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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,351

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Tour de force!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Amazing delightful charming. Could literally not put it down down. One of the best books I’ve ever read. Was terrified that the author would break my heart. She did not. I can only pray that if Reece Witherspoon actually makes this movie, she sets it in Glasgow and doesn’t Americanize it. The Scottish people are so lovely and form a huge part of the story . Bravo!

  • A Dark So Deadly

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deranged and Murder-ey

  • By 6catz on 04-24-17

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I have read and loved all the Logan McRae books so was worried this wouldn't be as good. It was 20 hours of pure listening pleasure. I did not want it to end! MacBride is a master of dialogue and character development, and there would many laugh out loud moments. I will probably buy a print edition and re-read it - it was that good. Highly recommend!.
I also really appreciated the narration. Top-notch!

  • Sleepyhead

  • Thomas Thorne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel and is aware of everything going on around her, but is completely unable to move or communicate. Her condition is called Locked-In Syndrome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simon Prebble, the master narrator

  • By Glenn on 01-30-14

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Excellent story. Real page turner. Some unrealistic bits at the end (and I guessed the killer). Especially enjoyed Alison's 1st person accounts. Narrator is fantastic!

  • The Novel Habits of Happiness

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

From a small town outside Edinburgh comes the news that a young boy has been recounting vivid recollections of a past life: a perfect description of an island off the coast of Scotland that he couldn't possibly know and a house there where he claims to have spent his former life. When the boy's mother asks Isabel to investigate his claims, she feels she must - of course! - help them learn the truth, and she and her husband, Jamie, set off for the island.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK if you're already a fan

  • By A. Kiss on 09-15-15

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

As with all the Isabelle Dalhousie books, this one is more about thoughts and feelings than any real action. It's a lovely meditation on life and ethics, and a peek into daily life in Edinburgh. I would not recommend this as an entry into this series, but it's a lovely read--as long as you keep your expectations in check. Love AMS!

  • Dying Light

  • Logan McRae, Book 2
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: John Sessions
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

It starts with a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks, in the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan MacRae it's a bad start to another bad day. Only a few short months ago, he was the golden boy of Grampian police. But one botched raid later, he's palmed off on a DI everyone knows is a jinx, waiting for the axe to fall with all the other rejects in the "Screw-up Squad". But Logan's not going to take it lying down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous Sequel

  • By A. J. McConachie on 02-16-07

Abridged ruined it

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Love Stuart macbride but they butchered this by abridging it. Really confusing! Will buy print version.
Don't waste time on this audio.

  • Cold Granite

  • Logan McRae, Book 1
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: John Sessions
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch - strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. There's a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood. If that wasn't enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn't suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone's a fool.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Stuart MacBride! Fantastic

  • By A. J. McConachie on 02-12-07

Abridged so who knows?

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

Huge holes in this, plus you can't really enter into the story since so much is missing. Deeply disappointing! I love Stuart macbride so I'm sure the book is excellent. Just avoid this crap version.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Evil Act

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A huge disappointment

  • By Joan Farrell on 11-02-13

Excellent Story -- Could Not Put it down!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-13

I've read all the reviews, and I understand why some people were upset. There is a lot of Italian in the book, but I found it very engaging to try to figure out what was said. George always provides enough context in the next few sentences following the Italian to make it perfectly clear!
I love all the detail she provides about Italy. I thought the plot was very clever, with lots of twists and turns.
I adore Davina Porter - she is my favorite narrator!

  • Innocent Graves

  • An Inspector Banks Novel #8
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

The worst that can possibly happen... has. A beautiful child is dead - defiled and murdered in a lonely graveyard on a fog-shrouded evening. It is the sort of horrific crime Chief Inspector Alan Banks fled the city to escape. But the slaying of a bright and lovely teenager from a wealthy, respected family is not the end of a nightmare. Lies, dark secrets, unholy accusations, and hints of sexual depravity swirl around this abomination like leaves in an autumn wind, leading to a shattering travesty of justice that will brutally divide a devastated community with suspicion and hatred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Falsely Accused!

  • By Snoodely on 06-20-13

Well done!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-12

Where does Innocent Graves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't understand why people didn't like this book. Plot and characters were well developed. Narration was also terrific. The only down side was the rather abrupt ending. I expected a few more chapters at least!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blood at the Root

  • An Inspector Banks Novel #9
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

When the brutally beaten body of a young man is found in an alley, Eastvale's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague, Detective Constable Susan Gay, have no choice but to lock up the three Pakistani youths who seemingly started it all after an argument in a pub. But they're out in no time, and Banks is in big trouble with the chief for risking a racial incident with the arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • These keep getting better

  • By Kathryn E. Keeling on 01-21-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-12

What did you love best about Blood at the Root?

Plot is quite involved, as usual, but very well done. We see the beginning of the disintegration of banks' marriage. Narration is excellent. Quite enjoyed the whole thing beginning to end!

What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

Perfect accents for each character. Well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

What Agatha expected to be a sparkling modern marriage in the middle of the romantic Cotswolds is turning out to be anything but. James Lacey, the love of her life, is proving to be a most irritated husband; he does not approve of her turning the laundry pink, and is equally censorious of take-away dinners. In turn, Agatha is quite put out by suggestions that James has been frequenting the company of his ex-lover, Melissa.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unlikely Heroine

  • By Mary on 10-16-07

possibly the worst book i've ever read

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-08

I don't even know if I can bring myself to finish it. The characters are all devoid of reason or depth and the main character is not just a loveable old rapscallion: she's despicable and totally unlikeable. AVOID this book. The plot is idiotic. This book has zero redeeming value. Read it at your own peril.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful