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  • Tell Nobody

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 5
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

One hot summer evening, 11-year-old Mikey Driscoll is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers. The case is assigned to Detective Lottie Parker, and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son, Sean, from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good series

  • By Maine Knitter on 10-06-18

Good series

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Didn't see that coming.

I like this series. It's gruesome and deals with uncomfortable subjects but the characters are interesting and the stories are complex and sometimes surprising. There are many potential suspects that keep the reader guessing.

Lottie appeared to me to be more annoying in this book. She was rude - especially to Boyd - and seemed to forget her children too often. I hope she changes her attitude.

Narration was great, as usual. Michele Moran does a wonderful job.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Friends in High Places

  • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

In Friends in High Places, Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of approval for the construction of Brunetti's apartment years before. What began as a red-tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is later found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into the unfamiliar and dangerous areas of drug abuse and loan-sharking, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER GREAT COMMISSARIO BRUNETTI MYSTERY

  • By Linda Lou on 11-07-14

Not my favorite but still good

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Donna Leon writes a great story! I love these books. However, this was not as good as others. I didn't like the ending and I felt there was at least one storyline that went nowhere. That being said, Guido, and Paola, and Chiara, and Rafi, as well as everyone at the Questura, and Venice itself are the best characters and I love escaping to their world. The narration by David Colacci is top notch. I'm glad there are so many more books.

  • Fire on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 9
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The Fens are burning, and Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist. Someone is lighting fires. First they target homes and businesses, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes. More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives, and apparently there's no connection between them. Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman. Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lovely ending

  • By Kamei on 10-20-18

Joy Ellis is a must-read author

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This is one of my favorite series. Although this isn't my favorite of the books it's still very good. I love the dialogue and the characters.

The narration is perfect!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Forgotten Place

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it’s clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn’t - take their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dreary place, trapped, closed-minded people

  • By Marta on 09-26-18

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I have been waiting for this book and had it pre-ordered as I do all the Bess Crawford books. That practice may have ended with this book. The preceding book in the series should have been my last.

This book wasn't as much bad as it was disappointing. I found it boring and I found Bess totally unlikeable. Why did she take the risks she did? The situations were awkward, dangerous, and beyond my comprehension. Sad to say, I struggled to finish this. It was a chore.

The narration was decent. I've always enjoyed Rosalyn Landor but even her voice was a bit bland this time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Acqua Alta

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

In Leon's fifth Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery, the beating of renowned art historian Dotoressa Brett Lynch draws the contemporary Venetian police detective out of his warm and loving home and into the yearly onslaught of acqua alta, the torrential winter rains. Brett, an American who spearheaded a recent exhibition of Chinese pottery in Venice, lives with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of La Scala. With his open mind and good sense, Brunetti finds himself more fazed by Flavia's breathtaking talent than by the nontraditional relationship between the two women. Brunetti's deliberate and humane investigation to uncover a motive for Brett's beating takes him to dark, wet corners of Venice and into a sinister web of art theft, fakery, and base human desires. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful reading!

  • By Grete on 08-16-18

Great series

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I love listening to these books. And I wonder why it's taken me so long to discover Donna Leon's fabulous work.

This wasn't my favorite but Guido is still fantastic. I love his interaction with Paula and Chiara. Thank goodness I have a long way to go with this series.

The narration is first-rate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present. On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

I love Deb Harkness

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Well worth waiting for although it's quite different from the Trilogy.

We have the same characters, a year after the end of THE BOOK OF LIFE. We learn a lot about Marcus's early life as a human and later as a young vampire. We experience Phoebe's transformation. And the twins are becoming interesting creatures. Anything else I say may be spoilerish.

I didn't love this book as much as I did Deb Harkness's first three amazing books but it is still 5-star worthy. It lacked drama and any conflict.

The narrator of the audiobook, Saskia Maarleveld, had a lot to live up to, taking over from a much enjoyed narrator who read the Trilogy books. She did a marvelous job and made the transition seamless. Brava to Saskia and Deb on a job well done!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Body in the Dales

  • A Yorkshire Murder Mystery
  • By: J. R. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

A body is discovered deep in a cave beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Leading the investigation into the mysterious death are experienced DCI Jim Oldroyd and his partner DS Carter, a newcomer from London. The deceased is Dave Atkins, well known throughout the village but not well liked. While there is no shortage of suspects, the details of the crime leave Oldroyd and Carter stumped. How did Atkins’s body end up in such a remote section of the cave? When someone with vital information turns up dead, it becomes clear that whoever is behind the murders will stop at nothing to conceal their tracks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh approach; great narration

  • By Panache on 08-12-18

I hope the series improves

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This was interesting enough. I have been reading a lot of UK country copper stories. The story was good but I felt the character of Andy Carter was very undeveloped. The DI was probably the best developed of all the cast of characters.

Andy's budding romance seemed to sprout up overnight. That seemed odd.

The descriptions of the potholes and the cave explorers were very interesting.

The narrator of the audiobook did a good job with the Yorkshire accents (at least to my uneducated ear) but he needs to work on his female voices.

I'll keep reading. First books in a series aren't always the best.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Note

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Women who gave a child up for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up. For Detective Ruby Preston and her team, it is a race against time to connect the dots before the killer can strike again. But when Ruby receives a sinister email, the case takes a terrifying personal twist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Suspense Thriller!

  • By Candice on 01-24-17

Good not great

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Hmmm. I'm not quite sure how to rate this. It certainly wasn't a thriller. It wasn't a police procedural as I understand the genre. It wasn't a romance, although it had elements of all three. It did have interesting characters but how they fit together wasn't always clear.

This reminded me of the old Perry Mason tv series where, at the end of the show, the criminal would be revealed using evidence that had never been disclosed to the audience. The readers weren't given all the facts during the story. The ending was a puzzle because of that. Things that make you stop and say "What??"

The author's choice of words also bugged me a bit. Would a police officer ever say someone just got out of "the big house?" Her use of cliches was a tad annoying ("It was quiet. Too quiet." for example.)

Ruby is a very interesting character and her life-long friendship/relationship with Nathan is something I'd like to read more about. For that reason alone I will continue with the next book.

I listened to the audiobook and the narration was good except for the Northern Irish accent which sounded to me more Dublin than Belfast.

  • The Chessmen: The Lewis Trilogy

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Living again of the Isle of Lewis, the ex-detective inspector Fin McLeod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate, Fin encounters elusive poacher and former childhood friend Whistler Macaskill. But while Fin catches up with Whistler, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon - a "bog burst" - that spontaneously drains a loch of its water, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fanastic-but where is the first book?

  • By Alysha Ann Olsen on 05-03-16

Best of the series

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

My favorite of the three. The story still switched from present to past. The narration was still pretty well perfect to my ears. The difference was the story. I found it much more interesting. And surprising.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lewis Man

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh - including his wife and his career in the police force - the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog. The only clue to its identity is a DNA match to a local farmer, the now-senile Tormod Macdonald....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t think The Lewis Man could be any more depressing than The Black House ... wrong again!

  • By puplhunt on 08-27-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

A decent book that actually had me in tears regarding the results of dementia. My mother suffers from it and shares a lot of the same symptoms. Hit quite close to home. I often wonder what she thinks.

The story itself was okay. The narration was delightful. I didn't care for the ending. To be honest, I thought this series was going to be a Scottish police procedural but it's more Fin's journey to discovering where he fits in. That's not a bad thing really just not what I expected. I will read the next book to see where this goes.