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Virginia

Cincinnati, OH, USA

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  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (327)

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    This might very well be the most incredible book I have ever read, and the narrator, the best I've ever listened to. It took me at least a half an hour to be grabbed by the book, but after that, I was hooked---could hardly accomplish anything because I wanted to be listening to this magnificent, chilling, informative, intelligent work of art. I learned so much about the Crusades, Medieval medicine, the Catholic church, females in that era, and much much more. I can't rave enough about this book, and will undoubedtly listen to it again...despite its length.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Almost Moon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Joan Allen
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others - to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband, and grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next 24 hours, this searing, fast-paced audiobook explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate.

    Rebecca says: "Life isn't nice and tidy"
    "TOTALLY DISGUSTING & DISAPPOINTING..YUCK"
    Overall

    What a shame that an author who could write the beautiful novel "The Lovely Bones" could lower herself to write such crap. This is a terrifyingly tragic story. I started the book 3 times---the third time I got in 2 hours and then removed it from my player and will remove it from my library. AN AWFUL PIECE OF JUNK!

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Heartsick

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (226)

    Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer. But in the end, she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for 10 days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go.

    Karen says: "Entertaining Listen"
    "Most Terrifying?"
    Overall

    This book might well be the most grisly, frightening, and yes---terrifying mysteries I've read in a long time. I'm a huge Stephen King fan and never thought I could be shaken up beyond anything he's written. But this book scared the heck out of me. Often I had to turn it off just because I couldn't listen to more grim details. The story is fascinating and certainly not like anything else I've read. And the narrator is just wonderful! There was seldom a time when I didn't know who was speaking, even though many of the lesser "cop" characters pretty much could be mistaken for one another. I guess the degree of sickness on the part of this serial killer is just this side of Hannibal Lechter, but because he is so "normal", he frightened me even more. I would definitely read more books by this author and this narrator. Be prepared to be scared!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • T Is for Trespass: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (194)

    In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T Is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing listeners to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.

    Brian says: "Not much of a thriller!"
    "How Could Grafton Possibly Have Written This"
    Overall

    What a disappointment! This is definite the most uniterestinhg novel I've read in a long time. The author seems to have lost the soul of Kinsey Milhorne. There's just not anyone in this book that I care about and I don't enjoy books with few light moments. It's too much of a departure from her earlier books. Bring back those old favorite characters that add charm and some laughs. I hope "U" is for "Upward"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2089)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (475)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "An amazing accomplishment"
    Overall

    This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a very long time. I found myself sitting in my car after pulling it into the garage because I wanted to hear what came next. The fellow who called this a "chick" book has to be reviewing the wrong book! I will now try to find a hard copy and read that as well. A great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Psychologist Susan Pulaski, who has a near-empathic gift for understanding the thought processes of criminals, is a consultant for the Las Vegas police force. When the city is galvanized by a brutal murder case, stemming from the death of a young woman who has been buried alive, Police Chief Robert O'Bannon calls on Susan's services.

    Tonda says: "Awesome!"
    "sex, sadism, shock"
    Overall

    It's hard to completely love this awesome book, because as expressed by others, the "heroine" is so unlikable through at least 3/4 of the book. I know the alcoholism was integral to the entire story, but it got old real fast and I wanted to scream and shake her everytime Susan told us...and herself... that she could beat it. How ridiculous, given that she makes almost no attempt to do so. The rationalization was infuriating. Having said that, though, this was truly one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. I'd put it right up there with many of Stephen King's best. The last three hours were so grueling and intense that I could only listen in short time periods! As the grandparent of a precious autistic young man, I was impressed with the author's description of typical autistic characteristics. The reader was good, but could've been a more animated at times. Her reading of Darcy was exceptional, "Edgar", very good; but as Susan, I found her whiney. I almost dismissed this reading after the first hour---fortunately, I stuck it out and got the chill of my life! I'll probably read the hard copy now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Horseman: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (223)

    Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a devastating turn for the worse. Accompanied by the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the incidents. Could these cases just be appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people's lives? When someone close to the Women's Murder Club begins to exhibit the same frightening symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe.

    Amazon Customer says: "Meh"
    "Write like a man!"
    Overall

    Whatever made James Patterson, whose Alex Cross books I have liked until they, too, became very trite think that he could write as women??? He must have a group of people writing for him!! The worst thing about this poorly-written book, is that Patterson has absolutely NO ear for the voice of girlfriends. The language, & especially during their meals together, is so stilted and sounds nothing like woman/girl talk. Please take more time on these books, Mr. P. You don't need to turn 6 out every year! Try one well plotted, with a white American male as the hero, and who doesn't jump into bed with 3 or 4 women in every book. The reader was good, but she must have felt awful using this stupid non-girly language.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Conviction

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Fifty-nine days. That's how long Rennell Price has to live after spending 15 years on death row for the horrifying sexual assault and murder of a girl whose body was found floating in San Francisco Bay. But attorney Terri Paget has dedicated her life to fighting for people like Rennell Price. This time, Terri has a client she believes may actually be innocent, which means that an unpunished killer may still be free.

    N. Richardson says: "The Nature of"
    "Ho Hum..and, what's"
    Overall

    I had prepared a lengthy critique of this lengthy, preachy novel. Then I saw that Alicia from neighboring Indianapolis said it perfectly. If there was ever a book that I wish I had read an abridged edition of, it's this one. To say that it is preachy, didactic, propagandized, and about twice as long as it should be is to give it more importance than it deserves! I found it arrogant that the characters constantly used phrases like "freestanding innocence," which I still don't know the meaning of; and a parcel of acronyms, which I couldn't keep straight. Perhaps if the "book" were in front of me, I could keep checking back; but this doesn't work on my Otis. I'd have spent several hours jumping back and forth. Like yet another reviewer, I'd have been happy to have skipped the entire mid-section. But then I hated the ending so much that maybe I should have just read Part I, and let it go at that. I have tried to read two regular books by this author, and never got far. Now I remember why. Ah, well, I certainly had it reinforced that the liberals are all good guys and the conservatives...well...the meanies! A tiresome cliche.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (383)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Great, even for the computer illiterate"
    Overall

    Although I have little techno knowledge, I was able to follow and understand the often highly-technical language of the world in which this novel exists. The story was wonderful! Lots of interesting characters, great plot, and always suspenseful. Just when I thought I know where the story was headed, it shifted. I'd love to read more by Mr. Finder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Business

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    When Marlene Cowley hires Spenser to see if her husband Trent is cheating on her, he encounters more than he bargained for: not only does he find a two-timing husband, but a second investigator as well, hired by the husband to look after his wife. As a result of their joint efforts, Spenser soon finds himself investigating both individual depravity and corporate corruption.

    Jennifer says: "This is pure Parker"
    "Joe Montegna IS Spenser"
    Overall

    Every time I have to leave my car and disconnect from my Otis, I find myself saying outloud, I LOVE THIS BOOK! I've been reading Robert Parker's novels for a long time and have enjoyed his amazing way of putting so much into so few words. And now I'm enjoying them even more on Audible books. Parker succeeds at what I use to tell my creative writing students to attempt--establish a voice that's all your own. And Montegna, a fabulous actor, strikes just the right vocal chord of a brilliant, satiric wiseguy, who puts more into a simple two word sentence like "I did" than most actors can get out of a long monologue! Once again..I love this novel!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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