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  • The Devil's Seal

  • A Mystery of Ancient Ireland
  • By: Peter Tremayne
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Ireland, AD 671. When a curious deputation of religieux arrive in Cashel, death follows close behind. Sister Fidelma and her companion, Eadulf, seem unable to stem the bloodshed. Is one of the deputation responsible? What was the Venerable Verax, the scholar from Rome, hiding? Was there an evil secret behind the austere Bishop Arwald? Indeed, what was the real reason behind Eadulf's brother Egric's unexpected appearance at Cashel - could he be the culprit?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much History

  • By Suzo on 11-18-18

Too Much History

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

The author's desire to impress the reader with his vast knowledge of the laws of the period and the contentious relationships with the many varieties of Christianity and the attempt by Rome to be overlord to all Christian communities completely overshadow the plot. I have enjoyed this series in the past but this one just slogged along.

  • The Leper of Saint Giles

  • The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Joanna Ward
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

A savage murder interrupts a May-December marriage and leaves Brother Cadfael with a dark, terrible mystery to solve. For the key to the killing - and a secret - are hid among the lepers of Saint Giles. Now Brother Cadfael's skills must ferret out a sickness, not of the body, but of a twisted soul - in the fifth Brother Cadfael Chronicle, a work that displays Ellis Peters' special genius at her best.

  • out of 5 stars
  • The Leper of Saint Giles

  • By Wm Bruce Ford on 10-25-09

Questionable Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

The narration of Ms Ward wasn't bad, except when she was speaking Cadfael's voice. The voice she used, supposedly to mimic Welsh speaking, was more reminiscent of Calcutta or Bombay. It was quite annoying. Only the excellence of Ellis Peters' story carried me to the conclusion. I'll make it a point to avoid Ms Ward's narration in the future.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Calamity Town

  • Ellery Queen, Book 16
  • By: Ellery Queen
  • Narrated by: Richard Waterhouse
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

At the tail end of the long summer of 1940, there is nowhere in the country more charming than Wrightsville. The Depression has abated, and for the first time in years the city is booming. There is hope in Wrightsville, but Ellery Queen has come looking for death. The mystery author is hoping for fodder for a novel, and he senses the corruption that lurks beneath the apple pie façade. He rents a house owned by the town's first family, whose three daughters star in most of the local gossip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your usual Ellery Queen

  • By Suzo on 02-01-18

Not your usual Ellery Queen

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Not the usual smug Queen. This book has an intriguing and convoluted plot, full of emotional highs and lows. Stay with it to the very end.

  • The House of Silk

  • A Sherlock Holmes Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,426

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PLEASE tell me there are MORE !

  • By Debra J Pekin on 01-17-12

Even Derek Jacobi's reading can't save this book.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

Indeed, his voice is so distinctive that it lacks the ability to transform into all the different personae depicted. If you want good pseudo-Holmes read Laurie R. King.

  • The Fifth Heart

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 23 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

In 1893 Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--a member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Differing Expectations

  • By Susan on 05-19-15

Tedious,

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Convoluted dialogue and plot. There are too many digressions into historical narrative. Suitable for American history buffs but not for a mystery buff.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 638

Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By Jeny on 04-03-10

Bodice-Ripper masquerading as a mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

What disappointed you about The Secret History of the Pink Carnation?

cliche plot, cliche characters, cliche dialogue, awful narration
This is a classic tritely written bodice-ripper masquerading as a mystery. Unless this is your genre--more's the pity--then avoid it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

none

  • Catilina’s Riddle

  • A Novel of Ancient Rome
  • By: Steven Saylor
  • Narrated by: Scott Harrison
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

The year is 63 BC, and Gordianus the Finder unexpectedly achieves the dream of every Roman: owning a farm in the Etruscan countryside. Vowing to leave behind the corruption of Rome, he abandons the city, taking his family with him. This bucolic life, however, is disrupted by the machinations and murderous plots of two politicians.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Caustic voice of narrator

  • By Shirlene on 04-17-13

Not one of Saylor's best

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Narration is awful! The narrator is very wrong for this genre. The story line is also weak. The first third is a rehash of Gordianus' past exploits through the device of conversations and remembrances.
I mostly listen while I'm painting, so I listened to the whole book. It gets a little more interesting toward the end, if you chose to slog that far.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mister Slaughter

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886

. Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic series!

  • By Cheryl on 07-14-12

Too Long

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

I like the Matthew Corbett series, the characters and the historical information.....but....its individual books do tend to go on too long. This one in particular could have been about 1 hour shorter. The anti-hero, Slaughter, was depicted as having such super-human ability to survive and create mayhem, that it became a parody of itself. Mr. McCammon, please restrain yourself. If I were reading this book, instead of listening to it, I would have quit about 3/4 through it.

  • The Curse of Senmut

  • Ardis Cole Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Loretta Jackson, Vickie Britton
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

This is book #1 in the new Ardis Cole mystery series. Ardis is an archaeologist (a female Indiana Jones), and in this adventure she travels to Egypt to help excavate a minor tomb of ancient origin recently discovered by her mentor, Jane Darvin. When Jane is murdered, Ardis must assume responsibility for the project.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery for Those who Love Tales about Egypt

  • By Joey on 05-19-12

Dumbest Archeologist in Literature

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Ardis Cole must be the dumbest archeologist and the most naive traveller in the world. The authors have done a disservice to the image of archeologists with their portrayal of an
archeologist who follows none of the protocols of the field and who constantly is put in positions that threaten her life. The plot is unbelievable, the characters shallow and the history questionable. Save your points and don't buy this book or others in the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Abacus and the Cross

  • The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
  • By: Nancy Marie Brown
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

The medieval Catholic Church, widely considered a source of intolerance and inquisitorial fervor, was not anti-science during the Dark Ages - in fact, the pope in the year 1000 was the leading mathematician and astronomer of his day. Called The Scientist Pope, Gerbert of Aurillac rose from peasant beginnings to lead the church. By turns a teacher, traitor, kingmaker, and visionary, Gerbert is the first Christian known to teach math using the nine Arabic numerals and zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked the second half better than the first

  • By Veronica on 03-06-11

Don't Waste Your Time or Money

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

Reviewed: 11-18-11

The turgid writing is outshone only by the monotonous narration. The summary makes it sound interesting and the subject might be if written and narrated by others.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful