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  • 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 2,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,666

"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

Annoying on so many levels.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

Could not finish it. Plodding story, annoying main characters, mediocre narrator. Find a real Sherlock mystery.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Banquet of Consequences

  • A Lynley Novel, Book 19
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 863

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrible Letdown

  • By Augusta on 11-05-15

About 3 hours too long

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

Would you consider the audio edition of A Banquet of Consequences to be better than the print version?

John Lee did a good job, although his female Caro Goldacre voice started to be just annoying, which, I suppose it was meant to be.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Sort of. I was interested enough to listen till the end of the book.

Any additional comments?

This book needed some streamlining and editing. It was just plain slow in places and too detailed. I did listen till the end, but I felt like I was slogging through it rather than listening happily.

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,477

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

Great story, but read the book!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Harbor to be better than the print version?

Get the book, the narration is just annoying.

What other book might you compare Broken Harbor to and why?

Much like the other Tana French books, similar to the Shetland series and the "Vera" mysteries

What didn’t you like about Stephen Hogan’s performance?

I can't say enough to warn you away from the audible version. I know some people have said the Irish accent is unintelligible, which it's not, really, but the narrator is difficult to listen to, overly dramatic, and at times screechy. His interpretation of the main character's sister is enough to make you as mad crazy as she is. I finally stopped listening and bought the book during one of her extended rants.

Any additional comments?

The mysteries within the mystery itself will keep you reading, just read it and enjoy your own voices for the characters.

  • Six Years

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,933
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,157

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!

  • By GH on 03-20-13

Don't know if it was the story or the narration

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

Reviewed: 03-19-14

What disappointed you about Six Years?

Scott Brick has the whiny, urgent, at-the-end-of-my-rope voice down pat. It perfectly fit this overly long and unbelievable story. By the end of the book I was thoroughly sick of Jake, and hoped that when he found Natalie she'd permanently put him out of his misery. Meh...

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

David Colacci

  • The Lion

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,504

Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to Scott Brick?!!

  • By JSR on 07-03-10

Let me summarize

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-10

First 10 chapters: exciting
Next 36 chapters: really really boring, coupled with more than the usual snarky John Corey commentary, a recipe for tediousness...
Last few chapters: A crack ATTF officer being an idiot.

Plus, the usually superb Scott Brick being not superb.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Walking Shadow

  • A Spenser Novel
  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Daniel Parker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Spenser is investigating the Port City Theater Company, where the director claims he's being stalked. When an actor is shot dead during a performance, all clues lead to the local Chinese Mafia, whose roots run deep in this drab waterfront city. With Hawk and ex mobster Vinnie assisting, Spenser eventually triumphs in one of his most compelling adventures.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • IF YOU LIKE SPENSER, DON'T BOTHER!

  • By Amy on 09-10-09

If I could give this no stars

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-09

I would. The narrator is every bit as bad as everyone else claims. Lispy, and he sounds like he might be 11 or 12 years old.

He's not Spenser, not Hawk and not even particularly good. Do yourself a favor and buy the book, then pray they put Joe Mantegna back to work on the next one!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,921

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

This author needed a better editor!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-09

I listened to the whole thing, although I figured most of it out well before the end. And I guess I cared enough about the characters to want to know what happened.

But, this is a mishmash of a whole lot of things, Dickens characters, a "serialized" format, Victorian/Edwardian meandering and wordy stories, books within books (Eliza's fairy tales). In the end I had the feeling that the author didn't know what she wanted this book to be when it grew up.

If you have lots of time, are looking for a leisurely, slow-paced story, with lots of words, this is the novel for you. If you're more the action/instant gratification type, check for an abridged version.

13 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Villa of Mysteries

  • The Rome Series: Book 2
  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

In Rome's crowded Campo dei Fiori, a woman rushes up to two carabinieri lounging in their sunglasses and uniforms, insisting that her 16-year-old daughter has just been abducted. Detective Nic Costa sees the scene unfold and intervenes. Because Costa knows what the two officers don't: that in the morgue at Rome's police headquarters, a forensic pathologist is examining the strange, mummified corpse of another girl, whose disappearance and death bear haunting similarities.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Italian accents

  • By Vincent on 12-31-07

If you can get past the cheesy accents

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-08

...then this book is a pretty good mystery. Why they chose to do the main characters (all Italian) with REALLY bad Italian accented English is beyond me, maybe because there were one or two English speaking characters?

I do plan to keep up with the series, but will probably read the rest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cold Company

  • An Alaska Mystery
  • By: Sue Henry
  • Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Famed Alaskan "musher" Jessie Arnold thinks she's finally put her dark past behind her. But the excavations on her new cabin unearth a decades-old skeleton entombed in a crumbling basement wall, along with a butterfly pendant necklace worn by the alleged victim of a brutal serial slayer who preyed on area women 20 years earlier.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of the best

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-07

Not one of the best

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-07

of Sue Henry's mysteries, but it was made doubly disappointing by the narrator, whose voice was grating and pronunciation stilted. Listen to a sample before you download to see if her voice is as unpleasant to you as it was to me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Vanish

  • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless thriller. A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Vanished Logic

  • By James B on 12-17-05

Great story, but....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-05

I think the reader was channelling Fran Drescher when she decided what a Bostonian should sound like. What were the producers thinking?

If you can ignore the accent then the story is worthwhile.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful