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RKNS

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  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (898)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Aaron - Audible says: "CSI eat your heart out"
    "Interesting book; marginal reader"
    Overall

    Fascinating information on poisons; scary incites into our history and culture in the context of corporate irresponsibility and government hesitation to act. The reader damaged the experience with overwrought attempts at foreign accents and obvious mispronunciations of scientific terms. I really wish there were technically savvy proof-listeners for audio as there are proof readers for the written word.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Curse of the Spellmans

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good - even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

    Sherri says: "What a difference the narrator makes"
    "Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've only listened to two of this series, but while I find the premise rather silly, I'm pretty sure that's the point. This tongue-in-cheek treatment of the mystery genre with plenty of wise-guy comments worthy of comparison with Archie Goodwin, my all time favorite wise-guy, is fun. Period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accused: Rosato & DiNunzio, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling listeners with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

    Toby says: "Yet another great Philadelphia tale with women"
    "Drivel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Long ago I read the first couple books in this series and found them to be relatively amusing and diverting - a welcome contrast to much of the fiction available. This book, which I admit I stopped after only a chapter or two, seems about at the level of a cat mystery - and a badly written cat mystery at that. The dialogue and the characters, who seem much closer to caricatures, are insultingly banal. And the reader is just as bad - excruciating to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1151)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Monotonal nightmare"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having read a couple reviews of the this book, I decided to try it on Audible, hoping it would, as is often the case, be even better and more interesting if read by someone with appropriate accents and intonations. And I did try to tolerate the reader, in hopes that improvement was on the way. But after about 2 hours of listening while awake, tolerate it I no longer could. Maybe it's just me, but this person's reading does not work.

    My favorite books are filled with the kind of historical detail found in this one. Louise Penny may well have written a fascinating story, but I will never know - this tediously read book will be deleted from my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homicide in Hardcover: A Bibliophile Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kate Carlisle
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration. With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless - and supposedly cursed - copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping.

    Sue says: "Waste of credits"
    "Insultingly bad writing"
    Overall

    Even if meant as a spoof, this book fails miserably. Dialogue, "characters" and plot are all so tedious and poorly written, one wonders if the writer could possibly have been serious. Even the performance was bad.
    Sad waste of a credit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Life Sentences

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Author Cassandra Fallows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life on the page. Her two widely popular memoirs continue to sell briskly, acclaimed for their brutal, unexpurgated candor about friends, family, lovers - and herself. But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction.

    RKNS says: "Good book; great reader!"
    "Good book; great reader!"
    Overall

    Laura Lippman's novel was good, really good, and had I not been driving, I would have read it on the page. But the reader took it to a 5. Linda Emond was perfect; she was interesting, had good variation in the voices and, remarkably, did not feel the need to overact. And she knows how to pronounce English words, something many professional narrators seem singularly unable to do. I'll be buying the book to read for myself, and will be actively searching for more narrations by Linda Emond.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Dickens: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history's greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the best sellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.

    B. Kaluzny says: "What A Gem!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    None of Pearl's books is great literature, but this latest attempt is downright embarrassing. The writing is dull, tedious and banal. And the reader is less than compelling. I find the book a waste of time and a sad waste of a good Audible credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Too Much Money

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dominick Dunne
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Nicholas Hormann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Dominick Dunne revives the world he first introduced in his mega-best-selling novel People Like Us, and he brings readers up to date on favorite characters such as Ruby and Elias Renthal, Lil Altemus, and, of course, the beloved Gus Bailey. Once again, he invites us to pull up a seat at the most important tables at Swifty's, get past the doormen at esteemed social clubs like The Butterfield, and venture into the innermost chambers of the Upper East Side's most sumptuous mansions.

    Ben says: "First by Dunne, I like it"
    "Wasted a credit on this!"
    Overall

    Briefly, not worth the time to download it - writing, dialogue trite and boring. Dunne should have hit the delete button on this one; I couldn't even finish the first half.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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