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  • Treachery at Lancaster Gate

  • A Thomas and Charlotte Pitt Mystery
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

The world is poised for social and political change, but England holds tight to its traditions, classes, and prejudices. When an explosion in London kills two policemen and seriously injures three more, many believe that anarchists are the culprits. But Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, knows the city's radical groups well enough to suspect otherwise: that someone with decidedly more personal motives lit the deadly fuse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A suggestion

  • By Carolyn on 06-14-16

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

A potentially good story not helped by belabored descriptions of character motivations and an overheated reading. The behavior of the characters in the courtroom was truly unbelievable.
I generally enjoy the author's work & the narrator's, but this, to me, is not a good example.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Broken Shore

  • By: Peter Temple
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the homicide squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Taut, Complex in Every Way Fantastic Listen

  • By Kathleen on 07-18-09

engrossing & well written

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

i really enjoyed this book. well written & performed. there were times i wished that i had the glossary included in the print version, but it was nit a problem to understand the meaning of the dialog.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Sunless Sea

  • William Monk, Book 18
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets made poor Zenia worth killing?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By richard supper on 10-12-12

needs an editor

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

Basic story interesting & the narration was good. However, it really dragged in the middle. Unbelievable courtroom behavior on the part of lawyers, judge & witnesses. Who done it not a surprise. I would say this is not Anne Perry's best.

  • Blackwattle Creek

  • Charlie Berlin, Book 2
  • By: Geoffrey McGeachin
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

It's September 1957, two days before the VFL grand final, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin, former bomber pilot and ex-POW, finally has some time off. But there's no rest for Charlie, a decent but damaged man still troubled by his wartime experiences. A recently widowed friend asks a favour and he's dropped into something a hell of a lot bigger than he bargained for when he discovers a Melbourne funeral parlour has been burying bodies with parts missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • super noir

  • By tinaswfl on 01-31-15

super noir

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

this selection of books by Geoffrey McGeachin are excellent noir detective tales. evocative of the era. well drawn characters. interesting stories. give us more!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Purity of Vengeance

  • A Department Q Novel
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908

International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Department Q series!

  • By Lynne F on 01-03-14

Same book, different title

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

Reviewed: 02-28-14

This is another workmanlike addition to Adler Olsen's series. However, note that Audilble is offering the same novel under the title "Guilt" and published by Penguin Audio, using a different narrator. I didn't check to see if the translator is the same.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Absent One

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite author

  • By JAB on 09-25-12

Compelling series

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

I was totally enthralled with Keeper of Lost Causes even though the story of the victim is horrifying. I liked this second in the series, but I felt the story had less punch and less humor overall. That said, I still think this is an above average crime story and well worth the credit. I'm curious to see how the recurring characters develop in books to come.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What the Dead Know

  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it indeed!

  • By AmazonShoppingQueen on 04-14-07

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 10-21-12

Well written and beautifully narrated. It may take a bit of careful listening in the beginning to get into the rhythm of the flashback/current time storytelling, but it's well worth the effort. Laura Lippman is an outstanding writer; Linda Emond an excellent narrator. I was hooked into the characters and their stories from the beginning. The only slightly off note, to my mind, was the ending. Believable, but a bit too pat.

  • Midnight in Peking

  • How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
  • By: Paul French
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives - one British and one Chinese - race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old Murder Still Mysterious

  • By Helen on 06-05-12

Evocative

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

Reviewed: 05-06-12

The historian author painstakingly reveals the details of a murder mystery in Peking just prior to the Japanese invasion. The book reveals the seamy side of the colonial/expat community. It describes a time in Chinese history I knew little about and appreciated becoming more familiar with.The description of the political climate of the time and the conquest of China by Japan adds urgency and interest to the tale as does the description of the unflagging devotion of the father, despite changing governments and armed conflicts to identify the murderer of his daughter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Breaking Silence

  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

Police Chief Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of a horrific tragedy on a peaceful Amish farm. The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, prosperous and hardworking, with four children and a happy extended family. When the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, it appears to be a gruesome accident. But in the course of a routine autopsy, the coroner discovers that one of the victims suffered a head wound before death—clearly, foul play was involved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By tinaswfl on 03-22-12

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-22-12

I was interested by the book's description and looking forward to the setting in an Amish community. However the lengthy descriptions of Chief Burkholder's brooding about her conflicted feelings about the Amish community got in the way of the story line.Hard to imagine her in directing the work of a police department --- even a small one. I think some judicious editing would have helped this book because, basically the story is a good one with some good plot twists.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Trophy Exchange

  • A Lucinda Pierce Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Diane Fanning
  • Narrated by: Flora Plumb
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Life’s been tough for Lieutenant Lucinda Pierce. She lost an eye and disfigured her face responding to a domestic violence call. She accidentally killed a small child in the middle of a shoot-out with his father. Now, she’s up against a serial killer and her main suspect is a highly respected doctor known for his international relief work. It’s a good thing she doesn’t mind bending the rules.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • engaging story and protagonist

  • By tinaswfl on 03-22-12

engaging story and protagonist

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

Reviewed: 03-22-12

I liked the strong and capable Lucinda Pierce. The book is well plotted and thoughtful while keeping up a lively pace. I will look for other Lucinda Pierce mysteries.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful