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  • The Devils of Cardona

  • By: Matthew Carr
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

In March 1584 the priest of Belamar de la Sierra, a small town in Aragon near the French border, is murdered in his own church. Most of the town's inhabitants are Moriscos, former Muslims who converted to Catholicism. Anxious to avert a violent backlash on the eve of a royal visit, an adviser to King Philip II appoints local magistrate Bernardo de Mendoza to investigate. A soldier and humanist, Mendoza doesn't always live up to the moral standards expected of court officials.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great history; too much swashbuckling

  • By gail on 08-25-16

Historical Page Turner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Carr delves into some of the important societal and political issues of 16th-century Spain in a very readable way. He also bases the events in mostly real places, so you can follow along on a map and find photos of the present-day locales. His characters and dialogue are compelling and believable.

  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent book

  • By Stephen Handal on 05-04-18

Great language and performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

If you like Cormac McCarthy, you will probably like this book. The reading by Jim Meskimen is excellent.

  • The Searcher

  • A Novel
  • By: Simon Toyne
  • Narrated by: Joseph Balderrama
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

On a windy hilltop in the town of Redemption, Arizona, people have gathered at an old cemetery to bury a local man who died in a tragic accident. But the occasion is suddenly disrupted by a thunderous explosion several miles away. A plane has crashed, pouring a pillar of black smoke into the air. As Sheriff Garth Morgan speeds toward the accident, he nearly hits a man running down the road, with no shoes on his feet and no memory of who he is or how he got there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange and Gripping

  • By Larry on 10-22-15

Suspenseful

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Any additional comments?

This book maintains suspense throughout and includes a number of memorable characters. The plot is a little far-fetched, but that doesn't make it less entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The North Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Ian McGuire
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

Behold the man: stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the arctic circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reader / Listener Beware

  • By K. Wade on 12-23-17

No Frills Historical Fiction

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Any additional comments?

This book is historical fiction without any of the asides or descriptive digressions that often appear in works of the genre, The plot gripping and suspensful plot is often violent, and the characters are rough. Not for the faint of heart.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,141

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!! Robert Petkoff is remarkable!

  • By C. Vincent on 06-05-16

Decent Entertainment

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book while exercising, and it held my attention sufficiently. It's not deep, but it's reasonable-quality entertainment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Skin

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 636

A “fascinating psychological thriller” ( Baltimore Sun), this entrancing novel introduces Isserley, a female driver who scouts the Scottish Highlands for male hitchhikers with big muscles. She herself is tiny—like a kid peering up over the steering wheel. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, Isserley listens to her passengers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them should they disappear—and then she strikes. What happens to her victims next is only part of a terrifying reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different!

  • By Brenda J. Duge on 07-13-14

Unusual and thought-provoking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-15

What did you love best about Under the Skin?

Sort of Sci-Fi, sort of a mystery. Unusual premise with a few well-developed and interesting characters. Scottish accents and slang.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Place

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,056

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

Good Mystery, Good Characters

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-15

Where does The Secret Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The characters are interesting and well-developed, though stay away if you don't want to delve into the minds of teenage girls. The plot is unpredictable and the performances are good. Irish accents and slang.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eternity Base

  • By: Bob Mayer
  • Narrated by: Steven Cooper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Maverick federal employee Sammy Pintella, obsessed with uncovering the fate of her MIA father, makes a startling discovery while rifling through some inactive government files. A dozen faded black-and-white photos seem to point to the existence of a secret US Military base built in the frozen wastelands of Antarctica during the height of the Cold War. Aided by Special Forces veteran Dave Riley, she heads for Antarctica. But they aren't alone. Spies, North Koreans and other shadowy forces are also en route, because deep inside Eternity Base is something people will go to extreme lengths to get.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of survival and conspiracy

  • By R. Pipito on 06-17-15

Decent Thriller

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A decent thriller that keeps you guessing. The characters are not particularly memorable, but the story pulls you along.