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  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,032

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-10

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

For some reason I hesitate to read Tana French books (maybe it's the descriptions?) but I end up loving them. This was no exception.

Each time a person was suspected, I thought "oh, he/she definitely did it," only to be proven wrong. The flashbacks enriched and were central to the story rather than be distracting and fluff as they sometimes are. It moved along at a quick place but didn't leave the characters flat. They were likable and, for some, despicable at the same time.

What a great performance by the narrator. It was only one person but I would have sworn there were different people reading the parts. Listening really gave it a sense of Ireland I don't think reading would have evoked. I highly recommend this.

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • finally a good book

  • By aletha on 05-17-16

Took me by surprise.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

This book was nothing like I expected. It starts with what I thought was going to be a standard crime story then moves into a powerful look at an all too common domestic problem. Up until the twist in the middle I was frustrated with Jenna. Why didnt she just tell Patrick what happened? It wasn't her fault. Then later, it became just tell the police! Then the dime dropped and I understood.

The narrators were wonderful, particularly the woman. This is one of those books made richer by hearing it aloud.

Highly recommended.

  • Borderline

  • By: Joseph Badal
  • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez, two New Mexico homicide detectives, are assigned to investigate the murder of a wealthy Albuquerque socialite. They soon discover that the victim, a narcissistic borderline personality, played a lifetime game of destroying people's lives. As a result, the list of suspects in her murder is extensive. The detectives find themselves enmeshed in a helix of possible perpetrators with opportunity, means, and motive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Female detective in a man's world

  • By Simona on 09-15-16

Nice solid read.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Story: This is a good solid story. There are some standard plot devices - e.g. inept detective takes case away from renegade but excellent detectives; inept detective ends up with egg on his face - but don't let that detract you from reading this book. The plot moves a long at a pretty good clip, the female detectives are strong and there are a lot of suspects. I figured out the love angle but didn't expect the ending. I'd definitely read something else by this author.

Narration: Unfortunately this book is probably better read in print. This narrator was good in parts and down right awful in others. Her pacing was very slow, so much so that I increased the speed - which, by the way, I've only done for about 3 of the over 500 audio books I've listened to. A faster pace helped a bit but the biggest problem was the voices and the tone. The narrator sounded like Mae West when she says "Come up and see me sometime." That not quite gravely back of the throat voice. It worked for Mae but not for Pamela. Also, her tone was inappropriate for some of the scenes. At one point one of the female detectives is emotional and beginning to cry. Her partner says "What's up?" but with the spirited tone of someone who's just catching up with a buddy who she hasn't seen in a long time. The good story is what kept me listening but otherwise I wouldn't choose this narrator again.

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,591

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Great beginning; a little drawn out

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

I really liked this book at the beginning but it became a little tedious after about the first third to half. It's full of characters, political intrigue and spans many years. Unfortunately, I got a little lost. It may have been my losing focus but I couldn't always keep track of the passing of years except that Paul now had kids. I started out caring about the characters then lost interest. The ending felt anti-climactic.

The narration was excellent. Some narrators played multiple roles but it listened more like a drama or radio play. Simon Vance is wonderful and I recognized Scott Brick but although I hadn't heard of the others they were great.

I'm glad I listened because it's such a classic but would I recommend it? To a selected few.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,437

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

what a fun listen.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

short fun listen. good narration. witty.
a lot of pop culture references and celebrity name dropping ( sort of!)

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  • Necroscope

  • By: Brian Lumley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

Harry Keogh is the man who can talk to the dead, the man for whom every grave willingly gives up its secrets, the one man who knows how to travel effortlessly through time and space to destroy the vampires that threaten all of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ONE MUST NOT CURSE THE DEAD

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-08-16

Brilliant narration

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

The narrator did an excellent job with all the many voices - and there were a lot of them. His tone and inflection perfectly married with the story.

As for the story itself, it moves along at a fairly good clip with very few slow spots. it's supernatural without being scary but does contain some details that might make a squeamish reader falter. The ending felt a little rushed and definitely sets up the sequel. And for those of you tired of vampire books, like I am, this has one in it but it's not a vampire story.

Highly recommend this for lovers of Stephen King or other supernatural story tellers.

  • Carrion Comfort

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
  • Length: 39 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556

Caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves. Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society of beings who may often exist behind the world's most horrible and violent events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long, sure...but GREAT story!

  • By LillyO on 01-02-12

Epic Story

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

This is a long, involved story with many characters. It took me a little while to get used to the overlapping stories and I couldn't always remember who was who but despite its length (dare I say the longest audio-book I've every listened to?) it was interested right up until the end. I don't know if I would have liked this book as well had I read a hard copy but the alternating narrators really kept it from becoming monotonous. What keeps this from being a 5-star is there were a few spots that seemed overdone and unnecessary.

This is my first Dan Simmons novel and I plan on reading more.

  • Hidden River

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,534

Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite McKinty novel

  • By Dave on 04-04-11

I just love Gerard Doyle.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

Nobody but Gerard Doyle should ever read Adrian McKinty stories. His somewhat rough voice captures McKinty's gritty, concise writing perfectly.

As for the story itself, I've listened to the Sean Duffy series and found this to be of the same style with different characters. A bit of the underworld mixed with a bit of high-society. Flawed characters I'd probably never be friends with but end up routing for. Complex people in a world I don't live in, and don't want to, but like to visit from the safety of my home.

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,996

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

One of the best narration ever.

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

The narration for this book was outstanding. The two primary readers read with such nuanced emotion and thoughtfulness, it sounded like they were both telling a story they really lived through. A lot of this book is told through a journal - telling rather than showing - and that story format can be hard to pull off. With this book it was wonderful. I don't think it would have kept my attention if I had a hard copy of the book but the narrators really made this story come alive. Highly recommend!

  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,415

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good.

  • By Guy on 05-05-17

Not a bad way to pass the time.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

As luck would have it, I listened to The Dead Key and Locke and Key back to back. No relation to each other except for key in the title. Unfortunately for this book, Locke and Key was better. The Dead Key was an interesting premise but it didn't seem to quite hold together. I liked it but I'm not sure I'd read another book by this author.

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