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  • The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (358)

    Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Most exciting by Todd Yet"
    "Enjoyable time in old England"
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    If you could sum up The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery in three words, what would they be?

    Old England mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The blend of mystery and old England


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

    Character voice


    Any additional comments?

    A nicely plotted, enjoyable read. Mystery plotted in old England. I will try some of the other books after reading this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (886)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Enjoyed it, but not a nail biter"
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    I read all of these. I enjoy the writing and banter. This story was not one of his best though. Regardless, I will be back. Go Virgil!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10950)
    Performance
    (9974)
    Story
    (9997)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Uniquely creative, enjoyable read"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book kept showing up on lists of books to read. I decided to give it a shot. It is long, but well done. You do get involved with the characters, especially in audio. I am now looking at additional books written by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7443)
    Performance
    (6727)
    Story
    (6730)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "A surprise, even from Oprah"
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    If you could sum up The Invention of Wings in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invention of Wings?

    The blend of fact and fiction


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Handfull


    Any additional comments?

    I kept seeing this book show up on recommended lists. I usually do not read Oprah type books as I steer to different stories. I decided to try this one anyway. I have to admit, I enjoyed the story, the characters and the way she blended fact and fiction to tell the story of the old south and slavery. Well done. I was sorry to say goodbye to Handfull as the book ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2747)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1461)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Fantastic read"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have read a few Bryson books and recommend all of them. This one was recommended by a friend so I listened on audio. Great read! You learn something new on each page. I have been telling stories from this book since I finished it and have recommended to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2151)
    Performance
    (1821)
    Story
    (1805)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Harry does it again"
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    Where does The Black Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Another good book about Harry. I have read them on. Keep them coming! A great series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The procedure to putting the pieces of the crime together. Well laid out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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