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  • A Fatal Winter

  • Max Tudor, Book 2
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 553

In A Fatal Winter, Max Tudor - Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob - investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder. With a cozy setting, intricate puzzles, and a handsome (non-celibate) priest doing the sleuthing, the books in this series are destined to become instant classics in the mystery world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reincarnation Christie updated to 21st century!!

  • By Byron on 01-07-13

He's not all that!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-13

Any additional comments?

I liked the first book in this series, the village, the characters, etc. they all came together to make for a "cozy" mystery. In this book of the series I was surprised, Father Max knows he's "all that" for most of the story? There were too many times in this book he came off as arrogant and not at all the Father Max of the first book, who was much more charming. It felt like it was someone's first book, a little forced to get points across, characters acting out of character (Max was used to women reacting to his gray eyes, good looks, etc) not smooth. No spoilers, but at one point one of the main characters which really doesn't have much to do with the mystery (but does have to do with part of the story) is all of a sudden popped in and out of the middle of the mystery. Didn't really offer much contribution, I did get the point, but when the character popped back out of the scene just as quickly I was left to wonder what the heck that was about? Like the editor reminded the author that this main character needs to be included? Another impression I got was that the author had this idea for the mystery in the castle, and actually the outcome was surprising and it was a good story - but maybe it just needed a little more time to get the characters to flow a little more together. I'm listening to the third book of the series now, and it's a bit better, but I have to say book one of this series so far was the best, and I'm hoping for better things for the second half of the third book. Overall, if this series keeps up I'm hoping for more of what I saw and I do look forward to reading (listening) to more, because I really do like that all the main characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken

  • Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, Book 3
  • By: Tarquin Hall
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in the multi-million-dollar Indian Premier League dies during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan - the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one woman in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Delhi detective (see recipe too)

  • By Maine Colonial 🌲 on 07-23-12

So nice to hear a good book :)

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

Any additional comments?

I'm not done with this yet, but Mr. Hall has done it again and listening to Sam Dastor tell another tale of Chubby, Rumpey, Mummy Ji, and the rest of the well known cast is music to my ears. You don't have to start with the first book of the series to enjoy them, but I would recommend you do to get to know the characters.

Chubby's on a diet, but we all know he's cheating. There are mustaches, cricket matches, old friends, old memories... Mummy Ji is going to get the answers before Chubby, I wonder if she will?

In this book the characters are fleshing out even more. You know them by now, but their backstories are getting filled in, but not at the expense of the story. So far the two seem to go hand in hand and I am anxious to find out why and how and who, but not too anxious as there is no fourth book yet!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,360

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

What a great listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-13

Any additional comments?

I read the reviews for this book many times and then I finally bought it during a recent sale. I am so glad I did.

It was very easy to follow the shift between current and past. Well done. To write like that and not get it all muddled or not muddling the reader is an accomplishment. I was surprised at the end. I thought something else was going to be "revealed" but that guess was proven wrong shortly before the end so then I really didn't know. This was the kind of book that you want to keep going. Find out how the characters are and what else happened and happens. The narrator did a great job, perfect voice for this story I thought. I took a break from my usual cozy mysteries for this one and I am sure I'm going to go back for more. It was a pleasure to listen to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye

  • Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Michaels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,044

Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • review of Abby Cooper series

  • By Roger on 03-11-10

Good start

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

Reviewed: 06-03-13

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book, for the most part. The story had enough twists to keep it interesting. So far I'm liking the characters. Can see that it is definitely the beginning of a series, and maybe the authors first published work? Lots of potential and I'm looking forward to the others.

I'm disappointed to see it's the same narrator for the whole series. She has a great voice and I think could have carried the story without trying to "voice" certain emotions/inflections. When she tries to make Abby do a girlie squeal, or make a flirty thought or comment, or get sarcastic - for me she misses the boat entirely. There was one scene between Abby and her sister and I almost shut the book off at that point it sounded so weird. I'm glad I didn't, but still. Hoping the narration grows too. So far I agree with the other reviewers, worth plowing through the awkward narration parts.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Speaking from Among the Bones

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the best Flavia yet!!

  • By Donald on 03-17-13

Can't wait for the next one!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Any additional comments?

I was sooooo skeptical about the first Flavia de Luce - Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I got it on Sale and because it was recommended and the reviews were great. For the first one it took a couple tries to really get into it. I cannot remember why now, but it didn't take long and I was back to buy the rest and wait for more!

I'm still waiting, now for the 6th Flavia de Luce! I even went to Amazon to see if a paper version of the next in the series was available, but Audible kept up with the printed version - this is the latest! I'd rather Jane Enwistle reads it anyway - can't imagine anyone else narrating these books, she is perfect. Flavia is maturing. As any 11 year old would be. She did fabulous, again. There is a cliff hanger at the end of this book, not what you think the ending will be. I wasn't totally surprised by it, the content, as I think somehow Mr. Bradley put something in previous book(s) that very subtely puts the idea into the listeners (readers) mind. No spoiler alerts. As for the cast of characters. I enjoyed them, but for a while I was sort of wondering why we had to know anything about them, things didn't seem to connect - but Mr. Bradley and Flavia tie everything together for a satisfying conclusion! Well done and well read.

