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  • A Mysterious Detective Mystery
  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

Mystery author Rachel Goldman is getting used to the idea that her fictional creation, Duffy Madison, has somehow taken flesh-and-blood form and is investigating missing person cases not far from where Rachel lives. Wait. No. She's not getting used to it at all, and the presence of this real-life Duffy is making her current manuscript - what's the word? - lousy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By Beatrice on 05-13-17

Not as good a series

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I enjoy the author’s other series much more than this one. I am hoping the continuation of this series doesn’t prevent her/him from publishing more in The Haunted Guesthouse line.
The book was good, narrator very good, I’m just finding the continuing thread of Duffy tedious.

  • Dead in the Water

  • By: Denise Swanson
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder - oh my! Scumble River may never be the same. For school psychologist Skye Denison, there's certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can't see how the community will ever recover - especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister. But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke's death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • BRING BACK THE VOICE OF SCUMBLE RIVER!

  • By Sandy on 02-15-18

Cozy with too much romance

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I love a good cozy in between thrillers and suspense, but I’m not fond of too much romance and sappy stuff. It’s definitely worth a listen if you don’t mind that. The story was good, I liked the characters and the narrator was good.

  • Sleep Like a Baby

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

Robin and Aurora have finally begun their adventure in parenting. With newborn Sophie proving to be quite a handful, Roe's mother pays for a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come help the new parents for a few weeks. One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Roe's brother Philip helps her search the house, and they happen upon a body outside. But it isn't Virginia's. Who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book of the series

  • By Kathy on 09-29-17

Not up to snuff

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I feel like Ms. Harris didn’t do her usual stellar job with this latest Aurora Teagarden book. I had a hard time getting through it.
I felt the whole part of the plot featuring Virginia the babysitter was really stupid.
Very disappointed with this one. The reader did a great job, though.

  • The Darkest Thread

  • Flint K-9 Search & Rescue Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Jen Blood
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

When teenage sisters go missing in the mysterious "Bennington Triangle" of Vermont, an area renowned for its disappearances and strange occurrences over the past 100 years, FBI agent Jack Juarez brings K-9 handler Jamie Flint and her dog Phantom in to assist with the search. When Jack realizes the case shares haunting similarities with the murders of the missing girls' aunts 10 years before, it becomes clear that he and Jamie are dealing with much more than two girls who simply wandered off the beaten path.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too unrealistic to believe

  • By Patricia on 12-02-17

Good characters, sloppy plotting

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

This is the second book I’ve listened to now with sloppy, too-crazy-to-believe plotting. I liked the characters so I stuck it out, hoping for a resolution at least to the wildly unbelievable actions and in some cases inaction. Again wish I hadn’t wasted my time or money.

  • The Hades Factor

  • A Covert-One Novel
  • By: Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

In the first installment of an exciting new series from Robert Ludlum, a teenage girl in Atlanta, an Army major in California, and a homeless man in Boston all die a horrible and painful sudden death from the devastating effects of an unknown virus. Join the search for the truth behind the deadly virus in this heart-stopping listen!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Aggravating!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-26-03

Awful Take on Ludlum

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

This book was full of spy novel cliches, overly melodramatic, and with a barely tolerable narrator. I haven’t read a “real” Ludlum book in many years, but I don’t remember them being full of sappy romance. Ugh.
The dialogue was stilted and repetitious. How often do we need to hear about the villain’s “iron gray hair and tan”, or the hero’s steely blue eyes?
Lastly, a character who is supposed to be autistic sounds more like schizophrenic. I’m not an expert by any means, but I just can’t suspend disbelief far enough with all the other glaring faults.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,044

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

This is a vastly different world than the one I live in, and pretty depressing in many ways. The story, though, and the plot kept me hanging in through the whole thing. I’m glad I did.

  • The Heavens May Fall

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,218

Detective Max Rupert's and attorney Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2017 Audie Nominee

  • By Bob on 02-20-17

Suspected, Still Surprised!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Well, Mr. Eakins fooled me! I enjoyed this immensely even though I suspected what happened. He managed to sidetrack me and I was fooled near the end. Love Detective Max.

  • Ramsey's Gold

  • By: Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,766

When a forgotten journal materializes decades after Drake Ramsey's father vanished in the Amazon jungle, Drake decides to follow in his footsteps and search for the legendary treasure of the Inca empire hidden in the lost Inca city of Paititi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting book!!

  • By Diane L. on 08-09-16

Predictable, but still enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I'd say this book was enjoyable for the sale price of $4.95, but I wouldn't waste a whole credit. I think it may have every jungle adventure cliche ever devised and was pretty predictable. I needed something a little "fluffy" that I didn't have to follow too closely while doing other things, so it worked for me in that context.

  • Afterlife

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 955

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion - a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He's relieved to spot other people - until he sees they're carrying machetes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dark

  • By Gina on 08-28-17

Too bleak for me, why a British narrator???

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I didn't enjoy this book much at all. I love a good supernatural story, but found the author's idea of what comes after death very bleak and depressing. I also could not get past the weirdness of a British narrator reading a book set in the Chicago area. What the heck were they thinking? Ms Williams was a fine narrator, not her fault, it was just strange and I didn't think her American accent when she affected one for certain characters was that great. Poor choice. Very disappointed, as I just loved Mr. Sakey's Brilliance series.

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  • Exposed

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner, Bennie Rosato, represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues - ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides, and turning friend against friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Jean on 08-22-17

It's over already? More, Lisa, more!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

Can't get enough Rosario and Co. Guess I'll have to go back and re-listen to the others.