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I love to read and hope you do too! Audio books are great for people on the go!

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  • Head Wounds: A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Knopf
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Peel back the glamour of the fabled Hamptons and you'll find a beautiful place filled with ugly secrets. This is Sam Acquillo's world. Moving effortlessly across the social divide with wry pal Jackie Swaitkowski and rich guy Burton Lewis, the ex-boxer, ex-corporate infighter seems doomed to straddle the thin red line between envy and love, hate and forgiveness, goodness and greed - and sometimes, life and death.

    ch says: "Narrator and story click"
    "Narrator and story click"
    Overall

    I've listened to the first 3 books in this series and I approve the narrator switch from Stefan Rudnicki to Richard Ferrone. I thought the voice sounded familiar, but it wasn't until the narrator said the word "Bernie" that I remembered where I'd heard the voice before (Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr series). I like Mr. Ferrone's narration because there's just the little touch of humor and irony to go with the protagonist's point of view.

    The setting of the novel and the character's background are also interesting (I also USED to be an engineer). I do find the violence of the main character a bit disturbing but the plots are generally satisfyingly complex and resolve well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 2: German Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Noble
    • Narrated By Paul Noble
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Paul Noble is a genius with a higher IQ than Einstein. Despite this, he still struggled with language learning at school. He found himself feeling "confused, incapable, and unable to really say anything." As a result of his negative early experiences, Paul has come up with a groundbreaking new method of language teaching that removes the need for months of study. With Paul Noble, everyone really can speak a language.

    Phil says: "This is brilliant!!"
    "Don't buy this one if you have part one..."
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    Part 2 of this series is completely contained within part one, so I am not sure what the marketing strategy is here. I think it should be explained how to order the audiobooks so that you are not paying for the same thing twice...duh!

    I am new to German and found that Part 1 is an excellent start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snake

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James McClure
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (5)

    Lieutenant Kramer and Sergeant Zondi have their hands full. On the same day that an adult entertainer is found strangled to death in her dressing room, her pet python wrapped dead around her neck, beloved candy shop owner "Lucky" Siyayo is shot at his counter in a botched robbery. The detective duo quickly realize neither death is as simple as it appears.

    ch says: "Incredible series and great reader!!!"
    "Incredible series and great reader!!!"
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    Wow, I cannot say how accurate the depiction of apartheid South Africa is in this series, but the books are so well written that they just blow you away! The characterization of Kramer and Zondi is excellent, plot well thought out, and such subtle humor in the oppressive atmosphere allows this landmark series to rise above ordinary offerings in the genre.

    Steven Crossley is one of the best narrators out there and I can actually see the tongue in cheek he portrays in many of the UH-HUH comments made by Kramer. Super job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philosophical Investigations

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Steve Attridge
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Meet Rook. A middle-aged philosophy professor with a sarcastic sense of humour, an ongoing rivalry with his highly-strung colleague Jeremy, and a rocky relationship with his ex-wife. But he has far more pressing matters to attend to than domestic disputes and academic feuds. He moonlights as a private investigator. Armed with a quick, inquisitive mind, an arsenal of philosophic quotations and an addiction to fear, he is willing to embroil himself in any sticky situation which comes his way.

    ch says: "Dark, tight, and wicked fun!"
    "Dark, tight, and wicked fun!"
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    This is another book that had me from the first paragraph. Not so much for plot twists and turns, but for the Chandleresque character studies and moral dilemmas in the plot. Loved the struggle between the protagonist and his head of department and the outcome of that subplot. Made me laugh!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (350)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "Enjoyed the audiobook..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thomas


    Any additional comments?

    First of all, audible you need to improve your review format. It stifles creativity.

    The book was entertaining, although it was not flawless. There were some good plot twists, but the plot seemed a bit contrived at times, detailed to the point of boredom at times, and a bit too long. There were actually two plot threads and at times it seemed like I was reading two different books. But the characters were very interesting and I think this book could be shortened and made into a great movie.

