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  • Bosch Behind-the-Scenes Podcast: The Inspiration

  • By: Tom Bernardo
  • Narrated by: Tom Bernardo, full cast
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

A look at some of the real-life experiences that helped bring Bosch to life and the production techniques that translate them to the screen. Veteran detective Mitzi Roberts opens up about her hallmark case - the pursuit and capture of real-life serial killer Samuel Little - and how it influenced Jason Gedrick's depiction of Raynard Waits. The producers describe the crucial role of postproduction in creating the dramatic scenes, with an exclusive breakdown of how specific action sequences were filmed and edited to achieve the show’s realism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff.

  • By Cindy on 09-07-17

Great stuff.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

These podcasts are a wonderful supplement to the series which captures Bosch perfectly. I intend to go back and rewatch the first season with a brighter perspective.

  • Mistress of the Just Land

  • A Jean Brash Mystery 1
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond, David Ashton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 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

New Year's Day - and through the misty streets of Victorian Edinburgh, an elegant female figure walks the cobblestones with a certain vengeful purpose. Jean Brash, the mistress of the Just Land, brings her cool intelligence to solving a murder, a murder that took place in her own bawdy house (the best in Edinburgh and her pride and joy). A prominent judge, strangled and left dangling, could bring her whole life to ruin, and she didn't haul herself off the streets, up through low, dirty houses of pleasure and violent vicious men, to let that come to pass.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Ashton: Great author, bad narrator

  • By Stephanie on 01-23-17

A fine female complement to McLevy series

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

Where does Mistress of the Just Land rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book fits nicely into the McLevy series, but with a focus on the bawdyhouse mistress and her "magpies". Ms. Brash is every bit a match for McLevy as she wades through the bodies to find the killer.

What did you like best about this story?

I particularly liked the combination of readers, Ashton and Redmond. I've always enjoyed Ashton's reading because I feel like I am getting to know McLevy as he was intended to be. Ms. Redmond is good match for Ashton and gives Jean Brash a thoughtful, measured tone that suits my vision of her.

Any additional comments?

These are dark novels that paint a grim picture of life in 19th century Edinburgh, particularly for the lower classes. They also portray a tough, gritty people who manage to find their way to reasonable lives.
However, I have to say that if the children's nursery rhymes that Ashton reads at the beginning of the chapters are typical of the time, they go a long way to explaining why the Scots in the book are so dour.

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  • Nor Will He Sleep

  • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 4
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the fourth in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. It's 1887. The streets of Edinburgh seethe with anarchy as two gangs of students rival each other in wild exploits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent addition to the series

  • By Cindy on 10-15-16

An excellent addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

McLevy reveals a bit more of himself in each episode. The use of well known personalities to set off the plot is nicely done and has led more than once to further research. I know some listeners have problems with the narration, they take me back to radio dramas of my childhood and I love it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crossing Places

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,975

When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh

  • By Sara on 05-19-14

Evocative mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

This is a story of vivid images, particularly of the marshland locale. Even though I thought I knew the killer long before the heroine, the story heldentenor in. Worth the time and nicely read.

  • Fall from Grace

  • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 2
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the second in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. A burglary and murder at the home of Sir Thomas Bouch, the enigmatic architect of the ill-fated Tay Bridge, sets Inspector James McLevy off on a train of brutal killings, lethal liaisons, and double suicide which leads to a violent encounter with an old enemy, Hercules Dunbar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A solid addition to McLevy series

  • By Cindy on 08-04-16

A solid addition to McLevy series

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

Now that I'm familiar with the author/narrator's breathy style and heavy Scottish accent (having read the first mystery) I fully enjoyed this one. The returning characters are continuing to develop and McLevy himself may be feeling the pangs of love. Who could imagine it! The author/narrator brings the period and characters to life with his vivid portrayal of late 19th century Scotland.

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  • Shadow of the Serpent

  • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 1
  • By: David Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Ashton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the first in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really struggling to finish this!

  • By joanna potter on 08-10-16

Dark drama

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

The author is a Scottish actor and his throaty whispers and heavy accent greatly enhance the story once the ear adjusts to them. It's a dark, Jack the Ripper type story but with enough difference to make it compelling drama. I was driven to look up the facts about the two great historical figures in the novel and the book became a learning experience as well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Forest Mage

  • Book Two of the Soldier Son Trilogy
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 31 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 486

Nevare Burvelle has survived major combat and is making a quick recovery from a disease plaguing his fellows in the King's army. He also believes he is free from the Speck magic that held him under its sway. Now traveling home to rendezvous with his fiancée, Nevare suffers haunting visions and soon realizes that malicious magic still resides within him - and is intent on destroying everything he holds dear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to like this series.

  • By Lauffeuer on 08-27-09

Not the best of Robin Hobb

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I have to reluctantly agree with those critics who say this book is much too long. By the end it was really dragging. It is a tribute to Hobb's skill that I stuck with ot

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  • Tongues of Serpents

  • Temeraire, Book 6
  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103

A dazzling blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naomi Novik’s Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war, are more than just perennial bestsellers—they are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, in Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik is back, along with the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Droning

  • By Joel on 10-04-10

An excellent addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

After reading several customer reviews I was expecting to be disappointed. Instead I found it an engaging addition to the series. It moves at a slower pace but is full of dragon/human and dragon/dragon interaction that makes this series as appealing as it is. Battle scenes are easy to come by in other books if you're looking for mindless action. If you want something more, this book is a good choice. I love the series and was not at all disappointed in this volume. Cindy