It didn't give me as much enjoyment as his other books in this Cole/Pike series, and I didn't really know why. Seems I had inadvertently chosen an abridged version.
Not as interesting or absorbing, probably because it has been abridged
Pleasant voice, easy to listen to.
Helped with understanding the pronunciation of place names
I am sorry I chose abridged, feel this is why I felt let down. Will not let this deter me from listening to more books by this author
The Husbands Secret is labelled a Contemporary Novel, yes it is but there's more to it than that or I wouldn't have given it a listen. I was attracted by that word, "Secret", yes, a bit of a mystery here and a bit of romance, but most impressive though is the authors percipient interpretation of the characters' actions. Yes, some of their deeds are a tad unbelievable, but it's a novel, fiction, meant to entertain us, this it does in spades. I am in awe of Liane Moriartys' ability to explain the thinking process of her characters, of how they rationalise their somewhat unrational actions. What sort of crazy man would leave his wife a note like that? Well, have a listen and find out!
The "secret" of the title is revealed fairly early on in the story, this is what makes it a little different, makes it more interesting hooks you, then reels you in as you simply have to discover how on earth these situations were resolved. That's not all though, the final chapter is quite a surprise in itself, just when you think it's over the author serves up more surprises.
This book did exactly what a good book should, it engrossed me, entertained me and involved me.
This has been my first Caroline Lee listen, and very impressive she is too. She has all of those qualities we want and expect of narrators, the pleasant voice, good timing, nuance and rythym. The characters were distinct, you know exactly which one you are listening to and I thought she captured their personalities perfectly. Her male voices were just right with none of that over the top gruffness. The sound quality and editing were excellent.
This audiobook was won from Tekreads monthly draw. The review is not a requirement for entry, but is my honest opinion
This book didn't really live up to the blurb, so as a result, this is a short review. I was expecting more excitement, more tension, but it never really happened for me. To start with, the characters didn't behave in a believable way, in particular the two sisters. I also found it to be quite strange behaviour on Alanas part, I couldn't understand why she would bother to conceal a past relationship from Poe. The murder was of the obvious victim, and I will say, the author did leave the reader enough clues to solve the mystery.
Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I read the first book, however, I don't think I will be following any more of Poes adventures.
R.C. Bray is an ward winning narrator, and quality shines through. I thought he nailed the characterisations without going overboard, a good, laid back story telling style. I enjoyed listening to him.
The Kings of London, also published as the House of Knives, is the second book of the Breen and Tozer trilogy, and satisfyingly begins just where the first book ended. Again we are transported back to 1968, well, some of us are, the rest are taken for a visit, a wonderful visit, and given the chance to learn quite a lot about the late 60's. Me? I'm comfortable there, it's the feel good factor of the book bringing alive again the lure of London, the "In" places, Carnaby Street, Biba, Mary Quant, Op art, "England Swings", all there, in London!
Yet the story also served to remind me of the less attractive underbelly of life in the 60's, the almost taken for granted police bullying along with the untouchable attitude which led to corrupted practices. Ordinary people had no voice, that is until a generation rose up against it, but that's another story, and in the interest of fairness, there must have been a few good and right minded people running the country and enforcing the law.
The Kings of London finds Breem embroiled in a murder investigation hampered at every turn by the far reaching hand of political corruption. Of course, initially he doesn't know this, but the path he takes, the questions he asks rattle the nerves of the establishment, the victim is the estranged son of a politician. Along comes the fixer, who's job is simply to prevent any hint of scandal from reaching the ears of the public.
In the first book, A Song from Dead Lips, Breem realised that he was a bit behind the times, with the help of a thoroughly modern Helen Tozer he became acquainted with the puzzling Beatles phenomenon and also learned a bit about the women of the 60's. Even so, he remained unprepared for the weird world of art and art dealers, of drug use and of the ways of free love, so he sets about learning everything he can.
That's not all he has on his plate, someone is sending him death threats he thinks he knows who, and decides to keep quiet, to sort it out himself. He also has more than one murder to deal with, one of which changes his world, he is suspended from duty, yet this doesn't stop him in his relentless investigations.
He becomes quite friendly with a lady who keeps disappearing - more intrigue and a compelling aspect of the story.
DC Helen Tozer once again proves invaluable to Breem, she knows how to communicate with people, especially the younger ones and she succeeds where Breem often fails. She's smart, they work well together.
Meanwhile Tozers leaving date is due, she has decided she is needed at home on the farm as her dad is sick and unable to keep up with the work.
I enjoyed how along the way Breem learns more than he ever knew about his own father and mother, it highlights how bleak family relationships can be when they lack what to most of us is basic communication.
There's just so much going on, so many layers to this tale, yet the author somehow blends all the components together beautifully to produce yet another entertaining tale to captivate the listener or reader.
I'm so much looking forward to the next book.
Once again Cameron Stewart has done the author proud, I enjoy the sound of his voice, he doesn't overdo anything. Just right, a top job.
This audiobook is my own copy purchased from Audible.com, this review is my honest opinion
Did you notice the length of this audiobook? 23 hours, that's right, 23 hours ... And 3 minutes.
This story really caught my interest for the first few chapters, but then for much of it my attention strayed. I got tired of rewinding to recap the bits I'd missed. We all know people who speak twenty words when five would do, this book is like that. It just dragged on ... and on, quite frankly, I had to push myself to finish.
The summary conveys the bare bones of the story, but parts of it are very dark indeed, much darker than I expected. Granted, the author did a darned good job of conveying the feelings, fears and intentions of the participants, and knows how to keep the tension high. These were the good bits, but for me, they were negated by long stretches of tedium.
My opinion then, for what it's worth, is New Year Island is a good story, but it's buried under a big pile of too many words.
However, there are many well respected reviewers who rate this book very highly, so don't let me put you off, I didn't much like that huge best seller The Tattooed Lady either!
Well, if anybody deserves a great big Golden Gong it's Teri Schnaubelt, not just for actually finishing the marathon task, but for doing it so well. She has an easy on the ear voice, her timing is perfect, and she knows exactly just how to use nuance and rhythm. Teri has another, rarely encountered narrator talent, one I find difficult to explain, but I shall try. It has to do with transitioning between characters and gender, using just the slightest change to her voice, she simply transforms into another clearly defined person! I'm now a big fan.
This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator in return for this, my honest review.
First up, if you take this book seriously then you probably won't like it, I could be
wrong (what?) but I reckon it's a wry take on noir. The writing and narration style
will take you straight back to those old detective films, the difference being in
the dry humour.
This is Reeds' very first case, his Dad doesn't think it's a real job, so he has to
prove him wrong, not that he needs the money as Reed hails from a very wealthy
family. He just wants to be a P.I., he has read all the books and watched all of the
films so is well prepared for his new career!
First client measures up well as a film noir player, well coiffed, lipsticked and
perfumed she also has a strange tale to tell, he did think her story was a tad odd,
but how could he refuse?
The adventure begins! Reed is to look for a man who may or may not be dead, he
simply didn't come home at the expected time. At this point in the "whodunnit" we
don't as yet know what was actually done, let alone who actually did it.
This is what makes the story a little different and as its a short listen of 5 hours
thirty minutes, there's not a lot I can say without revealing spoilers.
There are some interesting characters, but as the first book in a series and a short
one at that, they will become more interesting as they are developed. It's all there
though, the making of a darned good series, I look forward to learning a whole lot
more about Reed, his family and his crazy friends. Oh! And was that just a hint of
a budding romance at the end?
My first "Johnny Peppers" listen, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I
thought he was just the perfect performer for this role. Good timing, rhythm and
pace along with good quality editing and recording added to my enjoyment.
Those who have read Book 1, Hound dog Blues, will know that Harley hails from a somewhat unconventional family, Her hippy parents, Diva and Yogi, are ageing not so gracefully. For the last few years though they have lived in a real house with proper toilets and everything! They don't give in to conventionality that easily though, as Diva continues to dispense her cleansing herbal teas and enigmatic predictions, and Yogi continues to grow his, er, "herbs" amongst the tomato plants. Oh, and he is also an Elvis impersonator who adores his crazy dog named King.
Harley truly appreciated the move to a more conventional life, but as time goes by, Harley herself becomes a little more unconventional, giving up her steady but boring job in a bank, she gets herself a job as a tour guide. She is a part time biker and recently, albeit inadvertently, has found herself working as a part time amateur sleuth. Her first foray into sleuthing was actually pretty successful and must have lit a fire in her belly, as no sooner was her first adventure over than her Aunt Darcy sought her help.
Once again Harley just can't say no! The offer of money helped her decide, and so starts her second adventure.
Harley begins her investigation with her usual single mindedness, heedlessly ignoring all advice from her friends and her very new boyfriend, undercover cop Mike Morgan. Harley (yes, again) finds herself in many a parlours circumstance! Mike and Harley must be very much in lust with each other as despite all his efforts to forbid her meddling, and all her hard headed stubbornness, (and the cat) they somehow keep the lust levels high.
This story is peppered with comic yet dangerous scenarios, most of which Harley brings upon herself because, well, she is always right! Yet with the luck that accompanies many a "cozy" heroine, our Harley wins through, albeit body and dignity battered and bruised, and usually with the loss of a mobile phone.
She also makes a new trusty friend, a rescued Siamese cat, they are an ill matched pair as Harley hates cats and the cat hates people, yet begrudgingly, they quite like each other. The cat moves in.
The author gives us a peek into the world of Memphis, we get to discover famous "Elvis" landmarks, the Elvis anniversaries, and of how the death of the King eventuates in a huge tourism business. This is Harleys' world and I'm looking forward to her next adventure.
I highly recommend reading the books in order.
This is a dual narration by Karen Commins and her husband Drew Commins. I do still have issues with dual narration, nothing to do with talent or ability, but to do with the listening experience. There is a definite feel of the male voice being slotted in as it were. The transition between the two somehow needs to be smoother, I guess there must be reasons for recording them separately and then editing. Maybe the recording booth isn't big enough?
Apart from my little prejudice, I've always loved Karens' narrating, she just brings everything to life, both Drew and Karen have the wonderful sense of comic timing necessary for narrating the humourous cozy.
I was gifted this audiobook, without condition, by Karen Commins, this review is my honest opinion
"After her death the kids used to say her ghost haunted the plantation."
The bayou holds many secrets. One of them is what really happened to Lisette, a beautiful Creole teenager who died on the last day of school. Everybody in Fanchon's reclusive bayou parish knows Lisette died in a boating accident, but when the police take a closer look, they unearth the dead girl and find a surprise in her grave.
All Saints' Secrets is the sequel to To Murder a Saint. It is highly recommended that the Saint books be listened to in order.
First things first, I love the cover, it's also quite a rarity as it has an apostrophe in the right place!
Now for the book: I thoroughly enjoyed the first in this series and had looked forward to catching up with Fanchon. This is a short listen and like the first book, is just packed full of action - no waffling here! Fitting so much in to a short space of time means that every sentence is important and meaningful, so don't get distracted whilst listening as you might miss something.
Fanchon is still clinging to the forlorn hope of remaining in New York, the odds are stacked against her yet she insists on attending a pre arranged job interview for a pianist, which everyone but Fanchon herself knew she was doomed to fail. She is forced to face the reality of her situation, and that reality is her inability to cope alone with the activities of daily life, so, back to the bayou to be cared for by Abolina. Having lost both of her daughters to gruesome ends, Abolina pours love and care on to Fanchon, yet she tries to persuade Fanchon to contact her estranged parents.
This is just the beginning of the thrilling bayou adventures, the search for Fanchons' attacker, the truth surrounding Lisettes' accident and the strange mysteries surrounding Fanchons' own family. For those of us unfamiliar with life in the bayou there are some fascinating facts to discover, the traditions of All Souls' Day and All Saints day, which serve to enrich the story. This is another great book from Nicole Loughan, and it lived up to my expectations, I'm eager for more!
It's always pleasing when one narrator reads a series, especially when they perform as beautifully as Suzy Lexington. Consistently good, she brings the characters to life, Suzy connects her listeners to the characters and story, when I'm listening, they become real to me and as such, are difficult to forget. Great job.
This audiobook was gifted to me in return for this, my honest opinion.
Let's be clear, I would never have chosen this audiobook had the publishers summary more accurately represented the content. I wanted a fast moving murder mystery, instead I had a history lesson. I'm sorry to say, but I found this book boring, I felt obliged to listen to the end as it was gifted to me. The main character, Amy, did little to enliven the story, OK, she was starting a sexual relationship with an old friend but even this didn't lift the story. The only lively element is Clarice, how much better the story could have been had she featured as the lead character, her boring old boss could have chirped in from the sidelines. In fact Clarice seems far more suited to the role of sleuth than does Amy, as she comes over as bright, lively and inquisitive.
