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  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the Right Amount of Everything!

  • By JILL CAVANAUGH on 07-02-17

Entertaining, Humorous, and a Little Different

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

This is the story of the quirky Telemachus family, told from a number of points of view. The first character we meet, 14 year old Matias, is immediately likable and easy to root for. A couple of his older family members are rather flawed and not as immediately endearing. In the end, though, I rooted for all of them. The story builds suspense slowly, and some parts of the back story were unnecessarily long for advancing the plot, but overall it was amusing and held my interest. The ending was definitely entertaining and satisfying. Overall, it was a good light read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory Watcher

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Sally Vahle, Morgan Laure
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,164

When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence. From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Webs within webs, within a large web...

  • By JK907 on 05-03-17

Kept me entertained

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

This was an intriguing story line about an adopted child being watched/stalked by her biological mother via social media. The author did a good job of making the story unfold and hold my interest, although the prose was somewhat repetitive and formulaic. I really enjoyed the psychological aspects and motivations of the adoptive mother and biological mother, as the story is narrated alternating between their two points of view. A possible down side is that you may not really become fond of either of the two mothers as they are both rather flawed characters, but I did find myself sympathizing with them.

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  • Rage Against the Dying

  • By: Becky Masterman
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn Brigid’s career - the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain. It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except…the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hope there are more of these on the way!

  • By Jan on 03-15-13

Kept me listening, but has logical flaws in story

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

I enjoyed the book but several times during the story I was distracted by logic flaws in the storyline. This may not bother everyone, but it reduced my enjoyment of the book. Still, it held my interest and I appreciated the main character being an older woman with FBI training and skills. Hopefully the author will polish her writing skills a bit for the next book in the series.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,799

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

Well-told story that transcends genre labels

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

This story grabbed me from the very beginning and wouldn't let go! I felt an instant connection with the main character, Melanie, who is an imprisoned young girl. The writing is excellent, the characters are interesting and the plot unfolds beautifully. I never read horror stories and not much science fiction, so I'm not quite sure how I even ended up with this in my library, but luckily it did. I wouldn't call this a horror story at all, this was just a really good novel and the genre didn't even seem relevant to the deeper questions that the story explored. The narrator is spot-on perfect!

  • A Window Opens

  • A Novel
  • By: Elisabeth Egan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 422

Alice Pearse is a mostly happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor, and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker, or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in - and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip, young startup that promises to be the future of reading.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not riveting, sometimes tedious

  • By Ranch Girl on 05-29-16

Not riveting, sometimes tedious

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

This is a story detailing the generally mundane events in the life of Alice Pearse, typical to the lives of many working mothers juggling careers and motherhood. Of course there are some life changing events as well. The writing is decent but not great, and for me there were too many mundane details that did not advance the story. There really isn't that much plot, so it is more a story about the characters. Unfortunately, I didn't really bond with Alice as much as I would like, given that the story is told in first person. She had a bit of an attitude toward others that seemed harsh. So, not a bad listen, but I speeded up to 1.25X about 1/4 of the way through and kept it there. I guess it just wasn't particularly my cup of tea.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,652

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Not a bad story, but a bit clichéd.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

This generally decent story was marred by a repetitive writing style and a too predictable plot line. I'm surprised it has such good reviews. It wasn't bad, but it is told in the first person, and there was too much spelling out of every single thought as if the reader might not be capable of figuring anything out. Joe, the main character, does several really stupid things that made me roll my eyes, but on the plus side, he and a couple of other characters are very likable. While it held my interest, this book just wasn't nearly as good as many audible books.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • At Risk

  • By: Stella Rimington
  • Narrated by: Jennifer McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

At a meeting of the British Intelligence Joint Counter-Terrorist Group an announcement is made that "the opposition may be about to deploy an invisible". An "invisible" is the ultimate intelligence nightmare: a terrorist who, because he or she is an ethnic native of the target country, can cross its borders unchecked, move around that country unquestioned, and infiltrate its institutions with ease.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping - Excellent Narration

  • By Roojun on 06-12-12

Excellent - Well plotted and a great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

It was exciting to find an espionage type novel with a female protagonist. The book held my interest from the beginning with a tense and believable plot centered around trying to find and stop a couple of terrorists. The characters were developed - not just cardboard cutouts like many spy novels. The main character, Liz Carlyle, was likable and easy to root for - I am thrilled that this is just the first book in a series!

  • The Midwife's Revolt

  • By: Jodi Daynard
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,811

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo

  • By Angela on 11-20-15

Not much action, but interesting history.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Based on the description, I was expecting more espionage and intrigue. The story moves slowly, and mostly revolves around the day to day life in that time period. It was interesting to hear about life in the late 1700's during the war, and I applaud the efforts of the author regarding the historical accuracy. The narrator was fine but not exceptional - she does a good job of speaking, but all the characters' voices sound alike.

  • The Testament

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,041

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Late & Glowing Review

  • By Bee Keeper on 03-13-10

Not suspenseful, but interesting story - 3 1/2 *'s

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

This novel was not what I expected at all, as it wasn't particularly tense or suspenseful. I did enjoy the story, and it was interesting to learn about a remote area of Brazil. Other than the main character, a likeable alcoholic lawyer who is trying to stay sober, there isn't much character development. Religion plays a big role in influencing the main character, and the novel seems to have a 'mission' to promote Chistianity. Women have only small roles in the book, and the only woman who wasn't portrayed as unlikeable, was portrayed as a perfect Christian saint - a Mother Teresa.The narrator was okay, but it frequently seemed like his tone was that of someone telling a secret instead of just reading a story. All in all, I'd say it was a bit predictable, but a pleasant listen.

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,769

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy In Contemporary London

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-24-16

Repetitive, slow, too easy to solve.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-15

I liked the first book in the series better than this one. There just wasn't enough suspense for me, and a lot of repetitive interaction with characters who weren't all that interesting. Halfway through I knew who the killer was. In the same way that J.K. Rowling overused adverbs in the Harry Potter books, she overuses the problem of her hero's missing leg in this series. This book is decent but not great.

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