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  • A Fine Summer's Day

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

On a fine summer's day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo! Prequel Success!

  • By Christy on 01-11-15

Excellent read

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

When they are on top of their game, Charles Todd can't be beat. They do not disappoint here.

This is Ian before Hamish, and while it took a bit of getting used to NOT hearing him, it was interesting to see the healthy Ian.

The mystery was also top notch. It was complex, but it was interesting to see all the pieces and try to work out how they all fit together (and they did all fit in the end). There was one small leap of logic in there, but I found the book good enough not to be bothered by it.

  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,514

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun! Things you might want to know:

  • By Alexis on 08-29-14

Enjoying Scalzi's works

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I picked this up because I read The Dispatcher and very much enjoyed it.

I wasn't disappointed.

I am not a hard core sci-fi fan, but I did very much enjoy the book. The murder mystery subplot worked very well for me. The science/futuristic parts were well handled. The characters were interesting and there was enough humor to carry it all along. I will be trying more of his books.

  • Turtles All the Way Down

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,748

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly small amount of actual turtles.

  • By Meg on 11-03-17

Good read

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is a YA novel, so it isn't surprising I found the "mystery" subplot a little too juvenile for my taste, but the depiction of mental illness makes it well worth the read.

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,823

Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth ( The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late to the Party...

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Problematic and not for me

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

The main character is an unpleasant, self-centered stalker who seems to confuse obsession with love and doesn't grasp the concept of "no means no".

The female "saintly" character commits adultery and knowingly causes pain and doesn't have much of a spine.

The whole "come to God" argument seems a bit lost when the coming is bitter and solely out of anger. Maurice's "belief" in the end is more unpleasant surrender than faith.

What is good about the book is Greene's use of the language. It is beautiful writing.

What us phenomenal about the audiobook is Firth's reading. He is an amazing narrator.

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 22-24
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

"The Song Never Dies": When Alex King, leader of legendary 90s rock group Lizard, hosts a party to get the band back together, old grudges surface. At dawn Alex is found floating in the pool of his Cherringham mansion. To the police it's a drug-fueled accident. But when Jack and Sarah get involved, they quickly discover that while a song may never die - the person, who wrote it, might have been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good light mysteries

  • By Constance Jenkins on 08-26-18

Good light mysteries

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

The Cherringham mystery stories are great light mystery reads. They are not great literature, nor are they the most gripping mysteries around. They are, however, good stories with great characters and good enough plots to keep you engaged. Neil Dudgeon is a great narrator.

I do think the earlier sets were stronger, but would still recommend these latest stories.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Long Time Coming

  • By: Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Art curator Val Caruso is not a happy camper. His promotion has just been nixed, his divorce has become final, and he’s dug himself into a nice little rut for his fortieth birthday. The uplift? A trip to Milan to help Holocaust survivor Sol Bezzecca recover a pair of cherished sketches by Renoir. They’d once been given to Sol’s family by the artist, looted by the Italian Fascist militia, and now after decades in hiding have turned up for auction. It’s Val’s job to get them back. Unfortunately, his Italian adventure takes a dangerous turn when he becomes trapped in an intricate web.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By BR on 12-13-18

Good art and history lesson...

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

...but a very weak mystery. It was so predictable that I actually knew who did it and why the minute the first crime was committed.

The good:
There is a lot of interesting bits about art, art history and Italian history.
The scene setting was well done for the most part.

The bad:
The mystery is really not good. It is slow and completely and utterly predictable
The side/supporting characters were not well drawn.

The meh:
The main character was not very engaging.
The narration seemed very slow to me.

I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. Unfortunately, this one just fell very short.
I got it free from Amazon Unlimited, so at least I didn't waste a credit on it.

  • Proof of Guilt

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 15
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed? One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man? And does either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance - or possible death?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-18-13

Not the strongest of the series

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Okay, I love this series, but this book was a weak link. The plotting was not as strong as I've come to expect from these books and the ending (or lack of one ) was a hot mess. They didn't even tie up one of the major sub-plots.

I will keep on with the series since when they are good they are VERY good. This one was just a disappointment.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,394
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,708

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I really did not enjoy this book. I found the writing flat, the plot predictable and figured out the "surprise twist" fairly early on. There were a couple plots holes large enough to march a platoon through.

The narrators did a yeomans' job with the material.

  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage into his own troubled past. As Fin reconnects with the people and places of his tortured childhood, the beautiful island and its ancient customs once again begin to assert their grip on his psyche. Every step toward solving the case brings Fin closer to a confrontation with the dark events of the past that shaped - and nearly destroyed - his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Miscategorized

  • By Constance Jenkins on 08-17-18

Miscategorized

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I have no clue why this book was listed as a "police procedural", or even as a murder mystery for that matter. The mystery was almost an afterthought (and completely predictable).

That said, the character studies, the scene setting, and story of Fin's life were actually interesting and the writing is top notch. May's writing style is very engaging. I might even read the rest of the series...albeit I won't hold my breath for a mystery.

For those, like me, who prefer not to read about animal killings, be prepared to skip the bird hunt. It was grim.

The narrator was wonderful.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,310

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

An introduction more than a mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

This is the first book in a series and spends most of its time introducing the characters and not nearly enough time developing a good mystery. That said, the characters are engaging, the scene setting was excellent and the writing quite good. I will give the next book a try in the hopes the mystery gets stronger.

The good:
The characters were very well drawn.
The historical details were extremely well done. I am partial to this period in books and it was done well here.
The narrator was excellent.

The bad:
The mystery in this murder mystery was the weakest link. It was thin and utterly predictable.

The meh:
The pseudo-psychic mumbo jumbo was disappointing. I wish she had just let Maisie be an intelligent, very well
trained professional with great instincts. Making it preternatural just seemed unnecessary.
The time jumps were occasionally jarring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful