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Montgomery Village, MD, United States
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  • Dead Man Running

  • By: James Patterson, Christopher Farnsworth
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The doctor is in...deadly danger. Dr. Randall Beck is an eccentric psychiatrist with a terminal disease. This makes him fearless, which comes in handy when a patient is murdered before his eyes - a patient with an unspeakable secret.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't take the sameness of the narrator's voice

  • By Laura on 09-19-17

Can't take the sameness of the narrator's voice

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

The narrator's voice grated on my nerves to the extent I had to ditch the book, though the contents were quite interesting. The droning makes me batty, and one night I literally pulled out my earbuds & threw them on the floor. Patterson is really hit-or-miss with the selection of narrators. In my book, he greatly misjudged the proper reader.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Never Die Alone

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

It should be the best day of their lives. Too bad they never get to see it. On the cusp of their 21st birthday, he strikes. His victims are always twins, their ritualistic murders planned in exquisite detail, down to the moment when they breathe their last together....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sigh ... narrator is so annoying

  • By Laura on 11-05-16

Sigh ... narrator is so annoying

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

I enjoyed the story as long as I was completely absorbed and repeated the mantra, "ignore the narration, ignore the narration." Stopped listening. What a waste. Do NOT recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Straight Pepper Diet

  • A Memoir
  • By: Joseph W. Naus
  • Narrated by: Joseph W. Naus
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Joseph W. Naus was living the American dream. He'd survived a brutal childhood, graduated from Pepperdine Law School, and become a successful attorney. Then one night his American dream life became a nightmare when his sex and alcohol addictions collided and exploded. "On Tuesday I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six-figures. On Wednesday I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed, charged with attempted murder...and then it got worse."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting, Relevant, and Raw

  • By Autumn E. on 10-11-16

Unique, but twisted, memoir.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

Interesting story of the destabilization of a lawyer due to booze, illicit sex, and smoking. TMI re the author's "member." Just keep in mind that the author is also the narrator; if you lose track of that, you'll probably get quite annoyed. Recommend.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Killer Chef

  • By: James Patterson, Jeffrey J. Keyes
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Someone is poisoning diners in New Orleans' best restaurants. Now it's up to chef and homicide cop Caleb Rooney to catch a killer - who has an appetite for revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great twists!

  • By Laura on 11-05-16

Great twists!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

Great Patterson Book Shot! Not your typical same-old-canned story. Narration is quite good, perfect for Killer Chef. Highly recommend. Welcome back, Patterson!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,887
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,520

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

Horrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

I would love to give The Whistler an outstanding review, but, as I have stopped listening after just a couple hours, I am unable to do so. Perhaps John Grisham has gone tone deaf. His narrator is so darn annoying, I stopped listening. Be forewarned: She is horrible.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 15th Affair

  • Women's Murder Club
  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780

As she settles in to motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay's life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos, and Lindsay's husband, Joe, vanishes.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The end of the Lindsey road for me

  • By kathleen fitzpatrick on 05-11-16

Narrator - No!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

15th Affair is predictable for the most part, though there are a couple twists.
The narrator makes me CRINGE. I hate her voice and therefore hate everything about her. Every book she narrates has the same negative effect on me. I'd suggest potential buyers listen to the entire audio preview. Yuck.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Was Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Klein Ross
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Cassandra Campbell, Amanda Carlin, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 968

Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: She takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It's a secret she manages to keep for over two decades - from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends. When Lucy's now-grown daughter, Mia, discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Switching alliances

  • By Simone on 01-23-16

Chick Book

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

WHAT WAS MINE is a touching story, with substance, about the kidnapping of a baby by a barren woman. Don't think the male gender would enjoy it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Killer Among Us

  • By: Charles Bosworth
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 928

On March 16, 1992, Elizabeth DeCaro, a 28 year-old mother of four, was found dead in her own home, murdered execution-style with two bullets to the head. Her husband, Rick, was immediately a suspect, having previously struck her "accidentally" with the family van after taking out a $100,000 life insurance policy on her. A Killer Among Us presents the true shocking story of Elizabeth's family and their search for justice against the man who continued to play father to the children whose mother he had killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration

  • By A. Ellis on 10-23-15

Torture in only 16 hours

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

Got through about ten hours and then found I could take no more of this repetitive, boring book. Wouldn't recommend to even the author. It's just that bad.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Jack the Ripper and the Case for Scotland Yard's Prime Suspect

  • By: Roy Hazelwood (foreword), Robert House
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Dozens of theories have attempted to resolve the mystery of the identity of Jack the Ripper, the world's most famous serial killer. Ripperologist Robert House contends that we may have known the answer all along. The head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department at the time of the murders thought Aaron Kozminski was guilty, but he lacked the legal proof to convict him. By exploring Kozminski's life, Robert House here builds a strong circumstantial case against him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A restrained and humane account

  • By Tad Davis on 01-08-13

BoRiNg

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

Too much uninteresting detail. Narrator not-so-good. Would not recommend. Must be better "Ripper" books out there.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,590

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

So different ... so good!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

Loved the originality of the story as well as the use of four narrators. Darn near perfect as these things go!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful