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Early Peter May

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

I have enjoyed all the Peter May books I've read. This one was good, but not as good as others such as Lewis Trilogy. In my opinion, his absolute best is Entry Island.
The plot was interesting but had many predictable incidents. I'm still glad that I read it.
The narrator is the same as his other books, and he did a fine job with all the accents---French, Scottish, English, English cab driver and train porter.

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Everyone is reading this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-19

The story took me to places I have never been: the marshes of North Caroline and to experience the feelings of lostness and loneliness of a 6-7 year old girl whose parents have left her alone in a shack in the marsh. Her four brothers and sisters have already left the abusive, drunken father. What a wrenching experience to have to learn to survive! Is it any wonder that she is a loner with no desire even to be with people of the small town near the marsh. The story progresses as the years go by. (NO spoilers.) Lots of twists and turns and not a few surprises. Wow, what an ending!

The narration by Cassandra Campbell is excellent. Just her voice for Kya makes you know the character and feel what she feels. The story line was a bit rough and hurried in spots after a well developed beginning. Overall, a very good read.

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Just the audio was pretty bad

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

Overall, this book was a real winner with my Book Group. Everyone enjoyed it and were eager to discuss the many ramifications. The story was gripping. Book Group members analyzed the characters, cried at their setbacks, and were pleased at the final outcome.

My complaint is that the audio was monaural! I had previously complained and returned the book. I thought the problem was solved (as Audible claimed it was). However, it continued to play monaural instead of stereo. Finally, after going bonkers listening with only one ear to what should have been stereo, I discovered I could read and listen on my cell phone. That worked, and I was able to finish the book.

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Wishing and waiting for the next book #8

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-19

Just finished this excellent book by Camilla Lackberg, number 7 in the Patrick Hedstrom series set in Sweden. The plot lines were excellently constructed so that the reader kept up with several stories, several in the present and one from the past.
Now I am wishing for more!! But, alas, the next three books in the series are not available for kindle nor from Audible. I hope someone can get these books into these two formats.
Simon Vance gives a stellar performance in the narration. He always does.
I highly recommend the entire series though the first two were narrated by someone else.

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A good visit in Mitford

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-19

It is always good to visit with Father Tim and the rest of the residents of Mitford. Every now and then I need a book that is comforting and peopled by good people. I'll return after a while to listen to the rest of the series. (The narrator is excellent and has read all of the Mitford books.)

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Not up to previous books

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-19

I have read (listened to) all of the Milo Sturgis/Alex Delaware books by Kellerman. I have enjoyed them all, but this one just was not up to the standards of previous books.

The most important factor was the premise of the story. It was not obvious from the start, a factor which usually draws the reader in to the rest of the book, even with all of the plot's twists and turns. Usually Kellerman's characters, including the minor ones, are very well drawn. This wasn't done so well this time.

I still enjoyed seeing the familiar characters---Alex, Milo, Robin, and especially Blanche.

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Like visiting with old friends

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-19

I have read or listened to all of the Alan Banks books by Peter Robinson. I have enjoyed them all! I have even gone back and read the earliest ones when Banks was an unmarried detective. It was good to see how my old friends are doing these days---Annie, Winsom, Raymond, and of course, Banks.

A big plus for this audiobook is Simon Prebble, a narrator extraordinaire! I always pay attention when I see that he is reading a book. In fact, I think I could even listen to him read the telephone book (if such a thing existed anymore).

Some have said they dislike Banks' love of music of all kinds and his constant talk of what he is listening to at the moment. That doesn't bother me. Actually, I only wish my knowledge of music was a diverse as his. Wonder whether author Peter Robinson also likes music so much.

I highly recommend this book, but readers will enjoy it more if they start at the beginning of the series.

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A bit disappointed...

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

After reading (listening to) Fesperman's book Safe Houses, I had great expectations about another of his works.The Double Game leaves a lot to be desired.
I enjoyed the many references to all the spy novels since the end of the 19th century, but the plot line was a muddled and without a good sense of direction.
I recommend that anyone listen to Safe Houses first and be careful which Fesperman book you choose next. I won't quit him but will be careful.

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Louise Penny keeps getting better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Just when you thought she couldn't come up with any new ideas....Louise Penny wrote this book. Old characters continue to develop. New characters are added and, most likely, will appear in the next book. AND THERE SURELY WILL BE A NEXT ONE!
In this book we see something of the Canadian legal and investment brokerage systems. We visit the back streets of Montreal where the "druggies, whores, and trannies" live (if you could call it living). Also, we see how a shipment of powerful drugs new to a country is anticipated on the street and what measures are taken to get it out to the street. And just when you think you know how things will turn out, Bingo! Things aren't as they seem. And, of course, Inspector Gamach continues to be someone you would like to know personally as you would like to know the rest of the people in Three Pines.
The narrator continues to be excellent. Great voice characterization so you almost always know who is speaking.
Read and enjoy this one and then wait for the next in the series.

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Couldn't take the violence and torture

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I thought the narrator was fine. His accent might not have been perfect, but it was better than no accent.
I enjoyed the interaction of characters Assad and Carl Mork. Well written and well played.
The premise of the crime was a bit unbelievable and very unpleasant to hear about. I couldn't finish the book.