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  • The Secret Adversary

  • A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Tommy and Tuppence, two people flat broke and out of work, are restless for excitement. They embark on a daring business scheme - Young Adventurers Ltd. - "willing to do anything, go anywhere." But their first assignment, for the sinister Mr. Whittington, draws them into a diabolical, political conspiracy. Under the eye of the elusive, ruthless Mr. Brown, they find themselves plunged into more danger than they ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful listen with marvelous characters

  • By Stephen on 03-07-13

Outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

What made the experience of listening to The Secret Adversary the most enjoyable?

A very enjoyable story and mystery made excellent through Hugh Fraser's reading.

What did you like best about this story?

The mystery held through the book, characters were well drawn.

What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

His tone and command of different class dialects. His performance was seamless.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nope

  • The Stranger You Seek

  • A Novel
  • By: Amanda Kyle Williams
  • Narrated by: Anne Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop the Wishbone Killer before another victim meets a shattering end, A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser turns to the one person he knows can penetrate a deranged mind: ex-FBI profiler Keye Street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Cheryl on 10-08-11

My current favorite heroine and series...

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

Any additional comments?

The dark subject of serial killers, stalkers and human monsters is mitigated by Anne Marie Lee's excellent southern-style reading. I've thoroughly enjoyed this series and look forward to more.

  • Bird's Eye View

  • By: J.F. Freedman
  • Narrated by: Gregory Harrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Maverick risk-taker and onetime star professor Fritz Tullis witnesses the first in a string of murders involving high-ranking government officials and before he knows it, and against his better judgment, he is digging for the truth. But he himself is being scrutinized, and someone, somewhere, is plotting his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice change of pace for a mystery

  • By Ann on 10-23-03

Still my favorite

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

Of the 1000+ audio books I've listened to over the past 8 years, this is in the top 10. Gregory Harrison's first person narration for Fritz Tullis was perfect in capturing the character in this original and unpredictable story. Truly suspenseful.

  • Survival Self Defense

  • Essential Tips, Facts and Techniques to Save Your Life
  • By: Kit K. Crumb
  • Narrated by: Korbid Thompson
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

This audiobook is based on three primary concepts that could save your life: Situational awareness - that is, awareness and evaluation of your immediate situation. The ability to control fear - science states that we cannot, nor would we want to, eliminate fear. But through mental training that anyone can master, fear can be channeled into effective responses to threats. Knowledge of self-defense techniques - specific self-defense techniques that, when applied with intention, will disable an attacker long enough for you to escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I learned some important tips....

  • By cmdesign on 07-31-14

I learned some important tips....

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

This is a condensed little handbook of self defense tactics - vulnerable points that don't need a great deal of strength to exploit, and it discusses common myths that could get you hurt. The book emphasizes the importance of situational awareness and the use of these self defense tactics as a way to allow escape. Unplugging, being present to the environment, and practicing some simple strike points could make all the difference. Well-worth the small investment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder Bay

  • A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs another narrator

  • By Patti on 03-27-13

We learn much about Henry Meloux

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

Henry is an important character throughout the Cork O'Connor series and now we learn much more about him. William Kent Krueger has deftly woven the past and present in this excellent addition to the series. I enjoy both David Chandler and Buck Schimer as narrators, and for this book Buck offered just the right voice.

  • Destroyer Angel

  • An Anna Pigeon Novel, Book 18
  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 532

Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation - an autumn canoe trip into the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is 13. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting-edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Indomitable Anna

  • By cmdesign on 04-09-14

Indomitable Anna

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

This book read more like an action thriller with thinly drawn characters and bad guys who were truly evil than in previous Anna Pigeon novels. I enjoyed the resourcefulness of Anna and the other women and girls but the unrelenting pain and psychopathic behavior wore thin. Anna's (and other women's) abilities to outwit the kidnappers was very farfetched and the ending, though a clever twist, was anti-climactic.
Barbara Rosenblat is a skilled reader but in this novel her smoky, almost bored delivery overshadowed the story. Not my favorite.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,439

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Interesting but bleak

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

Reviewed: 06-26-13

I nearly "put this book down" because so many of the characters in the story were just unbelievable - ignorant, brutish, hyper-religious, callous, and downright sociopathic. But things settled down after awhile and Under the Dome became a dystopian tale, a contrast between the power-hungry, manipulative, ignorant, and fearful with a free-thinking, curious, resourceful few. The source of the dome provides an interesting twist on an old episode from the Twilight Zone. For the most part I didn't enjoy this book but in some weird way the ending was redeeming. Would I recommend it...I don't think so.

  • The Demon Under The Microscope

  • By: Thomas Hager
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117

The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic book

  • By Sara on 09-02-08

So glad to have been born post 30's!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

I was asked once how many times my life has been saved by antibiotics. I figure three times in 60 years for certain and this is probably average for most people over 50. The Demon Under the Microscope is a fascinating story and detailed account of the motivation, dedication, and inspiration that produced the miraculous sulfa drugs and how the changed and shaped medicine. Well researched, well told, well read and well worth reading!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Restless in the Grave

  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case. Working undercover as - of all things - a waitress at Bill’s Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant’s business had expanded meteorically over the last two years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Shugak plus Liam Campbell!

  • By Charlie on 03-16-12

Good story - grating narration

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

Reviewed: 02-28-12

Rapid fire and mechanical sounding narration made this a difficult book to listen too and cut the enjoyment by plenty. The story was good, so I stuck with it, but I will definitely avoid this narrator in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,052
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,068

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Don't miss this experience!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-11

A beautifully crafted and perfectly narrated story. I've listened to hundreds of audio books and this is in my top five.