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  • Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes' Rediscovered Railway Stories

  • Four Original Short Stories
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907

Benedict Cumberbatch reads these four new Sherlock Holmes stories by John Taylor: 'An Inscrutable Masquerade', 'The Conundrum of Coach 13', 'The Trinity Vicarage Larceny' and 'The 10.59 Assassin'. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world's greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No One Writes Holmes Like Doyle

  • By Amy Deringer Robinson on 12-06-15

Definitely not Conan Doyle

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

There are, I suppose, numerous Sherlock Holmes stories not written by Conan Doyle. This set is ok, but none are standouts. The author is clearly trying to emulate the originator but his tone, his language and the twists just aren't there. Mr. Cumberbatch was undoubtedly hired as the reader because of his portrayal of Holmes on the BBC. As an actor, he is magical. Reading in the voice of Watson, he is flat and boring. Only in the fourth story does he appear to awaken and imbue the characters with some emotion.

  • The Einstein Prophecy

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,259

As war rages in 1944, young army lieutenant Lucas Athan recovers a sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Shipped to Princeton University for study, the box contains mysteries that only Lucas, aided by brilliant archaeologist Simone Rashid, can unlock. These mysteries may, in fact, defy - or fulfill - the dire prophecies of Albert Einstein himself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not so good

  • By Robin on 03-30-16

Good fun, moves along, great reader

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

This was good fun. Einstein is a personal hero and his portrayal is quite charming. The other characters are quite likeable. Second book I've listened to by this author. Bought more as a result

  • The Romanov Cross

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, he is offered a job no one else wants - to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon. The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn't come back to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Anne on 01-09-16

Story interesting, but tedious reader

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Yet another resolution to the missing Anastasia compounded with a potential medical crisis. It's a good story, but would benefit from a a good editor being overly long. This is made worse by the stilted reading and characterless diction of the reader. He's probably a fine fellow, but reading is not his forte.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,549

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over-acting voice actors

  • By Seph on 11-09-17

Important in my youth, a piece of history now

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Carl Sagan remains a personal hero. The greatest science teacher of his time, and as yet unsurpassed. Cosmos is his vision. Time has been mostly kind to it, although some theories proposed have since been disproven, as happens in real science, and some of the vision that entranced me in my youth is long overwritten by reality. The book is less a tome of accuracy in prediction, than a recognition of the magic of a truly inspired mind who showed that science was and is for everyone.

  • Going Grey

  • Ringer, Book 1
  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 22 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

Ian isn't crazy. Life would be a lot simpler if he was. He's eighteen, on the run, and scared - the shape-shifting delusions he's had since childhood have turned out to be real. He's the result of a dynamic mimicry project intended to help undercover agents "go grey" and blend in unnoticed. Now the biotech company wants its property back, and the only people he can trust are two private military contractors sent to find him...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oddly wonderful

  • By Barbara on 08-24-15

Interesting story but way too long

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

This is an interesting story. Without the reader, I never would have finished this book. The reader did a great job with accents and made some of the characters real. Unfortunately this book needs a good editor. There is a lot of repetition and it really just plods along for too long. The denouement is very predictable, sadly not through foreshadowing but through inevitability and to some extent remains dissatisfying.

  • American Gunfight

  • The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shootout That Stopped It
  • By: Stephen Hunter, John Bainbridge
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

American Gunfight is the fast-paced, definitive, and breathtakingly suspenseful account of an extraordinary historical event: the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in 1950 by two Puerto Rican Nationalists and the bloody shoot-out in the streets of Washington, D.C., that saved the president's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Description

  • By Feather on 06-27-10

A piece of history revealed

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

This is much less a work of fiction than a journalistic retelling with the add on of what may have been. At no time do the authors ever assert that their colouring of the journalism is true, instead calling it out plainly and basing it on the facts as available. I learned a great deal about America in the late 40s and early 50s and the book gave me a perspective on Puerto Rico that I would otherwise never have seen. Fascinating!

  • G-Man

  • Bob Lee Swagger, Book 10
  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

1934 was a pivotal year in the ongoing battle between the FBI and America's most famous outlaws - it was a year of giant personalities and huge shoot-outs, and it marked the deaths of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd, among others. But that year, FBI agent Sam Cowley's priority was to nab the most dangerous gangster this country has ever produced, a man so violent he scared Al Capone and was booted from the Chicago mob - Baby Face Nelson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Don P on 05-25-17

A new member in the Swagger family story

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Meet Charles Swagger, grandfather of Bob Lee. It's a Charles Swagger story told across time as Bob Lee tries to learn more about the grandfather that he never knew. Charles is like the other Swaggers, a hero, with personal demons, who does his best. The kind of man you would want at your back or your side in a gunfight. The book is also illuminating on the gangster era of America.

  • The Highwayman

  • A Longmire Story
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,565

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half century ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Walt and Henry Standing Bear tale yet

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 08-16-16

It's a great ghost story

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

This is terrific. It's a short story done extremely well. A Walt and Henry ghost story. You cannot lose.

  • Pirate

  • A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure, Book 8
  • By: Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923

Husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo have gone on impossible missions before and faced many perils, but never have they faced an adversary as determined as the one before them now. The battle will take them halfway around the world and at its end will be either one of the most glorious finds in history - or certain death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Fargo Formula

  • By VJC3 on 10-04-16

Paging Clive Cussler, paging...

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

The Fargo series are the weakest of the recurring Cussler novel series. This one is better than the last, which does not say much. The characters may have been created by Cussler, but they are so inconsistent from book to book as to be laughable, and I wonder where their capes and masks are. I keep buying because it says Cussler on the dust jacket, but I don't think that Mr. Cussler walked anywhere near this one.

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  • No Tomorrow

  • Victor the Assassin, Book 4
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

When Victor is called to meet with an old friend who ultimately betrayed him, what he thought was an ambush is in fact a plea for help. As a Russian gangster, Norimov is accustomed to death threats, but now an unknown enemy wants more than his life. They intend to kill everyone he cares about, including his missing daughter Gisele. This time, Victor's job is not to kill but to protect. Unfortunately, locating Gisele is his first mistake - because someone is watching his every move.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wood's Dunnit Again! 15 Stars!

  • By Ted on 01-27-16

A very good story, with an annoying victim

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Victor is back and this book shows why he is the best at what he does. He isn't superman and when he gets hurt, he's hurt and it impacts his effectiveness. The twist is really nicely done but no spoilers here. The person Victor is hired to protect is a whinging, annoying, entitled snot. The only thing that doesn't ring true is why Victor doesn't just say "sod this, take her" She is unlikeable from beginning to end.