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  • Luck and Judgement

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 3
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

When a worker goes missing from a North Sea gas platform, there seem to be just two possible explanations - it was a tragic accident or a suicide. It does not take Smith and his detectives long, however, to discover that James Bell led a double life back onshore in Kings Lake, a life complicated enough to make him at least one dangerous enemy. Before the case can be unraveled, Smith must get a new team working together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected, very good series

  • By Katie on 02-10-17

An interesting British police procedural with a very likable protagonist

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

This is the third installment of a series of books the detail the investigations I’ll be very likable British police officer.Each book revolves around the investigation into a murder. The format is your standard police procedural. Which sets this series apart from others is the dialogue between the characters in the main character himself. If you enjoy a good police procedural with a likable main character he will truly enjoy this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The White Mirror

  • A Mystery
  • By: Elsa Hart
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

In The White Mirror, Li Du, an imperial librarian and former exile in 18th-century China, is now an independent traveler. He is journeying with a trade caravan bound for Lhasa when a detour brings them to a valley hidden between mountain passes. On the icy planks of a wooden bridge, a monk sits in contemplation. Closer inspection reveals that the monk is dead, apparently of a self-inflicted wound. His robes are rent, revealing a strange symbol painted on his chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another enjoyable murder mystery from Elsa Hart

  • By PeterK on 10-05-17

A good solid mystery just a little too long

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

For people who like a good puzzle mystery this is a very good puzzle mystery. However I felt the story was a little too long to give it overall five stars. Also the near ration which is good could’ve been better. Overall it’s worth the money.

  • Jade Dragon Mountain

  • A Novel
  • By: Elsa Hart
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the emperor himself. When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Margo on 11-01-17

Judge D lite

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

This book reminds me of the judge the mysteries. It takes place in ancient China as a likable protagonist. However story is too long and the ending too predictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Balm Of Community

  • By Sara on 01-28-18

Another outstanding addition to the best mystery series going

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This is the very best mystery series out there. It has everything a mystery lover looks for, a great original mystery, an intelligent likable detective, great supporting characters, and an interesting and different location. Do yourself a favor, read them all!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • But for the Grace

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

When another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Like Sergeant DC Smith. He Doesn't Disappoint.

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

A story masquerading as a police procedural

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

If you are looking for a mystery, this is not the book for you. This is a story about life and death as seen through the eyes of elderly people and those who care for them, with a death as its background. It is not a true police procedural mystery.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,680

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

Save your money and skip the series very boring police procedural

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

This is a book that reads more like a script for a TV series. As a TV series it might be interesting given the characters. But as a fuck it is just very slow pace and very boring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Templars' Last Secret

  • By: Martin Walker
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

When a woman's body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands on the cliff above: the Chateau de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold that, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. With the help of Amelie, a young newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bruno meets terrorists

  • By Michael on 01-28-18

Bruno meets terrorists

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I love this series but this book was just average, not up to the quality of the previous books. It basically is a book about a terroist attack and if you’ve read one of these terrorist stories you basically read them all. Denfinately read all the other the books in this series, they are great, but skip this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Case of the Sulky Girl

  • Perry Mason Series, Book 2
  • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Frances Celane has good reason to pout. Thanks to a provision in her late father's will administered by her uncle, she's caught in the middle of a family feud between matrimony and money. If she chooses marriage, she loses a million. But beautiful young Frances has a strong will of her own that she's not afraid to use. One way or another, she means to hear wedding bells and cash registers making beautiful music together. Her first move: hire Perry Mason to orchestrate things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another classic hard boiled mystery

  • By Michael on 01-12-18

Another classic hard boiled mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

If you enjoy Phillip Marlowe, Mike Hammer, Mike Shane, and the other hard boiled detectives you will enjoy the Perry Mason series of mysteries. This is not the Perry Mason you may know from the television series. This Perry Mason is s tough, no hold bared, lawyer/detective. Think Phillip Marlow or Mike Hammer with a law degree and you got the idea.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Case of the Velvet Claws

  • Perry Mason Series, Book 1
  • By: Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Married Eva Griffin has been caught with a prominent congressman, and is ready to pay the editor of a sleazy tabloid hush money to protect the politician. But first Perry Mason tracks down the publisher of the blackmailing tabloid and discovers a shocking secret, which eventually leads to Mason being accused of murder. This is the first Perry Mason mystery and our introduction to secretary Della Street, detective Paul Drake, and the great lawyer himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The true Perry Mason, hard boiled detecting at its finest!

  • By Michael on 01-05-18

The true Perry Mason, hard boiled detecting at its finest!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

This is the first Perry Mason book and it’s as hard boiled as a two dollar steak. This is the true Perry Mason, not just courtroom lawyer but a guy who does his own detecting, and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He is as hard boiled as they come. Think of Phillip Marlowe with a law degree. If you love the 30s hard boiled lone wolf detective story, you are in for a treat. And there are many many more!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar: Empire of Gold: A History of the Byzantine Empire

  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

In this course, Thomas F. Madden offers a history of the culture that developed out of the ancient Roman Empire throughout the Middle Ages. The story begins at the end of the Roman Empire in the third century AD and continues over the next 1000 years. Professor Madden leads a discussion covering the aftermath and influence of this extraordinary empire. Europeans now saw a world in which nothing stood between them as the last remnant of free Christendom and the ever-growing powers of Islam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Content, Great Presentation

  • By Kristopher on 01-02-09

Fantastic overview of the Byzantine Empire

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Professor Madden provides a comprehensive and comprehensible overview of the history of the Byzantine Empire. Each lecture is 30 minutes in length and overs a distinct and yet interlocking topic. The lectures precede in chronological order, which makes it very easy to follow. Extremely well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful