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Suzanne

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  • Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    Hours after throwing a third birthday party for their twins Kathy and Kelly in their Connecticut home, Margaret and Steve Frawley return home from a dinner in New York to discover the police in the house, their daughters missing, and an eight million dollar ransom note. The Frawleys meet the kidnapper's demands, but the abandoned car they're led to contains only Kelly, the body of the driver, and a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and dumped her body in the ocean.

    Kathi says: "A good story--will hold your interest throughout"
    "Slightly boring, occasionally annoying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story has an interesting premise, but the book is actually fairly predictable. The characters seem so thin and undeveloped. It is like someone just telling you something that happened, rather than crafting a tale and building suspense. During the story, the reader is being led along, anticipating what might happen. It seemed to drag, and I found that I began wishing they would just hurry up with it. I really did not need to hear the narrator's interpretation of bad singing, especially more than once. This actually delivered some of the most annoying moments I have ever experienced in the 20+ years I have been listening to aduible books. I kept hoping the book would improve but at about the 3/4 mark I gave up and started a different book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Injuries

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    To Robbie Feaver the law is all about making a play - to a client, a jury, or a judge. But when the flashy, womanizing, multimillion-dollar personal injury lawyer is caught offering bribes, he's forced to wear a wire. Even as the besieged attorney looks after his ailing wife, Feaver must also make tapes that will hurl his friends, his enemies, his city, and a particular FBI undercover agent into a crisis of conscience and law.

    bradley says: "Keep looking"
    "Not a great Turow book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The characters are boring and wooden, the plot drags, and I couldn't wait for it to be over. It is OK if you have absolutely no other book to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1222)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Mesmerizing - get ready for marathon listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mesmerizing - like a bad car wreck- you can't look away. You'll be listening in your car, in your class, in bed instead of sleeping you'll be listening in the dark. So compelling, you will want to keep on listening until the end. Very well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7113)
    Performance
    (5055)
    Story
    (5044)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Outstanding writing, tragic tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Beautifully crafted writing, telling a compelling tale you won't be able to turn away from, like a bad accident. You know in the prologue that something horrible is going to happen, but you can't stop reading. The characters are alive, full of personality, and you CARE. One of those books you think about a long time after you've finished it.

    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
    (3077)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1971)

    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"
    "Characters rich, story unique"
    Overall
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    Very satisfying to read, a page turner with subtle tones, shadings, inferences, mood swings, and colorations. Tana French knows how to grab the readers and make them care about the characters. I couldn't wait to find out what the characters did next. I actually sneaked it into work and listened with a hidden ear bud for an hour...I HAD TO KNOW what happened next! So smooth, such talent. All the books I have listened to by Tana French were excellent, and can be read in order for best effects, but OK to read out of order too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (571)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "This book was FABULOUS!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really great book, written in a way that you see it, smell it, feel it like you are IN it...this is one of those books where you sit in the driveway listening, not ready for your ride from work to be over. A great story line, doesn't rush you but gently leads you, fleshing out the detail, filling out the characters - you KNOW them by the end. Great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4069)
    Performance
    (3674)
    Story
    (3702)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Incredible narration - thought I was IN THE STORY!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mesmerizing, kept me up late at night, sat in the driveway after work listening in the car.
    It was that good. Pulls you in so you are living it with the character. I had read this book long ago as a paperback, but the narrator really made the difference. She was brilliant, and really enhanced the story's texture and realism.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (106)

    In the half-built skeleton of a monstrously vulgar mansion in one of L.A.'s toniest neighborhoods, a watchman stumbles on the bodies of a young couple - murdered in flagrante and left in a gruesome postmortem embrace. Though he's cracked some of the city's worst slayings, veteran homicide cop Milo Sturgis is still shocked at the grisly sight: a twisted crime that only Milo's killer instincts - and psychologist Alex Delaware's keen insights - can hope to solve.

    P. Giorgio says: "Good book... but"
    "Could not get interested in these people"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The characters did not seem plausible, and the story was not interesting. The characters seemed shallow stereotypes. Honestly, I coudn't finish it. It is a rare audio book that I do not finish, but I felt relieved to throw in the towel on this one. I have been a Jonathon Kellerman fan for years, and also like some of the books Faye has written, but this one had little appeal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (315)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "I think this is a perfect horror story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is very well written, and the characters are vivid and alive - sorry actually many of them are dead by the end of the book. It is about the plague, after all. The author intensely transports you back to this era and surprises the reader at every turn. The story is so well crafted that I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next, and found myself listening late into the night. Not for the squeamish, there is no lack of realistic detail about the hardships of the period and the nightmare of the plague. I love the author's style of writing, having gotten hooked with Caleb's Crossing. The author reads her own book again, but in a more ordinary spoken style, rather that the careful enunciation of Caleb's Crossing that irritated some readers (I liked it). I highly recommend this book of fiction that relies heavily on historical fact, based on a true story. It is fearful, horrifying, suspenseful, colorful, engaging, and irresistable.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ruins: Diving Universe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    Boss, a loner, loved to dive derelict spacecraft adrift in the blackness of space...But one day, she found a ship that would change everything - an ancient Dignity Vessel - and aboard the ship, the mysterious and dangerous Stealth Tech. Now, years after discovering that first ship, Boss has put together a large company that finds Dignity Vessels and finds "loose" stealth technology. Following a hunch, Boss and her team come to investigate the city of Vaycehn, where 14 archeologists have died exploring the endless caves below the city.

    David says: "Disappointing...."
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Starts a little slow - builds artfully. Much suspense & creativity. Leaves the reader craving for the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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