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San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
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  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

A body always tells a story - but this child’s was a blank page. Rita reached for the lantern. She trained its light on the child’s face. "Who are you?" she murmured, but the face said as little as the rest of her. It was impossible to tell whether, in life, these blunt and unfinished features had borne the imprint of prettiness, timid watchfulness, or sly mischief. If there had once been curiosity or placidity or impatience here, life had not had time to etch it into permanence. Only a very short time ago, the body and soul of this little girl had still been securely attached.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nancy on 12-09-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Hard to find the words to say about this book. It takes you away and you find yourself sitting at the Swan listening to a (the) story. This is one of those special books that you rarely find anymore. Lots of characters but not hard to keep track of as they become people you know.
The narrator could not have been better. Perfection.
Writing like this is so hard to find that I will buy it in hardback to have on my “favorites” bookshelf. Kudos to Diane Setterfield and Juliet Stevenson. Thank you.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Water Room

  • A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time.

  • By Cholmondeley on 10-19-09

Could listen every day!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

My go to favorite series. Always sad when I’ve finished. Thanks Mr. Fowler and Mr. Goodman for bringing me so much pleasure.

  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • By Kristina on 12-01-18

Just what I needed.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I tried to make it last as long as possible. I never want these books to end but end it did. So well written you feel like you are in Three Pines and wish you were. Great narrator! Always twist and turns that you never see coming. People (characters) you want in your own life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Yes I am a Kenda fan. I binge listened to this book in one day. Beware it’s not for the faint of heart. Having very close family members in law enforcement as well as firefighters and a nurse this book helped me to understand a bit better about what they go through. I do believe it’s a calling for those brave enough to stick with it. I hope my listening to and loving them helps.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,393

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Not in my top 10

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Disjointed and repetitive. Boarding on a soap opera style romance and going in way to many directions. I was glad when I had finished it. Will try another Cormoran Strike, should there be one, but not with the same anticipation.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bearskin

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He’s found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It’s hard work, and totally solitary - perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he’s so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nancy on 06-19-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I’m always looking for the out of ordinary books and this one did it for me. Keep me intrigued to the end. Not fluff and filler or sex scenes like so many untalented writers fill their books with but certainly not cozy either. Some grisly scenes. Great narration by MacLeod Andrews.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Bryant & May and the Burning Man

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

London is under siege. A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and as the anger in the streets detonates, a young homeless man burns to death after being caught in the crossfire between rioters and the police. But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge, but his intended victims are so mysteriously chosen that the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to find a way of stopping him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryant & May are the reason I joined audible.

  • By TC on 03-28-16

Dear friends.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I will never get tired of listing to Bryant & May. Thank you Christopher Fowler and the wonderful narrator Tim Goodman. Mystery, history and wonderful characters. Simply the best.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,812

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's good, but the end?...could have been better

  • By Adrienne on 06-06-18

Redundancy

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Redundant to the point of making me want to scream. Could have been good if the writer didn’t repeat herself over and over again. I only listen to the end because of the narrator and the fact that I used a credit for this mess.

20 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Hall of Mirrors

  • Bryant and May, Book 15
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

The year is 1969, and 10 guests are about to enjoy a weekend at Tavistock Hall. The guests also include detectives Arthur Bryant and John May - undercover, in disguise and tasked with protecting Monty Hatton-Jones, a whistle-blower turning Queen’s evidence in a massive bribery trial. The house’s owner - a penniless, dope-smoking aristocrat - is intent on selling the estate to a secretive millionaire, but the weekend has only just started when the millionaire goes missing, and murder is on the cards....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best B&M book since Water Room

  • By David on 04-23-18

Could listen forever.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I am always left feeling sad when I have gobbled up another Bryant and May book. I only pre-order three authors and Christopher Fowler is one of them. Tim Goodman is the wonderful narrator that brings all the characters in this series to life. Perfection. I listen to every word.

  • Hell Is Empty

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,843

Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The MOST exciting and suspenseful book in the seri

  • By PlantCrone on 07-11-15

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

I just hate it when I finish the last available book of a great series . Walt Longmire is in my top must have listen’s which includes Jack Reacher, Dave Robicheaux, Bryan and May and Chief Inspector Gamache. Now the waiting begins.