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  • Edinburgh Twilight

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 506

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Depressing . . . did I say DEPRESSING!!!

  • By Glenda on 11-12-17

Can't stand this narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Ugh... this is the 3rd interesting book this narrator has ruined for me. His male character voices are ok, but geez his narration is so mechanical and pedantic, it's like nails on a chalkboard to me, and the female voicings are laughable. Literally.
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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, scary, and funny. In that order.

  • By Stefan Filipovits on 11-03-18

Loved it, and Sherlock surprise bonus!!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Loved it! Entertaining, informative, and even touching. And bonus: a chapter on Sherlock Holmes with audio interview of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!! ♡♡♡

  • White Rose, Black Forest

  • By: Eoin Dempsey
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could not handle the narration

  • By Maggie on 03-26-18

Narrator is UNBEARABLE.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I gave it a chapter, but I can't stand the narrator. His lilt is like a programmed synthetic voice... His breathy falsetto for the female lead literally made me laugh out loud. UGH.

  • A Steep Price

  • Tracy Crosswhite
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short. Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent character driven mystery!

  • By shelley on 06-27-18

Accents are horrible....story just ok.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Accents are horrible...REALLY bad.
Story is just ok, and very predictable... my least favorite of this series.
I did enjoy delving into Faz's life though.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,128

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Just . . . wow.

  • By GHBeckwith on 07-16-18

Painful & Necessary Truth

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Painful but true. The pattern of behaivor is so terrifyingly familiar..... and the last line will haunt me.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

  • By: Robert C. Solomon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert C. Solomon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

What is life? What is my place in it? What choices do these questions obligate me to make? More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene - with roots that extend to the mid-19th century - Existentialism's quest to answer these most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom, life has continued to exert a profound attraction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for even a non-existentialist

  • By Gary on 07-24-15

Degradingly Pro-Right-Wing Christian

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

The term "lifestyle" has been "corrupted" by "California overuse"? WTH? And he then provides a smarmy and, in his eyes, proper example of a lifestyle choice: joining the Marines.
This is NOT a lecture series on Existentialist thought. It's a lecture series on how to bend a targeted few modern philosophers and writers through a very Christian lens.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,230

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Amazing Narrator, Fantastic Story

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

This is, by far, the best narrator Inhave yet to hear. Incredibly versatile, amazingly nuanced, Lenny Henry brings this novel to life even better than Neil Gaiman's other narrated books I've heard.... included those narrated by Gaiman himself. I especially appreciated the quality, tenderness, and reverance Mr. Henry brought to the female characters -- so typically lacking in male narrations.
Very enjoyable... I've gifted this to good friends, and will be listening twice, at least.