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  • Once Upon a Haunted Moor

  • The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 752

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. His first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he's gutted - he's a level-headed copper who doesn't believe in such things, and he can't help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl. But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee's insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon's heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start, terrific narration

  • By Annika on 01-26-18

Didn't like the story or writing.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

My overall reaction to both the story and writing was you've got to be kidding. The story was amateurish. It lacked depth of both the plot and characters. It was just another bland detective "mystery", if you can use that term. Also, the lengthy graphic description of the homosexual sex was completely unnecessary; what ever prompted the author to include it?

Tim Gilbert did a good job of telling the story, considering what he had to work with.

I will not be getting any other books in the series...

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,351

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And I didn't think I liked fantasies...

  • By AudioAddict on 09-27-13

Story superior, Tim Gerard Reynolds Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

It didn't take any time at all for me to get hooked on this book. Great characters, double plot, beasts and magicians, good and evil and most of all a great narrator.

Tim Gerard Reynolds told the story in a very appealing, relaxing and believable way. His voices were distinct, so much so that the characters were easily recognizable; although it was a little humorous that the dwarf spoke with a Welsh accent, and other characters spoke with current British accents, like Cockney, Scottish and Irish!

The story was very well done. However, I am a bit of a stickler for credibility, even in mythology, and found that the details of certain laws of physics were stretched a bit too far. Magic and spells are fine but some of these broken basic laws of nature made me question how certain actions were able to take place. I will not illustrate this as it would give too much away but I found that I had to stop my questioning and just accept them as part of the story.

All-in-all a great book; I have now started on the next one in the series.

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158

A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By G. Green on 10-11-15

Could Not Finish

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This reminds me of my required reading list in college; a classic that is difficult to understand why it is a classic and why we had to study it. It seemed to go on and on with spurts of progress and then bogged down with pages of endless detail and dialog. I guess if you were looking for a way to try and escape your boring life in the age when it was written, you could wade through it, and then have an "intellectual" conversation about it. However, I have better books that are entertaining escapes and not an intellectual study of Russian literature.

I might skip to the end someday to find out if he goes completely crazy or ends up confessing--maybe. I wonder if there is an abridged version, or Cliff Notes...

Gregory is an okay reader but I found it difficult to distinguish the different characters from his voice.

  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book had it all

  • By Magnus on 10-14-17

Different Time Travel Adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

The premise for this time travel adventure is interesting: A WWII bomber is swept through a portal into 200 years in the future; Captain Farley and the crew must find their way back against futuristic "people" and weapons; they are helped by the "good" faction who live inside a dome and fight the "evil" faction who have the superior weapons and robots.

The writing is excellent. However, having said that, I found that the authors tend to over elaborate on describing some of the settings. This is especially true for the account of Farley's escape from the crater, which seems to go on and on with elaborate details and dream sequences that really add very little to the plot.

The characters are vivid and the one thing that the book excels at is the dialog of the crew, which contains virtually every 1940's colloquialism.

Macleod Andrews does a fabulous job with the narration, giving each character a unique voice. He adds just a slight nuance to the "dome" characters making them instantly recognizable. Although I find I have to listen to many books at 1.25 speed, this is not the case for this book as Andrews reads at a perfect pace.

Definitely a recommendation for this audio book.

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,423

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

A great Who (or what) Done It.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

This is a book that keeps you involved right from the beginning and leaves you satisfied at the end. The premise is novel and the clues are enough to keep you guessing but not enough to detract from the mystery. The characters are believable and strong and they make the story flow with consistency. It is obvious that the author, Andrew Mayne, is well versed in biology which adds to the credence of the protagonist Theo Cray.

Will Damron's narration is very good, but I rated it a 4 and not a 5 because there are other narrators who I consider "excellent" and Will, although close, is not quite one of them.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,306

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Just couldn't get into it...

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Normally I enjoy WWII novels but there was something about this one that I disliked. I tried 3 times to listen to it but after just a half hour or so I had to put it down. The story didn't draw me in and the narration, which was properly accented for the story, put me off.

That is not to say others may find it great, just not me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,123

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Did HAL Have A Son Called Winston?

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Winston has a nicer voice than HAL and does not contradict Langdon... AI has evolved and will continue to evolve until computers take over the world... Langdon must find the password for a cell phone... Sorry not much here Dan Brown!

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,961

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Would Have Given It 5 Stars But...

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

As the introduction states, this is a true story and I suppose you could subtitle it the story of unsung heroes. At first I thought the presentation would be better if written in the first person, but then I got it that this was like a documentary being narrated by the author; but still the first person may have given the story more credence. However, either way Pino's story is amazing.

The beginning was interesting but somehow I did not feel the tension that should have been there, then toward the end it got really strong. The ending is startling. An example, (and not to give too much away) is the mention of the "observer", which leaves you (and Pino) with unanswered questions.

The narrator, Will Damron, did a fine job and his Italian and German accents were very credible.

  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,366

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Good but annoying dialog

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

The plot and characters were good, even though the end was a bit off-base.

What was annoying was the dialog, both from a writing and narration point of view. The use of "he said", "she said" and the other forms of this became redundant especially in the conversation between the main characters. What really added to the annoyance was that the narrator, Kyle McCarley, put too much emphasis on these, often greater even than the actual dialog, by raising his voice at the end of the sentence. It became a "nails on the chalkboard" annoyance that was hard to ignore. It is unfortunate because the story had a good foundation and Kyle did a reasonable job on the various character voices.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,857

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Good Mystery, Twisted Ending

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Although there wasn't a lot of suspense, the plot flowed well. The villain was a bit out there, however, and it was hard to reconcile his two personae which were probably not psychologically realistic; it is hard to imagine that he could live the two lives he did and no one noticed.

Nina Alvamar was a great narrator and one of the few women that could do a competent job of men's voices.