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  • A Taste for Monsters

  • By: Matthew J. Kirby
  • Narrated by: Anna Mountford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

The real monsters are men. London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, with nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in London Hospital. Evelyn wanted to be locked away from the world like he is, shut away from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred who does not recoil from her and who understands her pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My taste was sated.

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-01-17

Wasn't what I was expecting. It was better!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I expected a detective story with a beautiful heroine, her stalwart sweetheart and faithful side kick. What I got instead was a story focused on redemption, compassion and self acceptance. The author has created a story rich with accurate historical detail about London, Joseph Merrick and the London Hospital. By focusing on the victims, rather than the killer, the story can dive into the lives of the lower social and economic classes. He reveals the limited and tragic choices forced upon these women without romanticizing them and so reveals their humanity. The author's theory on Jack the Ripper, whom he refers to in the more accurate name for the time, Leather Apron, is both obvious and incredibly ingenious.
One warning, he does not flinch from explicit descriptions of the murders, or of sexual assault.

  • London

  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 49 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Here is Edward Rutherfurd's classic novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous!

  • By Angelyn S. Furst on 03-04-18

This story was my long time companion

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

What a wonderful story. I have been reading his books since Sarum came out and this is one of my favorites. The narrator is very good with the variety of dialects, though his female voices just sound breathy.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Water Room

  • A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time.

  • By Cholmondeley on 10-19-09

What is up with the a's?

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Why does the narrator mispronounce a's? That has been mentioned by several other reviewers but it is still disconcerting. I do like his voices for the two elderly detectives; however his women sound like Dame Edna at best.
The story itself is quite entertaining and I love all the trivia tidbits. The hindsight positionality is also very interesting. I wonder if the author already had all of the stories planned out to be able to drop references to cases that are in our future as series readers but in the character's past.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful