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  • Blood Is Blood

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 10
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

In 19th-century London, Cyrus Barker and his associate Thomas Llewelyn are renowned private enquiry agents, successfully employed by the highest levels of Her Majesty's government as well as private citizens. Their success, however, has led to their acquiring a powerful group of enemies, many of whom are determined to have their revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I needed this

  • By John C on 11-15-18

Absolutely Marvelous.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I love all the books in this series and this one does not disappoint. The narration is perfection and the story twisted. The characters are varied, deep and layered and and an absolute delight. Read this entire series and you will be a fan of Will Thomas' always.

  • The Crime at Black Dudley

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 365

When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKE this narrator quite a lot!!!!

  • By Meep on 11-16-13

So Boring.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I adore mysteries but I have never been so bored in my life. The narration is very good but not good enough to overcome the story. Mary Allingham's fame is a bit over rated with this one.

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Murders: An Account of the Matter by John Watson M.D.

  • By: Mark Sohn
  • Narrated by: Stockton Harris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

It is the year 1888. A madman stalks the East End of London and only Sherlock Holmes and his trusted colleague and scribe Dr. John Watson stand between him and the women he preys upon. However, the world's first consulting detective is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit. Is Jack the Ripper acting alone? Is there a conspiracy to murder fallen women in Whitechapel? How far must Holmes go to stop it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fair at best.

  • By Adrienne Lirio on 12-10-17

Fair at best.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

The plot line is interesting in a predictable way. While the narration is pleasant Stockton Harris has some odd pronunciations of standard words. There is no attempt at different voices for the characters so it sounds like the reading of a story book.Overall It is fair at best.

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror

  • Expanded 2nd Edition
  • By: David Ruffle
  • Narrated by: Andy Barker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

The year is 1896. Doctor Watson is invited to the Dorsetshire coast by an old friend. To Watson's surprise he manages to persuade his good friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, to accompany him. This hitherto unknown tale of Watson's involves romancing, dancing, and occasional glasses of cider, but the holiday turns into a nightmare as the two old friends encounter an unimaginable evil which threatens their very souls. Can they triumph?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Waste of Time

  • By Adrienne Lirio on 12-05-17

Awful Waste of Time

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

These stories are so terrible as to be laughable. The narrator does his best with the material but alas it is so boring it is a waste of time.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

OUTSTANDING!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

This book was an outstanding blend of tragic and horrific stories of crime and stupidity. Kenda tells them in a way that grabs you attention, entertains and sometimes makes you laugh. His personal story is eye opening and gives you an inside look into the job of a homicide detective and its consequences. I wish it had gone on for many more hours.

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  • The Baker Street Irregulars

  • By: Michael A. Ventrella - editor, Johnathan Maberry - editor
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead, Steven Crossley, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Thirteen authors, including Gail Z. Martin, David Gerrold, and Jonathan Maberry, come together to pen short stories innovating Sherlock Holmes, adapting and revolutionizing the iconic character. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic and lasting figures in literature. His feats of detection are legendary, and he continues to capture audiences today in stories, movies, and on TV. In this new anthology, authors present the celebrated detective in more than a dozen different, wildly entertaining new ways.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst of the Worst

  • By Adrienne Lirio on 11-13-17

Worst of the Worst

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I have never been so bored or appalled at any collection of supposed Holmes stories! This is barely coherent as it is a collection of poorly conceived ideas, idiot premises and less than stellar narration. Do not waste your time or credits for this travesty.

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  • Old Scores

  • Barker & Llewelyn, Book 9
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries. Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Series regulars will like the background info

  • By wisconsinclark on 10-14-17

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I have loved and enjoyed all of the Llewelyn/Barker books and adore Antony Fergusons narration but I particularly enjoyed Old Scores. The insights in Oriental culture were fascinating. I highly recommend this entire series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes: Familiar Crimes

  • New Tales of the Great Detective
  • By: Lyn McConchie
  • Narrated by: John Kuzminski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

When Bradon Riggston decides to write his family history, he is shocked to find that many of his relatives and their friends have died by unfortunate accidents. Are Riggston family members and their close associates just unlucky, or is there some sinister power working behind the scenes? Holmes and Watson are called in to investigate, only to uncover a deadly saga of revenge for long-hidden crimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not outstanding.

  • By Adrienne Lirio on 10-03-17

Not outstanding.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

The narrator was the best part of this book. The story was obvious and bogged down in too many names and family relationships to be interesting. All in all if not for John Kuzminski I wouldn't have finished this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder

  • A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
  • By: Bonnie MacBird
  • Narrated by: Simon Darwen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

December 1889. Fresh from debunking a 'ghostly' hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France. On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French detective Jean Vidocq...and a terrible discovery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but.......

  • By D. R. H. on 10-18-17

Enjoyable way to pass the time.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Overall the story was enjoyable as was the narration. The subject was a departure for a Holmes story and I liked the fresh approach.

  • Anatomy of Evil

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 7
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

Cyrus Barker is undoubtedly England's premiere private enquiry agent. With the help of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, he's developed an enviable reputation for discreetly solving some of the toughest, most consequential cases in recent history. But one evening in 1888, Robert Anderson, the head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), appears at Barker's office with an offer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What more can I say? Perhaps PERFECTION!

  • By sonia on 07-04-17

Always a Great Listen.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Any additional comments?

I love this series and enjoyed all of them. This particular entry is however, the weakest story presented so far. It is a unique take on the ripper based on historical facts but it is too much of a retelling and not enough of a new spin. Anthony Ferguson as always is a brilliant voice artist and it would be worth listening to this entry just for him.

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