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  • The Angel of Darkness

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526

In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining Read

  • By 6catz on 01-31-13

Too long, should be 3.5/5 due to great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

It's a self-contained follow up to The Alienist, but I found the Scooby Gang to be much more cliche in its inclusivity (lets make sure we include a black man, a teenager, an emancipated woman, a few Jews, and let's make sure at least someone has a poor upbringing). But, like the first in the series, it was too long by at least 25%. However, the narrator was wonderful (George Guidell, one of my favourites), so it wasn't a horrible waste. There's a good story buried in there somewhere under all those words and cliches.

  • The Radium Girls

  • The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

The year was 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A simple way to improve the robotic narration

  • By B. C. French on 06-07-17

Great story, badly written

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

This is one of those times where the star categories are insufficient -- the story itself rates 5 stars, but the actual writing skill and style rates just 2 stars. It's clunky and uses odd phrases ("he knows not what" !?), and gives too much detail with too little emotion. It's a shame, since this important and interesting story really deserves to be told better.

  • Dante's Divine Comedy

  • By: The Great Courses, Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Narrated by: Ronald B. Herzman, William R. Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Professors Cook and Herzman provide you with an illuminating introduction to one of the greatest works ever written. One of the most profound and satisfying of all poems, The Divine Comedy (or Commedia) of Dante Alighieri is a book for life. In a brilliantly constructed narrative of his imaginary guided pilgrimage through the three realms of the Christian afterlife, Dante accomplished a literary task of astonishing complexity. In these twenty-four lectures, as you follow Dante on his journey, you'll learn how medieval literature offers insights into fundamental questions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Commedia for Modern Readers

  • By Patti on 08-25-13

Excellent even for those who don't know Dante

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I listened to this as an introduction to Dante and his life and times in Florence, knowing that his Divine Comedy was a reflection of that, and it didn't disappoint. The professors were great - interesting without being too didactic, and the material is, well, thought provoking. I learned a lot, and I won't hesitate to listen to more of their on-line courses.

  • A Winter Haunting

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020

A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage - and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween, he has returned to the dying town of Elm Haven, his boyhood home, where he hopes to find peace in isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptionally Well Done

  • By Jan on 01-05-16

Good but Not as Great as Summer of Night

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I loved Summer of Night - it had great characters and really gave me the creeps - and this is good, but not as good. Still enjoyable, still worthwhile. Definitely read Summer of Night first, because it will add a lot to the depth of horror in this story. Narration was a terrific match. Well done!

  • The Green Mile

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,563
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,565

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Right Book, Right Reader.... Enjoy!

  • By Stuart on 08-08-05

Interesting, but repetiive and a bit too long

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

There is a little too much repetition in the book, likely because it was originally written and published as a serial, but otherwise I quite enjoyed it. The big picture was a little too predictable, but the pieces that make up that picture were all good. I've never seen the movie, so I can't compare them.

  • Anarchy and Old Dogs

  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When a blind, retired dentist is run down by a logging truck as he crosses the road to post a letter, Dr Siri Paiboun, official and only coroner of Laos, finds him faced with his most explosive case yet. The dentist’s mortal remains aren’t nearly as intriguing as the letter in his pocket. Written in invisible ink and encrypted, the letter presents Dr Siri with an irresistible challenge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More political than others, still v. enjoyable

  • By Calliope on 01-21-19

More political than others, still v. enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

My next in the Dr. Siri series about an old coroner in communist Laos in the late 1970s, which is, in and of itself, interesting. He's a wonderful character, both funny and insightful. This listen is light and enjoyable, though this one is more about the politics than the earlier ones in the series. That's not a bad thing - it adds an interesting layer.

  • Some Lie and Some Die

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

For a while the music Festival in Kingsmarkham was going well. The sun shone, the groups played and everyone - except a few angry neighbours - seemed to enjoy themselves. Then the weather changed, and a young couple made a gruesome discovery.In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, that is, until a hideously disfigured body is discovered in the nearby quarry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and compelling

  • By Sarah on 05-11-15

I don't understand the appeal.....

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

This is one of the mysteries in her DCI Wexford series, but I didn't find it interesting in characters or story. I decided it will be the last Rendell book I try -- I've loved all the books she's written as Barbara Vine, but I just don't like her Rendell books.

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  • Psycho

  • By: Robert Bloch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136

It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates Motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty, but clean, and the manager seemed nice, if a little odd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We're All Not Quite As Sane As We Pretend To Be

  • By Andrew on 05-14-13

Enjoyable story of banal insanity

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

It was interesting to see how the original book differed from the famous movie (not a lot, not in important ways), and it's still a good story of banal insanity -- a normal exterior hiding a fractured mind and horrible actions. A short listen, but very enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

  • The Mary Russell Series, Book 2
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486

It is 1921 and Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes's brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology - is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Echoes of "Another Shirt Ruined!"

  • By PeachPecan on 05-02-14

A different sequel - well written, more character

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

A very interesting second book in the series, and it is equally as well written as the first. I am really enjoying this series; this one mixes history, feminism, a mystery, and more character development as Mary reaches her age of majority and fully inherits her father's estate.

  • Carter & Lovecraft

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,597

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mistakes that worked out in my favor.

  • By Frae on 03-06-17

Enjoyable surprise -- a good start

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

This is by the same author as Johannes Cabal, and I liked that one enough to try the first in this series. It's about a retired cop who mysteriously inherits a used book store, currently being run by the last remaining descendant of HP Lovecraft. They partner in the store, and in the mystery they are dragged in to that (in the Lovecraft style) includes a time shifting kind of weird supernatural thingy. Well written and enjoyable. I liked the characters more than the mystery, which makes me think I'll enjoy more in this series. The narrator was OK, but I think could have done better to bring things to life.