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  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,381

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept Me Coming Back Every Day

  • By Dewese on 02-28-18

If you like The Keepers, You'll Like This

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

First, there was Serial, then Making a Murderer and The Keepers...now West Cork comes along and it was a genuinely a fun experience and extremely chilling. The story is not about the death of a French woman in rural Ireland but also about the man that the Irish police pointed the finger at.

It is an incredibly engrossing and intriguing story -- one that I had never heard about in the US but am very interested in. The interviews, the candid conversations, the excellent sound engineering made this feel like I was there along with Sam and Jennifer as they interviewed, scoped, and traveled throughout rural Ireland in search of the truth. While Bungey and Forde ultimately find no definitive conclusion to the unsolved murder -- they do paint a vivid portrait of how a violent crime can impact everyone in a small community and can change the course of everyone's life even 20 years later.

  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Volume 4

  • By: Bert Coules
  • Narrated by: Clive Merrison, Andrew Sachs, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Clive Merrison and Andrew Sachs star in three brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast adventures. How many times did Dr John Watson tantalise us with a passing reference to a mystery which his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, never wrote about in full? In these full cast original adventures Bert Coules, the chief dramatist of BBC Radio 4’s celebrated complete Sherlock Holmes canon, has imaginatively fleshed out three such unrecorded cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WISH THERE WERE MORE VOLUMES

  • By TARA on 09-16-18

Merrison and Sachs are sublime

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Growing up and listening to these audiobooks when I was younger, I could feel myself transported back in time and seeing Holmes and Watson hash it out and solve these perplexing crimes. Merrison actually holds the distinction of having performed every story of Holmes and Sachs (who succeeded the late Michael Williams) does not disappoint as Watson.

These stories are part of the original canon. In addition, they draw upon references to stories that Conan Doyle wrote. All of these adoptions are expertly acted (not forced) with incredible sound effects -- making it feel like you are in the room with Holmes and Watson as they solve the case together. I highly recommend these for a long car drive. The stories are absorbing and pull you in. It's only a shame that this particular set of stories signifies the end of Merrison and Sachs taking on Doyle's famous detective. But they are worth the listen.

  • The Unopened Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Nicky Henson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Here are six extraordinary adventures, never revealed before, starring Simon Callow as Sherlock Holmes and Nicky Henson as Dr Watson, written by John Taylor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stories, but not by Arthur Conan Doyle

  • By Shawn on 08-05-09

Alright Story but Butter Alternatives

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

This wasn't bad but it wasn't great. Simon Cowell as Sherlock Holmes seemed to work for me. However, the voice acting was not that strong from the supporting cast. Watson's character was written more as bumbling, aloof, and not fully aware. The stories were not that bad. However, they did not seem to fit into the Sherlock Holmes canon that is so strong.

If you want to hear a wonderful dramatization of Sherlock Holmes with stellar sound effects, voice acting, and story -- I would recommend that dramatizations starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes and Michael Williams as Dr. Watson. After Williams passed away, Andrew Sachs took over as Watson and he is equally good. I would recommend those audio books over these hands down.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Four Novels Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Bert Coules
  • Narrated by: Clive Merrison, full cast, Michael Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Clive Merrison stars as Holmes, with Michael Williams as Watson, in these four adventures from the unique, fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle stories: A Study In Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holmes and Watson Come to Life

  • By scmccarty on 02-13-17

Holmes and Watson Come to Life

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

I grew up listening to these books. I remember my mother popping the cassette into the car stereo when I was young and play these stories along with all the Sherlock Holmes stories portrayed so masterfully by Clive Merrison and the late Michael Williams.

For start, you can certainly see an improvement in quality from "A Study in Scarlet" to "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and the "Valley of Fear." The voice acting, which has been lauded by critics, and the engrossing story have brought me back to listen to these again and again.

I highly recommend these for a long car ride or trip. They are entertaining, faithful to the original books, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155,549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143,534
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143,379

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Realistic, Funny, and Down-to-Earth

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

I will admit that I listened to this book after watching the Ridley Scott adaption starring Matt Damon. The book, however, is superior to the film (but only barely). The book, read by R.C. Bray is realistic to the point of too much detail -- realizing how close I felt we actually were to getting to Mars in the next 10 years. Furthermore, there were several "laugh out loud" moments thanks to the incredible wit and masterful narrative dictated by Andy Weir. It is great for listening on your own or for a long car ride with adults in the car. It has a lot of language so it is not good for kiddos but man was it good. I highly recommend it.

