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  • Eye of the Needle

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Eric Lincoln
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,835
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Spy Thriller

  • By AudioAddict on 11-11-13

Classic Thriller, Old & Poor Quality Recording

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Great story, but terrible, old, poor quality recording. Multiple voices, and what sounds like various sound studios. One guy sounded as though he was in a tin can! The actress who plays the main female character sounds like a pathetic and weak woman. Ugh. HOWEVER, the story makes it worth listening too. P.S. excellent movie with Donald Sutherland, well worth watching.

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,683

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Must Love Dogs

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Robert Crais has written MANY books, and has had great success. THIS book is different because one of the main characters is a German shepherd.

There are segments where the dog's thoughts are expressed by the author. LOVED THAT! If you don't love dogs, then this won't mean much to you.

The excitement of the action scenes was so great that I found myself screaming, "Get 'im!"

I loved it.

Narrator is excellent.

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEN STARS

  • By JOHN on 08-23-09

Too Grim for Me

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Excellent narrator. Classic book. But I simply couldn't stand reading more about greed, infidelity, vanity and mendacity.

  • Catching the Wind

  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

What happened to Brigitte Berthold? That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was 13, when he and 10-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise ending...

  • By zjohnnylz on 09-10-17

Good Historical Mystery, Bad Romance

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I love a good mystery, and I love historical fiction, so I was prepared to love this book. However, I just "like" it.

This is a story within a story. A journalist has been writing an article about British citizens who collaborated with the Nazis in WWII. Then her story is cancelled, and a rich private citizen hires her to find his lost best friend, lost when they were fleeing the Nazis. The journalist agrees to do this, and discovers that the stories overlap. The rich man assigns his lawyer to assist the journalist, and romance enters the book.

I was engaged, and I wanted to find out the truth and to follow these characters into the past and the future, but ...

Two things bothered me: the narrator has that whispery, sexy style that irritates me, and the romance portion of the story was unsophisticated. ("Why did he have to have eyes the color of cappuccino?" ... not an exact quote, but that was the level of YA writing that described the romance.)

The writing style Ms. Dobson used for the historical mystery was mature and enjoyable.

NOTE: "Catching Wind" is published by a company that prints Christian-based books. If you are not Christian, the theme is not overwhelming or off-putting. But I didn't expect it, and it took me a bit by surprise.

  • Waiting for Wednesday

  • A Frieda Klein Mystery
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 527

Ruth Lennox, housewife and mother of three, is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in Frieda, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case. When it emerges that the mother was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Frieda herself is distracted, still reeling from an attempt on her life, and struggling with her own rare feelings of vulnerability. Then a patient’s chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who’s long escaped detection.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Simultaneously interesting and infuriating

  • By Jessica on 04-23-15

Liking Frieda Klein - Still Love the Stories

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I have had difficulty "liking" the main character in spite of her great intelligence, skill and success. But author Nicci French has slowly developed her, adding details, explaining history, and I finally feel empathy for her. I appreciate the author's patient approach to this gradual exposure!

The stories are absolutely fabulous, and the narrator is perfect! I look forward to the rest of the series.

  • Tuesday's Gone

  • A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 2
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

In Tuesday's Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man's identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can't shake the feeling that the past isn't done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I like this series but...

  • By Katherine on 04-12-13

Frieda Klein, Intelligent & Too Cool Character

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Dr. Frieda Klein is a psychiatrist in London who consults with police on difficult-to-solve murder cases.

I have a love-hate relationship with the main character, Frieda Klein. She is committed to protecting her privacy to such an extreme extent that she puts a wall up between herself and her closest friends. When someone asks her a question that she doesn't want to answer, she simply stares at the person. Cold as ice. Rude.

On the other hand, she is so observant and intelligent that she solves mysteries that perplex the police.

I enjoy the stories, I love watching FK figure out the mystery, but I would never want her to be my next door neighbor.

  • Locked Rooms

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this jewel!

  • By Melanie on 06-17-07

Mr & Mrs Sherlock Holmes Solve Family Mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

It's can interesting idea. Create a wife for Sherlock Holmes, uncover a long-held family mystery, and put the couple in harm's way. I enjoyed the book. Good, but not great.

Two things:
1. I never developed an attachment to either character. I didn't really care what happened to them. In fact, they didn't seem to care about each other.
2. The narrator had to produce British, Asian and American accents as well as male and female voices. She was mediocre. Her American accents were way off, and her Holmes sounded like an exaggerated "Jeeves the butler" accent.

Solving the mystery was psychologically and intellectually interesting, but almost devoid of emotion.

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

Inspector Gamache Again - Hooray!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I have run out of words to praise Louise Penny's series.
Start at book 1, and enjoy every step of the journey!

  • The Rosie Effect

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,340

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the first one....

  • By Julie on 09-23-15

More Don & Rosie Hilarity

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Not as good as book 1, "The Rosie Project," but still completely enjoyable.

Excellent narration!

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,901

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

A Loser Rises from the Ashes

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Harold has been a "milk-toast" most of his life, but a random event motivates him to take action for the first time in his life.

An uplifting tale, this book will stay with you forever.

Excellent narration.