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  • Winter's War

  • Guy Winter Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

August 1940 - Chief Inspector Guy Winter has been Fleet Street's favorite detective for over a decade. Dubbed the "Mystery Man" by his friends and enemies alike, for all his fame he cuts a lonely figure at Scotland Yard, where every newspaper story is fresh grist to an already tired mill. Laid low by personal tragedy, there are many who suspect that the great detective's career is over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow but Interesting WWII mystery

  • By Love2Read on 12-28-17

A Crime, a Plot, and a War

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Winter's War is the first full novel in James Philip's Guy Winter series. If you’ve read the previous novella, Winter's Pearl, some of the seeds that were planted there start to sprout. You need not worry if you haven’t read Winter's Pearl, because the roots beneath those sprouts are clearly visible. The story continues while the Battle of Britain rages but before the onslaught of the Blitz. This provides the backdrop for the hunt for a serial killer while offering insight into the workings of British Intelligence as it tries to manage its expanding role. James Philip's characters tend to provide us with a view of the war as seen from the elevated heights of the British aristocracy. Your belonging to the right club is just as important as holding your commission in the right regiment. Philip also exposes, through this cast of characters, the underside of this venerated class. A crime, a plot, and a war; all skillfully put together by the author.

I received this as a free Audible download in return for an honest review. The narrator, Melanie Fraser, was excellent. She very much added to my enjoyment of the novel.

  • The Final Dawn

  • A Debut Novella of Revenge, Betrayal and Treacherous Love
  • By: Alice Catherine Carter
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

In Joseph Stalin's early 1930s Russia, an entire class of people were at risk of exploitation. Valeyria and Alexei Yolkin were members of one such family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, sad short story

  • By Rabid Reader on 03-07-18

Best Served Cold

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Alice Catherine Carter’s "The Final Dawn" is a dark, straightforward story of revenge. Her tale of the quest for vengeance takes place over decades and the vast expanses of Russia. Carter does a god job of making you feel the cold of the steppes and the cold that can exist inside the human heart. If you’re looking for a quick read with strong themes, this will do.

The narrator, Melanie Fraser, was wonderful. I received this as a free Audible download in return for an honest review.

  • Jet, Book 1

  • By: Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Braden Wright
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

When her new life on a tranquil island is shattered by a brutal attack, Jet must return to a clandestine existence of savagery and deception to save herself and those she loves. A gritty, unflinching roller-coaster of high-stakes twists and shocking turns, Jet features a new breed of protagonist that breaks the mold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Quick Light and Entertaining

  • By shelley on 03-10-14

Enjoyable Shoot-um-up

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

Russell Blake’s Jet is a pretty straight forward action adventure novel. His protagonist is an ex-Mossad assassin who just happens to be female. Blake provides all of the guns, explosions, double-dealing, international locations and evil villains that we’ve come to expect from the genre. He keeps it moving and doesn’t make it difficult to go along for the ride. If you’re in the mood for a modern day shoot-um-up, you’ll find this to be right down your alley.

The narrator, Braden Wright, was very good.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Winter's Pearl

  • Prologue to the Guy Winter Mysteries Series
  • By: James Philip
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Winter's Pearl is set in London in the first months of the Second World War during the period of the so-called 'Phoney War'. It draws us into the complex world of Scotland Yard's most famous detective Guy Winter; the Mystery Man. So named because no other living detective has ever solved as many mysteries as Winter of the Yard. However, the great detective's fame and triumphs have come at a high cost. Who needs enemies when your friends are on somebody else's side?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice introduction to the series

  • By Leslie F. on 09-06-16

A Short Glimpse at the Phony War

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Winter's Pearl is a short prologue to James Philip’s Guy Winter Mystery series. It’s set during the opening days of WWII during the period known as the “phony war.” Several characters are introduced, points of conflict between them are established and we’re given an opening mystery to wet our appetites. Based on the prologue, Philip’s is going to give us a look inside British intelligence and police services during the war. It promises to be most interesting.

