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  • O is for Outlaw: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    Through 14 books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past. This time, Grafton feeds you an entire feast, including the juice about Kinsey's first husband!

    Lisa says: "Did not like the narrator"
    "Switching in Midstream"
    Overall

    I absolutely adore the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series; what I do not like is the change of narrators in midstream. I had a hard time initially with Mary Pfiefer as the narrator, but I had gotten used to her and enjoyed her voice. Judy Kaye, while competent, is really not believable as Kinsey; nor is she believable as Henry--she makes him sound feeble and old. I am very disappointed in this change and even more disappointed that there was no explanation as to why.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1096)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "I'm thoroughly enjoying this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I read the first reviews, I was a bit hesitant. But Grisham didn't disappoint. I read a review stating that he delves too deeply into the characters. If that's your opinion, you're reading the wrong author. Read James Patterson. His books are full of action, three-page chapters and not much feeling. If you're looking for a book that will let you delve into the characters thoughts and feelings, this one is for you. Its a bit tough to follow at times, due to the narrator's lack of "voice" performances. Everyone sounds the same. But if you pay attention, it is so worth listening to!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21070)
    Performance
    (18894)
    Story
    (18964)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Keep Listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're just starting this book, its a tad slow. But...keep listening--at least until you get to Part II. I won't give anything away, but it is worth the wait. I still haven't finished the book but now, instead of being a way to pass the time, I look forward to listening. Hang in there! Its worth it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simple Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (743)

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    R.E. Vazquez says: "not Baldacci's best"
    "Way too convoluted and unbelievable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I usually love Baldacci's books, but this one was tedious and overly long without much being said. I've been listening to this series, but after this last book am wondering if I'm wasting my time. Don't bother with this one; even the wonderful narrator couldn't save it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1084)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Very Easy Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was so lovely to be along on the journey of this life changing adventure. Not many of us would have the courage to just hop on a bike and keep going. I've recommended this book to many friends and they've all loved it. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Its so worth it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Victim

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    Officer Rainie Conner is leading her first homicide investigation, a school shooting. The police chief's 13-year-old son is the prime suspect, but Rainie doesn't believe he pulled the trigger. With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, she races to uncover the truth. But a ruthless killer watches from the shadows--and lives to destroy her as he has destroyed her peaceful little Oregon community.

    Jay says: "The worst narrator I have ever heard"
    "The Narrator can Make or Break the Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    CJ Critt broke the story. I really tried to get past her dramatic pauses and squeaky voice, but I just couldn't do it. I hesitated for months before ordering this book because she was the narrator. When I finally broke down and ordered it, I hoped that by the middle of the book I'd be used to her. I wasn't. Its a terrific story and I love Lisa Gardner's books, but I will never again listen to anything narrated by Ms. Critt. I just can't get past her voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3071)
    Performance
    (1959)
    Story
    (1965)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "This is a Terrific Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't listen to Tana French's books in order, having listed to A Faithful Place first. But In the Woods and this one soon followed Faithful. I love her books and can't wait for her to write another. Books that delve so deeply into the psyche of the characters are such fun to listen to. The reader in this book did an excellent job with all the voices, especially that of Daniel. I was sorry to have it end and, like many others, hope that she will one day write more with Cassie as the main character.

    Oh, for the person who said this book was too long and filled with much unnecessary information, get the abridged version next time if you want brevity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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