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  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

  • By Chuck on 03-12-18

great characters continue to develop

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Evil Genius villain notwithstanding this book continue to wonderful series good character development great plot and historical context

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,808
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,628

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

real, logical...science fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

A future Earth and near space, looking not so different than today. an event, the results spin out with well thoughtout characters, masterfully voiced by Ray Porter.

  • 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 3,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778

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

great book, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Derek Jacobi does a great job of narrating a wonderful Holmes story. if there is any criticism at all it would be that it's almost to like Cannon Doyle's original works. Obvious repeating of typical statements and phrases of of Holmes and Watson.

  • Poison Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy, with a touch of romance.

  • By A on 12-03-05

A realistic fantasy?

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

I'm not a big fantasy fan but this one broke the rules. good character development, minimal trope-ism. Good development of story.

  • Hunter Patrol

  • By: H Beam Piper, John J Mcguire
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Benson is the leader of the secretive military unit Benson's Butchers, and is leading the group behind enemy lines. Having planted the explosives and destroyed the ammunition dump, his team disperses and attempts to get back to the United Nations lines and safety. When a strange blue mist envelopes Benson it's the start of a strange adventure that will change his life for ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic

  • By Marc on 01-02-18

classic

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

But time travel story from the old days. I thinking man soldier and a good situation and great writing.

  • Edinburgh Twilight

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 640

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Depressing . . . did I say DEPRESSING!!!

  • By Glenda on 11-12-17

Great story, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

It's as if every sentence with recorded separately with a distinct beginning and end. and then strung together. the received pronunciation british english was fine but if I had listened to this entire book I would have hurt myself.

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Ringworld Engineers

  • The Ringworld Series, Book 2
  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,439

It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong.

  • By Kevin der Kinderen on 04-16-13

great follow up to hard SIFI masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Of course an excellent story by Larry Niven well narrated and paced. blackstone does a typical excellent job

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69,029
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,656

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

give me that old time sifi

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

orbital mechanics, artifical Intelligence, nuclear annihilation, reanimation as a computer, everything you could want in a quick read ...or listen. Good performance as well

  • The Player

  • Rockliffe, Volume 3
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Tragedy drove him into unwilling exile. Death demands his reluctant return. In the decade between, he has answered to many names and amassed a variety of secrets. Now the actor known to Paris as L'Inconnu must resume his real identity and become Francis Adrian Sinclair Devereux, Earl of Sarre...a man he no longer knows how to be and whose name, thanks to the malice of a friend turned enemy, remains tarnished by an old scandal. Revenge, so long avoided, slithers temptingly from the shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Story & 5+ Narration Stars!

  • By BJ's Reviews on 06-23-16

the book was on target. well written.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

good plot and characterization perhaps a little too much of the plot is giving away a little too early but still well worth the time excellent voice acting

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Desperate Duchesses

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 678

Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication, of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title, of games played for high stakes, including - on occasion - a lady's virtue. A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles, falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage, until he lays eyes on Roberta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start to a series!

  • By Michelle on 09-09-11

great perfornance. good but not great storyline

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Good story. and great performance by the reader. I didn't really need the sex scenes but they were very well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful