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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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  • An Occupied Grave

  • Brock & Poole Series, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Barnett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

When mourners gather in the village of Lower Gladdock, the grave is found to be already occupied. The victim is soon linked to a tragedy that tore the village apart five years ago and is handed over to the Bexford police to solve. Detective Sergeant Guy Poole is hoping to put his traumatic past behind him and settle into his new station at Bexford. Now history is threatening to raise its head again, and he has a murder case to contend with. Detective Inspector Sam Brock has a new recruit to take under his wing, and he's determined this one isn't going to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable book.

  • By Jeannette T on 10-28-18

An occupied plot

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I found this to be a very predictable story with characters whom are two dimensional at best. It is tiring to read of unprofessional police officers who carry out the most childish of pranks, or others who deliberately call colleagues by an incorrect name. Unless this book is meant for young adult, or even teen readers, that kind of foolishness should be left behind. The driving subplot is poorly, and very haltingly told. So, if you want an obvious plot, unsatisfactory subplot, and weak characters this is the book for you. I was hoping to find a new series to follow, but I have no desire to read any more entries in this series.
The narration of Nigel Patterson is considerably better than the story he tells.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blitzed

  • Drugs in Nazi Germany
  • By: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Reich, One God, One Dealer

  • By Tim on 03-13-17

Always more to learn

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Any additional comments?

That Hitler was a drug user is not new information, but that the army was high, as well as much of the populace, is, and explains a bit more about the horrors they perpetrated. When on drugs, why care about atrocities? Why, in fact, care about anything but the next fix? This book rewrites much about what we know about the war. The blitz-ers were, indeed, blitzed. I strongly recommend this audio book. Keeble's narration is first rate, and only some redundancy in the telling works against it. Perhaps the most important lesson from the war is 'never forget'. Ohler's book shows there is always still more to learn. Listen Please. Rickapolis

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tide

  • The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth
  • By: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Here is the epic story of the centuries-long search to understand the tide: from Aristotle, said to have drowned himself when he failed to figure out the Greek tides, to the pioneering investigations into the role of the moon by Galileo and Newton to supercomputing in our own time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Relentlessly slow

  • By Rickapolis on 02-09-17

Relentlessly slow

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Any additional comments?

This was a rather tedious listen. I fear it would have been an interminable read. The very slow pace might reflect some of the tides of the world, but I would have preferred something moving a little quicker. Even the maelstrom chapter went at a snails pace. Plug in your earbuds and listen on the beach to help you doze off. I cannot recommend this one.
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  • The Story of Human Language

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913

Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

  • By SAMA on 03-11-14

Unspeakably dull.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Any additional comments?

I bought this series because of the positive reviews. What the writers were thinking is beyond me. I've downloaded a dozen or so of these lectures and none were as sleep inducing as this one. Not even close. Don't buy this unless you want a remedy for insomnia.
Unspeakably dull.

  • The History of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,446

Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incomprehensibly complete

  • By Nassir on 07-09-13

Egyptology at its best

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Any additional comments?

Brier covered so much information, much still new to me although I've read a lot of books about Egypt, that it is a delight to listen. My only complaint is about the canned applause before and after each lecture. I'm willing to bet big money there was no audience present. Not enough to deduct anything though. I recommend this to anyone that has any interest in ancient Egypt. Rickapolis

  • Rebel Yell

  • The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,591

General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western World. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good read

  • By rhl60 on 11-05-14

Rebel Mush

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Any additional comments?

I'm aware that it's difficult not to become enamored of your subject, but this book is absurdly one sided. We really don't need yet another confederate apologist. Cotter Smith's narration was fine, though. I cannot recommend this one unless you're a believer in the 'The Civil War wasn't about slavery' school.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Horizon

  • By: James Hilton
  • Narrated by: Michael de Morgan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love this story, performance not so much

  • By Jennifer Knight on 02-28-14

A wonderful find

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

Any additional comments?

Hilton's story is a classic, well worth the listen. It makes you (or at least, it made me) imagine being in Shangri-la, with no cares at all. A most inviting place. The negative here is the performance. De Morgan's reading is fine, most of his voices are quite good, but the production quality is lacking. At least three times I heard something falling in the background. And the pace is interminable (a digital reworking could clean things up quite a bit). Loooong pauses are frequent. But I recommend you put those problems aside and just listen. I've said before here, classics become classics for a reason. "The Lost Horizon" is well deserving of the honor.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Man with a Load of Mischief

  • A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 729

At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series, but FYI

  • By DCinMI on 03-29-14

A novel with a load of hooey

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

Reviewed: 05-27-14

Any additional comments?

Poor story, poor narration, poor, poor, poor. The plot was very dull, and Steve West is a dreadful narrator. Stay away unless you already are a fan.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Blood on the Bones

  • By: Geraldine Evans
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Lapsed Catholic DI Joe Rafferty isn’t best pleased when he learns his latest case is at the local Roman Catholic convent, where a body was discovered in a shallow grave in the grounds. The nuns’ order is an enclosed, contemplative one, and access to their house and grounds is far from easy. Rafferty is inclined to think that was an inside job. He doesn’t find it as hard as his DS, Dafyd Llewellyn, to believe that nuns are capable of murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Rickapolis on 05-20-14

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

Any additional comments?

There is nothing in this tale to recommend it. The story, while somewhat believable, concludes in an absurd, totally UNBELIEVABLE manner. This is the first Rafferty book I've listened to, and will certainly never listen to another. Gordon Griffin, however, did a fine job of narration. Unless you're a fan of the series, avoid this nonsense.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in Thrall

  • By: Anne Cleeland
  • Narrated by: Marcella Riordan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 538

First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great new entry into British mysteries

  • By Tracey on 08-05-13

A bit creepy, but enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

Any additional comments?

First off, Marcella Riordan's narration was excellent. I loved her accents for virtually all the characters, and hope to hear more of her work. As for the story, I feel a bit guilty about enjoying it as much as I did. That is because the second main character is a stalker. And freely admits it. Initially it reminded me of my early teens when, due to extreme shyness, I'd look up the address of my latest crush, and then ride my bike past her house to see if I would find her outside (it actually worked once!). But this goes far beyond that bit of youthful innocence, and most definitely crosses to the creepy side.The victim doesn't seem to mind, although she does have her moments. But I still was interested all the way through and find myself hoping for a sequel. The mystery was a bit overreaching, but then it did all tie together, in its way. If you're touchy about the subject you might want to give this one a miss. Otherwise, I think you'll find it a worthwhile listen.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful