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Val

Mystery & Suspense

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  • An Apple for the Creature

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor)
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares - taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter - will pale in comparison to these 13 original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

    Edward says: "Another good collection from charlaine Harris"
    "If your looking for a Sookie stories... Its not."
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    Would you listen to An Apple for the Creature again? Why?

    There are several good short stories but I was expecting more by Charlaine Harris but it was just one short story.There were a few other good authors but there were several I needed to skip.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first story with Sookie but that was very good at best.


    What does Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators were good, not great but not bad.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is a mixture of short stories by several authors so i don't think that really applicable.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave this four generous stars. It's okay at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Support

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    Dr. Toby Harper works the night shift in an emergency room. She spends her daytime hours alone with her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When elderly Alzheimer's patients from the same retirement home start dying mysteriously, Toby is the only one suspicious enough to investigate. As a result she finds herself, her mother, and her own sanity at risk.

    suepoulin says: "Very Engaging!!"
    "Another great story by Tess Gerritsen"
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    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    overall his voice keeps you reflects emotion and is very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another great medical thriller by Tess Gerritsen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Quiet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Ron Livingston
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (291)

    Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his 16-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt’s chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake’s secret.

    Jen says: "I Can't Keep Quiet Because it's Sooo Good!!!"
    "This was a fair to good story"
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    Would you listen to Keep Quiet again? Why?

    No, the story was interesting however very predictable. I had to double check the author halfway through the book. I was double guessing myself rather it was Jodi Picoult or not. It consisted of some deep seeded ethical dilemmas.... A cross between Jodi Picoult and a lifetime movie. Peeking my interest, keeping my attention but like I said very predictable. Overall, it was decent book depending on what entertains you.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It had one of those happy ever after endings where the good and bad guys were dealt with appropriately.


    Which character – as performed by Ron Livingston – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite character but overall the narrator very good. The voices consistently fit the occasion and were easy to listen to. Ron Livingston did not subtract from the quality of the listen.;


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4354)
    Performance
    (3727)
    Story
    (3727)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "This is a 3 to 4 star legal thriller. The narrator was great, I enjoyed the inflections in his voice"
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    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    I enjoyed the book, however I think one time was enough. I bought it on a $5.95 special which made it a great value. Although it is worth credit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    I thought it was touching when Jacob's grandfather involved himself despite the animosity. Grover Gardner did a really good job at adding a lot of personality to the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Of course, I'm sucker for happily ever after.


    Any additional comments?

    Defending Jacob is an entertaining book somewhat of a drama/ thriller and lastly a mystery. The mystery was very predictable however there was an unexpected twist at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just What Kind of Mother are You?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paula Daly
    • Narrated By Laura Brattan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Lisa Kallisto is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it's Lisa's fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda's family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong.

    Delah says: "Really Really Good"
    "Could this have been me?"
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    If you could sum up Just What Kind of Mother are You? in three words, what would they be?

    The three words I would use to describe this book are;
    1. -thought provoking ( counting this as one :-)
    2. -interesting
    3. -drawn out ( in the beginning)


    If you could rename Just What Kind of Mother are You?, what would you call it?

    The title is perfect! It's eye catching, true to the story. Over all just a great name that reflects every parent that self evaluates and observes others, at one time or another, in whIch I think most of us do.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book and worth the credit. The english accent was not too pronounced and did not interfere with comprehension. It's about a few families and the ups and downs we all experience. One mothers, that is really hard on herself, realizes that some peoples/family go through a great deal to hide their secrets and how deceptive appearances can be.
    Most of those "perfect" people/families by appearance are a facade. Sometime their issues use others that are not so savvy in the game to keep it all glued to together. In some cases that glue doesn't stick as well as expected and may expose deep, hidden, embarrassing, ugly information that would turn their families inside out. While it opens the eyes of naïve family's/people that try to "keep up with the Jones's" in a financial organizational and domestic way. I found it difficult to put down.

    The Villain was a surprise but there weren't many characters to choose from to keep you guessing. I think, if it it were a little more suspenseful, and didn't drag on in the beginning, I would have given it 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (580)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Good story"
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    Where does The Weight of Silence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of one to ten... this is about a six or seven. Depending on your interests the score could go up a notch higher or lower.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The characters were interesting but some of the things that happened seemed a little far-fetched. The father was really off the deep edge but I guess there are people out there like that and wives that tolerate them.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a family drama. It had several suspenseful moments. I think everybody's heart goes out to two little missing girls, that premise is the entire meat and potatoes of the book.It was a good listen to fill the time. I think it's best compared to a Lifetime movie that has happy times and heart aches but by the end it wraps up in a pretty bow.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1397)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Great! Really difficult to put down"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire story had so many twists and turns. As soon as you thought that you had it figured out a different door opens. It's a story about a once successful lawyer that is down and out after his wife and young daughter were by were fatally injured by a drunk driver. He meets an inexperienced attractive attorney that enlists him to represent a rap artist charged with murder. Resistant in the beginning and obsessed by the end with both the attorney and the case he struggles with with his moral and emotional compass and is challenged to keeping both in tact. The case and the characters are and both interesting while providing plenty of a entertainment... the good, the bad and the not so pretty. It's a somewhat realistic story and will keep you guessing.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices were very different and well suited for each character, I enjoy that.


    Any additional comments?

    This reads like a good John Grisham novel with out the folksy Ford County country life. It twists with surprises like Gone Girl. I found it to be an interesting mix. I will keep my eyes open for other books by this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Sight: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (813)

    Grave Sight draws listeners into the intriguing world of Harper Connelly, a woman with a unique gift: she can "see" the deceased and how they died. A teenage girl from a small Ozarks town is missing and feared dead. Hired by local police, Harper locates the girl's body in a nearby forest. But there's more than one corpse in those woods, and the second one raises questions no one wants to ask.

    Connie says: "Enjoyable. Interesting. Recommend!"
    "WOW! A pleasent suprise..."
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    What did you love best about Grave Sight?

    The characters are interesting. The story is great and as realistic as expected.


    What about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance did you like?

    She was great & fit the part perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stop listening with book 1, book2, book3 etc. you'll love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20826)
    Performance
    (18670)
    Story
    (18738)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Suspenseful, constantly kept me guessing"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, it started out slow but after the first few chapters I was very intrested. After a few more I couldn't but it down and after a few more I stayed up half the night to finish it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Thinking it was your typical husband ditches wife love triangle, Flynn offers so much more you'll surprised without a doubt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The karma


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

    Absolutely, and I did. My IPad stayed with me through the morning and went to bed with me.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Gillian Flynn's books, wish he'd write more, this is by far the best! You won't be disappointed!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fear the Worst

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    That's what Tim Blake finds himself asking when his daughter Sydney vanishes into thin air. At the hotel where she was supposedly working, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends can't tell him what Sydney was really doing in the weeks before her disappearance. Now as the days pass without a word, Tim is forced to face not only the fact that Sydney is missing but that the daughter he's loved and nurtured, the daughter he thought he knew as well as anyone, is a virtual stranger.

    Val says: "WOW!"
    "WOW!"
    Overall

    I couldn't put my iPad down. I finally fell asleep listening at 3am and picked it back up as soon as I woke. I listened to the entire book in less then 18 hours. It was full of suspence and an ending I would have never guessed. This book was an excellent read. I'm a big Harlan Coban fan and if Linwood Barclay's other books are this great. I found another favorite author. If you like a good mystery with a semi happy ending you've found it.... you will love it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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