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Peterborough, ON, Canada
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  • The Murderer in Ruins

  • CI Frank Stave, Book 1
  • By: Cay Rademacher
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Hamburg, 1947. A ruined city occupied by the British who bombed it, experiencing the coldest winter in living memory. Food is scarce; refugees and the homeless crowd into shantytowns and sheds. There is a killer on the loose, and all attempts to find him or her have failed. Plagued with worry about his missing son, Frank Stave is a career policeman with a tragedy in his past that is driving his determination to find the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Maine Knitter on 10-08-17

A wonderful new find

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Would you listen to The Murderer in Ruins again? Why?

So happy i found this book. Listened to it and immediately bought the new one, The Wolf Children. Please Audible, buy the English translations of the rest of the author's books.

The story was compelling but what i loved the most is having the story set in a time and place that i knew little about, namely early post WWII Germany.

I am hooked. And i don't often take time to write a review.

What did you like best about this story?

The setting.

What does Mark Meadows bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He didn't get in the way of the story.

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

Yes

  • Beside a Burning Sea

  • By: John Shors
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

During World War II, the hospital ship Benevolence is providing relief to victims in the South Pacific when she is torpedoed and sunk. Among the survivors are a troubled nurse named Annie and the wounded Japanese soldier named Akira who saves her life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable

  • By Ann on 09-23-09

Unbelievable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-09

I really wanted to like this book. I like the time period and the setting and even the premise. But I just could not like it. The dialogue was very melodramatic and the whole scenario just was implausiable to the nth degree. I can live with some degree of unbelievability in a book but this was too much.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bodies Left Behind

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • very disapointing

  • By Deb on 11-20-08

Great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-08

This book grabbed my attention right from the beginning. It was everything I enjoy in a book. I found myself looking for jobs to do around the house so I had an excuse to listen to the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Swan Peak

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829

Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas/Birthday in July

  • By Deborah on 07-10-08

A successful change of scenery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-08

I was salivating waiting for this book to be released and it didn't disappoint me.

It was at the same time similar and yet slightly different from his previous books. It was different in that Dave was even more reflective than usual (maybe even more depressed) and it also showed some character change in a "bad guy".

The ending was a real cliff hanger and resolved the story in a very satisfying way.

This book did not disappoint at all although I wondered why no even casual update on what Dave's daughter was doing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,036

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

Wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-07

While I have often enjoyed this author's contributions in the magazine Vanity Fair, I didn't realize his talent with the English language until I listened to this book. Hitchens does a number on all religions and makes a very credible arguement to explain why man needed religion to explain natural phenomenon in the world during a time when science was in its infancy. I laughed out loud at some of his wry comments and am just disappointed that there are not more of his writings available.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mayday

  • By: Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adventure! Hard to put down.

  • By Douglas on 02-15-03

Way too over the top.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-05

This is the first audiobook I have listened to that I disliked. It was way too over the top, too implausible in every way. It went on and on in the same vein for hours and I can't believe that I finished it. Don't waste your time with this one.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful