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Ian Rowlands

Naples, Florida United States
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  • Dark Crimes

  • DCI Sophie Allen, Book 1
  • By: Michael Hambling
  • Narrated by: Cat Gould
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

A young woman's body is discovered on a deserted footpath. It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim's mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as DCI Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories, involving violence and intimidation. There's an obvious suspect, but Detective Allen isn't convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for warped revenge?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Too Good to be True

  • By Andy C McNiece on 02-28-17

Decent Plot, Engaging Characters, Weird Narration!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Sophie Allen is a charmer. Her team seem ok. The villains are suitably villainous. A simple story gradually gets more complex, but the clues are all there and the denouement works well. The locations are good, and well described. Who decided that it made any sense to have an Australian Narrator? Nothing against Cat Gould ... but she reads Australian, and this book is English. The characters are very specifically located, and her accent and bogus attempts to simulate regional presence just don't work. Is it that Tantor has a stable of narrators? For some reason I've found the same problem with other Tantor productions.

  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,308

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the scenes of amazing science

  • By Neuron on 10-16-17

The Minds That Reshaped Thougt

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

To make the intertwined lives and ideas of Danny Kahneman and Amos Tversky understandable is an achievement. I had to listen in chunks and then stop to digest — and to pursue references cited. To see how these two men forever reshaped our understanding of understanding, and the vast impact of their ideas, has been thrilling.

  • Shadow over the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoy this series.

  • By Charlotte Araki on 05-27-17

Better Story, Performance still a huge miss

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

There's a decent plot, and the use of the fenland marshes as a back drop works well. The prime actors are engaging -- and M/s. Ellis has a nice line in nasties and dark threads to a story. The denouement is a little forced, but the book is still worth a pass. What baffles me is the use of Henrietta Meire -- a skilled actress in regular work, and performer on other audio books -- but unaccountably unable to pronounce common English words and handle the very specific regional accents. Perhaps Tantor has a stable and she's the best fit? Whatever the case, it detracts from the experience. With a better performance and some tighter editing this might even be a four star listen. Given that there are many less expensive books on audible, it's disappointing.

  • London Calling

  • Inspector Carlyle, Novel 1
  • By: James Craig
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

Can you win an election and cover up murder at the same time? When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey through the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top. In the middle of a General Election, a murderer is stalking the man poised to be the next Prime Minister. With power almost in his grasp, Edgar Carlton will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than good

  • By Regina on 01-28-14

Stuck with it -- Wish I hadn't: Poor Performance.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Joe Jameson trained for the stage and has narrated a lot of audio books. I'm going to assume this wasn't one of his best. He doesn't get accent or tone of voice right ... unless he's trying for parody. And he was the best of the cast, by a fairly long way. It's a decent story -- The modern day consequence of nasty Cambridge high jinks, and captures the feel of the post-Thatcherite political scene.Sadly the ending is (no pun intended) a cop-out. I like more character to characters, but that might be just me. All in all, OK for beach or in-flight listening. Not worth an Audible credit..

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,930

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

I hope Mr. Vance won’t come after me with a shotgun, but I found this story of his emergence from the school of Hillbilly hard knocks to be short of new insight, and not particularly elegiac. I came through a hard school too, and know many others who shared similar challenges. It was not all murky — there are flowers on those slag heaps,and I found myself wondering if Mr. Vance ever saw them beyond his misery.