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  • The Avenging Saint

  • The Saint, Book 4
  • By: Leslie Charteris
  • Narrated by: Joihn Telfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

The Saint is back - 50 audiobooks are now available starring the debonair classic crime hero. Simon Templar is the Saint - daring, dazzling, and just a little disreputable. On the side of the law, but standing outside it, he dispenses his own brand of justice one criminal at a time. After a fruitless chase across Europe on the tail of his enemy Rayt Marius, the Saint returns to London with a price on his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story, miss previous narrator

  • By Michelle on 01-03-15

Love the story, miss previous narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

This is my second favorite Saint story. It has everything you love about the Saint adventures: adventure, rescues, high stakes, and fantastic hyperbole descriptions. The narrator is okay but difficult to listen to if you first heard the Frederick Davison version, especially when "singing" <cringe>. That given this is one great story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,300

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Excessive profanity ruins solid story

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

Reviewed: 07-27-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. The detective story was solid enough, but if someone started a drinking game for every profanity uttered they'd probably need to be located in a brewery or winery (more like both) to get through the book. What made it worse --if that were possible -- there was little variation with the swearing. A little imagination would be appreciated.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A Nelson Demille book...or maybe a history of Ivory soap.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't think I had a favorite.

Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I do hope the series would continue, and I hope the author gets over whatever inferior complex they are dealing with.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,691
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,070
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,111

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Wished I waited for reviews

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

Reviewed: 09-30-12

Any additional comments?

I wished I waited for the reviews before I purchased. The amount of language is iritating. I listened to the first hour hoping it would improve. Then the reviews started to come in. I don't think it will be worth my time to continue. If this were a physical book, I would return it.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,506

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

Whirlpool of darkness

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

Reviewed: 01-25-12

This series spiraled further and further into a dark, disturbed ending. At first the series was a page-turner, but then it never went anywhere but horizontal before going down. The main character didn't grow, she degenerated (sans short, unsatisfying epilogue). There is no satisfying "victory" to the story, just a "she barely scraped by not being committed because she's famous."

The reader and production is excellent. The writing is good, it's just the direction the writing took that i didn't care for.

I often like to re-read or listen to books and series. Not this one. Once was enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,638
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

RE Narrator: use to direwolf, got chihuahua

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-11

I don't mind a series changing narrators. There are many talented narrators, each bring new life and highlight new aspects with their performances. Only my desire to follow GRRM's tale and lack of reading time keeps me doggedly going.

I think John Lee would be better suited to narrating books with only one voice (non-fiction, one character in multi-narrator book, etc.), multi-character narration is not his strong point.

Bottom line: this book should carry a warning to not listen while driving or operating heavy equipment because it causes drowsiness.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful