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  • The Last Victim: A Dr. Charlotte Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life - no doubt because when she was 16, she herself survived a serial killer's bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie's friend, then left the girl's body on a seaside boardwalk one week later. Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground.

    Michelle says: "Needs something, just not sure what"
    "Should be rated the minus 5 stars it deserves"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you value your credits, and love a good thriller, don't waste them on this. In this book, a "trained psychologist" who also sees spirits begins to flirt and become sexually aroused by a vicious dead serial killer's ghost.


    What was most disappointing about Karen Robards’s story?

    This has nothing to do with real psychic phenomena. The "visions" of the dead serial killer aren't eerie or remotely believable, but just idiotic. He keeps getting sexier to her, with added "glistening muscle", and even a new suntan! He uses lame come-ons such as "you're so hot, baby", and she finally gets annoyed because he comes on to her in the shower. Although aroused by him, she feels guilty when she chases him away with incense, and it ticks him off. The reader sounds like she can't believe she is reading this junk either. I just want my credit back.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (719)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Boring"
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    This book is listed in the wrong category. Definitely not a mystery, and in no way a thriller. The combination of a ho hum plot and dragging narrative made it really difficult to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (265)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    lisa says: "Bad female reader"
    "Fingernails on a blackboard...for 12 hours?"
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    First, let me say that I love Harlan Coben's books. His characters are always so rich and fully "fleshed out". Unfortunately, I was unable to finish this book, or even get passed the first 15 minutes. I have belonged to audible since Day One, and having listened to nearly 800 books, never encountered a narrator that made me look for the mute button before this. Her voice is somewhat screechy, with an accent reminiscent of a south-side Jersey moll trying to sound British. Plus, her inflections at the end of every sentence are so annoying, that I kept hoping she would tire, and just speak normally- especially when there was no action or drama to warrant her excitement. Fingernails on a blackboard have always made me cringe, and listening to this came really close for me. Sorry Audible, I'll just have to Kindle it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shackled

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ray Garton
    • Narrated By Seth Michael Donsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (10)

    Children disappear all the time. It's in the news every day. Where do they go? What happens to them? Who has taken them? While covering a story for his tabloid newspaper, reporter Bentley Noble accidentally stumbles onto something else entirely...a story about something so unspeakable, he doesn't know if anyone will believe it...a story that pulls him down into the depths of evil and depravity and threatens his very life.

    Dannielle says: "Disappointed"
    "The narrator absolutely ruins this book"
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    The subject matter in this book is gruesome, and although the introduction seemed to treat it with the seriousness it deserves, the narrator did not. He made a parody of many of the major characters- giving them voices that sounded as if some gross jerk was doing stand-up in a seedy bar. The geeky teen computer genius sounded as if he was dull, high, and sucking on marbles. The worst is the preacher, who slowly enunciates at all times as if he is a comedian mocking the delivery of a sermon to a very slow audience in a tent revival- even during those scenes I'm sure the author intended to be thrilling, and fast paced. I actually laughed out loud, which is a reaction I'm sure the author never intended. His rendition of characters who are supposed to be expressing really intense emotions during some really extreme situations renders this a grisly comedy.


    Although the ending is a little clunky, regardless of the narration;
    my advice is read the book- because without the comedic rendition, it's a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dark Mind: Lizzy Gardner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (96)

    They call him the Lovebird Killer, a merciless fiend unleashing a flood of unspeakable cruelty upon Sacramento’s most loving couples, young and old. This real-life monster’s reign of terror has left the city’s residents paralyzed with fear. All but Lizzy Gardner. Because hiding from monsters isn’t Lizzy’s style, not since she faced the madman who kidnapped and terrorized her as a teenager. So when a routine workers’ compensation case suddenly leads her and her two young assistants onto the killer’s trail, Lizzy revels in the chase. She is determined to bring this psychopath to justice before he has the chance to claim another victim.

    s. walsh says: "Great Book! Did not want to put it down"
    "What a Mess!"
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    This book has so many plots going, that she forgets to tie up all the loose ends, leaving part of a kidnapped couple taken by 4 men instead of the main villain, half resolved. I don't understand why she even included their kidnap/torture because it didn't fit in with the rest of the book in anyway. The reader does a good job of keeping your interest, as she stops short of a monotone, but she can do nothing to this pile of sorted plots make sense.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (310)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "A Roller Coaster Ride with best friends"
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    I've never known a high functioning schizophrenic, but I feel like I not only met him, but grew to love him like my little brother by the end of the book. He was a totally interesting and believable protagonist. There is just enough tech in it to make it believable. Anyone who has a computer, iphone, or used Google Maps, is going to easily relate to this story. A really solid, well paced thriller that rates a second listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2347)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1984)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "An exciting plot"
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    What did you love best about Touch & Go?

    The characters in this novel are very well rounded, with believable traits and responses to the danger they face. Gardner does a great job of directing suspicions to different suspects, each with a logical motive. It is told from the point of view of the wife, but it stays true to the plot without becoming maudlin.


    What other book might you compare Touch & Go to and why?

    I would compare this book to the others written by Lisa Gardner. Characters with depth, and a good believable plot.


    What does Elisabeth Rodgers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Elisabeth Rodgers does a great job of narrating the plot from the wife's point of view, but it could be greatly improved with the addition of a good male reader for the more threatening antagonists.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Like all of Lisa Gardner's books, she keeps the pace up, with builds and twists that really captured my interest.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spooky, Mysterious Tales: The Short Story Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ambrose Bierce, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone, Mark Hammer, Frank Muller, and others
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Abandon yourself to the spell of six short stories filled with thrills and dark suspense. Here are tales by the masters of mystery and horror - A. Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, Saki, Oscar Wilde and Ambrose Bierce - taking on a new energy and force through performances by Recorded Books’ critically-acclaimed narrators. Ranging from dungeons to drawing rooms, and peopled with extraordinary ghouls and doomed dowagers, the tales are guaranteed to raise the hair on the back of your neck.

    SimbaSu says: "Classic tales , but really poorly read"
    "Classic tales , but really poorly read"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with patience for a a really heavy British accent in a monotone.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No Poe story should ever be read by someone who cannot emote the fear and passion inherent in his stories. The only truly enjoyable ones came from Richard Farrone, who does a great job with the Beating Heart. So, I'm sure if he had done them all, it would've been great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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