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  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,017
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,770

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found the experience very satisfying.

  • By MV on 11-29-18

Not the same

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

When Ralph Cosham died and Rober Bathurst narrated the series, I loved the Louise Penny characters so much I decided I would not judge the book by the narration. I am glad I didn't. Until Kingdom of the Blind. It was if Gamache was but a shell of his original self. I don't know if it was because of the narration, which was completely dreadful this time, or if Ms. Penny has retired the Inspector to live a life of banality. I was totally heartbroken. I have gone to those books to "cleanse my palate" after I have read a lesser novel. Gamache has been a friend who offered me wine, crousants, art, good conversation, and excitment. He deserved better than Kingdom of the Dead in Bathurst's voice.

  • A Dark So Deadly

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 385

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deranged and Murder-ey

  • By 6catz on 04-24-17

Angry but good

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

It was difficult to get into this book in the beginning because the protagonist was so angry. But he grew on me. I was pleasantly shocked by the revelation of the killer but it made the story better. I would recommend this book.

  • The Perfume Collector

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762

London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London's most refined and ambitious social circles. Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance. There's only one problem: she has never heard of her benefactor, the mysterious Eva d'Orsey. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d'Orsey's story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved It

  • By Violin 2 Lover on 07-26-14

Banal and sophomoric

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I had never heard of Katherine Tessaro so I did not know what to expect. I should have guessed it was a romance novel from the reviews. It was very predictable and bland.

  • Head Strong

  • The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster - in Just Two Weeks
  • By: Dave Asprey
  • Narrated by: Dave Asprey, Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926

For the last decade, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest, most innovative methods for making humans perform better - a process known as "biohacking". In his first book, The Bulletproof Diet, he shared his biohacking tips for taking control of your own biology. Now, in Head Strong, Asprey shows listeners how to biohack their way to sharper, smarter, faster, more resilient brains.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I paid for an infomercial

  • By Jenna on 02-14-18

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Any additional comments?

As a medical professional, I followed up this book with research of articles on my own. I am blown away by Dave Asprey's information and the knowledge. I am confident that integrating many, if not all, of these suggestions will make a world of difference in the life and health of my patient as well as myself. This book is good enough to listen to and read.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,685

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Any additional comments?

I am a traveler. During my long trips I listen to books and audible has been a life saver. I have listened to many books including the Sherlock Holmes series and others. Since then I have been looking for another good writer of mysteries but my search had led me to many sophomoric attempts. This series meets the bill for well written, well read, and entertaining audio book. It is well worth the money spent and now I have another series on which to embark!

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,373

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Xavier on 08-17-11

I miss Harry

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Giles’s performances?

I don't care for the performers voice. Perhaps it is because I expect a Texas drawl. What ever the reason, I could not appreciate the book itself.

  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,995

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My 2nd Time Through the Series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 07-30-15

Are You Kidding???

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

What made the experience of listening to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was very good and the plot was fast paced enough to keep me listening on my long drive across country. I am getting ready to download book 2. Way to go Michael Connelly for a good read/listen and Dick Hill for an excellent job of narrating.