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  • A Rule against Murder

  • A Three Pines Mystery
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425

When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Summer Mystery

  • By Sara on 07-16-14

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

Reviewed: 11-26-10

Louise Penny is an obviously skilled writer, but many of her characters' actions require much credulity of the reader. I regret I cannot be as enthusiastic as previous reviewers.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

  • A Novel
  • By: Aimee Bender
  • Narrated by: Aimee Bender
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 251

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Going to Read the Actual Book

  • By Victoria on 07-11-10

Thoughtful novel; clear reader

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-10

Unlike other reviewers, I liked the author's reading. She speaks clearly and does not over-act the characters. This leaves more to the listener's imagination and calls more attention to the carefully crafted words. However, I advise other customers to try the audio preview to decide for themselves.

The novel itself is one of the best I've read/heard in the past year.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Cert

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Three jockeys warned not to win their races turned into also-rans. Bill died when the sure-footed Admiral fell, Joe was scared rotten, and Alan York became the target of a vicious gang. But he wanted revenge and to hell with the risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By H. Hill on 04-01-07

A decent mystery novel

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

Reviewed: 01-25-10

This is a well-written mystery, and I will likely try the next book by this author.

Unlike the previous reviewer, I thought Tony Britton reads rather well. The "crying, drunken man" character is perhaps excessive, but it is a tiny fraction of the total narration.

  • Blue Heaven

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Mystery

  • By Holly Helscher on 04-08-09

Flawed but entertaining

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-09

The plot has a brisk tempo and kept me interested. However, there are some flaws that may deter me from buying more books by this author.

The chief problem is that the characters' actions are simply illogical. When confronted with problems, they do not try the most obvious solutions that normal people would attempt. (I must be vague to avoid revealing any plot.) This makes the characters less believable and the story unrealistic.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,646

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Entertaining story, but nothing special.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-09

It kept me amused during a long drive. I don't regret buying this audiobook, but will not buy anything else by this author.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sharpe's Tiger

  • Book I of the Sharpe Series
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believe the Hype!

  • By Angela on 03-15-07

Good story; bad reader

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-09

It's unfortunate that there is not an alternate recording of this novel. Frederick Davidson has done excellent readings of other novels. But in this one, he is a serious detriment to the story.

It may not be so apparent from the sample recording, but Davidson chooses an oily, languid, effete tone for the third person narrator. He lazily draaaaws out syllables and ends phrases with rising inflections, making them sound like questions?

Perhaps he intends to portray some cynicism of the main character, but he really goes too far. An otherwise gripping first battle scene sounds almost satirical.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  • By: John le Carre
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sound quality issues

  • By Joe on 07-19-06

Bad audio quality for the first hour or so

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-08

Audio quality is terrible for the first hour or so, but it is acceptable for the rest of the book.

The story itself is excellent -- le Carre at his best.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Highest Tide

  • A Novel
  • By: Jim Lynch
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

One moonlit night, 13-year-old Miles O'Malley slips out of his house, packs up his kayak, and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. But what begins as an ordinary hunt for starfish, snails, and clams is soon transformed by an astonishing sight: a beached giant squid. As the first person to ever see a giant squid alive, the speed-reading, Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac instantly becomes a local curiosity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected surprise

  • By Robert W Fernekees on 05-23-07

Okay story, but disappointing reader

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

Reviewed: 01-19-08

I usually don't pay too much attention to the readers of audiobooks, but this one almost ruined the experience for me. He speaks with exaggerated, unnatural inflections. At times he sounds like a TV commercial (one can imagine him saying,"Try new FlavorFresh(TM)!"). At other times, he sounds like he is telling camp stories to first graders ("and THEN, the scaaaaary monster JUMPED out of the closet!!").

I found this reading strangely incongruous because the narrator in the novel is supposed to be an introspective and thoughtful thirteen year old.

The novel was otherwise enjoyable, so I was almost tempted to just buy the paperback version.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful