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  • The Quiet Game

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,518

When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and Good Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-09-15

Couldn’t finish it

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

Too formulaic. Too soap operish. Too much labored romantic subplot and boring family whatever’s. Possibly the actual story is good but too much dreck getting in the way.

  • Behold, Here's Poison

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

It's no ordinary morning at the Poplars – the master is found dead in his bed, and it seems his high blood pressure was not the cause. When an autopsy reveals a sinister poison, it's up to the quietly resourceful Inspector Hannasyde to catch the murderer in time to spare the next victim. But every single member of the quarrelsome Matthews family has a motive and none, of course, has an alibi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great detective story

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-20-17

Too Few Victims

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

By the last chapters I was wishing the author had killed off more of the leading characters, who were uniformly horrible, self-absorbed, arrogant, selfish, and supremely irritating in their smug pomposities. I didn't find anything witty or likable in the story although it was well constructed and finely paced. The Inspector of this series was more of a prop than a moving force and even he became irritating in his complacence. I stuck it out to the end just to find out who did it but it wasn't easy.

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  • Death at Breakfast

  • By: John Rhode
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

A classic winter's crime novel by one of the most highly regarded exponents of the genre. Victor Harleston awoke with uncharacteristic optimism. Today he would be rich at last. Half an hour later, he gulped down his breakfast coffee and pitched to the floor, gasping and twitching. When the doctor arrived, he recognised instantly that it was a fatal case of poisoning and called in Scotland Yard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An almost entirely perfect murder mystery!<br />

  • By Denise Vilim on 03-17-18

It Is What It Is

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

Obviously one reads this book precisely because it is Golden Age of British Mystery writing so one gets what one pays for. In an era when this genre was highly popular this was certainly one of the finer works. It takes a bit of self-discipline to enjoy it as much as one might have done 100 years ago, but once you accept the highly stylised narrative and understand that you as the reader are being teased along and fed bits of the story as tastily as possible it becomes a very enjoyable nine hour listen.

  • The Iron King

  • The Accursed Kings, Book 1
  • By: Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

From the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R.R. Martin’s epic work. France became a great nation under Philip the Fair - but it was a greatness achieved at the expense of her people, for his was a reign characterised by violence, the scandalous adulteries of his daughters-in-law, and the triumph of royal authority.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Goodie

  • By SydSavvy on 08-03-13

A Masterpiece of Historical Non-Fiction.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

It is history written as fiction. Weird but it really works. That this is non-fiction detracts nothing from the intriguing and highly entertaining stories that intertwine throughout the 6 book narrative. Narrator excellent. Highly recommended.

  • The Strangled Queen

  • The Accursed Kings 2
  • By: Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

With King Philip IV dead, and the Kingdom left in disarray, as the fatal curse of the Templars plagues the royal house of France.Imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard, Marguerite of Burgundy has fallen into disgrace. Her infidelity has left her estranged husband, Louis X King of France, with neither heir nor wife.The web of scandal, murder and intrigue that once wove itself around the Iron King continues to afflict his descendants, as the destruction of his dynasty continues at the hands of fate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Of The Same, But The Same Is Good

  • By Joshua on 03-23-16

Wow.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

It is as good if not better than the first book. That this is non-fictional detracts nothing from the intriguing and highly entertaining stories that intertwine throughout the 6 book narrative. Narrator excellent. Highly recommended.

  • The Poisoned Crown

  • The Accursed Kings, Book 3
  • By: Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

The puny, self-impotent Louis X, having caused his first wife to be murdered and his mistress exiled, becomes besotted with the lovely Clemence, his new Queen. Vacillating between self-pity and vainglory he is caught between the vaulting ambitions of proud, profligate barons….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Carry On, You Wayward Son.

  • By Joshua on 03-30-16

Lots of Characters to Despise and Few to Like

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

But that's history I guess. That this is non-fictional detracts nothing from the intriguing and highly entertaining stories that intertwine throughout the 6 book narrative. Narrator excellent. Highly recommended.

  • The Royal Succession

  • The Accursed Kings, Book 4
  • By: Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

No woman shall succeed in Salique land. Louis X is dead, poisoned, murdered, by the hand of Mahaut d'Artois. Her plan is simple - to clear the path to the throne for her son-in-law, Philippe. However, there is the small matter of Queen Clemence and her unborn child. As the country is thrown into turmoil, Philippe of Poitiers must use any means necessary to save his country from anarchy. However, how far is he willing to go to clear his path to the throne and become King in his own right?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Bored

  • By peter on 03-31-19

Never Bored

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

Fourth in the series and never bored for a moment. That this is non-fictional detracts nothing from the intriguing and highly entertaining stories that intertwine throughout the 6 book narrative. Narrator excellent. Highly recommended.

  • The She-Wolf

  • The Accursed Kings, Book 5
  • By: Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Charles IV is now king of France and his sister is Edward II of England’s Queen. Having been imprisoned by Edward as leader of the rebellious English barons, Roger Mortimer escapes to France, where he joins the war against the English Aquitaine. But it is his love affair with Isabella, the ‘She-Wolf of France’, who has come seemingly to negotiate a treaty of peace that seals his fate…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And Now, For Something Different - England!

  • By Joshua on 06-13-16

Just Great

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

That this is non-fictional detracts nothing from the intriguing and highly entertaining stories that intertwine throughout the 6 book narrative. Narrator excellent. Highly recommended.

  • The Black Rose

  • By: Thomas B. Costain
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Walter of Gurnie, bastard son of an English peer, is forced to flee from Oxford for his part in the university riots of 1273. Inspired by Friar Bacon, he determines to travel to China. With his friend Tristam, he fights his way to the heart of the fabulous Mongol Empire and returns famous, to find that he must choose between the first love he thought lost and the exotic flower that he found in the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Jean on 03-09-13

Too Thick To Swim

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

It's an historical romance with the romance being the main point and unfortunately so heavy-handedly written that my interest in whatever background there might have been gagged and died before halfway

  • The Lily and the Lion

  • The Accursed Kings, Book 6
  • By: Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The royal house of France has fallen. Charles IV is dead, fulfilling the curse of the Templars once and for all. This leaves the path to the throne open for Robert of Artois to place his cousin, Philippe of Valois, upon it. Having committed fraud, perjury and murder in the name of the new king, Robert expects to receive a title and his full reward. But the days of betrayal are far from over and Robert is banished to England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All Good Things...

  • By Joshua on 06-29-16

The Last Pages of the Story

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

As with the other books this is fully engrossing and fascinating. The non-fictional characters led extremely interesting lives which as GRRM seems to have realized were much more intriguing than fiction might essay. The narrator is very good.