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  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,811

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Tale!

  • By Paula on 03-11-18

Very Impressed and Very Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

This drama was played out really well by all concerned, but I had a massive problem when the credits were read out after each and every chapter. There are 13 chapters. Deduct 13 minutes (minimum) for the true length of this production.

Despite this, I loved listening to this audio-play immensely, and the actors were superb, but then came the ending.

The most disappointing ending ever.

It was based n a true story, so the producers might say that they had no control of the ending. And that would be true.

It's also true to say that they could have chosen a far better story to produce. One with a decent ending. They knew from the start what the ending was going to be. Why bother with this story, then?

I'm pretty mystified.

  • Insidious Intent

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away - only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate - but this may be the toughest case they've ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another stellar mystery. Unfortunate narration.

  • By motleysu on 12-09-17

How Do I Love Thee, Val McDermid?

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Val McDermid has been my favorite crime writer for many years, and Insidious Intent is probably her very best work. I found myself smiling often at the plot twists, and unexpected situations cropping up, all weaved together in an intricate web.

I'll not go into the plot line at all, and I certainly won't even hint at the ending except to say that it will knock your socks off.

PS: The narrator, too, is right at the top of her game. Fabulous.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29,197

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Spoiler alert: I won't reveal the secret here, but I have a huge problem with this book, and what you are about to read might make you change your mind about buying it.

The premise of this book promises that an announcement will be made that will put an end to all of the world's religions. I loved reading the book, right up until the announcement is made. If that same announcement is ever made, it will do nothing whatsoever to the world's religions. After that point nothing in this book is believable.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,006
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,971

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

  • By Wayne on 09-01-17

Celebrities Included

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

What made the experience of listening to Private the most enjoyable?

I believe that this is the first in what will be a series of books centered around the Private investigations company, and if so, you can sign me up.This book is well written, it spins off on a few very interesting tangents, and because Private caters mainly to very wealthy clients, and it's based in LA, we get snippets such as, "So he had to leave her ar the party chatting to Tom Cruise . . ." etc. (I made that line up, but it's similar to the throw-away lines in the book.)

All in all, this is a delightful read with lots of twists and turns, and I look forward to more in this series

  • The Business

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

The Business is a tale of drugs, prostitution, and a young girl's fight for survival - against all the odds. Imelda Dooley is scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and now she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this. And it's not going to be her. So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders. When Mary Dooley's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows she must graft to keep the family afloat. And graft she does.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring Business

  • By Tracy on 05-30-12

Good Writing, Bad Editing

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

What did you like best about The Business? What did you like least?

I love the subject matter that Martina Cole covers, but I believe that her work would be far better if she had a decent editor. I lost count of how many times she used phrases such as "sooner rather than later," and "s/he smiled widely." It drove me crazy. There's a chance that Ms. Cole is successful enough to ignore her editors and insist that her books be published "as is," and if that's the case, then I think that she should re-think her stand.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was predictable, but satisfying.

What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is really pretty good, though she'd b e better if she read the book a couple more times before narating, just so she understands the nuances in certain sentences, though I'm being a little harsh here.

Any additional comments?

I really hope tht the author reads this review. I'm trying to be helpful.

  • Cash City

  • By: Jonathan Fredrick
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,821

It is an obsession that has haunted Nick Malick for seven years - to avenge the murder of his young son. In his gut Malick knows who did it. But the psychopath is in prison for another crime, scheduled to be released in a year. All Malick has to do is wait...and survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Series

  • By Lia on 08-21-17

I'd have given 6 stars if was possible

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

What did you like best about this story?

This is a down and dirty, gritty, story written expertly. It's a tough book to put down

Which character – as performed by Ari Fliakos – was your favorite?

Ari Fliakos is possibly the very best narrator I ever heard, and it's impossible to pick one character in the book that he performs better than others. Ari Rocks!

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy gritty detective books, don't hesitate to get this one

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • TransAtlantic

  • A Novel
  • By: Colum McCann
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Hughes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

In the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called "an emotional tour de force". Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too breathtaking to read just once...

  • By Annie M. on 06-18-13

Perhaps the Most Beautiful Book I Ever Read

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

What did you love best about TransAtlantic?

Colum McCann is a genius writer, and every line in this book is so poetically Irish

What did you like best about this story?

I loved thre way that everything started out so apparently disjointed, but McCann ties everything together beautifully as we walk through this tale.

Any additional comments?

The narrator here is every bit as good as the writer. I could listen to her voice all day long. And perhaps part of what made her stand out was the fact that it's quite obvious that she must have read the book more than a couple of times before she recorded the narration. You can see this because it's so obvious that she understood every nuance of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Bounds

  • A Karen Pirie Novel
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from 22 years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating - a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karen Pirie Is Terrific Detective and Scottish!!

  • By Linda on 01-01-17

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

I LOVE McDermid. Have done for years. I can hardly believe that she has outdone herself, but she certainly has done exactly that. Full marks to the narrator, too. FABULOUS!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ice Queen

  • By: Nele Neuhaus
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 557

The body of 92-two-year-old Jossi Goldberg, Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death execution style in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the corpse's arm - a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hackneyed plot with too many characters for Audio

  • By Larry on 02-10-15

Not sure what went wrong

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I kept plowing through this book thinking that it would get better, but eventually, after listening to about 75% of it, I called it a day. There was no one character who I could care less about, and the plot just didn't hold my interest. That said, I've a feeling that this book might not have been the right fit for me, rather than it being a bad book overall.Probably best to read a few reviews before deciding if this one will work for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cartel

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,132

From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best ever…

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-24-16

Best Mob Book since The Godfather

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is extremely well written, it moves quickly, and it holds one's attention till the very end

What did you like best about this story?

I mostly liked tha fact that the writer wove an intricate web, and tied everything together very neatly

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I've listened to Ray Porter before, but as soon as I've finished this review I'm going in search of more books that he's narrated. He's simply the best. THE VERY BEST.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful