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  • A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (264)

    Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer.

    Marie says: "The best in the series"
    "Very good audiobook!"
    Overall

    This is the first book I've read by this author. I'm glad I discovered him. The Rutledge detective is a troubled, but effective officer. There is a story (the detective's) within the story (the murder) and it takes different twists and turns pointing to possible suspects. The narrator does a great job in the telling.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3126)
    Performance
    (2863)
    Story
    (2859)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Funny, sad, & serious!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator's delivery of this story is amazing! She portrays the personalities so well. You may wish you had a friend like Maddie (well maybe not exactly like Maddie). As a friend she's loyal and outspoken. Jane is a single Mom in a new place. Celeste is a beautiful woman with a secret. In fact there are lots of secrets & lies. I listened to this book at every opportunity.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Little Lies?

    The person involved in the accident was a surprise.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Madeline


    Who was the most memorable character of Big Little Lies and why?

    Madeline- she turned out to be the most stable & happy person among the 3 friends.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read and a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10617)
    Performance
    (10103)
    Story
    (10120)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Great survival story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print addition, but the audio was great!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    one of my favorite moments is the joyful reaction of the marooned astronaut to the space vehicle left on Mars and another is the reaction of the scientist, Kapur, when he discovers that an astronaut was left on Mars alive.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time to hear this narrator and I thought he did a great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Stranded on the Red Planet


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the humor and tenacity of the main character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Dime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (392)

    The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

    David says: "Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!"
    "A different kind of Connelly book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Chasing the Dime the most enjoyable?

    in first part of the story, I thought the main character, Henry, was the "bad guy, but my view changed. A tangled, but interesting story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it led the reader through the story. I kept changing my view of Henry.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    He shows the reader about Henry's life and relationships in the present and also gives information about his past, that lends some understanding to his actions. During all of this his life is unraveling in dangerous ways. This made for an interesting story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nothing!, Great narrator!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (429)

    On a spring morning in 1951, 11-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

    Margaret says: "One of my favorite series: try it!"
    "Flavia's mother returns"
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    Would you listen to The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches again? Why?

    Maybe, it was a fun book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Bradley? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think I would try another book. Sometimes the chemistry is a little too much. I would like to see more emotion from the family.


    What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a great narrator who puts life into the story and it's characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The playing of her mother's favorite song at the funeral was touching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (489)

    A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Good thriller"
    "The Fed and the LAPD"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nothing, it is typical Bosch. I don't know how he keeps a job sometimes.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    The plot seemed too familiar. I understand why his new partner doesn't like the way Bosch operates.


    What about Len Cariou’s performance did you like?

    Great job at changing the voices so I knew who was who.


    Was The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13 worth the listening time?

    Yes, I enjoyed listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods and Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    Shortly after the death of King Solomon in 931 B.C., the Promised Land is divided into two separate nations: Israel in the north, and Judah in the south. Hezekiah is the second son of King Ahaz of Judah. As he comes to power, he must navigate a troubled path to reunite his wayward people with Yahweh.

    Wolfpacker says: "Engrossing Book, Not Just for Female Readers"
    "Hezekiah"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gods and Kings to be better than the print version?

    I thought the narration was very good. I have not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Hezekiah's grandfather. He did some evil things, but then repents and does what he can to help Hezekiah and to obey God.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the part where Hezekiah and his grand father are reunited after long separation.


    Who was the most memorable character of Gods and Kings and why?

    The grandfather was one who had failed his family, himself and his God. But his relationship with his grandson was restored after his relationship with God was mended.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (319)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Sand says: "A vivid and revealing slice of NYC history"
    "Stubborn Typhoid Mary"
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    What did you love best about Fever?

    I thought the author did a good job of portraying what Mary thought of the claim by the public health officer that she was a carrier of Typhoid. She was stubborn and in denial about it. Yet at the same time I felt sorry for her.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fever?

    I was shocked at her complete denial of her part in putting people at risk. The description of her cooking at a bakery and in the hospital, tasting food and such was scary.


    What about Candace Thaxton’s performance did you like?

    Very good! Really enjoyed her various accents. Each character was well represented.


    If you could take any character from Fever out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to take Mary out to dinner. I would like to hear what she understood about Typhoid and what she had been told by the health authorities and doctors. I would like to give her other examples of people with the same problem and some positive coping examples.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Rebecca Lowman, Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (566)

    On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father—and possible suspect—now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

    Erin says: "Live To Tell - 3.5 stars"
    "Dark story"
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    What disappointed you about Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel?

    I didn't realize how dark this story would be. I couldn't finish it.


    What could Lisa Gardner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't care for the detective D.D. 's character. The other plots were too depressing.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    The narrators's did well.


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

    depressing, horror


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miracle for Jen: A Tragic Accident, a Mother's Desperate Prayer, and Heaven's Extraordinary Answer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Linda Barrick
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries. Instead, after five weeks she opened her eyes and began praying and praising God.

    judy says: "Courage in Suffering"
    "Courage in Suffering"
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    Where does Miracle for Jen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rate as a 4.5 out of 5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miracle for Jen?

    The description of the injuries to each family member was hard to hear. As was the reports by physicians on Jen's extensive brain injuries. There were many moments that touched my heart. Jen has an amazing family, friends and support from the church. Acts of love and perseverance by her father & mother while recovering from their own injuries is very moving. The Dad carried coffee upstairs each morning to his wife, while walking with a crutch & dealing with chronic pain. Her mother's perseverance & selfless care and some of the emotions she shares in her journey. The amazing prayers and spiritual insight that Jen shared with others after the accident. This book amazed me by consistently praising God in the midst of so much suffering. It is a message of hope.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought it was Jen's mother telling the story. Enjoyed it!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Courage in the midst of suffering.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1043)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "WWII, courage and kindness"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a fascinating story from history. It gives two perspectives and gives a glimpse of the life of the pilots on each side.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Higher Call?

    When the american bomber is helpless & meets the German up close and personal.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I've never listened to this narrator before, but really enjoyed his performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unexpected deliverance made possible by an enemy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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