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  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,203

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found the experience very satisfying.

  • By MV on 11-29-18

Possibly the best Gamache yet!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I've listened to all of the books in this series, and think this could be the best yet!! Highly recommend it even if you haven't read all of the others.

  • Depth of Winter

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162

In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the 110-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe Craig is getting tired.?.?.

  • By Miles on 09-09-18

Entertaining, but missing usual characters

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I have read all of the Longmire books and eagerly await their release each year. This is an entertaining, action-packed and suspenseful read that ended too quickly. Longmire fans like me may miss the cast of usual support characters (Henry Standing Bear, Vic, et al) as this is entirely focused on Walt and his mission to save his daughter, and it takes place not in the standard Absaroka County Wyoming, but in lawless parts of Mexico.

The narrator is excellent as usual (though it did seem like he pronounced the bad guy's name differently than in previous books...)

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,029

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Read

  • By Gretchen SLP on 09-20-18

Don't Let the Title Scare You Off -- Read This

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I chose this because it was recommended by Reese Witherspoon's book club. The first part of the title made me a bit wary about what I was getting into (I don't usually listen to/read romance novels, no 50 Shades for me, etc), but I'm very glad I moved past that and gave it a chance. This is an entertaining, heartwarming book about women finding their voices and learning to stand up for themselves.

Before reading this novel, I had not really stopped to consider that something as ubiquitous as romance novels could be looked at as a privilege, nor that traditions of other cultures could seek to silence the woman's point of view / consideration of her happiness in the ways laid out in this novel.

The narrator did a fantastic job changing her accent and voice to help distinguish the characters. This book, coupled with the narration, also provides a view into Punjabi language and culture for someone without much prior exposure.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Imbolo Mbue
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,261
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself; his wife, Neni; and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty - and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story About Life

  • By A on 01-15-17

Good Story, GREAT Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

This is a well-woven tale of immigrants from Cameroon trying to make it in America. It details how they are always on the edge of losing it all, and yet keep working harder and harder to maintain their balance... until they really question whether it's all worth it. The tale follows the life of a struggling Cameroonian family and the life of a very well-off NYC family during the time of the financial crisis of 2008, with some interesting parallels and some unexpected contrasts.

The narrator is phenomenal. He's part of the reason I chose to "read" this on audiobook. He can do a wide variety of accents; plus, his crisp enunciation and flawless transition among characters are top-notch.

  • Junie B. Jones Collection

  • Not a Crook; Party Animal; Beauty Shop Guy; Smells Something Fishy; (Almost) a Flower Girl; Mushy Gushy Valentine; Peep in Her Pocket; Captain Field Day
  • By: Barbara Park
  • Narrated by: Wendy Dillon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

This audiobook contains books 9 through 16 of the Junie B. Jones series of children's tales.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Better buy the cd's

  • By Esther on 02-19-09

My Daughters Ages 5 & 7 Love This

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

My daughters listen and re-listen to these stories.

If you're not familiar with Junie B. Jones, she's a mischievous yet entertaining little girl stumbling her way through elementary school, with some hilarious turns of fate (that she mostly brings on herself, though not intentionally).

The narrator does a great job of sounding like what you imagine Junie B. Jones would sound like. Truth be told, it's a voice that's a little grating for an adult, but as I bought it for my daughters and they listen with headphones on, I have to recommend it!

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,900

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

Gamache Does It Again

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

I'm writing this as a seasoned fan of the series (I've read them all!). I use the Goodreads rating system (4 stars = really liked it).

This is among the better books in the series: good story/mystery, some interesting new characters, good development of the repeat characters, plus fascinating history (both Canadian and beyond) laced in. I really liked that there were two story lines that seemed separate but then came together in an unexpected way (I won't give specifics so as not to spoil anything).

The narrator did a very nice job. I still miss Mr. Cosham occasionally (especially for the voice of Beauvoir), but kudos to Mr. Bathurst for telling this story in a very listen-able fashion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nature of the Beast

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,405

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Go with hard copy next time

  • By Angela on 07-30-16

Interesting twist

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

Was thrilled to read another Gamache. This one ties to a real-life, not well known threat that Gamache and his team diffuse.

It was hard to get used to the narrator after so many of these with Ralph Cosham. I wish he had done a better job of differentiating among the voices.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Jar City

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,019

Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason’s novels featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson became international sensations on their way to selling millions of copies worldwide. The debut of morose detective Sveinsson finds the inspector and his team delving into the murder of a retiree with horrifying secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cerebral Police Procedural

  • By Aaron on 09-14-13

Narrator Great, Story Not so Much

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

I chose this because I like mystery series, especially in settings I know nothing about, and I love the narrator. Despite being an interesting mystery, this was a bleak story and a little slow-paced. I found it hard to connect with the characters despite the narrator's best efforts. Not bad, but not the new, enthralling mystery series I was hoping to sink my teeth into.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Whispering Skull

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Katie Lyons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood and Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By D. Watkins on 09-22-14

Good, yet a Bit of a Letdown

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

I read this this book in eager anticipation after reading and really enjoying the first Lockwood & Co last year. My expectations were set extremely high by that first book, which was consistently entertaining, and an example of a narrator and book being just right for each other.

Possibly for that reason -- though I found this second book in the series entertaining and would welcome a third (especially after a huge WOW right at the end that I won't spoil here) -- I felt a little disappointed by The Whispering Skull. I found that the first part of the book, which set up the story, dragged on a bit, with the action-packed parts crammed at the end. I liked that the skull in the jar played a larger part in this book, and the story behind some of the magical artifacts was interesting. However, I didn't really get to know the main characters better, and in particular their relationships with one another failed to develop further, which I think could have made it more interesting.

The narrator did a nice job with the various accents and voices.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Satya Bhabha
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting. Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite investment firm. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not about Fundamentalism in its usual sense.

  • By Paula on 08-25-11

Unusual Narrative Approach Gets Old

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

It's hard to talk about the content of this book because I found the narrative structure so very distracting. The entire book is written from the perspective of one person talking to another one evening. Everything learned about the second person is through the way that the narrator speaks to him. There are a lot of long sessions of the narrator talking about himself, except for the occasional chiding, borderline condescending comment he makes to the person sitting with him. (This structure is apparently called a "frame story".)

The story -- about a Pakistani fellow who goes to America and figures out how to make a ton of money and has an awkward brush with romance, but then chooses to return home and give up that life after seeing the ill treatment suffered by seemingly anyone suspected to hold Islamist beliefs in the U.S. -- is intriguing enough to maintain one's interest for the full ~5 hours, and is even thought-provoking at times, with a bit of a punch to the gut at the end. The narrator is excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful