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  • In the Name of Love

  • And Other True Cases
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Jerry Harris was a self-made California millionaire who, at age forty-four, had it all: booming businesses, yachts, a mansion, a beautiful wife, and a voice to rival Elvis. No one who knew this well-liked, generous man could make sense of his sudden disappearance one autumn night. On a final phone call to his brother from his Mercedes, Jerry breathed a muffled oath - then the line went dead. For Jerry's wife, Susan, it was just the beginning of an unwavering, eight-year search for the truth behind her husband's vanishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best - but, nonetheless, she Rule's

  • By Karen on 04-12-13

OK

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

This was ok, but jumped around a bit without warning. What I found quite chilling was the casual response from the law officers in charge of the case.

  • Girl on Fire

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute best

  • By Frances on 03-16-18

Unremittingly dismal

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this, but after 3 hours I was desperate for a break from doom and disaster.

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  • Rain Dogs

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 5
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator IS the Story

  • By Craig on 03-15-16

Enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Well written as always with Adrian McKinty but I found the narration irritating in places. The English characters are all so frightfully posh that it put my teeth on edge.

  • Bad Little Girl

  • By: Frances Vick
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she's a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna's hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet, and school teacher Claire Penny can't help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest. As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna's bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY, GILLIAN FLYNN & GIRL ON THE TRAIN have

  • By Abby on 04-22-17

Stretches suspension of disbelief

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

The quality of the writing was good enough to keep my interest throughout a really far-fetched story. Several of the concepts strained credulity, but even so I wanted to know just how it turned out.
Narrator was great.

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,350

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Burn. Little Payoff.

  • By Maia Roberts on 12-06-17

What a surprise

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I tried this on the basis of the superlative reviews as I wouldn't normally be drawn to a story starring a teenage girl. Once I started it, though, it sucked me in and became very hard to put down.
This is up there with best titles I've listened to in a long time.

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  • The Rise of the Fourth Reich

  • The Secret Societies That Threaten to Take Over America
  • By: Jim Marrs
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

Throw out everything you think you know about history. Close the approved textbooks, turn off the corporate mass media, and whatever you do, don't believe anything you hear from the government--- The Rise of the Fourth Reich reveals the truth about American power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rise of the Fourth Reich

  • By James on 07-30-12

Probably some nuggets of truth but

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

this seems to me to be mostly a load of old codswallop. Admittedly I didn't get past the part about the Knights Templar, but my scepticism swamped me and I gave up.

  • Penhallow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76

Hated for his cruel and vicious nature, ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered the day before his birthday. His entire family had assembled for his birthday celebration, and every one of them had the ways and means to commit the crime. As accusations and suspicion turn in one direction and then another, the claws and backstabbing come out, and no one is exempt from the coming implosion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not typical of Georgette Heyer

  • By Townsend on 06-01-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Not the usual GH novel, as many have said. It was hard for me to get past the slow delivery generously peppered with with quite funny mispronunciations, and in the end it got the better of me. I gave up.

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  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

From the author of the international best seller The Stone Man, short-listed for Audible UK's Book of the Year Award 2015. Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good of the Many is More Important...Or is it?

  • By JoanneG on 12-06-16

What am I missing?

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Would you try another book from Luke Smitherd and/or Matt Addis?

Not sure. The narration was really good, which helped to suck me in when I listened to the sample.

What was most disappointing about Luke Smitherd’s story?

I felt a bit cheated as I enjoy British thrillers, and like stories written in the first person.
What I got was a kind of modern secular slant on a Miracle play. The premise turned out to be a bit silly, much of it involving the main character regurgitating his mental angst over and over again.
I jumped to the end, wondering how it could be finished satisfactorily, but actually it just stopped. Oh well.

Which character – as performed by Matt Addis – was your favorite?

Klaus

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Relief that I bought it in a sale.

Any additional comments?

I suggest a prospective reader disregard this; everyone else loves it, so obviously I missed something ;)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

  • By Paula on 08-23-16

Hmmmmm...

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Would you try another book from Harry Farthing and/or Harry Farthing?

Perhaps, if he has someone else narrate it.

If you’ve listened to books by Harry Farthing before, how does this one compare?

This was my first

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

A bit more animation would have been helpful. I found my spirits sinking, not from the content but from the delivery.

Do you think Summit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Couldn't say since I gave up.

Any additional comments?

Disappointed, as I was looking forward to the great ending talked about by other reviewers - maybe I'll give it another try later.

  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,333

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Human Potential on Display; Good and Bad.

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 07-15-16

Bewildered

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Would you try another book from Nicholas Sansbury Smith and/or Bronson Pinchot?

Well - no.

Has The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What didn’t you like about Bronson Pinchot’s performance?

Sounded as if he was reading a dull menu.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The fantastic reviews raised my expectations and made me anticipate an exciting read. Is that redeeming?

Any additional comments?

I thought I was getting a great deal and I was really determined to like it. I had two stabs at listening to it but the bludgeoning prose wore me down; perhaps Bronson Pinchot was feeling something similar.
As I could only stay with it for 2 hours, to be fair, there was plenty of time left for it to improve. I just didn't have the stamina.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful