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  • Honeymoon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Howard Roughan
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    The honeymoon is over, now the murders can begin. America's #1 thriller writer returns with his sexiest, scariest novel ever. Hotter than The Beach House and scarier than Kiss the Girls, James Patterson's explosive new thriller introduces a bride who is beautiful, talented, devoted, and deadly.

    Kirstin says: "Not up to the standard of his early work"
    "A solid, fast paced mystery"
    Overall

    Both loyal and new Patterson readers will certainly enjoy this solid mystery. Its classic elements of a fast pace, myriad twists and unforeseen turns, sex, love and violence makes it hard to stop listening. Add that a gorgeous woman is ?the bad guy? and you?ve got a story you?ll be anxious to tell your friends about this treat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3256)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1468)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Plodding is the single word I'd describe the book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I almost gave up on this book after listening to the 5 first chapters, for they focused on depressing, very slow moving details about life as, and with, an Asperger. However, even when it finally became clear what the story was all about, it was obvious very early on how the story would end - all because no one ever asked a few very focused questions of the person charged with a serious crime. They were finally asked at the very end of the book - as expected. Plodding is the single word I'd describe the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (745)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Cris says: "Ugh!"
    "Devoted Alex Cross fans will love this one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Patterson has got the Alex Cross recipe down cold - and follows it faithfully here. A reliable mix of fascinating bad guys tormenting Cross, Cross's own demons tormenting him and a rich cadre of supporting players who both help and hinder Cross as he fights to get the scent and then follows it like the talented, committed bloodhound that he is.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1779)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1504)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "PLODDING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I had not paid for this book, I would have stopped listening long before the end. Somehow, after having put out some of my money for it, I felt compelled to stick it out and listen to the end.

    Plodding is the best word to descibe my take on this book. Plodding and boring. At times it almost felt like the author was intentionally stretching things out, filling up space on blank pages by babbling on endlessly with mindless details that added nothing to the plot or the characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

    probably not


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Voted by his peers as the best Western writer of all time and honored with a record seven Spur Awards, Elmer Kelton is the beloved author of such compelling tales as The Good Old Boys. A beautifully written and highly readable memoir, Sandhills Boy reveals the origins of a unique storytelling talent and Texas treasure.

    Jim says: "Shockingly boring"
    "Shockingly boring"
    Overall

    How could such an accomplished author produce a work that plods as much as this one? After 6 hours of listening I threw in the towel as it was just too painful. I'll continue to be a fan of his stories, but this book was a huge mistake.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5533)
    Performance
    (3502)
    Story
    (3534)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "If this book doesn't scare you, you're brain dead"
    Overall

    This book scared the hell out of me - as it was intended to do. It's a real life doom's day scenario that's not at all hard to envision happening in our lifetime. Just as 9/11 occurred one sunny Septemeber morning, so could this scenario occur on any day of your life - and mark the end of the United States as it has come to be.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross's TRIAL

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (214)

    From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

    Carolyn says: "In a word ... miserable"
    "I Feel Manipulated"
    Overall

    If you are considering getting this book in order to experience another great adventure of Alex Cross - forget it. Alex Cross's name is boldly included in the title of this book, but this book is NOT about him - not at all. It's about an ancestor of his. While the story that's the basis for the book is okay, James Patterson and the publisher blatantly manipulates potential readers by including in the book's title the name of a well known and much beloved character - Alex Cross. We deserve better and they should be appropriately criticized.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (577)

    FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years ago she worked on the famous case, tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten Robert Backus, the killer who called himself the Poet, and apparently he has not forgotten her either.

    Jon says: "Bosch again"
    "Another Solid Performance"
    Overall

    Another Solid Performance by Harry Bosch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (751)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Potential not fully realized"
    Overall

    Readers who would are looking for the focus to be on character development, of both the professor and the madman, are going to be disappointed. However, readers who want a great deal of the book?s focus to be the development of a dictionary, they?ll be very pleased.

    This is an amazing story ? and perhaps a terrific film. But this book teases more than is satisfies ? as regards understanding the madman.

    A special treat of the recorded book is an interview by the author after the story is told.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2581)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1101)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Another Solid Harry Bosch Who-Dun-It"
    Overall

    This series could go on as long as James Bond movies....one solid story after another. Patterson's eye for detail, along with the continued development of real-life, flawed characters, together with an interesting mix of story twists all leads to a I-don't-want-this-book-to-end experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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