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  • A Rule against Murder

  • A Three Pines Mystery
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,392

When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Summer Mystery

  • By Sara on 07-16-14

PD James comes to Canada?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-10

A great listen. Ms. Penny continues to capture the "male voice" as well as any female author, while providing a great view into another culture that is still North American.VERY interesting. I want to go to Quebec! Characters a fully fleshed out and the mystery itself, while somewhat straining credibility, is really almost secondary to the characters and their relationships.
I strongly urge you to start at the beginning of this series. The characters will become old friends.

If PD James where to put something together in Canada this is what you might get.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fragile Beasts

  • A Novel
  • By: Tawni O'Dell
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Laural Merlington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

When their hard-drinking but loving father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, their town's matriarch, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boys' story and takes them in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tawni O'Dell Fan

  • By bette on 09-20-10

Both character driven and plot driven.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-10

The first little bit of the listen seems off, until you get into the story. A great listen that will be good for those who like simpler easy reads (Grisham etc) and those who like a little more "meat" in their books (Richard Russo).

Both narrators are top notch.

  • The Anniversary Man

  • A Novel
  • By: R. J. Ellory
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Twenty years ago, John Costello and his girlfriend, Nadia, became victims of the deranged “Hammer of God”, a serial killer who went after young courting couples in an attempt to “save their souls”. Nadia was killed by the first blow of the hammer. John survived but was physically and psychologically scarred to an extent that few people could comprehend. He withdrew from society and hid in his apartment and emerges now only to work as a crime researcher for a major newspaper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different from "Angels," but great.

  • By Daniel on 07-16-10

Different from "Angels," but great.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-10

Ellory captures his characters wonderfully, with essential nuances while still putting together a great plot. This book is not as elegantly written as "Angels," but it is a different type of book. More murder mystery and in a shorter time period.

Think James Lee Burke meeting Ian Rankin somewhere in New York City.

Great narration. Nicely paced and captures the mood of the novel and the characters.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Life of Crime

  • By: Darlien C. Breeze
  • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Straight arrow lawman Josh Cummings retrieves over a million dollars from a snow filled gorge…and keeps it. As he relates his most interesting cases from 50-plus years in law enforcement to two young reporters, Steve Simon and George Smitts, he conveniently leaves this part out. Each chapter is a complete story running the gamut from dark comedy to crime thriller.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected.

  • By Daniel on 07-16-10

Not what I expected.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-10

Unlike Tana French or Louise Penny, this author does not capture males at all. I knew I was in trouble when I heard one guy describing another guy as "ruggedly handsome." Ummmm...not even close.

Sadly, it was made even worse by the narration, which was soap opera level overwrought and trapped in the all to well known problem of the female narrator trying to capture guys by talking slow and deep, and ending up making them sound stupid.

With over 800 audiobook listens, I do not think I have found a more disappointing download. The best I can compare it to is a James Patterson book read by an overacting female Jim Carrey.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crossing to Safety

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 651

One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Stegner and his beautiful last book

  • By Rebecca on 11-16-13

Love the book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-10

Lush and beautifully written, this story covers many years of two couples. If you like Richard Fords stuff, or Russo, then you will be very happy with this book.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Through Black Spruce

  • By: Joseph Boyden
  • Narrated by: James Jenner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Joseph Boyden's first novel, Three Day Road, was a Today Show Book Club selection. Through Black Spruce is the exceptional follow-up to his acclaimed debut. Cree bush pilot Will Bird lies comatose in a hospital, while his wayward niece Annie arrives to sit in silent vigil by his side. Slowly their stories reveal two people previously separated by great distances, beaten and broken, and searching for some sense of where they belong in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A writer to watch

  • By Timothy on 09-01-09

Great Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-09

A slow start to this listen had me close to moving on to another book. I am glad to stick it out as the book slowly grabbed and held me more and more the longer I listened.

Two great narrators, and a great blend of characters and plot that leaves you guessing what will happen. I connected with many of the characters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lay of the Land

  • Frank Bascombe, Book 3
  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that, 10 years later, after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), and more acutely in thrall to life's endless complexities than ever before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Richard Ford, get out of my mind!

  • By D. Vance on 11-04-06

I loved it, but realize what your getting.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-09

If you like Richard Russo style musings of a story that tends to slowly unveil through the eyes of a middle age male (of which I am...) then this is a great book. I loved it and was not happy when, at first, this was the only Audible Richard Ford book.

My daughter is all about Jodi Picoult and the new Twilight books. Clearly they meet her needs as a teenage reader, although I find them overwritten, melodramatic tripe.

And this is my point: This book met me where i was at, and is a great read for those looking to see how a big segment of middle age white guy thinks and sees much of the world. I suppose for many, this would seem silly...but I loved the writing and the narration was great.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Killing Frost

  • By: R. D. Wingfield
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

The discovery of two teenage girls' bodies and a video of a snuff movie showing the death of one of the victims leaves Detective Inspector Jack Frost in a race against time before the killer can strike again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a favorite

  • By Loreen on 09-26-08

Tops of the list...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-08

For those who like a fully fleshed out set of characters, narration, multiple layers of action, drama/mystery/crime you are set. It like PD James has an affair with Ian Rankin who collaborated with Adrian Mckinty and was proofread by James Lee Burke.

Top 5 out of the over 500 audiobooks I have listen too.

NEED MORE OF THIS AUTHOR!

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Uncharted

  • By: Angela Hunt
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Every year for two decades, David Payne invites his five closest college friends to travel with him on a weeklong humanitarian mission. And each year, they are too busy. This year, however, when David's funeral reunites them, they decide to fulfill his mission to a far-flung Pacific island. But something unplanned and mind-boggling occurs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Movie

  • By Ienjoyreading on 08-11-07

A soap opera.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-07

A soap opera with unattractive characters that were more caricatures than unique. The writing banged me over the head rather than treating me as someone with imagination. The "inner voices" of the characters came off as simplistic and naive.

The narration was overwrought.

Obviously some like this type of book, but for myself, who loves Richard Russo, James Lee Burke or TC Boyle I was left feeling like I watched a soap opera rather than a good movie.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • On the Wrong Track

  • By: Steve Hockensmith
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer is an old-fashioned kind of guy: He prefers a long trail ride even when a train ticket can get him where he's going in one-tenth the time. So when it's Old Red who insists on guarding the Pacific Axpress, despite a generations-old family distrust of the farm stealin', cattle-killin', money-grubbing' railroads, Big Red is flummoxed. But as usual, he'll follow his ornery brother just about anywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!!!

  • By Onora on 06-17-07

Good book with a bit off narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-07

I enjoyed the characters, plot, twists and detials in the book, but found myself often distracted by the narration, which smacked of cartoonish qualities and undigestable speech for characters.

For example, Big Red is a large, strong man more than willing to mix it up with several bad guys at a time, yet his "voice" is squeaky, excited and over exaggerated. Its like a Clint Eastwood guy talking with an Urkel accent.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful