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  • A Roland March Mystery, Book 1
  • By: J. Mark Bertrand
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he's disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details until an unexpected break gives March one last chance to save his career. And his humanity. All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track: a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great murder mystery, but why all the preaching?

  • By Thomas Allen on 01-25-14

Excellent book........horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 03-20-13

I've read this book, and it is awesome! Imagine my surprise to find the recorded book to be one of the worst books I have ever listened to. There is no emotion, the narrator is speed reading in a monotone, and fails to even acknowledge punctuation. Even as a "free" read, this isn't worth keeping it's that bad. Opinions vary of course....so your mileage might vary.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,812
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,869

The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! Love Alan Cumming

  • By Katheryne on 01-03-13

A Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

I received this audio book around Christmas time. Life was exceptionally busy and the book was not very long, so I thought I would give it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised at not only the story line but also the narration. It was well done, and I was able to lose myself in the story. I would recommend The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle to anyone who enjoys Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,572

Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please no more music tracks.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-09-09

Classic Stephen King Tale

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

This is a book that I really liked when I read it myself, and I like it even better in Audio. The narrator is exceptional, and his gritty voice adds feeling and assorted depths to the characters feelings, thoughts and words.

I first heard this particular audio book years ago through my local library. It played on the cassette player while I painted my children's bedrooms one lovely spring weekend. I found it to be even more enjoyable now, than it was all those years ago.

Reading others reviews, I noticed several people saying that they did not like the music that either ends or starts at the beginning of some of the chapters. I would have to agree with the masses and say that the music is nerve-wracking and akin to someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard. The music is like commercials on TV in that it is much louder than the book, lending even more annoyance to the moment. Without the music, which I am sure was intended to prod ones nerves, the book would be without a doubt, one of my all time favorites.

I considered lowering the performance rating because of the music, however, I did not want to deny the narrator his well deserved 5 star performance rating.