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  • The King's Deception

  • A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderfully researched thriller

  • By LibbyListener on 09-24-13

Berry misses the mark

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

Reviewed: 08-20-13

I have listened to the entire Cotton Malone series from Steve Berry and looked forward to the next installment. I enjoy the interweaving of a historical narrative with a modern adventure. However, this book is simply ponderous. Though I normally enjoy Scott Brick, in this reading he sounds like a bored history professor. Overall, I would recommend the other books in the series and skip this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Palace of Illusions

  • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • timeless story

  • By Richard on 03-15-08

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Where does The Palace of Illusions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is a fascinating piece of Indian fiction. It is a complex and interwoven story. Given the complexity, this may be a better read than listen unless you can really devote your attention to the story and the characters. The reader is great. Certainly a very enjoyable listen.

  • Gun Games

  • A Decker/Lazarus Novel
  • By: Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

LAPD lieutenant detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen-year-old Gabriel Whitman into their home. While the enigmatic teen seems to be adapting easily, Decker knows only too well the secrets adolescents keep - witnessed by the tragic suicide of another teen, Gregory Hesse, a student at Bell and Wakefield, one of the city’s most exclusive prep schools. Gregory’s mother refuses to believe her son shot himself and convinces Decker to look deeper. What he finds disturbs him. The gun used in the tragedy was stolen....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, Chris is back

  • By Carol on 01-10-12

A bit forced

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I am a fan of the Decker/Lazarus novels. However, this most recent installment follows the trend of the last few. The story is quite forced and Lazarus has been assigned the role of window dressing. I would recommend this to the dedicated fans but for a new comer, listen to the early books, they are much better.

  • The Heretic's Apprentice

  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In the summer of 1143, William of Lythwood returns to Shrewsbury from pilgrimage, in a coffin. His young attendant Elave, sets about searching for a burial place in the abbey for his 'heretic' master. Unfortunately, Elave has heretical views of his own and having drunkenly expressed them, he faces capital charges from the mighty prelate Gerbert. The beautiful Fortunata, whom Elave adores, becomes a reluctant prosecution witness and before long a violent death takes place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cadfael's criminals will keep you guessing

  • By Miriam on 04-21-08

Inaudible Audiobook

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-10

My taste is audiobooks is wide ranging. However, I have two requirements, a good reader (though I will be flexible on this) and good audio quality. I have listened to well over 100 books from Audible.com and have never, until now, had a problem with requirement #2. However, even in enhanced format this an inaudible audiobook. I really tried but could not stay with the recording because of the poor quality. Listen to the sample before committing to your purchase.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful