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  • The Gathering Murders: Dead Men Tell No Tales...

  • Inspector Torquil McKinnon Series, Book 1
  • By: Keith Moray
  • Narrated by: David McCallion
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The annual West Uist literary festival - The Gathering - always attracts the best in the business. But with the tiny island population suddenly doubling, the local police force is stretched to breaking point. And this year they have to deal with more than just drunken fights and rowdy behavior. Ranald Buchanan, the local poet, is found dead, with his head brutally caved in, and Inspector Torquil McKinnon is brought in to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting approach to an island life mystery

  • By wisconsinclark on 12-10-18

Good story hampered by poor audio editing

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

This was an intriguing story with interesting characters.

However, whoever edited the audiobook did a poor job, leaving in long pauses between groups of words that made sentences drag on and on. Speeding up the narration only made it worse because the narrator speaks in a high tenor tone.

I’ll continue this series by reading the books.

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,440

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

Step One on a long and intriguing journey

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I downloaded Still Life after Audible added to a list of titles recommended to me based on my prior purchases, and immediately fell into the world of Chief Inspector Gamache and the residents of Three Pines. In every book, Louise Penny creates rich storylines and plots, and we come to know and love the characters more. We celebrate with them and grieve with them. (and try to figure out who the murderer is!).

Ralph Cosham's narration is perfect and brings everyone to life, even crotchety Ruth.

I recommend this series to everyone who loves a good mystery and memorable characters.

  • Garden of Beasts

  • A Novel of Berlin 1936
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst - the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By nicholas on 11-02-17

Intense, engrossing, and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this audiobook. I've read most of Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series and love his attention to detail and the depth he gives his characters, so I gave Garden of Beasts a try. The story seemed so real, because of his attention to history and weaving a storyline that's entirely believable for that time (it would be believable now, too).

Jefferson Mays was the perfect choice to narrate this novel. His voice added an extra depth to the characters and he easily slips from English to German

I recommend this book for anyone who likes a historic novel with a little mystery thrown in for good measure.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,170

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Intriguing story line, plus recipes!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I'd seen trailers for the movie for this novel but chose to listen to the audio version rather than go see the film. I'm glad I did. There's so much detail, it would be difficult to translate it to the big screen. I loved all of the history, as well as the array of well-developed characters. The recipes included at the end of each chapter that included a meal was an unexpected bonus.

Great job by Jeremy Bobb. I'll look for more audiobooks narrated by him.

  • Insidious Intent

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away - only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate - but this may be the toughest case they've ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another stellar mystery. Unfortunate narration.

  • By motleysu on 12-09-17

Another stellar mystery. Unfortunate narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I struggled through nearly half the audio book before deleting it and downloading the novel on kindle to finish this excellent new installment in Val McDermid's Tony Hill/Carol Jordan mysteries.

I'd grown so used to Gerard Doyle's narrations, this new voice threw me for a loop with his interpretations of Ms. McDermid's stellar characters.

Others may enjoy this narrator, as he's enthusiastic. Unfortunately, he's not my cup of tea.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Poisonfeather

  • The Gibson Vaughn Series, Book 2
  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 984

When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from federal prison. Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn's life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick's victims' money.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhanger

  • By Gayle on 10-11-16

Tear my heart out

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

This novel was very well written, with a number of storylines, and lots of humanity.

I enjoyed the narration and the pacing.

I won't say why it tore my heart out. You'll just have to find out.

It's well worth it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath the Bleeding

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Winner of the Gold Dagger Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Val McDermid pens mysteries heralded on both sides of the Atlantic. In Beneath the Bleeding, Dr. Tony Hill must make sense of the perplexing death of a soccer star—but the footballer’s demise is only a prelude to greater violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as gruesome as some in series

  • By Mark on 06-27-14

Val McDermid + Gerard Doyle = A great combination

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

Val McDermid's Carol Jordan/Tony Hill series is first-rate, like her other writings.

Gerard Doyle's narration is superb.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Society's Child

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Janis Ian
  • Narrated by: Janis Ian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I know why this won the grammy

  • By Pamela J on 02-24-13

Painful, ehilarating, and so inspirational.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Janis Ian first hit my radar in the 70s, when her song "At Seventeen" hit the airwaves. I was a young teen, awkward and (in my view) unattractive. I definitely lacked social grace and spent many evenings at home; alone with my books, records, and imagination.

I downloaded Society's Child based solely on my strong connection to "At Seventeen." Janis' story is heartbreaking in so many ways, yet the one overall message I took from this book is HOPE.

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us, Janis. Please don't ever stop writing and performing.

With much respect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,081

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

Wonderful performance!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

I read this book decades ago, when it was first published, and loved it. It also solidified my fear of clowns!!!

I was looking for an audio book to listen to and came across It here. I've enjoyed Steven Weber's acting and decided to give It a listen.

I was not disappointed!

Steven perfectly captured every character, every nuance, and every emotion. His depiction of Pennywise further solidifies my fear of clowns.

I recommend this to anyone looking for an engrossing story performed to perfection.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,629

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

Tru Wuv

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Like millions of others, I've been a fan of The Princess Bride since it came out in 1987. My best friend and I love it so much, when she got married, I recited Peter Cook's lines from the film (mimicking him completely). As they were being married by a Justice of the Peace, and I had not spoken to that point, the judge thought I literally had a speech impediment, and admonished my best friend and husband for laughing at me. (We never explained ourselves).

I read the print copy of As You Wish and enjoyed it immensely. When I saw the audio book included commentary from many of the stars, as well as Rob Reiner and Andy Scheinman, I downloaded it immediately, and was not disappointed.

Cary Elwes doesn't just read As You Wish. He relives it, taking listeners back to the beginning of his adventure, then leading us through the experience, and making us part of this wonderful family.

To quote the great Peter Cook: "And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So tweasure your wuv."

I tweasure this immensely.