Flavia and Gladys are, as usual, all around the village and in the "know". There are more details to everyone's story that are shared with us, i.e. about the Vicar and his wife and others. There is a body, multiple "suspects", organ pipes, jewels, lessons in nature and poisons, etc.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Pyramid

  • The Kane Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,484

Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much appreciated

  • By B. Turner on 05-28-10

So Far So Good :)

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

Any additional comments?

Haven't finished listening yet, but it's asking for a review and I can share what I do know. I got this book to listen to with an 11 year old boy. This audio book has had me hooked from the beginning. The two narrators are, in my opinion, perfect for their parts. The story is amazing, it is truly a story. Makes you think that it's all very possible and probable! I didn't read (or listen) to R. R.'s other series - the lightening one. Saw the movie, which I enjoyed, but I think I'm liking this setting in Egyptian myth's and history better! I'm having a hard time not listening when my step-son isn't with me, but I do wait (not patiently). Definitely don't have to be a kid to enjoy this!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dangerous Talent

  • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093

From the outside, Alix London appears to have it all. Unfortunately for Alix, what you see isn’t exactly what you get. A brilliant, once-promising art student, the daughter of a prominent New York art conservator, Alix and her world were left in ruins when her father went to prison for art forgery. Then she meets Christine Lemay, a novice art collector with deep pockets and a handle on a recently discovered painting by American master Georgia O’Keeffe. Chris needs the painting authenticated....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this

  • By Constance Jenkins on 09-11-17

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

Any additional comments?

I purchased this book because it is written by the Elkins and I have enjoyed reading the Gideon Oliver books over the years. I was slightly surprised by this book as there was, especially towards the beginning, more romance to it than I expected - more so than in the Gideon Oliver books, in my opinion. Once I mentally adjusted, I did enjoy the book and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

19 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadows

  • The Books of Elsewhere, Volume I
  • By: Jacqueline West
  • Narrated by: Lexy Fridell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Old Ms. McMartin is definitely dead. Now her crumbling Victorian mansion lies vacant. When 11-year-old Olive and her dippy mathematician parents move in, she knows there’s something odd about the place—not least the walls covered in strange antique paintings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for 10+ year old

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-23-12

Perfect for 10+ year old

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

Any additional comments?

I have a 10 year old step-son who is NOT into reading! Going into 6th grade, this is obviously making us all crazier than usual. His Mom has tried some audio books for him rented from the library but it didn't take. The kids hear me listening to my audio books all the time and sometimes they chime in so I thought this one could be for us. We mostly listened to it in the car, but it took a while as we live in a small town and don't drive too far between places, but we loved getting in the car!!! His Dad and I were worried as the main character is a girl, but it didn't bother him. The story is great, entertaining and well put together. The characters are consistent and the narration, in my opinion, works perfect for Olive and all the characters. I highly recommend this for all ages (the 13 year old liked doing errands with us all of a sudden... Not because he liked the book or anything, lol) I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment and am looking forward to starting book 2 next week!!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Spellman Files

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

Isabel Spellman's life consists of 24-hour surveillance, routine investigations into her acquaintances, and listening devices planted in her deadbolt-locked room. For a 28-year-old in a family composed almost entirely of private investigators or former cops, the tools of the trade turn typical family dysfunction into commonplace espionage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the spellman files

  • By Marsha on 01-30-08

I liked it

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

Any additional comments?

As noted by other reviewers, the narrator was a bit monotone - but as I continued listening I got used to it and it did seem to work out as another reviewer said - the voice does seem to fit however, I'm still wavering if I want to move on to another book or not. I felt like the story was fine and I can see (or at least presume) that the books and characters will get better, but this one definitely seemed like a first novel - but everyone does have to have a first.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • New Tricks

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dog-lovers, rejoice!

  • By Snoodely on 09-18-09

I skipped Ahead

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

Reviewed: 06-12-12

Would you listen to New Tricks again? Why?

I would listen to New Tricks again after I listened to book 1 and missed books 2-6. Somehow I didn't pick up that it was Book 7, not by fault of Audible that makes it clear. Anyhow the characters in the synopsis I recognized so I got and while I'm somewhat curious what happened in the other 6 books, not so much as they reference in this book and I get it :) I listened to book 1 and loved it so this was just fine, but I think I would have been happy to listen to the missing 5. Anyhow, it's a good story, the characters we know are all here so it's a comfortable and satisfying read :)

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

I think the narrators accent is perfect for the person and location of this setting and brings it to perfect "life"

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When someone chooses something the main character wants but you really don't know which way it will go - I don't want to ruin anyone's expectations, it's just that a choice is finally made which brings a relief.

Any additional comments?

The book, the narrator - it all makes for a great break and a great story which is what I look for in my "reading" - be it audible or "the old fashioned way". I want to be able to get lost in a story, a good story and so far this series provides that :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful