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D. Kitchel

Nashville, TN USA
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  • The Hangman's Daughter

  • By: Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,624

When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but graphic

  • By Margaret on 07-14-13

Different and Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I liked this very much. better than the similar Sister Fidelma books. the narrator was great as well.

  • The Subtle Serpent

  • A Celtic Mystery
  • By: Peter Tremayne
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

In the year 666 A.D., a headless female corpse is found in the drinking well of a remote abbey in southwest Ireland: clasped in one hand is a crucifix; tied to the other arm is a pagan death symbol. Sister Fidelma--sister to the king of Muman, a religieuse, and an advocate of the Brehon law courts--is sent to investigate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wooden serpent

  • By D. Kitchel on 05-06-18

Wooden serpent

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

The plot was fine. I enjoy the history and descriptions. perhaps Fidelma even seems less of Cartoon... her introduction in each book seems like it's the same paragraph. But it is the lack of depth in the characters that I realize bothers me. "Spoiler alert " : The reunification of Fidelma and Aedolf seemed a great opportunity for something powerful to happen but it really doesn't.

  • Absolution by Murder

  • A Sister Fidelma Mystery
  • By: Peter Tremayne
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

In AD 664 King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to hear debate between the Roman and Celtic Christian Churches and decide which shall be granted primacy in his kingdom. At stake is much more than a few disputed points of ritual; Oswy's decision could affect the survival of either Church in the Saxon kingdoms. When the Abbess Etain, a leading speaker for the Celtic Church, is found murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting new (for me) series & great narrator!

  • By Yvette on 02-27-15

Intriguing cartoonish story

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Absolution by Murder to be better than the print version?

Don't know, but I like the reader very much.

What did you like best about this story?

Historical accuracy

Which scene was your favorite?

Confrontation of the astrologist

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

No. Though the few times historical inaccuracies pop up, they are really stand out. For instance, in the first book they mention "autopsy." I'm fairly certain this concept was not current in Sister Fidelma's time, let alone the word it self. I don't know why, but I found that jarring, bothersome.

Any additional comments?

I'm hooked. The things that bother me are the rather cartoonish way in which Fidelma is portrayed, rather like the cartoons about the founding of America around the time of the Bicentennial. Although to be fair, Brother Eadulf, does act somewhat as a foil, showing Fidelma's almost arrogant attitude. The reasons for her attitude though are quite real, however, and the books bring up the differences in the way the Irish respected their women in an interesting way. I'm hopeful the characters deepen and develop over time.

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,696

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

The best on audible so far.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Dan Stephens was incredible. And so was Christie. :-) The story is a classic of course.