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  • Moriarty

  • Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 778

Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and presentation!

  • By Jon on 01-24-15

Take-your-breath-away GOOD

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

I didn't think it was possible to exceed the quality of the first book in this series, but this one has done it! Fabulous listen, wholly engaging characters, the feeling of being plunged into history - the entire package is totally worth your investment of time and book credit.

  • Liar

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,616
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,599

How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By TC on 07-03-17

I felt tricked, and not in a good way

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I seem to have been reading a lot of books with endings with a twist lately. This ending is contrived, and I felt cheated by it. I'd recommend "Safe With Me" by the same author over this particular effort.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Silk

  • A Sherlock Holmes Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PLEASE tell me there are MORE !

  • By Debra J Pekin on 01-17-12

Excellent in every way!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Fantastic job by the author in recreating everything good about the Sherlock Holmes books! If you enjoyed the originals, you are going to love this one.

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,523

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Shocked by the ending

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

If you read the other reviews, you will see how shocking the ending to this book is. Even though I was prepared to be shocked, nothing could have prepared me for that ending!

The book contains some very memorable people, and is a strange blend of thriller and science-fiction. It will stay with me for a long time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Optician's Wife

  • By: Betsy Reavley
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Can you ever really know someone? When Deborah, an unpopular 17-year-old, meets the charming and handsome Larry, he sweeps her off her feet. The trouble is, Larry has a secret. Then a series of grisly murders casts a shadow over everything. As Deborah's world starts to fall apart, she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal. And to keep their marriage alive, sacrifices must be made.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a Trip!

  • By David on 02-12-17

Kept listening even though I guessed the ending

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This book has memorable characters, and I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. However, I did figure out the ending, and the nature of the characters is such that you often want to take a shower to remove the feel of them from your skin. It's quite an accomplishment for a novelist to create such a work, but it wasn't really to my taste.

  • One Summer Day in Rome

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Lamprell
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 161

Alice, an art student in New York City, has come to Rome in search of adventure and inspiration before settling down with her steady, safe fiancé. Meg and Alec, busy parents and successful businesspeople from LA, are on a mission to find the holy grail, a certain blue tile that will make their home renovation complete - but soon it becomes clear that their marriage needs a makeover as well. Connie and Lizzie are women of a certain age who come from London to scatter the ashes of their beloved husband and brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Debra naude on 10-16-17

Evocative of Rome in summer, but a contrived plot

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Listening to this book was like being taken on a tour of the tourist spots of Rome. I often felt that I should open google maps and follow along with the route of the characters. It does capture the feel of a summer day in Rome. But the plot is very far-fetched, and I have to say that I did not ever feel engaged with the characters, even though they are meant to be sympathetic. If you love visiting Rome, it's worth the listen, but otherwise, not so much.

  • Precious and Grace

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 17
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707

Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective, is a little short on help. The codirector of the agency, Grace Makutsi, is busy with her own case, her client none other than their erstwhile assistant, Mr. Polopetsi, who has unwittingly involved himself in a pyramid scheme. The agency's other assistant, Charlie, may also need more help than he can offer, as he is newly embroiled in a romance with a glamorous woman about whom the others have their doubts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in the series

  • By Pamela J on 11-01-16

The Gift of Forgiveness

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

The wonderful world of Sandy is on display once again. Fully developed characters - and a kind, warm, and satisfying message.

  • The Poison Tree

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Successful journalist Erin Kelly has electrified readers and critics alike with her debut novel The Poison Tree. In this scintillating work, Karen and her daughter Alice have established a safe, happy life free from the madness of Karen’s past. But when Karen’s former lover Rex is released from prison, her old associations intrude upon the present - and threaten everything she holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't stop listening the book.

  • By Gladys on 07-29-15

The most important character is unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

The story is good. It has element of Barbara Vine, concentrating on the bohemian life of young people on the edge of society in London.

But.... we are supposed to love and root for one of the major female characters. And I didn't. She was just annoying, flirtatious, and shallow. Needed a full re-write to fix that person.

  • Friday on My Mind

  • A Frieda Klein Mystery
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

A bloated corpse turns up in the Thames, throat slashed, and the only clue is a hospital wristband reading "Dr. F. Klein". Frieda is taken to see the body and realizes with horror that it is Sandy, her ex-boyfriend. She's certain that the killer is Dean Reeve - the man who has never stopped haunting her. But the police think he has been dead for years, and Frieda is their number one suspect. With few options, Frieda goes on the run to save herself and try to uncover the truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh. Not as enjoyable as some previous Kleins.

  • By Margaret on 11-12-16

Always welcome, but getting a little stale

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

The hook of the mysterious killer/protector who haunts Frieda Klein is getting a bit stale. For goodness sake, it's been years, yet he's still out there, and Frieda still doesn't know where he is, and the police never seem to catch him, even though he has killed multiple times for Frieda. And they still don't believe her.

Yet, given all that, the characterisations are strong. The pace is excellent, and one just can't stop listening. Frieda, herself, is a masterful and memorable character.

  • A Thousand Hills to Heaven

  • By: Josh Ruxin
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

One couple's inspiring memoir of healing a Rwandan village, raising a family near the old killing fields, and building a restaurant named Heaven. Newlyweds Josh and Alissa were at a party and received a challenge that shook them to the core: Do you think you can really make a difference? Especially in a place like Rwanda, where the scars of genocide linger and poverty is rampant? While Josh worked hard bringing food and health care to the country's rural villages, Alissa was determined to put their foodie expertise to work. The couple opened Heaven, a gourmet restaurant overlooking Kigali, which became an instant success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen, if only to expand horizons

  • By Jennifer on 03-27-17

Well worth a listen, if only to expand horizons

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Josh Ruxin is clearly a wonderful human being. And he has done something that so many wish, but few actually try - to make a real difference in people's lives.

I really enjoyed most of this book. It opened my eyes to Rwanda, and made me wish to visit.

But.... The book often made me cringe. The author is regularly emphasises why it is important to impose Western values and norms on Rwanda. His attitude is often patronising and American-centric.