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  • The Devil You Know

  • By: Mike Carey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,012

Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pied Piper with a Conscience

  • By Tango on 07-27-13

Didn't Hate It, but Don't Need to Continue Series

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

What did you like best about The Devil You Know? What did you like least?

I liked the universe the author set up. I don't even hate the main character. Maybe it caught me at an odd time, but this book fell flat on me, and even during Halloween-time!

What other book might you compare The Devil You Know to and why?

Jim Butcher's series, but Jim Butcher does aces, and this was a disappointment compared to that.

What didn’t you like about Michael Kramer’s performance?

I don't think he made the character sound intelligent. I didn't trust the narrator at all because of him.

Did The Devil You Know inspire you to do anything?

Switch to historical for a bit.

Any additional comments?

Would make a better TV series.

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,609

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Surprisingly Charming

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

What made the experience of listening to Warlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

I think that it didn't recycle the Sherlock-template at all. It definitely twisted it on its head. If you love classical Conan Doyle, I don't recommend this; for a relative newbie like me, it was great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Warlock Holmes?

Warlock's bumbliness made him annoying in the beginning, but he ended up being one of my favorite characters.

Have you listened to any of Robert Garson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he was great. Seamless transitions into other characters, brought all the characters' lovable aspects to life. He did a great, snarky Watson.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud a couple of times. It's not Gaiman-style British humor, but it isn't garish American either. A good balance between the two.

Any additional comments?

It's like Harry Potter meets Sherlock Holmes. Open up to a fantastical world in Victorian London and you'll end up digging it like I did. I thought the book was something completely different, so I took a bit to adjust, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Like Conan Doyle's, there are several stories here. Definitely going to check out the rest of the series.

  • The Poet

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,652

Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Villain Mystery

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-10-14

Nifty Idea

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Um, sure. Because sometimes you need that mystery that doesn't wow you but passes the time okay.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked his idea about a serial killer based on a famous writer (no spoilers as to who).

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nah, he was okay. He didn't bring the guy to life but he was clearly understood.

Was The Poet worth the listening time?

Like I said, it didn't majorly affect me either positively or negatively. I guess I was a little disconcerted that the killer didn't seem as smart as the poet he was emulating- you expect a Moriarty-type of character behind a writer like that (no, it wasn't Doyle). But, it also involved an aspect to the killer-hunting I never fully appreciated before: the journalism. So, I wasn't terribly disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Good for long car rides where you don't want to pay too much attention, or you don't have devoted readers who are also listening.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,139

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

New Appreciation

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yeah, it was good! I feel like I'm late to the Agatha Christie party, but I picked this up before the latest movie came out and was pleasantly surprised by my attentiveness to it.

What other book might you compare Murder on the Orient Express to and why?

Probably And Then There Were None, which isn't really a comparison at all. I think the Cormorand Strike novels are in the same Christie vein.

What three words best describe Dan Stevens’s performance?

Forgettable, Weird Accents. They didn't throw me off, but his Poirot is the only thing I remember about the performance, 4 months later. It's nto awful, but you have to wade through the Frenchness a bit.

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

No, only because I felt like I needed a visual accompaniment to it, hence the movie. It's still a quality bit of writing, better than And Then There Were None (in my noob opinion).

  • Lancaster and York

  • The Wars of the Roses
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Lancater and York is a riveting account of the Wars of the Roses, from beloved historian Alison Weir. The war between the houses of Lancaster and York was characterised by treachery, deceit, and bloody battles. Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, and his wife Margaret of Anjou, who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled in a violent man's world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dense, fascinating history...questionable delivery

  • By kbreezy on 10-04-17

A Cure for My Insomnia

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

That's the thing- this book WAS for me. I love Alison Weir and these historical books. However, I think the narrator kills this one for me, and Weir got too bogged down in details for this.

Would you be willing to try another book from Alison Weir? Why or why not?

Yeah, I love her other stuff.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Oh my god, the foreign accents and male voices are hysterical if they weren't so often. I mean, yeah, narrators need to change their tones/voices somewhat to indicate quotes, but she seems to go the complete opposite direction on purpose, and it's awful.

What character would you cut from Lancaster and York?

Um, it's historical, so none.

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  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,471

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

Solid Foundational Read/Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Would you consider the audio edition of And Then There Were None to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know, I never read the print version.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting was the mystery, of course. The least interesting was probably the narrator, as I can't remember Stevens' voice at all (I listened to the book about three months ago).

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, sometimes went too quickly.

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

No, and I wasn't wow-ed by it when I finished it. But since then, it's definitely stuck with me; I'll catch myself reminiscing about the plot again. So, I'll revisit it later to appreciate it further. Recommend it, but it didn't rock my world.

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,436

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

OK mystery, great reader

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

Like the other books in this series, I should have guessed the ending way before it happened, but I didn't. Unreliable narrators and so many 'what-if's always cloud my judgment. This keeps my interest, but if it's not up your alley, just be ready for it.

What did you like best about this story?

On a superficial level, the accent. On a deeper level, I think Tana French has a great way of pulling the humanity out of all her characters, showing that each person's story is complicated and beautiful, just like real life.

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

Authentic Irishness. I completely believe the Irish aspects of it because his voice brings the grittiness to life, rather than romanticizing about green conuntryside and good food.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither, but I gasped a few times, like a good mystery should make you.

Any additional comments?

While you don't have to read the series in order, I recommend it. And don't expect a happy time with this book.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,373

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

British Humor At Its Best- But Pay Attention!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Good Omens to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know, but there are citations, so some may benefit from the print book over the audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh man, I can't pick. Probably Crowley, but I also loved Adam and the older witchhunter. All were just lovable.

Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he mastered the perfect timing of quintessential British humor. I'd listen to more of his stuff.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, often. The tiny asides about unimportant characters were delightful, and each deserved the time they got.

I'm a religion major, and this novel was an excellent interpretation/twist on the scripture and characters. Keep an open mind.

I know the movie won't stack up. Don't wait for it.

Any additional comments?

YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION WHILE LISTENING. There were times I zoned out for a few minutes and had to rewind because I didn't know what was going on.

If you loved this, you HAVE to read/listen to Lamb by Christopher Moore. Do it now.

  • The Winter Over

  • By: Matthew Iden
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057

Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For thirty-something mechanical engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an opportunity to finally escape the guilt of her troubled past and to rebuild her life. But the death of a colleague triggers a series of mysterious incidents that push Cass and the rest of the forty-four-person crew to the limits of their sanity and endurance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A psychological thriller

  • By Brian on 02-08-17

Nifty Idea, Well Worth the Time, Good Thriller!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

What made the experience of listening to The Winter Over the most enjoyable?

Getting a look into the lives of Antarctic researchers was very cool (no pun intended). Thinking about what life must be like down there is something I haven't done, but this book allowed me to.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I didn't figure out the ending until the middle of the book (since I wasn't surprised at the ending, I gave this 4 out of 5 stars). Until then, I was absolutely confused about what was going on.

Just like Jurassic Park and all other stories about scientists overstepping their bounds, this one is a train wreck you can't stop watching.

Which scene was your favorite?

The end fight was excellent. I was creeped out and couldn't stop listening.

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

No, but only because I had an inconsistent mood about what I wanted to listen to. This was a good thriller, you won't be disappointed.

Any additional comments?

A good thriller I'm glad I only spent $3 on, but was not disappointed by. More like something to kill time with than a book that'll change your life.

  • Three Sisters, Three Queens

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,746

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author behind the upcoming Starz original series The White Princess, a gripping new Tudor story featuring King Henry VIII's sisters Mary and Margaret, along with Katherine of Aragon, vividly revealing the pivotal roles the three queens played in Henry VIII's kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By I like to shop on 10-05-16

In Like, Not Love

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I just did not love the story line. There were so many ups and downs, and not in a good thriller way, more in a crazy, random soap opera way. Also anticlimactic ending.

What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

I've liked PG's books for the entertaining perspective of historical characters.

This book didn't entertain me quite so much as her others. It felt lackluster, like a ridiculous soap opera instead of an intimate, insightful look through history.

Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but she did fine. Changed tone when appropriate to the situation, was smooth across all accents, etc.

Did Three Sisters, Three Queens inspire you to do anything?

I did look up more about Margaret afterward, but only to clarify what liberties Gregory took. It was about how she described in the afterword-- very little is known about Margaret.

Any additional comments?

It scratched a historical Tudor itch, but that's about it. Almost ditched it until a friend had me stick with it. I was glad to finish but, unlike other PG books, I don't desire to reread this one.

Margaret is annoying as hell. If you need to like your protagonist, consider another book.