I received this as a free Audible download in return for an honest review. The narrator, Melanie Fraser, was excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,228

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • starts elegantly, ends as bad as it gets

  • By Anonymous User on 02-21-18

Highly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Peter Clines once again has given us a highly entertaining horror novel that takes place in the universe of 14. This is in no way a sequel, but a standalone novel in the same universe. A likeable protagonist and an excellent group of ancillary characters move the story right along. A nicely written story, that leads to a climax featuring scientists, demons, and the United States Marines. It can’t get much better than that.

The narrator, Ray Porter, was very good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side of Silence

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956, and Bernie is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. As it happens, a local writer needs just that - someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the richest and most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sardonic Bernie goes to French riviera

  • By antonio on 11-26-16

Bernie does not disappoint

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

Having read all of the Bernie Gunther novels, starting The Other Side of Silence was like listening to an old friend relate a story from their past. An old friend who was a Berlin police detective, a private investigator and a member of the Nazi SD with personal relationships among senior members of the Nazi regime. A casual observer can follow along easily enough but by knowing Bernie’s history, you understand the nuances. You understand that with Bernie, the past is never past; the present is never quite what it seems and the future is never clear. Philip Kerr handles, quite adroitly, how the orbits of Gunther and “the richest and most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham” intersect. That relationship is at the heart of the novel as Maugham too has a past. Kerr has once again delivered a highly entertaining, thoroughly absorbing, mystery with a kick.

John Lee, as the narrator for this novel, is the quintessential Bernie Gunther. He maintained his usual excellence.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,205

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner"

  • By Jason Spencer on 09-01-10

This is Non-stop Action

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

When you pick up The Gray Man be ready for non-stop action. Something noisy happens on almost every page. Even with a fairly straightforward plot, author Mark Greaney seems very adept at keeping his readers and his hero off guard. This is an unapologetic thriller, in the vein of film hero John Wick. Not a heavy read but an enjoyable one. I’m looking forward to On Target, the next book in the series.

The narrator, Jay Snyder, was very good.

  • Waterloo

  • The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Bernard Cornwell, Dugald Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870

From the New York Times best-selling author comes the definitive history of one of the greatest battles ever fought - a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Napoleon's last stand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a close run thing!

  • By carl801 on 05-13-15

Well Told Story of a Battle

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

While reading "Waterloo", you’ll discover that Bernard Cornwell has brought his considerable writing talents as a novelist to bear on this straight history of one of the most famous battles in the history of warfare. He skillfully ties together the story of three battles, (Ligny, Quatre-Bras, and Waterloo) three armies, (Allied, Prussian, and French) and the three commanders (Wellington, Blucher, and Napoleon.) Cornwell supplies plenty of facts and figures but he doesn’t let them overwhelm the narrative of the story that he is telling. He makes the point, more than once, that trying to tell the history of a battle is like trying to tell the history of a ball. So many things are happening at once while at the same time there are very discreet elements. Cornwell excellently weaves those elements together while ensuring that you don't lose sight of the dance.

  • The Interview

  • By: Christopher McDonald
  • Narrated by: Jaicie Kirkpatrick
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

George started his day like any other. As he headed to work, the events of the previous night whirled in his head. He had finally had a date with the girl of his dreams and it had gone terribly wrong. Feelings of sadness and anger coursed through his veins. He had no Idea that these emotions would lead to the death of so many.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Interview

  • By Deedra on 05-16-16

Couldn't Close the Deal

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

I received this as a free Audible download in return for an honest review. This is a book that I thought started out strong. It created a real atmosphere, but it kind of lost its way as the story went on. The ending seemed disconnected from the story. The narration was good and fit the story.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,303

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

A Different Perspective

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

I’m not a reader of Zombie fiction but consistently good reviews and great word of mouth made it seem worth a try. Even after making that decision, I owned it for a year before I actually read it. I could pretend I was saving it but the truth is it was just hard to pick up. Once I did, it was even harder to put down. M.R. Carey took a real risk with a zombie apocalypse story from the point of view of a zombie. Regardless of the fact that it’s a little girl, it’s still a zombie. High risk can pay high rewards and it’s the reader who gets the biggest payout. A nicely woven plot, expertly paced. Characters developed to the point that the reader can understand them even when you may disagree with them. Carey never short changes and he doesn’t abuse your trust. I’m glad I took the risk.

The narrator, Finty Williams, was excellent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful