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  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator and story are great fun

  • By Cynthia on 03-23-10

Not my favorite narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

This is the first Cadfael story by Ellis Peters, and it's a fine story, but I was annoyed by the narrator. Sometimes I couldn't tell who was speaking (voices between characters were not different) and sometimes lines were delivered more harshly than the context would suggest. Also words were a bit garbled. Not saying I could have done it better, and I got more used to it as I listened to the rest of the book, but in others stories in this series I became accustomed to and liked another narrator, Roe Kendall, a woman. Ms. Kendall rendered the characters cleanly and authentically.

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,375

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent audio book performance

  • By Julie Leto on 08-03-14

My favorite read of 2015

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

This is not a new book, but it was new to me this year, and wow, just wow. The author overlays a deep undercurrent of emotion with plain, simple language and a seemingly simple story. I've never read anything quite like it. I listened to this on a long car trip and the time zoomed by. It's a book that's also an experience.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,017

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Like it enough to read the series

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

The writing wasn't awesome--for instance, the author gave exposition in dialogue several times, especially at the beginning--but the worst part about this book was the narrator's effort to speak in an accent. Not even sure what country's accent the narrator was going for, but it was distracting. The narrator made a valiant effort but it was just a bad decision. The plot kept me going enough that I tried Adler-Olsen's second book in the series, "The Absent One." In that book the narrator generally uses an English accent (sounds native) and the writing is better. I liked the characters and that's probably what pulled me in.

  • Make Me

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,672

"Why is this town called Mother's Rest?" That's all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It's a tiny place hidden in 1,000 square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very reminiscent of BAD LUCK & TROUBLE

  • By shelley on 09-10-15

Blah blah blah

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

*contains spoilers* I'm a Lee Child fan and have enjoyed the Reacher series but the blah blah blah in between action scenes in Make Me got a little old. That's one of the disadvantages of listening instead of reading--harder to skip the boring parts. Also not enough of why Reacher liked Chang--besides the great sex, that is. The topic was gory and the long recitation of suicide methods and success rates seemed pointless and disturbing at the same time. But the plot did carry me through to the end, which is something. Not my favorite Reacher novel but it was ok.

  • Prodigal Summer

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Lily on 10-12-08

Slow but sticks with you

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

I read this book for a class. I'm not a Kingsolver fan; her books always go too slow for me. This one crawled along at her normal glacial pace. One thing I wish they had changed on the recording was using the bird sounds in between each chapter – the bird sounds were fine but they were way too loud. I think what people like about Kingsolver is the character development and I did enjoy getting to know the three characters. I'm sure Kingsolver fans will enjoy this book but if you're on the fence about Kingsolver, read something else.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • An Irish Country Doctor

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,287

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Book

  • By Sara on 10-24-14

Entertaining but writing could be better

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

A nice light read. I could have done within the narrator's rendition of childbirth!! Writing was ok, just. Irish humor.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Without You, There Is No Us

  • Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite
  • By: Suki Kim
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields - except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A revealing look into North Korea

  • By Chelsea Griffin on 01-10-15

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

The book started a little slow for me but before long I found myself pulled in. I can't imagine how frightening it would have been to teach in that school, especially knowing she would be writing about it. I'm very curious about what consequences there were for the school, teachers and students. Provides unique insight into a slice of North Korean life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,863

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy In Contemporary London

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-24-16

A treat

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

Reviewed: 07-22-14

The Silkworm was a delicious read! Love the characters of Strike and Robin. Of course the minor characters are well-drawn, too. Have listened to it more than once.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moscow Rules

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation Rules

  • By William on 08-22-08

Maybe his other books are better?

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

Reviewed: 07-22-14

We listened to a couple of hours of this story when we were on a long car trip. It was my first Daniel Silva book. The author unnecessarily embellishes and repeats as if he is trying to fill pages. I was so disappointed!

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,470

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

My favorite book of 2012

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

I have gifted this book more than any book I can remember, and I have gifted a lot of books.

This book is really a magical read. I enjoy books who take you to new places and make you want to stay there, and NIght Circus does just that. From beginning to end I was thoroughly engaged. I can't think of a part that dragged or that could have been left out. The characters are delightful. And the narrator is so good that he seems a part of the story itself.