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  • The Wolf Trial

  • By: Neil Mackay
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose meets Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho. This brilliant historical epic is inspired by the true story of a man whose crimes were so great he was thought to be a werewolf. In 1563 Paulus Melchior, lawyer, academic and enlightened rationalist, travels with his young assistant Willy Lessinger to the isolated German town of Bideburg where local landowner, Peter Stumpf, is accused of brutally murdering dozens of people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • deeply atmospheric

  • By monique on 08-13-17

deeply atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Yes, reminiscent of Name of the Rose, but original in its own right. Literary. Troubling in its unflinching historical accuracy (or at least, highly persuasive) of the time of the Inquisition. Beautifully written and narrated. A brooding psychological thriller. I could not put it down despite some tough spots, but I like to imagine what prior times were like.

Not for readers who want quick and frequent action. If you are squeamish I would recommend the written version instead, as the narrator's brilliant performance heightened every nuance. Well worth the time and credit. Under-valued in my opinion.

  • La Carrière du mal

  • Cormoran Strike 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Lionel Bourguet
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

En arrivant au bureau un matin, Robin Ellacott trouve un colis, qu'elle ouvre sans se douter de la vision d'horreur qui l'attend : à l'intérieur, la jambe tranchée d'une femme. Qui est la victime ? Qui est l'expéditeur de ce courrier macabre ? Et pourquoi l'a-t-il adressé personnellement à Robin ? Bouleversée, la jeune femme s'en remet à son patron, le détective privé Cormoran Strike, lequel voit alors ressurgir des fantômes de son propre passé.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Très bonne continuation

  • By simon on 06-22-17

a lot of violence towards women

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

I really enjoyed this book for the narrator's skill and the writer's talent. However, I almost stopped listening because of the detail of psychological abuse towards the killer's adult female victims. If this isn't too off-putting for you, it is otherwise an excellently written book by a master writer. And there simply aren't enough French language books of this quality to pass up. Lionel Bourguet does a terrific job with all characters, including the women (a rare skill).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

  • By: David R. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Dirt, soil, call it what you want - it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations explores the compelling idea that we are - and have long been - using up Earth's soil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turns out there's a lot to learn about dirt

  • By Dan on 06-11-12

I wish we could make this compulsory reading

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

Brilliant discussion about a topic vital to our collective survival, and very accessible and easy to listen to, despite the esoteric focus and rather modest title.

Highly recommended to anyone interested in culture, history, biological sciences, farming practices throughout the world, sustainable or restorative farming, gardening, or any aspect of environmental protection.

Loved it.

  • The Humane Economy

  • How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals
  • By: Wayne Pacelle
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

A major new exploration of the economics of animal exploitation and a practical road map for how we can use the marketplace to promote the welfare of all living creatures from the renowned animal-rights advocate Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and New York Times best-selling author of The Bond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For all lovers of animals--even the most sensitive

  • By monique on 05-01-16

For all lovers of animals--even the most sensitive

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

As with many animal lovers out there, I was ambivalent about purchasing this book, fearing a litany of disturbing and horrifying stories. I took the chance and have no regrets at all.

This book is expertly written and in a style very easy to listen to, and while his love of animals shines through, it is a rational 'position paper' using the latest research findings and worldwide events as examples, and covering a very road range of issues pertaining to our sharing the planet, and our lives, with all types of animals.

Excellent also for those with interests in economics of doing the right thing--shows that individual decisions in purchasing, and social media, can and do make a difference, and also better equips the reader to respond to statements by some that it is too expensive or hopeless to do the right thing.

Couldn't put it down. Kudos to the author.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Home - A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure

  • The Traveler, Volume 1
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,368

Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world's population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He's alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child. Unaware of the chaos that's befallen everything outside of his central Texas ranch land, Marcus lives a Spartan life. If anyone steps onto his property, he shoots first and never asks questions. But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One man, his home, his rules.

  • By Brian on 02-26-16

sexist clichés +++

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

While I enjoy this type of story, I do not care for those that portray women as hysterical, dependent, weak, and irrational (i.e., needing a macho rescue). There are many such stories out there portraying women and men fighting as equals, side by side. To be fair however, I gave up after a couple of chapters of this, finding it too stereotypical.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Snowblind

  • By: Michael McBride
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

A stranger staggers out of the wilderness under the cover of a blizzard and stumbles into a diner full of people. He collapses in the entryway, unzips his jacket, and allows the object hidden inside to fall out. Screaming commences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent creepy read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-13-15

a hidden gem

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

Check out this brief but excellently written and performed story--original and well researched, with insightful portrayal of human nature. Performed with tension-building restraint by GT. Strongly recommended as far above the quality often seen in stories of this length.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hunted

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Get hooked on Heck: the maverick detective who knows no boundaries. A grisly whodunit you won't be able to put down, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and TV series Luther. Heck needs to watch his back. Because someone's watching him... Across the south of England, a series of bizarre but fatal accidents are taking place. So when a local businessman survives a near-drowning but is found burnt alive in his car just weeks later, DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is brought in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! Kept me engaged all along

  • By CheyenneQBU on 07-11-15

a superior read

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

More serious than Stuart McBride, but a superior (and mysterious) mystery. Well performed by PT, including female characters. Original, engaging, and edgy. Fun. Not for the faint of heart.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Storm Part 1

  • Destroyermen, Book 1
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • different, entertaining

  • By monique on 05-27-15

different, entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

I enjoyed this. It was different, and I enjoyed the level of detail about military and naval practices. However, the (human) female characters, and romantic 'scenes' are truly cringe-worthy. Still well worth a listen, and I will be getting at least one more.

  • Wagons West Texas!

  • By: Dana Fuller Ross
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

The bold new Republic of Texas is fighting for its life. Rallying to the cause of liberty, the brave pioneers who forged the Oregon Trail are called upon to lead a new wagon train into the fray. Leaving their homes in the thriving Oregon Territory, they face impossible odds on the wild Texas frontier, overrun with dangerous outlaws, native tribes, and the powerful Mexican Army. Among the freedom fighters are veteran commander Lee Blake and his wife Kathy, boat builder Harry Canning, and the fearless Texsas Rangers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun read.

  • By Xavier on 02-18-12

stereotypes ++, but nonetheless enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15

Mr. Gigante's performance, including his interpretation of female character voices, makes this set of stories both restful and entertaining, and makes their occasional stereotypes quite easy to overlook. I know I'll be listening to the whole series.

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco, William Weaver - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The meaning of the mystery & mystery of meaning

  • By Ryan on 02-14-14

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-14

For all the book readers who feared a disappointing rendition to this (arguably best ever) book--a wonderful and accessible interpretation, with unsurpassed narration. Bravo!

15 of 17 people found this review helpful