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  • Dark Tide Rising

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Harry Exeter doesn't want the aid of the Thames River Police in tracking down the men who kidnapped his wife, Kate. He only asks them to help him navigate Jacob's Island, a creepy mass of decrepit buildings where he will hand off a large sum of money in exchange for her life. But when they arrive at the meeting place, Commander Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides, and Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans. As Monk follows leads, it seems inevitable one of his own men has betrayed him. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your credit

  • By JKL on 10-06-18

Another fine story set in England marred by an inadequate narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

I always enjoy the William Monk stories and this was no exception. The author manages to bring in the psychology of all those involved, which always makes for richer tale. Unfortunately, and I must remind myself again about this, this particular narrator, who does really wonderfully well with other projects, simply does not have the English accent necessary to bring this off. I think I would rather hear him read it with no accent at all than try to do it with an English accent. Just my opinion but I am a little sensitive to this particular accent. Still and all a good listen.

  • In the Midst of Winter

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 589

In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident - which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster - a 60-year-old human rights scholar - hits the car of Evelyn Ortega - a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala - in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Allende, rich, warm, enticing.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-17

One star off for poor forensics

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

This is actually a very entertaining and even occasionally thrilling psychological suspense mystery. The characters are fleshed out and interesting, the relationships seem backed by solid psychology, and the sense of inevitable disaster is well established and compelling. My only issue, and it’s not really a small one, is that when we finally find out exactly what happened, suddenly you start to wonder why no one questioned some fairly significant forensic evidence that had to have been present at the time the crime was discovered. But never mind. A pretty good listen.

  • Pandora's Boy

  • The Flavia Albia Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

First-century Rome is not the quiet, orderly city that it pretends to be. Over on the Quirinal Hill, a naive young girl has died, and there's a suggestion that she was poisoned by a love potion. Looking into the matter, Flavia Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, soon discovers the young girl was a handful, and her so-called friends were not as friendly as they should have been. When a friend of Albia's is murdered, things take an even more serious turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great and pithy adventure in the world of the Falcos

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-20-19

Another great and pithy adventure in the world of the Falcos

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

The author has really caught her stride with this second set of novels, this one about the daughter of Falco. She carries on her fathers work as a private investigator in first century room, Domitian now being the tyrant- emperor. One of the many things I love about her writing is how contemporary it feels, how relatable. This story of spoiled young people getting up to no good could’ve been lifted from today’s headlines, and why not? Rome was in its day quite equivalent to the pinnacle, if we can call us that, of western civilization in modern times. Suspenseful, gritty, hilarious, I love these books.

  • Lamb

  • The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,121

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blasphemus or righteous?

  • By Timothy on 08-19-08

Screamingly funny yet oddly reverent

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Once again Christopher Moore does not disappoint. This exhaustively researched book – yes, it really is, I recommended it to my Rector and she was amazed – hits all the known tropes of Jesus’ life along with Hilarious yet anthropologically accurate side trips. Truly entertaining and often unexpectedly moving.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,864

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Exhaustively detailed thrill ride

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

This challenging and frequently violent story of spy versus spy in the 21st-century is quite compelling. Characters to root for, characters to hate and detailed descriptions that will leave you feeling claustrophobic. The ending left me slightly annoyed but a good listen, nonetheless.

  • The Paragon Hotel

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. She has her sights set on Oregon. She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1st 5 star listen of 2019

  • By MissSusie66 on 01-17-19

Riveting historical fiction exposing racism in Portland Oregon in the 1920s

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I have read the trilogy of mid 19th century novels about the early New York City police force by this author, and very much enjoyed them, so I was hopeful this would not disappoint. A completely different narrative voice, this time female, unspools a compelling and sometimes rather gritty yarn full of fascinating historical details and unique characters. I could go for more of this – I’m wondering if there’s a sequel? Quite unexpected. Had no idea the state of Oregon had such a hideous racist past. A really good listen.

  • Iron Lake

  • Cork O'Connor, Book 1
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,251

Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Series

  • By Lia on 06-01-18

Good writing redeems occasionally ridiculous plot.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I decided I wanted to check this author out because two of the raves on his books are from two authors I really love. His writing is really very good, evocative, and clear, and suspenseful. However, sometimes a character behaves like a complete idiot, in a way that would have you screaming at the screen before grabbing the remote to change channels, if you were seeing it on TV. Similarly, the injuries sustained in various brawls are sometimes miraculously disregarded an hour or two later. I’m willing to give him a second chance, but I get enough bad storytelling in the films and TV I watch. We’ll see how I feel after the next book in the series.

  • Animal Dreams

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

Animal Dreams is a passionate and complex novel about love, forgiveness, and one woman's struggle to find her place in the world. At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship. There she meets handsome Apache trainman Loyd Peregrina, who tells her, "If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • She reads my heart

  • By Sue Spahr Hodges on 08-03-18

Involving sometimes nearly magical story Nearly ruined by narration.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This is my first book by this author who I have been meaning to read for years. Unfortunately, it appears she narrates all of her audiobooks which is really going to put me off any further books She has a remarkable skill with prose and Storytelling, beautiful imagery and compelling characters, but she needs to realize there are other people who can read it better than she can.

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,869

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, haunting, but slow developing

  • By Christopher on 04-29-05

Compelling if puzzling novel with a somewhat tragic vision of the “future”

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Without giving too much away, this reads more like Margaret Atwood, then what I expect of this Pulitzer prize-winning author, whose work The Remains of the Day is a recognized contemporary classic.

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent audio book performance

  • By Julie Leto on 08-03-14

Utterly engrossing and surprisingly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I saw the film, of coarse probably 20 years ago now. The novel is richer, told in the first person by the butler whose blinkered devotion to a class structure and a profession that permits no deviation is sometimes hilarious, sometimes frustration-inducing, and always a remarkable bellwether of an era that was passing. A great listen, wonderful writing, informative yet at times heart rending.