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  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,409

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, Very Good

  • By David M on 20-10-18

Quirky, sinister but ultimately unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

This starts with a quirkiness underpinned by a sinister foreboding. This gradually got more sinister as the book went on and I was interested in how the story was developing. However it feels it stagnates and then with the deus ex machina it just feels like a waste of time. To build up a psychological tension and not have it pay off seems a missed opportunity, leaving the book, however well written, rather redundant. Maybe I've missed the point

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  • The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 10
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Helena Pearson. Undeniably beautiful... indisputably rich... incredibly wanton... the perfect client for Travis McGee. He did a big favor for her husband and then for the lady herself. Now Helena is dead, and McGee finds out that she had one last request to make of him: find out why her beautiful daughter, Maurie, keeps trying to kill herself. So, half-convinced that Maurie needs a good doctor and not a devil-may-care beach bum, McGee makes his way to the prosperous town of Fort Courtney, Florida, a respectable, booming, deadly little place.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A rare misfire

  • By Mr. C. G. Moore on 31-08-18

A rare misfire

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

Book 10 so understandably this is now well trodden ground. But the plot is confusing and dare I say boring, the characters are interchangeable and it doesn't have the energy and zip it's predecessors have. The recipe is still all there (and if you've reached book 10 then you are very familiar with it) but all the proportions are wrong. Not enough sex, violence, detective work, McGee philosophy or well drawn characters. By the time it gets going it's a bit too little too late. Purely for the completists

  • The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison

  • By: Ralph Ellison, John F. Callahan - editor, Saul Bellow - preface
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 33 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Compiled, edited, and newly revised by Ralph Ellison's literary executor, John F. Callahan, this classic collection includes posthumously discovered reviews, criticism, and interviews, as well as the essay collections Shadow and Act (1964), hailed by Robert Penn Warren as "a body of cogent and subtle commentary on the questions that focus on race," and Going to the Territory (1986), an exploration of literature and folklore, jazz and culture, and the nature and quality of lives that black Americans lead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too highbrow, dry and sadly boring

  • By Mr. C. G. Moore on 17-07-18

Too highbrow, dry and sadly boring

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I wanted to hear a sample of Ralph Ellison's work before buying this however all the samples are of the introduction and not representative. This is pretty highbrow and dry for me unfortunately. I wanted to hear his writing on Jazz mainly and there are 3 or 4 essays on the subject however most is on the role of African Americans in 20th Century. His essays range from deeply descriptive and poetic and dry academic analysis, but too little of the former. And I am left with little idea of his point.

It is mainly dry essay and I lasted about 10h in before pulling the plug. There maybe some hidden gems but they are well hidden. Only to be used for as reference for a degree in African American History

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,282

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, but slower than a snail

  • By Avril Sawers on 02-11-13

I love a slow-burner but this fizzled out

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

Reviewed: 21-03-18

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed, I gave it 4 hours of my time and I'm sure there is a good book somewhere in the 30 hours worth. It is well written but after an atmospheric opening it just plods along and I've lost interest unfortunately. Sorry, I just need more pace and/or plot. I love a slow-burner but this fizzled out

  • The Killer Inside Me

  • By: Jim Thompson
  • Narrated by: Tim Flavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small Texas town, patient and thoughtful. Some people think he's a little slow and boring, but that's the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his "sickness". It nearly got him put away when he was younger, but his adopted brother took the rap for that. Now the sickness that has been lying dormant for a while is about to surface again - and the consequences are brutal and devastating.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Banality of Evil

  • By Mark on 24-08-18

unapologetically chilling and hard noir

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

What did you like most about The Killer Inside Me?

Well written but slightly out stays its welcome by the end. However that's a minor flaw a great psychological look through the eyes of a stone cold, unemotional character

What does Tim Flavin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator is wonderful at getting that hard-boiled prose spot on

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

there are some pretty glib, grim points of view and turns of phrases and the whole thing is very very very misogynistic. The violence and treatment towards women will probably still upset those offended by things like that so it is not for everyone

  • Blink

  • A psychological thriller with a killer twist you'll never forget
  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 820

Three years ago Toni's five-year-old daughter, Evie, disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace. But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself - and a devastating truth. Toni's mind is trapped in a world of silence. Her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible: she must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blink! just Don't Miss It!

  • By Simon on 18-02-17

badly written, boring and plot holes a plenty

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Any additional comments?

This book is trying to be a page turner but it is filled with such generic characters that do unrealistic action, cliched dialogue and bland description that the only reason to keep listening is to find out the "killer twist". It's not worth 8h of your life, trust me. It's an odd sensation when you are willing the abduction of a child to get it over and done with.
Utter trash, it's trying to be a thriller but without anything at all happening till over 3/4 through the book, this book fails with its mundanity.
Blink? I couldn't stay awake

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  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

INTRO HAS SPOILERS SO SKIP TO TRACK 2

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

What did you like best about this story?

A great story with great characters, a true classic

Any additional comments?

In the introduction by the director of the latest film, he mentions something that doesn't come up till the end and I spent the whole book waiting for it to happen. Please skip to track 2

  • Pale Gray for Guilt

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 9
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The men who killed Tush Bannon knew he was a nice guy with a nice wife and three nice kids - trying to run a small marina on the Florida coast. They also knew he was in the way of a big land development scheme. Once they killed him, they figured they were on easy street. But Tush Bannon was Travis McGee's friend, and McGee could be one tough adversary when protecting a widow and her kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tight story well read

  • By Robert on 21-04-18

Not quite up to standards

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is for completists

What was most disappointing about John D. MacDonald’s story?

. I wasn't expecting originality by book 9, just more of the same hard boiled pulp but it got a bit bogged down in certain elements of the plot, which unfortunately I didn't find that interesting. A good start gradually feels a bit directionless and treading water till the finale.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Ambivelence and disappointment

Any additional comments?

There have been stronger Travis McGee novels and by book 9, it's feeling a bit underwhelming

  • The Baltimore Boys

  • By: Joël Dicker, Alison Anderson - translator
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Fresh from the staggering success of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. A chance encounter in Florida throws him some inspiration from a surprising source: Alexandra Neville, the beautiful, phenomenally successful singer and Marcus' first love. All at once memories of his childhood come flooding back. Memories of a family torn apart by tragedy and a once glorious legacy reduced to shame and ruin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dire!

  • By M A Bristow on 22-04-18

OK follow up to Harry Quebert Affair but lacking

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

Reviewed: 27-07-17

Any additional comments?

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair had a bit more of a mystery about it and an interesting format. This is a good character study but isn't quite as gripping albeit well written. Try Harry Quebert first, then try this if you want a more sedate book

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  • Darker Than Amber

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 7
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn't so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book

  • By John L. on 10-02-18

More of the same, and that ain't a bad thing

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

Reviewed: 23-06-17

Any additional comments?

Another good example of noir pulp, however if you only read one McGee, Bright Orange for the Shroud is just a cut above the rest (only on book 7 so there may be better ones in the future)