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  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595

Where the Marble Arch stands today in London was once the Tyburn gallows - also known as The Hanging Tree. The walk toward those gallows along Oxford Street and past the Mayfair mansions has a bloody and haunted history as the last trip of the condemned. Some things never change. For both blood and ghosts have returned to those mansions of the super-rich. And it's up to Peter Grant - England's last wizard and the Metropolitan Police's reluctant investigator of all things supernatural - to get to the bottom of the sinister doings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Continuing Splendor of Peter Grant

  • By Tim on 02-01-17

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is perfection

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I've listened to the whole series twice through now, and recommended the audible edition to many people. Mr. Holdbrook-Smith is just outstanding.

  • Foxglove Summer

  • A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940

Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but ends strong

  • By Cliff on 01-08-15

Another wonderful performance by Holdbrook-Smith

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This series is already great, but Kobna Holdbrook-Smith takes it over the top to outstanding. From the different accents he performs so well to the emotion he brings, it's all done so expertly. Regarding this book, I didn't love the setting being outside of London, and the pace was a bit slower, but I'd still recommend it.

  • Prince of Fire

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Guerin Barry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great book, horrible audio

  • By Steven on 06-05-08

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This book dragged out more than the previous books in the series. But the narrator made it worse. Some of his accents for The Office employees sound like an American making fun Of a Mexican accent. His British accent was laughable.

If Mr Barry was narrating a book where he didn't have to do any accents and spoke normally, then I would still purchased audiobook though because his voice has a lovely timbre.

  • London

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 49 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Here is Edward Rutherfurd's classic novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous!

  • By Angelyn S. Furst on 03-04-18

Overall, good.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I love the narrator's deep voice, but the way he performs female voices really grates on my nerves.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • City of Bones

  • The Mortal Instruments
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Mae Whitman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,013
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,704

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be better

  • By Petunia1620 on 06-03-15

The narrator is awful

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator gives characters odd wanna-be British sounding accents. And she does a terrible job with the male characters.

Any additional comments?

I had to stop listening and finish the book on kindle she was so bad.

  • The Shifting Tide

  • A William Monk Novel #14
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

William Monk knows London's streets like the back of his hand; after all, they are where he earns his living. But the river Thames and its teeming docks - where towering schooners and clipper ships unload their fabulous cargoes and wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades - is unknown territory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Shifting Tide

  • By Brenda on 07-17-09

More Hester

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

If you could sum up The Shifting Tide in three words, what would they be?

Hester is badass

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. There were several compelling subplots. Maybe they were not the most believable, but they kept me hooked.

What didn’t you like about David Colacci’s performance?

Everything

  • Dark Assassin

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

On a patrol boat near Waterloo Bridge, police superintendent William Monk notices a young couple engaged in an intense discussion. Seconds later, the two plunge to their deaths in the icy waters of the Thames. Was it an accident, a suicide, or a murder? Ever the investigator, Monk learns that the woman, Mary Havilland, had planned to marry the fair-haired man who shared her fate. He also discovers that Mary's father had recently died in a supposed suicide.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-12-17

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

What would have made Dark Assassin better?

A different narrator

What do you think your next listen will be?

An Anne Perry book, but with different narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

Stop the odd way he deepens his voice, better East London, accents, better job doing female voices

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Assassin?

Don't know

Any additional comments?

No

  • Death of a Stranger

  • A William Monk Novel #13
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk's clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace - especially since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perry is without par

  • By Nina on 12-01-08

What happened to Davina?

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

What would have made Death of a Stranger better?

A better narrator. I don't like the was he does female voices. He didn't do a great job with lower class accents either.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Less navel gazing, more action

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Colacci?

Davina Porter

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It would be a spoiler to say.

Any additional comments?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,944
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,857

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book You'll Read This Year

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-22-15

Jim Dale is Audiobook King

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

Where does Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there with the other HP books due to Jim Dale

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5?

No spoilers!

What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's a gifted actor and we're just lucky he decided to do audio books in addition to his stage work. He's able to perform a number of different voices of both human and magical creatures without being over-the-top.

He's pretty much spoiled me for most other narrators.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Homicide in Hardcover

  • A Bibliophile Mystery
  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration. With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless - and supposedly cursed - copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NICE TYPICAL COZY mystery

  • By Carmela on 02-06-17

1 star for narration

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

Reviewed: 12-19-15

Would you try another book from Kate Carlisle and/or Eileen Stevens?

I do plan to read more books written by Kate Carlisle, but not narrated by Eileen Stevens .

Would you be willing to try another one of Eileen Stevens’s performances?

No. The places where she tried to speak like a man were so bad I couldn't keep listening. It was distracting.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Homicide in Hardcover?

None.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful