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Angus Davis

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  • The Night at the Crossroads

  • Inspector Maigret; Book 7
  • By: Georges Simenon, Linda Coverdale (translator)
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

A new translation of Georges Simenon's sensational tale of deceit and back-stabbing in an isolated community, part of the new Maigret series. Maigret has been interrogating Carl Andersen for 17 hours without a confession. He's either innocent or a very good liar. So why was the body of a diamond merchant found at his isolated mansion? Why is his sister always shut away in her room? And why does everyone at Three Widows Crossroads have something to hide?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrative performance

  • By Angus Davis on 11-03-18

Great narrative performance

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Simenon is a real writer, not just a factory foreman, and Gareth Armstrong breathes real life into an amazing variety if characters. In my opinion and experience, his Maigret is authoritative.

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 746

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always Hardy

  • By Wallen on 04-20-11

Alan Rickman is perfect!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The story leads you through a thicket of passionate and conflicting relationships and personalities like a ship through a storm at sea, then takes you into port where life goes on as it should. Very satisfying and cathartic.

  • The Wycherly Woman

  • A Lew Archer Novel
  • By: Ross Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Archer to find her. That was plenty of time for a young girl who wanted to disappear to do so thoroughly—or for someone to make her disappear. And before he could locate the Wycherly girl, Archer had to reckon with the Wycherly woman, Phoebe’s mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who kept too many residences, had too many secrets, and left too many corpses in her wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic (not boring) Gumshoe

  • By Alison on 09-13-12

Hard boiled to the core

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Lew Archer, identical in my mind with the voice of Mr. Gardner, is a real man. He's honest, he can take a punch and hit back, he goes where the trail leads--and makes sure someone 's paying him to do it. And that's a good thing, considering that the trail twists and winds and doubles back through danger, broken lives, post-ww2 Southern California, rich and poor, good and evil and through surprising passages of remarkable poetry. Pay attention, though, Ross MacDonald always packs a doppelganger or two.

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  • Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume 1

  • By: Sir Thomas Malory
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur's rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad's appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a desert island book

  • By John on 03-08-07

Brilliant narration

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

The written text of Le Morte D'Arthur is challenging since many words, usages and spellings are unfamiliar in modern English. Fredrick Davidson reads with such intelligence, understanding and (it seems) heartfelt appreciation of the characters, their stories and the times that any difficulty of comprehension is eliminated. Also, the work itself is orich and fascinating, full of battles, adventures, sexual and political intrigue

  • Wings of Fire

  • Ian Rutledge, Book 2
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 435

When reclusive war poet Olivia Marlowe and her half-brother, Nicholas Cheney, die together in their ancestral home on the Cornish coast, it looks like suicide. The grieving relatives gather together to discuss the fate of Barcombe Hall, when another shocking death occurs. Inspector Rutledge, who is still shell-shocked from his experiences in the Great War, is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. Rutledge is soon convinced that the answers to this baffling case lie within the family’s secret history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both History and Mystery

  • By arleneshapiro21 on 03-29-13

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

I normally like Inspector Rutledge books, but this one was just not up to the mark. The characters were not believable, the plot and quality of the narrative did not hold my attention.

  • The Late Monsieur Gallet

  • Inspector Maigret, Book 3
  • By: Georges Simenon, Anthea Bell (translator)
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

George Simenon's devastating tale of misfortune, betrayal and the weakness of family ties, translated by Anthea Bell. Instead of the detail filling itself in and becoming clearer, it seemed to escape him. The face of the man in the ill-fitting coat just misted up so that it hardly looked human. In theory this mental portrait was good enough, but now it was replaced by fleeting images which should have added up to one and the same man but which refused to get themselves into focus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five star fiction, highly recommended

  • By Zaubermond on 12-09-14

Simenon is a master

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

No words are wasted in the taut polished account of the great Maigret’s pursuit of the truth. A murder without a murderer?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Abraham Lincoln

  • The Prairie Years and The War Years
  • By: Carl Sandburg
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 44 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891

Originally published in six volumes, which sold more than one million copies, Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln was praised as the most noteworthy historical biography of Sandburg’s generation. He later distilled this monumental work into one volume that critics and readers alike consider his greatest work of nonfiction, as well as the most distinguished, authoritative biography of Lincoln ever published.

Growing up in an Illinois prairie town, Sandburg listened to stories of old-timers who had known Lincoln. By the time this single-volume edition was competed, he had spent a lifetime studying, researching, and writing about our 16th president.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A moving tale of a very human man

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-25-16

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

This is by far and away the best biography I have ever read. It is not in the least smarmy-the principal failing of most biographies I've read. It presents a wealth of fact, largely leaving it to the reader to draw their own conclusions. The facts often cast Lincoln in a bad light, but this only contributes weight and substance to the portrait of a very great man. And that is the book's principal merit, it reveals in its fullness, with poetry and pathos, the astonishing genius of Abraham Lincoln.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Brighton Rock

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Brown
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Originally published in 1938, Graham Greene’s chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare is a masterpiece of psychological realism and often considered Graham Greene’s best novel. It is a fascinating study of evil, sin, and the “appalling strangeness of the mercy of God,” a classic of its kind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Reader

  • By daniel on 04-13-11

Theological thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Not just a question of justice for murder, but the nature of good and evil, of God and the Church are under investigation in this taut, wonderfully written story of twisted young love.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526

After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a book that can be heard/read again and again

  • By bebe on 04-17-10

A Gothic masterpiece and great literary work.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

Any additional comments?

This is a fine presentation of a great novel. The characters and the twists and turns of the story come brilliantly alive. This has long been one of my favorite books and I like it even better after taking in the audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sins of the Father

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!

  • By Margaret Campbell on 05-24-12

Not quite up to the standard of Book One

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

Any additional comments?

Again the characters are uncomplicatedly on the side of the good or the opposing sleazy guys. But the interesting character of Jack is missing. His absence is partially compensated by the heroine's powerful, aristocratic American relatives who are on the right side but not quite so good in heart. I had to have this after the first but I am not so hungry for the next one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful