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  • A Mind to Murder

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

Award-winning author P.D. James' second mystery in her best-selling series featuring Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh is now available as an audiobook! When the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is found dead with a chisel in her heart, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Dalgliesh must analyze the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted desires of patients and staff alike to determine which of their unresolved conflicts resulted in murder. Widely acknowledged as "the greatest contemporary writer of classic crime" ( The London Sunday Times), P. D. James received the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award for long-term achievement in 1999.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Mind to Read More of James

  • By Holly Helscher on 01-20-09

Another great book from P.D. James

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I've listened to about five of the P.D. James books and this one may be the best so far for character development. Penelope Dellaporta does a masterful job reading/performing the book. The plot is a mind-bender for sure. Even Dalgliesh gets confused in this one.

  • The Murder Room

  • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
  • By: P.D. James
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

The Dupayne, a small private museum in London, is in turmoil. As its trustees argue over whether it should be closed, one of them is brutally and mysteriously murdered. Yet even as Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team proceed with their investigation, a second corpse is discovered. Someone in the Dupayne is prepared to kill and kill again. Still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of the past featured in one of the museum's galleries: the Murder Room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic P.D. James

  • By Jim on 11-23-03

One of the best writers I've come across

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I love to listen to great writers. Having an excellent reader like Charles Keating just adds to the experience. However, I will listen to nearly any book I download multiple times when the writing is so good that I want to go back and listen to character development, plot twists, amazing descriptions of scenes or drama, etc. My favorite writer has long been Charles Dickens -- and I've found P.D. James to be on that level. Her command of the language enables her to express what she is describing in such vivid and evocative ways. It's not just a book, it's an experience worth revisiting.

  • Vulcan's Forge

  • By: Jack Du Brul
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Beneath the Pacific Ocean a volcano surges upward, carrying in its fiery heart a mineral more powerful than uranium. When the volcano breaks the ocean's surface, nations will battle to control what is known as Vulcan's Forge - a source of limitless, clean, nuclear power.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cussler wannabe

  • By Teresa Cumberland on 08-26-15

Not quite Cussler

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

First, the story itself is action packed and made me want to finish it to find out what happened. The reader speaks so fast that I lost some of what he said -- and his voices for some characters are too artificial to be enjoyable. Clive Cussler knows how to make books that have great plots, too, but Cussler knows that gratuitous sex is voyeuristic, unnecessary, and turns off some readers - like me - who would like to hear the story without having to be dragged down an alley of verbal porn. I'll try one more book, but Mr. du Brul, please grow up as an author. You could sell good books without disgusting your customers. You can trust the imaginations of your readers with suggestive hints and probably make everyone happy.

  • The Chase

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884

A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Opener to Cussler's Isaac Bell Series

  • By ftmgal on 04-05-15

Love it.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

I really enjoyed both the story and the narrator. There is so much action in stories that it is hard to turn it off and get out of the car.

  • The Sword of Summer

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Guetig
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,453

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Usual fun Riordan brought down by bad reading

  • By Cody on 10-13-15

Disappointment of olympic proportions

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

What a total disaster! I've looked forward to Rick Riordan's return to mythological adventures and bought this as a pre-release. I downloaded it immediately and listened until I could stand it no longer. The story is easy to follow but lacks the character development found among Percy Jackson and his allies. There are few friends of Magnus who are characters like Anabeth, Grover, and the other pals at Camp Half-Blood. Oh yea, there is an Anabeth and a man whose last name is Chase -- just try helping your young reader understand that these are not the same people from Percy's stories. I finally finished the story and was so underwhelmed by the ending that I felt my entire effort had been a waste of time. The reader is yet another novice reader who has both no rhythm and agonizingly frequent inappropriate inflections. You get the sense that the reader is making his first pass through the pages and opts for dramatic inflections no matter how poorly his reading sounds. He does have some talent with different voices, but his high-pitched tones are distracting. After all the success of Rick Riordan, why doesn't he insist on the best readers (such as Katherine Kellgren)? I love the stories from mythology -- but this one may doom any sequels. Alas, a series was lost for want of a skillful reader.

  • Silas Marner

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

The weaver Silas Marner is a member of a small Calvinist congregation in Lantern Yard, a slum street in an unnamed city in Northern England in the early 19th century. He is falsely accused of stealing the congregation's funds, leaves the city in disgrace, and accumulates a small fortune in another town…only to lose it to theft. But he soon adopts an orphan child quite by accident. The exchange of one treasure for another is the heart of the story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story with great life lessons!

  • By Susan Milne on 11-12-15

Great classic read well

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

This is one of those books I was "supposed" to have read in High School. Well, now (about 45 years later) I've finally at least listened to it. What a delightful surprise. Carlton Griffin does an exceptional job reading the book. The voices are distinctive and nothing distracts from the plot. The book is, well, a classic -- and for all the right reasons. Mary Ann Evans (aka George Eliot) was typical of 19th century Victorian literature. There is a lot of prose, but the descriptions of people and the environment rival those of Dickens (my favorite).

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  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman - a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! A solid choice!

  • By Lee on 11-15-03

Love McCullough

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

David McCullough is just so thorough and believable. Further, his reading of his own book gives us a real sense of what he was trying to say. Sometimes it's hard to tell if a reader is stressing things the way the author intended, but with McCullough, you know you're hearing it right.

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  • Our Mutual Friend

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 36 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By A. Millard on 11-13-07

Dickens and his Mutual Friends

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

I love Dickens and have read or listened to all of his novels. Through them all, I have gained a lot of new friends (characters) whom I reflect upon as friends. In Our Mutual Friend, written later in Dicken's life, we see the real genius of the author. Not only do we see his more mature social conscience, but he does a masterful job in correcting the low view of Jews that some accused him of having back in his early days with Oliver Twist. I love this audio version of this book, and cannot imagine finding a better reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Animal Farm

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,837

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last.

  • By Dusty on 02-18-11

Great recording of a great classic

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

If you are looking for a great way to get through Animal Farm, you'll want to get this. The reader does an excellent job. The book includes an introduction about why Orwell wrote this book and the type of literature he saw it as.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,369

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

Classic story read well

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

This book is so well known - and the author is dead - so criticism seems dumb. I do think Orwell was almost prophetical when I see what big government is doing today. The best part, though, is the reader. Simon Prebble is one of the best male readers - and the main reason I wanted to buy this edition of 1984.