LISTENER

Wild Wise Woman

Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 87
  • reviews
  • 654
  • helpful votes
  • 116
  • ratings
  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,854

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Slow building but worthwhile

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

NO SPOILERS! Joanne Froggatt is spectacular as a reader, and makes this sad, psychological mystery worth listening to. The writing is very good, the actions and reactions of the characters are believable up to a point, and there is a lot of thrilling stuff as it builds to a close. I think you'll keep guessing, as multiple people are implicated in various crimes - is there a single GOOD person in this sleepy village? This is a very emotional, sad story which I would not recommend to everyone, so be prepared going in.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Brat Farrar

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,158

A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great all around

  • By Catherine on 10-23-11

A truly rich and engaging story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I read "Daughter of Time" many years ago, and it was great, but I quickly forgot about the author. Seeing this classic, about which I knew nothing, offered as a 2-for-1 sale, intrigued me, particularly after listening to Carole Boyd's narration sample. Now I am SO pleased to have listened to this book! It's a wonderful example of British Manor House life, toward the end of the era, and the not-so-stuffy gentry who live it. The narration is superb, the mystery is engaging and the dialogue in turns warm and acerbic. There is plenty of wit, the characters are clearly and cleanly fleshed-out, and the writing is simply as good as it gets.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Head Full of Ghosts

  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,568

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By E.C. on 07-31-15

So much better than expected

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

With what seemed like a flippant title, I anticipated another frilly, silly ghostly cozy. I don't remember when I bought this book, but I found it in my library and it felt like a safe escape following several non-fiction books about the Trump administration. I am a little paranoid about spoilers, so I didn't go back and read any reviews or the synopsis of the story.

Within the first half hour I had chills running up and down my spine. I'm REALLY tough to scare, but the plaintive young woman reading this first person, dual-perspective novel definitely got to me. I don't want to do any spoilers, either, but I will say that, like the very best of all horror, this is a multi-layered novel, with pretty well defined characters and as many psychological terrors as supernatural ones.

The writing is excellent, vivid and witty when it needs to be. There is a great deal of humor, and I was struck by the ability of the male author to write from the perspective of a genuine 8-year old girl. His female characters are very real, so, kudos, Paul Tremblay.

I just read that this book has been optioned by Robert Downey, Jr for a film. Okaaaaay, as my daughter would say, but I don't know. This is one of the rare cases where I believe the audiobook is the BEST version of this novel. Narrator Joy Osmanski's vivacious, youthful, eloquent and -- oh, damn, I need to say PLAINTIVE again - voice is the perfect vehicle to ride this story home.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,892

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

So. Much. Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I had purchased this audiobook a little while ago and didn't refresh my memory by reading the synopsis again. And I'm so glad I did not. What I went into feeling was a very-respectable Hercule Poirot homage turned out to be something entirely unexpected, and wonderfully entertaining. Both narrators were exactly as they should be, and the story - er - STORIES - were just right for this avid mystery fan.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Artful

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter David
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

Oliver Twist is one of the most well-known stories ever told, about a young orphan who has to survive the mean streets of London before ultimately being rescued by a kindly benefactor.

But it is his friend, the Artful Dodger, who has the far more intriguing tale, filled with more adventure and excitement than anything boring Oliver could possibly get up to. Throw in some vampires and a plot to overthrow the British monarchy, and what you have is the thrilling account that Charles Dickens was too scared to share with the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a weird genre

  • By Townsend on 07-06-16

Entertaining and worthy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-17

This likable addendum to the Dickens classic Oliver Twist takes up with the dodgy "Artful" a very few years down the road. Many of your favorite Victorian characters, fictional and historic, will make an appearance to aid or hamper the intentions of our young anti-hero. The book was broadly comic at the start, which I enjoyed, but settled into a more prosaic adventure story as it progressed. The narrator is superb!! And I'll be looking for more additions to the genre by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • finally a good book

  • By aletha on 05-17-16

Uneven, sad, twists and turns but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Several people recommended this to me, and I'm glad they enjoyed it. I admit that a, few of the "surprise" twists caught me off guard, but fewer and fewer as the story commenced. The female narrator was very good, but, while I've enjoyed Steven Crossley in the past, his voice couldn't save the ridiculous, angsty police DI, and the DI's wife was one of the worst "sympathetic" secondary characters in modern fiction. The main female character, Grace, who tells her story first person, is by turns pathetic and how-could-you-be-so-dumb. Heading her family history made me hate therm all. And why is a woman who's been arrested calling the responding detective by his first name? They ALWAYS use first names! in England? I can't imagine taking my new dog to a new vet and immediately calling the vet, "Patrick", yet she does. Very unprofessional, and disruptive to the authenticity of the novel.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,312

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Andre M. Gorelkin on 09-04-16

For all women, for thriller fans

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-17

This is new, different and BETTER. I dare not say too much for fear of giving away the plot, but if you like suspenseful stories, shocking twists and beautifully written and narrated audio books, this is top of the line.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dogs of War

  • A Joe Ledger Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,739

A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming, and we may be too late to stop it. Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mayberry plus Porter is always magic

  • By David Ginaitis on 04-25-17

Still got it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Incredibly, Jonathan Maberry does it again. It's difficult to listen to dystopian sci-fi thrillers in these to-close-for-comfort times, but Joe Ledger always makes mine hopeful that the good guys will win. Battered, but not broken. And, as always, Ray Porter is a god.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath the Skin

  • The Sam Hunter Case Files
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433

Sam Hunter is a bit of an animal. He's a former Twin Cities cop who lost his badge because of excessive force. Abusive husbands, child molesters, and other lowlifes wound up looking like they'd been mauled by a dog...or a wolf. Now Sam's a low-rent PI in Philadelphia. He takes the kinds of cases no one wants. His clients are usually on the fringes of society. The kind who are prey for all manner of predators - human and otherwise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably would be better if they were longer

  • By selkie86 on 02-10-17

Changed my mind

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-17

I'm not a short story fan, but I'm a hopeless Maberry fan. Well, almost. I tried to read the first Pine Deep novel a few years ago, and decided quickly it wasn't for me. Now, having been introduced to Sam Hunter, I'm planning to dive in again. These stories were get, and Ray Porter, as we know, is a god.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,443
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,302

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Everything you want from Senator Franken

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-17

I was overjoyed to find that Al Franken read his own book. This was an inspiring, moving and sometimes chilling book, but also suitably hilarious. Perfection.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful