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  • Murder at an Irish Wedding

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

Any wedding is a big deal in the small village of Kilbane - even more so when the bride is a famous fashion model. It's also good for business; Siobhan O'Sullivan's bistro will be catering the three-day affair. When the drunken best man is disinvited, Siobhan's own beau, Macdara, gladly steps in. But finding the original best man murdered in the woods casts a pall over the nuptials. And when a second member of the wedding party is poisoned, Macdara goes from being best man to prime suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Beatrice on 03-09-17

not nearly as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

I love many of the characters, but honestly there are way too many inconsistencies and no police force is as out of touch and incompetent as this book implies. Caroline Lennon again elevates the book with her excellent range of voices and sense of timing, but even her stellar work can't save this book.

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,395

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By Jill, NM on 10-21-16

Step into an Irish village...

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

... and meet a lot of fun characters. Caroline Lennon elevates this book from 3-4 stars with her 5 star reading!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,077
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

Never change readers in the middle of a series.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Although Gigi Bermingham reads fairly well, she isn't Marguerite Gavin. You just can't change readers in the middle of a series, especially one with all these distinctive voices.

  • The Operator

  • The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency that turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who'd use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By BikeVON on 12-06-16

A little better than the first

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

I had a difficult time liking the first book in this new series and only tried this second installment because I loved Harrison's previous series. Though I like the basic idea of drafting that underpins the new series, I don't much care for the actual story lines or the main characters.

In this follow up Peri is a bit more sympathetic and likeable, but I do get really sick of her rhapsodizing about how much she loves/misses expensive cars and clothes and such. And an adrenaline addiction isn't inherently more interesting than any other addiction just because it includes car chases and fight scenes. There needs to be more substance to this chronicle.

With the introduction of LB and his crew, this story became a bit more interesting, but most of the secondary characters are pretty flat, frequently inconsistent, or very predictable. I find almost every male character (except LB) simply annoying, even Silas who is supposed to be the most sympathetic (I think...).

Nevertheless I'm willing to try one more book before I give up. I'm still hoping for a more interesting direction than factions fighting over who will catch and use Peri as a resource. That is such an old tired story played out in comic books, tv shows, and movies constantly. And since it is the only thing actually happening so far, it feels abusive to both Peri and to Ms. Harrison's readers.

  • The Drafter

  • The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 797

During a routine but dangerous Opti task, Peri Reed finds out her trusted partner has made her a corrupt agent. Her unique ability to jump back 40 seconds in time to correct a mistake leaves her vulnerable when her partner, who is responsible for replacing her memory of the event, gives her a false one. But Peri lives and dies on her intuition, and she begins to piece her twisted reality together as she flees her one-time secure situation at Opti.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as I expected...

  • By Lisa on 09-07-15

Not sure about this new series

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

As an avid fan of The Hollows, I was eager to begin this new series by Kim Harrison. Unfortunately it doesn't have the advantage of her first series: the charm inherent in paranormal beings. And although it has some interesting nods to future technology, I don't find gadgets sufficiently engaging to create a compelling milieu. I do like the basic concept of the series, but for an idea so interesting - to be able to rewrite events - surely there can be more to the story than simple power plays and fighting.

And I found the primary character rather unlikable. It is difficult to care about a character who basically wants to live a life of privilege and kick ass, and considers herself one of the 'good guys' without question. It just doesn't come across as believable or engaging. In her previous series, Ms Harrison imbued her primary character with a solid amount of empathy and a strong sense of justice, both of which drove the story line and the character's development. I just don't find that here.

However, because I was so happy with Ms. Harrison's previous series, I will give the next book a try just to see if this character grows in a way that I find compelling enough to continue the series any further.

  • Victoria Crossing

  • By: Michael Wallace
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

Driven from Ireland during the potato famine, Protestant Victoria MacPherson and Catholic Maeve O'Reilly find themselves thrown together aboard a Manhattan-bound ship. After a treacherous journey, they arrive in New York City in 1851, with only a small purse of silver and the promise that Maeve's brother will find them there. But when he doesn't show, the girls are quickly conned out of their savings by a smooth-talking scam artist, leaving the two destitute in the tenements of Lower Manhattan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By B.H. on 07-30-16

Abrupt unsatisfying ending

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

I got this book because I enjoyed Crow Hollow, and the subject matter in this seemed compelling. Michael Wallace is a reasonably good writer of time and place, and a fairly good story teller, but I didn't rate this book very highly because the ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. A good writer can create a trilogy or a series and still complete each book with a satisfying ending. This one just stopped with an unstable character added back into the mix and an ambiguous possible future. Ending a book with ambiguity can be provocative for the reader if there is a point, but in this case it was just annoying and felt like a not very well crafted set-up for a sequel. It has made me unlikely to get any more of his books.

Rosemary Benson is a capable narrator who separates the voices well and keeps the tale going, but there isn't a lot of emotional range. That may be more a product of this writer than of the performer. She also performed Crow Hollow by the same author, so I haven't heard her narrate any other books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Evans Above

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152

Evan Evans is a young police constable who has traded in the violence of city life for idyllic Llanfair, a Welsh village tucked far away from trouble. Nestled among the Snowdonia mountain range, Llanfair looks to Constable Evans like a town forgotten by time, but he quickly learns that even the bucolic countryside has its share of eccentric - and deadly - characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting....

  • By brian on 01-22-17

Has it all

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

A glimpse of small town Welsh life, great characters you know you'll be able to enjoy for many books in the series, a cozy mystery with a bit of excitement, and from Roger Clark, a gorgeous Welsh voice that just about sings the story. Well done! I hope the rest of the series becomes available!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,704

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as ever!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-13

The best of the best

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

Gaiman and Pratchett. How can it not be absolutely entertaining and engaging? I've bought several copies of this for friends and family and listened to it myself several times. I just love this book and Martin Jarvis speaks Gaiman fluently with the most delightful Pratchett accent!

  • The Frost Fair

  • By: Elizabeth Mansfield
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Time is running out for 25-year-old Lady Margaret Underwood. Desperate to retain the independence that her considerable fortune affords her, she accepts the proposal of Viscount Charles Isham. But after a few hours in his stultifying company, she does what any woman would do: She flees. A snowstorm and a carriage mishap lead to rescue by a seductive stranger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pride and prejudice...

  • By Gash on 12-09-16

Pride and prejudice...

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

...with a primary female character reminiscent of Scarlett O'Hara and a "still-water-runs-deep" male. Don't expect the Frost Fair till the end, but it is fun.

  • A Spy's Devotion

  • The Regency Spies of London, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Dickerson
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 779

In England's Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life - but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal - and to fulfill a dying soldier's last wish by delivering his coded diary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean romance

  • By Catherine on 04-28-16

This could have been exciting, but...

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

... I can't stand repetitive angst. Every time I began to be happy with Julia's rising resistance and caught up in the excitement, she went back into the mental hand wringing, saying things that had been said multiple times before. Probably the writer wanted to keep her in period, and to build the pressure of the suffocating limitations on a woman of the time, but surely there were better ways than repetitive internal dialog and prayer.

It is a difficult task to create an exciting spy thriller that remains faithful to regency period realities for women. Even while I rooted for Julia to figure out how to save the day, and believed she could, I couldn't help checking frequently to see just how much time was left before the book would end. Had I been reading this in print, I would have skimmed past quite a bit of detail.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful