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  • The Killing Bay

  • Foroyar Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Chris Ould
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

When a group of international activists arrive on the Faroe Islands intent on stopping the traditional whale hunts, or grindadrap, tensions between islanders and protestors run high. And when a woman is found murdered only hours after a violent confrontation at a whale drive, the circumstances seem purposely designed to create even more animosity between the two sides. For Faroese detective Hjalti Hentze and DI Jan Reyna, the case quickly exposes personal connections and conflicts of interest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did not want to put it down!!

  • By hazel on 02-27-18

Did not want to put it down!!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I love a book that follows along one track in present time! I had read and thoroughly enjoyed "The Blood Strand" which is the first in this trilogy and this second book "The Killing Bay" has now left me avidly looking forward to the release of the third. Of particular interest is the fact that the setting for the novels is in the Faroe Islands providing cultural interest as well as a great story line. Chris Ould has definitely become my most favourite author and Matt Addis did a superb job on the narration. I wholeheartedly recommend this author's books to everyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Birdman

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Damien Goodwin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

Birdman showcases Hayder at her spine-tingling best as beloved series character Jack Caffery tracks down a terrifying serial killer. In his first case as lead investigator with London's crack murder squad, Detective Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, southeast London.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Graphic, that seemed a little gratuitous.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-10-12

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Quite uncomfortable listening in many places due to the grizzly content however Damien Goodwin was a total pleasure to listen to. He is about the best narrator I have ever heard.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Onion Field

  • By: Joseph Wambaugh
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 524

Hollywood. Saturday night. A broken taillight leads to a routine traffic stop. It shouldn’t have changed the lives of the four men involved, but it did. The Onion Field is the frighteningly true story of a fatal collision of destinies that would lead two young cops and two young robbers to a deserted field on the outskirts of Los Angeles, towards a bizarre execution and its terrible aftermath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting

  • By Avalon on 03-03-13

Boring

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

It would be nice to sum up this audiobook in one word...BORING! However since I need at least 15 words let me say I couldn't even finish listening to it because life is just too short.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Royal Flash

  • Flashman, Book 2
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

In this volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beauiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era. From London gaming-halls and English hunting-fields to European dungeons and throne-rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours and (when he cannot avoid them) hand-to-hand combats. All the while, the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humor, adventure, history..<br />

  • By TheNoisyLibrarian on 10-18-17

Totally fun

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

Reviewed: 11-30-14

I had purchased several other of the "Flashman" novels quite some time ago and had almost forgotten what an amusing and fun listen they were. I was delighted to find this one and it certainly did not disappoint. David Case simply has to be the best narrator I have ever had the pleasure of listening to... Brilliant!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Jason: My Life

  • By: David Jason
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Patricia on 11-12-15

A truly wonderful listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

Seldom have I had the good fortune to read (listen) to such an entertaining, amusing and well written autobiography. I became acquainted with Mr. Jason's "Jack Frost" persona through watching his sterling performances on the series "A Touch of Frost" which was shown here in Canada, but otherwise, I knew little about his acting career or life. He writes about himself with great humour and humility and the descriptions of his friends, co-actors and family bring them all to life. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a really good "listen"!

  • In the Woods

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,939

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

Another great story by Tana French... and Steven Crossley is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. If this was not an audio book it would definitely be considered a "page turner". At one time I also had the good fortune to download and listen to another of Ms. French's books called "Faithful Place" but notice it is no longer available. Two other of her books, while listed on Audible as being in the series are also not available and I sincerely hope at some point in the near future they will be made available for purchase. She is a superb writer!

  • Double Cross

  • The True Story of the D-Day Spies
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A secret history of WWII crossed with Monty Python

  • By None of your damn business on 08-15-12

Double agents revealed

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

Mr. Macintyre's account of the double agents in WW11 is most interesting and well researched. Unlike "Agent Zigzag" which concentrates pretty much on one man's life and contributions to the war effort, this book is not what I would call "easy listening" by any means however. One must pay attention or soon get lost in an attempt to keep track of the many characters involved, their oddball personalities and the events they participated in. Personally I had to start the book over from the beginning several times before getting a good grasp on each individual's story but then sometimes when listening to an audio book I can get easily distracted, and other listeners may not experience the same problem.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,940

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

A real thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-14-12

This audio book was interesting, moved along well and (if reading it in print) could be called a "page turner". The main characters are credible and the narration by Erik Davies is simply awesome!

  • Marking Time

  • By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by: Jill Balcon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

At Home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce as a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story. Louise dreams of being a great actress, Clary is an aspiring writer, while Polly, is burdened with knowledge and the need to share it. This is the sequel to "The Light Years".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle, but Compelling

  • By Sarah A. Peyronnin on 09-24-12

Just not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 06-30-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No.. struggled to get through it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Jane Howard again?

possibly

What about Jill Balcon’s performance did you like?

clear narration and great voice inflection

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

Did not suit my taste in stories. Found it a bit trite and boring

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Sisters Who Would be Queen

  • Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy
  • By: Leanda de Lisle
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Mary, Katherine, and Jane Grey---sisters whose mere existence nearly toppled a dynasty and altered a nation's destiny---are the captivating subjects of Leanda de Lisle's new book. The Sisters Who Would Be Queen breathes fresh life into these three young women, who were players and victims in the violent and vicious world of Tudor power politics and whose heirs could otherwise be ruling England today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Attention: Tudor Junkies!

  • By Cariola on 06-29-12

Narrator reads too quickly

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

Reviewed: 03-16-12

This book is of great interest historically but is difficult to digest because the narrator speaks too quickly so it requires constant reviewing

1 of 3 people found this review helpful