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  • Three Things About Elsie

  • A Novel
  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago? Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very well written But a sad story about aging.

  • By A. Dangerfield on 09-04-18

Gem of a Book

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This mystery novel wove in suspense as well as a beautifully written narrative of the process of getting older. I loved so many of the life observations by the characters that I plan to buy the book and read it again, highlighting the ones I want to remember. Ms Cannon understands the human condition and writes so eloquently in a compassionate way that it honors all of us. Thank you, Paula.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Twist of the Knife

  • A Novel
  • By: Becky Masterman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn, now happily settled in Tucson, doesn't visit her family in Florida much. But her former partner on the force, Laura Coleman - a woman whose life she has saved and who has saved her life in turn - is living there now. So when Laura calls about a case that is not going well, Brigid doesn't hesitate to get on a plane. On leave from the Bureau, Laura has been volunteering for a legal group trying to prove the innocence of a man who is on death row for killing his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off slow but worth your time and patience

  • By Christopher C. Thomas on 04-22-17

The Mighty Quinn

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I love the character of Bridget Quinn. She is a complicated heroine: seasoned, sassy, and tough as nails with a guarded heart. I especially like the way Masterman has woven a complicated set of characters, especially those of her immediate family. I also enjoyed the twists and turns of the quick paced plot and although I found myself thinking "look out' for this and that, the author never failed to surprise me. Suzane Toren's narration is masterful, channeling the throaty wit of an Anne Richardson for Brigit while skillfully switching voice to other characters. I listened to the first three novels during my vacation and am looking forward to the next book.

  • Badlands

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

Twenty miles across the North Dakota border, where the scenery goes from rolling grass prairie to pipeline fields, detective Cassie Dewell has been assigned as the new deputy sheriff of Grimstad - a place people used to be from but were never headed to. Grimstad is now the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals hustling to corner the market.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Huge C.J. Box fan; this book, however, not so much

  • By Kate on 08-03-15

Strong Women

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I've always loved CJ Box's portray of women, and I'm happy to see a strong woman protagonist take on a difficult, complex challenge with guts and heart.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Highway

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 852

When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a twist

  • By Dennis on 08-22-13

Rivetting

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I like C.J.Box's work and have listened to most of his books. I love his sense of character development and details of setting while keeping an engaging pace in the plot. I know that neck of the woods and he is true to the people and the land. "The Highway" is as good as he gets with a surprising twist. Looking forward to the next one.

  • Torchwood: The Exodus Code

  • By: John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman
  • Narrated by: Daniel Pirrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exodus Code an immortals adventure

  • By Bonnie on 12-29-12

Captain Jack is Back

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

Reviewed: 10-07-12

What did you love best about Torchwood: The Exodus Code?

Exodus Code moves the story of Captain Jack Harkness forward. The combination of John Barrowman's insight into the character he plays, and Carol Barrowman's writing skill has produced a thoughtful, gripping tale that both reaches back into memory of previous characters yet embracing new ones. Past characters were honored, and new ones were fully sketched. Although the Captain has moved on from the trauma of Children of the Earth and Miracle Day, memories still haunt the immortal man. However the wit and swagger is back. Carol's descriptions of the people and landscapes are vivid, especially in Peru. I especially enjoyed the witty sexual tension in the relationship of Jack and Renso in the beginning of the book. The confrontation scene between Gwen and Rys was chilling. The scenes on Ice Maiden were engaging and believable. The Torchwood signature traits of action, drama, and sly humor were all in the mix.

Any additional comments?

Russell T Davies's Captain Jack Harkness is one of the most complex and interesting characters in modern science fiction, and this story moves the character forward. Even though I was disappointed that John did not have time to do the audio book himself, Daniel Pirrie did a good job with all the accents, especially Jack's. I bought both the book then the audio, and it was money well spent. Best Torchwood book ever!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Torchwood: Mr Invincible

  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Tom Price
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Tom Price reads this exclusive audio adventure set after the conclusion of Miracle Day, featuring Captain Jack Harkness and Sgt Andy Davidson. Ross Chapman is one of life's losers. So when he survives a point-blank shooting, dons a superhero costume, and becomes a crime-busting vigilante, something strange is clearly going on. And Ross's transformation isn't the only odd thing happening in Cardiff. Time is distorting - around the city, some people are aging, dying, and decomposing in a matter of minutes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever Plot, Excellent Narration

  • By StarKayak on 06-17-12

Clever Plot, Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-17-12

Where does Torchwood: Mr Invincible rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

This is one of the more enjoyable post Miracle Day stories focusing on Captain Jack Harkness. The plot is clever, the dialog has wit and pathos, and Tom Price's narration brings back the voice of the endearing PC Andy. Wonderful addition to the Torchwood series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Torchwood: Red Skies

  • By: Joseph Lidster
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

John Telfer reads this exclusive audio adventure, set after the conclusion of Miracle Day, featuring Captain Jack Harkness. Jack Harness is in need of a holiday. He wants to get away from Torchwood, away from the human race - and where better to get completely away from it all than Cotter Paluni's World, a planet surrounded by deadly scarlet lightning and cut off from the entire universe? But there are some shocks in store for Jack....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jack's Story Continues

  • By StarKayak on 05-16-12

Jack's Story Continues

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

Reviewed: 05-16-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Joseph Lidster is a seasoned writer who has a deep understanding of the Torchwood characters. His other books Lost Souls, In the Shadows and his script for the episode A Day in the Death combines action with a grasp of the evolving psychological complexity of the characters and their histories: especially Jack Harkness. The story line pulls the mythic elements from classics like Dante's Inferno and The Wizard of Oz in its structure, yet keeps the science fiction aspects strong. There is enough of Jack's back story to catch up the new listener, and enough development to intrigue the Torchwood fan. I hope to see more from Lidster to keep Torchwood alive until the next series or movie.

What didn???t you like about John Telfer???s performance?

John Telfer has done an excellent job on other audiobooks. However, he doesn't get the American accent and pacing right for Captain Jack Harkness. This is important because the focus is on Jack the entire time. The accent was so distracting to me that I would rather get the book and read it using my memory of John Barrowman's performances to recreate the sound of the character in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful