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  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,099
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,086

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Love this author!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

I've now read (listened) to all of Greg Hurrwitz's books. This one did not let me down. The Orphan X character and his co-orphans continue to make for good reading.

  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,460

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Underestimating the Secretary Pool

  • By Carole T. on 11-08-15

Could have been a four.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

The premise was good, however the writing was naive and amateurish. The character Beatrice needed to be stronger, even though young. This could have been a really good story as the idea is original. Just didn’t give the characters enough credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, Book 5
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,370

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Couldn’t get into this.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I’ve read all the other books, and listening to this one was a mistake. I’m not sure if it was the writing or the listening, but I didn’t even finish it. I will probably check the book out of the library before buying it just in case . . .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Balm Of Community

  • By Sara on 01-28-18

A different Three Pines

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

This book of the series changes pace by focusing on Armand Gamache and his conscience. The other Three Pines characters are included, but only in a peripheral way. It was different to the usual in this series, not in a bad way, just in a different way. I hope the next in the series (there had better be one!) goes back to village life a bit more. Still a very interesting listen and one that is definitely worth the credit.

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,615

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BUY BUY BUY! Read review NO SPOILERS

  • By george on 07-24-17

Reasonably well written but oh so predictable

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

I'm sure I've seen the movie or read the book already. The plot isn't new or unique, however the writing is pretty good. You get the sense of a person being on the edge and full of dread. I don't regret the credit used for this book, but it might have been better spent.

  • Adaptation: Book I

  • By: Pepper Pace
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Carmella was still a teen when the Motherships first appeared dotting the skies over the Earth. For years the world tried to normalize while the silent Motherships hovered. And then they arrived, promising that they meant no harm. But within 10 years, 80% of the world's population would be wiped out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Book

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-10-17

Enjoyed most of this book.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

I really enjoyed most of this book. It's different and somewhat believable. However, I thought there was too much emphasis on a certain thing at the end (don't want to spoil). Because of this, I probably won't listen to the second book. Overall though, a pretty good listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,082

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Another 5 star for this author

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

I've read all the books by this author and have given each one 5 stars. The stories all have conflict, humour, sadness, tragedy, and uplifting moments. All are narrated extremely well.

Beartown is a story about a small town who's main claim to fame is it's junior ice hockey team. There just isn't anything else in the town worth much. The culture and pressure on hockey molds the characters, both adult and child. Not much else matters. So it's no surprise when the town rallies around a star player who is accused of a crime. Who's right and who's wrong? It's all in the way you view it. The author gives us a view into the lives of several town residents. It is meaningful, a little depressing, and definitely worth the listen!

I highly recommend Beartown and the other books by Fredrik Backman -
A Man Called Ove, Britt Marie was Here, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry.

  • She Blew Up Her Husband

  • By: Taylor Storm
  • Narrated by: Dona Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Amy and Lucy come home one spring day and see their dad tied up. The timing was perfect for the Mom since she had done it, and she wasn't expecting the girls there. She told them to quickly leave, acting as if someone was after them, and she would try to untie their father. They ran out, fearful for their parents. The mother comes running out alone just as an explosion occurs. Mom tells the girls that she had come home just momentarily before they did and that she couldn't get the father untied in time. They all sob together.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • CRINGE-WORTHY!

  • By Carol on 05-31-17

CRINGE-WORTHY!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

I really don’t like posting bad reviews, but I have to in this case. This book is one of the most childishly written and poorly narrated ones I’ve ever listened to. And I’m a voracious reader/listener! Perhaps if this was labelled for Young Adults, it might have some redeeming qualities. The language was stilted and unlike anything people would actually say in conversation, and the narration was the same. I’m sorry writer and narrator, but this definitely cannot be one of your best efforts. I lost track of the plot, such as it was, as I was too distracted by cringing.

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,523

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

This could be a movie!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is cleverly written and superbly narrated. What I loved is that the main character, Annie, acts like nothing is strange about having a spaceship in her town. Nor do the other people living there. Then something strange happens. I also loved the clever writing which gave an undertone of comedy. Some of the turns of phrase were outright laughable! My husband also enjoyed it, and we usually have quite different tastes. We both think this would make a very entertaining movie.

  • Find Her

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,716

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, so damn good.

  • By Christine on 02-12-16

Dark and disturbing

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

How can we know what it's like to be abducted and kept captive for a long time? This book goes some way toward invoking those feelings. It's not a nice subject, but this was very well written and thoroughly listenable. I find Lisa Gardner's books eye opening, not always "enjoyable", but definitely worth a read/listen.