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  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,621

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes). This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a good Mycroft story!

  • By Sherlock Fan on 09-28-15

Good story, poorly executed

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

Reviewed: 11-27-15

Any additional comments?

I actually thought that this is a very good story, well researched.
My issue with it is that, sadly, it isn't very well written.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alpha

  • By: Jasinda Wilder
  • Narrated by: Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,536
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,538

I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of 10 thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.", and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing...except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A letter from the husband

  • By Up All Night Book Blog, (Abby) on 06-24-15

Same old, 'same old'

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

Any additional comments?

Yet another 'me too' 50 SoG; Billionaire falls madly in love with poor girl trying to eek out a living, whisks her off in his stretched limo / hellecopter / private jet / yacht, showers her with gifts yah-di-yah-di-yah...Similar irritating use of words (he has a 'massive towering (you know what)' but she has a 'core'... among other things).He tells her his big secret, she rushes out, then they get back together and they all live happily ever after. No whips, paddles or handcuffs in this one, but enough of 'the other' to satisfy any chicken flick addict.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • H Is For Hawk

  • By: Helen MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Helen MacDonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

"Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson PrizeShortlisted for the 2014 Costa Biography Award‘. In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they’re the birdwatchers’ dark grail.’ As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delicious collage of word images

  • By Cleon on 03-05-15

A delicious collage of word images

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Any additional comments?

This book doesn't grab you and hold you in the way that many other books do, but it is totally addictive because of the way Helen MacDonald paints images with words. At times her thoughts seem to jump about, from 'now' to her past, then to 'White', the author of a book that seems to have driven her all of her life, then back to now again.
One deeply feels the love - hate relationship that she has with Mabel ... her Goshawk; overwhelmingly it is love, but Mabel is a wild animal with a very firm view of her place in the world; which frequently leads her to projects that are not included in Helen's plans.
I love this book and highly commend it.

  • Revival

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

In a small New England town, in the early '60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-30s, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of his best!

  • By Josie on 11-30-14

Not your usual Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

I'm still not really sure what to make of this book. It appears to be a biography, without much story or direction, almost up to the last 30 minutes or so; only then does the real Stephen King shine through.
It also felt as if the book could end within the next few minutes, almost all the way through.
I certainly enjoyed it, but did not get that tugging 'thrill' that normally accompanies King' stories.

  • Black Water

  • A Jane Yellowrock Story
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

When Jane killed a small pack of marauding werewolves, she had no idea that the female had a brother in Angola prison. John-Roy Wayne swore vengeance, escaped prison, and kidnapped two young women. Jane has no choice but to go after the human, who is far worse than she ever expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Buy "Cat O' 9 Tales" book for 13 short stories

  • By PlantCrone on 09-11-15

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is a fun short story, but be aware that it is an extract from one of the other books, not a new story.
Also be aware that while some of these 'shorts' are an hour or more long, others are rather less than that.
Very enjoyable listen anyway!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Early Years

  • A Jane Yellowrock Story
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

On her 18th birthday, Jane Yellowrock leaves the children’s home where she was raised, and heads north to her first job. But she makes a detour and discovers where she came from, who she is, and what she is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tid Bits and Small details...

  • By KitKat B on 12-22-13

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is a fun short story, but be aware that it is an extract from one of the other books, not a new story.
Also be aware that while some of these 'shorts' are an hour or more long, others are rather less than that.
Very enjoyable listen anyway!

  • WeSa and the Lumber King

  • A Jane Yellowrock Story
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Beast, with Jane Yellowrock in the background of her mind, observes the lumber camp of white men who are destroying her hunting grounds. She decides to take revenge on the leader of the lumberjacks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not important to the over all series

  • By CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER on 05-26-15

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is a fun short story, but be aware that it is an extract from one of the other books, not a new story.
Also be aware that while some of these 'shorts' are an hour or more long, others are rather less than that.
Very enjoyable listen anyway!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cat Tats

  • A Jane Yellowrock Story
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

In this story from the Jane Yellowrock universe, undercover agent Rick LaFleur has been working on gaining access to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City of New Orleans. But he wakes up naked and bound in an old barn, at the mercy of a magic-working tattoo artist and an insane vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cattoos

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-30-18

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is a fun short story, but be aware that it is an extract from one of the other books, not a new story.
Also be aware that while some of these 'shorts' are an hour or more long, others are rather less than that.
Very enjoyable listen anyway!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Signatures of the Dead

  • A Jane Yellowrock Story
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Jane Yellowrock, her best friend Molly Trueblood, an earth witch, police detective Paul "Brax" Braxton, and Molly's husband Evan go after a blood-family of rogue-vampires who killed a local family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice!

  • By Erika Velasquez on 08-07-18

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is a fun short story, but be aware that it is an extract from one of the other books, not a new story.
Also be aware that while some of these 'shorts' are an hour or more long, others are rather less than that.
Very enjoyable listen anyway!

  • Blood, Fangs and Going Furry

  • A Jane Yellowrock Story
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

When police officer Rick LaFLeur is infected with the taint of black were-leopard, he goes to Jane Yellowrock for help. But her idea of "help" is not quite what he was expecting: she knocks him out and he wakes up in a cage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but sweet

  • By Cleon on 07-03-14

Short but sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is a fun short story, but be aware that it is an extract from one of the other books, not a new story.
Also be aware that while some of these 'shorts' are an hour or more long, others are rather less than that.
Very enjoyable listen anyway!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful