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  • The Roman Hat Mystery

  • By: Ellery Queen
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 457

Despite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds. A gangland spectacle, it's packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire. In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field. In a sold-out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats. The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder: Inspector Richard Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful "logic puzzle"--great listen, great fun!

  • By Kathi on 02-24-14

Definitely a product of the time it was written.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Some startling uses of the "N" word and other statements about race that are shocking in our day
The first Ellery Queen novel. The motive of the killer was an issue that in today's enlightenment is hard to accept as an issue at all.

  • In the Presence of the Enemy

  • Inspector Lynley, Book 8
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Hailed as the "king of sleaze", tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions. But when he opens an innocuous-looking letter addressed to him at The Source, he discovers that someone else excels at ferreting out secrets as well. Ten-year-old Charlotte Bowen has been abducted, and if Luxford does not admit publicly to having fathered her, she will die. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Bella on 11-28-18

Not to be missed for fans of Lynley & Havers!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

A story with plenty of plot twists and challenging personalities. The ending racing at you with heart-pounding intensity.

  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,448

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding on several levels.

  • By lyl on 12-30-12

Captivating thriller with a challenging subject.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

One of the subject matters of this story, young boys dressed up as women, prostituted to men in clubs, is very difficult to endure but the overall mystery/thriller is captivating. The story has a Ripper like villain on the streets of NY.

  • And Be a Villain

  • By: Rex Stout
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

It was a broadcaster's worst nightmare: dead air, in the true sense. A radio host's on-air guest is anything but live, dropping dead after chugging a sponsor's beverage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of my favorites

  • By Michael on 11-20-13

The First of the Zeck Novels... Read All Three!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This novel introduces a master villain who motivates three superb Nero Wolfe novels. They are not to be missed for fans of this series and should absolutely be read in order, 2nd - The Second Confession, 3rd -In the Best Families.

  • Moonraker

  • James Bond, Book 3
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax - a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo's exposure could threaten Britain's latest defense system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London's most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there's more to Drax than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A first class adventure

  • By Calvin Scott on 03-22-19

Published in 1955 & Not Like the Movie.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I enjoyed this novel and I wasn't a fan of the movie version with Roger Moore . Bond is a deep character and very human but heroic too.

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  • Pandora's Lunchbox

  • How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal
  • By: Melanie Warner
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

If a piece of individually wrapped cheese retains its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed our children? Former New York Times reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that takes her to research labs, food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening - and sometimes disturbing - account of what we're really eating.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting.

  • By Jeff on 10-01-13

Recommended with Reservations.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

I was, without question, impacted by some of the studies quoted in this book. The author herself, is at times, given to sensationalism in her interpretation of both food scientist's claims and the results of studies she references. She tells us the awful truth about processed food so passionately and then in the end says maybe we should cut down from 70% to 30% consumption of it in our daily diet. She even, quite transparently, admits that she fed her own kids more processed food than ever, while writing this book, to free up time for herself. I appreciate that she has helped to further my awareness of the dangers of processed food but wish she believed it enough to protect her own family from its dangers. Entertainment value is important in this genre, enabling it to have a greater impact, and the author was entertaining, but there were times I wished she had been a bit more studious in her conclusions. I suppose I wish, in the end, she was more impacted by her own convictions.

  • A Picture of Murder

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 4
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872

Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell. Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colorful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another. One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Historical Mystery

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 10-23-18

Figured out the plot painfully early, sadly.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I've enjoyed these characters and the style of the author very much but the Christmas story and this one both have been too obvious too early and then it becomes difficult to plod through the remainder. Love the author though.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,706

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

Not to Be Missed Classic Mystery Read Anew.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Dan Steven's does a masterful job performing this audiobook. I hope to see many others done by him in future.

The various film versions (3 that I've seen) each have take their own slant on this classic and add to, or take away from, the original story. Albert Finney's version may be the most accurate, David Suchet's version 2nd (his adding a religious turmoil for Poirot not expressed in the book) and least like the book in so very many ways was Kenneth Branagh's version (more akin to an action movie than classic mystery). Each movie is fun to watch but the book is a pleasure to return to.

  • Nemesis Games

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,883

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent bounce back

  • By Lore on 10-27-15

Never Misses an Opportunity to Impress!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This has been one of the most rewarding series of sci-fi stories I have listened to. Each novel is like another gift that you are anxious to finish but do not want to end.

  • Playing for the Ashes

  • Inspector Lynley, Book 7
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 24 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

"The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for his death. It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn't forgive." In her astonishing best-seller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder, and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing - and no one - is really what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet in the series

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-11-19

Engrossing Story with Complicated Characters.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This story was captivating and repulsive. Confusing, I know, but it is true. I could barely endure scenes with some of the most vile dialogue and actions. The depth of depravity make the circumstances that follow all the more fantastical. A one time listen for me.