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Adelheid

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  • Good As Dead

  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The Hostage. Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman. The Demand. The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Adelheid on 11-01-11

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-01-11

As usual with Mark Billigham's books I enjoyed this Tom Thorne novel - however the author should not have narrated it. He should understand the characters better than anyone and yet it sounds as if its the first time he's met them. The mood suffers as a result of this.

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  • A Cure for All Diseases

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Convalescing in Sandytown, Dalziel befriends Charlotte Heywood who is researching the benefits of alternative therapy. With much in common, the two soon find themselves in league when trouble comes to town. Sandytown's principal landowners have grandiose plans for the resort -- none of which they can agree on. One of them has to go, and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate -- with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Ellen on 03-17-09

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-12-11

As mentioned by other reviewers, the first section of the story is told via e-mail messages between a young woman & her sister, and recordings of "the fat man's" thoughts. I found the e-mails irksome but on the other hand, the musings of the fat man are at times quite funny.

The author repeats himself a good deal which is tedious but all in all the plot was enjoyable.

Jonathan Keeble was excellent, as always.

  • Dead Like You

  • Roy Grace, Book 6
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you.... The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender.... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Better read than listened to

  • By Jean on 03-15-11

Growth

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-11

I've listened to the previous books and am so pleased that the author has the main character experiencing positive growth. No 'darkness' in this soul.
I enjoyed the people and the plot. Unfortunately the narrator does not understand the tone of the story which leads to his pace & inflection being off.
Still worthwhile to listen to.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Tomorrow

  • Roy Grace, Book 5
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

In an evil world, everything is for sale.... The body of a missing teenager is dredged from the seabed off the Sussex coast, missing vital organs. Soon after, a further two more bodies are found.... Caitlin Beckett, a 15 year old in Brighton will die if she does not receive an urgent transplant. When the health system threatens to let her down her mother takes drastic action and goes to an online broker in black-market organs. The broker can provide what she wants, but it will come at a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The best so far of the Dead... series

  • By Dottie B. on 04-11-11

Good plot

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-11

The plot is enjoyable - with enough twists and surprises to keep you intrigued. Unfortunately the narrator misses the feel of the book and detracts from the enjoyment thereof.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Medicus and the Disappearing Dancing Girls

  • By: R. S. Downie
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Gaius Petreius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in the most inclement outpost of the Roman Empire: Britannia. His arrival in Deva (more commonly known as Chester) does little to improve his mood and, after a straight 36 hours on the wards in the Fort, he succumbs to a moment of insanity and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Adelheid on 04-02-11

enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-11

Very enjoyable. Well researched without being too scholarly, The narration is very good - bringing out the fun element in the story

  • Banker

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Tim Ekaterin's merchant bank, like all banks, only invests in sure things. Now he's about to involve it in ₤5 million of prime horseflesh, a stallion called Sandcastle. Top breeders reckon it's the safest bet in racing. But racing doesn't just attract the money men of the city. It's riddled with all kinds of dubious dealmakers. People who don't think twice about breaking bones. People to whom no bet is safe until it's paid in blood, Ekaterin's blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sue me -- I love D. Francis

  • By Nina on 12-04-07

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-10

This is certainly not Dick Francis at his best, for that matter nor is it Toni Britton at his best. The story takes ages to get underway and is as exciting as wilted cabbage. Even Britton sounds bored. I love Dick Francis' books but unfortunately this was a disappointment.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book by Neil Gaiman

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 06-18-10

Enchanting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-10

Not at all what I expected, it is whimsical & enchanting. Neil Gaiman narrates with exellent timing and creates the perfect mood. Loved the quirky music.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 16 hours you'll never get back ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-30-09

Tedious

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-10

The basic plot is interesting, unfortunately it does not survive the lectures on ancient mystecism. I fastworwarded through a big portion of the book. This would probably do better as a film. I enjoyed the narrator though.

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  • The Associate

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Vincent Marzello
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

It's a deadly game of blackmail. And they're making him play. Kyle McAvoy is one of the outstanding legal students of his generation with a glittering future ahead of him. But he has a secret that threatens to destroy his fledgling career and, possibly, his entire life. One night that secret catches up with him in the form of some bad men in a dark alley - and they have a video of the incident that haunts him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story is great but narrated as if for infants!

  • By Adelheid on 12-22-09

Story is great but narrated as if for infants!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-09

John Grisham is always a good read. Unfortunately the narrator's style is so distracting that I could not enjoy it properly. He doesn't understand the feel of the book and reads it as if for children.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful