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  • 14 reviews
  • 42 ratings
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  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Crossing Places

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (189)

    When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

    Melinda says: "Loved this book!"
    "interesting characters and setting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The setting and characters are compelling. It was easy to solve the whodunnit long before the story was over, but the characters and some plot twists kept it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island of Lost Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Jennifer McMahon delivers a chilling New York Times best-selling tale of shattered innocence and haunting memories. After she sees a six-foot white rabbit kidnap a seven-year-old Vermont girl, 23-year-old Rhonda joins the hunt for the abductor. But when evidence implicates Peter—her childhood friend and high school crush — Rhonda determines to exonerate him and to reconcile gnawing secrets from their past.

    R. Hill says: "one cliche leads to another"
    "one cliche leads to another"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would be OK with a novel that was improbable and melodramatic if it didn't seem to be striving for psychological realism. The characters were very familiar "types", the plot events, including the plot "twists" were very predictable. Just formulaic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2259)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1011)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "great stories, mixed narration, and RATS"
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    Story

    These are some of the best stories King's done in a long time. They are all riveting. Oh yeah, and watch out for the rats.
    I would have enjoyed the two from the woman's point of view even more than I did if the narration had been better. Jessica Hecht seemed to have been told by someone that she should smile while she read, a technique that really didn't work. I don't know if she thought the heroines were stupid, but she seemed almost to be mocking them, especially in the last story. The listener who described her as burbling and baby-talking really captured it. It's too bad, because both the characters could have been read as much more grown-up and intelligent people, and I wondered several times what they would sound like in my "mind's ear" if I was reading instead of listening. Craig Wasson, on the other hand, was very convincing as both characters, though they were quite different from each other.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Teaglass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

    Ed says: "Enjoyable Book with Great Characters"
    "word-nerd fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is something really sweet and innocent about this mystery set among lexicographers. Maybe it's the basically decent, mostly young characters. It doesn't have the level of violence you find in a lot of contemporary mysteries. It's a bit old fashioned in a good way. I found it compelling and very witty. One of the very few books I'd listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1764)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (650)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "starts well, ends silly"
    Overall

    This book is loosely based on the real-life story of the Russian serial-killer, Andrei Chikitalo, the hunt for whom was portrayed in the excellent HBO movie "Citizen X." While the character of the lead detective in this novel is engaging, the plot quickly becomes ludicrous by the end. I felt sucked in by the hype that's accompanied by this book by the time the ending rolled around and wished I hadn't used my credits on it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In a Strange City: Tess Monaghan Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (47)

    In a Strange City stars PI Tess Monaghan in a chilling thriller. When a murder occurs during the annual visit of a cloaked individual to Edgar Allan Poe's grave, Tess is drawn into unearthing a killer.

    R. Hill says: "a good book but poorly described on audible"
    "a good book but poorly described on audible"
    Overall

    The Booklist review referring to the "second in the Tess Monaghan series" is not for this book but for "Charm City." I downloaded this from audible hoping for the second book because of that review.
    Nonetheless, it's good, hon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Monster of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    In 2000, Douglas Preston and his family moved to Florence, Italy, fulfilling a long-held dream. They put their children in Italian schools and settled into a 14th century farmhouse in the green hills of Florence, where they devoted themselves to living la dolce vita while Preston wrote his best-selling suspense novels. All that changed when he discovered that the lovely olive grove in front of their house had been the scene of a double-murder.

    Lori says: "a documentary when you yen for a pithy mystery"
    "interesting story, poor narration"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the story of Preston and Spezi's involvement in the case of the "Monster of Florence," but I found the narration irritating. He used a very fake, cartoonish Italian accent for many of the characters, which was distracting. He also mispronounced certain basic words - like "trattoria" along with other more difficult ones , like the town where Preston lived, which includes the tricky "gli" sound. I had to keep reminding myself not to think Preston was a total idiot. It's really a shame that the publishers didn't choose a narrator more familiar with the language.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

    Bonnie says: "Found"
    "entertaining but improbable"
    Overall

    While I enjoyed the narrator of this book, I found the plot more than a little ridiculous. I wondered at one point if the author was playing a game to see how many absurd cliches he could fit into one novel, or whether he was following some kind of formula in the hope of producing a best-seller.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Itself: A Fearless Jones Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Don Cheadle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    Paris Minton is a man who would just as soon walk away from trouble as stand up to it. But in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble just comes and gets you. When one of L.A.'s wealthiest women hires Paris and his friend Fearless Jones to find a missing nephew, Paris steps into the a complex and terrifying corner of the black bourgeoisie, and wonders whom he should fear more - the people he's looking for or the people he's working for.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "One of the best"
    "Great narrator and great story"
    Overall

    Don Cheadle is an excellent actor and he does a wonderful job with this book. It helps that Mosely is still great and Fearless, et al are great characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Therapy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubenstein
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (53)

    "Been a while since I had me a nice little whodunit," homicide detective Milo Sturgis tells Alex Delaware. But there's definitely nothing nice about the brutal tableau behind the yellow crime-scene tape. On a lonely lover's lane in the hills of Los Angeles, a young couple lies murdered in a car. Each bears a single gunshot wound to the head.

    Susan says: "Fun Listening"
    "silly plot, bad narrator"
    Overall

    I couldn't stand this narrator - It made it hard to the believe in any of the characters. Also, Kellerman slips in bizarre right-wing commentary wherever he can. At least twice, the result is absurd, The cariacture of a leftist bookstore and the speech given there about Israel and Zionism were pure propaganda. Also, he tries to suggest that talk radio is run by anti-George Bush shock-jocks., oh yeah, and the villainous network of prison-reformers is another weird attempt to make progressives seem "outwardly nice" but secretly wicked and scheming. Since when did Richard Mellon Scaife begin paying Kellerman to depict a world in which none of us live?

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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