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Kay

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  • 12 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 256 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files.

    susan says: "Rebus is back!"
    "Welcome back, Rebus"
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    Rebus is back and in rare form. The story is classic Ian Rankin and the narration by James Macpherson added greatly to my overall enjoyment of the book. Fans of the series won't be disappointed

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4836)
    Performance
    (4404)
    Story
    (4415)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Really enjoyed this"
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    I bought this primarily because I enjoyed the Harry Potter series so much - not just the storyline, but also the writing. Obviously by the time I made my purchase the secret of the author was out ! I never read Casual Vacancy but I do enjoy mysteries and I was curious to find out how the writing would translate in to a more mature theme. It did! I echo many others in hoping we hear more from Comoran Strike - if there were more titles available in the series I would download them today.
    Robert Glenister's performance, together with a well constructed story made this a very enjoyable listen. It's been a while since a recording hooked me like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (290)

    Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

    JenniferandSteveLandeau says: "Man I thought my divorce was the worst!"
    "Always enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good summer beach read. While the storyline is predictable, it's predicable in a good way and what makes it enjoyable is MKA's writing. I love her books about the south and this one doesn't disappoint.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen McInerney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I will be looking for more of her work. Her narration made the listening very easy - she did a wonderful job!


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

    While it would have been easy to do this, I generally listen to books while driving so the time I listen depends on the length of the drive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9832)
    Performance
    (8934)
    Story
    (8948)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "I loved it!"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    14 is one of the best audio books I own. I very much enjoyed the story and the narration by Ray Porter really enhanced it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the characters and the time spent on setting the scene. It pulled me in gradually and I had no idea how long I had been listening to it. Of course, the narrator was an essential part of making the characters come to life


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've heard Ray Porter, but I will be looking for other performances for sure


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    1 star removed for the" convenience" factor by which I mean the convenience of having a character with the specific knowledge needed to solve the problems and challenges the group faced, especially the character of Tim. But then, if you allow for the fact that the building was being watched, then I suppose you can allow for the fact that Tim would exist.
    Vague, i know but I dislike reviews that give away the plot. Listen and judge for yourself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2027)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Wonderful!"
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    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Epic, historical, spellbinding


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew Corbett because of his quiet stubbornness


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

    Eduardo's performance lifted the book to a whole new level. All the different voices for the different characters and his masterful storytelling made me "see" Fount Royal and its townspeople in a way I would not have if I had read the book because I have a tendency to skim through long descriptions.


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

    Yes! Despite the length of the book, I was reluctant for it to end


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this on the recommendation of Audible's listeners like you feature. There is nothing I like better than finding a new ( to me ) author, unless it is a new author with a series of books. Listening to the second in the series right now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight: A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    He's a PI trying to put his life in perspective after his last go-round with the ultimate evil, but the chilling phrase returns again: "Your sister is going to hell, Jack Nightingale." This time it is uttered by a dead woman hanging over a staircase, her neck broken by the laundry cord she tied around it before tossing herself over the banister. But Jack and his sister have been separated since birth. How can he save someone he’s never met?

    Kay says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    I really enjoyed "Nightfall", the first book in this series and started the second recording soon after the first finished which may have been part of the reason I didn't enjoy this as much.
    I much preferred the narrator of the first book in the series "Midnight". Actually, I much preferred the first book - then the story seemed fresh and I was willing to overlook some minor irritations with the writing. This time, the story seemed stale and recycled and the minor irritations became more major. The phrases "Nightingale shrugged" and "Nightingale lit a cigarette" were used so frequently that if they were removed from the text, I'm, sure the book would be pages shorter. A disappointing follow up .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nightfall: A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    “You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him. Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.

    Uber Femme says: "Kept my attention"
    "Loved it!"
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    Sometimes you take a chance and find a hidden gem, sometimes not so much. I really lucked out this time! I had no idea what to expect - bought the title based off the reviews and because (I think) it was in a sale over Christmas and it sounded like something I would enjoy. I did, very much. The story was gripping, enough that it over rode some of my minor annoyances with the writing, particularly the continual reference to Jack's smoking - not sure why there was such an emphasis on that because it really didn't add anything to the plot. There were other parts where I felt some editing would have helped but since I just finished this and about to start the second book in the series within the next 24 hours, obviously not a major hindrance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (4011)
    Performance
    (2760)
    Story
    (2773)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Who's hiding in the sewer?"
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    "It" is one of my favorite Stephen King books and this a wonderful version. If you love Stephen King, this will be a valuable addition to your collection and if you've never listened to any of his work before, this is a fine place to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    JanBreesmom says: "A 1930's British Mystery"
    "A spiffing good listen"
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    I picked this up as a freebie and ended up enjoying it so much, I bought the next in the series. If you enjoy the cozy style of mysteries you will love this, and if you're an Anglophile you will love it even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Blood: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    When a former soldier murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye. Links between the killer and a local group of "Goths" begin to surface just as Rebus finds himself threatened with suspension from the police force. Now Rebus must get to the root of the school killing as he tries to clear his own name.

    Maura says: "Great book, best Rebus I've heard"
    "Love Ian Rankin"
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    I always enjoy Inspector Rebus, and this was no exception. My only quibble was the choice on an English narrator for what is such a Scottish series. Not only were his accents questionable, there were also a couple of mispronunciations (which would probably go unnoticed if you're not a Scot).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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