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  • Dodge & Twist

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tony Lee
  • Narrated by: Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Michael Socha, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650

It’s rumoured that Dickens wanted to return to his classic novel Oliver Twist, to bring him back into a later book as an older character, but he never managed this before he died. However, if Oliver had returned, what would he have been like? Would the scars of his childhood affect the man he would become? And what of ‘Dodger’, sent to a land halfway around the world, his friend, mentor and master dead because of Oliver? Dodge & Twist is that story. The tale of two boys, 12 years later, returning into each other’s lives - for both good and bad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performance, pretty dismal story

  • By Kevin on 02-04-19

Oliver and Dodger team up once again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I didn't expect to like this as much as I did!

It's a fun romping adventure with an older Artful Dodger and a less naive Oliver Twist. The plot held together well and while I was dreading Dodger being a criminal adult, he really lost none of his boyhood charm. I also liked the little "shout outs" to other Dickens works like A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations.

The ending tied up all the loose ends, but still left room for more adventures. Please! I'd love to see a sequel!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Murder at Half Moon Gate

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, he promptly alerts the watchman and lets the authorities handle the matter. But Wrexford soon finds himself drawn into the murder investigation when the inventor's widow begs for his assistance, claiming the crime was not a random robbery. It seems her husband's designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death. The plans could be worth a fortune and very dangerous in the wrong hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder at Half Moon Gate

  • By all smiles on 08-14-18

No "Sophmore Slump" in this seies!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

It seemed to take forever for this to come out in audiobook, but the story was definitely worth the wait. We get a few new characters and glimpses of the previously unrevealed past of other continuing characters. The relationship between Wrexford and Charlotte deepens in a satisfying way.

I was, at first, put off by how random it was that Wrexford fell into this mystery, but it was just complicated enough to keep me guessing at pieces that I soon forgot at about that. The ending was plausible and didn't feel like the author hid anything so the twist near the end doesn't come in from left field.

My only real quibble is the narrator, while the same one as the first book, has an unnatural cadence that I didn't mind in the first book but was driving me nutty by the end of this one (thus I marked it down a star.)

Can't wait for the next one.

  • Traitor's Blade

  • Greatcoats Series, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening. Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Adventure Fantasy

  • By Scott Simons on 06-19-18

Great Find for fans of Adventure Fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This reminds me not only of the Dumas books, but also, somehow, of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn. The fights are very well defined without becoming beleaguered or boring. I rather like that, although there is magic, the protagonist dislikes it and tries to avoid it so at least there is something the view have that the "good guys" don't.

I liked the reader even if his female voices were lacking.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,085

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Best Harry Bosch book in a long time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

I had stopped reading/listening to Harry Bosch books, because wile they are excellently plotted and written, they seemed to be overwhelmingly "seamy." This is not surprising because most of them deal with murders (and really depraved murderers.)

While there is a murder in this book, there is very little gore and little psychological torment (and what there is is mostly implied rather than spelled out in detail.) This, however, did not take away the tension of the plot or the impact of the ending.

I really appreciated the look inside Harry's Vietnam experience and how it colored his search for the missing heir.

The only real problem I could see is that while the two mysteries seemed to intertwine in time, they really had very little crossover. Each could have been its own book without losing anything. The weirdest thing is that I don't think I can recall any other Harry Bosch book with such a "happy ending."

  • Shadow of the Serpent

  • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 1
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the first in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really struggling to finish this!

  • By joanna potter on 08-10-16

Too much work!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-17

I usually listen to audio books to relax, but getting into this one was not relaxing. There was far too much time spent on politics (both the national kind and within the police department) making work to remember a lot of the historical detail. Personally, I had trouble getting through it.

The reader has a fairly thick Scottish accent which is hard to get used to, it would lend atmosphere to the story, but he also seems to be a bit overdramatic and it's distracting to hear him breathing and licking his lips.

  • Archie in the Crosshairs

  • By: Robert Goldsborough
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Archie Goodwin is chipper as he strolls home from his weekly poker game, money in his pocket and a smile on his lips. He has just reached Nero Wolfe's stately brownstone on West 35th Street when a sedan whips around the corner and two gunshots ring out, nearly hitting Goodwin. It is a warning, and the message is clear: The next bullet will not miss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By JB on 06-07-15

I REALLY miss Michael Prichard

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

What did you like best about Archie in the Crosshairs? What did you like least?

I liked that it was a new Nero Wolfe book. I've read all the Rex Stout books and keep hoping that Goldsborough will hit his stride, but all the characterizations are just a BIT off. It doesn't help that this reader is very poor with accents and different voices. Half the time Fritz (who is supposed to be Swiss and speak with a French accent) speaks with a German accent... and sometimes he sounds almost Chinese.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Goldsborough? Why or why not?

Probably not. I've already tried two of them and have been less than thrilled with the narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of L. J. Ganser’s performances?

No. He's especially poor at women's voices.

Could you see Archie in the Crosshairs being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. The original Stout books are still better than Goldsborough's extension of the series. Plus, at least one or two of the others are better than this one.

Any additional comments?

I think if Michael Prichard (who did the original Rex Stout Nero Wolfe books) were to read the sequels, they wouldn't grate quite so much.

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  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,244

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Brave New World

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-02-15

More Horatio Hornblower than Harry Dresden

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed listening to this book. I almost didn't. It started out slow and the enormous number of characters introduced did not include any I felt I wanted to spend time with. After a while, it picked up, though.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Edit it.

But, maybe not. What makes this read a long slog is the details of the world and how it works, but that's also what makes the world interesting and the setting is by far the most compelling thing about this book.

I do wish the characters weren't so one-dimensional. I understand that fleshing them out in this (the first) novel would probably have made the book even longer, but they remain defined by their quirks and, other than their sex and profession, it's really the only way to tell them apart.

Which scene was your favorite?

I wouldn't say it was my favorite, but the battle scenes (both on the spire and in the air) were wordy, but well done. (Unfortunately, there seemed so many of them it is hard to remember one from the other.)

Do you think The Aeronaut's Windlass needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, it is obviously the first in a series. There is too much unresolved for this to be a stand alone. For instance, the heroes have not even met the "big bad."

Any additional comments?

As I said, it took a while for me to get into this book (especially since I really only could listen to it for about an hour at a time.) I don't know that I would have made it through the non-audio version.

Still, since I enjoyed most of C.S. Forester's Hornblower books and Bernard Cornwall's Sharpe books, once I got used to the way the world and characters were presented, I found myself enjoying this book.

  • Homicide Trinity

  • By: Rex Stout
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

The orchid-growing gourmet Nero Wolfe and his onfidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, dine on a three-course feast of murder. The menu in the first case is a double helping of lethal instruments. In the second, an embarassing situation develops when Wolfe's own soup-stained tie becomes a deadly weapon. Finally, a healthy serving of greenbacks and a ham actor lead Archie to an unpleasant discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the Nero Shorts

  • By Michael on 05-24-14

Excellent Wolfe Recording

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

Reviewed: 06-04-14

If you could sum up Homicide Trinity in three words, what would they be?

good nero wolfe

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I had read the three stories included in this recording before, but I do think Prichard's recording made it easier to follow and more suspenseful.

Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

I have always like Archie in the books, but Michael Prichard's reading of him makes him even more fun.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I learned my lesson. I now savor each Wolfe recording since eventually I will have them all and there won't be any more new ones.

Any additional comments?

The was a relic from the cassette recoding left on this version. After about 30 minutes, the narrator says "end of Cassette one, please turn over." etc. It only happens the once, but maybe someone can edit it out. (This is why I downgraded the overall rating to 4 stars.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful