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Malena

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  • Murder in the Sentier: An Aimée Leduc Investigation, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cara Black
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Anthony Award nominee Cara Black has garnered international acclaim for the authentic characterization and tantalizing suspense of her Aimée Leduc series. In this third entry—set in 1994 Paris—Aimée fears that a 1960s Communist gang is on the loose—and her long-lost mother just may be one of them.

    Malena says: "Terrific story in present and past"
    "Terrific story in present and past"
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    I like this series because it's set in Paris and because it keeps getting better with each new installment. Aimee is almost obsessed about finding out what happened to her mother in this book and that helps to flesh out her character. Of course, she takes her usually wrong turns before finally solving the mystery, but that's as much her signature as the couture thrift store fashions she wears.
    Fans of this series should enjoy this book and this reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25034)
    Performance
    (20804)
    Story
    (20791)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Fantastic thriller!"
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    Can't wait to read another one by this author.
    This audio book is just a little confusing in the beginning. There are three readers narrating three characters' points of view and they all have very distinctive voices, but it's hard to keep track of which is which. Once the story gets going, it starts to make sense.
    I just couldn't put this one down after about 2 hours of listening.
    The main character, Rachel isn't so much an unreliable narrator as a drunk one with major blackouts. How fun is that?
    I'm sure I'm not the first one to say, if you loved Gone Girl, you'll love this one. The difference being, though Rachel is flawed and keeps screwing up, you can't help but root for her all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One That Got Away

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Simon Wood
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever.

    Chad G. says: "Don't let this one get away from you"
    "Wow!"
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    First of all this is not for the squeamish. It's a gritty thriller, and what a thrill ride the author takes you on. Good luck trying to put this down once you've started. I got the Kindle (print) edition that syncs up with the audio, so I could read when it wasn't possible to listen and visa versa.
    Zoe is a very believable and likeable character. She goes to hell and back several times in this story, but the violence never seems gratuitous.
    Do not choose this book if you like cozy mysteries with lemonade and cats on the covers. But if you like a gripping, high tension thriller, this book is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4749)
    Performance
    (2509)
    Story
    (2507)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Not to be missed"
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    Even if you think you know this story- which we all do- you should listen to this version read by Tim Curry. He is simply wonderful. I plan to alternate listening to this with Alan Cummings reading of The Blue Carbuncle (Sherlock Holmes) for a new Christmas tradition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire & Water: A Suspense-Filled Story of Art, Love, Passion, and Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
    • Narrated By Monica McKey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Katherine Murphy, a pediatric surgeon in San Francisco's premier medical center, UCSF, was raised in the ironic protection of her father's Irish pub by a patchwork family formed of misfits and orphans. She is book-brilliant, but unwise in the ways of love and life. When genuine love and deep passion present themselves in the form of Jake Bloom, a renowned "artist of the immediate", she is in far too deep before she discovers the treacherous dark side of his creative genius.

    Malena says: "A very artful novel"
    "A very artful novel"
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    I ended up loving this book, though I have to admit that it started out a little slow for me. What kept me with it are the wonderful characters this author created. And then I just couldn't stop listening, the story then completely won me over. It's very important in a novel told in the first person that you like that person, or at least are willing to spend 12 hours of your like with that person. Kate is very believable, both in her virtues and her faults. I also like when an author writes a child, in this case a 5 year-old, who uses age-appropriate language and doesn't come off as a miniature adult.
    Monica McKey does a great job with the voices. I especially liked her Jake Bloom, who is a very complex character and required some finesse to manifest. Mary K was also well voiced. I hope Ms. McKey plans on reading more audio books, as I think she is very good with the accents.
    If you like car chases and bombs exploding DO NOT buy this book. It is very thoughtful and literary. The writing is beautiful in itself, but the story that writing conveys will take you to new and unexpected places. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg, Steven T. Murray (translator)
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (325)

    Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case.

    Margaret says: "Most Annoying Voice and Way Too Slow"
    "Well-written story, great characters"
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    This is a great book. I read a lot of Scandinavian mysteries and this one just seems to stand out. The characters are exceptionally well-rounded and believable and the story has enough twists to keep your interest. Of course, it's got a lot of cold atmosphere, being set in the dead of winter and that adds to the suspense.
    Once I finished listening to this one I immediately downloaded the next.
    I like this narrator. He's good with the voices and seems to understand the humor.
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Show

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Simon Wood
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Terry lands at San Francisco International Airport ready to start his new life with Sarah, the American journalist he married after a transatlantic love affair. But Sarah’s a no show. Convinced something terrible has happened, Terry reports Sarah’s disappearance to the sheriff, who shrugs it off as a case of a new bride with cold feet. But then dead women start turning up, all with two things in common: each victim had exposed a scandal just before her death...and all of their names appear on a list written by Sarah.

    Malena says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
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    If you like Simon Wood's previous books you are sure to like this one. I think he is an
    author who gets better and better with each book.
    This story has a fairly simple premise, but Wood gets so much plot out of it, I was quite impressed. Terry is a likable character and you can't help but root for him the whole time. He may not always make the right choices, but his heart is in the right place.
    The plot has many twists and turn and surprising moments. I kept thinking I had it figured out, but never quite did.
    My only complaint is that this narrator had a sort of nebulous English accent for Terry. Sometimes he even sounded Australian. But other than that his reading was good.
    There is mystery, intrigue and suspense in No Show. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mind's Eye: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Håkan Nesser, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Chief Inspector Van Veeteren knew that murder cases were never as open-and-shut as this one: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and discovered his wife of three months lying facedown in the bathtub, dead. With only the flimsiest excuse as his defense, he is found guilty of a drunken crime of passion and imprisoned in a mental institution.

    chris says: "A GOOD MYSTERY"
    "Good start to the series"
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    This was one of those audio books I couldn't put down. Listened to it in just two sittings. I enjoyed the story, but wish the setting had come a bit more into play in this book.

    The main character, Inspector Von Veeteren, is a bit of a curmudgeon, but being a huge Morse fan, I can't complain about that. I wonder what his toothpick budget is on top of the cigarettes.

    Anyway, the story is what sells this book and the characters of the victims and the suspects more than the police. The plot is definitely different to most standard mystery novels. Complex, but not overly complicated. I can't wait to listen to another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artists in Crime

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion.

    Charles Fearneyhough says: "Aii! Abridged"
    "That voice!"
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    I am probably not the most reliable reviewer for this book as I would pay good money to listen to Benedict Cumberbatch reading from the Hoboken telephone directory. He just has a wonderful voice and uses it to great advantage voicing all sorts of characters in this classic mystery.
    Yes, it is abridged, but a little Ben is better than none at all.
    The story is well-plotted and full of interesting and eccentric arty types. This is the book where Alleyn first meets Troy, so it has that to recommend it, as well.
    Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Seat: An Aidy Westlake Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Simon Wood
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Things are looking good for Aidy Westlake. He’s Pit Lane magazine’s Young Driver of the Year, which has earned him a drive in the European Saloon Car Championship. But his good fortune ends at a race car show when he discovers Jason Gates, a mechanic from a rival team, with his throat cut. The murder sets off a disturbing chain reaction - someone is breaking the rules in the ranks of saloon car racing, on and off the track.

    Malena says: "Excellent series"
    "Excellent series"
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    This is book Two in the Aidy Westlake series of racing mysteries. I'd recommend listening to book One first because it's simply great, but you can start with this one, just as well.
    As I said in my review of Did Not Finish, you do not need to be a racing fan to enjoy Hot Seat. It's a well-written seat-of-your-pants sort of mystery that keeps the reader guessing the whole way through.

    There is a lot of intense action in this book, but it's never over the top with sex, swearing or violence. Only what's needed to carry the story forward.

    I never like to give away plots, but suffice it to say that Aidy, his grandfather, Steve and his best friend, Dylan get themselves into and out of plenty of pickles. Pay attention, because things are not always what they seem in these books. That's half the fun of them.

    I like this narrator, he brings a lot of depth to the characters and makes them easy to differentiate.

    Can't wait for the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Did Not Finish: An Aidy Westlake Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Simon Wood
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The first book in the Aidy Westlake mystery series set in the high-octane world of motor racing... When Derek Deacon threatens to kill Alex Fanning, his championship rival, rookie driver Aidy Westlake doesn’t put much stock in it - it’s typical of the intense competitiveness and aggression in their world. But when Fanning dies after making contact with Deacon’s car during a race, a conspiracy ensues: The TV coverage is edited and the police wind up the investigation without interviewing witnesses. Compelled to prove Deacon is the murderer, Aidy pushes for the truth and is drawn into a world of fraud, organized crime and murder.

    Su Co says: "For fans of F-1, GP3, Indi car racing"
    "Loved this book"
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    I've read several of Simon Wood's books in the past and enjoyed them. But, I'm not especially into cars or car racing, so it took me by surprise just how much I loved this book. The insider look at the racing world was fascinating. The characters were believable. The plot may seem pretty straight forward at first, but watch out for those twists and turns!

    I don't want to give away too many details, but there is a scene near the end, where our heroes are in peril, that it so well-written, I was almost crying for them. And it was probably made more intense by hearing it verses just reading it. I kept thinking, "There is no way they can escape from this," but, well, you'll have to listen to find out if and how they do.

    I think it says a lot about a series if you finish one book and immediately want to pick up the next one. I'm on my way to download book two, Hot Seat, as soon as I'm done with this review.

    I also liked the narrator, who did a good job of distinguishing the characters and inhabiting Aidy's persona.

    I would say if you like car racing, listen to this book. But even if you don't, it's a great story and well-worth checking out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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