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The Woman in the Window audiobook cover art

Engaging thriller

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

Reviewed: 04-29-19

Well voiced by Ann Marie Lee. She is particularly effective when acting the main character Anna.
The book begins in the middle of the story and works back and forward as the story goes along.
The plot is interesting. A few twists and surprises.
I especially enjoyed all the references to old movies!
Two small issues...after finishing the book, I reflected on how, for such an accomplished, educated woman, Anna is blazingly incompetent in her field of expertise. And as she is such a fan of old movies, I was surprised she did not employ some of the tactics of her movie heroes and heroines. To avoid spoilers I’ll stop there.
Not great or "the best ever" but for fans of the genre I think you will find The Woman in the Window overall an enjoyable listen!

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Book 2 Travis McGee

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

One of the weaker books in the series, in my opinion. The plot is pretty contrived and implausible. But considering it was written in the early 60s I think that’s where the obsession with Hallucinogenics comes from.

The performance is terrific. Petkoff narrates the entire series and really does an outstanding job.

As to the series…
Well, to read detective novels from the 60s and 70s is to accept that there will be a certain amount of racism, sexism, misogyny and homophobia.
And all those things are present in the Travis McGee novels. Perhaps it is nostalgia on my part… My dad was a huge fan of these books back in the day… so I overlook a lot of that when listening to these books. If you were able to overlook those things, or encapsulate them in the time the books were written, the Travis McGee novels are quite engaging and entertaining as mysteries. And, again, the performance is so good in all of these that you will be quite drawn in.
If you are new to this series, don’t start with this one.

The Woman in White audiobook cover art

Great performance of a classic!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Truly excellent multi cast performance of a classic gothic style mystery.
Unabridged
If you are not familiar with the story/ author ... the style is similar ( IMHO) to Charles Dickens... lots of dramatic descriptions.
If you like Dickens you will love this.
If not, you may find some passages tedious... speed up the playback!
It is my understanding that The Woman In White if often credited as the first mystery.
Give it a go!

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Tears of the Giraffe audiobook cover art

Like visiting with friends!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

This is the second book in the series and my review really applies to both book one and book 2. They are what might be termed “cozy mysteries“. But the mystery is not really the thing, it’s more a story about a people and a place.

The mysteries are engaging, but again not really the point. So if you were looking for a Pure thriller, this not might not be it.

However, the stories of Botswana and all the characters are more than entertaining and interesting.

The reader give us an amazing performance. Every voice so distinct every character so clear. She really brings this to life.

So, I highly recommend the first two books in the series, it will be like spending evenings with old friends.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil audiobook cover art

Still enchanting

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I first read this book when it came out in the 90s. The topic of it has serendipitously come up several times recently, so I downloaded the audiobook. The story is still fun and exciting, the characters very vibrant , but best of all the city of Savannah Georgia is enchanting. The narrator does a terrific job of keeping it lively and moving along and differentiates very well between all the characters. I highly recommend the audio book version .