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  • Island of the Mad

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital...better known as Bedlam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a little let down but still worth the listen.

  • By Victoria L Snyder on 07-03-18

Great story — Venice!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

As a Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes fan, I loved this story! Venice In the 20’s was a intriguing location. The whole Cole Porter inclusion was fun. Ms. King always does a great deal of research for historical details of the story. I will admit, I was relieved when the “Island” turned out to be in and around Venice, which is still mysterious.
I will also agree with other reviewers, however, that Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes finding “satisfaction” in blackmail is counter intuitive to every bit of their character. Not convincing, and I wonder why Ms. King posed it in such away.
This story turned out to be a fun mystery, history, and Holmes is still a hero. With a violin and sword. Yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Butcher's Boy

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,150

Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FUN gripping and very well-written

  • By CBDC on 03-05-10

Maltese Falcon wannabe

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I stuck it out after reading such fabulous reviews. It is very dated, which is more distracting than nostalgic. Lots of names that became a jumble and hard to track— not to mention all the thoughtless killing. I read this first book hoping to be intrigued with the series. I don’t care enough about the contrived plot or the flat characters to continue. The narrator reads like he is Humphrey Bogart. Very poor.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,977

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun New Characters

  • By SW Clemens on 03-17-17

Solid "who done it"

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

I almost gave up a third of the way through the book. A very slow go, but I ended up enjoying the last bit, especially. The narrator plods along at times. I frequently wondered if the the dialogue could have been better if I was reading it instead of listening.
I am a fan of the humor of "Her Royal Spyness" and hoped for similar writing. Not so. It ended up being an enjoyable listen, however, though the it left me with many unanswered questions.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,699

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Adolescent boy's nightmare

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

This inane story was spent mostly wondering through dark, slimy alleys, corridors, bridges, and London Tube stations. Not much time was spent, however on plot or character development. Most characters were described so grotesque, they seemed to have been written by an adolescent boy after a bad nightmare. It reminded me of the childhood rhyme, "great big gobs of greasy, grimy gofer guts, etc." The dialogue was prattle, and also juvenile. I will say, however, that the addition of "How the Marquis got his coat back" at the end was the best writing in the whole book.
After such glowing reviews, I kept listening, hoping the story would improve. Now I'm just glad the nightmare is over.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022

Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a list of what you'll find in Volume 3

  • By T. on 05-10-12

Like eating leftovers.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

After being riveted by the first two volumes, volume 3 lacked the depth of the previous two. The stories began intriguing enough, but fizzled with predictability. It felt like these were the stories the editors had rejected at first publication. That said, I am sad to have finished the collection and say goodbye to Sherlock and Watson. They've kept me entertained for quite a while!