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  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1607)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1423)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "A place ain't a place without a bookstore"
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    A very entertaining story with enjoyable characters. A touch of mystery that I hadn't expected but provided a welcome addition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Nail Through The Heart: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (276)

    Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart. Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and Miaow, the tiny, streetwise urchin he wants to adopt. But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to work out.

    Joanne says: "Great character, great narrator"
    "Great characters and place"
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    I especially enjoyed the characters and setting for this book. The story is good, with historical relevance and importance, but for me the plot is enjoyable primarily because of the cultural setting and the interactions among the characters in that setting. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with a Clock for a Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Swanson
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss's comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago. Liana Dector isn't just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn't quite forget. She's also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she's back - and she needs George's help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money…and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

    Adriana says: "A disappointment read!"
    "Good, except for a few stupid teenager-like moves"
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    Great characters and interesting plot, but moving the story along requires the author to have characters do a few things I'd expect to see in scary horror movies where everyone else knows not to go into the basement. Narrator is good, although a bit grating with some female voices. Never-the-less, I would read the author again and listen to the narrator as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Devil Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    >The most decorated homicide detective in NYPD history, Dave Gurney is still trying to adjust to his life of quasi-retirement in upstate New York when a young woman who is producing a documentary on a notorious murder spree seeks his counsel. Soon after, Gurney begins feeling threatened: a razor-sharp hunting arrow lands in his yard, and he narrowly escapes serious injury in a booby-trapped basement. As things grow more bizarre, he finds himself reexamining the case of The Good Shepherd.

    karen says: "Ending disappoints, but...."
    "Well paced"
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    This was a well-paced story with an interesting plot and characters. As with other books in the series I found the husband/wife relationship irritating and distracting. That was true here as well--although less so. Verdon seems to always come up with interesting plots and I look forward to reading others in the series.

    0 of 0 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
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1119)

    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"
    "Mystery with too much romance"
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    I found this book to be about 60% mystery and 40% romance novel. The 60% kept me interested to the end, but the 40% likely means I’ll not read the next book in the series. The protagonist has an interesting back story and has likable skills. Unfortunately, she also has an inexplicable preference for persons with classic abuser traits and an irritating lack of curiosity at the most inopportune times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1024)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Hill says: "Outstanding"
    "Good addition to the series"
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    This fourth book in the Nathan McBride series has a strong plot and enjoyable characters, but to me not as suspenseful as the earlier ones. One of my favorite things about Peterson's series is that he knows when to end the book--and does so rather well.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • By Its Cover: Commissario Guido Brunetti, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (143)

    One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: The culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem-- the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn't exist.

    alexis says: "Colacci is BACK!!!"
    "Back on track"
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    It's great to have Colacci back and also to have one of the more enjoyable plots from among the last several books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (479)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    Mel says: "Buzz-z-z-z-z-z-z"
    "Rather irritating"
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    I greatly enjoyed "You're Next" by Hurwitz but found this story and the protagonist to be disappointing. A bit too much like watching a horror movie where the teenagers keep heading to the dark basement. Unwise, if not stupid, decision-making distracted from some interesting plot twists -- but I understand that the latter required some of the former.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alif the Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By G. Willow Wilson
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (131)

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

    Virginia says: "Something different"
    "A great adventure"
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    Tagged a fantasy—and rightfully so, but for those believing they don’t like fantasy I encourage you to suspend a modicum of belief in order to enjoy a wonderful adventure that informs us about culture, religion, philosophy, politics, and technology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (811)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Good story"
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    Another interesting Will Trent story. Included too much "romance novel" for my taste, but the overall plot was good and the narration was well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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