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shaoli

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stony point, ny, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (709)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "Peculiar but not interesting"
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    Would you try another book from Chris Ewan and/or Simon Vance?

    Probably not.


    What could Chris Ewan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give more convincing clues for his last analysis.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    The intellectual thief is an interesting one.


    Do you think The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I can see a follow up book. But not the way this book is written.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because of the narrator. And he did not disappoint. And I appreciate a new way to write detective story. It just did not do a good job. English with foreign accent is effective used properly. Too much of it is tiresome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (58 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (477)

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    SantaFePainter says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
    "Wonderful."
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    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is my all time favorite detective story. Sherlock and Watson have distinctive personalities,
    Intelligent conversations in addition to the most interesting stories.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Beautiful tone and convincing portrayed of characters.


    If you could take any character from The Complete Sherlock Holmes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    No body. They are just not the people for small social talk.


    Any additional comments?

    I would very much to hear more short, but good detective stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10955)
    Performance
    (7490)
    Story
    (7514)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "it is a wonderful book to listen"
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    What did you love best about Dragonfly in Amber?

    twisted plot and wonderful writing skill. really knows how to write nothing beautifully.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. the desire of keeping on listening ruined many nights of sleep.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3133)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1296)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "pleasant to listen."
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    If you could sum up The Camel Club in three words, what would they be?

    The story is not quite real. Do not take anything written too seriously. After all, it is a novel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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