I did not expect the rather tedious history lesson, which, fact for fact was repeated later in the story as dialogue. I'm not sure which genre would be best suited to this work, but labelling it as a mystery is sure to mislead. Most readers would not expect prolonged tracts of historical fact, I believe the publishers summary should be rewritten to attract readers who will find it interesting
I can't fault the author for her accuracy of historical fact and I'm sure if the right audience is targeted then those readers would be very happy.
It's hard, reading tracts of history and making it sound interesting, in fact it's impossible. Lee Ann was given a very difficult job, and she did what she could with the material. However, her narrating skills did shine through. My recording was quite slow, making Lee Ann sound flat, however, cranking the speed up to 1.25 solved that problem. She portrayed Amy as a middle aged, boring woman, just as the author made her, I loved her Clarice and admired her ability to portray male characters.
I'd be happy to listen to more of her work.
I was gifted this audiobook in return for this, my honest opinion
Four hours and twenty three minutes of sheer, feel good entertainment. If you like your crime stories po-faced, well push off somewhere else, this book is funny.
The story has two crazy and outrageous main themes, the first begins with spoiled little heiress Tippy, she wants to build a high rise, she wants to do it now and doesn't see why she should go to all the time and trouble to deal with petty little hurdles such as searches and permissions. Despite being Tippy Henman she discovers that no, she is not entitled to skip formalities, so when remains are discovered on the site, work has to stop and the archeologists move in. What they find ensures the start of a crazy, action packed adventure. Roger Jolley returns from his quest to foil the evil mummy thief Kyzer Saucy (who doesn't like Roger one little bit) to help Wendy sort it all out. Good luck with that Roger.
The second theme involves poor Wendys' attempts to fulfil a promise, and that is to assist friend and mentor Alfred Hiccup with his (wait for it) transmigratory plan, and a very good plan it is too.
Hitchcock fans will note the references to his work, after all, it is a tribute to him! It's so clever though, how they are woven in to the story.
Barbara Silkstone takes the reader on a well written wonderful, boisterous and hilarity filled adventure. Do not listen in public places!
Although I listened to this as a stand alone work, I do wish I had read the previous books in the series.
The narration is the cream on the cake, Laura Jennings does a superb job, she has a certain way with characterisation and gender voicing that I've heard in other top notch narrators. I'm not sure if it's a learned technique, but, for example, when changing to a male voice, Laura doesn't seem to attempt an overtly masculine voice, yet there is a change, a subtle shift. Whatever it is that she does, she leaves the listener in no doubt whatsoever that they are listening to a man. It's very clever.
Story: 5 stars
Narrator: 5 stars
I received this audiobook in return for this, my honest opinion.
Quint runs his one man P.I. Agency in St. Augustine, his working day assignments are more the mundane than exciting, yet in his private life, Quint is battling the torment of tragic Personal memories. He looks upon his volunteer role as an assistant to Dr. Jeffrey Poe, St. Augustines' archeologist, as a relief from both his work and his memories.
On a dig, he uncovers a casket containing the murdered remains of Vice Mayor Bill Marrano, his brother, Buck, is one of the detectives who arrive on the scene.
All evidence of guilt point to Dr. Poe who is arrested and charged with his murder. Quint, convinced of his friends' innocence, embarks on a mission to prove it.
There plenty of twists and turns here, in fact the story becomes quite convoluted and (for me) a little difficult to follow, I got a little lost with all the characters and their many secrets. It's a difficult listen when multitasking, a multi layered mystery such as this is probably not the best choice for my style of listening. The author included a goodly amount of historical fact regarding St. Augustine and also of Civil Rights issues, some of which is quite moving. Despite getting a bit lost at times, I found this quite an exciting tale, the tension is kept high and the listener is never quite sure if he is on the right trail. Just when I thought I'd cracked it something else came along to add another layer of intrigue.
All due respect to the author for bringing all the threads of this well written story together for an exciting finish.
Mike Dennis is new to me, I enjoyed the narration as his voice suits the role of a P.I., rough, tough and worldly! I couldn't fault his characterisations (and he had plenty to deal with) and his pace and timing are, I thought, excellent. There is a certain part of the book in which a man relates a very moving account of an incident which occurred in his younger days, Mike Dennis relays this beautifully, yet he doesn't overact. I thought he treated a particularly moving part of the story, where someone relates their suffering at the hands of others, quite beautifully.
Good sound quality and production made for a comfortable listening experience, I'd happily listen to more of Mike Dennis' work.
I received this audiobook free in return for this my honest opinion.
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