When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?
Good book: good characters, good plot, interesting milieu, and if I'd listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone book, how much better off am I listening to him read one of Ireland's best modern authors.
The Summer Tree is the first novel of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Five university students embark on a journey of self-discovery when they enter a realm of wizards and warriors, gods and mythical creatures - and good and evil...
He went far too far with the description if the all-encompassing rape of a main character. This ruins a near perfect series as a recommendation for younger readers, or indeed, those with a great sensitivity towards such things (and we should all have this). He finds, at times, a great deal of truth through and past the experience of pain. The title of the book involves one such episode. But there cannot be justification for the level of horror he details, and the books cannot be recommended because of it. I truly love these books; I once let my self-censor not consider this scene when I gave these as a gift. Be careful if you choose to read them, and thrice careful if you recommend them or give them as a gift. These are beautiful books.
The reader is very good, but choosing an Englishman to read a story with Canadian main characters seems almost a fantasy cliché. That said, he does have a beautiful voice and committed, professional style of reading, even if he can't do a North American accent.
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Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.
This is an excellent novella: It has the kind of focus the form needs, but with enough elaboration of character and setting to fully engage the reader. And it's a good story. At this point in his career, Scalzi is simply a masterful writer, irrelevant of the story matter or genre, in kind of the same way that say Stephen King or Donald Westlake became masterful writers - years of dedicated work by an intelligent, talented man. I look forward to reading pretty much anything he writes. If you haven't been convinced by him yet, this may do it for you, especially if you like engaging, thoughtful SF noire.
Not many men knew what Parker did for a living, because what he did was steal. But Joe Sheer, a retired safecracker knew. He knew Parker's alias, his whereabouts, his plans... and because he knew too much, he knew to keep his mouth shut. Or die. But Joe was more than ready to trade what he knew for what every man needs - his freedom. So Parker had come to Nebraska to find the old jugger... and probably murder him. But what Parker found was trouble: Joe was already six feet under.
It's a typical, violent Parker novel. If you like them, you won't be starting here. The reader, however, sounds like he's never even walked the same street as a Parker. Ever.
He does some of the voices well: a policeman, women, an acquaintance early on. But he doesn't attempt to do a voice for Parker and his narrative voice doesn't suit the material - some other material maybe, but not this.
Contains important plot developments for the series as a whole.
When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he's to look for a sign. He's a marine: He'll choose the mission. Unfortunately, the sign he's to look for is "57". Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually it appears that God's will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International.
Fun if you're a fan. Though it doesn't require reading the series as it's a prequel, I found it lacking in progression of character and plot compared to the others - almost a set of short stories that didn't have much depth. Yeah, I know, depth in monster hunting? But, the original series did have a good character arc - and a more likable protagonist. I found this one...almost a parody of the original's set of clichés.
I am a fan of the original series, and the author's writing in general - ripping good yarns; and the co-author does seem to have a great resumé to be involved. It simply didn't catch me the way the others did - almost in spite of myself at first.
The narrator is as good as usual, especially if I imagine him to be the brother-in-law DEA agent from "Breaking Bad", who's vocal style he seems to be almost consciously emulating.
I wish Larry had done this solo - he seemed to have his heart in it more. Don't let your political tangles hurt your passion for writing Larry! And step up your game, co-author, I suspect you could do better. (I did enjoy your detailed D&D sword reference - had a good laugh - been there, done that.)
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When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.
Memorable characters, easy to root for, and well suited to the narrator. Written in a glib, fast-moving first person.
Left homeless by the war that reduced Terra to a radioactive cinder, Hosteen Storm - Navaho commando and master of beasts - is drawn to the planet Arzor, to kill a man he has never met. On that dangerous frontier world, aliens and human colonists share the land in an uneasy truce. But something is upsetting the balance, and Storm is caught in the middle. He had thought the war was over - but was it?
The narrator was good, though not terribly distinctive - he certainly didn't detract at all. The story is a SF Western. Good fun, especially if you discovered it when you were young. Had fun encountering it again.
Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.
PC and fluffy, more vegan smoothie than alchemy. My wife must have gotten this on sale; I didn't turn it off because the reader has a lovely voice and it helped me sleep.
Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.
It was a little hard to tell what the experience would have been without being familiar with the comic series, but the production was one of the best I've encountered on Audible - radio-broadcast quality (and then some) aural storytelling at novel length. Wish more had production goals of this quality; It's a different art form.
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In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipatthanas) are "the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana." Within the quintessential discourse called the Satipatthana Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings about the practice of meditation.
He's got a gentle, interesting voice taking you through...something between a speech and a conversation. At first, I objected to the lack of a more book-like organization, but he grew on me. There are too many things here that sneak up on you and suddenly, "I needed to hear that!" strikes like a gong, and you back up and listen, and think, and perhaps write it down. Or just stop - "I've got to think about that for awhile."
I'm glad I bought it. Also, too many narrators simply don't read this subject well, usually professional readers that don't add anything - or a translator that needs to hire one! Here, we get to hear a wise man relate things that he finds useful and provocative - extremely valuable. And it would only work in audio.
Recommended to those who know at least something about Buddhism. I'm not a Buddhist myself, at least in the religious sense, but I find they have some of the world's best advice.
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