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  • The Murder of Janessa Hennley

  • Mickey Parsons Mysteries
  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

With the murders of the entire Hennley family, Sheriff Suzan Clay is left with a crime scene unlike any she has ever dealt with. The savagery of the killer is something the small community of Kodiak Basin, Alaska, has never seen before. With nowhere else to turn, the sheriff is forced to enlist the help of the FBI. Special Agent Mickey Parsons of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit receives the sheriff's request and flies to Alaska to help in the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hope there's more to this series...

  • By shelley on 12-07-18

Good cop story!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

At barely 5 hours in The Murder of Janessa Hennley is either a short novel or a long novella. This novel is set mostly in Alaska. It is the first novel I have read by Victor Methos not set in Utah. The protagonist is FBI Mickey Parsons (he resigns at the end of the novel). The second and the only other novel in the series, titled The Bastille, is available only in ebook format. Since it was published 5 years ago and is not highly rated I doubt it will ever be published in audio format. It is free with Kindle Unlimited and text-to-speech is enabled.

  • 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 5,682
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,373

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

Entertain me, but DO NOT bore me!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I rated the first three novels in the Carmoran Strike series 5 stars. J. K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith for the first time with LETHAL WHITE managed to bore me with her excruciating detail getting in the way of the story. It is not the length of the book at 22.5 hours. I have listened to many longer, some MUCH longer, audiobooks without being bored and I have been bored by several much shorter audiobooks. I found 36.5 hours of David Copperfield very entertaining. I listened to five Greg Iles novels 24 to 36 hours in length wishing for more. Ron Chernow managed to totally entertain and educate me with audiobooks from 36 to 48 hours in length. Two Ayn Rand audiobooks 32 and 63 hours in length were very enjoyable. Six Tom Clancy audiobooks considerably longer than Lethal White including one over 51 hours thoroughly entertained me.

The author is obviously enthralled with Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen who she quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Ibsen's works have never bored me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

  • Advice for the Young
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Scott Brick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation. As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers and listeners of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their "long-delayed puberty ceremony".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life advice from the ultimate cynic

  • By Wayne on 12-05-18

Life advice from the ultimate cynic

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Life advice from Kurt Vonnegut narrated by Scott Brick is worthwhile listening even if one disagrees with much of it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,722

Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene. Each character has its own charming voice, as B. J. Harrison delivers one of his most whimsical performances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a good narrator!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-11-13

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

This audiobook may not be the best of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll but it is very good and it is by far the least expensive. Narrator B. J. Harrison brings this 1865 British children's classic to life.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Richest Man in Babylon

  • By: George S. Clason
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,350

A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Financial Control, Better Quality of Life

  • By will on 08-31-14

One of the best books on personal finances

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

At age 75 first reading of this book for me would be useless for me, but it is far from my first reading. First released in 1926 THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON is a true classic. The first of Clauson's seven cures for a lean purse is the best advice of all: Start thy Purse to Fattening (by saving at least 10% of all earnings). The story woven by Clausen is superb. I'm not going to write a detailed review but will refer the reader to the excellent 8/31/2014 review of Will of Kyle, Texas which is at the top of reviews.

The 1996 book The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko has an even simpler and just as effective message of Live Below Your Means. My advice to those much younger than I is to listen to both books for the best financial advice you will ever receive.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Defendants (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thrillers)

  • By: John Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Thaddeus Murfee is 25, single, a lawyer of 18 months, and completely unprepared for the murder case that walks in. While Ermeline was passed out, her date carved his name in her breasts. Heavy, thick letters: V-I-C-T-O-R. The guilty party is found murdered. Or was he guilty? Ermeline is arrested because she had motive and opportunity. She hires Thaddeus, who makes his debut defending his first murder case in this courtroom drama.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I feel cheated!

  • By Wayne on 12-04-18

I feel cheated!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I listened to and rated an earlier release of THE DEFENDANTS in on January 14, 2016. The narrator was AW Miller rather than Adam Verner. Audible routinely allows new releases to replace old ones while making the old releases unavailable to find on the Audible website. Needless to say I will be returning this one.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

  • By: Emmuska Orczy
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution... The title character represents the original "hero with a secret identity" that inspired subsequent literary creations such as Don Diego de la Vega (El Zorro) and Bruce Wayne (the Batman). The popularity of the novel encouraged Orczy to write a number of sequels for her "reckless daredevil" over the next 35 years. The original play was performed to great acclaim in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, while the novel was translated into 16 languages.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This version does not do the novel justice!

  • By Wayne on 12-04-18

This version does not do the novel justice!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, the first novel in the series, was released in 1905. It is a classic. Set amid the 1790s carnage of the French Revolution the English protagonist goes about saving French noblemen from the guillotine. Audible has several versions of The Scarlet Pimpernel and this one is far from the best. I recommend the one narrated by Ralph Cosham.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Tragedy

  • By: Baroness Orczy
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. A Christmas Eve party at Clevere Hall ends in tragedy when the host is found stabbed to death. Major Ceely certainly wasn’t short of enemies, but who hated him enough to commit the crime?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this murder tale!

  • By Wayne on 12-04-18

Loved this murder tale!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

A CHRISTMAS TRAGEDY was first published in 1910 as part of the short story collection Miss Molly of Scotland Yard (the audio version of the anthology is poorly done). This short story is superb! I am a fan of author Baroness Emmauska Orczy.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Card Crime

  • By: Donald Stuart
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. A locked-room mystery that will delight Agatha Christie fans. Dramatist Trevor Lowe and his friend Detective Inspector Shadgold board the Western Express to spend Christmas in the little Cornish village of St Merryan. Heavy snowfall forces their journey to an abrupt halt and, after seeking refuge in a local pub, one of their fellow passengers is found stabbed to death, clutching half a Christmas card. Is the murderer in their midst?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British murder mystery!

  • By Wayne on 12-04-18

Excellent British murder mystery!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

The author is successful at getting a really good murder mystery completed in the 80 minute short story.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • What a Fish Knows

  • The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
  • By: Jonathan Balcombe
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

An underwater exploration that overturns myths about fishes and reveals their complex lives, from tool use to social behavior. There are more than 30,000 species of fish - more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Title misled me

  • By Margaret Weidemann on 08-12-17

Two very different parts

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

WHAT A FISH KNOWS was the Audible Daily Deal on 12/03/2018. Almost 90% of this book consisted of the author educating listeners with facts of which few of us are aware. Then the author lapsed into offensive preachy virtue signaling. I would have awarded this book 5 stars if I had stopped listening after 6.5 hours. Way to totally screw up a good book Mr. Balcombe!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful