why a male narrator was chosen for a book with a female main character and primarily female supporting characters. While the dialogue was at times well done, many more times it was boring and a bit trite. Really though, the descriptions of the sex scenes were not necessary and a bit too graphic for this old lady. The romance could have been beefed up and sex played down.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kathleen Brooks? Why or why not?

    Probably not, although I admit I might be missing something good (better).


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    He was a little sing-songy, but pace was OK.


    Was Bluegrass State of Mind worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the character of Kenna has potential for future books, maybe with a bit more continuity and less description of body parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kokoda

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Lewis FitzGerald
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (136)

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    Mark T Ryan says: "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"
    "Surprising and Emotional"
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    If you could sum up Kokoda in three words, what would they be?

    Dedicated, abandoned, victorious


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kokoda?

    All the moments describing individuals, their dreams, their pain.


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

    I might have put the book down in tears, but the Mr. FitzGerald's performance lured me further into the story.


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

    Little known story of bravery


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the sort of story I usually go for, but I was hooked by the second chapter. What a "Greatest Generation" these young Australians could have been.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (815)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "I don't want it to end!"
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    My first reaction after finishing this story was that I wished I hadn't started it, so I could listen again for the first time. It has been described as the 'best mystery story ever written", IT IS!! REALLY. I am not articulate enough to describe all it has to offer, just that it has everything. Get it and get lost in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3485)
    Performance
    (2328)
    Story
    (2333)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "My fault"
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    I guess I failed to read far enough into the ratings. I assumed the book would be sort of "Tres Navarre does Egypt". I love mysteries, but not fantasy. It was both fantasy and geared toward teenagers. Having said that, it was well done for the genre...just not for me. If you are a teenager into magic and fantasy, you would probably give it 5 stars. The performances were that good also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Is a Lonely Business

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter. Trying not to miss his girlfriend, who is away studying in Mexico, the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary efforts - until strange things begin happening around him.

    Larry says: "Dark - Moody - Poetic - Noir - Mystery"
    "A new experience for me"
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    While I have seen dozens of Bradbury's works on film, this was my first to read/listen to. If this is typical of his prose, we are missing a lot in his films. I gave the story four stars, really should have been 4 1/2, but I was too confused in places to have enjoyed every moment. I often use my audiobooks to put me to sleep (using the sleep button) and closing my eyes to just focus on the words. I was not able to do so with this story because I felt the need to be alert (and yes AWAKE) to really listen and 'protect' myself.

    Mr. Berkrot is the best narrator I've yet heard. I had no doubt who was speaking as he read. EXCELLENT.

    I do recommend the book, but you must be in the NOIR mood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3594)
    Performance
    (1988)
    Story
    (1991)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Love the Murder Squad"
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    I am reading the series in order and have loved each one in its time. My favorite was 'The Likeness', but I still rate this one five stars.
    I especially enjoy the author's technique of introducing a fairly minor character in one book who becomes the main character in the next. I erroneously predicted "Steve" would star in book 4, but look forward to learning more about "Scorcher".
    Each book was full of twists and turns that I was unable to predict, but became a seamless part of the plot. During all 3 books, I listened well past my bedtime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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