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Jami E. Nettles

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  • Watch Me Disappear

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jill Dawson
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    Tina returns for her brother's wedding to the Fenland village where she grew up. A moment of panic about her 10-year-old daughter triggers a vision of her best friend, Mandy Baker, who went missing without a trace at the same age three decades ago. The more Tina replays events and relives her tempestuous upbringing, the more she believes she knows what happened to Mandy and who was responsible.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Creepy, but not in a good way"
    "Creepy, but not in a good way"
    Overall

    One reviewer called this spine-crawling, but it gave me the creeps. I wanted a mystery, but the book had 1 physical "clue", hours of rambling memories/imaginings, and too much icky sex. The extent of the narrator's reliability is never fully determined and for me that really detracted from the whole story. I found it a very unenjoyable listen overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8777)
    Performance
    (8030)
    Story
    (7986)

    Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

    Jan says: "Such a talented author and narrator..."
    "Overwritten and unexciting "
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Seems hard to believe that an epic struggle could be so boring, but the author focuses on such strange parts of the story, with little sense of action or flow. Flowery, implausible thoughts are given room, leaving little space for building suspense. I made myself finish, but at the end I just didn't care at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West Cork

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Narrated By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    Overall
    (15767)
    Performance
    (14040)
    Story
    (14033)

    This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

    Ilia says: "EXCELLENT."
    "So uncompelling to me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I could not engage with this story. Although the book starts with the victim dead, I never learned enough about her to care. The characters didn't follow logical arcs, and I quit listening about 2/3 through when it fell apart for me. I tried but I did not enjoy any of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in the Window: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. J. Finn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8690)
    Performance
    (8028)
    Story
    (7997)

    Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

    Debra says: "An excruciating listen."
    "Overwrought narration over a marginal story line"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I quit with 20 minutes left to go. Could see one major and distracting twist coming a mile away and by the time the others arrived, I just didn't care about these people any more. And the narration - just tooooo much. Hours of whatever that emotion was - I can't even. I enjoyed this less than any real book I've read in a long time. it is edited and linear so I'll give it a couple of stars, but would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chalk Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C. J. Tudor
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1129)

    In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

    Aquakittie says: "Sufficiently interesting and fast paced "
    "Well done modern murder mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a well written, well edited book about an unsolved murder that took place in the main character's childhood, but such a refreshing change from many "psychological thrillers" on the market today. The characters behave in ways that are reasonably unreasonable - just like real people do - to make the entire story compelling. I was not waiting breathlessly to find the mystery solved, but enjoyed the book from beginning to end.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • A Legacy of Spies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1163)

    Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

    christopher says: "Another great LeCarre, it goes without saying, but"
    "Oh, my heart aches with the loveliness of this"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was everything I could have wanted to happen in the Smiley finale. So beautifully written, so heart breaking, read with a voice like butter. I don't know if I can read ordinary books again so going back to start over on the Smiley books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Love from the Inside

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Angela Pisel
    • Narrated By Carol Monda, Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3788)
    Performance
    (3524)
    Story
    (3509)

    Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and 27 days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter's voice and the final moment she'd heard anyone call her mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing - reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.

    Mary McDaniels says: "Wonderful story"
    "The most simplistic plot ever"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I think this author is just too nice to write suspense. The plot was uncomplicated by realistic details with holes you could walk through, the characters all cartoonishly nice, and spoiler alert, this all isn't setting you up to find a dark underbelly. Honestly, just kind of dumb. No mystery except how it was published.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Holding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Graham Norton
    • Narrated By Graham Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

    Rani says: "Sublime, Simply Sublime and Dripping with Cynicism"
    "Most appealing detective in a long time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The key to the mystery is pretty obvious with big hints dropped early, but it's the characters and their motives that make this book such a pleasure. A very refreshing read, hopefully the start of a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (11539)
    Performance
    (10375)
    Story
    (10371)

    [Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Canada"
    "Interesting and thought provoking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jon Ronson is both interesting and entertaining' as usual. He doesn't try to be neutral and I'm not sure I agree with his conclusions, but I love the book and conversation about the ripple effects of free online pornography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Lies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Emily Carpenter
    • Narrated By Kate Orsini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1180)

    Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

    Meg says: "Wow. That was pretty bad."
    "Too contrived for my taste"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of those books that is so oddly contrived that it was just dumb. Giant plot holes where people don't behave the way rational people would, ham handed symbolism. I did like the narrator, but in general a book built around an intricate flowchart of people and back stories that were more gimmick than character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let You Go

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Rachel Fulginiti, Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2264)
    Performance
    (2117)
    Story
    (2116)

    Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move.

    BonSue says: "Disappointed with ending"
    "Simplistic pseudo thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Finished it because I was traveling but could only do it on a higher speed. Slow narration adds false gravitas to a book that rings false over and over. Big unexplained holes and classic tropes in a red herring/locked door kind of mystery. Low quality even for a beach read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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