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  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,528

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

Worth the listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

I have read all the Louise Penny, Inspector Gamache books. I am liking the new narrator Bathurst more and more. This book does go back and forth in time but that only improved the story. I do think Inspector Gamache could be a little less "perfect".

  • Y is for Yesterday

  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,812

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old classmate - and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing, and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence, and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-29-17

Grafton has written better. Kaye should retire

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This is absolutely the worst Kinsey Milhone book Grafton has written. The book repeats itself in several places. The minute description is tedious at best. Judy Kaye seems tired and only partially engaged in reading. It is probably good there is only one letter left. Hopefully, Z will be a zinger!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nature of the Beast

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart breaking narrator

  • By Jeff on 09-18-15

Try again, Ms. Penny!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

I am an Inspector Gamache fan. I have listened to the entire series. In the introduction to this latest novel Louise Penny introduces the new narrator for the series. She says they did a thorough search for the replacement for Ralph Cosham, who sadly passed away. I say look harder. Robert Bathurst is a terrible choice and nearly ruined the story for me. I read the second half of the book rather than listened.. He was annoying, read to fast and made no attempt to characterize voices. The story is another good one for fans but my advice is to read it and spare yourself the disappointment.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Upstairs

  • By: Claire Messud
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 503

Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the "woman upstairs", a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. He and his parents - dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar and professor at the École Normale Supérleure; and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist - have come to Boston for Skandar to take up a fellowship at Harvard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing, Frustrating, Messed Up and AWESOME!

  • By Beth Anne on 05-24-13

Study is simpering self absorbtion

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

Reviewed: 05-24-13

Don't waste your credit. Cassandra Campbell is an excellent reader. She gives wonderful voice to the characters. The story itself is more than disappointing. Nora is unlikeable and vacuous. I kept waiting for something to give some point and meaning to the story but like the rest of the book, the ending was pointless and disappointing.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Deed to Death

  • By: D. B. Henson
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Real estate agent Toni Matthew's problems begin when her fiancé, Scott, is murdered. Having to bury the man she loves on the very day they planned to be married is almost more than Toni can take. Dealing with her loss becomes even harder when Scott's estranged brother, Brian, contests the will, threatening to take away her home. After learning Brian is in deep financial trouble, Toni suspects he may be the one who killed Scott.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One of the worst!

  • By Diane on 06-10-12

One of the worst!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

I have been an audible member for many years and this is the worst book I have ever listened to. It was recommended at the end of the latest Walt Longmire book and I thought I would give it a try. How bad is a book when you can predict what the next line is before it is read? Chock full of cliches. The narrator was awful. The book was set in Nashville and the main character was from Alabama. Ms. Forbes couldn't make up her mind and went back and forth between no accent and a bad southern one. I am sorry I wasted my credit.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Murder

  • By: H.R.F. Keating
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

It is Inspector Ghote's bad luck to be landed with the case of the perfect murder at the start of his career with the Bombay Police, for in this most baffling of crimes there is the cunning and important tycoon Lala Varde to contend with. And as if this were not enough, he finds himself having to investigate the mysterious theft of one rupee from the desk of yet another Very Important Person, the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Inspector Ghote novel

  • By Anne on 06-03-06

Very Silly Story

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

Reviewed: 02-06-12

I was looking for a new detective series to listen to and thought I would give this one a try. The story was just silly and the characters are flimsy and quite stereotypical. Worse yet is the narrator. Very annoying, especially the Swedish UNESCO character. I felt I was being yelled at through most of the story. This was the first in the series, there are quite a few, so maybe they get better. I recommend skipping this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

  • A Modest Bestiary
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 851

Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Book

  • By Patricia on 10-21-10

Not very funny

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-10

I am a David Sedaris fan. In the past I have found humor in his dark comedic storytelling. This book, however did not elicit one laugh. Some of the stories have fable like tones but for the most part this book is just a downer. Disappointing to say the least. If you are a fan, read the other reviews and wisely...skip this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man from Beijing

  • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjvallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andrns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrn family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the 19th-century diary of an Andrn ancestora gang master on the American transcontinental railwaythat describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Man From Beijing is a keeper

  • By Terry R. Mabry on 02-25-10

No Steig Larsen!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-10

I purchased this audio thinking I would enjoy another Swedish author's work but...this book is boring, disconnected and barely has a thread of story throughout. I thought the narrator annoying at times. The whole Chinese history lesson seemed tedious. I don't know if I disliked the book because of the narrator or disliked the narrator because of the book's plot!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful