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  • Nemesis: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    In utter disbelief, Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr. Rafiel...an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. He had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing. Soon she is faced with a new crime...the ultimate crime...murder. It seems someone is adamant that past evils remained buried....

    RueRue says: "Not Prime Time Miss Marple"
    "Not Prime Time Miss Marple"
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    What could Agatha Christie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was so drawn out, with endless repetition of the slim facts and clues of this almost non-existent mystery. Almost no story, but the characters, as always in Agatha Christie, are fun. Great narration by Emilia Fox !


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointing. The first Agatha Christie that I didn't enjoy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heartburn

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (360)

    Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

    Doggy Bird says: "Delicious listening experience!"
    "Funny and Observant"
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    Meryl Streep + Nora Ephron = a funny and observant look at a marriage break-up. How could this be so laugh-out-loud funny ? Trust me, it is. Nora Ephron has a very distinctive. writing voice and sense of humor, and Meryl Streep gives a perfect performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4356)
    Performance
    (3729)
    Story
    (3728)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Better Than John Grisham !"
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    A suspenseful legal drama, absolutely a page turner. Similar in theme to Scott Turow's "Presumed Innocent", a great, entertaining read for fans of legal thrillers. IMHO, much better than John Grisham. And a thumbs up to Grover Gardner for a great reading !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (740)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    RayRay1974 says: "Very conflicted about this book."
    "Not very good"
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    Poor narration (too deliberate and mannered ) and a rather far-fetched plot. I really didn't like this one. ( "Still Missing" by Chevy Stevens is a similar story but was much more compelling. Maybe if I hadn't read it first, "Good Girl" might have been more suspenseful).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Capture the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dodie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (193)

    "I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him.

    Matthew says: "Well, that was a surprise"
    "Quite Wonderful"
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    I loved this book ! Have you ever read a novel that was so enjoyable and so vivid that, even while wanting to find out what will happen, you try not to read it too fast because you don't want it to end ? That's how I felt about these characters and the story. It is a book to savor for its unique setting, quirky characters, and observations. Quite wonderful !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dollbaby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lane McNeal
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

    Stacy says: "Great Story"
    "Trite story, stereotyped characters"
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    Good narration but a terrible, trite, melodramatic plot and stereotypical characters. A waste of time unless you like Southern soap opera. Yuck !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2202)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Riveting !"
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    Excellent narration, adding drama and emotion to the story. The book itself is first rate, the characters interesting, the theme ( economic recession) timely, and the mystery suspenseful. It is a bit long, but Stephen Hogan's compelling narration kept me completely involved. Definitely recommended !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker, John Cullum, Boyd Gaines, and others
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and "Riding the Bullet", King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.

    Amazon Customer says: "It Was So Eventual"
    "A Fabulous Collection !"
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    Every story in this collection is entertaining, all of the narrators give good-to-great readings, and the stories are varied and well-written. Loved it ! Stephen King deserves a special seat at the round table of great writers. He has a special genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broadchurch

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Erin Kelly, Chris Chibnall
    • Narrated By Carolyn Pickles
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she’s been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure of his last case, is having trouble finding his way into this tight-knit community wary of new faces. But professional rivalry aside, both detectives are about to receive some terrible news: 11-year-old Danny Latimer has been found murdered on the beach.

    Alice says: "Amazingly visual experience"
    "Everyone's a Suspect"
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    Good mystery, plenty of suspects to keep the suspense. However, I found the prose a bit choppy, which I attribute to this being an adaptation of a scripted story. Narrator is fine, although the British accent may be a bit hard to follow initially.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cypress House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

    Michele says: "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    "Great narrator, disappointing story"
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    This was a disappointment. Although it was atmospheric and had some good writing, it was overly long and, even more detrimental, there was no emotional depth to the characters. Even the good performance by Robert Petkoff didn't redeem it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken for You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.

    Barbara says: "Wonderful story of mending and redemption"
    "Great Performance Can't Save It"
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    Was this really only (12) hours ? It felt endless. The story had such a great start, but at the half-way point, all the interest went out of the story; the focus of the story became the dysfunction and damaged emotional condition of the characters, and it was a chore to finish the book. So disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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