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Kathryn E. Keeling

Scottsdale, AZ
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  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,530

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

Light Read but Classic!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Okay ones not going to get depth from an Agatha Cristie book but she is a ledgendary crime Who Dine It if not the original. As one who enjoys all sorts of stories and one category being in the querulous world of mysteries, crime fiction and investigator character stories makes this venture a pleasant must read. I'll no doubt eventually read over time my way through all.

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  • The Vault

  • Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation Series, Book 6
  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

A skeletal hand is unearthed in the vault under the Pump Room in Bath, England, near the site where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Then a skull is excavated. The bones came from different corpses, and one is modern. Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must solve a series of crimes including murder and forgery, requiring a knowledge of history, 19th-century art, literature...and human nature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grumpy Detective

  • By Chalis on 06-24-17

I think Diamonds best cases ever!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

I've very much enjoyed this series having accidentally started into the first book thinking it was one of another authors books! Didn't mind because I really liked Inspector Diamond.

Every now and again I find one of them available on Audible which either hadn't been available when I cruised through the series originally. This story was just great as Ingeborg gets her break. Subtle tongue in cheek present as ever.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Highland Raven

  • The Celtic Blood Series, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Scotland, 1026 - Gruoch, descendant of the line of MacAlpin, should have been born into a life of ease. But fate is fickle. Her father's untimely death, rumored to have been plotted by King Malcolm, leaves her future uncertain and stained by the prophecy that she will avenge her family line. Escaping to one of the last strongholds of the old Celtic gods, Gruoch becomes an adept in arcane craft. Her encounters with the otherworld, however, suggest that magic runs stronger in Scotland than she ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hit by Karsak

  • By Michelle @ In Libris Veritas on 08-25-16

Very very Imaginative

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

I enjoyed this story, although at times it seemed light and trite, some how. And yet, being very compelling certainly. I found myself very intrigued and interested in wanting to know how much of this was based on the actual mythologies involved and hinted to within this story. The author has certainly done a keen job of weaving them together it as far as my tiny knowledge or awareness of them, Celtic, English (reference and parts about Avalon and Merlin, King Authors court), Norwegian. In her way the Author connects her heroine right from the start to Lady Macbeth and known historical periods tying the legendary/mythogiogical to bits/parts of that which is known of the origins of the civilizations and the Picks. Sounds too much I know, but this is well done, fun exciting. At first I was disappointed in the narration but perhaps intended or by a process of settling in and improving or maybe i got used to it, I don't know. I did really overall very much enjoy this book, particularly in the light of past books not so much into the realm of fantasy but history and essentially more current compared to this story, references and experiences of the Fey world and having the gift of Sight.

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Sally on 01-04-10

Delicious and So Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

Drama. Tension. Maddening. Poetry. Rich use of Language. Historical Merit all over the place. A whole gambit of emotions. Spirituality and Spirit vanity and humility. Imagery. Politics. Romance. Growth of characters and never to take any expectations for granted. Buying this in book too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Dead Lie

  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

In the latest mystery from the national best-selling author of When Falcons Fall, the gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By Cheryl on 04-13-17

A Great Light Read

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I do like this series. Historical novel but a sort of Romance Series. Sweet and endearing. The mystery is good enough that it keeps the pages and time flying by and I really like the characters. Not always my cup of tea as I like more meat and literary qualities. Also like more history. I need a diversion from my chronic frustrations fears sadness. This is the deal for all of that and will keep reading listening to the series. Flawless narration.

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,835
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,789

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

Very sad that I finished these...

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Wow! Can't beat the stories. The narration was masterful and so very enjoyable. This is a must own Audio collection. A MUST.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Emma [Naxos]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,670

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why can't all literature be like this?

  • By Theodore on 10-15-11

Great for Stressful Life!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Sublimely Narrated. I bought a diff version 1st. Gads the shrill or something was far off for my ear! Fairly made it impossible for me to hear the story! Ironic eh? Tried again many times. Here, The words weren't rushed & elevated excitedly by the N.

The endurance Jane Austin's works as great reads to this day is remarkable. Her story in hx is 1 of true feminism. A feminist is not defined by her anatomy. So Why the parading in a preposterous giant vagina? No thank you ladies. You've got it all wrong! The whole POINT of feminism is that we will gain in equality by what we do as women & in what we decline to do. Leave the bloody tampon costumes & crassness to flush down your proverbial toilet.

Jane Austin is all woman & a feminist to the nth degree. Courageous. Bold. She revealed intelligence & women's issues in a class way. Movies are great, but do get a book to listen to her actual words as she wrote them. As for Stevens, Ive spaced first name. Sorry. I will fix by seeking another by her. She is that excellent of a narrator.

  • When the Music's Over

  • An Inspector Banks Novel
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Banks finds himself taking on the coldest of cases: a 50-year-old assault allegedly perpetrated by beloved celebrity Danny Caxton. Now Caxton stands accused at the center of a media storm, and it's Banks' job to discover the shocking truth. As more women step forward with accounts of Caxton's manipulation, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence - as the investigation leads him down the darkest of paths....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Contemporary Social Problems and Poetry

  • By mspoet on 08-24-16

Crime++ Serial 4 the Intellectual & Plugged In

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

I've listened to every one of these books, more or less in order. The last 5-6 being in his longer style.

Early on he did a lot of work with a sparsely worded style which in a way doesn't change in the longer books, which I like better. It is the plots and intensity that gets more engaging in these stories.

What one gets as much as a good crime/suspense story is a great deal of geography, social & political issues and introduction to/sort of invite and sharing of the arts- appreciation and the places in life where art, literature, poetry, and esp music can play a role to enhance a life (particularly the truly in depth character development of Banks and others), to stimulate provoke inspire and soothe...in one book even to inspire crime.

At this time in the US I've been interested by the start of and unfolding of the issues of immigration, fears for a country's 'original,' culture. The tensions peak in this book, & I was conscious of great parallels to so much going on in the US even more so on this issue esp in this book. We really are sister countries in so many ways and yet unique.

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  • Watching the Dark

  • An Inspector Banks Novel, Book 20
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

A decorated detective inspector is murdered on the tranquil grounds of the St. Peter’s Police Treatment Centre, shot through the heart with a crossbow arrow, and compromising photographs are discovered in his room. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is well aware that he must handle the highly sensitive - and dangerously explosive - investigation with the utmost discretion. Because the case may involve police corruption, an officer from Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passero, has arrived to work with Banks and his team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Procedural With Depth

  • By Chalis on 05-31-17

Internationalional Special.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

I found myself looking up a bit about Estonia. I was surprised to realize just how very far outdated at best and just plain ignorant. A lovely country most excellent economy and progressive government and social programs. Looks damned cold in the winter for certain though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Colors of Darkness

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Once on the investigation of a murder case involving a costume designer and his older and wealthier lover, Detective Alan Banks finds himself plunged into a case where nothing is as it seems. More and more his own words about the victim's latest production, Othello, are coming back to haunt him, for "jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge: all the colors of darkness" are quickly becoming his world as well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story damaged by producer

  • By Lehua of Pacifica on 05-24-09

Very Cool

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

Great Story. Great Narrator. Cool Guitar Riffs. None of yhat mess done on the previous in this series with the music. Robinson ought to have gotten some money back on that job. Prebble. He is the bomb in both very good novels.