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  • His Omega

  • The Werewolves of Manhattan, Book 1
  • By: A.C. Katt
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

On his way home from a meeting of the North American werewolf council, Armand La Marche is stopped in his limousine by a boy who is hurt by an unknown assailant who murdered his friend. After decades of searching, Armand has found his mate. There is one problem, someone is trying to kill Sean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book

  • By Meg on 18-11-18

nope ... couldn't finish this...

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

I read a lot of M/M, shifters among them. I generally like alpha/omega or dom/sub type relations, but this one doesn't cut it. The writing is not good enough. The storytelling goes into too much detail at some points and then skips important stuff in one sentence. I know that alpha/omega/dom/sub stuff in stories often borders on what would be considered overly possessive and even abusive behaviour in real life. That is ok with me, I know it's not real and parts of it attract me - as it apparently does others since there are books enough about it.. But in this story, for me, it went too far. I found Armand just the wrong side of creepy and his behaviour reminded me too much of someone grooming a victim like loverboys do. I don't say that he IS like that, just that he reminded me of it. Also I disliked the use of some words, obviously intended to paint a picture of pack life, but to me it sounded just too disrespectful to call the females bitches all the time, for example.

I intended to complete listening to it, but I found I couldn't. At about 2/3 I couldn't stand it anymore and I quit.
If you like Mary Calmes a lot, maybe you will like this book. Personally I can't stand Mary Calmes' books (except 2 of them that I like despite the things I dislike about them :-) ).

Joel Leslie is a good narrator.

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 623

This hugely engaging story of murder, superstition, religious politics and drama in a medieval monastery was one of the most striking novels to appear in the 1980s. The Name of the Rose is a thrilling story enriched with period detail and laced with tongue-in-cheek allusions to fictional characters, the most striking of which is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville, who displays many characteristics of Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sean Barrett does justice to this wonderful text.

  • By Booklover on 12-01-15

historical religious philosophical murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

If you have read the book, you know what you are in for. A slow medieval story filled with religious and historical musings, it is not for everyone. While I found many of those musings and historical tales interesting, others are too far off the path of the story and/or too long. When reading the book, I skipped over those passages, but in an audiobook that is not so easy, so you are more or less forced to listen to them. And I found that a good thing.

Be aware that there are many citations in Latin that are not translated ( I am guessing in the book they are translated in footnotes, but I don't remember).

The narrator is very well suited for a story like this: calm, thoughtful. His Latin sounds wonderful.

I would definitely recommend for people who like slow thoughtful books, but definitely not for those who only saw the movie and like a fast mystery.

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

Winner of the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2005.

A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his cryptographer daughter and her symbologist friend can untangle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Nicholas on 11-09-06

entertaining story, very well narrated

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18

Of course the story is well-known. I had both read the book and watched the movie before, but since that was quite a while ago, I had forgotten a lot about it. So it was entertaining and interesting to hear it narrated. Jeff Harding does a very good job narrating with all the accents and the French language. Definitely worth a listen.

  • The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

I have been Simon Feximal's companion, assistant, and chronicler for 20 years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide. Here is how my association with Feximal came about. I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing narration

  • By Mary on 12-11-18

Favourite book, lesser narrator

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

Reviewed: 18-03-18

This is a favourite book of mine and I was very much looking forward to the audio. I find it hard to be critical of narrators, but I have to say that I found the narration rather monotone. Not so much the dialogues, and voices and accents are OK. But the narrative sentences all seem to sound the same, thus turning it relatively dull. The book deserved more.

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  • Bryant and May On the Loose

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Long regarded as an anachronism, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is to be disbanded. For octogenarian detectives Arthur Bryant and John May, it seems retirement is now the only option. But then a headless body is found in a freezer, and a suspicious, gigantic figure has been spotted - dressed in deerskin and sporting antlers made of knives. It looks like the PCU are back in business...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryant and May Addict!

  • By Lucy on 25-10-11

Not a good choice to read as first book in series

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

To be honest, this was a bit of a disappointment to me. The blurb and reviews made it seem appealing when I found it in a 2-for-1 sale. But I had never read anything in the series before, and all the different characters and their relationships and backgrounds were quite confusing to me. This combined with the fact that they were all in disarray because the unit had been disbanded made it very hard to connect to the characters. There wasn't one I could identify with, I found most of them not very sympathetic. Also, it's been awhile since I read a book where the point of view changes all the time between more than two or three people, and I found it a bit restless.

The story itself is slow, but I knew that beforehand and generally have no problem with slower stories.

The narrator is very good, no doubt about that.

Maybe if I had been able to purchase the very first book in the series, things would have been different. As it is, I won't be going after other books in this series.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long and rewarding listen....

  • By Lee on 29-04-15

Simply brilliant

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Over the past months I've been listening to this (interspersed with other audiobooks) and even though it is a whopping 58 hours long, I wish it wasn't almost finished. I have always liked Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and all the series and films based on the books, but I had never read all the original stories.

