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Karlene in Nz

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  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

A dark enchantment blights the land. Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written folklore fantasy

  • By emmoff on 17-11-2016

Brilliant story<br />

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

Reviewed: 09-02-2019

One of the best books I've read in ages. More more more please!
Highly recommend

  • Dead I Well May Be

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a patch on the Sean Duffy series.

  • By Karlene in Nz on 24-01-2019

Not a patch on the Sean Duffy series.

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-2019

Don't waste your money. I tried and failed not to fall asleep at the endless prattling scene setting.
Very disappointing considering how good the Sean Duffy series was.
Money back, please.

  • Bloodline

  • Tom Thorne, Book 8
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When a dead body is found in a North London flat, it seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary. DI Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered 15 years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met and ended with seven women dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I prefer Mr Glenister's narration, sorry

  • By Karlene in Nz on 07-10-2018

I prefer Mr Glenister's narration, sorry

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

Reviewed: 07-10-2018

Good story. Not quite great, but a solid yarn. The author narrating his own work is a treat but I have become spoiled by the original narrator's wide vocal range.

  • Lazybones

  • Tom Thorne, Book 3
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Someone, a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman, is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found. How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not waste your money on abridged books

  • By Karlene in Nz on 04-10-2018

Do not waste your money on abridged books

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

Reviewed: 04-10-2018

The story was probably a good one, originally. The bones are there, but the unkind editing rendered it firstly haphazard, then blindingly obvious whodunnit.
Considering the price for unabridged is exactly the same as abridged, I will not consider any further chopped novels.
Narration was mostly excellent (although I do wish Me Glenister would lose the habit of mispronouncing "Denise" as De knees), and as previously stated in other reviews of this author, the scene-change music is loud, jarring, and horrible.

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good book.

  • By Lisa on 29-11-2016

Almost perfect

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

Reviewed: 27-09-2018

This was a riveting story with great narrative. It would have been perfect except for the "So .. what happened next?" elephant in the final chapter.

  • Faithless

  • Grant Country, Book 5
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Francie Swift
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

A walk in the woods takes a sinister turn for police chief Jeffrey Tolliver and medical examiner Sara Linton when they stumble across the body of a young girl. Incarcerated in the ground, all the initial evidence indicates that she has, quite literally, been scared to death. But as Sara embarks on the autopsy, something even more horrifying comes to light. Something which shocks even Sara.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy this abridged version, it's rubbish.

  • By Karlene in Nz on 12-08-2018

Don't buy this abridged version, it's rubbish.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-2018

I had previously read this excellent story in its entirety, and was disappointed to find only the abridged version available on Audible.
I should have passed it by.
The missing parts are pivotal to the story and to the atmosphere. Even though I knew the story, I was often confused and disrupted by the chopped flow.
Lesson learned. Any further abridged versions will be avoided.

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  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Shoot that narrator

  • By Karlene in Nz on 06-04-2018

Shoot that narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-2018

This narrator's style is abrasive and halting after listening to the other Reacher books. Stick to Jeff Harding. Avoid this version if you want to immerse in a great story.

  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081

Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - 15-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack - are waiting for him at a crumbling country house. Upstairs, their mother lies dead. Twenty years later, a body surfaces in the icy black waters of the River Corrib. At first it looks like an open-and-shut case, but then doubt is cast on the investigation's findings - and the integrity of the police. Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that has haunted him his entire career - what links the two deaths, two decades apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-2018

More! More! More!

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

Compelling and well crafted. I am looking forward to many more in the series.
Highly recommended.

  • Blood Trade

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 6
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires - those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted - are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets. But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill - even for a pro like Jane.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story marred by mispronunciation

  • By Karlene in Nz on 19-12-2017

Great story marred by mispronunciation

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

Reviewed: 19-12-2017

The spell is broken when the narrator doesn't get it right.
Esme is pronounced Ez-may
Hieronymous is pronounced Hy-ron-ee-muss
and while we are at it, feral is pronounced feh-rall (not fear ... all)
My other gripe is Jane needs to stop with the self blame game. At the rate she is going, the next time a butterfly breaks wind and causes a cyclone, Jane will grab that guilt too.
Otherwise, a gripping female lead and throat ripping yarns.

  • Mercy Blade

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 3
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would be even better if the lead...<br />

  • By Karlene in Nz on 09-12-2017

Would be even better if the lead...<br />

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

Reviewed: 09-12-2017

laid off the Christian guilt trips.
Highly enjoyable stories but oh Jane baby, honour your roots.
Beast is much less conflicted :)