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  • The Wild Inside

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Christine Carbo
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,349

For fans of Louise Penny, C. J. Box, and Nevada Barr comes a haunting crime novel set in Glacier National Park, where one man finds himself on a collision course with the dark heart of the wild and the even darker heart of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery, Thriller, Suspense & The Great Outdoors

  • By Sara on 09-18-15

Too much

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Too much introspection, too much nature (yep), and worst of all too many interviews. I thought if he said "May I ask you a few questions" one more time, I was going to lose it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Feast for the Senses!

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-13-14

Certainly is a Boy's Life. Wonderful Story.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

The majesty and freedom of summer; the tyrannies of school days. Such a respectful child, an upstanding, upright father and of course a worried mother. I learned how to be a better parent. Adventurous, heartbreaking, magical (literally). Unfortunately, the author believed he had to leave no stone unturned to reach the climax. Wonderful story

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,735

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Scary ans Suspensful

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

So scary during the end of the first half that I had to stop listening until daylight. Second half a lot of senseless running back and forth, but a big payoff near the end of the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wicked Girls

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,081
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,783

On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing from beginning to end

  • By anne on 01-10-14

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Past and present are intricately woven and it pours like fine wine. Points off of this perfect book because the impressions of the male voices brought down the quality of the performance. The final chapters were so engrossing that I thought sometimes the story was the real world and reality, Insubstantial.

  • Dance of Death

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Need to read earlier books in series

  • By Lupo on 05-18-08

Convoluted

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

Reviewed: 10-09-12

The story contained events that were not believable...things that Pendergrast just knew to be true. There was a little too much Louisiana affectation with Pendergrast and his brother speaking in almost exactly the same way. I guess the book is ok. The ending leaves you hanging so you have to buy the next in the series.

  • Dark of the Moon

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,538

Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great winding road of a story

  • By Crystal on 10-10-07

Very slow

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

Reviewed: 10-09-12

This book took me forever to listen to because I kept falling asleep. The narrator was as flat as the State of Kansas. The story was ok, but there was too much down time between action and contemplations. I did not enjoy it.

  • Odd Apocalypse

  • An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,730

Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-01-12

So disappointing in so many ways

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

Reviewed: 09-06-12

I was thrilled to find another Odd, but this sweet anticipation quickly died. Odd should really focus on the undead instead of creating monsters, such unappealing beings, whose descriptions changed with each telling. They overran the story and all but blotted out the Odd we loved. Once Odd picked up a gun in book 4, his character fell below freezing. Odd for me has now become a beloved lost friend.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life with Crows

  • A Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,256

For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING

  • By Polly on 11-05-12

Unrelenting

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

What made the experience of listening to Still Life with Crows the most enjoyable?

Shivers and Shudders Around Every Corner!

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

Scott is an amazing narrator. His voice never interferes with the story.

  • Mister Slaughter

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3
  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811

. Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic series!

  • By Cheryl on 07-14-12

Chaos, Mayhem, Slaughter

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

Reviewed: 08-16-12

Would you listen to Mister Slaughter again? Why?

Yes! Mr. Slaughter is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Even though it is set in the 19th century, it is as entertaining as any 21st century thriller. There is tenderness by strangers, stealth by a young man and his companion and slaughter by a creature you could only call the embodiment of evil.. There is tenacity and triumph. You are missing out if your don''t listen to this book,.

What other book might you compare Mister Slaughter to and why?

Speaks the Night Bird. It is by the same author and carries you on an adventure that is unrelenting.

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

Excellence..

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Out

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

On the surface, Annie Powers' life in a wealthy Floridian suburb is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of thriller

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-03-08

Twists and Turns

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

Reviewed: 08-16-12

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

Yes. Lisa Unger provides a novel full of unexpected twists and turns. I would rather that it not be in the first person because she writes about events she did not witness.

Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

Gray and Victory

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she was emotionally shattered and no one believed in her.