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  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733

Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but listeners new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hurrah! Elizabeth George Is Back in Top Form!

  • By Mark on 03-28-18

I Lynley & Barbara

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I love the Lynley books and this one was good, mostly. Being honest the first half and the last eighth was good. Definitely could have done without so much detail of a bunch of college students, that mostly felt like and it would have been much more enjoyable without it. Still a good story overall and as always, Simon Vance is amazing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,337

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked this one out of the park

  • By Anne on 02-22-18

Tuscan Child

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I love everything Rys Bowen writes and this is no exception. Engaging from the first sentence to the last! Interesting, lovely story.

  • Heads or Tails

  • The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Book 7
  • By: Damien Boyd
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

A man has been mutilated and left to drown on the incoming tide, handcuffed in his van. With the murder bearing a striking resemblance to a string of sadistic killings carried out with surgical precision in 1990s gangland Manchester, it can mean only one thing: the killer is back. Transferred to the Major Investigation Team, DI Nick Dixon is assigned a new partner and sent to Manchester. Meanwhile, the gruesome murders in Somerset continue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent DI Nick Dixon suspense mystery!

  • By Wayne on 10-09-17

Feels like a repeat

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

Did not hold my interest, I didn't finish. I hate to be critical of narrators but have to admit that Napoleon Ryan is not my favorite.

  • Racing the Devil

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead - and make it through the war - they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice. In November 1919 the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception and Murder

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-23-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Loved the way the story was about Rutledge but with a twist which made it new and fresh. Excellent narration as always with Simon Prebble.

  • A Breach of Promise

  • William Monk, Book 9
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

The plaintiffs in a sensational breach of promise suit are wealthy social climbers Barton and Delphine Lambert, suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah's alleged fiancé, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Not even to his counsel, distinguished barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, will Killian explain his rejection of rich and charming Zillah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Favorite Anne Perry Book

  • By Nancy J on 08-03-17

Very slow start

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

This book was much slower than others i have read in the series. The last one third was good enough to take it to four stars.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,394
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,768

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

I normally love Michael Connely books, however, this one totally missed the mark. It was a struggle to listen to all of it. It was dull, sounding more like a list of police procedures. I didn't care about the characters as none of them came to life for me especially the main character, Det. Ballard. I had hopes of good female lead but alas, it was not in this book. Perhaps someone else wrote this one for Connely.

  • Strays

  • A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America
  • By: Britt Collins, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson - foreword
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

For fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Strays is a compelling true story of a man who rescues a stray, injured cat and how they save each other. Homeless, alcoholic, and depressed, Michael King lives in a UPS loading bay on the wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Oregon. One rainy night, he stumbles upon a hurt, starving, scruffy cat and takes her in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of LOVE Story

  • By Piper on 05-16-18

Cats Are Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

A story so heart warming and wonderful it's almost unbelievable except it's a true story!

We are all worth saving, be it animal or man. A lovely story and I enjoyed it very much! Highly recommend!

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,319

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Engaging Storyline

  • By RavidReader on 03-05-17

Excellent start of a new series

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

It took a few chapters to get into the story as is usual for a new series but once I did I was hooked. It is very different from Bowen's Royal Spyness series, more serious although it still has enough light moments. An interesting, historical mystery that keeps you guessing and a nice love interest that leaves you wanting more. I am a big fan of British mysteries and I look forward to more in this series.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation (Cherringham 7 - 9)

  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 7 - 9: THE BODY IN THE LAKE, SNOWBLIND and PLAYING DEAD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended!

  • By Marge on 10-03-16

Loved all in series

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

I so enjoyed this lovely series. They are cozy mysteries but no means common. The narrator was perfect! I do hope there will be more in the series.

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,866

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Gruesome & misogynistic story saved by great performance

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

Are men really as sexist as this book makes it sound? (Answer: no, but you wouldn't know if from this book.) Every woman is reduced to her appearance, even the one on whom the entire story hinges.

I would have bailed early on, had it not been for the excellent performance by the narrator, Erik Davies.

Even if you think all women should be judged by their breast size and availability for sex, you still might not like this. It's pacey enough, but the rationale for the crime, and the nature of the crime, are too far-fetched.

Shame because Jussi has a pacey writing style. Maybe next time, the female characters will be actual people rather than plot devices with boobs, and the plot will be more believable.