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Saks1962

Maine | Member Since 2014

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  • The Game: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.

    Kat Coz says: "another very enjoyable trip"
    "Totally riveting!"
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    This is the first book by Laurie King from her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series I've listened to. I was not disappointed!!!! I was engrossed from the start by the story line, the narration by Jenny Sterlin is excellent, and the calm yet dynamic connection between Holmes and Russell is terrific! I plan to purchase more from this series as soon as possible - finishing this book has left me chomping at the bit for more!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mangle Street Murders: The Gower Street Detectives, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. R. C. Kasasian
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    After her father dies, March Middleton has to move to London to live with her guardian, Sidney Grice, the country's most famous private detective. It is 1882, and London is at its murkiest yet most vibrant, wealthiest yet most poverty-stricken. No sooner does March arrive than a case presents itself: A young woman has been brutally murdered, and her husband is the only suspect.

    Ms Marple says: "A New Favorite Author --Hope this becomes a series"
    "Great Victorian Murder Mystery!"
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    Would you listen to The Mangle Street Murders again? Why?

    Yes I plan too because I really found it well written and performed. Interesting and sometimes humorous characters, as well as many twists and turns during the investigation. The attention to detail by the author is excellent, it can be quite morbid and graphic at times with a pinch of humor which I really enjoyed. It also brings to life the London of the time period it takes place in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mangle Street Murders?

    The "roving" eyeball!


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

    This is the first performance I've listened to by Lindy Nettleton, and I would love to listen to more books narrated by her! Her performance was excellent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Ashes: Lady of Ashes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Christine Trent
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Only a woman with an iron backbone could succeed as an undertaker in Victorian London, but Violet Morgan takes great pride in her trade. While her husband, Graham, is preoccupied with elevating their station in society, Violet is cultivating a sterling reputation for Morgan Undertaking. She is empathetic, well-versed in funeral fashions, and comfortable with death's role in life - until its chilling rattle comes knocking on her own front door.

    Sara says: "A Most Unusual Book!"
    "Loved this book and narration!"
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    If you could sum up Lady of Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Victorian female undertaker.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lady of Ashes?

    A very suspenseful and nail biting train crash.


    What about Polly Lee’s performance did you like?

    Her voice definitely fits a story that takes place in Victorian England. Polly Lee also has the ability to portray many different characters very well.


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

    Victorian era female undertaker who also solves murders.


    Any additional comments?

    I just purchased book 2 in the series and will be starting to listen to it shortly! I am looking forward to seeing more books featuring Violet from talented author Christine Trent!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5090)
    Performance
    (1951)
    Story
    (1966)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Incredible Listen!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely! The riveting story has so many twists and turns and just when you think you know the truth, it twists and turns again! The characters and narrators are terrific!


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, they are top notch as always!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Thirteenth Tale and why?

    Vida Winter


    Any additional comments?

    Go back and listen a second time, as I am doing. You will pick up on seemingly unimportant connections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gazebo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    The only barrier between Althea and marriage to Nicholas is her mother, who uses her ill-health to keep Althea a prisoner in their old London house. When Miss Silver is employed as a nurse for the old lady she's welcomed with open arms. But when two strangely competitive offers for the Grahams' house are made to her it suggests that the house may hold some dark rewarding secret.

    Alexis says: "Good story and excellent characters"
    "Classic mysteries of bygone era! Love Miss Silver!"
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    I so enjoy Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver series of classic British mysteries! I am very excited to see that more of the books will be available in the audio format this coming June! If you enjoy Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, you most likely will equally enjoy Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver :) Narrator Diana Bishop gives a wonderful performance, perfect for the tone of the series. I highly recommend this series for a rainy or snowy day with a nice pot of tea at hand. And maybe some knitting.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent on the Crown: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (256)

    New York Times best-selling master of suspense, Elizabeth Peters, brings an exotic world of adventure, intrigue, and danger to vivid life, in a tale as powerful as ancient Egypt.

    Donna says: "The Serpent on the Crown"
    "A wonderful listen, as always!!!!"
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    The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters has been one of my absolute favorites for years!! I've read all the books more than once, but listening to them performed by one of the best narrators, Barbara Rosenblat,just brings all the characters, action, adventure and humor of the Emerson clan and their friends to life! If you've never read or listened to one of the Amelia Peabody books, I highly recommend any one of them - starting at the beginning I think is best with book one. I laughed quite a bit during this particular book, particularly about the addition of the dog to this already lively family! Definitely a series one can listen to more than once, which I am off to do myself!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Cure to Die For: A Medical Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen G. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Chuck Driscoll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    A Cure to Die For is a medical thriller about a wonder drug, a miracle cure and a conspiracy to destroy it. A genetically engineered cure for the common cold - a simple, inexpensively grown plant - turns out to be a cure for cancer and threatens to make most other drugs obsolete. The discovery triggers a crisis of medical, corporate and political greed that sweeps the country as the government and the media conspire with Big Pharma to keep the miracle drug off the market.

    Satchel Bernardin says: "A Captivating and Exciting Medical Thriller"
    "Enthralling Story, Exceptional Performance!"
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    I just finished listening to the audiobook version of "A Cure to Die For" and it was fantastic! I also have the kindle version of this book, and this review is based on the recorded version.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Audio Theater format of the audiobook! The narrator's voice is excellent, as are all of the characters in the book. Adding to setting the pace and mood of the story as it plays out are the great sound effects and music in this Audio Theater version. I would definitely love to listen to more books recorded this way and this well, as it definitely gives the characters a more 3D feel.

    The story itself has as many twists and turns, ups and downs as a roller coaster! I found myself saying things out loud as I was listening - such as "oh no that's not a good idea", "yes they got away!", "don't trust him", "that person is still alive?! Didn't see that coming!", etc. Yes, basically I was talking to myself and the characters in the book, as my 17 yr. old daughter brought to my attention :) Centered on several main characters desperately trying to get word and the actual cure for cancer and many other diseases out to the population, it's packed with a heady brew of murder, mystery, foreboding, action, tastefully done romance, unexpected acts of kindness, whacky drug dealers, science and humor; as well as some very interesting and thought provoking political and capitalistic ripple effects that are fascinating. While fictitious, I can see how the pharmaceutical companies and the politicians they support would most likely react ruthlessly in reality as they do in the book. More than once I was surprised by some very interesting and often humorous yet heroic characters that drifted into the story line. Some stayed for good, some drifted out casually, others were removed in a sinister fashion. Criss-crossing states and heading to Mexico for a visit with a drug lord, I find the author's ability to give the reader/listener a real feel for everything from scientific details to locations and the unique characteristics of the people in them is very well done. I love the nerves of steel and intelligence beneath the genteel southern belle, how things go down in Iowa and where to hide your miraculous yet illegal hybrid pot seeds. I am not one to write reviews that give away any of a book's secrets, and I'll not do so here. I do highly recommend this book in your favorite format for anyone looking for an awesome story to read! Great ending, by the way, it leaves me hoping for a sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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