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Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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  • A Siege of Bitterns

  • By: Steve Burrows
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn't mind ruffling a few feathers. His success has elevated him into a poster boy for the police. The problem is Jejeune doesn't really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds. Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, Jejeune's two worlds collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good mystery, superb narrator - excellent listen!

  • By Sarah on 09-28-16

Uneven

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

A well-defined sense of place and birding culture is an intriguing backdrop to a confusing and weakly written plot. Too much action is described through dialogue. The reader was excellent, except for the irritatingly bad English-Canadian accent of the main character, who inexplicably had a French Canadian name. As a Canadian, this audiobook was hard to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sarah's Key Part 2

  • By: Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 3

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible!

  • By John on 04-02-16

Terrible!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

There were so many directions in which a writer might have taken the events of the deportation of French Jews. This was not one of them. Completely unbelievable characters and a plot you could drive a semi through. The writing is cringe worthy and emotionally barren, devoid of nuance.

  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

  • Flavia de Luce, Book 7
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980

Flavia de Luce - "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" ( The New York Times Book Review) - takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools in the captivating new mystery from New York Times best-selling author Alan Bradley.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't live up to it's promise.

  • By Magpie on 02-04-15

Bad, bad accent!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

The reader's butchering of a Canadian accent ruined the experience. Surely, cursory attention paid to the difference between a mid-west American drawl and Canadian speech might have served better an author who spent a significant part of his career in Canada. The story, sweet as it is, already has enough to challenge one's capacity to suspend disbelief. It's embarrassing.

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  • A Case of Redemption

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,342

A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By cristina on 05-20-13

My first and last Mitzner novel.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Stilted dialogue, caricatures instead of characters, and a performance which magnified these flaws made for a less than enjoyable listen. The authors continual descriptions of female characters based solely on their anatomical features with little or no character development was unbearable. The court room sequences were unlikely, with a judge so biased and cantankerous as to beggar belief. In a similar vein, what lawyer, thrust into a murder trial with a week's notice, spends his nights in bed with his law partner, instead of burning the midnight oil on behalf of his client? If it hadn't have been the only book we had on a long road trip, it would not have been finished. The plot twist at the end was really the only redeeming feature.

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