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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Listen to this

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Hell's Super

This is a very humorous story about Hell. Steve Minion was an economics professor in life. He's Hell's Super in death. The handyman. Think of the thing you dislike the most or are the worst at in life. That becomes your life, or your job in death. Why make things simple? No one is happy in Hell after all.

Steve is given a task, three actually. Fix the escalator to hell, fix the stairway between Heaven and Hell, and find out who is revolting in Hell and stop them.

As any good super would do, he designates. His assistant, Orson Welles is tasked with re-building the stairway, along with Edison, Ford, and Tesla; Steve, along with Alan Pickerton try to find out who the masterminds behind the revolt. Mix in the saintliness of Florence Nightingale, and you have one hell of a story.

The narration was very good; I enjoyed Michael's delivery and characterizations.

I have not actually finished listening to this audiobook, but I can say for certain, I'm going to love the rest of this audiobook.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Another good listen

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I quite enjoyed this book.  It starts out with a young boy being left at a foundling hospital by a young girl obviously used by the upper class young man in the household she worked in. Five years later, the young boy is taken out of the foundling hospital and sent to live with a duke and his wife. The duke, it is quickly revealed, is the actual father of the boy. 

James grows up in his father's house, with his father's love, and his mother's distain. As so many young men do, he likes the drink, the gambling, and the women.  Until his father suggests he needed to straighten up and join society. Reluctantly, James attends a ball where he meets a young woman, Olivia. Things, of course, do not start out well, but James is intrigued. 

The story progresses, this is a romance, so no one will be spoiled by the romance that develops. James' mother is not happy that James is being accepted into society so easily, and tries to make James' life worse. 

Secrets are revealed, will James' live ever be the same?!

As usual, Melanie Fraser does a great job narrating the story.  Always look forward to listening to her.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Long time favourite

I’m a long time fan of Louis L’Amour, revisiting his world time and time again. The story of a family growing up in the beginnings of western civilization of the Americas. L’Amour has a power with words, a poetry not often matched. I knew what happens, I knew the ending, and listening to this, I sobbed at the last scene, the last lines. I have no words.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Informative

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I just started listening to this book; about an hour into it. The problem I have so far is there's a lot of info dumping .... about selling stocks and buying and manipulation of stocks .... at least I think that's what it's basically all about. Now, I understand that this is probably important for the plot of the story .... a stockbroker is found dead on Wall Street, and that's fine, but for me as a layperson, this is total confusion. It's like a scientist trying to explain string theory, or quantum mechanics. It's needful, but for the reader you might want to dumb it down a bit. I might have been better if the detective made more of a statement of .... hey I'm a layperson, can you tell me this in words of one syllable please. Anyway, I think what they are trying to say is that these stockbrokers were trying to manipulate the shares of certain companies to make profits, and that the particular victim had been told to put out a negative report on the company he was reviewing for that purpose.

Once you get past this depth of information and detail, and get into the actual detective work (and I realize the detective needs an understanding of the motivation and background surrounding the murder), its a pretty decent book; characters are interesting with just enough individual information to get a liking, or disliking of them.

One thing I disliked about the book was the author's penchant for describing someone's attire and including the price tag of everything he described. I don't know whether that to further the idea of how rich the Wall Street brokers were or what.

The narration was fine, except for the audible swallowing that the narrator did. His voice was good.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Reminiscent of H.G. Wells

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Ten years after the events of the War of the Worlds, another cylinder is bought to London. The narrator and his wife, Laura go to London to discover why and if there would be another invasion by the Martins. The story is full of the original characters from H.G. Wells' book; and in a lot of ways is very much a retelling of the story just ten years later. This time, the Martians invasion is not to destroy humanity, whom they don't see as much of a problem; but the world's bacteria which destroyed the invading party originally.

I wasn't a fan of the added special effects and music of the audiobook until I realized that the audiobook was being read like the original radio play from 1938 that terrified the world. Harry Preston, the main narrator, with forward and epilogue narrated by Terry Thompson, has a nice, easy voice; reminiscent of the old radio programs and ably carries the narration of the book. Now I want to go listen to the original ..... I have the tapes/cd somewhere .....

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Nice starter kit for new readers/listeners

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The Man in the Inverness Cape

Mr. Marvel goes missing after leaving to run errands. Like the well-known Sherlock Holmes, Lady Molly goes undercover to where Rosie Campbell, the ex-maid of the sister of Mr. Marvel, was staying, to unravel the mystery.

The Problem of the Second Bullet by Anna Catherine Green

A shot in an apartment. A locked room. Two dead and only one bullet fired. Violet Strange is asked to look into the deaths and eventually discovers the truth.

The Shoplifters by Arthur B. Reeve

A young lady is caught red-handed with a stolen ring and other items. Constance Dunlap takes pity on her and refuses to charge her. Instead, she uncovers a ring of shoplifters.

The Murder at Trott's Hill by C.L. Burgess

Loveday Brooke goes undercover to solve the case of the murder of the landskeeper of the Trotts Hill house.

The Man Who Scared the Bank by Valentine

Sleuth Daphne Rein must solve the mystery of a doppleganger and a bank swindled out of money.

The Tea Leaf by Edgar Jepson and Robert Eustace

Ruth Kelston solves the mystery of the death of her father after he is found in the Turkish baths with his mortal enemy.

Each of these novelettes were interesting to listen to. Some of the stories were logical in the culprit and reason; for example the first one I caught on to fairly quickly. Others like the last one, is similar in style to a murder in a locked room.

Each story gives the listener an example of the different authors and their writing style and the genre of the women detective in the early part of the 20th century. A nice starter kit for people who want those types of books to read.

The narrator was quite competent and adjusted her voice to relay the various characters quite nicely.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Interesting insight

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I'm not sure what to make of this book. It gives the reader an insight into the process of what detectives (and private investigators) have to do in order to find their man.

Bill Dear, a private investigator, is brought into Akron, Ohio to solve the case of the murder of Dean Milo. The police had been unable to find the killer and had to move on to more current cases. With the help of his team of investigators, and a few police officers, Dean painstakingly delves into the murder, into the lives of those involved, and slowly unravels the murder plot.

The writing style was interesting enough, not just a recitation of the dry facts of the case, but no huge descriptions to pad out the story. J. Scott Bennett narrated the story well, as always.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Very Interesting

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The book was a slow build. Audrey is an estate sales lady, with a cop for a husband. In order to build her company she smoozes with the high society of Palmerton's upper class at a fundraiser to raise funds for the Rosa Park Foundation. The evening ends in a death.

Then the death takes a back seat to Audrey's business. She is given a commission to arrange the sale of the Tate House estate. This throws her into a decades old mystery surrounding the house, and modern day intrigue that ultimately circles around to the death at the party.

This is a very interesting book. I actually like the meandering tone of the story; it was well developed and keep me engaged throughout. Ms. Tedesco has a great voice and is a joy to listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

It's L'Amour

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One thing I love about L'Amour's work is the poetry of his words, his love of nature and the country, and of the history of the country/world. This story does not disappoint.



Rock Bannon joins a wagon train heading for California. He had been injured and Sharon Crockett nurses him back to health. The train stops at an army fort and is joined by Mort Harper, a smooth talking man with ideas of his own.



Crossing the salt deserts of Utah, on a trail suggested by Harper, the train stops in a rich valley owned by Rock Bannon's father. The settlers are persuaded by Harper to stop there and raise a town, rather than move on towards California. Little do they know the Harper has his own reasons for befriending the settlers. He wants the valley. Soon there are lines in the dust and hell to pay.



As usual, there is action, there are fights, and there is gunplay. And at the end of it .... Rock goes after the woman he loves.



Another great read from L'Amour, but I never expect anything less.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Intriguing

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This is a very well written novel. Full of suspense, twists and turns, and just when you think you have it all figured out, nope!



Peyton is the wife of a senator. She has a 15 year old son and she adores them both. She comes home one evening after working on her husband's campaign to find the house surrounded by first responders. Her husband is dead. The police rule it an accidental death, but Peyton isn't so sure. The lead cop on the case, Clay Nelson, takes an personal interest in Peyton. Add to the mix, someone from the family's past coming back, and you have trails going all over the place.



The characters are in depth, interesting, humourous, and you feel for them.



J. Scott Bennett is a decent choice for narrator. I've enjoyed listening to his work with other authors.



If I remember correctly, however, there seemed to be one or two glitches in the audiobook .... a couple of places where the book sped up for an unknown reason. Those were minor and didn't really detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

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