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  • The Chosen Dead

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 5
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates…. An unlikely suicide or a deadly conspiracy? When Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates the fatal plunge of a man from a motorway bridge, she little suspects that it has any connection with the sudden death of a friend’s thirteen year old daughter from a deadly strain of meningitis. But as Jenny pieces together the dead man’s last days, she’s drawn into a mystery whose dark ripples stretch across continents and back through decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brainy, moody

  • By Ziggy on 06-18-17

Brainy, moody

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

If you could sum up The Chosen Dead in three words, what would they be?

Complex; psychological; dark

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chosen Dead?

There are many. The plot slowly unwinds with many unexpected turns. The coroner's trials were both highpoints.

Which character – as performed by Sian Thomas – was your favorite?

Jenny Cooper

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Nightmares of our own making.

Any additional comments?

A thriller that poses complex social and philosophical questions. It may move too slowly for some, but not for those who enjoy a thinking person's mystery.

  • The Girl in the Ice

  • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,329

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Meg on 05-26-16

Almost stopped listening

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The characters became predictable; I get particularly annoyed when the police do stupid, risky things when it's stunningly clear they're going to get into trouble. The "administrative" part of the police were particularly annoying and unbelievable: totally in the pocket of corrupt politicians one minute, good guys the next. I wanted to know who done it, so I listened to the end, but it was a chore.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of the Raven

  • A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Tessa Harris
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

In the notorious mental hospital known as Bedlam, Dr. Thomas Silkstone seeks out a patient with whom he is on intimate terms. But he is unprepared for the state in which he finds Lady Lydia Farrell. Shocked into action, Thomas vows to help free Lydia by appealing to the custodian of her affairs, Mr. Nicholas Lupton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 10 hours of frustration coming to a ludicrous end

  • By barbara on 02-10-15

A let down

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

Would you try another book from Tessa Harris and/or Simon Vance?

I doubt it, which is a pity. After reading The Lazarus Curse, I had high hopes for this novel. Harris does her historical research and chooses cutting edge topics -- the slave trade in the UK, enclosures. Unlike the first Thomas Silkstone mystery, however, this one asks the reader to believe in a protagonist who is smart enough to solve mysteries but naive enough not to see the obvious deceptions in characters around him. Over and over Silkstone enters into a scene with a villain only to be hoodwinked again. Tedious stuff; maybe his naivete is supposed to signify a "hero." It doesn't work. The ending was a drag and tedious as well; I could have predicted it from a mile off.

I think Harris got tired of him, as did I.

Would you recommend Shadow of the Raven to your friends? Why or why not?

No.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Vance does a good job with all the male characters; his ventriloquized female voice is a little too breathy and high pitched to be believed. I ended up wishing Lydia would just be quiet (not his fault so much as the author's, who gives us a giddy fool for a heroine who is, like her lover, hoodwinked at every turn).

Was Shadow of the Raven worth the listening time?

I'd say no, though I was interested to hear more about the enclosures. In the end I stuck it out, but not quite sure why -- the black and white good vs. evil is a bit much to take. In retrospect there was some of that in The Lazarus Curse, but not so heavy-handed and the plot / historical flavor was much better done.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend The Lazarus Curse -- interesting historical moment at any rate.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wrongful Death

  • An Anna Travis Novel, Book 9
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead. Ruled a suicide, the police investigation was closed. Then a young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery, tells his guards that Reynolds was murdered and that he has information to share.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and intriguing

  • By Debra C. Lennon on 03-22-15

Impossible to listen to horrible American accent

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

My complaint isn't with the book, which I didn't finish. That I didn't finish wasn't because of the writer, but because of the narrator. Her jarring version of an "American" accent was so poor -- and annoying -- I gave up in chapter one. I appreciate La Plante's other work, so would have liked to hear the book. But whoever made the decision to employ a narrator with absolutely no ear for accents made a mistake; it ruined the experience of what might be a good mystery.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • This Body of Death

  • An Inspector Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn't trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, but Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Mix for Elizabeth George Fans

  • By Rebecarol on 08-14-10

Thumbs up

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-11

Complex, detailed, psychologically astute. I enjoyed the complexity a good deal, tuning in for an hour or so every day for 10 days and didn't figure things out until just before the reveal.

There are very dark corners as well as a new turn in the lives of Lynley and Havers. Not for the squeamish. But this is a must-hear for Elizabeth George fans.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful