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  • Echoes of Sherlock Holmes

  • Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
  • By: Laurie R. King - editor, Leslie S. Klinger - editor
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin, Clive Chafer, Derek Perkins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Expert Sherlockians Laurie King and Leslie Klinger put forth the question: What happens when great writers/creators who are not known as Sherlock Holmes devotees admit to being inspired by Conan Doyle stories? While some are highly regarded mystery writers, others are best known for their work in the fields of fantasy or science fiction. All of these talented authors, however, share a great admiration for Arthur Conan Doyle and his greatest creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixture of good and not so good

  • By David on 02-08-17

Easy listen

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

It is so very hard to find modern fiction that is entertaining without engendering severe tension. I have listened multiple times to this collection and will continue to do so. The Reader's are great save one. In my current menopausal state I need a soothing goto book to allow myself to drift pleasantly back to sleep.

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,327

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

Great story, GREAT NARRATION

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

Reviewed: 08-24-12

If you could sum up Broken Harbor in three words, what would they be?

Better than the typical murder mystery. Looks at character flaws in all of the characters. Brilliant bitter sweet ending.

What other book might you compare Broken Harbor to and why?

dunno

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

voice, inflection, adding him to my list of fav narrators.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

bit of emo there

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,524

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

Martha Stewart hikes the PCT

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

Reviewed: 08-24-12

Would you try another book from Cheryl Strayed and/or Bernadette Dunne?

no

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

less trivia about herself, less whiney crap

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

I get to close my eyes and still read

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

some bits were amusing

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,015

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

Romantico Novela the sequel starter

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

Reviewed: 05-31-12

What would have made A Discovery of Witches better?

More to the plot than boy meets girl, fights dragon and flees to the past.

What was most disappointing about Deborah Harkness’s story?

lack of depth to storyline

What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

Ability to keep reader listening

What character would you cut from A Discovery of Witches?

none

Any additional comments?

Is it possible to find out the genre of a book? I am not big on romantic stories that give little of substance re the plot.

  • Blackout

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,423

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Double review - Blackout and All Clear

  • By Monica on 06-03-12

cheap shot

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-10

the first book was great. Beginning, middle, resolution. I enjoy reading books in a series. One of my fav authors, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, writes over and over again about the same character BUT she had a beginning, middle and end. This book sucks. it is just a REALLY long intro to the 2nd half. Hold off & read the 2nd half.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Amber Spyglass

  • His Dark Materials, Book 3
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,010

Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sophisticated and Thought Provoking!

  • By Jim on 03-16-05

Superb story - superb reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-04

The final book of the Dark Material trilogy is the best of the three. I like the quotes in front of each chapter. This book does for fantasy what DaVinci Code did for it's genre.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful