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  • Rumpole: The Gentle Art of Blackmail & Other Stories

  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, full cast, Timothy West
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young Horace Rumpole in this second stellar collection of court cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole. 'Rumpole and the Man of God': It is 1959, and Rumpole must defend a clergyman accused of shoplifting who, although he clearly did not commit the crime, is curiously reluctant to be cross-examined under oath. Meanwhile, Hilda (she who must be obeyed) has big news....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another series of Mysteries acted out amazingly!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-19-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I did not know how to rate by the stars. I am profoundly tone deaf. On the phone. I know "Hi Mon" is my daughter as I only have 1 child, and "Hi dear, is my husband. And 4 readers/narrators. So, with all the music, which sounds like small creatures being, this was not for me.eviscerated

0 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay

  • Jesse Stone, Book 15
  • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn't too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it's the work of Mr. Peepers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Michael Brandman or retire the series

  • By Eric J. Toll on 09-18-16

Expected no less

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

When an author dies, and the character (*s) is continued\by another, the character often looses - think Archie Goodwin talking about his PC. Reed Farrel Colman has remained true to Robert B Parker. Jesse Stone remains himself. I look forward to more books.

  • All the Little Liars

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697

Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora's 15-year-old brother, Phillip, is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there's an even worse discovery - at the kids' last known destination, a dead body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back, Aurora!

  • By Eva on 10-19-16

Roe is back!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

The book seemed to start slowly, but i pressed on. Roe is pregnant and having some problems - think Kate Middleton. Her brother, Philip, has gone missing. along with some of his friends and a couple of kids that are, perhaps, less than friends. Over the course of the book we meet Roe's family and learn about other kids. A thread of bullying runs through the book. It is no surprise that Roe involves herself in the police case.

  • Escape Clause

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,927

The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super Sandford

  • By Ted on 03-05-17

Virgil and Endangered Species

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Whoopie, wow, I get to sound off. Before I get up on the soap box let me say: Virgil is assigned to find a pair of tigers . . . and he does (kinda) as only Virgil can. Ok, soap box time. I am sorry that one of the big stripy cats get killed right at the start of the book, but the book needed it. Near the end of the book the female tiger kills the "bad guy' and there is some discussion about putting her down. There are lots and lots of people and few tigers. Tigers, and other large carnivores, should not be put down just because they munched on a people.

  • Grunt

  • The Curious Science of Humans at War
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,658

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries - panic, exhaustion, heat, noise - and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, can't abide the narrator

  • By Robin on 06-29-16

Oohrah

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Loved it, and I am a pacifist - "Ring around the Pentagon" and all that.. Mary doesn't disappoint Here she looks at the science of war - not tactics or strategy. There is a well known saying that goes something like, We are always fighting the last war. Maybe a read of this could change that.

  • One Wild Bird at a Time

  • Portraits of Individual Lives
  • By: Bernd Heinrich
  • Narrated by: Rick Adamson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. Heinrich's observations lead to fascinating questions - and sometimes startling discoveries. A great crested flycatcher bringing food to the young acts surreptitiously and is attacked by the mate. Why? A pair of northern flickers hammering their nest-hole into the side of Heinrich's cabin delivers the opportunity to observe the feeding competition between siblings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Adventure In Nature

  • By Sara on 12-21-16

For All Birders

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

This was an easy listen; I had been a bit worried. Well written and edited. This is not a listing of birds, but pretty much a day-by-day chronicle of the birds in the author's life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How the Finch Stole Christmas!

  • By: Donna Andrews
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Meg's husband has decided to escalate his one-man show of Dickens's A Christmas Carol into a full-scale production with a large cast including their sons Jamie and Josh as Tiny Tim and young Scrooge and Meg helping as stage manager. When a famous, although slightly over-the-hill, actor comes to town to play the starring role of Scrooge, no one expects that he's bringing a lot of baggage and enemies with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • O Gorgeous Bird

  • By Bookbums on 11-16-17

O Gorgeous Bird

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

I look forward to each new Donna Andrews' book; Meg, Mom, etc. all have become part of the family. This one left me feeling that something, that I couldn't quite put my finger on, was missing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stormy Weather

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Stormy Weather centers on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The devastation of the storm has attracted crowds of voyeurs and impostors to Florida. Drawn by the chance to prey on Andrew's victims, misfits like the murderous ex-con Snapper and the dangerously seductive Edie find easy targets for their insurance scams. They're not prepared, though, when they meet their opposition, led by a hoary ex-governor who smokes toads.

Both hilariously funny and deadly accurate, Carl Hiaasen's novel will take you into a Florida that is far from the frilly palms and pink flamingos of its post cards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You love it or hate it....

  • By Edmund on 08-11-05

ITS SKINK

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Many years ago, on a road trip with my mother, she refused to atop on the Card Sound Bridge to pay homage to the former Governor. Thank you Mr. Hiaasen for inventing Skink.

  • The Burial Hour

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 702

A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to get through it!!!!

  • By Julie on 04-18-17

Could Not Finish

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

Would you listen to another book narrated by Edoardo Ballerini?

No

Any additional comments?

I gave up listening after 2 hours. I have followed the series since inception, but I think this will be the last. Yes, it is a different format - I can and have dealt with that, but the book just did not capture my attention.

  • Death of a Swagman

  • By: Arthur Upfield
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In an isolated hut not far from the sleepy country town of Merino, stockman George Kendall is found dead and it looks very much like murder. Six weeks later, when the murderer is still at large, another stockman turns up in the township and, as a first move, provokes the local sergeant to lock him up. This particular stockman is Detective-Inspector Napolean Bonaparte, and there's method in his seeming madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best readers ever of a great story

  • By Margie on 01-20-17

Bony Never Disappointments

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

What made the experience of listening to Death of a Swagman the most enjoyable?

I like the Bony novels. I like the tone of the books.

What other book might you compare Death of a Swagman to and why?

The other Bony books. The voice is contempory to the story and not trying to just "sound" older.

Which character – as performed by Peter Hosking – was your favorite?

Always Bony, but Florence (Rose Marie) was important.

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

No. I like time to digest the book.

Any additional comments?

This is a middle, 1950s, Bony and I like the earlier ones better.