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Denise Vilim

Dallas, TX
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  • Death at Breakfast

  • By: John Rhode
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A classic winter's crime novel by one of the most highly regarded exponents of the genre. Victor Harleston awoke with uncharacteristic optimism. Today he would be rich at last. Half an hour later, he gulped down his breakfast coffee and pitched to the floor, gasping and twitching. When the doctor arrived, he recognised instantly that it was a fatal case of poisoning and called in Scotland Yard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An almost entirely perfect murder mystery!<br />

  • By Denise Vilim on 03-17-18

An almost entirely perfect murder mystery!<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

An intellectually stimulating British "Whodunnit". It's all about the mystery. No extraneous plot elements. No personal or psychological trauma heaped on the detecting protagonists. No inter-office politics at Scotland Yard. Perfect!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 12.30 from Croydon

  • By: Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Andrew Crowther, a wealthy retired manufacturer, is found dead in his seat on the 12.30 flight from Croydon to Paris. Rather less orthodox is the ensuing flashback in which we live with the killer at every stage, from the first thoughts of murder to the strains and stresses of living with its execution. Seen from the criminal's perspective, a mild-mannered Inspector by the name of French is simply another character who needs to be dealt with. This is an unconventional yet gripping story of intrigue, betrayal, obsession, justification and self-delusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual form of detective story

  • By nelson r. lampert on 11-22-16

Atypical, well written and compelling

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Although it is not a whodunit, the plot is compelling and worth a listen for British murder mystery fans.

  • Murder at the Brightwell

  • By: Ashley Weaver
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who questions her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband Milo. Looking for a change, she accepts a request for help from her former fiance, Gil Trent. Amory accompanies Gil to the luxurious Brightwell Hotel in an attempt to circumvent the marriage of his sister Emmeline to Rupert Howe, a disreputable ladies' man. Amory sees in the situation a grim reflection of her own floundering marriage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration

  • By Maribee7 on 05-04-15

Good beginning to the Amory Ames series

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

I enjoyed listening, for the most part, to this first installment in the Amory and Milo Ames series by Ashley Weaver. Murder at the Brightwell is a Cozy British Mystery with a murder plot that is not so predictable and written from the view point of a likeable, easy to identify with heroine (Amory) and her future-uncertain relationship with lackadaisical husband (Milo).
Although I have no complaints about the story, the narration of it will require patience on the listener's part. Billie Fulford-Brown has a pleasant enough voice, however she is hesitant and stiff throughout the reading of the book.
Still, it's worth a listen as it sets the stage for the next two books in the series, both of which have much improved narration.

  • The One Thing Holding You Back

  • Unleashing the Power of Emotional Connection
  • By: Raphael Cushnir
  • Narrated by: Raphael Cushnir
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

What's keeping you from reaching your goals - is it time? Money? Support? According to Raphael Cushnir, it's none of the above. The answer lies in your resistance to a specific set of emotions unique to your life experience. On The One Thing Holding You Back, this emerging voice in contemporary spirituality presents an audio adaptation of his groundbreaking work, offering you an audio program of common-sense teachings and practices to help you identify, fully feel, and release your resisted emotions for inner peace, renewed energy and creativity, better relationships and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a positive-self-affirmations kind of book

  • By Denise Vilim on 09-30-16

Not a positive-self-affirmations kind of book

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Even if you're not able to get all that excited about how Cushnir presents his info, which is a bit reminiscent of Stuart Smiley, or about the book title, which one could take to mean: if you just do this one thing then all your troubles will be solved, he is onto something here. Cushnir has come to understand a specific attribute of human nature and is presenting it here. Not only does his discovery work in accordance with empirical science data and with many recent discoveries in the field of Psychology, it just makes sense.

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  • The Likeness

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,380

Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really on a Different Level

  • By Michael on 07-05-10

Possibly a 5 star, depending on the listener

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

I debated on 4 or 5 stars for this review.
So far, the only T French audio books I have listened to are in the Dublin Murder Squad series: "In The Woods" and now "The Likeness", both being superbly written and narrated. TF is strongly skilled at creating enthralling, descriptively detailed stories. Both books contain the standard external conflict that is core to any mystery, but they are also full of internal conflict and emotional turmoil. It is for this reason I am rating this book a 4 star. Personally, I prefer a more Serlockian protagonist, using objectivity, perspicacity and intellectual reason to solve crimes with little to no involvement of internal conflict or emotional turmoil. Both books are as much man vs.himself as they are mysteries, but in this capacity, they are brilliant.

Heather O'Neill was the perfect narrator for this story.

  • God, No!

  • Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,645

From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More memoir than theology

  • By Paul on 12-29-11

AMEN!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Thank you Penn J. for this book! The more of us who recognize that religion works, not for, but against humanity, the better off we'll all be.

  • The Strangler Vine

  • By: M. J. Carter
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096

India, 1837: William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating historical novel

  • By Meg on 03-12-16

A Recommended Listen!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-16

As for the narration of Strangler Vine, Alex Wyndham is superb! I wish he would narrate more audio books.

The story itself is enthralling and educational. Although fictitious, it is based on research and written histories from the time of The East India Company and Britain's attempts to rule India in the early to mid 1800's. I had feared the story might be a bit tedious, however it turned out I was compelled from beginning to end.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Wednesday's Child

  • An Inspector Banks Novel #6
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Wednesday's child is full of woe.... It was a crime of staggering inhumanity: a seven-year-old girl taken from her home right in front of her desperate working-class mother. With each passing moment, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks realizes that the child's death becomes more and more likely. But there are worse fates than death in a nightmare world of human monsters and their twisted games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chief Inspector Banks cracks another case.

  • By Snoodely on 06-15-13

Series favorite thus far!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-16

Despite the heinousness of the crimes against children theme featured in Wednesday's Child, this audio book is still my favorite of the lot so far (listening in numbered order). The story line is compelling and often humorous, as CI Banks further contemplates the psychology of the human mind with his characteristic objective rationale.

James Langton's narration is brilliant once again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Once a Crooked Man

  • By: David McCallum
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

Crime pays. And pays well. Sal, Max, and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old, and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly a good romp

  • By Laurie Gore on 03-05-16

A Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

Entertaining & humorous story where the roles between the good and bad guys are very blurry. It is hard to imagine anyone narrating this story better than the author does.

  • Sexual Intelligence

  • What We Really Want from Sex - and How to Get It
  • By: Marty Klein
  • Narrated by: Alan Winter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

In Sexual Intelligence, Dr. Marty Klein shows how our ideas about sex - and ourselves - are more important than a perfect body or exotic techniques. With many engaging examples from his thirty-year private practice, Marty provides a robust, practical perspective that makes it impossible for people to fail at sex - because they don't aim for success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight to relationships

  • By Laura Bradburn on 01-03-17

Thank you Marty Klein!!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

If you have an understanding of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), then you will instantly identify with, and be receptive to, the ideas Klein is communicating in this book. His method is to help people, from ages 20 to 100 who are not experiencing a comfortable and satisfactory sex life, to apply EQ to sex. If you do not apply EQ to your life and SQ to your sexual desires, you will NOT achieve what you want from either. It's just not possible.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful