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  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

His best book yet

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Would you listen to Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly again? Why?

Yes. I was in such a hurry to hear what happened next, I missed some of the interaction between characters

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

Yes

  • Rain Dogs

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 5
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator IS the Story

  • By Craig on 03-15-16

McKinty triumphs again

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

Would you listen to Rain Dogs again? Why?

In case I missed something which I doubt I did

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sean Duffy of course. Why? Because he sounds like someone I'd want to be friends with

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

The Irish accent plus other character nuances make the people come alive

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

As always I can't stop listening when I should

Any additional comments?

Pure escapism. I live the situations

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 2
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153

A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hear "Cold Ground" First, Then Audlble This!

  • By Ted on 08-31-13

Excellent entertainment

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

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

Easily followed with good story & atmosphere

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Hear the Sirens in the Street?

The unexpected ending

Which scene was your favorite?

No one stood out. Was too anxious to hear what happened next

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

The audio version of a page-turner

Any additional comments?

Couldn't wait to buy another of his books which fortunately was on sale

  • Be Careful What You Wish For

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife, Emma, rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK - But not from the top shelf

  • By Martin on 03-25-14

You've let me down, Jeffrey

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

What did you like best about Be Careful What You Wish For? What did you like least?

Started off well but deteriorated

What could Jeffrey Archer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Given it a different ending. The first time I've been disappointed in an Archer book

Which scene was your favorite?

First part of being on board ship

Did Be Careful What You Wish For inspire you to do anything?

Not read the book again

Any additional comments?

Seemed that Archer couldn't think of any other way of ending than to kill off the most attractive main characters so the title was given to cover this

  • The Fallen Angel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. When the sins of the past echo the crimes of the present... When British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa suspects more than a simple accident. Nic is sure Malise's family are hiding vital information. As the investigation deepens, Rome’s seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery and corruption. The key to the truth lies with the Gabriels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thriller to the last page

  • By Dan on 10-21-11

Fiction with references to 16th century noblewoman

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

Reviewed: 11-21-13

What made the experience of listening to The Fallen Angel the most enjoyable?

Learning story of Beatrice Cenci

What did you like best about this story?

Feeling I was in Rome

Which scene was your favorite?

Didn't have one specifically

Any additional comments?

Will be buying more of David Hewson's books

  • Winnie-the-Pooh

  • A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 1
  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: Peter Dennis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

Come with us to an Enchanted Place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be. It is painful to try and imagine what the world would be like without them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Piglet is the BEST!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-16-06

Genius

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

What made the experience of listening to Winnie-the-Pooh the most enjoyable?

Adult appreciation of one of the world's best books for children

What other book might you compare Winnie-the-Pooh to and why?

Unique

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene in this book is much loved. No one outclasses another

Any additional comments?

Should be read by every Playstation player to make them human again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Red House Mystery

  • By: A. A. Milne
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Far from the humorous escapades in his famous Hundred Acre Wood, A. A. Milne brings to The Red House Mystery all the suspense of classic whodunit: an unexpected visitor, a mysterious murder, a secret passageway, a beautiful woman and a suspicious valet. But when a guest at the inn becomes a self appointed 'Sherlock Holmes' and acquires his own, personal 'Dr Watson', some intriguing evidence comes to light. A classic detective thriller from the best-selling author of Winnie the Pooh.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun from a long-gone era

  • By Beverly on 11-28-10

Foreign territory

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Too dated and juvenile

Would you recommend The Red House Mystery to your friends? Why or why not?

Will recommend it to friend who did not know AA Milne wrote adult fiction. Personally feel his metier was children's books the writing of which he excelled

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paper Money

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Standing
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 27

On one fateful day in Britain, fortunes change hands as a suicidal Junior Minister, an avaricious tycoon, and a seasoned criminal all play parts in a scheme that moves paper money around at a dizzying pace. Meanwhile, an ambitious young reporter for the Evening Post scrambles to crack the story. This early novel from Ken Follett, the author of On Wings of Eagles and The Key to Rebecca, plunges the reader into the worlds of crime, high finance, and journalism on the way to a masterfully plotted dramatic climax.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Quality on Audio

  • By Daniel McAfee on 07-10-07

Never Again

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

Reviewed: 11-10-12

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

Someone with no interest in writing

What could Ken Follett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

For me, Ken Follett can do no wrong. He is a great writer and his prose should not be edited.

What aspect of John Standing’s performance would you have changed?

Have him read the complete book which apparently is not available unabridged.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paper Money?

Everything

Any additional comments?

Will try to remember to check and never buy an abridged book again

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worthwhile

  • By Joe on 08-01-09

Procrastination rewarded

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

Reviewed: 02-06-12

Put off listening to this book for 5 months expecting it to be over the top after all the reviews, films and recommendations. How foolish of me. Like many others, found it hard to get into but once on the hook I was unable to escape.

  • Much Obliged, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Dinsdale Landen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Everyone - even Augustus the cat - has cause to be obliged to Jeeves when he manages to retrieve the infamous Book - the book which lays bare the private lives of three-quarters of the upper classes. And which could prove to be political dynamite at the Market Snodsbury by-election.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Much Obliged, Jeeves

  • By Tammy on 11-18-10

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 01-09-12

Wodehouse never disappoints, giving me many belly-laughs which must make the neighbours question my sanity if they hear.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful