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  • Farewell My Lovely

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,450

Eight years ago Moose Malloy and cute little redhead Velma were getting married - until someone framed Malloy for armed robbery. Now his stretch is up and he wants Velma back. PI Philip Marlow meets Malloy one hot day in Hollywood and, out of the generosity of his jaded heart, agrees to help him. Dragged from one smoky bar to another, Marlowe's search for Velma turns up plenty of dangerous gangsters with a nasty habit of shooting first and talking later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fond Farewell

  • By Ian C Robertson on 10-21-15

Perfect narrator; deliciously noir

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

Seamless, elegant prose, fascinating characters, flashes of wit (including a hilarious reference to the dinner party scene in The Thin Man!) and a good, if not too-hard-to-figure-out mystery. Ray Porter is brilliant. More of these, please, Audible!

N.B. Absolutely politically incorrect, but an incredible snapshot of 1940 in LA. Fans of the Easy Rawlings series will appreciate seeing the flip side of Easy's circumstances.

  • Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, is a personal narrative about Thoreau's solitary living experience near Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Starting with the building of his cabin by the pond in 1845, Thoreau recounts his experience away from society and city life. Thoreau spends his time growing beans for money while appreciating the beautiful wilderness around him. Although he lives a solitary life for nearly two years, Thoreau explains that he does not feel as isolated as one might think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Classic!

  • By Carlos on 01-14-17

Classic text ineptly read by BBC newscaster

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Would you try another book from Henry David Thoreau and/or Philippe Duquenoy?

Thoreau, yes.

What did you like best about this story?

The nuggets of incredible insight and humor.

Would you be willing to try another one of Philippe Duquenoy’s performances?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience?

I think I could have done with slightly less information about the ice on Walden Pond.

Any additional comments?

This narrator was so terrible, I downloaded and listened to the (free!) Librivox recording of the book, which was read far more ably by its amateur narrator.

2 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,800

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes). This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a good Mycroft story!

  • By Sherlock Fan on 09-28-15

Good--as long as you realize it's fanfic

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

An interesting expansion of the Holmes universe, marred by uneven storytelling and the character of Cyrus Douglas, who, because he is altogether too perfect, is an obvious stand-in for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar--what the kids call a "Mary Sue."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Code of the Woosters

  • Jeeves to the Rescue
  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Wodehouse narrator

  • By Philip on 03-09-05

Perfection from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

Whether this is your first foray into the world of Jeeves and Wooster or your twentieth, you simply can't beat the combination of Jonathan Cecil and Wodehouse.

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,143

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adjust Your Perspective...

  • By E. Baxter on 11-13-03

Good lord, what appalling bilge

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

What disappointed you about The Da Vinci Code?

First of all the story itself is complete nonsense.

But even that would be supportable if the story had any narrative drive. But somehow, even though all the so-called "action" fits into about 24 hours, very little actually happens. And there is so. much. talking. It's like Dan Brown jotted down all the cool digressions that his favorite art history professor ever made, and then decided to base a book on them.

Has The Da Vinci Code turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely.

In the interview with the screenwriter who adapted the novel (and who is clearly an order of magnitude more intelligent than Dan Brown) he referred to The Da Vinci Code as "speculative fiction." I guess that's code (ha! I've been reading too much Dan Brown--everything is a code now) for "Conspiracy Theory Lite."

You know, I don't mind it when Jules Verne and H. G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs make up submarines powered who knows how, lost worlds where there are still dinosaurs, and people traveling to Mars, because everyone knows they're making it up. But this guy is dicking around with Christianity, a religion (in case you haven't noticed) with over a billion practitioners. And to flat out make up the shit he invents strikes me as either insensitive or outright malicious.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Michael’s performances?

I would not.

First of all, he read so, so slowly. The audiobook was 17 hours long and could have been 15 and a half.

Second of all, he made his characters sound like zombies. With the exception of Sir Leigh Teabing, all the characters had a very flat affect. I guess that's how Michael envisions the effects of religious fanaticism and puzzlement, the two dominating mental states of most of the book's characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger that I wasted a credit. Disappointment that apparently so many people know so little religious history that they actually believe this story to be true.

Any additional comments?

May I please have my credit back? Those were 17 of the least entertaining hours I have ever spent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • If Walls Could Talk

  • Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,343

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Change

  • By Carole T. on 06-15-15

Derivative

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

A couple of chapters in, I realized why this book felt so familiar. It's like a Stephanie Plum novel. And the female protagonist is perky. I hate perky.

  • The Yearling

  • By: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Young Jody lives with his ma and pa on a farm in backwoods Florida. Life is hard there: cutting wood, planting fields, hauling water from a distant sinkhole. It is dangerous: wolves and bears roam the night. It’s also lonely for a young boy. One spring day, Jody’s pa kills a deer for meat. When Jody sees her spotted fawn in the brush, he convinces his father they should bring the fawn home. Thus begins a year when deer and boy are never far from each other. But the day will come when Jody must make a terrible choice between his beloved pet and his family’s survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgeous

  • By P. Giorgio on 10-22-13

Best and most touching coming-of-age story ever

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

The characterization, the rural simplicity, simple narrative arc, the friendship with Fodder-Wing, the closeness of the family, the descriptions of the landscape and its wildlife--it's like Huckleberry Finn, Little House on the Prairie, and the parable of the prodigal son all rolled into one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Parker Pyne Investigates

  • A Parker Pyne Collection
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Mrs. Packington felt alone, helpless, and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in the Times that read: "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne." Equally adept at putting together the fragments of a murder mystery or the pieces of a broken marriage, Mr. Parker Pyne is possibly the world's most unconventional private investigator. Armed with just his intuitive knowledge of human nature, he is an Englishman abroad, traveling the globe to solve and undo crime and misdemeanor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a detective in sight

  • By ktkat1949 on 11-09-14

Stories a bit dated

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

Hugh Fraser does a fine job, but many of the stories were less than gripping. They were all fairly comic, though, so the book is amusing, and occasionally, Christie's delightful sense of humor and self-deprecation peeks through, as when a character takes a break from Greek ruins to spend an afternoon reading a thriller.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hide My Eyes

  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In Hide My Eyes, Campion finds himself hunting down a serial killer. A spate of murders leaves him and his friend and colleague Inspector Luke, with only the baffling clues of a left-hand glove and a lizard-skin lettercase. However a chain of strange events leads them to an odd museum of curiosities hidden in a quiet London neighbourhood where there is more going on than meets the eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good, not great

  • By Lissa on 12-11-14

Allingham just keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

This time we get into the mind and habits of s serial killer, pursued by a wider circle of interested parties. Excellent and very modern, and Charles Luke really shines. My only complaint is that Lugg and Amanda don't play a part.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tiger in the Smoke

  • An Albert Campion Mystery
  • By: Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Jack Havoc, jail-breaker and knife artist, is on the loose on the streets of London once again. In the faded squares of shabby houses, in the furtive alleys and darkened pubs, the word is out that the Tiger is back in town, more vicious and cunning than ever. It falls to Albert Campion to pit his wits against the killer and hunt him down through the city's November smog before it is too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not really a mystery-unique among Campions

  • By Meep on 11-19-13

Allingham gets better and better!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

The series started as the poor man's Lord Peter Wimsey, with its English manor houses and Bright Young Things. But as with the Harry Pitter novels, each Campion mystery is a bit darker than its predecessor. In this one, the guilty party is clear fairly early on, and the central problem is whether the murderer will be
Caught before killing again. Allingham had a gift for creating realistic characters, and the criminal in this case is chilling.