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tinyNorman

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  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (410)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    Old Hippy says: "Glad I read the all the other Nesbo books first"
    "Interesting story, narrator is distracting."
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    I purchased this book because it was first in the series. Am listening to the end to get the background, but the narration is distracting because of the reader's odd intonations. Sometimes it's quite good, and sometimes it is very sing-song. I did enjoy the mystery story, but, because of the narrative stylings, had to struggle / focus to not lose the threads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6310)
    Performance
    (2425)
    Story
    (2436)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Interesting story, but a bit confusing too."
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    The book was interesting, but I am not sure whether there is some cultural background that I personally don't have that prevents my enjoying the story more. The telling is spare, and the narrators' voices seem to lack emotion. I saw other reviewers who said the narrators reminded them of how Japanese people talk, but I don't know about that. I don't think I will look for more books in this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (422)

    After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

    Bonnie says: "Found"
    "Riveting, and breathtaking!"
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    This story is so well told by Michael Robotham, that it is hard to imagine how it could be improved upon, and then Simon Prebble's narration takes it to another level! The story is rich with detail, and I love the fact that we only ever know as much as the lead character knows, and we follow along as he slowly pieces together who is behind the terrifying threats to himself and his family.

    I had to listen to it in a single sitting: I could not put it down!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon's Path: Dagger and Coin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (950)

    Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.

    Kristin says: "Epic Fantasy and Something Else"
    "Exceptional Fantasy Adventure series"
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    Where does The Dragon's Path rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books in my library. I couldn't put it down. The characters are believable, interesting, imperfect (as we all are) and their experiences/adventures are top-notch. Several non-typical points of view in the story (merchant/banker, apostate/fallen religious) add interesting motivations and machinations to your "typical" medieval warring factions backdrop. Very character driven, very very captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite characters were several: Cithrin is an interesting combination of naive young woman + skilled in finance, Captain Marcus as the idealistic, but flawed, soldier-at-arms, and Kit as the leader of the troupe of players. Each has a very different approach to handling challenges, and it's really interesting to see them work together, and work at cross-purposes, as the story unfolds.


    Which character – as performed by Pete Bradbury – was your favorite?

    Narrator makes all the characters recognizable. I enjoyed the narration so much, because when several characters are interacting, you are never confused as to who is speaking. His artistry is outstanding!


    Any additional comments?

    This is in my opinion, as good as Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, for pretty much the same reasons: complex multi-threaded plot, outstanding characters, engaging narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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