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  • Remorseless

  • Doc Powers & D.I. Carver Investigate #1
  • By: Will Patching
  • Narrated by: Will Patching
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Peter Leech is a cunning, devious killer, brutalized by half a lifetime in prison for the vicious murder of his parents. Now he's up for parole and, one way or another, he wants out. He's driven by obsessive lust for Judy Finch, a beautiful parole officer who spurned his advances, and his thirst for revenge on those he blames for his conviction. His nemesis, Doc Powers, the forensic psychiatrist who assessed his mental health for trial, is now on the panel reviewing Leech's parole application. But Doc fears for his own sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A deep, dark look inside the minds of killers...

  • By Brian on 01-13-16

worst narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Irritating over the top performance. Narrator was
so irritating had to turn off at chaperone 2

  • Flat Spin

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,360

The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller. Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - “California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wunnerful: But... why the plane stuff?

  • By Ted on 07-02-16

Engaging story with a rushed ending

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Would you try another book from David Freed and/or Ray Porter?

Not sure, this books ending was like an amputation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flat Spin?

The main character's feelings about flying

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

He did a good job throughout varied voices very nicely.

Was Flat Spin worth the listening time?

The main story yes, the ending NO

Any additional comments?

Engaging story but the ending rushes in as if the author had run out of ideas and wanted<to go somewhere else. Ending was unbelievable, somewhat jarringly sudden.

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,994

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Star Start, Wowed.

  • By green ice cream garden on 06-28-16

Author panics

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

What made the experience of listening to A Tapping at My Door the most enjoyable?

Story hooks you quickly

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

change the ending

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favorite?

Cody

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

The ending, after hours of listening to a GOOD story the ending jumps in without preambleeverything is solved by unbelievable means and it's over. Good strong characters and an abrupt unsatisfying end. This book could be a series if author did not panic and used thisending. I won't spoil it for you but beware.

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,247

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

World's worst dialects!!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Narrator or have her STOP trying to do British accents

What did you like best about this story?

Campy, relaxing

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her ATTEMPTS at British accents are incredibly BAD. The worst being a male Scottish
character. I was born and grew up in the U.K Scotland to be precise. I am USED to the
futile attempts to copy the dialects/accents. This Narrator should consider sticking to her own accent and just read the book.

Her indescribable attempts at these dialects distract from the story.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

The victorian setting and the mystery. Romance just did not come off very well. Too many stereotypes.

Any additional comments?

It's a cosy book for a rainy day when you are cooking soup and you can tolerate the attempts at British dialects.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Maggie Smith

  • A Biography
  • By: Michael Coveney
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69

No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm, or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith. Michael Coveney's biography shines a light on the life and career of a truly remarkable performer, one whose stage and screen career spans six decades. From her days as a West End star of comedy and revue, Dame Maggie's path would cross with those of the greatest actors, playwrights, and directors of the era.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Love letter from a fan

  • By Nora on 01-09-16

Love letter from a fan

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

What disappointed you about Maggie Smith?

Nothing about Maggie Smith disappointed me. She never fails to be a wonderful performer.

What could Michael Coveney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Drool less!! this is a book full of adulation from a lovesick fan. I got no sense of the real person behind "Maggie Smith"

What three words best describe Sian Thomas’s voice?

Standard Broadcast English.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, I wanted to know more about the human being rather than a detailed review of her career.

Any additional comments?

This author obviously idolizes Maggie Smith. However, she is a human being, complex and more than a brilliant actress

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • And Furthermore

  • By: Judi Dench
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

From London’s glittering West End to Broadway’s bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to “M” in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has treated audiences to some of the greatest performances of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There is nothing like a Dame!

  • By Gabriel on 10-17-11

A disappointed fan

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

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

No, too reminiscent of the British Class System

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing stands out

Any additional comments?

I am a great fan of Judy Dench. I will watch any film in which she is involved in. She is a great actress. This book is snippets of the "right people" I was born and grew up in Great Britain. One of the reasons I left was the class system in which you are condemned to remain at the social level of your parents. You get the correct accent, go to the "right" schools interact with the "right" people and so forth. Judy is probably a lovely person who had all of those advantagesI wanted to gain an understanding or feeling for the "real" Judy Dench. I wish I had. If you want little "giggles" from the upper class this is the book for you.

