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  • Blackkerchief Dick

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

A historical novel about smugglers set on Mersea Island in the 17th century inspired by a series of seances held by the Allingham family while on holiday on Mersea.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not an Albert Campion Mystery

  • By Randall on 12-22-15

Not an Albert Campion novel!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This isn’t one of Allingham’s Campion mysteries. Not at all what I was expecting, and not interesting on its own.

  • Darwin's Radio

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 584

In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good science fiction

  • By Paul on 01-04-14

Too much bureaucracy!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

The story and science were great, but the constant political infighting was probably accurate but overdone!

  • The Member of the Wedding

  • By: Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by: Susan Sarandon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 703

The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Classic People

  • By FanB14 on 05-14-12

Dated

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Accurate description of growing up-rang true with my own-but hopefully girls are now given more latitude.

  • A Deepness in the Sky

  • By: Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
  • Length: 28 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A science fiction classic

  • By Amen-Ra on 01-26-11

Hugo?

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Far too long, dialogue stilted, and Orson Scott Card did spider aliens a lot better!

  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,801

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

Rerun of The Stand

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

Very similar to Stephen King’s The Stand. Well written (it is Nora Roberts after all!) but unoriginal.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,834

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Incredible plot twists and ingenious book within a book device. Excellent characterizations as well. Will read more from this author!

26 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder on Yarmouth Sands

  • By: Edgar Wallace
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1875-1932) was an English writer of 957 short stories and over 170 novels. He is widely recognized as one of the most prolific writers of his age.

'The Murder on Yarmouth Sands' is a true crime story. Towards the end of the Boer War, the body of a woman was discovered on Yarmouth Sands. She had been strangled by a mohair bootlace. There are only two clues to the crime...and the police set out to follow them up....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to listen to

  • By an amazon buyer on 04-08-17

Impossible to listen to

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

What made the experience of listening to The Murder on Yarmouth Sands the most enjoyable?

The story was fascinating.

What other book might you compare The Murder on Yarmouth Sands to and why?

None

What didn’t you like about Cathy Dobson’s performance?

Very mannered and inflected.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it in one sitting but was able to do it only because it's 40 minutes ling

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee

  • Original Chinese Mysteries
  • By: Robert Van Gulik
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

He has much in common with super-sleuths Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, but there's a difference - Judge Dee Jen-djieh was a real person! Gathered here are tales of actual crimes solved by the magistrate of Chang-ping in 7th-century China. Listen as Dee ventures down winding paths in ancient graveyards to consult the spirits of the dead, and hear him solve real-life crimes through astute deductions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A different legal thriller

  • By Ken on 01-09-03

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Piece of history. Rather pedantic delivery, but amazing to hear a much older example of detective fiction.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,260

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

Very different point of view!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

The thought processes of Christopher are quite differently mapped out from so called normal but his life and that of his parents makes anyone stop and think.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Reality Dysfunction

  • Night's Dawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 41 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,424

In AD 2600, the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems, and throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally on Audible!! My favorite Hamilton series!

  • By Patrick on 04-05-16

Dysfunction!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

I found this to be depressing and disturbing. The human race took all of its worst traits and people into space and promptly regressed into barbarism.