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Laurie A. Bobskill

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  • The Woman in the Woods

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child...someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could not get into this book.

  • By J. Gregg on 06-30-18

Maybe John Connolly's best Charlie Parker to date

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

How does a native Irishman write so well about New England?
And how does he make us willingly suspend our disbelief?
And how does he make us care so much about his core characters?
Angel takes a back seat in this story, but Louis plays a great supporting role. And the telling of the "fairy tale" is superb.
Jeff Harding's narration is all but excellent. (I wish he didn't simper the women's and children's voices. Read 'em straight next time and I'll give you five stars, Jeff.)
Sit back and enjoy.

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  • The Westies

  • Inside New York's Irish Mob
  • By: T. J. English
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

It's men like Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone who gave Hell's Kitchen its name. In the mid-1970s, these two longtime friends take the reins of New York's Irish mob, using brute force to give it hitherto unthinkable power. Jimmy, a charismatic sociopath, is the leader. Mickey, whose memories of Vietnam torture him daily, is his enforcer. Together they make brutality their trademark, butchering bodies or hurling them out the window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TJ English's best. Love his work.

  • By Kevin Armstrong on 09-11-17

Very good narrator, absorbing true story

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

If someone were to write this tale as a novel I would not have believed it. incredible research.

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  • Gods of Howl Mountain

  • By: Taylor Brown
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina. Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted 1940 Ford coupe. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brrrr... amazing tale, masterfully told

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 06-09-18

Brrrr... amazing tale, masterfully told

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Brown's great little story of the mountain reads like a myth, although there no supernatural elements to it. There are no gods, and the struggle is not between good and evil. It's merely the struggle to outwit and prevail against evil. Gods of Howl Mountain is a perfectly rounded tale. And although most of the action is on the part of the male characters it's Granny--almost a Coyote figure--who is truly the protagonist.
And the epilogue is delicious.

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  • The Séance

  • By: John Harwood
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Constance Langton grows up in a household marked by death, her father distant, her mother in perpetual mourning for Constance's sister, the child she lost. Desperate to coax her mother back to health, Constance takes her to a séance; perhaps she will find comfort from beyond the grave. But the meeting has tragic consequences. Constance is left alone, her only legacy a mysterious bequest that will blight her life. So begins this brilliant and gripping novel, a dark mystery set in late-Victorian England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Victorian Period Read

  • By twoseagreeneyes on 07-06-14

it's terrific when you discover a new "favorite."

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

I'm a big fan of Gothic mysteries, but I'm very very picky. Think: Daphne du Maurier. The stories have to have historical accuracy, an interesting plot, characters with depth, good dialogue, and an interesting villain doesn't hurt.
This is my second book by John Harwood, and I'm so tempted to run right through the list, but I know better and I'll pace myself.
The three accomplished narrators were excellent selection. Actually, each is a favorite of mine.
Even on a beautiful spring afternoon, The Seance raised goosebumps a time or two. This is one to savor.

  • The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 667

The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline - its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at 20 to nine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A creepy story, with atmosphere for days

  • By Lesley on 10-13-14

Should take its place among the classics

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Truly good ghost stories raise the hair on the back of one's neck not by overt violence, but by hint and innuendo.
The Little Stranger is one of the best. it's right up there with Daphne DuMaurier's My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca and with Henry James' The Turn of the Screw.
Sarah Waters is a fine writer. Her language, her character development, her ability to set scene and atmosphere and to allow suspense to grow slowly set her among the best writing in the genre.
And Simon Vance is, well, Simon Vance. His touch, his narration is so light and understated that it showcases this gem of a story without ever calling attention to itself.
I will be selecting another Sarah Waters book soon. But first I'll have to decompress with something a little lighter.

  • The Rabbit Factory

  • By: Larry Brown
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Set in Memphis, Tennessee, and northern Mississippi, The Rabbit Factory presents a wildly diverse cast of characters who are looking for love, but not necessarily in all the right places. Helen is a sex-starved alcoholic who combs the local bars looking for the one thing her sugar daddy can't give her. Arthur, Helen's aging sugar daddy, is very wealthy, but suffers from severe self-confidence issues. Believing himself unloved, Eric is a runaway who oddly becomes Arthur's adopted son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty tale and excellent writing

  • By erudite on 07-18-14

Best Larry Brown so far, and Stechschulte nails it

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Larry Brown's intertwining plots are fantastic and his characters are so vividly real. And Tom Stechschulte's narration is superb. I loved his automotive sound effects, which were few but hilarious.

  • Joe

  • By: Larry Brown
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

The Mississippi countryside is Joe Ransom's world. There, whiskey, fast trucks, and a hard right fist are the badges of manhood. But middle age is approaching, and Joe tries to not think too much about the future. At 15, Gary Jones' life is painful and unpredictable. His days are spent avoiding his brutish father and caring for a damaged mother an sister. When Joe's and Gary's paths cross, the resulting friendship is a bizarre rite of passage for both of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larry Brown

  • By Beverly on 04-04-08

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

What a pity the author died so soon. Stechschulte has the perfect voice for this story.

  • Shadow of the Lions

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Swann
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 946

It has been almost 10 years since Matthias graduated from the elite Blackburne School, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, fled into the woods, never to be heard from again, in the middle of their senior year. Fritz vanished just after an argument over Matthias' breaking of the school's honor code, and Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that his betrayal led to his friend's disappearance. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the finest books I've heard on Audible!

  • By Kathi on 08-07-17

More than pretty good for a first novel.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

With the exception of a few highly improbables, this is a good, solid mystery and a coming of age story.
The only bone I have to pick is that the book felt like it had three or four main plots and it took Swann a long time to settle on one. That being said, it's a good read, and it keeps you guessing. The very very end was a bit schmaltzy, but not terrible, kind of a Greek Shakedperean summing up.
The narrator is good, although occasionally he trotted out a sort of Scott Brick-ish weltzschmerz (I'm not a fan of Scott Brick).
All things considered, if I see another title by Swann--I''ll take a flyer on it.

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  • The City of Shadows Part 1

  • By: Michael Russell
  • Narrated by: Conor Delaney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Detective Stefan Gillespie arrest Herr Keller under suspicion of carrying out illegal abortions and encounters Hannah Rosen desperately trying to find her friend Susan, a Jewish woman who had become romantically involved with a priest. When the bodies of a man and woman are found buried in the Dublin mountains, each with a single hole from a pistol in their skulls, Stefan soon finds himself immersed in a complex case as he tries to piece together the mystery of the missing woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really, really good.

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 02-24-18

Really, really good.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

What a satisfying tale, well told and well read. Fans of Irish police procedural (and there are more of us than you might think) will enjoy this. I've become fascinated with stories on the eve of war, especially WWII. The twining of the ever-simmering troubles in Ireland and the tide of Naziism in 1930s Europe is deft weaving. I wish audible had more titles by Michael Delaney, and more books narrated by Conor Delaney

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  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,433

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept Me Coming Back Every Day

  • By Dewese on 02-28-18

Masterful

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I hope to hear a lot more from Bungey and Forde.
Please, audible, more like this!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful