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HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States
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  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,755

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever

  • By Becca on 07-30-17

Well written and unexpectedly interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I honestly didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. If I were to explain the plot, it might not sound interesting, but it really was. And, I liked the ending.
#Underdog
#sweepstakes
#tagsgiving

  • The Haunted Season

  • A Max Tudor Mystery
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Lord and Lady Baaden-Boomethistle have been in residence for some weeks now, and the villagers are hoping for a return to the good old days, when the lord of the manor sprinkled benefits across the village like fairy dust. Father Max Tudor's invitation to dinner at the Hall comes as a welcome novelty; it will be his first time meeting the famous family that once held sway in the area.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another enjoyable story of Father Max

  • By Sally on 12-02-15

Big twist in the end

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The characters are very good. I didn't expect this author to pull out an ending that didn't track with the ongoing story though. I am normally a very big fan of G. M. Malliet. It was nice, though, to get another back-story wrapped up. A bit too much religiosity.
#AmateurDetective
#Witty
#tagsgiving
#sweepstakes

  • Death in the Stocks: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 1

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

In the dead of the night, a man is found murdered, locked in the stocks on the village green. Unfortunately for Superintendent Hannasyde, the deceased is Andrew Vereker, a man hated by nearly everyone, especially his odd and unhelpful family members. The Verekers are as eccentric as they are corrupt, and it will take all Hannasyde's skill at detection to determine who's telling the truth, and who is pointing him in the wrong direction. The question is: who in this family is clever enough to get away with murder?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Wrong Narrator

  • By Elizabeth on 12-10-14

A bit disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The story kept my interest but I have to say that I didn't like any of the characters nor do I think they were written realistically. I expected the title of the book to play a MUCH bigger place in the story.
#AmateurDetective
#Satire
#tagsgiving
#sweepstakes

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,810

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new suspense mystery series!

  • By Wayne on 12-05-17

Characters with no resemblance to humans

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Would you try another book from Carlene O'Connor and/or Caroline Lennon?

No

What could Carlene O'Connor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Too many to mention

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was fine but the story was so poor, it was hard to pay attention to the narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation with the author

Any additional comments?

The author makes the characters contradict themselves every few lines; the characters don't react like any humans I've ever met; the incredibly weak story relies completely on every character lying every time they speak.

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  • A Fatal Grace

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex, but worthwhile....

  • By danpri on 01-10-10

Fantastic in every respect!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Fatal Grace to be better than the print version?

The narrator is great. This is a performance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fatal Grace?

The final scene was great. It was summed up well, there were no disappointing deaths, just perfect.

What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's an amazing narrator. I would buy a book just for his voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Plot within plot.

  • What a Ghoul Wants

  • A Ghost Hunter Mystery
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

Kidwella Castle in northern Wales is rumored to be haunted by a deadly ghost - the Grim Widow, who allegedly drowns unsuspecting guests in the castle’s moat. Not long after M. J. and her crew arrive at the castle to film their ghost-hunting cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, two new victims are added to the Widow’s grisly roster. Fear ripples through the castle, especially when it’s discovered that the victims may have had help into their watery graves from the land of the living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Great Mystery!

  • By Gayle on 01-28-13

Terrible Plot

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

Reviewed: 12-08-13

What would have made What a Ghoul Wants better?

The premise of the story is fine but the author doesn't seem to have any concept of natural human reactions. Consequently, every character is someone you want to be killed in the story. Rather than being 'in the story' while listening, I was irritated by stupid dialogue and plot.

Would you ever listen to anything by Victoria Laurie again?

No.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Eileen Stevens?

Yes. I didn't care a lot for the male characters but her voice quality is good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

irritation and disappointment

  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,724

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

If you could sum up Lightning in three words, what would they be?

Can't stop listening.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Parts of the plot were very interesting and parts were quite annoying, although the author gave reasons for the annoying aspects.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

time travel

Any additional comments?

No.

  • The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories

  • Featuring Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Mr. Parker Pyne
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser, Joan Hickson, David Suchet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

There's a body in a trunk; a dead girl's reflection is caught in a mirror; and one corpse is back from the grave, while another is envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. What's behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, it's going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes. In this inviting collection, Agatha Christie enlists the services of her finest - Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Parker Pyne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but sweet!

  • By Linda Lee on 07-28-13

well done

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

Reviewed: 11-15-12

Would you listen to The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories again? Why?

I like the actors in the TV shows reading the books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miss Marple

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, just as good as the others

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead as a Doornail

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery # 5
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,977

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Telepathic barmaid, shapeshifters, vampires!

  • By Anne on 05-31-05

great series

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

Reviewed: 09-27-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead as a Doornail to be better than the print version?

no

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes

Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

Sookie

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would have been good to hear it in one sitting but it's too long for that (or I have limited time for that); this is because it is suspenseful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful