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  • The Dark Side of the Road

  • Ishmael Jones Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Ishmael Jones is someone who can't afford to be noticed, someone who lives under the radar, who drives on the dark side of the road. He's employed to search out secrets, investigate mysteries and shine a light in dark places. Invited by his employer, the enigmatic Colonel, to join him and his family for Christmas, Ishmael arrives at the grand but isolated Belcourt Manor in the midst of a blizzard to find that the Colonel has mysteriously disappeared. As he questions his fellow guests, Ishmael concludes that at least one of them - not least Ishmael himself - is harboring a dangerous secret.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely NOT up to Tales from Nightside

  • By R. Smith on 12-12-18

A great new (to me) series

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

I bought the 2nd book in this series and immediately after listening to it I used 2 more credits to get this and the 3rd ones. I love all of the characters, the dialogue is believable, the plot and story expertly written and performed, and with some lovely dry wit. I think I'll listen to the others, in sequence, again.

  • The Vengeance of San Gennaro

  • Tales of MI7, Book 3
  • By: James Ward
  • Narrated by: Jack Wynters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

By universal consensus, there’s only one exhibition worth seeing at this year’s Venice Biennale. Giuditta Cancellieri’s Il Timore di Dio, six paintings of something as yet undisclosed. Don’t bother buying tickets, though. A court order means no one’s getting in, not even the artist’s closest associates. The city’s been filling with felons. Most observers don’t think that’s an accident. At least one rumor suggests the paintings depict Italy’s most powerful gangsters, or its politicians, in compromising positions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good and entertaining story.

  • By cosmitron on 02-11-19

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

This review is not a book report, but rather a brief report of the aftermath, the affect, the feelings and impressions I experienced at listening. The author's skill were amplified by narrator's delivery. I hope I don't insult the author by saying this book reminded me of a le Carre' work. Good character development without being obvious or overstated and the intricate plot was believable and the ending intense. I listened to it again to catch any nuances which I may have missed during my first listen... and I will likely listen to it again because I enjoy a professional and cohesive production. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agent G: Saboteur

  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Agent G has left the service of the International Refugee Society, the world's biggest provider of murder for hire, in order to work for the US government. Unfortunately, they are sending him after his former employers, and they know him as well as he knows them. The clock is ticking, though, until the Society's remaining leadership starts eliminating their opponents and attempts to seize control of the presidency. A traitor is also providing them with all the information they need to survive until their puppet is in power. Will G and his allies survive the purge? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Professional Hitmen Never Retire!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 11-28-18

Great listen on all levels - Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Yes, "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." This doesn't influence my review! I have listened to most of the Super Villainy series by this author so I was excited to see this offering, in fact, it was in my wish list. Phipps' character development skill is second only to his story development, and the dialogue is so fitting.

This book has delicious twists, seasoned with snark, and only a little gratuitous but necessary violence;) Many LOL moments. This story of an o-so-human Android's quest for truth builds, peaks, builds, peaks, builds, peaks, etc. and like an intense roller coaster ride, I hate that it ends. G is totally relatable. I love this character, hate others, and want to throttle a few while G isn't looking.

Of course, Jeffrey Kafer is the only person who could deliver Agent G stories with such precision and talent.

After listening to this book I downloaded and listened (again) to the first in the 2(?) book series..."Agent G: Infiltrator", and followed immediately with another listen to "Saboteur". I

  • Flowers for the Judge

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Scandal hits the staid publishing house of Barnabas when one of the directors is found dead in the strong-room. Suspicion immediately falls on his wife's lover, the junior partner in the firm. But how does an unpublished Restoration comedy come to feature in the tragedy? And what of the odd disappearance of another director twenty years before?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best!

  • By L. Wittke on 05-17-17

A mystery within a murder

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

This is my favorite Campion, I think. at least for today. Brilliant writing excellently performed by Mr. David Thorpe. This is a repeat-listen and I am just as delighted todau as I was the 1 st time I heard this book.

  • Bodies from the Library

  • Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age
  • By: Tony Medawar, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and others
  • Narrated by: Philip Bretherton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together a selection of rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922. At a time when crime and thriller writing has once again overtaken the sales of general and literary fiction, Bodies from the Library unearths lost stories from the Golden Age, that period between the World Wars when detective fiction captured the public’s imagination and saw the emergence of some of the world’s cleverest and most popular storytellers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • two stories missing

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-29-18

Excellent compilation

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This book introduced me several authors who I haven't ever read...and who are now added to my watch list. Audible has a few of these authors in their collection and I am hopeful that when the 2nd edition of this compilation becomes available more of these authors will be available in the U.S.

  • The Seaside Detective Agency

  • By: J C Williams
  • Narrated by: Frazer Blaxland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Eyes Peeled is the Isle of Man’s first and only detective agency. Not much happens on the idyllic Island that needs detecting, so on the whole, the team is not the most adept. In fact, generally speaking, they’re pretty useless. One of the agency’s more eager employees is Sam Levy. Nearing 40, he’s finally found a job he actually loves - even if he isn’t particularly good at it. Okay, let’s be honest. He’s rubbish. Still, Sam’s services are secured by persons unknown to track down a glamorous yet mysterious art dealer recently arrived on the sleepy Island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, for a variety of reasons

  • By Bethany on 11-04-18

Great, for a variety of reasons

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I laughed hard and often throughout this suspense story. The plot is solid, all the thread-ends are gathered up neatly, sprinkled lightly with romance, and the humor enhances the entire experience. Narrator does a great job with accents. It's a book that merits repeat listens.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Edinburgh Dusk

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients - a railroad lineman who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning. The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions. Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his parents, Hamilton enters the Royal Infirmary to gain the insights of brilliant medical student Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent recording.

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-21-18

well done

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

This is the first book from this author and narrator to which I've experienced and I am glad I did. It was well written and performed. Warning: There are a few descriptions which are necessary for the cohesiveness of the story but which may be troubling for some.

  • The Man Who Was Thursday: Centennial Edition

  • By: G. K. Chesterton, Chesterton Books
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

 This audiobook is wonderfully narrated by British actor Nigel Peever, who brings the story to life. Published by Chesterton Books. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • marvelous

  • By Sam Torode on 10-02-18

Better after my 2nd listen

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

So glad I listened again! I was disappointed with the ending after my first listen...an ending which will not lend itself to those who feel compelled to skip to the end. It's a clever twist on a mystery with clever twists and both funny and profound. The narrator delivered a great performance with different voices and accents. I will listen to this again for those times when I wish to escape my thoughts.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead of Winter

  • Karl Kane, Book 3
  • By: Sam Millar
  • Narrated by: Liam Houricane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Private Investigator Karl Kane returns to the streets of Belfast investigating the discovery of a severed hand. Karl believes it’s the work of an elusive serial killer, but the police are claiming a simple vendetta between local criminals.  

Karl embarks on a nightmarish journey as he attempts to solve the mystery and soon he’s suspecting Mark Wilson, his detested ex brother-in-law. But as the winter days become darker, Karl discovers that Wilson is more than a match for him when it comes to dirty dealing and even dirtier fighting, as he battles to keep from becoming the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply wow

  • By Bethany on 10-15-18

Simply wow

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I hadn't listened to previous books in the series and will do so now because I love the author's skill of plot weaving and character development and the narrator's performance.

  • The Hindenburg Murders

  • Disaster Series, Book 2
  • By: Max Allan Collins
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Leslie Charteris had no way of knowing that the Hindenburg was hurtling toward catastrophe. But like his crime-fighting character, the Saint, Charteris has an eye for trouble. First the famous mystery writer suspects the German airship has received a bomb threat. Then he discovers a passenger has mysteriously disappeared. Convinced the man was pushed overboard, Charteris conducts a covert investigation. But the vanished man turns out to be an undercover Nazi agent....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great historical mystery

  • By ZUrlocker on 07-31-18

A happy, for me, find

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

First, I love Leslie Charteris for his wit and amazing writing skills. To have found this book that "stars" the Author was exciting, and it was so well written, and of course the performance delivered by Simon Vance gave the story legs, I am agog with delight. The history of The Hindenberg never captured my imagination, until now. I am so happy that Max Allan Collins made this possible. The author's notes following the story wrapped the whole thing up in quite a tidy package.