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  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,150

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

This book made me laugh, cry and really care about the characters and story! I have to ration myself to only listening while working, (or I have a very disgruntled family) so I cleaned my car for an hour after working all day, just to keep listening :)

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,832

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FATE'S LITTLE COUSIN, SERENDIPITY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-30-16

Excellent, just Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Great mystery with plenty of action, twists and turns! I listen to so many books in the mystery category, I was struggling with the genre starting to be a tad bit stale, until this series!

  • Thieves on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 8
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

DI Nikki Galena gets a series of anonymous calls. She is told the place, time, and who will die. But the messages are in a secret language used only by villains. Nikki and her team must decode the riddles and work out where the threats are coming from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • End of the DI Nikki Galena series, but don't fear!

  • By Wayne on 05-12-18

Not my favorite in the series, but still good!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

This is not my favorite in the DI Nikki Galena series, but is still good.....

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  • Dead Stop

  • By: Barbara Nickless
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

It's been five months since Special Agent Sydney Parnell survived a violent confrontation with a gang of brutal thugs, an encounter that left her physically and emotionally scarred. Deep down, Sydney fears she isn't ready for another investigation. But when a woman is murdered on the train tracks and a child goes missing, she knows she's the only one who can lead the hunt for the killer. While Denver police and the FBI chase down blind alleys, Sydney focuses on a single cryptic clue left behind at the crime scene.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good sequel- first is better...

  • By shelley on 10-04-17

Really Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Really excellent mystery! Plenty of twists and turns. I'm moved by the insight into military service and the struggles that come when back home. Love the team of Parnell and her service dog Clyde!

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,855

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Excellent, just Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

This was a book club pick, and I wasn't looking forward to it. Based on the book description, I thought it might be too heavy and difficult to listen to (any kind of mistreatment, but especially of children is such a tough subject!) HOWEVER, this was a captivating and compelling story. An excellent mystery, great historical fiction with characters that came to life and a story I cared about.

  • Havana

  • A Swagger Family Novel
  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

In Cuba, Earl Swagger finds himself up to his neck in treacherous ambiguity where the old rules about honor and duty don't apply, and where Earl's target seems to have more guts and good luck than anyone else in Cuba.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK Story; Weak Narration

  • By Ralph on 12-23-12

The change in narrator was unfortunate!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Havana was a disappointment, when compared to Hot Springs, and Pale Horse Coming. I'm not sure if it was only the change in narrator, which definitely was unfortunate, or that the story itself just wasn't the same caliber as books 1 and 2 of the series.

  • Boundary Waters

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076

Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans. Here Cork joins the search for a country-western singer who has disappeared in the wilderness along the American/Canadian border.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat of a disappointment

  • By Atticus on 07-10-15

Loved this story!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Excellent mystery, story, narration and characters. I liked this 2nd book from the Cork O'Connor series even better than the 1st.

  • The Rags of Time

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 6
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast. By the time he went back to work, the investigation was well underway. "It's not my case," he says more than once, and he really doesn't need it to be; he has enough to think about as it is. But going around the Norfolk countryside dotting the i's and crossing the t's, speaking to the local farmers and the Brothers of St. Francis from Abbeyfields, Smith begins to suspect that the investigation might be heading in entirely the wrong direction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really love this series.

  • By B.J. on 11-01-17

Another great installment of DC Smith Series!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Thoroughly enjoyed book 6 in the DC Smith series, however, not with the twists, turns and intricacy of former books. Still a solid mystery with all the great characters, along with inspired narration!

  • In This Bright Future

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 5
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Two weeks of rest and recuperation - that's what the doctor ordered. Detective Sergeant DC Smith could listen to some music, make some of his own, and maybe even catch up on his reading; he is almost looking forward to it. And then there is a knock on the door. It's only his next-door neighbor, but it is the beginning of a sequence of events that will bring him face to face with some of the darkest episodes and the most dangerous people from his own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best (so far) of a great series

  • By MARY K WALTER on 07-04-17

I worked extra just so I could listen! FANTASTIC!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I restrict myself to only listening to audiobooks while I work, hence, if there is a book I just can't put down, I keep working! This is one of those books! Loved getting a glimpse of DC's back story, and the insight into Ireland in the 80's. Excellent, just excellent!

  • Iron Lake

  • Cork O'Connor, Book 1
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,881

Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a mystery series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 11-17-11

excellent mystery!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Excellent mystery! Thoroughly enjoyed the locale, the Native American influence and the thought provoking characters. Looking forward to book 2!

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