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  • Thicker than Water

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Anthea Fraser
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    James Markham's family are shocked when he jilts his fiancée for a woman he met only days earlier and about whom he appears to know very little. When they meet Abigail they are swayed by her beauty and charm, but puzzled by the aura of mystery that surrounds her.

    pattigurl says: "Suspenseful"
    "It was OK"
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    This book did keep me listening, although the latter half was definitely a lot less involving than the first half, and the whole genesis for the murders required a complete suspension of belief (unless you accept as fact that a heretofore solid citizen can be derailed into a psychotic killer within days after learning of a decades-old event). Also, I still want to know what the episode was that split the three siblings completely asunder in young adulthood; unless I dozed off, that was referred to but never explained, and since some of the plot hinged on the fact, it needed to be. But Anna Bentinck has a very pleasant reading voice (I will look for more of her work), and I wanted a nice, long story to listen to during a day in the garden, and this book filled that bill admirably.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Truth: Detective Ella Marconi, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Katherine Howell
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Paramedic Stacey Durham has an idyllic life: her dream job, a beautiful house, and a devoted husband. Until her car is found abandoned and covered in her blood. Detective Ella Marconi knows information is key in the first twenty-four hours, questioning frantic husband James, jealous sister Marie, and Rowan, the colleague who keeps turning up in all the wrong places.Just as Ella starts to piece together the clues, a shocking message arrives for James: You won't see her again if you don't tell the truth.

    Kkee says: "Loved it"
    "Another easy read"
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    Had the plot of this one figured out right away, but as it went on I enjoyed the characters, the story, and Caroline Lee's narration. Especially Caroline Lee's narration. I could listen to her read a phone book. There's never any doubt about which character is speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28559)
    Performance
    (15085)
    Story
    (15135)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Along with everybody else......"
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    What can I say? It blew me away. There are so many things to comment on. I would never have read this book had I not seen the movie (against my inclination, although I admit it was wonderful), because I read (and watch movies) strictly for entertainment, and books like these are too painful to be entertaining.The performances are Academy-Award worthy, and the story is mesmerizing. Having been raised in the northwest by non-bigoted parents, I had no idea of the depth or breadth of the racism practiced in the South as recently as 50 years ago. The paradox of those white women depending so COMPLETELY on those black women for pretty much everything while simultaneously treating them like disposable towels is breathtaking. And mistakenly using the wrong bathroom? In trying to understand it, the only event I could liken the toilet situation to is when strange dogs poop in my yard and my complaints are loud. But I could never take a TIRE IRON to a dog, much less a human being. The level of racist hysteria that could be achieved over trivialities was unpleasantly very impressive.
    But this a book review, not an essay..
    I appreciated Kathryn's epilogue, when she explains that even though empathizing to a degree, she could not pretend to know what it felt like to be a black women working for a white woman during that era. How could she? But her book is magnificent. When an author can bring tears to your eyes with one line, and make you laugh out loud the next, she's done something right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pinch Of Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Colin Buchanan
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    Dalziel and Pascoe investigate allegations made about the Calliope Club, which screens pornographic movies. But before theirinvestigations bear fruit, the cinema is wrecked and its owner killed.

    R. Ro says: "Smart Mystery"
    "Ah, Reginald!"
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    Pascoe and Dalziel are always such an readable pair, and when Colin Buchanan narrates, they can't be beat. I wish Audible would release (in some cases, re-release) more of their stories, and they SHOULD ALL BE READ BY COLIN BUCHANAN. As in, do us all a favor and retire the ones read by Brian Glover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (227)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "Great listen for a long drive"
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    If you disregard the complete suspension of belief required to buy the genesis of this story, it gets much better as it goes along. I was able to do that, but my husband (who works in the water field) could not as we listened to this book during a 12-hour road trip to California. The unlikely possibility of a man deliberately drinking out of a decades-old, murky-looking bottle of (maybe) water with sediment floating in it ruined it for him right away. Him drinking out of it a SECOND time after being so VIOLENTLY ill from the first try almost ruined it for me. But past that, the story gets intriguing and the narration is flawless. That's why I gave it 4 stars. Less of long-suffering Claire would have been welcome (years-long-suffering wives who keep coming back for more being particularly tedious), but Anne and Kellan were great characters. And don't forget that superb narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6075)
    Performance
    (5510)
    Story
    (5505)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Outstanding narration"
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    A different kind of read for me, and very engaging. A solid story, fresh characters, and, as I said, outstanding narration make for a no-regrets purchase.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder By Reference: John Lloyd Branson Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By D. R. Meredith
    • Narrated By Michael Bowen
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In a variation of the classic locked room mystery, Attorney John Lloyd Branson and his beautiful, trusted, but often impetuous legal assistant, Lydia Fairchild, scare up ghosts from the past and rattle family skeletons as they try to discover who murdered the young museum curator. It’s no Halloween trick when Brad Hemphill materializes in a locked museum at midnight, the main feature in a prehistoric display. Who among the museum staff would kill the harmless, mild-mannered young curator, and why?

    Sharon says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Some good, some bad"
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    This was a mildly entertaining little book, and I certainly wanted to finish it, in spite of an irritated dislike of the heroine. A depressingly familiar type in modern fiction, an Amazon-sized, gorgeous, militantly-fierce feminist who is only too willing to kick a man in the groin for hinting that she is a "foxy lady", but who instantly develops a personality-debilitating amnesia after successfully defending herself from a knife-slashing serial killer. Why, you wonder? Well, as far as I could tell, it was because she just could not bring herself to remember that she had felt actual gladness that the bad guy was dead just after she killed him. ??? Nor did I enjoy her incessant, gag-worthy quips (and apparently neither did the narrator, as he did his worst part with her dialogue). Fortunately, her role was relatively small in the fairly good-sized cast of characters, and the rest of them were far more interesting. A quick, non-engrossing story to listen to while doing something else with your hands.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lewis Man: The Lewis Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh - including his wife and his career in the police force - the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog.

    lesley says: "Outstanding Book! Even better than The Blackhouse"
    "I would never, never recommend this book"
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    Peter May is a superb writer. Peter Forbes is a superb narrator. That being said, I'm returning this book after 5.09.33 hours. I can't take any more. Not one single good thing has happened since page one. It's been a steady onslaught of depression, dementia, divorce, accidental pregnancies, accidental deaths, betrayals, and hopelessness. One of the protagonists, is now shipboard with his brother and a friend (who is a girl and has already been raped by a Catholic priest during their journey). Orphans all, the hints have been BROAD that they are bound for hell on earth, having been sold down the river by their (Catholic) church. I know human beings have endured lives like these, but I read for the sake of entertainment, not to be reminded of man's inhumanity to man. It's going back.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Smokescreen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Betty Rowlands
    • Narrated By Julia Barrie
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A wealthy, bestselling author, owner of a country estate a few miles outside Bristol, is drowned in her bath just days after being threatened by a seriously disturbed fan who has subsequently disappeared. The missing woman is the obvious suspect, and DC Sukey Reynolds and her friend and colleague DC Vicky Armstrong are given the task of finding her. But although the suspect is found this turns out to be just the start of the investigation.

    Sharon says: "Three murders, and yet....dull."
    "Three murders, and yet....dull."
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    We are introduced to a cast of characters here, but it's like reading a roster. We don't ever get more than mildly acquainted with any of them. This book illustrates the importance of fleshing out the characters enough to arouse the reader's interest in their actions. No one in Smokescreen evokes even tepid curiosity, so at the denouement the reader shrugs "Huh.", immediately - and completely - forgetting it. How I know that is I chanced across this book in my library a couple days ago, where it showed as downloaded in April 2012. Not remembering it at all, I decided to read it again. I finished it this evening, and the memory is already fading fast. Again.
    Nothing particularly bad, just...dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cure for All Diseases

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Convalescing in Sandytown, Dalziel befriends Charlotte Heywood who is researching the benefits of alternative therapy. With much in common, the two soon find themselves in league when trouble comes to town. Sandytown's principal landowners have grandiose plans for the resort -- none of which they can agree on. One of them has to go, and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate -- with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support.

    Ellen says: "Excellent!"
    "Kept me listening throughout!"
    Overall
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    Reginald Hill is one of the best, and this is one of his best. Engrossing storyline and outstanding narration (by another one of the best) means you don't ever drift off, having to rewind to catch up. As always, the humor contained in the writing had me laughing out loud more than once, but it's never contrived or slapstick. Reading a book like this one is like eating a wonderful meal when you're really, really hungry, and I couldn't recommend it more highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Shoot a Butler?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    On a dark night, along a lonely country road, barrister Frank Amberley stops to help a young lady in distress and discovers a sports car with a corpse behind the wheel. The girl protests her innocence, and Amberley believes her – at least until he gets drawn into the mystery and the clues incriminating Shirley Brown begin to add up. In an English country-house murder mystery with a twist, it's the butler who's the victim, every clue complicates the puzzle, and the bumbling police are well-meaning but completely baffled.

    Becky Price says: "The Speed of a Glacier"
    "Baaaaad narration is ruining this book!"
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    If you are a Georgette Heyer fan, skip these new ones until they are released with a different narrator. Ulli Birve is sleepwalking her way through - I am one hour in, and unless the plot can overcome her narration in the next hour, this one is going back.
    What is going on? Doesn't anybody at Audible listen to these productions before they are released? Not only is her voice a deadpan monotone, context and punctuation are blithely ignored as she stutters her way through the sentences. Example: "Fountain looked annoyed, and shook his head." The narration: "Fountain. Looked Annoyed. And shook his head."
    It's extremely distracting, and definitely not what Georgette Heyer's books deserve!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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