Yes, this work is of its time period, with its racial, gender and class biases, you can't change that. But it shows us an interesting peek into that time, as well as gives us the very enjoyable mysteries. Even as a non native English speaker I love the archaic language and expressions that have in some cases become to mean something quite different...

And most of all it gives us Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as characters. I really enjoyed getting to know them in their original form. Holmes's arrogance made me laugh out loud occasionally, but he is also described as being kind, especially to women (even though he 'disliked and distrusted' them). Watson is such a loyal, forgiving man. I can't help loving them both :-)

The narration is perfect. Simon Vance is able to give us dozens of different voices and accents. And there are a *lot* of characters to be voiced here! He does it effortlessly, with subtle and less subtle differences. His voice is very pleasant to listen to and I am in awe of his talent.

If you are in any way interested in the original Sherlock Holmes, you can't go wrong with this incredible collection.

  • Down and Dirty

  • Cole McGinnis Mysteries
  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

From the moment former LAPD detective Bobby Dawson spots Ichiro Tokugawa, he knows the man is trouble. And not just because the much younger Japanese inker is hot, complicated, and pushes every one of Bobby's buttons. No, Ichi is trouble because he's Cole McGinnis' younger brother and off-limits in every possible way. And Bobby knows that even before Cole threatens to kill him for looking Ichi's way. But despite his gut telling him Ichi is bad news, Bobby can't stop looking...or wanting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my fave of the series but....

  • By BevS on 15-07-18

Not a mystery, but a nice love story

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

Reviewed: 13-06-15

As others have said, this is not a murder mystery, this is the love story of Bobby and Ichi, set against the background of previous books in the series. You do need to have read those, or there will be a lot you don't understand.
If you like to follow the characters from the Cole McGinnis books, read this. If you mainly want the mysteries, maybe you should skip this one.

Greg Tremblay is magnificent with the accents, and I love his deep Bobby voice. I cannot fathom how he manages to distinguish between Jae's Korean accent and Ichi's Japanese, but he does. I have no way of knowing how correct the accents are, they sound real to me and I marvel at the subtlety with which Tremblay makes them sound just that little bit different. He does that with Latino and other accents as well. I had to get used to him in the first book, but he is now definitely one of my favourite narrators.

(also posted in the Kindle section of Amazon.com, with a few minor differences)

  • Old Loyalty, New Love

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father's prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants - his bodyguard by his side and in his bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a new favourite for me, good shifter m/m romance

  • By M. on 04-11-14

a new favourite for me, good shifter m/m romance

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

Reviewed: 04-11-14

It took me quite some time to decide to purchase this audio. Hesitating because I am not too fond of a certain characteristic of Mary Calmes’ books: the way one of her main characters tends to be universally loved and fawned over by everybody. However, this doesn’t pop up in this one until the second half, and then it is different (and acceptable to me) because it concerns him in his role as the Alpha of a shifter pack that needs him.

Turns out I love this book. I really like both main characters, the way they interact and the intensity of their feelings for each other, as they finally come clear about those feelings.
I love the setting of the story, the shifter universe and the secondary characters. I felt the ex-lover thing was a bit over the top, but okay.

There are a few things in here that would warrant a sequel. I haven't found out if there is one yet. (There is no open ending though.)

Tristan James is an excellent narrator and he does not disappoint. He was one of the reasons I decided to take a chance on this book.

I think I will be relistening to this one regularly, it’s just one of those books for me.

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  • All Kinds of Tied Down

  • Marshals (Book 1)
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great romance, solid story, great narration

  • By M. on 25-10-14

Great romance, solid story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 25-10-14

This is my second Mary Calmes (audio)book and I like this one very, very much. ‘Frog’ was alright, but the way that the MC was instantly loved and doted on by everybody became grating. Reading reviews of other books by Mary Calmes it seems this is a recurring theme in her work. In this one I feel it didn’t happen too much, though Miro has 4 close female friends who adore him and an ex-lover who tries to wriggle his way back into his life.

There was a part in the middle of the book, when Ian is away on a mission, that felt like it dragged on too long without anything happening on the romance front. I was so looking forward to Ian and Miro interacting again. But when they do meet again... okay, worth the wait... I adore the way Ian is with Miro when their feelings finally become obvious. And Miro when he discovers what everybody had been thinking about them all along. I also really liked the way Miro and Ian interact with the two young witnesses they have to guard in the last part of the book. I’m not going into details to prevent spoilers.

The marshall work is described really well, but my favourite parts are where Miro and Ian interact, and with their colleagues as well.

I really like Tristan James’ narration. He distinguishes between male characters only subtly, but it’s okay, and I *love* his intonation, really one of the best narrators in that respect. This is my first audio with him and I don’t know how he does other books/characters, but I think he is spot on with Ian and Miro and their interaction. I am going to check out other books he narrates.

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  • Brute

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute's life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So lovely

  • By M. on 14-10-14

So lovely

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

Reviewed: 14-10-14

Relistened to this again. KC Kelly is the perfect narrator for this story. I love it to bits. I get carried away with Brute on his life's story, and particularly the love between him and Grey. An absolute favourite of mine.

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