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  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,340

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Interesting but no Divinci Code

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

this was a really interesting read. As I studied American history especially early American history, I found the topics and the research that Brown did as incredibly and lightning and explanatory. however, I would certainly fault the fact that I feel that the incredible intelligence of the primary characters in this book did not come out fully. There were multiple times where I could see where the plot was going but these very intelligent characters with PhDs and Ivy League educations lacked complete and total common sense and the antagonist exploited this I think too much. regardless, I felt it was a very entertaining and fun listen. The narration is spot on and I am glad that Dan Brown decided to bring his stories to the United States.

  • Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 [Dramatised]

  • By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Clive Merrison, Michael Williams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

This volume includes 'The Greek Interpreter', 'The Naval Treaty', 'The Second Stain', and 'The Final Problem'.

Clive Merrison stars as Holmes with Michael Williams as Watson in these adventures, part of the unique fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels featuring the world-famous sleuth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic and Nostalgic - Holmes at his best

  • By scmccarty on 01-20-15

Classic and Nostalgic - Holmes at his best

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

I grew up listening to these stories. My mother would buy these taps and play them in the car and I would listen to them on long car rides. Today, I still listen to them again and again -- and I'm very glad that Audible has them in such great condition.

The BBC did not cut corners with these productions. Professional actors on stage, screen or radio often frequent the casts. The stories are very faithful to Doyle's work. Frankly, I feel that Merrison (despite not being able to see him) is the quintessential Holmes and Williams is the perfect Watson (wise, romantic, friendly and sharp).

Like all of these productions - they are entertaining, fun and interesting to listen to. It truly feels like you are right there with Holmes and Watson in the room -- and are along for the ride. I highly recommend these stories.

  • The Beautiful Mystery

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,195

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking.

  • By Sparkly on 09-04-12

Well Acted and Great Characters

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

What I like about Louise Penny's books is that you can pick up any of them and not be required to backtrack all your way to another book to find out why a character did what he or she did. The Beautiful Mystery fits into this vain. A well written and well thought out book -- it is narrated by Ralph Cosham and it does not dissapoint. The descriptions are vivid, the narration is profound and the focus and emphasis on the characters is truly magical. It is a great book that celebrates Quebec while also delves deep into characters that are flawed, broken and in need of healing. The mystery, however, is the crown jewel; unique, down to earth and truly mesmerizing. It is an excellent listen.

  • Dracula the Un-Dead

  • By: Dacre Stoker, Ian Holt
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69

I>Dracula the Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original novel. Dracula the Un-Dead begins in 1912, 25 years after Dracula "crumbled into dust". Van Helsing's protégé, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dracula Re-Imagined....

  • By Noe on 10-30-09

Great Delivery but Horrible Story

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

Reviewed: 11-10-14

I had high hopes for this book but was greatly towards the halfway point of the book. It was very much divorced from Bram Stoker. What I would have liked was journal and letter entries from the characters as Stoker originally wrote. Furthermore, I truly did not like the story. It was unnecessarily gory, it was not in the same vain as the original and the characters were not believable. I felt that this was a sequel to the film, Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1991. None of it made any sense and the authors take on the original story was not what I expected. I forced myself to finish it. It was just not that good and I wasn't happy with my decision to download it. Just not good writing although the performance by Simon Prebble was very well done. By the way, ending...was god awful.

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  • HRC

  • State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
  • By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The inside story

  • By Jean on 02-20-14

Engrossing and Fun

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

Reviewed: 02-24-14

When Jon Allen writes something like this, I certainly will pick it up and read it. Both Allen and Parnes have written an engrossing, fun and provocative look of Hillary Clinton and the very foundation of Hillaryland. The book dives into not just her incredible evolution of candidate to stateswoman but also the evolution of her operation and her views. I supported Hillary in 2008 and this book cemented my view in her ability to lead, to evolve, to be transformational and a leader not just here in America but across the globe.

In addition, this book does provide some juicy tidbits and red meat for political junkies. I came to dislike the operation that Hillary had in 2008 and appreciated the book diving into what "Hillary 2.0" would look like. It also takes an honest look at her record as Secretary of State.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well performed and gave a frank, honest and astute look at Hillary Clinton. I would recommend this book to any political junkie or informed voter.

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