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    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City's Central Park. Within 24 hours of his surgery, he dies.

    Martin says: "A bit too predictable"
    "Good story, not so good narration"
    Overall

    Robin Cook did not dissapoint. The storyline kept my interest, but the narration made me want to sleep. The voices for the characters were kind of lame.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (709)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Profiler's Daughter?

    the storyline was so predictable. A pet peeve of mine is when a character (usually, but not always, female) is in danger and she assumes she isn't. Really??? Are women so stupid that they can't see the danger for what it is?


    What was most disappointing about P. M. Steffen’s story?

    I just didn't care about the characters


    What three words best describe Gabrielle de Cuir’s voice?

    Fine


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bleeding Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Jeannie Berlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (89)

    Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics - carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts - without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom - two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst - till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm....

    Robert says: "A fine wine in a dirty and cracked glass"
    "difficult to get into"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Bleeding Edge?

    The narration was bland and not a very clear voice.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    she was very gravelly and bland in expression.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (868)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "Not the usual Amy Tan fare"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Amy Tan’s story?

    I am a fan of Amy Tan. I was disappointed at the overarching theme of sex. I'm not prudish when it comes to sex in a book, however when 90% of the book centers around it, I become uncomfortable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (213)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "Amazing Journey"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does A House in the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amanda has clearly and honestly written about the most difficult time in her life. Her courage and will to survive are inspiring. The performance was sincere, genuine and excellent!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thread of hope throughout. The honesty.


    What about Amanda Lindhout’s performance did you like?

    Clear, genuine, sincere.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not of her memory. It was a Sunday night in 1944 when her husband left the little row house on Baltimore’s Calvert Street, abandoning Pearl to raise their three children alone....

    Babette says: "Listen to it More Than Once"
    "thoroughly enjoyable"
    Overall

    Loved this book. Loved the characters and story line. Easy to follow and believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3210)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1553)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "interesting journey"
    Overall

    I found myself intrigued from the beginning of the book. I enjoyed the character development as well as the scenery and description of the surroundings. Even opened my eyes to the beauty of India.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking the Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (297)

    Izzy Zanella wasn’t looking for another reason to butt heads with his Navy SEAL teammate, and nemesis, Danny Gillman. But then he met Danny’s beautiful younger sister, Eden. When she needed it most, he offered her a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on - and more. And when she got pregnant with another man’s child, he offered her marriage. But Eden’s devastating miscarriage shattered their life together - and made the intense bad blood between Izzy and Danny even worse. Now Eden’s back, and she’s on a mission to rescue her teen brother, Ben, from their abusive stepfather.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another excellent adventure!"
    "Hopes dashed"
    Overall

    I had hoped that the story line would be the "star" of this book. The synopsis really grabbed me. I was pretty put off by the multiple sexual situations. I truly don't mind sexual situations when it is integral to the story, but these sexual situations were gratuitous and too many. I found that i wanted to love the characters and follow them, but the sex got in the way, so I didn't even finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (142)

    Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

    Cholmondeley says: "Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time."
    "Good characters, but lost interest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story started off pretty good. I did enjoy getting to know some of the police characters, but lost interest after awhile

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1265)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Interesting but predictable"
    Overall

    Even though I was able to guess the link early on, it was generally enjoyable getting there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Compelling Story"
    Overall

    This is a new author for me. I am looking forward to reading more of her work. Great story. Naration was great too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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