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Howard N. Singer

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  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 725

In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying two days!

  • By Wendy on 09-30-18

Narrator Difficult to Understand

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I couldn't easily understand the narrator. Yes, if I concentrated and sat quietly, she made sense. However, in the casual type of listening that I do, usually doing something else like eating, walking, plane flights, I did not find her intelligible. I returned the book after about 30 minutes of listening.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,210

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing From Stephen King

  • By Myles on 11-02-18

Ridiculous Plot, But Gripping

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

It is a testament to the literary skill of Stephen King, that as ridiculous as the plot was, I was gripped by it, especially the first third of the book. The plot twists were surprising and eventful. The characters were well-defined and interesting. My only criticism was that the book was too long and did drag for a while in the middle. Still, the suspense was great and, yes, I was caught up in it.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Twisted Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,855

Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the US Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders, though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again. He was right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece!

  • By Steven Allgood on 04-27-18

Excellent Addition to Lucas Davenport Series

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This is the 10th book of the Prey series that I've read and, if anything, they get better. Sandford is the only series writer I know, who has the seemingly endless capacity to write exciting plots, none of which can be called "reruns." This police procedural was beautifully constructed, unfailingly exciting, and at least as believable as this genre permits. Twisted Prey should be as satisfying to Lucas Davenport fans, as to new-comers, who do not have to be familiar with prior books in the series to fully enjoy this latest entry.

  • The Witchfinder's Sister

  • By: Beth Underdown
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

A thrilling debut novel, a literary historical thriller based on the devastating witch hunts in 1640s England conducted by "Witchfinder General" Matthew Hopkins - for fans of Sarah Waters and Katherine Howe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Historical Fiction

  • By ilene on 05-30-17

Great, but not as an Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

This dark novel is gripping. Based on 17th Century historical characters and events, it tells the story of an evil man who dedicates himself to the identification, trials and executions of over 100 women accused of witchcraft. The author injects into this history, fictional characters, imagined conversations, and events, while retaining what little is known about the history. It is brilliant and captivating historical fiction.

I would suggest reading the print edition, skipping the audiobook for two reasons: 1. There were too many characters for me to keep them straight; and 2. The narrator was difficult to understand, both because of her accent and her particular voice. Some words were incomprehensible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,140

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

Not Worth the Time

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

I liked many aspects of this book: the characters, mostly unlikeable, were very interesting; the plot was believable enough and very clever: the courtroom scenes were as exciting and as real as any I have read. But, at 21 hours, it was much, much too long, repetitious, needlessly complex, and had lots of sideshows and fillers, leading to periods of drag. While well-written and a good example of this genre, it simply was not worth living with for 21 hours.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,147

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Powerful.

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

I don't know how much of this story is true and how much imagined by the excellent author, nor does it matter. This book is about great courage and great tragedy. I was engrossed in the plot and put things I was doing aside to continue listening. The epilog at the end is as exciting and tragic as the book itself. The plot centers around WWII Italy, particularly Milan. I used reading it as a reference point to research Italian WWII history, much of which I was only vaguely familiar with. But above all, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is a captivating book, which has stayed with me long after I finished reading it. Much of the success of this book for me, was the reader, who was simply perfect. Due to the superb reader, this book may be better listened to than read.

  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,402

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Narrative of a Girl Diver

  • By WillowGirl313 on 10-30-17

A Book Only Critics Can Love

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

I found this book to be a slow-moving bore. The critics have raved about it because they love anything they can tie into gender, and they extol the books literary qualities, such as fine turns of phrase and imagery. Great if you are passing out an award, but for a general reader, this is a plodding read with no rewards at the end. The narration is adequate, neither adding to nor distracting from the book. With all the wonderful books available, this one is a good one to skip.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Dance of the Jakaranda

  • By: Peter Kimani
  • Narrated by: John Sibi-Okumu
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Kimani reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Africa by telling the story of the birth of Kenya's railroad. Set in the shadow of Kenya's independence from Great Britain, Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism and the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen with a historic perspective.

  • By epic on 11-02-17

Historical Novel with Strong Characters

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

Any additional comments?

Having made two trips to Kenya, I was attracted to this novel by its historical setting: the history of three generations involved, in one way or another, in the building of the railroad from Mombasa to Lake Victoria, the construction of which started in the 1890’s. By the end of the novel, with Kenya independence in the early 1960’s, much had happened to the children and grandchildren of these early pioneers. I found their stories fascinating and somewhat tragic. In the end, this novel is more about people than it is about events, but both are intertwined in a beautiful, sensitive, exciting, interesting and surprisingly fast-movie story. I thought the narrator was just right for this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Best of Our Spies

  • By: Alex Gerlis
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

France, July 1944: a month after the Allied landings in Normandy, and the liberation of Europe is under way. In the Pas-de-Calais, Nathalie Mercier, a young British Special Operations executive secret agent working with the French Resistance, disappears. In London, her husband, Owen Quinn, an officer with Royal Navy Intelligence, discovers the truth about her role in the Allies' sophisticated deception at the heart of D-Day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WWII spy novel

  • By Wayne on 11-25-17

Above average WWII spy drama, but not great.

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Any additional comments?

Although I enjoyed the plot and characters, the book was way too long and filled with tedious descriptions of things that didn’t enter into the plot, hence, it dragged at times. The plot, while complex, was still easy to follow as an audio book, and it was very well narrated. There is nothing new here for anyone even vaguely familiar with WWII history, but the story has enough suspense to have kept me listening until the end. The author is at work on a follow-up novel. I plan to pass it up.

  • The Other Side of Silence

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956, and Bernie is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. As it happens, a local writer needs just that - someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the richest and most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sardonic Bernie goes to French riviera

  • By antonio on 11-26-16

Convoluted Plot, Tedious

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

Any additional comments?

As a devoted Bernie Gunther fan, I read all new books in the series, but this latest one is not one of Kerr’s best. The plot is far-fetched, confusing, too long, and not exciting until the very end. While Kerr usually excels in meticulous historical research, this book did not add much to my general knowledge of the infamous British spies or Somerset Maugham. For fans like myself, reading The Other Side of Silence was a harmless exercise in completeness; for new readers, the original three books in the Berlin Noir series are still the best, and for recent additions, I like Prague Fatale the most.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful