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  • The Race to Save the Romanovs

  • The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family
  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The murder of the Romanov family in July 1918 horrified the world, and its aftershocks still reverberate today. In Putin's autocratic Russia, the Revolution itself is considered a crime, and its anniversary was largely ignored. In stark contrast, the centenary of the massacre of the imperial family will be commemorated in 2018 by a huge ceremony to be attended by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. While the murder itself has received major attention, what has never been investigated in detail are the various plots behind the scenes to save the family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eastern Orthodox Christians will love this...

  • By James on 07-11-18

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I was quite eager to listen to this book and was so disappointed. Everything from the reader to the re-hash of stories and theories which offered very little in new information regarding the fate to the Romanovs. This is a fascinating and tragic story that has captivated generations of readers and somehow Ms Rappaport was able to make it a bore. how sad.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Once Upon a Haunted Moor

  • The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 751

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. His first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he's gutted - he's a level-headed copper who doesn't believe in such things, and he can't help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl. But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee's insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon's heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start, terrific narration

  • By Annika on 01-26-18

Short but intriguing

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I purchased this as an Audible Daily Special for ninety-nine cents. The plot is good, the characters and setting intriguing and I am looking forward to his next book a sample of which follows this one.

I was expecting (from the title and cover) something along the line of an English cozy mystery but was surprised to find that this book has some rather explicit sex scenes. I wasn't offended and thought that they were well-written as well as being very explicit. I do not remember there being a warning about this in the book description I read before I bought the book. I mention this because there are some people who would be offended and it is definitely NOT a young-adult/young teen book.

The performance was excellent and I will certainly look for other books read by Tim Gilbert.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone to Dust

  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,328

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Above Average

  • By wisconsinclark on 11-06-17

Please Tell Me This Guy Has Another Book Coming!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

What made the experience of listening to Gone to Dust the most enjoyable?

Love the off-handed nature of the main character, Nils Shapiro-a Jew in Minnesota -talk about wandering in the desert! Nils is smart, funny, in love with his ex-wife and a mensch. I love him!

Who was your favorite character and why?

See above. Nils Shapiro will go down in the annals of fictional detectives as one of the best.

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

I don't think so. He was absolutely perfect for this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Minnesota in winter-be sure to wrap up.

Any additional comments?

I hope that Matt Goldman is busy writing more Nils Shapiro books, I'm already jonesing for the next one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

Mysterious and Evocative-a Classic

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

If you could sum up Rebecca in three words, what would they be?

Mysterious, romantic, and suspenseful.

What other book might you compare Rebecca to and why?

I guess Laura would be the closest but Rebecca is much better

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

She has a versatile voice and can flesh out the various characters without being overly theatrical.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book is one of longing, desire and mystery. To single out one is impossible.

Any additional comments?

The first sentence of this book which begins with the words, "Last night I dreamt I was in Manderley.." is the best first sentence in literature. Those few words draw you into the book with their mystery and foreboding.

  • Mercy Dogs

  • By: Tyler Dilts
  • Narrated by: Tyler Dilts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

For 16 years, Ben Shepard loyally served the Long Beach Police Department. Then he took a bullet to the head, and his life was shattered. No one expects much of anything from him anymore - except his father, an old man receding into a fog of his own. And except maybe his tenant, Grace, who's been a warm and friendly constant in his and his father's bleak lives. Until the day she vanishes. After an official investigation stalls, Ben moves forward on his own. But stepping into Grace's past - and all she was hiding - is a dangerous move for a man who can't trust his memories from one day to the next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Deeply Moving Book With a Satisfying Mystery

  • By Jan on 04-29-18

A Deeply Moving Book With a Satisfying Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Would you listen to Mercy Dogs again? Why?

Absolutely, in fact I have listened to several passages over again already

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

The mystery is imbedded in the main story which is one of two damaged people who love each other very much and struggle to care for each other in spite of their challenges. Within this story is the disappearance of a person they both care for a great deal. This drives the story as the search becomes more complicated and dangerous.

What about Tyler Dilts’s performance did you like?

I have listened to all of Tyler Dilts' other books which he also narrates. While he is not my favorite narrator his voice and the emotions evoked by his voice are absolutely perfect for this book.

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

I wanted to but I also wanted to save it because I knew I would miss these people so much when the book ended. Ben and Peter became part of my life, I cared about them and wanted so much for things to finally go well for them.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed all of this author's books but this book has taken his writing and narration to a new and higher level. This is just such a very good book I cannot recommend it too highly. I was hooked from the prologue to the very end and I think you will be too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortalists

  • By: Chloe Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,902

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children - four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness - sneak out to hear their fortunes. A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book is good but . . .

  • By E. Longe on 01-19-18

What a wonderful surprise!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

This book was very different but in a wonderful way. The writing is wonderful, the story very engaging and the narrator perfect for book.

  • Kindred

  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

Jefferson Tayte is good at finding people who don't want to be found. For years he has followed faint genealogical trails to reunite families - and uncover long-hidden secrets. But Tayte is a loner, a man with no ties of his own; his true identity is the most elusive case of his career. But that could all be about to change. Now Tayte has in his possession the beginnings of a new trail - clues his late mentor had started to gather - that might at last lead to his own family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timley

  • By Margaret on 04-13-16

The Worst

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

What would have made Kindred better?

Not to be facetious but this is a book that should have been rejected outright by the publisher. I can't think of anything that could have saved it other than a total re-write.

What could Steve Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Again, chucking the manuscript-this book contains every evil Nazi character camped up and read in a bad German accent.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The German accents were awful.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger- that I wasted a credit on this mess.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Empress

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 4
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is shown a locket belonging to one of the Empress' victims, a British admiral’s daughter named Alice Stilwell, he must travel to England to understand the course of events that led to her death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the author's best, but worth listening to

  • By Historygal777 on 04-29-18

Effete Main Character Plus Prissy Reader-Ick

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

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

Robinson comes up with great premises for his books. This story is very well thought out and intriguing however the books are irritatingly prissy and incomprehensibly British although the main character is American.

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

The plot is very interesting and moves along well when not being dragged down by the main characters affections for Hershey products, his obsessing about his weight or his school-boy insecurities when pursuing a relationship with his collaborator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

Not sure- I certainly will not waste anymore credits on Jefferson Tayte.

Was The Lost Empress worth the listening time?

Again- the story was compelling the performance and characterization were infuriatingly prissy. There is no other word for it.

Any additional comments?

I have always wondered why a book about an American character uses British words for everyday things. It is distracting and inconsistent with the character. I've tried three books but this author and this will be the last. Kindred, an Old Nazi/Neo Nazi plot, was just awful!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,291

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

Jacob T. Marley Was More Than Dead

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

What did you love best about Jacob T. Marley?

I loved the fact that there is a backstory to the beloved tale of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge and that it is every bit as good or better than the Dickens' tale of redemption. Answering the question of why Ebenezer was given a second chance to become a full and loving member of the human race but Jacob Marley was not is entertaining, intriguing and vastly satisfying.

What did you like best about this story?

A Christmas Carol is a ghost story, a Christmas story, and a warning but most of all it is a story of transformation and redemption. We know that at the beginning of the tale that Marley is dead. Dickens was very certain to make that clear to his readers but more than that and that he and Scrooge were partners we know very little of Jacob Marley or why Scrooge was given the gift of the spirits' visits and the opportunity to redeem himself by serving others but not Marley. Why was Marley doomed to drag his endless chains and cash boxes through eternity, why was he not give the gift of the spirits? This book answers those questions in a wonderful way and it is a worthy companion to A Christmas Carol. Give yourself a little gift and listen to the marvelous Simon Vance spin out this tale of love, service and second chances but be sure to have a tissue near by.

Which scene was your favorite?

I believe that amongst all of the wonderful scenes in this book my favorite would be Scrooge's second visit to the paupers grave yard, this time a changed man.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Greatest Love.

  • Uncommon Type

  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,671

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. The short stories are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • need better story breaks

  • By Margaret Moreau on 11-20-17

Hanks Never Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Uncommon Type to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but a great deal of the charm and quality of this book is due to the reader and author- Tom Hanks. No one could have done it better!

What other book might you compare Uncommon Type to and why?

I love the short story form but it would be unfair to compare this book with other short story collections.

Which character – as performed by Tom Hanks – was your favorite?

Every story is wonderful and I found myself lost in Hanks' characters and their lives. Each story has a typewriter as a central "character" but each story is satisfyingly different.

If you could rename Uncommon Type, what would you call it?

"I'm Tom Hanks-Trust Me, Have I Ever Let You Down?"

Any additional comments?

I had long ago realized that everything Hanks does he does very well. From his television debut in the sitcom "Bosom Buddies" to his award winning series about the Apollo Space Program and World War II to his campaign to help make the World War II Memorial a reality he has conducted his self with humility, courage, humor, and ethics. It didn't surprise me that he would be a good writer, I was only surprised by how very good he is. The sport story is very difficult genre to get right. Here it is done perfectly. Just enjoy! I just finished listening and started over again immediately. I hope this will be the beginning of a series.