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  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Clever

  • By Cynthea Corlett on 06-13-18

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

This book kept me guessing until the end. That is delightfully unusual for me. This is the best book i have listened to in months.

  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening!

  • By Trish on 04-13-18

kept me guessing to the end!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I usually figure out the mystery by half way through the book. I couldn't stop listening to After Anna because I just had to know what happened.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30,537

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

Dragged on and on. I couldn’t finish it.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I have liked Dan Brown’s previous books in this series but I thought this one was boring and dragged on and on. There was a lot of running from building to building not really finding out anything about the mystery.

Finally, when I had a little over four hours to go I looked at my I started library and said “Forget it. At this point I don’t even care what the scientist discovered. I would much rather be reading something entertains.”

Note to Dan Brown: your beautiful Bond girl future queen of Spain paired with the aging Prof Langdon is such a misogynistic cliche. Fast forward to 2018. Do you want to continue to attract women readers?

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,682

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar narration but depressing story

  • By DQmaine on 02-02-17

This book is too long

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

What would have made The Goldfinch better?

The book is 30 some hours long. I gave up at about 20 hours. The writing is elegant but tedious because the story wonders around aimlessly. There didn’t seem to be a plot but maybe it would have been revealed if I had been able to stick with it to the last hour.

What was most disappointing about Donna Tartt’s story?

About half of the story could have been left out and the book would have been much improved. A good editor would have been a vast improvement.

What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

The performance was fine. His Russian accent was especially good.

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

I liked the characters. Perhaps that is why I am so disappointed in the book overall. I would like to know what happened but 20 hour of unrelenting wheel spinning boredom is about my limit.

Any additional comments?

This author does not appear to have known how this book was going to end when she started writing it. It felt like an extra special long road trip with no destination.

  • The Essex Serpent

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at 19, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive 11-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Kind of 'Year in the Life of..' story.

  • By Midwesterner on 07-13-17

Returning. I stuck with it 15 out of 41 chapters and am too bored to go on.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I am returning this book without finishing it. I was in chapter 15 of 41 and still waiting for something to happen. The narrator is great and I would listen to her again. I would not waste a credit on this author again. The book has so many characters it is hard to keep track of them all and the author has written long drawn out descriptions of them all including vignettes out of each of their lives. This book has too many long drawn out atmosphere a character descriptions and very little action to move the story forward. It may get better later but I personally am not interested in the characters or story enough to allow myself to be bored any further.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,196

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

This book is a must for dog lovers!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

I loved this book and I hope it is the first of many in a series.

  • The Garden Plot

  • Potting Shed Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Marty Wingate
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

Pru Parke always dreamed of living in England. And after the Dallas native follows an impulse and moves to London, she can't imagine ever leaving - though she has yet to find a plum position as a head gardener. Now, as the sublet on her flat nears its end, the threat of forced departure looms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • comfy and fluffy

  • By MossyFernForest on 08-18-16

Great to listen to while weeding

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

I hate weeding but this book helped me through it and I plan to continue the series. Laugh out loud funny in spots.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Room

  • By: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155

It's 1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion. Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel's portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The same story 3 times over...

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-30-16

Couldn't tell characters apart & had trouble paying attention to the presentation.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

The narrators's voices were so similar I had trouble figuring out which character they were talking about unless they said the character's name. The story was very good but too long. There was a lot of information included that did not add to character development, atmosphere, or help to move the story along. I had trouble paying attention during those parts. I really wanted to know what happened so I didn't give up listening but when it was finally over I was more relieved than satisfied with the outcome of the story. I generally like long books and have listened to many that were over 20 hours and paid rapt attention the whole time. I

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady Queen

  • The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily
  • By: Nancy Goldstone
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Nancy Goldstone portrays the riveting history of a beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial, and a reign as triumphant as any in the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden Treasure of History

  • By Flatbroke on 04-08-13

Boring in the Extreme

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

What would have made The Lady Queen better?

This is not historical fiction or even historical nonfiction. It is a recitation of so and so did this and so and so did that and on and on and on. No descriptions or clues to character or behavior at all just a list of who married who and who conquered who and who died and left what region to who. It was awful.

What could Nancy Goldstone have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have not wasted her time writing it much less converting it to audio book. I wasted my time and credits on this and am going to seek a refund.

Would you be willing to try another one of Josephine Bailey’s performances?

No, she has a monotone sing song on and on voice with no character or inflection at all.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I want my credit refunded.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,044

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

Held my interest very well!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

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

I am one of those people who loses interest easily. For example I couldn't make it through Divergent although I really liked the movie. This audio book held my interest easily. So many interesting characters. My favorite was the tempormental house. This isn't the very best audio book I have ever listened to but it was very enjoyable. Not great literature but great fun. I am here today to get the other two books in the series.

What did you like best about this story?

The house that takes things.

What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

She was good.