    The narration was very good and helped get the listener through the lengthier parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild People

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ewart Hutton
    • Narrated By Iestyn Arwel
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A DS Glyn Capaldi Mystery. DS Glyn Capaldi is in hospital recuperating from concussion and the after-effects of a car crash. But, worse than that, a young woman is dead. She was the passenger in the car, whom he was bringing in for questioning following a night operation in a remote rural location. Glyn is initially riven with guilt and self-recrimination. Until he starts to question the possibility that it may not have been an accident. But, if not, who had been the target?

    Tracey says: "Maverick cop exiled to Wales"
    "One good book!"
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    This book sucked me in on the first page. The author speaks directly to the reader through the narration of the protagonist. The tale was well thought out. I especially liked the narrator. I would have given the story a 4.5 rating if I could, so I settled for a 4 for the story and a 5 for the narrator. I would like to see and hear more from this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Mr. Holmes: Seven Holmes on the Range Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By Barry Campbell
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Sherlock Holmes-worshiping cowboys Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer have starred in five Holmes on the Range novels, rustling up award nominations and fans aplenty as they cracked mysteries using the methods of their English hero. How did these Old West drifters first discover Holmes, though? What were they doing before their novel adventures began? And how did their early, awkward stabs at "deducifying" turn out? These seven short stories provide the answers.

    Linda says: "Outstanding!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable collection of stories"
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    Steve H- has once again delivered some fine tales about our favorite red-headed cowpuncher detectives, and cleverly interwoven the stories between the action found in the previously published novels.

    The narrator did a reasonably good job, but he just wasn't William Dufris.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pride of Chanur: Chanur, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (249)

    No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur.

    Ellen says: "A whirl of worlds."
    "Best Cherryh series I think..."
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    It was so great to listen to an audio of this series after all these years. I've loved a lot of C.J. Cherryh's books but this is my favorite series. Did not make it past the first or second of the Foreigner books, and essentially stopped reading scifi at that point anyway. I love the less powerful characters in her books and how they solve their survival problems. I hope they also make audiobooks of Hunter of Worlds, Rimrunners, Merchanter's Luck, Wave Without a Shore. All great scifi.

    Didn't it make you laugh though about how primitive the computer capabilities were? Who could have imagined...?

    I thought the reader did ok. She sounded a bit like Sigourny Weaver to me. And my doctor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2913)
    Performance
    (2509)
    Story
    (2499)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Don't read two Tana French books in a row..."
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    Once again Tana French delivers another absorbing, twisty tale about broken families, power of guilt, cultural decline and career suicide in the Dublin police force. This book was about a different set of characters than those featured in the first three books, and through some clever distraction, managed to surprise me at the conclusion. I listened to this book almost on the heels of The Likeness, and was feeling a bit 'mental' like the book's characters at the end.

    I think that the audio book producers are doing the right thing with the production of Tana French's books- a new reader for each one, well-paced, good character voices. Each one sounds fresh and unique. I find it particularly annoying with intensely psychological books when the reader reads too slowly and over-dramatizes. This book's reader does an excellent job.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackhouse

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface and soon, he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

    dumbclub says: "Unputdownable"
    "Great Storytelling"
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    This author is a great storyteller and mystery writer. I could not stop listening! I thought the book reminded me a lot of the work of Tana French. Also the reader was terrific. Great accents and kept the story moving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (852)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    K Barrett says: "Maturity is the star here"
    "Great series...hope audible gets all these books!"
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    I heard an interview of Giancarlo Carofiglio on the Alan Farley radio show Book Talk and subsequently read the last book in the series from my library. It was awesome, and so I've been listening to all the audible copies (books one to three at this point). I love the character's inner dialog, the tight court procedurals, and the life lessons he learns or experiences in each book. The author resists the temptation to preach his point, and lets the action tell the story. I think the reader has just the right tone too. Well done!

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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