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  • A Turn for the Bad

  • County Cork Mystery Series #4
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

After calling Ireland home for six months, Boston expat Maura Donovan still has a lot to learn about Irish ways - and Sullivan's Pub is her classroom. Maura didn't only inherit a business, she inherited a tight-knit community. And when a tragedy strikes, it's the talk of the pub. A local farmer, out for a stroll on the beach with his young son, has mysteriously disappeared. Did he drown? Kill himself? The child can say only that he saw a boat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Disappointing

  • By Chalis on 05-24-16

The end...

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

This is the last of the books in the series that I plan on listening to.

First, they read less like mysteries and more like scripts for a drama.

Second, Maura is just not all that likable. She's not very trusting and emotionally closed off, which makes her less believable as a popular owner of a pub. She gets snarky and rude with people who are trying to help her out with things she is trying to learn, and doesn't seem to learn from her behavioral mistakes, which seems to be a standard for Connolly's characters.

Two of the three employees at the pub also have personality issues that make them less-than-appealing as people you want to root for. Rose is the exception. Also, if it wasn't for Old Billy, then the pub wouldn't be interesting at all.

  • Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,696

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for fans of The Da Vinci Code

  • By Geoffrey on 04-14-04

Padded narrative, written as if for teens

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

The narrative is padded with lots of unnecessary scenes and information and the book ends hours before the words stop. The writing style feels targeted to teens, but most books written for teens are more coherent than this is at times. I thought the movie was disappointing, but it kept the tension and action going. This keeps going off into tangents that add nothing to the story. Hopefully the next book, the whole reason I stuck this one out, is better, though I remember lots of complaints about it when it was all the rage...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tower Treasure

  • Hardy Boys 1
  • By: Franklin Dixon
  • Narrated by: Bill Irwin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

After a dying criminal confesses that his loot has been stashed "in the tower," the Hardy boys make an astonishing discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific narration, well-paced

  • By Robert Mahowald on 12-08-03

Ugh, Sound effects and music..

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I wanted to listen to a childhood favorite BOOK, not an audio play with a single actor with annoying music and sound effects. I was looking forward to hearing the original text since I had the revised edition. I returned it. Bummer.

  • Critical Failures II: Fail Harder

  • Caverns and Creatures Book 2
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,801

Finding themselves permanently stuck in this strange new world, the gang tries to make the best of it by finding the nearest tavern and getting shitfaced. The plan goes just fine until they lose Katherine and Chaz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low-brow nerd humor that I can't get enough of!

  • By Jarboguts on 08-31-15

Not as good as the first or the short stories

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Not much happened here except the constant poop, sex, and fart jokes. Not that it was bad, there just wasn't much story and the end just happened so fast, and leads right into the next book. The first book was more of a story with all the crude humor and the D6 collection of shorts was better than this as well. I suspect that over the long haul I will enjoy the short stories more than the novels, much like a comedy series is more-often better than a movie made from that series.

That said, I bought the next book and started it up right away.

  • Carter & Lovecraft

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,768

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mistakes that worked out in my favor.

  • By Frae on 03-06-17

Not a contained story

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

This is not a contained story. It's a prelude to a series and unless you really want to commit to it, this is not worth the effort.

  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place

  • Potting Shed Mysteries Series #3
  • By: Marty Wingate
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

After her romantic idyll with the debonair Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse culminates in a marriage proposal, Pru Parke sets about arranging their nuptials while diving into a short-term gig at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. At hand is the authentication of a journal purportedly penned by 18th-century botanist and explorer Archibald Menzies. Compared to the chaos of wedding planning, studying the journal is an agreeable task...that is, until a search for a missing cat leads to the discovery of a dead body....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I Want (and, then some)

  • By karen on 04-27-16

I can't take any more tears

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

How is it possible for one person to cry as much as Pru does and still manage to function in society? The answer is she wouldn't. The door opens, Pru sheds a tear. There's a coffee commercial on television, she cries. Enough!

I liked the supporting cast in the first two books, but the cast in this book wasn't as enjoyable and it just didn't make the heroine more tolerable as the first couple of books. This is the last in the series I'll be picking up.

  • The Ghost of Valentine Past

  • Haunting Danielle Series, Book 7
  • By: Bobbi Holmes, Anna J. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

A romantic weekend at Marlow House Bed and Breakfast turns deadly when Earthbound Spirits founder, Peter Morris, is murdered. Plenty of people had a reason to want the man dead - especially Danielle's current guests. But it isn't Morris' ghost distracting Danielle on this deadly Valentine's Day weekend, it's her late husband, Lucas. She has her hands full with suitors coming from all directions - both living and dead - while she tries to figure out if there's a killer in Marlow House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Each BK gets better--more on Audible format Please

  • By LOYL-00 on 04-05-18

Ignore Joe

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Wow, the last few books have made Joe the most annoying character in just about any series. If Joe says anything about the case, it has to be wrong and completely focused on incriminating anyone for his own private interests.

Other than that, the story was good, as always.

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  • Lowcountry Bombshell

  • A Liz Talbot Mystery
  • By: Susan M. Boyer
  • Narrated by: Loretta Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

Liz Talbot thinks she's seen another ghost when she meets Calista McQueen. She's the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Born precisely fifty years after the ill-fated star, Calista's life has eerily mirrored the late starlet's - and she fears the looming anniversary of Marilyn's death will also be hers. Before Liz can open a case file, Calista's life coach is executed. Suspicious characters swarm around Calista like mosquitoes on a sultry low country evening: her certifiable mother, a fake aunt, her control-freak psychoanalyst, a private yoga instructor, her peculiar housekeeper, and an obsessed ex-husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liz Goes Shooting With The Wild Hogs

  • By Takeyabue on 10-13-14

I'm done, a.k.a. it's not so cozy

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The first book in the series was in the cozy category of a recent sale and I picked it up and completely enjoyed it. More of the story was focused on actual detective work while still presenting a fun and quirky environment.

This book started off well, but there are two unnecessary sex scenes. I thought about returning the book, but I was too invested by the story and gave it one more chance. Luckily, there were no more cheap porn interludes. The story wound to a good conclusion and I would recommend it if you don’t mind the sex scenes. But I am done with the series and am a little disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bed, Breakfast, and Bones

  • A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery
  • By: Carolyn Dean
  • Narrated by: Gail Hedrick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who's buried in her garden! What should've been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number-one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat her weight in chocolate pie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute First Mystery But Reader Was Poor

  • By Valerie L on 01-12-17

Barely average story, bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

The story is okay, though there is a lot left out and it feels like an extended short story. The writing is also a little amateurish, though not terrible. It might have sounded better if the narrator was good at voices and general pace of narrating. It wasn't so bad that listening was impossible, but it is bad enough that I will avoid anything read by Gail Hedrick.

  • Medicus

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,251

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Susan on 08-31-07

Awesome narration keeps the pace and tone

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I liked the book and the view of Roman life in fort in Britain. I didn't feel like it was much of a mystery, but more of a story with a mystery in it. It felt a little long, but I never wanted to abandon it.

I liked the Ruso and Tilla and the supporting characters quite a lot, though Tilla starts off being quite week.

What really rocked was Simon Vance's narration. I looked over my collection to remind myself of what else he has read that I own and every one of them was awesome. This included listening to all 58 hours and 5 minutes of the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I wish his James Bond books were still available to download.