  • Broken Angels: Kate Maguire Book 2

  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

One cold spring morning in County Cork, two fishermen find a bundle of rags floating in the Blackwater River. It is the bloated body of Father Heaney. His hands and feet are bound, and his neck bears the marks of garrotting wire. Worse still, he has been castrated. When a second priest is found murdered, his body bruised and beaten and the same savage wound hidden beneath his soutane, Detective Inspector Katie Maguire finds evidence of a sinister cover-up at St Joseph's Orphanage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this second Kate Maguire book!

  • By Dany on 10-20-17

Porn and violence again!.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

What would have made Broken Angels: Kate Maguire Book 2 better?

TONE DOWN the torture scenes and the sexual scenes, I don't need to share the feelings of a a vulnerable young woman being slowly and horribly tortured in minute detail. The sexual scenes are almost clinical certainly NOT sensual or romantic

What other book might you compare Broken Angels: Kate Maguire Book 2 to and why?

I would have to look under the S and M category.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lennon – was your favorite?

Kate Magiore

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It is well written with clearly defined characters. Good background and without the S&M
a good book.

Any additional comments?

I bought the first book in this series and was so impressed by the strong writing and characters that I bought the second "Broken Angels" I did this in the belief that such a good author would not make the same mistakes twice. I was wrong.

I am returning the second one, first bad choice was mine, the second bad choice is Audible's

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Bones

  • Kate Maguire Book 1 (Unabridged)
  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

On an isolated farm in southern Ireland, a decades-old grave houses the dismembered bones of 11 women. Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire of the Irish Gardai is used to bloodshed, but these white bones speak of unimaginable butchery. Not far away, a young American tourist is at the mercy of a sadistic killer. His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll fashioned from rags, nails, and fish-hooks. The murder of his victims is secondary only to his pleasure at their pain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could be great book instead of great disapointment

  • By Nora on 12-27-15

Could be great book instead of great disapointment

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

What disappointed you about White Bones?

Sexual scenes and scenes of torture.are GRAPHIC. The sexual scenes are so detailed that that they could be used in an OBGYN text book. I needed a shower after reading one chapter. The scenes of torture including details of being skinned alive and legs amputated
in minute detail are stomach turning.

.I found myself skipping chapters. This is a well written book take out the scenes of torture and sadism I would be hooked if it turned into a series. Believe me I am NOT easily offended, I am not squeamish, sex, when its part of the story is just great. Torture in detail is another story.You need a strong stomach, not prone to nightmares and enjoy porn to enjoy this book

What other book might you compare White Bones to and why?

Broken Angels by same author.

What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent pronunciation of the Irish language. Caroline is great.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment. Terrible ending great story, ruined by unnecessary scenes of sadism, crudity and violence

Any additional comments?

Dont buy this book if you are easily unnerved.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Test of Wills

  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Giles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 679

Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good early work in series

  • By Kathi on 01-30-14

BEWARE! ADDICTIVE SERIES

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

What did you love best about A Test of Wills?

Another tim, anothr place. This whole series has the gentle aura of history while most cunning criminals lurk at every bend. Campy, fun and very addictive.

What other book might you compare A Test of Wills to and why?

Deborah Crombie and her Gemma series.

Which scene was your favorite?

The arrival of Hamish. Long dead and yet a charactr in his own right.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, snuggle up ,relax and enjoy

Any additional comments?

You can't listen just one, They do reek of the old an unmourned "class system" but
one can overlook that in enjoy an Agatha Christie world of campy crime.

  • Working Stiff

  • Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
  • By: Judy Melinek MD, T. J. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, though disturbing at times

  • By Sean on 08-26-14

Good book Bad narration

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

What did you like best about Working Stiff? What did you like least?

The material was fascinating. The author handled it with a combination of professional compassion and sense of humor

What did you like best about this story?

How and why a person becomes a pathologist. The way the author demonstrates compassion and humanity.

What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

Nothing. she uses a fast "valley girl" twang and destroys much of the quiet pleasure of the material.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes I would but ONLY if the narrator was far, far away!

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to enjoy this book but the narrators speed and twang made that impossible.<I got the impression that she wanted to get through this book in the fastest "upbeat" manner possible. She really did not want to read it.