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  • The Murderer's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,269

Brilliant, beautiful, and stunningly effective, psychologist Dr. Grace Blades has a special gift for treating troubled souls and healing tormented psyches - perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars. Only five years old when she witnessed her parents die in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her towering intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But as an adult, Grace's accomplished professional life vies with a covert, high-risk dark side, played out harrowingly. And when Grace's two worlds shockingly converge, her past returns with a vengeance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not bother...

  • By Kiki Fitz on 08-25-15

Listened at 1.5 speed just to get it over with

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Contains generic spoilers about story arcs (not details or big reveals about who done it):.......

The main character is an orphan. Her parents killed each other, hence the title. She is also a genius (the author repeats this about a zillion times). She lucks into awesome foster care and is then adopted by very upper-class nice people worth mega-millions. She is given love and literally treated like a princess. She finishes college and then graduate school and sails on into a 6-figure salary. She still keeps people at a distance emotionally though, to avoid the possibility of being hurt or disappointed . Always she’s s a hard worker, helpful to others, is very polite and respectful, is grateful for her adoptive parents and the lifestyle she’s been given, and everyone likes her. She easily becomes a super-hero at her chosen profession, Yeah right. This story line is absurd.

But wait! She’s also a rich teenager-then-adult who shoplifts condoms and aggressively trolls for strange men, walking away after stand-up sex in parking lots. She’s done this like 30 - 40 times. WTH??

Anyway, there’s also a convoluted story line about other people who are murderers/victims. She gets involved, drives around in her expensive race car a whole lot, and easy peasy figures stuff out via speculation and handles it like a real BA, and never gets arrested!!

Possibly worst of all is that the majority of of the book is not dialogue or action, it’s a litany of “She did this, she wonders that, he says this, she goes over here, etc. etc., ....

  • The Kill Artist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,066

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reluctant Assassin

  • By Snoodely on 10-30-13

I had hoped to like it a lot more

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

I had hoped, based on reviews, that this would be the first in a series of pretty good espionage novels. The writing style/technique IS good , dialogue’s good, it’s set in interesting international locations..... but the story is just disappointing. The main character is an agent purported to have such skill he’s begged to come in from semi-retirement to save the day! While in semi-retirement he had been using his mad artist skills to restore an original masterpiece. So it sounds promising. Sadly though **** ***spoiler alert**** **spoiler ***spoiler alert**** he failed to complete his assignment, failed to protect another major character, and failed to complete the art restoration project. AND, it turns out his assignment was staged by his own boss, which he never caught on to. Not sure how this character can be the basis for a series of novels.

  • Storm Surge

  • Featuring 3 Derrick Storm Shorts: Brewing Storm, Raging Storm, and Bloody Storm
  • By: Richard Castle
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

When Derrick Storm needed to leave the CIA, he couldn't just retire. He had to fake his own death. So when his former boss calls in an old favor that will bring Storm out of early retirement and back to Washington to investigate a high-profile kidnapping, he knows there must be more at stake than the life of a senator's son. Working alongside, but not exactly with, bombshell FBI investigator April Showers, Storm must make sense of a confusing flurry of ransom notes and a complicated web of personal relationships and international politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You really can see this being written by Castle

  • By Techpotato on 11-27-12

Too bad to finish

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

I thought this might be entertaining as a distraction while working around the house. But I couldn’t take it. Terrible dialogue. 5th grade reading level. An FBI agent named April Showers. A woman, named Toppers, whose large boobs are mentioned repeatedly. A guy who was shot in the right shoulder at the end of the first book but in the beginning of the second book he’d been shot on the right!. An 18-month old baby referred to as a “newborn”. Stupid sexual innuendos. Etc, etc.

  • Deep Freeze

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 10
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,556

Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him...

  • By shelley on 10-21-17

Too many new characters

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Too many new characters without enough connection to the plot to be really needed. And not interesting enough to want to read about. You can’t skate John:( You still have to actually come up with a decent story even after Virgil and Johnson are established characters. (I do like those characters and they’re relationship.)

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

I’m usually a H Coben fan, but

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I’m usually a H Coben fan, but this book was painful. The plot could be summed up in a single paragraph. The characters are not well developed. The writing was terrible (e.g.: I felt thirsty. I walked to the kitchen. There was nothing in the refrigerator. I walked to the car and got in.). The plot trick of having the main character talk to his dead brother as a way to let the reader know main character was thinking was WAY overused, and also confusing sometimes. The names - Nap, Audrey, Augie, Moira... come on man. The narrator attempted to breath some life into this disaster but he didn’t have much to work with. I’m not convinced H Coben actually wrote this book. Bottom line, Don’t waste your money.

  • The Green Ripper

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 18
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches; strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart - and had been around too long - for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee - to all of him - and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth; that Gretel had been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance Road

  • By Me & My Girls on 01-25-15

Too much insight, not enough action

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

The narrator is great.
In order to not give any "spoilers" I'll just say that what happened in the hospital, definitely needed to happen.
The rest of novel was pretty much a snore: 1) McGee snuck in somewhere and was held there til he could get out
2) McGee did far too much introspection.
3) Meyer wasn't part of book
The very last chapters had some action and were better

I hope McGee returns to his more typical self, has other people's problems to solve, not his own, and 3) Meyer is part of the story.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,650

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Passes the time

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Interesting because it's not the "typical" detective or action-hero or action-romance story. Simple enough to keep listening while you're working on something else. Narrator's voice is easy to listen to but remains a monotone even during scenes of fear, anger, happiness, etc. I know the main character is young (like 20ish) but I still rolled my eyes more than once at his unrealistic naïveté. (Example - a 20 year old college student is interviewing a Vietnam war vet. I hope most if not all of them could figure out "the difference between killing and murder", without needing it spelled out for them!)

  • Bullseye

  • An Original Will Robie/Camel Club Short Story
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452

In this all-new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, worlds collide when government assassin Will Robie is caught in the crossfire with Oliver Stone and the Camel Club. Will Robie is closing in on his next target when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist - and he's taken hostage alongside Oliver Stone. But is this just a simple bank job, or are the robbers after something even more valuable - and dangerous - than the cash in the vault?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I so miss the Camel Club

  • By Kathryn on 05-30-14

Robie/Camel Club fans will like this one.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

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

Given that I'm already a Will Robie and Camel Club fan - the relationship between the two main male characters, who can be trusted?

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

If the plot happened in real life, it would be high drama. But these novels are more about how the day will be saved, rather than whether the day will be saved.

Which scene was your favorite?

the parking lot

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52,026
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52,037

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

Wow, that's hard. There is, as there always is for me, so much enjoyment in reading for myself with my own timing, like stopping to imagine a scene, re-reading something that made me laugh, etc. But after having read the book, I really enjoyed listening to it.

What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

His performance matched pretty closely the way I would have read the book out loud to myself, and you can't ask for more than that!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would just be silly to binge listen to such a huge and amazing (magical) story. Enjoy it!

53 of 68 people found this review helpful

  • How the Light Gets In

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,947

Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome Home!

  • By Nancy J on 09-06-13

Gamache 9

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Where does How the Light Gets In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

So many great characters I don't want to choose.

Which scene was your favorite?

Finding out that someone's not who you think/thought they are/were.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I enjoyed that the plot of this novel was very definitely related to the others and to Inspector Gamache, but also presented a larger problem to be solved.