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  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,633

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By Kimberly on 10-21-18

Not one of her best

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I have really enjoyed Kate Morton’s books in the past but not this one. Though I was not one of the unfortunate listeners whose download was in the wrong order, I almost feel like it may not have mattered.

I found the story to be uninteresting, overall. I had to talk myself into sticking with it; though now I wish I had just returned it. Her other books were so good; I kept thinking it would pick up.

Joanne Froggatt was an excellent narrator; she did her best to hold the reader’s attention through this lengthy, tedious story. So many delightful ideas were broached, then either weirdly discarded or brought to anticlimactic fruition. If this story was a jumper, it would be a damp beige turtleneck with three arms and the neck knitted closed, plus a few wild tangles of burrs and weeds clinging to the back.

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,221
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,210

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Good, but unlikeable main character

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The story was good, had the important plot twists; however so much time was spent with the main character grappling in his own head with his morality that I wanted to slap the whiny out of him by the end...and I’m a cookie-baking, Sweater-knitting, jolly grandma—so you know it was simply unbearable.

The narrator...hmmm, how to describe his performance ? I must say, he was quite pleasant in the beginning, acting out the story extremely well. The problem was that the story had him portray such an unequivocal twat that by the end I loathed the sound of his voice. Please note that Mr. Nugent was very, very good; just maybe a little too convincing...possibly wonderful as a narrator in any other book.

I normally appreciate the work of this author very much and, honestly, it’s ridiculous not to recognize the effort that went into this novel, much of which was enjoyable. I love the imagery conjured by her prose, she is masterful in weaving a spell around her characters and settings! You won’t be disappointed with her there. If you can overlook the mess that is Turd Ferguson, main character, you’ll be just fine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,379

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Excellent contemporary mystery!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

I 100% enjoyed this novel. Authors who take the time to develop their characters, worts and all, into people you care about are worth their weight in gold, and Joe Ide’s “IQ” is straight out of Fort Knox. He kept me hooked from beginning to end rooting for Isaiah Quintabe, the most realistic—yet still technically teenage sleuth for much of the book— in all of fiction! Much like the great Stephen King, Ide’s strength is in weaving a tale so rich in detail yet undeniably captivating that it becomes a true mystery-within-a-story, rather than an obvious trail of clues and red-herrings...unlike so much of the popular, banal cookie-cutter mysteries from many authors in this genre. Even if you prefer that sort of tale, I encourage you to give this novel a listen; Ide’s ability to elevate his characters’ rough urban lives above a mundane existence while keeping them wholly grounded in the realism of their circumstances is a beautiful feat.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Faithful Place
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    Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
    6,974 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,078

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-10

Mixed Bag

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

I liked most of the story but the ending seemed anticlimactic. Without giving much away, it left a few loose ends that were tied up in the main character’s suppositions, but it left room for doubt since he’d been wrong several times before. Also felt slightly predictable...which in itself is no sin, as long as there’s a payoff of some kind, which it seemed to lack. A good enough story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!

  • By Diana on 01-20-11

Just average

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

This was my first Reginald Hill novel. Maybe an earlier work would've been a better introduction, because this one seemed like a million others I've read, which isn't necessarily bad, it's just average.

I did enjoy the character development and setting very much; the author has created a very likable main character and his plight kept me engaged.

The ending "twist" though, was ridiculous, and all-in-all, the wrap-up a bit anti-climactic.

Spoiler-alert:
How on earth can a therapist fall in love—even unconsciously — with a man she professionally believes to be a pedophile?! That is a very weird line for an author to cross, and I found it hard to reconcile.

For that matter, how could such an intelligent, likable main character surround himself with frenemies at every turn? The deplorable idiocy of his partner/best friend, the backstabbing wife who has pretended to "love" him for a few decades while basically biding her time?

Anyhoo, that's just me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,299

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By oc_artist on 10-08-16

Almost more of a Character Study than a mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

The story was interesting and well-written; I mostly enjoyed it very much. Some of the internal conversations of the main character become repetitious and tedious; she seems to belabor the point in many instances to the extreme. Not convinced the premise was viable...but then, human nature is unpredictable.

I did enjoy the narrator's accents and characters , she is very talented!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tropic of Night

  • By: Michael Gruber
  • Narrated by: Margaret Whitton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Jane Doe was a promising anthropologist, an expert on shamanism. Now she's nothing, a shadow living under an assumed identity in Miami with a little girl to protect. Everyone thinks she's dead. Or so Jane hopes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this entire series!

  • By aasterisk17 on 10-20-15

Loved this entire series!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

I read the series years ago and then decided to listen... I really disliked the voice the narrator used for Dt. Paz--she sounds Russian, rather than Cuban--but that's my only major criticism. Really loved the rest and will try Valley of the Bones next. Michael Gruber is an excellent writer! He can really tell an interesting story about ideas that are totally new to me...and as an avid reader, I sometimes feel like I've read it all. But these are very original ideas and I got incredibly submersed in his stories. Loved it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful