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  • Acqua Alta

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

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.

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

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!

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  • 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 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

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.

  • Death Note

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

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 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

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.

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  • The Lewis Man

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

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.

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

In the days leading up to her wedding to Darcy O'Mara, Lady Georgiana Rannoch takes on the responsibilities of a grand estate, but proving she can run a household just may be the death of her in the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

A delightful listen

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

First of all, Katy Kellgren is sorely missed. Her voice was uniquely integral to this series. Replacing her would be difficult for anyone. After taking a while to get used to her, I found Jasmine Blackborow to be a good choice. Not the same as Katy but she did an excellent job in her own way. She didn't detract from the story at all which is all too common in many cases.

The story was typical Rhys Bowen. Georgie gets herself in and out of trouble with her interesting cast of friends and relatives - and the dishy Darcy. I was glad that Queenie played a more background role than in previous books. She was beginning to irritate me.

All in all, a delightful summer read/listen. I see more related romances in the future as well as the decision on Darcy's future. Keep writing, Rhys; we need more Georgie.

  • Hazard

  • Rockliffe Series, Book 5
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Hazard: A game of Chance and Luck, made riskier when Fate is rolling the dice. For Aristide Delacroix, the first throw summons shades from his past. A man he had met, just once, over a card-table... and the lovely girl indirectly responsible for plunging his life into catastrophe. For Lord Nicholas Wynstanton, tired of waiting for Madeleine Delacroix to make up her mind, it slyly suggests he begin a whole new game with loaded dice; while for Madeleine, it devises a terrifying lesson in missed opportunities and the uncertainty of second chances. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent continuation to a delightful series

  • By noagnes on 05-17-18

Another good book in this series

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

A fine addition to the series. Is it the end?

What I like about Stella Riley's books - at least one of the things - is her character development. Each character is rich in detail and emotion. It adds to the enjoyment of her books.

I will admit that the beginning of the book was hard for me to get into. Then I went back and listened to THE WICKED COUSIN, the preceding book, again. That helped a lot. This book, the entire series, is best read in order.

This book involves two romances with a third briefly tied into one of them. We may have seen some old threads tied up. I hope it isn't the end of the series.

The narration, as usual by Alex Wyndham, was delightful and well done.

  • Fire in the Blood

  • DC Scott Cullen Crime Series, Book 3
  • By: Ed James
  • Narrated by: Dave Gillies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

DC Scott Cullen finds himself investigating two decades-old cases when a mangled body is found in a barrel of aged Dunpender Distillery whisky. Two men disappeared around the time the barrel was filled, nearly 20 years ago. As Cullen investigates, he finds himself steeped in twisted tales of family loyalties, lies and professional rivalries. Before he can find the killer, he needs to know whose body is in the barrel...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to previous quality

  • By Maine Knitter on 07-23-18

Not up to previous quality

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

3.5 stars rounded up.

I have enjoyed the previous books in this series. I had a hard time getting interested in this one. The characters were all flat and not enjoyable. The story was decent and the narration was good. And I really like the author's Fenchurch series. This is what bumped my rating up by half a star.

I'm sorry the rest of this series is not available on Audible.

  • The Other Woman

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245

From Daniel Silva, the number one New York Times best-selling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal. She was his best-kept secret....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not typical of Daniel Silva!

  • By Wayne on 07-18-18

Daniel Silva delivers another winner

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

All the excitement of starting a new Daniel Silva book and then it's over all too soon.

Another excellent book in the great Gabriel Allon series. I do like that man! Silva's descriptions and dialogue make Gabriel into a hard yet compassionate man. And the scenes with his daughter! Brilliant.

I thought the story was fascinating. Why couldn't something like this have happened? Maybe it has and we don't know it. I loved it.

However, I have to comment on the quality of the audiobook. George Guidall is a phenomenal reader. That goes without saying. But the production had obvious do-overs that were inserted very obviously. It was distracting and a disservice to Daniel Silva's work, as well as the narrator's.

I love living in Gabriel's and his team's world for a few days and it's hard to leave. At least I can always start the series over again.

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