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Joan Schramm

Annapolis, MD United States
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  • But for the Grace

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984

When another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Like Sergeant DC Smith. He Doesn't Disappoint.

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

Superb Narration and Engaging Characters

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

This is the second book I've listened to in this series and I highly recommend them! The story is interesting, the characters very believable and engaging, and the narrator really lifts the material above the usual. For fans of "nice" British police mysteries, this book is a true pleasure. The plot is simple, yet involved -- there's a suspicion early on about what happened, but the author keeps you guessing until the last as to whether or not the initial supposition was correct. I can't say enough good things about the narrator, Gildart Jackson! There is a scene in this book where Sgt Smith's "big" Boss interviews a person of interest that Smith has already interviewed. The narration of that interview is nothing short of pure genius, and it was a distinct pleasure to listen to every word and nuance. Absolutely spot-on with each character, and I haven't listened to (or read) anything I've enjoyed as much as I did this for quite a while.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,037

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

Love Finding a New Series

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

The story really caught me, and the narrator was outstanding. A unique and unusual story, full of interesting and authentic characters. highly recommend!

  • Fire on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 9
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

The Fens are burning, and Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist. Someone is lighting fires. First they target homes and businesses, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes. More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives, and apparently there's no connection between them. Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman. Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a fan of this series, but...

  • By Wayne on 11-17-18

Gripping Story

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I thoroughly enjoy this series, and this book is one of the best. The narrator is wonderful, and brings the characters to life. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • An Innocent Client

  • Joe Dillard, Book 1
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,669
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326

A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused. In this Mystery Readers International finalist for "Best Debut Mystery" criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he's tried to balance his career against his conscience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Legal Thriller!

  • By Wayne on 12-03-15

cliches galore

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I actually can't believe I listened to this book all the way through. The writing is mediocre, the story full of cliches and ridiculous plot points, and the narrator was terrible. Really disappointed.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,475

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Fascinating<br />

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-18

IT really drew me in. I couldn't stop listening and was very sorry it ended. Excellent characterization and narration.