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  • A Perfect Victim

  • A Claire Marshall Novel, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Dusenbury
  • Narrated by: Schatzie Schaefers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Claire Marshall's world crumbled when her husband died in a fire. Emotionally fragile but determined to move forward, she buys into a small company that restores historic houses in New Orleans. Then, one of her clients is found dead in a burned building. The police suspect her of arson or murder, maybe both. No one believes that her relationship with the late Frank Palmer was strictly business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Mystery

  • By Beatrice on 02-21-18

Really gripping story

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. Most importantly there were lots of great characters. The author managed to make them pleasantly quirky, where it's always possible to create annoyingly quirky characters. The protagonist, Claire Marshall, is likable despite her flaws and I enjoyed spending time with her as she tried to work out just what the heck was going on.
I loved the New Orleans and Bayou settings; there were lots of great and seemingly authentic details that added to the plot.
The story grabbed me from the start and kept my attention through many points of view and plot twists. There was plenty of humor along the way, as well.
The narrator did a good job of distinguishing the characters and had fun with the various Louisiana accents.
I would definitely read/listen to another book by this author.

  • A Pleasure and a Calling

  • A Novel
  • By: Phil Hogan
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98

You won't remember Mr. Heming. He was the estate agent who showed you around your comfortable home, suggested a financial package, negotiated a price with the owner, and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key. That's absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine? The answer is; he has the keys to them all. William Heming's most at home in a stranger's private things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Invisible Man

  • By Janice on 02-05-15

Fun and creepy!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Loved this book. These "unreliable narrator" books are popular right now, for a reason. It's not so much that Mr. Heming isn't truthful, he just forgets to add some important details when relating the story.
Lots of fun twists.
This reader gave Heming the right attitude and style.
I'm looking forward to Phil Hogan's next book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,527

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Fantastic thriller!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

Can't wait to read another one by this author.
This audio book is just a little confusing in the beginning. There are three readers narrating three characters' points of view and they all have very distinctive voices, but it's hard to keep track of which is which. Once the story gets going, it starts to make sense.
I just couldn't put this one down after about 2 hours of listening.
The main character, Rachel isn't so much an unreliable narrator as a drunk one with major blackouts. How fun is that?
I'm sure I'm not the first one to say, if you loved Gone Girl, you'll love this one. The difference being, though Rachel is flawed and keeps screwing up, you can't help but root for her all the way through.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The One That Got Away

  • By: Simon Wood
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,724

Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done Suspense Novel

  • By qpj100 on 02-12-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

First of all this is not for the squeamish. It's a gritty thriller, and what a thrill ride the author takes you on. Good luck trying to put this down once you've started. I got the Kindle (print) edition that syncs up with the audio, so I could read when it wasn't possible to listen and visa versa.
Zoe is a very believable and likeable character. She goes to hell and back several times in this story, but the violence never seems gratuitous.
Do not choose this book if you like cozy mysteries with lemonade and cats on the covers. But if you like a gripping, high tension thriller, this book is for you.

36 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,602

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Not to be missed

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

Even if you think you know this story- which we all do- you should listen to this version read by Tim Curry. He is simply wonderful. I plan to alternate listening to this with Alan Cummings reading of The Blue Carbuncle (Sherlock Holmes) for a new Christmas tradition.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fire & Water

  • A Suspense-Filled Story of Art, Love, Passion, and Madness
  • By: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
  • Narrated by: Monica McKey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Katherine Murphy, a pediatric surgeon in San Francisco's premier medical center, UCSF, was raised in the ironic protection of her father's Irish pub by a patchwork family formed of misfits and orphans. She is book-brilliant, but unwise in the ways of love and life. When genuine love and deep passion present themselves in the form of Jake Bloom, a renowned "artist of the immediate", she is in far too deep before she discovers the treacherous dark side of his creative genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very artful novel

  • By Malena on 09-27-14

A very artful novel

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

I ended up loving this book, though I have to admit that it started out a little slow for me. What kept me with it are the wonderful characters this author created. And then I just couldn't stop listening, the story then completely won me over. It's very important in a novel told in the first person that you like that person, or at least are willing to spend 12 hours of your like with that person. Kate is very believable, both in her virtues and her faults. I also like when an author writes a child, in this case a 5 year-old, who uses age-appropriate language and doesn't come off as a miniature adult.
Monica McKey does a great job with the voices. I especially liked her Jake Bloom, who is a very complex character and required some finesse to manifest. Mary K was also well voiced. I hope Ms. McKey plans on reading more audio books, as I think she is very good with the accents.
If you like car chases and bombs exploding DO NOT buy this book. It is very thoughtful and literary. The writing is beautiful in itself, but the story that writing conveys will take you to new and unexpected places. Enjoy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ice Princess

  • By: Camilla Läckberg, Steven T. Murray (translator)
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 877

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to get through.

  • By Leigh on 09-12-15

Well-written story, great characters

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

Reviewed: 04-29-14

This is a great book. I read a lot of Scandinavian mysteries and this one just seems to stand out. The characters are exceptionally well-rounded and believable and the story has enough twists to keep your interest. Of course, it's got a lot of cold atmosphere, being set in the dead of winter and that adds to the suspense.
Once I finished listening to this one I immediately downloaded the next.
I like this narrator. He's good with the voices and seems to understand the humor.
Highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Show

  • By: Simon Wood
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Terry lands at San Francisco International Airport ready to start his new life with Sarah, the American journalist he married after a transatlantic love affair. But Sarah’s a no show. Convinced something terrible has happened, Terry reports Sarah’s disappearance to the sheriff, who shrugs it off as a case of a new bride with cold feet. But then dead women start turning up, all with two things in common: each victim had exposed a scandal just before her death...and all of their names appear on a list written by Sarah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Malena on 08-01-13

Great story

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

Reviewed: 08-01-13

If you like Simon Wood's previous books you are sure to like this one. I think he is an
author who gets better and better with each book.
This story has a fairly simple premise, but Wood gets so much plot out of it, I was quite impressed. Terry is a likable character and you can't help but root for him the whole time. He may not always make the right choices, but his heart is in the right place.
The plot has many twists and turn and surprising moments. I kept thinking I had it figured out, but never quite did.
My only complaint is that this narrator had a sort of nebulous English accent for Terry. Sometimes he even sounded Australian. But other than that his reading was good.
There is mystery, intrigue and suspense in No Show. I recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mind's Eye

  • An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
  • By: Laurie Thompson (translator), Håkan Nesser
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

Chief Inspector Van Veeteren knew that murder cases were never as open-and-shut as this one: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and discovered his wife of three months lying facedown in the bathtub, dead. With only the flimsiest excuse as his defense, he is found guilty of a drunken crime of passion and imprisoned in a mental institution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD MYSTERY

  • By chris on 02-16-12

Good start to the series

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

Reviewed: 05-31-13

This was one of those audio books I couldn't put down. Listened to it in just two sittings. I enjoyed the story, but wish the setting had come a bit more into play in this book.

The main character, Inspector Von Veeteren, is a bit of a curmudgeon, but being a huge Morse fan, I can't complain about that. I wonder what his toothpick budget is on top of the cigarettes.

Anyway, the story is what sells this book and the characters of the victims and the suspects more than the police. The plot is definitely different to most standard mystery novels. Complex, but not overly complicated. I can't wait to listen to another book by this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Artists in Crime

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Aii! Abridged

  • By Charles Fearneyhough on 06-05-11

That voice!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-13

I am probably not the most reliable reviewer for this book as I would pay good money to listen to Benedict Cumberbatch reading from the Hoboken telephone directory. He just has a wonderful voice and uses it to great advantage voicing all sorts of characters in this classic mystery.
Yes, it is abridged, but a little Ben is better than none at all.
The story is well-plotted and full of interesting and eccentric arty types. This is the book where Alleyn first meets Troy, so it has that to recommend it, as well.
Thoroughly enjoyable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful