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Marilyn Armstrong

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  • Turn Coat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 11
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,872
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,849
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,826

The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy Addition To The Series

  • By Lisa on 05-06-09

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Each sequel is better, more complex, more entertaining than the last. I hope he starts to write again!

  • Dead Beat

  • The Dresden Files, Book 7
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,455
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,344
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,270

When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish it was about 20 hours longer

  • By Dan on 04-18-12

So good I never want it to end

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Jim Butcher hasn't written anything new in quite a while, though I keep hearing rumors that something may be happening. In the meantime, I couldn't help myself and I started reading the whole Harry Dresden series again. I swear I love them twice as much now as I did the first time. They are exciting, witty, and intelligently thoughtful. Everyone is so clever and smart -- especially at times when no one sane could possibly be that funny -- but I love it. At a time when the world is a horrible, disastrous mess, I want Harry and his merry band of Wardens to come and fix the mess. Harry, come back! Don't leave us! We need you!

0 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • King of the Wind

  • By: Marguerite Henry
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

He was named "Sham" for the sun, this golden red stallion born in the Sultan of Morocco's stone stables. Upon his heel was a small white spot, the symbol of speed. But on his chest was the symbol of misfortune. Although he was as swift as the desert winds, Sham's proud pedigree would be scorned all his life by cruel masters and owners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood Classic!

  • By Keri on 11-06-13

My favorite book as a child

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Brought back by a brilliant narrator. I may have actually memorized the book over the years. Wonderful to hear it again.

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,759

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book had it all

  • By Magnus on 10-14-17

One of the more creative "time travel" tales

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Okay, it's not "brilliant" but it's smart, sharp, and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. You know, from the beginning, that' there's a "trick" in there, that something is "off," but it takes a while before you know what it is ... and how it might have something to do with 'us," the now "we." The meeting of modern (1940s) technology with another kind of technology turns up some unpleasant truths about where our future might be going. I enjoyed this one all the way through.

4 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Demonhome

  • Champions of the Dawning Dragons, Book 3
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Matthew is the first human wizard to possess the true heritage of the Illeniels, a secret gift no one fully understands. Alone, he travels to another world, seeking the source of their mysterious enemies. There he will discover the origin of their ancient foe, the mysteries of the past, and possibly the future of humankind. If he can survive long enough. In a land beyond death and suffering, he finds the true source of evil, within the heart of humanity, and their newest creation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic conclusion to the trilogy

  • By David Howell on 03-25-18

Fun book, but gets a little weak towards the end

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

It was pretty strong as this sort of thing goes, but got pretty cliched as the end approached. It's like they ran our of creative juice, so it ended sort of blah. For all that, It was fun to read and at least for the first half, pretty creative.

1 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Something Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

From the best-selling author of The Chronicles of St Mary's. The Nothing Girl has grown up.... It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a lovely sequel!

  • By Liz on 08-06-18

I love these books

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I'm a big fan of Jodi Taylor's time travel novels. It is rare for me to like something else by the same author as much as I liked the first series. These books are special. Lovely, sweet and warm-hearted. Okay, they are deeply sentimental, but also funny (sometimes laugh-out-loud funny) and joyous. They make me cry every time. I love the animals, the countryside. I love the crazy artists and the dangerous chickens and Thomas, the golden horse. I hope there will be more of them. I also hope the same narrator reads them because she has a wonderful way with the text. You could argue that these are not rational stories, that the behavior of the characters doesn't make sense. Which would be true ... but sometimes, that kind of nit-picking is stupid and pointless. The story works on its own terms. Accept the storyline and everything falls into place.

2 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Frankly Speaking

  • A Frank Rozzani Detective Novel
  • By: Don Massenzio
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Knecht
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

A 16-year-old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been taken and is being held against her will. When the parents enlist the services of Frank Rozzani, a former police officer turned private detective, a series of events begins to unfold that implicates a popular local pastor and the religious stronghold of the ultra-conservative community. Frank Rozzani, a transplant to Jacksonville, Florida from Syracuse, New York, must find the young girl despite the obstacles launched at him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-27-17

Maybe a better narrator?

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

I wasn't thrilled by the book, but the narrator made me crazy. He had a beautiful voice, but no narrative skills. He talked in a slow sing-song that made listening really difficult, and the underlying politics of the author turned my stomach. I really tried, but I couldn't go on with it. Maybe it's someone else's cup of tea and a more professional narrator would be a huge help, regardless.

2 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Unexpected Sisters

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: A woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 18th novel and I'm still enchanted and addicted!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-17

The best one in years!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

These are always good books, but this one was better. A bit more of the love of Africa came through. There was a kind of passion in it that has been missing in the last few, though all of them are entirely readable.

First, Lisette Lecat is a brilliant narrator. She is one a very few narrators so good I will read a book where she narrates just because it's her. Her ability to give the perfect accent for a region is unmatched by any other narrator I've heard. My husband, who doesn't usually listen, stopped what he was doing to listen to this.

"She's really GOOD," he said, after which launched into my explanation of her being one of top narrators ever.

The story is typical for these stories. No murders, no gore, no violence. A mystery to be solved, leads to be followed, More important, relationships to be managed, dealt with, understood.

I always feel like crying a little when these books end. Especially, this one.

16 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,211

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Each one is better than the last

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

You wouldn't think it was possible, but each of these Bosch stories is better than the one before. Bringing in Titus Welliver as narrator certainly helped. He not only plays Bosch on the Amazon series brilliantly, but he's a brilliant narrator, too. A lot of actors are not good narrators -- they over-perform instead of letting the book carry the story. Not Welliver. He's about as good as you get. Enough emotion to make it feel real, but not so much that you lose the sense of being in the book.

This book has a GREAT ending and you will love it, but i'm not going to tell you what it is. I really enjoyed this one -- even more than the last three. Can they keep getting better? I hope so!

2 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Reversal

  • Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,143

Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Christian on 10-10-10

Good one!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

It's hard to rate these books because they're all really good. Some are superb, others are "merely" excellent. This was excellent, with periods of greatness. Good, complex plot. Good interaction between Mickey and Harry. Great courtroom stuff.

I could pick it apart here and there, but why bother? It's a really good book. Definitely worth reading and thoroughly enjoyable. Flaws? Yeah, sure, but do they matter in the overall quality of the book? They don't.

I could be wrong, but I also think I see a "Part II" for this one. There were a lot of unanswered questions and Harry had a bone to pick. Harry is such an inordinately good picker of bones, I think we'll find out more. I just don't know when.

I'm having a lot of trouble not putting in spoilers, so I'll quit while I'm ahead. It's good. The narration is good, the writing is outstanding. The plot is sufficiently complex without getting so complicated that you need a notebook to keep track. If you're a Michael Connelly fan, read it. If you aren't, there are other books that might make a better starting point for you.

Peter Giles is -- as always -- an excellent reader.

1 of 11 people found this review helpful