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Alysha Ann Olsen

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  • The Malice of Waves

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Five years ago, 14-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from Priest's Island, an isolated but bleakly beautiful place on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the close-knit local community, there are no secrets - except what happened to Max. None of the police or private investigations since have shed any light on what happened the night he went missing, presumed dead. But there is one man who is yet to take on the case: The Sea Detective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By Alysha Ann Olsen on 04-13-18

Another great story

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I find these books very enjoyable. The stories are fresh and the angle different and new. Anyone who likes books about Scotland and the island life will fall in love with them. The performance is absolutely over-the-top perfect. The stories are sort of a mix between standard detective stories and just really good suspense. I highly recommend the whole series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,248

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

Great-But not quite as good as the others

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Place to be better than the print version?

Very well read but...since the story takes place in a girls school, listening to adults do teenage girls is very tedious after awhile. They all tend to sound like vapid brats just because it's hard for adults to do kids. That would the only reason not to listen...all the other characters are superb.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Again, not as much as the others, but it was a great "locked room mystery" and she always has incredible characters and motives. You just can't wait to see what happens next.

What does Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

See above.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I really love her books. Look forward to the next one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chessmen: The Lewis Trilogy

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Living again of the Isle of Lewis, the ex-detective inspector Fin McLeod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate, Fin encounters elusive poacher and former childhood friend Whistler Macaskill. But while Fin catches up with Whistler, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon - a "bog burst" - that spontaneously drains a loch of its water, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fanastic-but where is the first book?

  • By Alysha Ann Olsen on 05-03-16

Fanastic-but where is the first book?

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

If you could sum up The Chessmen: The Lewis Trilogy in three words, what would they be?

I have only red 2 books in the trilogy because audible, inexplicably, only has 2 and 3 in English. The first book is only available if German (WTH?). That said, the 2 books I have read are utterly engaging and impossible to stop listening to. You will be okay not listening to the first book and diving right into book 2.

What did you like best about this story?

The mosaic of past and present coming together.

What does Peter Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

EVERYTHING!!! You heart breaks right along with each and every character. A masterpiece.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

If you have known anyone with dementia, it will make you sad during those parts of the book.

Any additional comments?

WHERE IS BOOK NUMBER 1? Why do you only have it in German??

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Lewis Man

  • The Lewis Trilogy
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh - including his wife and his career in the police force - the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond 5 Stars

  • By Ann on 12-18-14

Utterly Compelling!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

Where does The Lewis Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I cannot recommend this book enough. The story wraps you up and you are lost in the world the author creates. The narration is superlative. Be warned however, that this is the second book in the trilogy and for some odd reason, audible has the first book in German, but not English and the third is not available. Not reading the first book didn't ruin this one.

What other book might you compare The Lewis Man to and why?

Anne Cleeves and the Shetland Island Mysteries.

Which character – as performed by Peter Forbes – was your favorite?

They were all wonderful. He does the children particularly well.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

WHY ARE THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE TRILOGY NOT AVAILABLE??!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Voices

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

When Inspector Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim's throat, and Vera quickly realizes she has a murder on her hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vera enemy better in print(voice)!

  • By Walter G Sutton III on 07-06-15

Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

loved this book. I finished the Shetland series and wanted another by this author. Was worried that it wasn't the first one in the series but it didn't matter at all. Female narrators usually have a hard time with male voices but this woman was fantastic. I had no issues at all with the accent, she was wonderful. The mystery was compelling from beginning to end. Stayed up till midnight because I had to find out how it ended. Please pleased but the earlier books onto audible.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dying Light

  • Logan McRae, Book 2
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: John Sessions
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

It starts with a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks, in the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan MacRae it's a bad start to another bad day. Only a few short months ago, he was the golden boy of Grampian police. But one botched raid later, he's palmed off on a DI everyone knows is a jinx, waiting for the axe to fall with all the other rejects in the "Screw-up Squad". But Logan's not going to take it lying down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous Sequel

  • By A. J. McConachie on 02-16-07

The most awful people!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

I have read three books now by MacBride. They are very funny and the narration is wonderful BUT....they are filled with the most unlikable bunch of people. The police, the suspects and the general population of Aberdeen come across as the most violent, mean and just nasty group of people around. There is always some of this in any detective series (and I have read Rankin, Macdermid, La Plante just to name some) but this was just too much. The actual police work remains so so and I always feel like they solve the crimes (which are very very violent) practically be mistake. If you want to try them, I'd go for the abridged versions. I may listen to a few more if I can't find anything else because the performance is so great but there are much better detective novels out there.

  • Birthdays for the Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for 12 years, always in the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For those who can stomach strong violence

  • By BSquaredInOz on 06-01-12

Violent and Tedious

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

Reviewed: 03-25-14

I don't normally write reviews, but this book was such a frustrating slog I had to warn people. The story is horrifically violent but what I really couldn't stand was that there was no actual detective work. Just a main character out of control hurling from one stupid decision to another with no one actually following clues, or gathering evidence or doing anything that even resembles police work. The "profiler" is a throw away character and adds nothing to the story or the solving of the crime. The ending is unbearably sad and the whole book is just scene after scene of pointless violence, most of which doesn't even move the story forward. Ian Hanmore is, as always, great. I haven't read any other books by this author and I don't know if I will bother with any others.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Litigators

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,669

The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Grisham, entertaining

  • By Jbug on 10-29-11

Really Bad

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

Reviewed: 11-03-11

Okay. I hate to say unkind things but this book is so bad. The story is predictable and just plain silly and the main character so uninteresting it was hard to think Grisham took the time to write about him. To call these characters two dimensional would be compliment; they were stereotypes of the first order. Don't buy this book. The performance was not great but not awful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful