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  • An Inspector Troy Novel
  • By: John Lawton
  • Narrated by: Lewis Hancock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

London, 1944. While the Luftwaffe makes its final assault on the already battered British capital, Londoners rush through the streets, seeking underground shelter in the midst of the city's blackout. When the panic subsides, other things begin to surface along with London's war-worn citizens. A severed arm is discovered by a group of children playing at an East End bomb site, and when Scotland Yard's Detective Sergeant Frederick Troy arrives at the scene, it becomes apparent that the dismembered body is not the work of a V-1 rocket.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The reader is a disaster!

  • By Julie Jones on 04-25-18

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Sigh. After Bluffing Mr. Churchill, I was excited to try this follow-up. The book starts out good enough--the plot develops, then.......it just wanders and really goes nowhere. And at some point it turns into a weird, awkward Harlequin romance where it just becomes Troy recounting his sexual encounters along the way. I had to stop about 3/4 of the way through--just couldn't take anymore. I totally lost interest in what I thought to be the main plot--a string of "mysterious" murders, that really weren't all that mysterious. You find out who the killer is (or who it is believed to be) very early. Maybe there's a twist but I couldn't gut it out long enough to find out. I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't hold my interest. The characters are not developed and are not interesting. The reader doesn't really care about any of the characters enough to get invested in the story. Don't waste your money--or more importantly, your time.

  • Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,525

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for fans of The Da Vinci Code

  • By Geoffrey on 04-14-04

Terrible.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

A woman’s father is brutally murdered and hours later the woman is exchanging witty flirtatious banter with some guy she has a crush on....

Yeah. And that’s not even the worst of it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ruler of the Night

  • Thomas and Emily De Quincey, Book 3
  • By: David Morrell
  • Narrated by: Neil Dickson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

In Ruler of the Night, listeners feel they're actually on the harrowing fogbound streets of 1855 London as the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his irrepressible daughter, Emily, confront their most ruthless adversary. The stakes couldn't be greater: both the heart of Victorian society and De Quincey's tormented soul.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not nearly as enjoyable as the first two

  • By Chana Goanna on 01-12-17

Loved it--Highly recommended.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Very good story, plot, performance, and execution. Well done. I would be disappointed if this were the last in this series.

  • The Jekyll Revelation

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,319

While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It also promises to reveal a terrible secret - the identity of Jack the Ripper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pleasantly surprised

  • By Genevieve Paquette on 04-17-17

A good, entertaining listen.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Enjoyed most of this book--good story and interplay between past and present. Overall an enjoyable listen.

  • The Romanov Cross

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, he is offered a job no one else wants - to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon. The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn't come back to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Anne on 01-09-16

Good sotry, poorly executed.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Overall, the e-book was "listenable." It had a good story on a subject matter that interests me, but it was poorly crafted, clumsily laid out, and ultimately disappointing. Some characters were overdone--Harley, Charlie (to a lesser degree), and their sidekicks were portrayed as vulgar, aggressive morons, but it went too far at times. Author deployed hyperbole too often to be credible. Also, I just could not get past things that made it seem like the author had no idea what he was writing about. Example: in one portion, Rebecka trains a gun on two characters. The author first references the gun as a shotgun, then later refers to it as a rifle, and later as a double-barrel shotgun. A rifle and a shotgun are very, very different weapons. Also, he says the character, sitting at a distance in a vehicle in a blizzard, hears her "chamber" another round. This again, aside from being doubtful, is incongruous with the type(s) of weapon(s) described. Damages the author's credibility. Another example of what I would call just poor writing/editing is when the author writes such things as: when he saw ____, HIS HEART STOPPED. Really? Literally? He died? Or when he says: the cliffs were eroding faster than even global warming predicted. Global warming doesn't predict anything--its not a living being. Poor writing. Finally, I didn't care for the narrator/reader, either.

Anyway--go into it with low expectations, suspend disbelief, look past the things I note above and its an ok book.