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  • Only to Sleep

  • A Philip Marlowe Novel
  • By: Lawrence Osborne
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe - now in his 72nd year - is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it. For Marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song. His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn - supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife. But is Zinn actually alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant resurrection of greatest detective in US fiction

  • By R. G. Shalhoub on 07-28-18

Ray Porter is spot on!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This is great story and Ray Porter nails Philip Marlowe! I loved how they described the atmosphere of the cities on Mexican coastline.

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  • A Red Death

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Rawlins is also an easy listen.

  • By Martin on 12-21-14

Never get enough

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Michal Boatman is great narrator! My second time on this book! Rereading this series!....wow🙂

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle

  • By: Tim Symonds
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

In Sherlock Holmes and The Dead Boer at Scotney Castle, the great consulting detective comes up against the rich and powerful Kipling League. Dr Watson recounts the extraordinary events which took place on a spacious early summer day in the Sussex and Kent countryside in 1904. None of the earlier stories chronicling the adventures of Sherlock Holmes compares to the strange circumstances which determined Watson to take up his pen

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By cary austin on 03-18-18

Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Could not finish. Way
too much non action dialog. Just not like typical Holmes story!

  • The Vatican Cameos

  • A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
  • By: Richard T Ryan
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

When the papal apartments are burgled in 1901, Sherlock Holmes is summoned to Rome by Pope Leo XII. After learning from the pontiff that several priceless cameos that could prove compromising to the church, and perhaps determine the future of the newly unified Italy, have been stolen, Holmes is asked to recover them. In a parallel story, Michelangelo, the toast of Rome in 1501 after the unveiling of his Pieta, is commissioned by Pope Alexander VI, the last of the Borgia pontiffs, with creating the cameos that will bedevil Holmes and the papacy four centuries later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Sherlock returns!

  • By Question Everything on 11-06-16

Excellent tale of "what if"

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I Loved this story! Highly recommend it! The author does well with fictional History! Bravo!

  • The Last Moriarty

  • By: Charles Veley
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Narrated by acclaimed British actor Edward Petherbridge, The Last Moriarty is set in London, 1895. On a cold November morning, a young American actress visits 221B Baker Street, desperate for Sherlock Holmes to protect her from the threats of a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life. Holmes agrees to help, even though he has just promised the Prime Minister to solve the murder of John D. Rockefeller's security agent before the incident can derail an upcoming British-American summit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts well enough, ends like a bad action movie

  • By TexasFella on 07-01-17

Great Sherlockian masterpiece!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-17

loved this book and the narrator nailed a very good interpretation of Holmes that reminded me of actor Jeremy Bret's BBC version.

  • Bad Boy Brawly Brown

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: M. E. Willis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Easy Rawlins is out of the investigation business and as far away from crime as a black man can be in 1960s Los Angeles. But living around desperate men means life gets complicated sometimes. When an old friend gets in enough trouble to ask for Easy's help, he finds he can't refuse. Bad Boy Brawly Brown is the masterful crime novel that Walter Mosley's legions of fans have been waiting for. This book marks the return of a master at the top of his form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mazing

  • By Rosalyne on 06-02-08

Excellent storyline

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

This was a good plot but found myself having to backtrack to follow some of the characters and their roles in the story. I agree with another review in regard to narration. His version of Easy was pretty good. and that of john and Brawley but i didnt at all care for his characterization of any of the female characters or Primo. Bonnie Shays voice was too overly accented and wooden. I read all of Mr. Mosleys stories and much prefer Michael Boatmans narration.