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  • 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 8,537
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,028

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

Very satisfying

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

When this was released I was amazed by the length of it. I feared that, as often happens with a successful series, the author overwrites and the editor fails to do their job. That wasn’t the case here. The were several subplots set up in the earlier books that played themselves out and the were three distinct cases to follow. I was never bored or eager to skip ahead. I will admit one thing in the book bothered me: late in the story, Strike tells Robin who the guilty person is but, in Agatha Christie fashion, not the reader. That’s a cheat. But I will forgive them as long as the next in the series hurries up and gets here.

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  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,195

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

A good start

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I had never heard of Peter Grainger before I saw it here on Audible as recommended to me based on my other purchases. I'm really happy I gave it a try. The characters are very enjoyable and the story is nicely paced. I expect I will continue with the series based on this first outing.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,825

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

A book within a book

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

There is a mystery within this mystery -- the narrator is the editor of a mystery series by an author she doesn't really like but whose books she enjoys. The book opens as she receives the latest manuscript in the series and she immediately sets aside the weekend to read it. Then the narration changes: you are listening to the manuscript, a classic whodunnit set in the 1950s, very much an Christie-like puzzler. And it is wonderfully written. Switching back to the original narrator, the mystery begins. I liked to unusual conceit and the homage to mystery writing across the generations. Horowitz is as much a fan of mysteries as he is a writer of them.

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  • St. Nick

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274

When Santa Claus is a cop, you better watch out. It’s not looking like a very merry Christmas for San Diego cop Nick Pappas. Suspended from his job, alienated from his family, and persecuted by the press, he’s sorely tempted to turn his gun on himself. Except for his first name, he couldn’t possibly have less in common with jolly old St. Nicholas. But when a local mall decides it needs a secret Santa to help collar some vicious muggers preying on its holiday shoppers, Nick’s persuaded to red-suit up so as to take the naughty punks down and avert a ho-ho homicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonder Christmas Cop Story

  • By David I. Williams on 01-07-15

Warm and Heartfelt

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I've read a number of Alan Russell's books but this is, by far, my favorite. The characters are interesting, the plot is fun to follow, and the writing is crisp and clean. It's a nice seasonal book, I suppose, but I read it in the heat of the summer and enjoyed it thoroughly. Without disclosing anything about the ending, it was moving and unexpected. I hope to see more like this from this author.

  • Case Histories

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trippy book

  • By mary on 01-20-09

It's all about the characters

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

The first of the four book Jackson Brodie series, I knew it was well regarded but had no other preconceived notions about it. What I found was a wonderfully intricate plot that reveals layer by layer how characters are connected in unexpected ways. There were a couple of snippets of plot that seemed to be lost in the end and characters that weren't fully realized but I thoroughly enjoyed it and immediately picked up the second book in the series.

  • One Good Turn

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Robin Atkin Downes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

In the brilliant new literary thriller by the award-winning author of Case Histories, Jackson Brodie, adored single-dad detective, is caught in a web of mystery following a grisly attack in the street. Two years after the events of Case Histories, which left him a retired millionaire with an occasional girlfriend in Julia, a former client, Jackson has followed her to Edinburgh for its famous summer festival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Abriged

  • By Anne-Marie on 05-01-11

Good Quick Read

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This is the second of the four book series featuring Jackson Brodie. As with Case Histories before it, the plot seems to fold onto itself discovering there are far less than six degrees of separation between the characters. I've enjoyed the first two books in the series very much but this book was disappointingly short. The secondary characters were too good to say goodbye to so soon.

Update: I forgot to say one thing that bothered me. Music. The narration includes some odd snippets of music, rather nonsensically and inconsistently added. I found it distracting. I knocked off one star for performance. The narrator was really good but that music...

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  • The Various Haunts of Men

  • A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 758

A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the best....

  • By karen on 06-12-11

All about character

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

This is my first time reading a novel by Susan Hill and, as the first in a series, I know I will continue reading its sequels. Her deftly drawn characters set her above most in the genre. I highly recommend this book.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,242

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

I approached this book with trepidation...

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Ever since this book was published I have been hearing that it was dark and violent. It is a 21st century mystery, after all, and I don't expect a bloodless corpse laid out on the floor in the library. I'm sorry that I put off reading it for so long. Yes, there is violence but it is not gratuitous. Yes, there is sexual scenes but handle without sensationalism. I never felt the dark atmosphere I was warned about.

A lot has been made of the character Lisbeth Salander. I found her to be a wholly original creation. Very much a product of her experience I wonder also if she is autistic though certainly high functioning.

I have heard much less in advance about the true protagonist of the story, Mikhail Blomkvist. He is as interesting and fully developed as Salander.

I'm not a particularly critical reader when it comes to plotting because I'm more interested in being entertained. I do have problems with books that try to solve very old mysteries. They are usually burdened with too many coincidences and improbable leaps. I found this book handled solving a 40-year-old mystery is a very believable manner.

I'm eager now to read the sequels.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,256

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Marvelous Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

This is the second time I have read this book and the first time as an audiobook. Ms. Danes brings remarkable talent to this telling of the handmaid's tale, adding appropriate tension, suspense and emotion to the first person narrative. I came away from the book feeling as if I heard it as the story was being told the first time. I think more than most audiobooks I have read, this performance added to the experience significantly.

  • Once a Crooked Man

  • By: David McCallum
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

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

Mostly a good romp

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

This is mostly a good romp with a Everyman hero hopelessly out of his element when his path crosses that of a family of criminals. There is (spoiler alert) a rather distasteful scene when a forcible rape becomes a seduction but otherwise I enjoyed it. The author is also the narrator. Generally, this doesn't work for me but here it was very well done.

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