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  • Manner of Death

  • Alan Gregory Series, Book 7
  • By: Stephen White
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

The deaths of six men and women appeared to be bizarre accidents - until Dr. Alan Gregory discovered the chilling link. Years before, each was involved in the psychology and psychiatry training program at the University of Colorado. And each was the victim of an ingeniously planned, brilliantly executed murder. Now only two alumni survive: Dr. Gregory and Dr. Sawyer Sackett, a woman he once loved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough back story

  • By Me & My Girls on 05-27-14

memory lane

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I seem to remember this book when it was read by Michael Kramer. Kramer is a gifted narrator of a particular kind. He can evoke the humor or the mystery in prose. Dick Hill does a Sam Purdy that is a new kind of anchor to this story. I doubt anyone could do that character better, however, Dick Hill is an every man kind of narrator. The prose or the story do not actually move his performance. However, because he has an every man kind of gift, we all have entrance to some good books. This book is one of my favorites of an old series and I enjoy the twists of it.

  • Iron and Magic

  • Iron Covenant, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

Hugh d'Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh recreating his life

  • By IreneMBBT on 07-27-18

clarity please

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This book is not as clearly made or performed as most of the Andrews books. The narrator is very good but really this is a continuation of other books with characters moving into and out of this new series. A review of the voices should have been perceived as part of his job. What he does on his own merit is good and his voice is a pleasure. The comments on the problem are in the commentaries several times. The story is a difficult one to get a clear understanding since the problems are not defined until late in the book. In general, the partnership in Ilona Andrews is a pleasure to read or listen as they create compelling story lines. This one is a bit grim but I am sure the humor will come as the story continues.

  • A Noble Masquerade

  • By: Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke - with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story

  • By Vibliophile on 01-29-18

surprise at series and gratitude to recorded books

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This series is very good but the first available reader was acceptable at best. The recorded books narrator is very good and all gratitude is given the choice. This series has what could be called a chaste side to Regency Romances. It is still funny, compelling relationships, and well plotted as are the best of Regency Romances as a group. The difference is that the effort to reform choice and behavior is presented through faith rather than lust or eccentric compatibility. Eccentric pairings find their way to each other in self regulated compliance to shared convictions. The romances are still convincing, however, the whole of the books are more than entertainment. They become good company. It is hard to stop wanting the best for the characters and sorry to see the series completed.

  • Sanibel Flats

  • Doc Ford #1
  • By: Randy White
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him. After 10 years of living life on the edge, it was hard for Doc Ford to get that addiction to danger out of his system. But spending each day watching the sun melt into Dinkins Bay and the moon rise over the mangrove trees, cooking dinner for his beautiful neighbor, and dispensing advice to the locals over a cold beer lulled him into letting his guard down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A+++ South Florida Adventure

  • By The Girl Who Reads Too Much on 12-19-14

a self contained world and often interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

I often go back to Randy Wayne White when I can not decide what I want to listen to at the moment. This is not to say it is a comfort zone like romance novels. I think it does have the communal and continuing history of romance with teeth. Dick Hill gets more comfortable with the voices in later books but he is a talented voice. There is much to like from the series and much to get exasperated with as well. I guess I like the emotional music of coming close and pushed away. The books are always interesting for social and scientific information. The writer has and interesting approach to reflection.

  • The Butcher's Boy

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,082

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

the best of the best

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Thomas Perry would have gone under my radar without this appetite for the voice of Michael Kramer. Perry is a wonderful writer and other writers think so as well. I have pursued much of what Perry has written since I first heard this book. It is well worth the time and money, but this trilogy is always going to be one of the best in literature. The narrators can bring the books more shine or less but the elements of excellent writing is always there.

  • One Fell Sweep

  • Innkeeper Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,257

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest...the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don't stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took It Right to the Edge and Kept Me Enthralled

  • By Sophia Rose on 04-19-17

new characters

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

I really like this series. This book has a significant new character and a romance discovered in the finding. That part of the book is fun. There are some ugly parts to this book that go on too long for my interest. The crowded end does not exactly hide the lean into ugly. This series has an interest in characters and world building that I enjoy, and I will certainly look forward to the next book. I think one needs to like this series to find this particular book worth the money and time. I do but I could understand that this book is not welcoming to strangers.

  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,840

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the scenes of amazing science

  • By Neuron on 10-16-17

done well

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Michael Lewis is always a joy to read and this book is no exception. The interesting part of the book to me is the common ground with other kinds of disciplines. The struggle to make clear that certain vulnerablities can be guided to better performance or that we can know parts of assumptions will give us trouble is not just a part of science or math. These are communal problems and ungoing. I like the narrator a great deal. I actually look for books he narrates. This book was a win win for me.

  • Coach

  • Lessons on the Game of Life
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

There was a turning point in Michael Lewis' life, in a baseball game when he was 14 years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Nostalgia Tour of a Great Man

  • By Darwin8u on 08-23-14

a brief review of generations

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

We often lose meaning in the generational divides. How we understand the value of our own generation and find confusion in the next is often a formal discussion. This book examines a point of view about ourselves and others that is nonverbal. Sports is a cernter piece of nonverbal performance and understanding in many cultures. We can flatten the nonverbal learning or support it.

  • The Painted Word

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Harold N. Cropp
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

No one skewers the popular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe. In 1975, he turned his satirical pen to the pretensions of the contemporary art world - a world of social climbing, elitist posturing, and ingeniously absurd self-justifying theorizing. From the fuliginous flatness of the 50s to the pop op minimal 60s, right on through the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t 70s, Tom Wolfe debunks the great American myth of modern art in an incandescent, hilarious, and devastating blast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Hillary on 11-27-16

A joy to read and to listen

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

The sophistication of the book will elude many, but I have the education and attention to find the points he makes exquisite fun. The intellectual independence Wolfe often displays is often avoided by reducing the effort to fashion. This book examines fashion in a way that allows intellect to escape fashion and understand the voice of art rather than commerce. Commerce may decide what and how we value image, however, image must stand without that decision in intimate understanding. Wolfe seems to understand the predicament well.

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  • Captives of the Night

  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

Leila Beaumont is a gorgeous and talented portrait painter trapped in a loveless marriage with her profligate husband, Francis. Though long ago, Francis very much played the hero, rescuing and wedding the orphaned 17-year-old Leila - Francis' more recent hedonistic lifestyle of drinking, drugging and womanizing has not only earned him quite a few enemies in London, but lost him the love of his wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Pairing of Author and Narrator

  • By Moriah on 01-08-15

a keystone book

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

This is not the best book I have read by Loretta Chase but it is one that gives me the most interest in her as an author. The care to link the threads of several books through this one is something for her needs but reading it I found gratitude to her for finding the links and giving me entrance to a wholeness of relationships.