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  • The Betrayal of Trust: A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Simon Serrailler is faced with that most complicated of investigations - a cold case. Freak weather and flash floods have hit southern England. The small cathedral town of Lafferton is underwater, and a landslip on the moor has closed the roads. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - is exposed; 20 years have passed, and the remains of missing teenager Joanne Lowther have finally been uncovered. Joanne, an only child, had been on her way home from a friend's house that night.

    Janet H. Maddox says: "Love the series; this one not my favorite"
    "Maybe I'm just in a bad mood, but..."
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    I've enjoyed and looked forward to Susan Hill's previous books in the Simon Serrailler series but this one is heavy handed and downright sloppy. The story is all over the map...dementia, murder, euthanasia, Simon Serrailler's would-be love life, Cat's struggle with single parenthood, the Serrailler family at odds with one another....Lions and Tigers and Boring, oh my! I feel as though I was beaten over the head with the assisted suicide issue which then didn't contribute at all to the story line, unless I feel asleep and missed something. Simon is so one dimensional that I didn't give a hoot about his romance, which seems as obviously doomed as the best friend in a war movie. And the ending?! Plot lines are left dangling like so many participles. After finishing this I have more questions than answers but don't care enough to want the threads to be picked up in the next book. Let's just put this baby to bed and move on.

    I usually appreciate Steven Pacey's narration but his voicing of Rachel completely lacks spirit. and personality. To give him his due, her character is so vapid that perhaps he had no choice.

    If you're new to Susan Hill, I recommend reading all the earlier books in this series...give this one a pass.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Anodyne Necklace: Richard Jury, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    A spinster whose passion was bird-watching, a dotty peer who pinched pennies, and a baffling murder made the tiny village of Littlebourne a most extraordinary place. And a severed finger made a ghastly clue in the killing that led local constables from a corpse to a boggy footpath to a beautiful lady's mansion. But Richard Jury refused, preferring to take the less traveled route to a slightly disreputable pub, The Anodyne Necklace. There, drinks all around loosened enough tongues to link a London mugging with the Littlebourne murder and a treasure map that would chart the way to yet another chilling crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "This is where it started to come together"
    "Ahhh, Richard Jury!"
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    Even though many of the regular characters are missing from this story, it is my favorite of the Richard Jury series available on Audible and I am anxiously awaiting the addition of more titles. One of my favorite mystery writers, Martha Grimes continues to add new cast members and develop their relationships as the series progresses. I particularly appreciate her characterizations of self sufficient children in books 2 and 3. Sorry to say Aunt Agatha is not a continuing presence in this story and I missed her but she will return! Years ago I owned the series on audio cassettes, read by Tim Curry, and I personally prefer Steve West's less stilted narration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Perfect pairing!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book just knocks my socks off. It is one of my favorite Irving novels and that's saying quite a bit. If you're new to John Irving you might want to start with Hotel New Hampshire or Garp but do get around to this one.
    There are many who are superb at writing reviews and I, unfortunately , am not one of them. I just want to advise that you please not be put off be the narration, which may seem annoying at first listen: it is perfect! Joe Barrett reading Owen Meany sets the bar as high as it can be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4621)
    Performance
    (2678)
    Story
    (2679)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Wow....this was a great find!"
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    Aside from a very few hours' sleep I listened to this book straight through, determining my activities by my ability to listen and work at the same time. This is more than just a mystery and I wish I could find the words to describe the powerful pull of this book. I'm just sorry I didnt read Tana French earlier. The moment I finished this book I ordered the next two books in the Dublin Murder squad series.
    The narrator is terrific...his narration of the interrogation of one particular suspect is so spot on that I was just stunned! I should add that his vocal inflections for one particular character did confirm for me "whodunit". I don't know that everyone would have that response and I certainly won't let it keep me from listening to him again.... with this one book he's already found a place on my list of favorite readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dying Fall: A Ruth Galloway Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (103)

    Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

    Aryn says: "Still a great series"
    "Read this series!"
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    I wont critique this book....I leave that to others who are more erudite than I. But do snuggle down with an Elly Griffiths mystery and prepare to be awake all night, wanting to listen all the way to the end. The Crossing Places is the first book of the Ruth Galloway series... listen to them in order.
    I do want to recommend "cruising" around the Audible website. Elly Griffiths was a happy discovery for me, along with Kate Atkinson, Louise Penny and Deborah Crombie, authors I hadn't previously read but who are now numbered among my favorite contemporary mystery writers.
    Oh, good grief, I almost forgot Peter May...The Black House and The Lewis Man were just outstanding and I'm so disappointed that Audible doesn't have the US publishing rights for the third book, The Chessmen. Nevertheless, whether you listen or read, this is such a good trilogy... a cut above his other books, which are lighter in tone.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Austenland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (361)

    Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

    ElChangoPelon says: "Fun read"
    "Read it instead"
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    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    The narration was dreadful. When she spoke in a normal voice she was fine but her "upper class" voices for both sexes were just absurd and would have been laughable if they weren't so annoying.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I kept wishing I were reading it instead of listening to it. Probably a good beach read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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