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  • A Place of Hiding

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey's wealthiest inhabitants and its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II. It is from this period of time that his murderer may well have come. But there are others on Guernsey with reason to want Guy Brouard dead....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • never again

  • By Jean on 05-20-17

never again

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I vowed I'd never read/listen to another E. George novel unless it was abridged. Now I vow I will never read/listen to another abridged or not. Lame plot, cliche after cliche, no character development.

What could Elizabeth George have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Jones?

The narration couldn't save it or make it any worse.

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

disappointment

  • The Modern Scholar: Medieval Mysteries

  • The History Behind the Myths of the Middle Ages
  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The Middle Ages is not only a period of Romance, but of legends, tales, and mysteries. In this course, Professor Thomas F. Madden guides listeners through the most famous and enduring narratives of medieval Europe. Beginning with King Arthur, Professor Madden peels back layers of exaggeration and fiction to lay bare the historical basis for the mythical king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining And Enlightening

  • By Hellocat on 06-03-14

Good content, good information - I think

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

If you could sum up The Modern Scholar: Medieval Mysteries in three words, what would they be?

good content, information

Did Thomas F. Madden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not relevant here

Any additional comments?

The mysteries he selects to talk about are interesting topics and if I had to guess, I think he gave good information about them. Much of the history comes from primary sources and I am always impressed with that. I can only believe it because it makes sense. I have never been able to believe that chastity belts were a real thing!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,807

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

  • By JD on 12-02-14

Sunday sermonette

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

What did you like best about Yes Please? What did you like least?

I found the book to be preachy. I loved Tina Fey's memoir, but this one, not so much. Everybody she mentions is fabulous and the most fun and funny, and she loves him/her, and everything she has learned should be believed and all her life lessons should be followed. Her candor is good, but it just reads too much like a lesson. Or a hundred and three lessons.

What could Amy Poehler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

don't know

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's fun to listen to her voice.

Did Yes Please inspire you to do anything?

No, but I felt her wanting to inspire me all down the road. That doesn't appeal to me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harbour Street

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that one lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never guessed the ending

  • By Susan S. on 12-17-15

much ado about, what?

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I can't recommend this book. Altho I love Vera and most of the stories about her, this one is just too long, convoluted and has an ending that comes out of nowhere. An ending that suggests an author saying, what can I salvage from this story, and deciding to just pick the most odd-ball solution to the puzzle in order to be able to stop writing.

Would you recommend Harbour Street to your friends? Why or why not?

See above

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I wish she was the narrator of the first Vera Stanhope book I listened to. Altho this woman did an okay job, she lacked the color of the first one.

Could you see Harbour Street being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Um, no

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gods and Beasts

  • A Novel
  • By: Denise Mina
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful writing, not-so-wonderful performance

  • By Brook on 02-27-13

A challenge to expectations

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

Reviewed: 03-03-14

The story is gritty and dishearteningly realistic. It presents a depiction of corruption and its workings in an all-too-believeable weaving of elements of society and politics. I think Mina will go down as one of the finest writers of mystery fiction of our time.

I read a lot of criticism of the reader of this book. I think she did a great job! Outstanding, in fact. But I, too, was disappointed at first not to hear the same reader who has done earlier performances and who seemed to me to be the voice of Denise Mina. As the reading went on, I got used to the new voice and I am sorry to hear her disparaged just because she wasn't the expected. I thought she gave a very measured and nuanced performance. In fact she was very clear and perhaps a little bit more easily understood than the previous reader.

  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A knockout!

  • By Robert on 03-15-07

Dickens with only four stars for story?

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

Reviewed: 12-03-12

I love Dickens and it seems silly to give this a four, but it was so long and I'm afraid, predictable, that I can't give it a five. This may be due to the fact that I didn't have a lot of time to listen and therefore it was just with me for too long. But it did seem to lack the individual characters that I could really invest my attention in, like Pip and David. It seemed "padded" to me which I haven't felt with any other Dickens. The reader was fine, but maybe a more exciting reader would have given me more of the characters. The usual Dickens humor was there and really good.

Unfortunately, the first Dickens I listened to was Great Expectations with Martin Jarvis as narrator, and so my standards were sent extremely high. This is still better than a thousand other stories and if you have more concentrated time to listen, I think you will enjoy it more wholeheartedly than I did.

  • Slip of the Knife

  • By: Denise Mina
  • Narrated by: Jane Macfarlane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder - as a reporter she lives at crime scenes - but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help - she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Lehua of Pacifica on 04-10-08

Another suspense winner from Mina

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

Reviewed: 12-03-12

Although the level of coincidence strains belief, the suspense and the careful drawing of characters, along with the painstaking procedure of crime solving keep the interest high. The reader is one of the best and I'll listen to anything she reads!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Spies

  • By: Michael Frayn
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live, the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackouts at night and a single random bomb-site. But the two boys suspect that the ordinary houses in the Close and their inhabitants are not what they seem.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

WWII home front story

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

Reviewed: 12-03-12

This story is intelligent, suspenseful, poignant and told from one of the most genuine "child's points-of-view" I've ever read. The reader is terrific and his ability to differentiate the characters is amazing. He never sounds childish but invests the reading with a child's determination and earnestness. I loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Trial of Elizabeth Cree

  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht, Simon Prebble, Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

If your tastes run to Victorian mysteries and murder, you’ll enjoy Peter Ackroyd’s special blending of fact and fiction in this magnificent recreation of the bizarre murders that rocked Victorian England. Drawing on surviving police records and court transcripts, Ackroyd paints a fascinating portrait of a savage murderer, the terror that rippled across London, and the innocent woman charged with the crimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good!

  • By Jean on 07-06-12

Pretty good!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-12

Peter Ackroyd is not for the faint-hearted. The story is interesting and the performance is great. But it is a gory story. I liked the glimpses of London is the late 1880s and the references to actual people are neat. But I never know how much to believe of his writing and I don't like to be put in the position of maybe thinking something is true and then to find out, no, that part was fiction. Sort of how I feel about Doctorow.

But a definite good listen.
JK

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Headhunters

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a great book

  • By D. WARD on 11-21-11

well, it was okay at first...

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

Reviewed: 01-24-12

Another one of those crime novels that starts off well, and then seems to lose its way. It doesn't know what to do with itself so it just gets gross. Let's see how revolting we can be. Floating in an outhouse cess pool? Not gross enough? Let's try stabbing a fat man with little scissors and smelling his intestinal contents. It ended up being stupid and I didn't finish it. The reader was fine, but he was, of course, limited by the text.
JK