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  • Latter End

  • The Miss Silver Mysteries
  • By: Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Things had never been quite the same at Latter End since Lois had taken over. Suddenly life seemed to be an endless succession of bitter family rows which Lois, needless to say, invariably won. More than one person at Latter End found themselves stretched to the limit by Lois and her bullying, and it was only a matter of time before somebody snapped. It was unthinkable of course...but if anyone ever murdered Lois Latter, it would be very embarrassing to discover just how many people might have wished her dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-10-18

Loved the Story but..

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

While I liked that Miss Silver was less an observer and more a participant, I think she did not need to detail another explanation after the case concluded.

Also, though the story began with the inference that there was more reason for the victim's behavior than was obvious, that aspect was never again mentioned.

Otherwise, I enjoyed the character interaction and the excellent narration.

  • The Dark Horse

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,087
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,237

The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another outstanding book from Johnson

  • By V. Sharol on 05-31-09

Love the series but...

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If someone had never read the previous Longmire books I would not recommend this one as a starter. Otherwise, probably.

What other book might you compare The Dark Horse to and why?

I compare it to “Another Man’s Moccasins,” as both stories travel back and forth in time. This transition worked very well in “...Moccasins.” Going back to Longmire’s actual war experiences in Vietnam, the reader is better able to understand and feel empathy for the sheriff's present day situation. Interweaving the past and present also emphasizes how memories have not faded with the years. “The Dark Horse” often hops into the recent past after relating present day occurrences. I do not think the technique benefitted this story. Rather than announcing that it is now a week, or so, ago, all events could have been incorporated into a forward moving tale. Since I saw no purpose for the time travel, I found it a gimmicky distraction.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ones that featured the boy and his mom, and also any scene with Bear.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When a woman confesses to killing her husband, Sheriff Longmire goes undercover to prove her innocence.

Any additional comments?

“The Dark Horse” is the fifth book I have read in this series. If Longmire continues to be brutally injured in each story to come, even Dog might not recognize him.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Bluegate Fields

  • A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

When the body of a boy is found in the filthy sewers of Bluegate Fields, Inspector Pitt is called to investigate. The boy was clearly upper class, so what was he doing in one of London's most dangerous slums? The boy's parents refuse to answer police queries. What are these proper, prosperous people hiding? With the help of his wife and helpmate, Charlotte, Inspector Pitt intends to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent work!

  • By Dave on 05-16-11

Crime Solving Couple

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. The characters, the plot and the narrator kept me thoroughly entertained.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bluegate Fields?

A memorable moment happened when Pitt’s police chief loses patience and control.

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Davina Porter’s narration before. Each character she takes on, whether male or female, high or low class, is so well performed that I forget that she is the sole narrator. Her dramatization of the numerous personaities in Bluegate Fields is especially excellent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When a working class cop and a society dame join forces, criminals beware. (That would be a better tag line if the scene took place in the 1930’s rather than the 1890’s. But, you get the idea.)

Any additional comments?

The storyline involved child abuse and homosexuality, with the latter a crime at the time. I thought the author handled the subject well. Nineteenth century society is in agreement that same sex relationships are abhorrent, but the author allows some individuals to speculate beyond the sexual act. Though they do not condone it, some compassion is expressed for those who have homosexual desires and have no legal way to express them.

My only criticism is that the final scene felt a bit rushed. Pitt guesses at the reaction and future of the prisoner, rather than letting us be there when the prisoner actually learns his fate. I wondered how this knowledge would change his outlook on life.

  • Dismissed with Prejudice

  • J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 7
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Gene Engene
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

J. P. Beaumont investigates the death of a Japanese-American businessman, which appears to be a Samurai suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great "Read"

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-12

If my first Beaumont, it would have been my last

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

Reviewed: 01-17-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would only recommend this book to keep track of Beaumont’s personal life. The crime plot starts off well enough with the question of death or suicide by a sword. The dead man’s family kept me interested for a while. But later on the numerous motives and suspects seemed contrived and far fetched.

Would you recommend Dismissed with Prejudice to your friends? Why or why not?

If my friend had an interest (as I do) in reading the entire series because he/she has become attached to the characters, then, yes, I would say read this book. Beaumont does come to a realization about his health and habit, which is has a bearing on the next book’s situation. I usually like Gene Engene characterizations. As Beaumont, his voice seems just right. But, in this book, some of his other portrayals did not ring true to me. In particular, Beaumont’s partner sounded like a cross between John Wayne and a surfer dude. He also often seems to rely on a laid-back, semi-stoned style for other characters who live on the fringes of society.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the scenes with the victim’s wife and daughter.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. But I would take a look at it on TV.

Any additional comments?

Not a terrible read but not as enjoyable as the other Beaumont books I have read.

  • The Man in Lower Ten

  • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Lawrence Blakely, attorney-at-law, sets off by train to deliver valuable documents in a criminal case. Along the way he encounters romance, treachery, a murder in which he is implicated and, finally, a train wreck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my "Go To" Books

  • By Patricia on 04-05-16

Worth the price

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-11

I mostly enjoyed this book though it went on a bit too long. It was an old fashioned story of love and murder.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Alexander's Bridge

  • Willa Cather's First Novel
  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Alexander's Bridge was Willa Cather's first novel and one of her best. Bartley Alexander was the world's leading bridge builder, something that was considered an awesome skill in the early 20th century. Alexander has the strength and regret that weave throughout Cather's male characters much as they do through those of her contemporary authors, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Dreiser, Anderson, Lewis, and others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Issues

  • By Elaine on 05-24-11

Narrator Issues

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-11

I dd finish this book,which while not my favorite Willa Cather book, still held my interest. However the narrator voice was both monotone and grating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful